Atlanta Braves News
Talking Chop’s Top 30 prospects list will drop this week but before that happens we take a closer look at several names that just missed the cut.
MLB.com’s Will Leitch attempts to predict one player from each team’s 40-man roster who will still be with the same club six years from now in 2025. The pick for the Braves is Ronald Acuña Jr. who will be a free agent after the 2024 season but will hopefully be sticking around Atlanta for a long time.
Braves’ outfielder Cristian Pache has been named to MLB Pipeline’s All-Defensive team for the second consecutive season. Per Jonathan Mayo, Pache received more mention than any other prospect. He joins the Nationals Victor Robles and Tigers’ Jake Rogers as the only repeat members.
“He’s a potential 70 grade defender in center field, where every aspect of his defense is an asset,” another AL scouting executive said. “A true ball-hawking, gap-closing center fielder who plays with a reckless abandon to go along with a plus arm. He has a rare combination of athleticism and instincts for the position; he can really slow the game down.”
A contingent of Oakland Athletics personnel along with marketing people from Major League Baseball met with Kyler Murray on Sunday to try to convince him to stick with baseball. Murray is widely expected to enter the NFL Draft on Monday and may put his baseball career on hold or end it all together.
The A’s are reportedly considering giving Murray a Major League contract and adding him to the 40-man roster as a way to give him more guaranteed money beyond the 4+ million bonus he received as the No. 9 pick in the draft. That would all need to be approved by the league but Oakland is apparently operating on the assumption that it would be.
The Chicago White Sox have an eight-year deal on the table for infielder Manny Machado according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan. Per the report, the team could be compelled to further increase the offer in an effort to land one of this offseason’s most prized free agents.