Atlanta Braves News
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman in his weekly inbox gives his thoughts on whether the Braves will chase Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. Bowman also gives some insight into the search for a new pitching coach as well as what the future holds for Dansby Swanson and Julio Teheran.
MLB Trade Rumors released its annual ranking of the top 50 free agents available this winter along with their predictions for where each player will end up. They predict former Indians Michael Brantley and Cody Allen to find a new home in Atlanta. If you are wondering where they think Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will end up you can check out the entire list here.
Speaking of free agency, seven players were issued qualifying offers before Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline. As expected, Braves free agent outfielder Nick Markakis was not one of them. If you want to know more about qualifying offers and how they work, SB Nation’s Whitney McIntosh has you covered.
The Los Angeles Dodgers came to an agreement with pitcher Clayton Kershaw on a contract extension that will keep him in Los Angeles through 2021. The deal is for three years and is worth a total of $93 million.
The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million club option on left-hander Cole Hamels on Friday. The team also traded Drew Smyly to the Rangers which was reportedly made to help clear some salary so they could pick up Hamels’ option.
Part 1 of Baseball Prospectus annual list of the top 50 free agents. No surprise who is at the top.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Cleveland Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter.
The Miami Marlins may end up trading catcher J.T. Realmuto but president of baseball operations Michael Hill dismissed the notion on Friday.
“Agents can say whatever they want to say,” Hill said. “J.T. knows how we feel about him.”