Braves Get Busy

The Atlanta Braves got down to business on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with ten players. Catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Ryan Langerhans were each given one-year contracts with undisclosed financial terms, along with outfielder Matt Diaz, infielder Pete Orr and prospect Scott Thorman.

McCann, 23, batted a team-best .333 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs - all career highs. The All-Star backstop had a great second half, collecting 18 homers and driving in 64 runs over his last 66 games. He is a career .317 hitter with 29 longballs in parts of two seasons with the Braves.

Langerhans, 27, struggled in his second full season in the majors, batting .241 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs in 131 games, but will compete for the starting job in left field this season.

The 27-year-old Orr saw some time backing up second base and hit .253 over 102 games last season.

Diaz, 28, played on a pretty regular basis last season, hitting .327 with seven homers and 32 RBIs, while platooning with Langerhans in left field.

Thorman, Atlanta's first-round selection in 2000, batted .234 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games last season, his first in the majors. The 25-year-old is at the top of the list to replace Adam LaRoche as the Braves' starting first baseman.

The club also signed pitchers Manny Acosta and Tyler Yates, outfielders T.J. Bohn and Gregor Blanco and catching prospect Brayan Pena to one-year contracts.



Bassmaster said...

You had me at "Get Busy."