Braves News: Atlanta’s high profile fans, the best managers in history, more
The Atlanta Braves are now less than a week away from an important deadline this offseason: the deadline to exchange arbitration figures with those eligible. The Braves’ biggest guys this go around are Max Fried, who is projected to get north of $12 million for 2023, and AJ Minter. It is fair to expect that those two are going to go to hearings, although Minter has at least been known to settle and agree to one year deals in the past.
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With the offseason at a bit of a crawl, we have been focusing our efforts on some evergreen content on the site. First up is a look at some of the celebrity fans of the Atlanta Braves. Former president Jimmy Carter has long been a Braves fan and actor Michael Kelly has been vocal in his support in years past, but there are plenty of other high profile fans of the Bravos.
We also took a look to the past as we began our series on the top 10 managers in Atlanta Braves franchise history with Lum Harris. Harris oversaw the Braves in the late 60’s and early 70’s which including a fantastic run down the stretch in 1969.
We had ourselves a trade of some note elsewhere in the league on Saturday as the Phillies acquired reliever Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens from the Tigers in exchange for three players. Several national writers have pushed this move as the Phillies assembling a dominant bullpen now which makes us wonder if they know how rough Soto’s periperals are as well as how to evaluate bullpens as a whole.
It sure doesn’t seem like the Pirates are going to move Bryan Reynolds before Opening Day as they asking price remains very high. However, that hasn’t stopped teams from asking and trying to make Pittsburgh see reason as the Rangers, Mariners, Dodgers, Marlins, and Yankees have expressed interest recently. Reynolds is good enough that that list is not very likely to be exhaustive, but the Pirates don’t seem to have much interest in making sound decisions so who knows what is going to happen.