Atlanta Braves news
Our first mailbag of 2019 went up on Sunday and the vacancy in the Braves’ outfield received the most attention. We also discussed Austin Riley’s availability and much more.
MLB.com’s Matt Kelly lists nine teams that would be a fit for free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock. The Braves come in at No. 7 and a potential acquisition would arguably give Atlanta the best defensive outfield group in baseball but Pollock’s asking price will have to drop for it to become a reality.
The New York Yankees agreed to a deal with reliever Zach Britton late on Saturday. The deal is reportedly for three-years at an average of $13 million per season. The deal contains a team-option for 2022 that would bring the value of the deal to $53 million. If the option isn’t picked up then Britton can opt out of the deal following the 2020 season.
The Cleveland Indians added a catcher on Sunday acquiring Kevin Plawecki from the New York Mets. The Indians sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to the Mets to complete the deal.
The Mets also acquired J.D. Davis from the Houston Astros on Sunday in a five-player trade. The Mets also picked up minor league infielder Cody Bohanek in the deal while sending second baseman Luis Santana, outfielder Ross Adolph and catcher Scott Manea to Houston.
The Pittsburgh Pirates added David Eckstein and Jeff Banister to their front office as special assistants.