Awards galore, Jacob deGrom, Hall of Fame, more

If you’re looking for yesterday’s Atlanta Braves news, the biggest source for it was Monday night’s BBWAA Awards finalists announcement, where the Braves were very well represented.

The night (for the Braves, at least) started with Max Fried being named a finalist for the NL Cy Young Awards. This has been a tough field and the Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara feels like a huge favorite to win given the crazy season he’s had, but it’s nice to see Max getting some love.

Next came the nominees for manager of the year, where Braves manager Brian Snitker received much deserved love as a finalist. It’s tough going back from double-digit games to a Mets team that really hasn’t lost much. That Snit was able to keep the Braves under pressure for as long as he has deserves credit.

Finally, to nobody’s surprise, we don’t have the Rookie of the Year awards. Michael Harris and Spencer Strider were both named finalists. We think Harris is probably the favorite given how those awards have been chosen in the past and the fact that Strider missed out some time late, but this could be a close one.

More Braves news

Elsewhere in the Braves-o-Sphere, the Hall of Fame voting for the Contemporary Era has been announced. In the box of eight names on the ballot were Dale Murphy and Fred McGriff, both of whom have intriguing cases for introduction.

On site, we also had some arguments for and against some free agent options for the Braves. Trea Turner looks like a very tempting option to replace Dansby Swanson if the Braves can’t bring him back. Despite the smoke surrounding his desire to come to Atlanta, Jacob deGrom may not be as good a fit as some might think.

Finally, Matt Olson is getting some love for his work as the Braves in 2022. He’s had some big shoes to fill and it hasn’t always been easy, but by and large Olson has held his own and showed signs that he will be an important part the future of the Braves.

MLB News

The biggest news in the league was the aforementioned BBWAA awards. If you need a comprehensive overview of all finalists, you can click here.

The other interesting tidbit to emerge from across the league involved Shohei Ohtani. The Angels are a bit of a dumpster fire at the moment, despite having two of planet Earth’s best players on their roster in Ohtani and Mike Trout. With Ohtani set to sign a very, very significant deal soon after his contract with the Angels expires at the end of 2023, there has been much talk of him being traded by then. However, Angels GM Perry Minasian put that to bed for the moment when he stated very clearly that the Angels will not be trading Ohtani this offseason.

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