Upcoming changes to minor league baseball has been a major storyline throughout the 2020 season. We still do not have a complete picture of how things will look next season but things are beginning to take shape. Several teams around Major League Baseball have already announced new affiliations. Earlier this week, Major League Baseball announced the formation of a new MLB Draft League which will consist of six teams that are filled with rosters of draft eligible players. Our own Eric Cole took a closer look at the most recent changes on Tuesday.
The Braves have been mildly effected by the changes. There will be no changes for Gwinnett, Mississippi and Rome but Atlanta has already lost Danville as an affiliate as the Appalachian League is converting to a college wood bat league. There has been no announcement on the status of the Florida Fire Frogs, who have served as Atlanta’s high-A team the last two seasons. The Fire Frogs were one of the teams that were thought to be on the chopping block so the Braves could be looking at a new affiliation for next season.
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Free Agency News
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly showing interest in free-agent right-hander Corey Kluber.
The Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $8.3 million deal with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez who would have been arbitration eligible for the final time this offseason.
The New York Mets agreed to a two-year deal with free agent reliever Trevor May. The team has not yet confirmed the deal but it is expected to be worth around $15 million.
The Nationals agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with right-hander Joe Ross. Ross opted out of the 2020 season and would have been arbitration eligible this offseason.
The Orioles avoided arbitration with catcher Pedro Severino Tuesday signing him to a one-year deal worth a reported $1.825 million.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward announced that they will give Isiah Kiner-Falefa a chance to be their everyday shortstop. The team has reportedly told longtime shortstop Elvis Andrus to prepare to be a multi-position utility player.
Indians reliever Cam Hill underwent surgery on his right wrist after he was involved in a car accident. Hill posted a 4.91 ERA in 18 games with the Indians in 2020.
MLBPA is donating $500,000 to help support minor league players whose season was canceled in 2020.
New White Sox manager Tony La Russa is scheduled to change his plea on December 21 in Maricopa County Justice Court. La Russa had previously pleaded not guilty on two drunken driving charges.
Longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda remains hospitalized in Southern California but has been moved out of intensive care.