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The Daily Chop: Catching Situation, Melancon, Springer, and more

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The slow, endless drag of the offseason continues.

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The Braves have done an excellent job finding production behind the plate over the past several years, and did so again in 2020 with the addition of Travis d’Arnaud. However, backup Tyler Flowers became a free agent this offseason and could potentially sign elsewhere. Would the Braves turn to William Contreras to play behind d’Arnaud? The possibility exists but given his age, Contreras seems like a safe bet for more playing time in the minors. More likely, Atlanta will target a veteran and could very well bring back Flowers, but for now we can only wait and see which option they choose.

Braves News

Should the Braves reunite with Mark Melancon?

Eric dives into the question of whether or not the Braves should bring back closer Mark Melancon, who has been excellent for Atlanta since joining the club at the Trade Deadline in 2019.

Hank Aaron reflects on Negro Leagues start

Mike Lupica sat down with Hank Aaron following the announcement that Major League Baseball would officially recognize the Negro Leagues as a legitimate part of baseball history, including the statistics compiled within the league. Aaron, as always, was very insightful. The entire article is certainly worth reading.

“I learned I wasn’t a shortstop, I can tell you that,” Aaron said. “I could play a little second base and play the outfield. But my job was to hit.”

When I asked him about Negro Leagues statistics now being folded into official history of the game, Aaron laughed again.

“I was only there a few months, but I sure wish they could find all of mine,” Aaron said.

MLB News

Is Springer race down to 2 teams?

The Mets and Blue Jays are the most aggressive teams in the pursuit of George Springer.

2019 playoff hero Kendrick calls it a career

Howie Kendrick announced his retirement on Monday, calling it quits after an impressive 15-year career.