Talking Chop presented plenty of quality content on Monday, including a Hall Of Fame profile of former Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Eric Cole dives into the perspective of Jorge Soler being an option to bring back as free agent for the outfield. It certainly seems Soler has been a popular choice among many to be the one outfielder from last year’s trade deadline for the Braves to bring back. Cory McCartney and Grant McAuley, on the latest edition of Battery Power, look into whether or not Max Fried can take it up to another level in 2022.
Major League Baseball had a strange, but hopefully beneficial, day on Monday. Major League Baseball is developing a “core economics package,” according to Bob Nightengale, which should be officially submitted to the MLBPA within two weeks. Since the commencement of the MLB lockout, this is the first substantial timeline of progress in the negotiations. It remains to be seen whether or not this idea will result in any kind of progress toward a deal. At the very least, it appears that some effort will be made to begin the process of reaching a resolution. Hopefully, both sides will be willing to compromise and a plan may be devised to reach a conclusion in a timely manner.
MLB And Apple are discussing a deal where Apple TV could land exclusive MLB games for 2022, similar to how Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have aired MLB Games in recent years. The Mets continue to look for a bench coach, as Andy Stankiewicz from Grand Canyon University denied interest and the Giants denied the ability for the Mets to talk to Andrew Bailey. Elian Soto, the younger brother of Juan Soto, will be signing with the Washington Nationals. The younger Soto was recently linked to the Mets. Nick Madrigal spoke with Ken Rosenthal about the road to recovery from injury during the MLB Lockout.