It obviously takes two sides to sign a contract. The Braves probably wish the business of baseball wasn't so clear cut.
The Diamondbacks signed first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to a five-year extension worth $32 million before the 2013 season. They locked up his prime years before he had his breakout campaign, basing the commitment on player evaluation and not past performance.
It was just two prospect lists ago that the Braves boasted the Latin trio of Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino and Randall Delgado at the top.
Baseball America’s 2012 top 10 Braves list had the three in that order. It was the most recent year that the publication put Atlanta’s system in the top 15 – at exactly 15th. The following year, the Braves moved all the way down to 26th.
The Braves announced Monday they declined to tender contract offers to infielders Elliot Johnson and Paul Janish and right-hander Cristhian Martinez.
Atlanta tendered a one-year contract to infielder Ramiro Pena prior to the midnight deadline for making decisions on tendering contracts.
The remaining arbitration-eligible players are Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Jordan Walden, Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson, Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer. All are expected to receive offers.
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Baseball Prospectus' Minnesota Twins top 10 - Baxley, Ga.'s Byron Buxton, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, comes in at No. 1 in a Twins system that is perhaps the strongest in the game. ($)
Brian McCann leaving Atlanta was inevitable, so learning of his destination and amount of money isn't a surprise.
McCann is reportedly receiving five years and $85 million from the Yankees, including a vesting option that could boost the total value to $100 million over six years.
On his 22nd birthday, Carlos Perez received the gift of confidence from his employer.
The Braves purchased Perez's contract from Advanced-A Lynchburg on Wednesday, adding the left-hander to the 40-man roster on the final day to add players before next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The 2013 Topps/Minor League Baseball Class A All-Star Team was announced Tuesday and includes some of the top South Atlantic League players from this past season.
MiLB and the Topps Company compiles a list of nine players at each level of the minors to form each team. This year's Class A team includes six SAL players.
Basically, the thought of Tim Hudson leaving Atlanta for San Francisco, is, "Thanks for what you did, happy for you, we weren't going to pay that much."
It really is for the best.
Hudson is reportedly signing a two-year contract worth $23 million with the Giants, ending a nine-year relationship between the sinkerballer and the Braves. The 38-year-old had a 3.56 ERA in 243 career starts for the Braves, anchoring the rotation for nearly a decade.
The Braves rocked the baseball world this morning by announcing they are moving to Cobb County in 2017. The move includes a new baseball stadium and building the surrounding area with retail, restaurants and possibly hotels.