return to Atlanta?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerBraves News: More Craig Kimbrel rumors Evan Longoria Jersey , A.J. Minter update and moreNew,27commentsWould Kimbrel be willing to take a shorter deal to return to Atlanta?EDTShareTweetShareShareBraves News: More Craig Kimbrel rumors, A.J. Minter update and moreGreg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsAtlanta Braves NewsTeheran’s good start, Albies big double late lead Braves to 4-3 win over TigersJulio Teheran overcame some first inning troubles to help the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in the next to last game ever at Champion Stadium. Teheran allowed two first inning runs but settled down and struck out five over five innings of work. The Braves deployed what very well could be their Opening Day lineup. Ozzie Albies doubled and drove in a pair of runs in the win. Braves are still ‘in’ on Craig Kimbrel along with Brewers, per reportNothing sounds imminent and the Braves may not have actually made an offer but The Athletic’s David O’Brien reports that it is down to Atlanta and Milwaukee for free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel. Braves release reliever Sam FreemanSpeaking of the bullpen. Atlanta gave left-hander Sam Freeman his unconditional release on Friday. Freeman was outrighted to Gwinnett and off the 40-man roster on Thursday. Freeman made 63 appearances for the Braves in 2018 posting a 4.29 ERA and a 3.66 FIP. Freeman: ‘I don’t want to put on another uniform’After enduring a very quiet offseason, things picked up this week with a number of players signing big extensions to remain with their current clubs. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman has taken notice and he is hoping that he can spend his entire career with the Braves. Minter tests shoulder by throwing live BPReliever A.J. Minter took another step forward in his return from shoulder issues by throwing a live batting practice session on Friday. This was the first time he has faced hitters since leaving his March 1 debut after just one batter. Minter told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that he felt rusty but reported no issues with the shoulder. He is still expected to open the season on the injured list but shouldn’t be out for too long. Braves will take a look at newly acquired pitcher SaturdayThe Braves signed veteran Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract on Thursday. He will make his debut in an Atlanta uniform on Saturday in what will be the final Braves’ exhibition game played at Champion Stadium. MLB NewsRed Sox, Chris Sale Agree To ExtensionChris Sale reportedly has an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a five-year extension that will be worth $145 million. Sale passed his physical Friday night so all that remains is an official announcement by the team. Astros, Justin Verlander Reportedly “Moving Toward” ExtensionThe Houston Astros and right-hander Justin Verlander are reportedly nearing an agreement on a contract extension according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The deal is rumored to be for two years and worth around $66 million. Matt Olson Undergoes Hand SurgeryOakland first baseman Matt Olson underwent hand surgery on Friday after suffering a broken hamate bone on a foul tip while playing in the Opening Series in Japan. There is currently no timeline for Olson’s return. White Sox Release Brandon GuyerThe Chicago White Sox released outfielder Brandon Guyer on Friday. He went 5-for-23 at the plate with a home run. Guyer struggled in 2018 while with the Indians hitting .220/312/.351. The World Series keeps kicking the Orioles while they’re down. Today in the links, Chris Davis knows he has work to do, a new O’s prospect list, manager memories, and more."Hello Dustin McGowan Jersey , friends.There are now 153 days remaining until the next Orioles game. No baseball is on the calendar tonight, with the World Series switching venues from Boston to Los Angeles before tomorrow’s Game 3. Hopefully the Dodgers put up a better fight than they did in Boston.If the series keeps going the way that it has been going, the baseball season will be over in another three days with a Red Sox sweep. Even if they go the distance to seven games, the season will be over in six more days, with an if-needed Game 7 on Halloween.I’m mentioning all of this because time is decidedly growing short for the Orioles if they are going to make a hire before the end of the World Series. Maybe it’s OK if they don’t do that, I don’t know. It’s just hard to have much faith that a ponderous process will turn out well given that the O’s glacial pace hasn’t worked out well in their favor of late.It’s just not a lot of fun to be an Orioles fan right now. On top of all of the uncertainty, the world seems to line up to continually remind us of just how bad the team was this past season. For instance, Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi made a nice catch last night that made some people evoke comparisons to the leap of a ballet dancer. In the background of this moment of grace is something that, to O’s fans, sticks out like a sore thumb:Talk about kicking us while we’re down. On the bright side, the Orioles will probably win more than 47 games next season and will probably finish closer than 61 games out of first place... probably.Around the blogO’sphereChris Davis on the offseason: ‘I know there’s a lot of work to be done’ (Baltimore Sun)The reply that comes to mind is one that often merits the response, “Keep digging http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , Watson.”Orioles top 10 prospects for 2019 (Baseball America)Baseball America’s Jon Meoli is here with a new Orioles top 10 prospects list, although you can only read it if you’re a subscriber.Five takeaways from the Orioles top prospect rankings on Baseball America (Baltimore Sun)Fortunately, The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli is here to comment on the top 10 Orioles prospects list written by Baseball America’s Jon Meoli. You can read this one as long as you haven’t used up your free articles for the month!Diaz struggled with Bowie as he made swing adjustments with his new team (Steve Melewski)“Acquire top prospect, immediately start messing with what had been successful” is definitely some Orioles stuff. Hopefully whoever is hired next hires people who are better about this kind of thing.Orioles miss on Gaston makes Gausman trade look even shakier (Baltimore Sun)I have written before, and will probably write again, that if Dan Duquette hadn’t already lost his job, he would deserve to be fired over this.Memories of managerial searches (School of Roch)A previous Orioles brain trust interviewed eight managerial candidates and came away thinking of Lee Mazzilli, “Yep, he’s our guy.”Here’s who will win the next five World Series (Fangraphs)Spoiler alert: It’s not the Orioles.Birthdays and anniversariesA pair of former Orioles were born on this day. They are: 1983/88 reserve Tito Landrum, and the late Bobby Thomson, who played in three games for the 1960 Orioles.Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: angry basketball coach Bob Knight (1940), Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright (1957) Adeiny Hechavarria Jersey , comedian Samantha Bee (1969), baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez (1971), author Zadie Smith (1975), and singer-songwriter Katy Perry (1984).On this day in history...In 1415, during the Hundred Years’ War, England’s Henry V led his lightly-armored force to victory over the French in the Battle of Agincourt, famous in world history for proving the strength of longbows over cavalry. In William Shakespeare’s telling, Henry gave quite the speech before the battle.In 1812, during the War of 1812, Maryland-born naval officer Stephen Decatur scored one of his career’s great victories when he led the heavy frigate USS United States to capture the HMS Macedonian in an engagement hundreds of miles south of the Azores.In 1854, during the Crimean War, the British and Russians fought the Battle of Balaclava Sergio Romo Jersey , which had a cavalry charge that inspired the famous poem The Charge of the Light Brigade.In 1944, during World War II, American and Japanese naval forces waged separate engagements around Leyte Gulf near the Philippines, which despite at least one significant tactical blunder by Admiral Halsey, resulted in a significant American victory and the effective crippling of the Imperial Japanese Navy for the remainder of the war. The overall battle is considered one of the largest, if not the largest, naval battles in history.**And that’s the way it is in Birdland on October 25 - or at least, unless something happens later, which I guess it might, if the Orioles for some reason decide to hire somebody today. Have a safe Thursday.