The biggest news on Friday for Braves fans oddly enough involved a player that was not under contract for the 2021 season. Nick Markakis decided to end his productive career and spend time with his family. While opinions varied wildly on Markakis at times, there is no question that he put together a hell of a career and we wish him nothing but the best.
One of the biggest selling points of Nick Markakis on the Braves roster was his ability to influence the clubhouse and mentor young players which the Braves were in sore need of early on in the rebuild. Cory takes a dive into his calming presences on the Braves and how that paid dividends.
The Braves are very clearly leaving no stone unturned as they look for bench bats as it sounds like they are kicking the tires on Maikel Franco along with a couple other teams. There are some pretty brutal trends in his peripherals, but as a bench bat...there are worse options to be sure.
Johan Camargo got a hold of one in the Braves 8-5 spring win and a lot of the young guys still around the team before they are sent off chipped in to secure the win as well. In related news, this wasn’t a banner day for Huascar Ynoa and Philip Pfeifer.
As is customary, the Pipeline guys are putting together their pre-season rankings for each organization and the Braves list came out yesterday. Our suspicion is that Michael Harris being ranked at 11 isn’t something that is going to stick for very long.
Our fearless leader Kris Willis has spent a decent bit of time explaining why the usual roster cuts we see during this portion of the spring hadn’t happened (lack of minor league camp, etc.). Predictably, as soon as that reasoned explanation is made...the Braves made roster cuts of a bunch of minor leaguers.
One of the big factors this season, especially when it comes to team finances, deals with how many fans are going to be allowed in to ballparks and how quickly there will be a return to full capacity. We know at least part of the equation now for the Braves as they are going to start the season with 1⁄3 capacity for home games.
No, not that Freeman.
Mike Freeman has a new team as the Red and Indians got together on a trade to send him to Cincinnati.