Braves News: Soroka the Braves’ wildcard, Christian Bethancourt, more
Yet another quiet day passed yesterday for the Atlanta Braves. The next big deadline for the offseason to circle on your calendars is January 13th where teams and players have to file their arbitration figures. The name to watch is Max Fried as we could get a preview of how much he is trending to make on the open market as well as how likely it is that the Braves are able to bring him back.
One of the biggest wildcards for the Braves in 2023 is Mike Soroka. While its hard to expect him to just turn back into the guy that was a top finisher in the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young races, him being a productive member of the rotation would be a big boon to the Braves’ chances for another division title and deep postseason run.
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Also going up on the site yesterday was a continuation of our prospect retrospective series. Christian Bethancourt was thought to be the Braves’ catcher of the future and was thought to be one of the best catching prospects in baseball once upon a time. That isn’t what happened, but he has still managed to stitch together a delightfully weird and fairly lengthy stint in the big leagues.
If you hadn’t grabbed the popcorn by now to watch the Carlos Correa saga this offseason, you may want to now. Correa’s second megadeal, this one with the Mets, this offseason is very much at risk of falling through as the reports are that Correa’s camp is starting to talk to other teams again. Correa’s medicals on his leg already scuttled a huge deal with the Giants and it is clear that something in those reports is spooking the Mets as well.
Finally, in sad news, Padres legend Nate Colbert passed away at the age of 76. Colbert holds the franchise record for home runs and was named to multiple All-Star games in the early 1970’s. Our thoughts are with his friends and family as well as with Padres fans right now.