Report: Braves move on from Glavine

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With his second scoop of the day, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Braves have released Tom Glavine.

This comes as quite a shock, especially in light of him pitching six
scoreless innings in his last rehab start and posting a 2.25 ERA in
four outings overall. All indications were that the Braves were about
to slot him into their rotation.

Still, it could well be the right move for the team. It looks like
the Braves are making a commitment to their younger pitchers, namely
Kris Medlen and Tommy Hanson. After two shaky starts to begin his
career, Medlen fanned nine and allowed one run over six innings in a
win over the Diamondbacks over the weekend. Hanson has a 1.49 ERA and a
90/17 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings in Triple-A.

With the super-two deadline having passed, the Braves can go to
Hanson any time they want. Had they opted to give Glavine the spot in
the rotation that Medlen was occupying, then it’s doubtful Hanson would
have been needed in June. However, now it’s again likely that we’ll see
Hanson this month, perhaps with Medlen sliding to the bullpen.

It’s quite realistic that Glavine could have come back and given the
Braves a 4.50 ERA in 20-22 starts over the rest of the season. However,
the Braves are one of the relatively few teams in baseball that don’t
really need another starter like that. Also, they would have been
adding at least $2 million-$3 million to their payroll by putting
Glavine on the roster. That money can be better used in upgrading the
outfield.

Let’s hope this isn’t the end for Glavine. He clearly didn’t want to
pitch anywhere other than Atlanta, but after putting in this much time
rehabbing, he’s not likely to want to call it a career. Philadelphia,
Florida and Milwaukee look like the most obvious destinations for him.
There’s been talk of him joining the Nationals in the past, mostly
because of the Stan Kasten connection, but it’s doubtful that he’ll
want to finish up as part of baseball’s worst team.

Orioles are eying Welington Castillo as their primary catcher target

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 25: Welington Castillo #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up prior to taking an at bat against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 25, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.

Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.

For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.

Report: Phillies agree to minor league deal with Daniel Nava

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Daniel Nava #12 of the Kansas City Royals bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.

Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.