Braves News: Braves sign Fuentes, Andruw’s HOF candidacy, more
By Eric Cole
Happy New Year Atlanta Braves fans! We hope you celebrated ringing in 2023 safely and lets hope together that this year is a great one for all of you and the Atlanta professional baseball club of record.
The Braves couldn’t end 2022 without sneaking in one last move as Atlanta signed Joshua Fuentes to a minor league deal on New Year’s Eve. Fuentes has seen time in the majors at the infield corners and while his offensive numbers aren’t amazing, he does seem to be a strong defender. Probably best to just consider him a depth piece.
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While we transition from offseason mode to preseason mode in the coming weeks, one piece of news that Braves fans will be following along with is the Hall of Fame candidacy of Andruw Jones. Andruw is in his sixth year of eligibility and looking at HOF Tracker of record, he has appeared on 70.7% of ballots so far. Looks like he will be on the outside looking in again, but Andruw continues to trend upward as his defensive acumen in particular garners more and more appreciation.
The Chicago Cubs have remained fairly aggressive this offseason even with the signing of Dansby a few weeks ago. While Eric Hosmer was a much more exciting name on the free agent market a few years ago, he is still mildly interesting and it looks like Chicago is in talks with him if the rumors are true.
The New York Yankees appear to be on a prospect reclamation kick at the moment. Two players who used to be big-time prospects, Willie Calhoun and Billy McKinney, signed deals to join the Yanks for the 2023 season. Both guys had a rough time when they got to the big leagues, so it will be interesting to see if New York can get any value out of them.