The Braves had interest in Trevor Rosenthal before the reliever signed off by the A’s, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman writes( Twitter link ). With Rosenthal now off world markets, Atlanta is still looking for right-handed relief help, and Heyman wonders if the Braves could be returned to a familiar face in Shane Greene. Apart from some consideration from the Twins earlier this month, there hasn’t been much bustle about Greene this offseason, despite his 2.39 ERA over 90 1/3 innings since the start of the 2019 season. Greene doesn’t have a big fastball and his peripherals haven’t been overly impressive, however, which could explain why he still available leader into his age-3 2 season. Atlanta did recently contributed ex-serviceman righty Nate Jones to their bullpen mix on a minor league deal.
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Most participates make changes in the wake of a bumpy season, but Shohei Ohtani faced the increased challenge of modernizing himself as both a hitter and a pitcher after a 2020 campaign the Angels star announced ” pathetic .” Ohtani’s offseason endeavors included a trip-up to Driveline Baseball, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports, and Ohtani and his agent Nez Balelo told reporters that the pitcher/ DH has adopted a new teaching brigade, a brand-new nutrition, and acquired changes to his sway. Ohtani’s studying has been helped by the fact that he is now recovered from a flexor strain that restriction him to 1 2/3 innings as a pitcher in 2020, which came after not pitching at all in 2019 due to Tommy John surgery. Robbie Ray‘s foray into the open market didn’t last long, as the southpaw re-signed with the Blue Jays shortly after the free agent period opened in early November. This gave Ray more time to spend with Jays managers on trying to correct his form following a mediocre 2020 season, Ray told reporters( including The Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm ). Ray represented changes to his arm slot prior to the 2020 season, which may have led to such terrible makes as a 6.62 ERA and 45 strolls over just 51 2/3 innings with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays. The Pirates are still in the very early stages of a rebuild, and GM Ben Cherington caused the broad outlines of the team’s basic plan to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other reporters. Modeled after how other squads have experienced rehabilitates, Cherington broke it down into three stairs: endowment accumulation, developing that aptitude, and then adding to that flair locate through trades and free busines. The general manager also made it clear that the Bucs are still in the first step, as” whatever improvement we’ve seen in our overall organizational endowment — and I think we have assured some improvements in the last year — it’s not enough. We’ve got to keep going. We’ve got to be one of the stronger societies really in matters of overall knack to give ourselves the best chance to win .”
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