3:13 AM EST, Thu January 24, 2019
9 hours ago
Wednesday open thread

Wednesday open thread

Happy Wednesday everyone! Alex Anthopoulos talked about what the Atlanta Braves lineup could look like in 2019 during his media call on Tuesday. If you missed it, he suggested that Brian Snitker is leaning towards returning Ender Inciarte to the top of the order and followed by Josh Donaldson, Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr. Tonight’s open thread topic is, if you were in charge of making out the Braves’ lineup, what would it look like?
15 hours ago
Projecting 2019: Nick Markakis

Projecting 2019: Nick Markakis

The sands of time are apparently the goopy cement of time instead. If you’re looking at this post title and groaning, take a small bit of solace in the fact that as I write this, I am too. Maybe not out loud, because I have a cat on me, but rest assured, there’s a long, some might say eternal, groan reverberating inside me. Which, speaking of eternal, is a good segue into the discussion of Nick Markakis and his continued tenure as an Atlanta Brave. Overnight, I’ve become convinced that this isn’t some ordinary human happenstance; Nick Markakis is a haunting spectre, the Ghost of...
16 hours ago
Baseball America lists 8 Braves among Top 100 prospects for 2019

Baseball America lists 8 Braves among Top 100 prospects for 2019

Austin Riley, Ian Anderson and Mike Soroka all land in the Top 25. It is prospects day here at Talking Chop! We were already treated this morning with the revealing of Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 prospects list. Now Baseball America has dropped its own Top 100 and the Atlanta Braves are well represented once again with eight prospects including four in the Top 50. Here is a look at the list. No. 22 - Austin Riley - 3BNo. 24 - Ian Anderson - RHPNo. 25 - Mike Soroka - RHPNo. 39 - Kyle Wright - RHPNo. 53 - Touki Toussaint - RHPNo. 80 - Bryse Wilson - RHPNo. 83 - Drew Waters - OFNo. 85 -...
19 hours ago
Braves land 8 prospects in Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 list

Braves land 8 prospects in Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 list

The Braves’ minor league system has seen some high profile graduations of late but there is still a good crop of prospects that remain. The Atlanta Braves have built an excellent minor league system over the last few years. Despite the recent graduations of top prospects like Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr an impressive group remains with several more knocking on the major league door. We are at that point in the offseason where our attention starts to turn towards spring training. It is also the time that many outlets start to release their top prospect lists for the upcoming season....
20 hours ago
Braves News: Nick Markakis is back, Hall of Fame results and more

Braves News: Nick Markakis is back, Hall of Fame results and more

The Braves brought back Nick Markakis Tuesday on a one-year deal. Atlanta Braves News Braves, Nick Markakis agree on 1-year deal The Atlanta Braves finally found their outfielder. The team agreed to a one-year deal with Nick Markakis that also contains a club option for the 2020 season. Markakis will make $4 million this season. The 2020 option is worth $6 million and contains a $2 million buyout. Alex Anthopoulos comments on bringing back Nick Markakis Alex Anthopoulos spoke with reporters shortly after the deal with Markakis was announced. He discussed the reasoning for bringing back...
Jan 23, 2019
TC Podcast Ep. 150: The Nick Markakis emergency extravaganza

TC Podcast Ep. 150: The Nick Markakis emergency extravaganza

TC’s Scott Coleman joins us. Good evening, friends. The Atlanta Braves did a thing on Tuesday afternoon, breaking the off-season silence by signing old friend Nick Markakis to a two-year deal that almost functions as a one-year deal. As a result, the Talking Chop podcast is here for Episode 150 in emergency fashion and TC’s Scott Coleman joins us for the fun. Topics include the following: The details of the Markakis’ deal and the value proposition involved Alex Anthopoulos shared some public comments after the deal came to fruition What is Markakis’ role going to be as he returns...
Jan 22, 2019
Rivera, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Rivera, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Fred McGriff falls short in final attempt. Andruw Jones will remain on the ballot The ballots are in and for the first time ever there a player has been a unanimous selection. Former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera received all 425 votes from the baseball writers to take his spot among the game’s greats. Joining Rivera in the 2019 Hall of Fame class are former Mariners’ DH Edgar Martinez and right-handers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina. They join Lee Smith and Harold Baines who were elected earlier this winter by the Today’s Game era committee. The induction ceremony will be held on...
Jan 22, 2019
Nick Markakis will make a not-so-much-anticipated return to the Braves

Nick Markakis will make a not-so-much-anticipated return to the Braves

Markakis is back with the Braves on a one-year deal with a club option. That sound you’re hearing is the crowd going mild. Alright, be honest: How many of you all have been on social media replying to the Braves (and Braves-related/adjacent) accounts imploring the front office to make a move? “Do something! Anything,” you implored. Well, be careful what you wish for because it might come true. The Braves made a move today and I’m sure that everybody is thrilled with the Braves returning to activity on the free agent market, right? #Braves Agree to Terms with OF Nick Markakis:...
Jan 22, 2019
Alex Anthopoulos comments on bringing back Nick Markakis

Alex Anthopoulos comments on bringing back Nick Markakis

AA discusses bringing back Nick Markakis, his role and what might be next. The Atlanta Braves finally brought in an outfielder on Monday with the return of Nick Markakis on a one-year deal that includes a club option for the 2020 season. The return of Markakis wasn’t the big splash that many fans were looking for but it sounds like something that the Braves and Markakis had been eyeing for a while. Alex Anthopoulos held a conference call with reporters after the deal was announced and touched on a variety of subjects. He indicated that Markakis turned down more lucrative offers to...
Jan 22, 2019
Updated Braves 40-man Roster

Updated Braves 40-man Roster

Keep track of all the changes this offseason here. The offseason is underway and the Atlanta Braves figure to be busy this winter. Below is a look at their current 40-man roster and we will be tracking all of the changes from now through the start of spring training. Last updated 1/22/19. Transactions 1/22 - The Atlanta Braves have signed Nick Markakis to a one-year, $4 million deal that also includes a $6 million club option with a $2 million buyout for 2020 12/10 - The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Rio Ruiz off waivers. 11/26 - Atlanta signed free agent third baseman Josh...
Jan 22, 2019
Braves, Nick Markakis agree on 1-year deal, per report

Braves, Nick Markakis agree on 1-year deal, per report

Markakis returning to Atlanta on one-year deal. In need of an outfielder the Atlanta Braves are reportedly turning to a familiar face. The team has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis that also contains a club option for 2020. The deal will pay Markakis $4 million in 2019. The club option is worth $6 million with a $2 million buy out. So he gets $6 million guaranteed and the Braves can move on after the 2019 season. #Braves Agree to Terms with OF Nick Markakis: pic.twitter.com/GSZmNoOxJq— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22,...
Jan 22, 2019
Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement open thread

Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement open thread

Coverage for today’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting announcement gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on the MLB Network and online at MLB.com. The actual announcement will happen shortly after 6 p.m. ET. In the meantime, feel free to discuss who should get in and why.
Jan 22, 2019
MLB Pipeline names Austin Riley third best 3B prospect in baseball

MLB Pipeline names Austin Riley third best 3B prospect in baseball

There has long been love for Austin Riley here at Talking Chop. Now, it looks like he is starting to get a lot of love nationally as well. Austin Riley has been an absolute treat to follow along with these past few years. From him busting on to the scene hitting a bunch of home runs in rookie ball to him carrying the Rome offense in the second half to a title to his jump all the way to Triple-A, Austin has long been one of the players that has garnered the most intrigue from fans following the minors. This offseason has seen him start to get a lot of recognition nationally. Baseball America...
Jan 22, 2019
Where to watch Tuesday’s Hall of Fame announcement

Where to watch Tuesday’s Hall of Fame announcement

Voting results for the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced on Tuesday live on the MLB Network. This year’s ballot features 15 holdovers from last season and 20 first-timers for a total of 35 players. Players need to receive 75 percent of the vote to gain induction. Those receiving 75 percent of the vote will join Lee Smith and Harold Baines who were voted in by the Today’s Game committee during the Winter Meetings. Former Atlanta Braves’ great Fred McGriff is in his 10th and final year on the ballot. Per Ryan Thibodaux’s excellent tracker of publicly...
Jan 22, 2019
Braves News: Albies looks to refine approach in 2019

Braves News: Albies looks to refine approach in 2019

After a season that saw him produce mixed results, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies will look to bring a more patient approach to the plate in 2019. BRAVES NEWS Albies aims to turn patience into production To begin the 2018 season, Ozzie Albies was the Braves’ best power hitter, much to the surprise of those who followed his minor league career. But as the season wore on, Albies wore down, and his power diminished while his aggressive approach limited his walk total. In an interview with Braves beat writer Mark Bowman, Albies says that he hopes to carry a more patient approach into the...