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The Daily Chop: Prospect list season, free agent signings and more

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MLB Pipeline will release its Top 100 list Friday.

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Prospect List season is one of the highlights of the offseason for many. The importance has decreased over the last couple of years for the Atlanta Braves as they turned the corner from rebuilding to contending thanks in large part to what was a strong farm system. While many of those big names have lost prospect status, there are still a few intriguing names for the system.

The Athletic’s Keith Law released his Top 100 list for 2021 which included two Braves in the Top 15 and four total in the Top 70. Cristian Pache is still the big name here and he cracked Law’s Top 3 trailing only Tampa’s Wander Franco and San Diego’s MacKenzie Gore.

Additionally, MLB Pipeline has been rolling out their Top 10 lists for each position in advance of their Top 100 release. The outfield list rolled out Thursday with both Cristian Pache and Drew Waters making the cut.

Waters was left off Law’s list entirely, but is still highly regarded by many outlets as a prospect. Left-hander Kyle Muller along with catcher Shea Langeliers and outfielder Michael Harris could garner some Top 100 buzz by mid-season. The system may no longer be as loaded as a few years ago, there are still some quality names in place.

MLB News

The Los Angeles Angels were thought to be a potential destination for free agent Trevor Bauer this offseason, but a report by Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times suggests that the organization doesn’t see itself as a match.

The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Sara Goodrum to minor league hitting coordinator making her the first female to have that role in any MLB organization.

Free agent starter Masahiro Tanaka has elected to return to Japan and will pitch for the Rakuten Eagles next season.

Adam Wainwright is returning to the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year, $8 million deal.

The Washington Nationals have reportedly reached an agreement with free agent catcher Alex Avila on a one-year deal. Avila spent last season with the Twins where he logged a .184/.355/.286 line in 62 plate appearances.

Ex-Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached a lawsuit settlement with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County, and will reimburse the local government $4.2 million for the cost of building Marlins Park.