Braves sign first-round pick outfielder Braxton Davidson

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Via beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Davidson was the 32nd overall selection in this month’s MLB Amateur Draft out of T.C. Roberson high school in Asheville, North Carolina. Listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he’s a powerful corner outfield prospect with a big arm and sturdy frame. The 18-year-old will likely begin his professional career in rookie ball later this month.

Report: Rockies close to signing Bryan Shaw

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rockies are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Bryan Shaw. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Shaw’s deal is for three years and will guarantee about $9 million per year.

Shaw, 30, has spent the last five seasons in the Indians’ bullpen. Over that span of time, mostly setting up for closer Cody Allen, Shaw put up an aggregate 3.11 ERA with a 333/119 K/BB ratio in 358 2/3 innings.

The Rockies have been in hot pursuit of bullpen help after losing Greg Holland and Pat Neshek to free agency. Shaw would certainly represent a significant improvement in the bullpen.