Tuesday was a day full of awards, both in terms of recognition and financial gain.
The 2021 All-MLB team was announced on Tuesday, with many of the game’s biggest names being recognized for their outstanding production during the 2021 season. Similar to how many Braves were included among the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award winners, four Atlanta ballplayers were also announced among the MLB’s best performers from last season.
Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, and Max Fried all earned second-team honors at their respective positions. Freeman, Albies, and Fried were clearly among the best at their positions all year long, and were rightfully deserving of the honor. However, the big news of the night was Austin Riley being named First-Team ALL-MLB Third Baseman, being voted ahead of Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox.
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It was the latest in several honors Riley earned for his incredible breakout season. While Riley certainly will admit the best honor is being a World Series Champion, he deservedly is now one of the most decorated talents in baseball this offseason as a result of his production. Hopefully, for the Braves and Riley, this is just the beginning of many busy individual award seasons as Riley’s career progresses.
- Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic provided some insight on Freeman’s potential suitors from big markets. While there was nothing of great significance, Rosenthal basically highlighted that a potential deal for Freeman elsewhere other than Atlanta remains a long shot.
- Major League Baseball announced the decision to move the 2021 non-tender deadline from December 2nd to November 30th. This would allow non-tendered players to have a chance to sign a new contract before a lockout occurs. For the Braves, this development could impact their decisions on Adam Duvall and others for next year.
- Charlie Morton’s fantastic discussion with David O’Brien of the Athletic continued as he detailed when he might return and his thoughts on Freddie Freeman.
- Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays are close to agreeing to a new 12-year extension that could be worth over $220M dollars. This is obviously major news, as Franco would be the latest young phenom in the sport, following Ronald Acuna Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., in recent years a make a decade or longer commitment to their respective teams.
- The St. Louis Cardinals, who many expected to make at least one move to solidify their rotation, did exactly that in signing Steven Matz to a new four year deal.
- After a spectacular year as a reliever for both the Mariners and Astros, Kendall Graveman appears to be nearing a three year deal with the Chicago White Sox.
- The New York Yankees made a few significant roster decisions, as Rougned Odor and Clint Frazier were released on Tuesday.