Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned for the duration of a press convention at Monday’s once-a-year Scorching Stove Gathering in Rome that the team’s accomplishment likely got some of their division opponents very hot below the collar, adding the division as a entire experienced a greater stage of levels of competition.
“It got a whole lot much better. So did we,” Snitker mentioned. “I truly feel like with the year’s knowledge and a whole lot of individuals guys — what they went via previous yr — we’re likely to be much better much too. We’re likely to be a yr more mature, much more expert. We created some excellent additions.”
Just one of individuals additions was signing 7-time All-Star catcher Brian McCann to a just one-yr, $2 million agreement. The previous Courageous played for Atlanta from 2005 to 2012 and was on the inaugural Rome Braves team that gained the South Atlanta League championship in 2003.
Atlanta Braves standard supervisor Alex Anthopoulos mentioned McCann’s mindset due to the fact coming back again to the team has been pretty favourable.
“I imagine Atlanta was the only position he was keen to participate in at this issue in his profession,” Anthopoulos mentioned. “He’s arrive in a whole lot, with out us acquiring to prod him or check with him to. He desires to perform on data with our starters and relievers. He’s arrive in to talk to some of our younger youngsters. He is all in with the business — totally. He’s not a guy who’s just playing another yr. I wouldn’t be amazed if he performs a whole lot much more. I imagine we’re just fortuitous that he was dying to arrive back again below.”
Along with McCann, the Braves also signed 3rd basemen Josh Donaldson, who was introduced to the Blue Jays for the duration of Anthopoulos’ time as GM in Toronto.
“Josh Donaldson is so energized about staying below,” Snitker mentioned. “He feels great. He’s balanced. I watched movie of him in games at the conclude of the yr when he was with Cleveland and this guy’s a actually, actually great player. He is actually energized about staying an Atlanta Courageous. I imagine individuals guys are likely to be excellent for our clubhouse and excellent for our younger guys. A whole lot of our guys are continue to establishing their baseball card. These guys have just one.”
The Braves also signed cost-free agent Nick Markakis for another yr, inking a $6 million offer with the outfielder.
A continual provide of younger players has the team optimistic as well with pitchers and catchers set to report to spring instruction Feb. 15. Snitker talked about players like Kyle Wright and previous Rome Braves pitchers Bryse Wilson, Touki Toussaint and Mike Soroka as individuals anticipated to keep on to make an impact on the team.
“That’s the elegance of our spring instruction,” Snitker mentioned. “We’re bringing in younger actually proficient players. Our coaches are energized about having their arms on them. We had been waiting around for a amount of yrs below, now they are below and they are likely to hold coming.”
Anthopoulos mentioned the team is remaining affected individual with regard to the cost-free agents still left unsigned this offseason.
“Based off of previous winter season, I’m not amazed,” he mentioned. “There’s continue to a whole lot of cost-free agents out there and we’re conversing to a whole lot of cost-free agents that are continue to out there. It wouldn’t surprise me if there’ll continue to be some in a handful of months when we open up camp. It is just a slower rate, and I imagine guys are having much more at ease signing afterwards.”
The Braves commence the normal year March 28 with a three-sport street series towards NL East foe Philadelphia.