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Braves not planning on extending qualifying offer to Nick Markakis, per report

The offseason hasn’t really gotten in gear for the Atlanta Braves yet but a report suggests that the team is not planning on extending a qualifying offer to outfielder Nick Markakis.

Braves confident in Ozzie Albies’ development

Ozzie Albies slumped down the stretch but Brian Snitker and the Braves have complete confidence in his ability as a player.

“I have every confidence, and I think everybody does, in him as a player,” Snitker said. “He’s got the skill set. It’s sometimes not a bad thing that you kind of get sobered up a little bit. That’s part of it. And it takes awhile. You just have to have patience with these guys.”

The kids are alright: What we learned about the young Braves

Minor League Ball’s Wayne Cavadi puts a bow on the Atlanta Braves’ 2018 season.

Freddie Freeman is Braves’ nominee for Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

The MLBPA announced the nominees for the 2018 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award on Friday. Freddie Freeman is the Braves’ nominee as his work with the Melanoma Research Foundation was highlighted.

2018 Braves Player Reviews

Our player review series continues with Dustin Peterson and Evan Phillips. You can follow along through the entire list here.

MLB News

Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery

The New York Yankees announced on Friday that shortstop Didi Gregorius has an injured elbow that will require Tommy John surgery. The team believes that he suffered the injury while making a throw in one of the first two games of the ALDS against the Red Sox. The Yankees are hopeful that Gregorius will be back with the club sometime next summer.

Rangers interviewing Girardi for manager job

The Texas Rangers’ search for a new manager continued on Friday when they interviewed former Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi.

Arizona Diamondbacks to switch to synthetic grass at Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks are planning to replace their all-grass playing surface with synthetic turf for the 2019 season.

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