Braves News: Rotation battle is decided, Braves make a trade, more
By Eric Cole
Spring training is finally coming to a close and we finally have some answers as to what is going on with the Atlanta Braves roster. The battle for the final rotation spot between Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd came to a somewhat anticlimactic end because both pitchers are going to be in the rotation to start the 2023 season. Kyle Wright is not going to be ready to start the season as he works his way back from a cortisone injection, so he will start the season on the IL and both Dodd and Shuster will get some time.
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Catching up from the weekend, Spencer Strider made his final spring training start. Thanks to him shoving on the mound yet again and big days at the plate from Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario among others, the Braves easily took down the Pirates on Sunday.
The Braves also made a minor trade over the weekend as they acquired Jonathan Hughes from the Phillies. This appears to be a move for some minor league depth, but Hughes is a local guy, so the Braves should at least be pretty familiar with him and he isn't an uninteresting arm.
Finally, ESPN put out their top 100 players in all of MLB and to the surprise of no one, the Braves were very well represented on the list as they had eight players on the list. Ronald Acuna Jr. was the highest ranked Brave overall while Max Fried, who may be being undersold on this list, was the top ranked pitcher for the Braves.
We finally know the fate of a couple of the top prospects in baseball when it comes to make their teams' Opening Day rosters. Anthony Volpe will indeed start the season with the Yankees and Jordan Walker was informed over the weekend that he will get called up and play for the Cardinals.
The Oakland Athletics made a signing over the weekend as well of a name that Braves fans may be familiar with as they signed former Mets reliever Jeurys Familia to a major league deal. Not exactly an earth shattering deal, but it is close to the beginning of the season and, well, Oakland is basically never going to sign anyone of consequence anyways.