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Braves Decline on Reed; Extend QO to McCann

The news continues fast and furious:  two official news bits this afternoon from the Atlanta Braves’ front office:




Since we discussed the McCann situation this morning, I won’t beat that dead horse any further, except to say that he now has 7 days to formally accept this $14.1 million/1 year offer (he won’t).  The Reed Johnson situation bears a mention, however.

Previously, I had written on my expectation that Reed’s $1.6 million option would be declined.  Last week came news from AJC beat writer David O’Brien that Atlanta would exercise the option to bring him back.  Now we get the official word:  the 36-year-old outfielder will receive a $150,000 buyout check and is now a free agent.

The fallout?  As of the moment, the outfield depth chart now looks like this:  Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Jason Heyward, Jordan Schafer, and Joey Terdoslavich (he being the apparent winner in this decision).  I suppose you’d have to think that Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham also are in the running for backup slots, though I expect Constanza to eventually be released as a minor league free agent.


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  • Sealift67

    I realize rookies or for the that matter second year players are not
    used as pinch hitters, traditionally. Yet I can see Joey T in a multi-purpose
    role and possibly able to step up as a fill in corner OF and 1B. I’m also
    hoping Schaefer continues his maturity as he has been making good
    contact and has base stealing ability.

    • Jeff Schafer

      If BJ continues to struggle look for Schafer to get more PT next year but BJ will definitely start the season in the outfield in hopes to turn his career around