Longtime MLB.com columnist Richard Justice looks at the players that each team should be thankful for this holiday season.
Braves: Ronald Acuna Jr. had turned 20 a few months earlier when he made his debut last April. Few prospects were more hyped. Few have ever delivered more completely. He’s now the face of a brand new era of Atlanta baseball.
The Braves took part in giving back to the community on Wednesday, feeding Atlanta police officers the day before Thanksgiving to show appreciation for their sacrifices.
Braves manager Brian Snitker and his wife, Ronnie, joined Mike Foltynewicz and his wife, Brittany, to host the event, held at SunTrust Park on Nov. 15. All guests were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving meal and had the opportunity to interact with members of the Braves’ organization in attendance.
”Ronnie and I love this night every year,” Snitker said. “We’re just blessed to be able to come and help those guys. Everybody here recognizes all they do for us.”
Along with Snitker and Foltynewicz, some of the Braves alumni at this event included Bruce Benedict, Nick Green, Brian Jordan, Charlie Leibrandt, Greg McMichael and Terry Pendleton. Hall of Fame executive John Schuerholz welcomed the police officers and family members in attendance.
MLB Trade Rumors looks at the Braves’ projected payroll for the 2019 season, detailing the club’s potential interest in multiple free agents including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The piece also considers how the payroll could expand this season, and how Atlanta could use those extra funds.
The Braves’ payroll has been quite consistent over the years, and given their historical trajectory and current revenue streams, I’d expect for them to at least comfortably plod along with methodical increases. That might mean something like $130 million in 2019.