Braves News: All is quiet on the lockout front, Baseball America’s Top 100 list and more

A quiet winter for Major League Baseball continued on Wednesday, and while the prospect list season is a welcome distraction, it’s the status of the sport that should take center stage. There was no update on the lockout Wednesday and there has been no update since the two sides met last week with minimal progress reported. Last week’s meeting was the first in 40+ days to discuss key economic issues. Quite simply, the sense of urgency is not there yet to close a deal.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote on Wednesday, it is unforgivable that the sport loses matches in a labor dispute. There is simply too much at stake for both sides. Unfortunately, neither side seems to share that sentiment.

We have done a good job covering the situation over the past 12 months, but the fact is that neither the league nor the union have shown that they are capable of closing a deal. Look no further than the pandemic-shortened 2020 season as an example where the commissioner implemented a regular 60-game season. There are just too many differences and too many hard feelings.

Unfortunately, this situation needs a sense of urgency that only the loss of games can provide. I’m not sure if spring workouts count too. However, each day that this continues is more damage to the sport. If only both parties really cared about it.

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The Braves have landed three players on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list for 2022. Outfielder Michael Harris broke the Top 50, while Shea Langeliers and Cristian Pache also made the cut.

Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs has released ZiPS projections for the Braves for the upcoming season and they are quite favorable, even with a notable question mark on first base.

The rollout of our prospect list continued on Wednesday with No. 13-18, which will be marked by 2020 and 2021 No. 1 picks Jared Shuster and Ryan Cusick.

Braves Podcasts

Our friends at Just Baseball spoke with Braves lefty prospect Tucker Davidson to discuss the 2021 season, his mental preparation and his main focus for the 2022 season.

MLB News

Carlos Correa announced late Tuesday night that he has switched offices and hired Scott Boras from the Boras Corporation. Correa is one of the few big-name free agents who didn’t cash in before the lockout. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday that Correa was looking for a deal in the $330-350 million range before the lockout.

The Kansas City Royals hired longtime scout Roy Clark as their senior adviser on baseball operations. Clark is best known for his time as a scout in the Atlanta organization.

The Cleveland Guardians appointed Joe Torres as their assistant pitch coach on Wednesday.

The San Diego Padres have appointed former outfielder Shane Robinson as their new bench coach for their Double-A team in San Antonio.

The Colorado Rockies announced the addition of former infielder Jordan Pacheco as their new batting coach at Triple-A Albuquerque.

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