MLB: Nats, Braves, Dodgers will not select first rounder in 2014 draft
Bleacher report NBA teams have been slow to make their first-round picks in the draft, but the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have both been active in the past two days.
The Atlanta Braves have been the most active in their selection of a first-rounder in the first round of the 2014 draft.
The Braves are hoping to get the draft pick for third baseman Brandon Phillips and third baseman Josh Hader, who both had solid seasons with the Braves in 2014.
The Braves also were able to add shortstop Tyler Collins to the organization last year.
Both teams have also been active during the trade deadline, including the Dodgers trading outfielder A.J. Ellis to the Boston Red Sox.
The Dodgers also added first baseman Jake Thompson to their minor league roster.
The Dodgers, though, have been on the clock since the beginning of the trade period, and the Dodgers have made a splash in the outfield by acquiring the draft rights to first baseman Cody Bellinger.
The team also is in the process of trading second baseman Yasiel Puig to the Chicago Cubs.
Los Angeles has also been a heavy hitter during the deadline, signing infielder Brandon Belt to a $125 million extension.
They also have made several trades during the week, most notably acquiring outfielder Andrew Heaney from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Jordan Montgomery and reliever Joe Blanton.
The Los Angeles Angels also have been active at the deadline and have made some major trades in the off-season, including signing right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Gibson and outfielder/outfielder Adam Jones.
The Miami Marlins are the next team to make an impact on the draft in the second round, as they acquired the draft right to pitcher Zach Davies from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange.
The Marlins will now be looking to add a second rounder to their outfield with the addition of right-handers Alex Cobb and Jordan Danks.
The Detroit Tigers are expected to make a splash with their second round pick in 2014, as the team has been very active in its selection process, with several top prospects already on the board.
The Tigers also have a number of prospects on their hands in the minor leagues, including shortstop Christian Yelich and outfielder Christian Vazquez.
Detroit also is expected to add outfielder Mark Ellis to its minor league farm system.
The Chicago White Sox, though have been busy during the off season, with the White Sox making several trades, including sending outfielder Logan Morrison to the Arizona League.