Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves are reportedly nearing the end of their search for a new pitching coach. A name to keep an eye on is former Phillies coach Rick Kranitz who is getting a second interview according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.
There will be a new look to Braves broadcasts next season when Jeff Francoeur replaces Joe Simpson as the team’s primary lead analyst. Simpson will still be around for his 28th season but will be primarily on the radio. Tom Glavine will also see an increase in TV appearances. It is a refresh that frankly has been needed for quite some time.
Teams must decide whether or not to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players by Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Atlanta still has some decisions to make most notably in regards to Adam Duvall and Arodys Vizcaino.
The Mets and Mariners are close to a blockbuster trade that would land Robinson Cano along with closer Edwin Diaz in New York. The potential deal gained momentum throughout the day on Thursday and could be completed as soon as Friday morning. Outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and several prospects are rumored to be the return for Seattle.
After reportedly meeting with the Phillies earlier this week, free agent starter Patrick Corbin made a stop in New York on Thursday for a face-to-face meeting with the Yankees who have long been the favorite to sign him.
Garrett Richards has a new home after agreeing to a two-year, $15 million deal with the San Diego Padres.
Tommy La Stella is headed west after he was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. The Cubs will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations in the deal. La Stella is arbitration eligible and is projected to earn $1.2 million in 2019. he hit .266/.340/.331 in 192 plate appearances with Chicago this past season.
If expansion is on the horizon for Major League Baseball then Portland looks like an intriguing option. The Portland Diamond group is trying to lure a team to the area announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement in principle to develop a 45-acre waterfront site.