No bidding period, Tyler Matzek re-signed and more

It was a fun day for the supporters of professional baseball club Atlanta Braves yesterday as it was the non-advertised deadline. There wasn’t much drama or intrigue for the Braves, as most of the guys who were expected not to get a contract were dropped from the roster on other trains earlier in the offseason. In the end, the Braves settled on a one-year deal with Mike Soroka and designated five other players, although some of them were guys who had started the process earlier in the offseason.

One player whose fate was somewhat in question was the currently injured Tyler Matzek. Matzek didn’t want to make big bucks next year, but any time a helper has an injury and is in their 30s, there’s a real chance his team could pull away from them. However, the Braves did the right thing for their postseason hero and agreed to a two-year deal with him. Fear not Braves fans, one of the co-founders of Night Shift will be around for the foreseeable future.

More Braves news

In a somewhat surprising move to make room on their 40-man roster for Rule 5 protections earlier this week, the Braves opted to nominate William Woods for the assignment. Woods is a high-upside bullpen-arm with a great fastball, but he’s struggled with injuries and his command. However, it was still surprising to see the Braves pick him to remove him from the 40-man and not at all surprising that he didn’t make it through waivers when all teams’ Mets snapped him off the waiver wire by the Braves .

Elsewhere on the site, an article was published yesterday detailing all the reasons why the Braves are going to be NL East champions again next year. It’s honestly funny that, barring some true outliers, “other NL East teams go crazy in free-agent situations” that the Braves probably just prefer, regardless of what happens for them at shortstop this offseason (you should definitely try anyway). get someone to play there before you start yelling).

Finally, the season review series continued, with Bryce Elder making some key starts for the Braves in the 2022 season, though the start of his major league career didn’t go to plan.

MLB News

The no call period was the biggest news yesterday and has certainly changed the landscape of the free agent market. Some notable names who weren’t advertised and are now free agents include Cody Bellinger, Brian Anderson, Dom Smith, Jeimer Candelario, and Luke Voit.

The Minnesota Twins announced their new team logo redesign and while one of their designs looks very similar to one of the Marlins designs, it’s still nice to see them spice things up on the uniform side.

One of the biggest names in the free agent market is Aaron Judge, and the Yankees clearly don’t want him going anywhere. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees Judge made a new offer to keep him in the Bronx. While the amount isn’t known, it’s fair to say it’s likely significantly more than the $213.5 million seven-year renewal offer they made him ahead of the 2022 season.


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