Hello again, Atlanta Braves fans! We have gotten back to the wait for whether or not the Braves are going to make another move this offseason. Right now, the Braves have Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia manning shortstop while Eddie Rosario and Jordan Luplow are the favorites to be the left field platoon. Not exactly what Braves fans were hoping for.
Looking forward a bit more, Max Fried has just a couple more seasons under contract with the Braves and then we get to do this whole “will he stay with the Braves?” thing all over again. By our reckoning, there are several signs and reasons to suggest that Max will not get an extension from from the Braves.
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We did get at least one signing yesterday. Jackson Stephens was a fun story from last year’s bullpen as he made his way back from indy ball to be a contributor in the Braves’ bullpen. Yesterday, Atlanta brought him back on a non-guaranteed deal for 2023.
Getting caught up in the goings on from the holidays, the great Mark Bowman did a Q&A right before Christmas where he went over many of the key offseason questions of the day. Other than the usual updates on options for shortstop and left field, he did cover whether he thought the Braves who get rid of Marcell Ozuna. Spoilers: he thinks will be with the team at the start of the 2023 season.
It was a quiet day after Christmas across the league. Sure, we have the usual “Carlos Correa deal may not go through” stuff, but there wasn’t any NEW updates there. Everything points to the Mets and Correa trying to work through the issues with his medicals and making the deal happen, but if these were easy conversations and solutions, the deal would have been finalized already.
To hold you all over looking for baseball…well, anything, the fine folks at MLB dot com put together a list of the top 10 bloopers from the 2022 season. In case you were wondering, yes….Travis d’Arnaud Oscar-worthy performance is on the list albeit at a criminally low #8.