Braves News: Players with options remaining, Spencer Schwellenbach, more
Tomorrow is the the spring training report date for Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers and when spring training officially gets under way. Position players don't have to report until later in the week, but if the past is any indication, we will see plenty of those guys arrive to camp early to start getting their workouts in.
One of the more important functions of spring training is to set the roster via competition for the spots that can reasonably be considered "open". While performance during spring training is going to be a big factor in those decisions, another factor is inevitably going to be which players have minor league options lefts and which ones don't. To help you all out, here is a list of players on the Braves' roster that still have minor league options left.
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With pitchers and catchers set to report, the Braves' catching battery of Sean Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud had a media session reported on by our friends over at Battery Power where they discussed the immediate aftermath of the trade for Murphy, how they have approached getting ready for the season, and how Murphy is adjusting to being a part of a new team. Definitely worth a read to see at least some of the massive amount of work it takes to integrate such an integral piece of the roster into the organization.
Finally, we had a write-up go up on the site about Braves prospect Spencer Schwellenbach and that while he may have already been forgotten by casual fans since he has been out with an injury, he could be poised to break out in a big way in 2023. Nothing is guaranteed with any prospect, but this is an elite arm talent.
We had a trade yesterday as the Marlins and Athletics swapped former first round picks with the Marlins receiving pitcher AJ Puk and the Athletics receiving outfielder JJ Bleday. Both Puk and Bleday were very highly regarded before being drafted, but injuries to Puk and hit tool questions for Bleday have taken some of the shine off of both of them.
The Dodgers added an often injured, but incredibly high upside arm as they agreed to a deal with former Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes. While Reyes has had to undergo both elbow and shoulder surgery, if he can even share a passing resemblance of his former self where he was an All-Star and one of the best pitching prospects in the game, LA could end up with a steal here.