Braves Rumors & News

  • Braves' second-base battle may be most compelling of spring

    Fox Sports South "Last month, Craig Kimbrel joked that with so many changes to the Braves' roster, they should wear T-shirts this spring with name tags that say "Hello, My Name Is ..." Saturday, that came to fruition as payers entered the clubhouse to find those shirts sitting in their lockers, courtesy of the..." March 01

  • Four Braves candidates to replace Upton in CF

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham, Zoilo Almonte. Those are the four candidates to replace injured center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. in the Braves’ opening day lineup. It’s also an early speculated order of the odds that each of those players gets the job, going from most likely to..." March 01

  • 3d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Upton will miss most of spring training, be in walking boot for 6 wks. Has sesamoiditis (inflammation in bone behind ball of foot),

  • 3d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    I'd say Eury Perez is the early favorite to begin the year as ATL's CF. Outside of Cunningham, the other candidates are defensively flawed

  • 4d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves SS Simmons did some light throwing, some "dry swings." Oblique strain not gonna keep him out long at all, it appears.

  • 4d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Melvin Upton Jr. has a minor toe injury

  • Nick Markakis on Orioles: 'Don't believe a word they say'

    USA Today "Outfielder Nick Markakis had some pointed words for the Baltimore Orioles, telling USA TODAY Sports, "Don't believe a word they say," regarding his offseason departure. Markakis, 31, signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves in early December, shortly after negotiations..." February 25

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Markakis was only cleared this week to run and work out extensively, at 8-week mark after neck surgery

  • Rookie Peterson tailor-made for Braves' new emphasis on speed

    Fox Sports South "The term "supplemental" is an apt one right now, regarding Jace Peterson's standing with the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft class -- featuring budding stars like Jose Fernandez (Marlins), Anthony Rendon (Nationals), George Springer (Astros), Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and C.J. Cron (Angels). After..." February 24

  • Wang must battle to earn huge opportunity with Braves

    Fox Sports South "Chien-Ming Wang will turn 35 just a few days prior to the Atlanta Braves breaking camp and heading to regular-season action. If all goes well, Wang's birthday gift to himself will be a steady job. After Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Mike Minor, the Braves need someone to emerge as..." February 24

  • B.J. Upton now Melvin Upton Jr. "Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, after slumping to career-worst seasons in 2013 and 2014, will no doubt be searching down many avenues for designs on a resurrection in 2015. Among those will be a name change back to Melvin Upton Jr. Upton will be using his birth name this season after..." February 23

  • Upton: Name change not about rebound with Braves "The man formerly known as B.J. Upton reported to Braves camp early Monday morning, and he said his decision to go by his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr., had nothing to do with wanting to distance himself from the struggles he has experienced during his first two seasons in Atlanta. "This has..." February 23

  • No surprise, Teheran expected to start opening day

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Braves are planning to name All-Star Julio Teheran their opening day starter for the second consecutive season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez probably won’t announce it for several weeks, but made clear Sunday which way he was leaning when asked whether..." February 23

  • No surprise, Teheran expected to start opening day

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Braves are planning to name All-Star Julio Teheran their opening day starter for the second consecutive season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez probably won’t announce it for several weeks, but made clear Sunday which way he was leaning when asked..." February 22

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    Jeff Schultz @JeffSchultzAJC

    #Braves exec John Hart made passing reference to "Melvin" (B.J.) Upton, then confirmed player will go by Melvin Upton Jr, this season.

  • 10d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Mike Minor won his arbitration case vs. #Braves, will get $5.6 million stead of $5.1M they offered.

  • 11d
    timdierkes @timdierkes

    Mike Minor won his arbitration hearing, a source says.

  • 13d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    Mike Minor's arbitration case will be heard tomorrow. He'll either receive the $5.6M he's requested or the $5.1M the #Braves have offered.

  • 17d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have signed Eric Young Jr. to a Minor League deal. He'll battle Almonte for that platoon role in LF w/ Gomes.

  • Heyward itching to get started with Cards

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward has an arm to limber, a swing to synchronize and cleats to work in, but he relocated his workouts late last week to his new home for all those reasons and one more. He had an itch that only camp could scratch. “Come down, get familiarized, and enjoy being a..." February 14

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    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have signed Eric Young Jr. to a Minor League deal. He'll battle Almonte for that platoon role in LF w/ Gomes.

  • Shae Simmons has Tommy John surgery; Is out for the 2015 season

    Talking Chop "Yet another Braves pitcher will have to sit out a season due to Tommy John surgery. This time, it's young reliever Shae Simmons Well, this news certainly came out of the blue. Everybody was having a nice, pleasant mid-Winter day (especially considering the fact that the magical date of pitchers..." February 13

  • Braves lefty Wood excited about season and his role

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "When Alex Wood was sent to Triple-A on June 10, a month after being moved from the Braves’ rotation to the bullpen, it stung a bit, even if he understood the reasoning. He said that by the end of the season he hoped for a chance to establish himself as a full-time member of the starting rotation..." February 11

  • Burning questions for Braves at catcher in 2015

    Fox Sports South "When the lid was finally placed on the 2014 season, one of the more popular questions surrounding the Atlanta Braves was focused on the backstop. It was a problem of riches at a position. How were the Braves going to handle two starting catchers on the same roster? The Braves put an end to..." February 10

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves signed RHR Matt Capps to minor league contract. Douglasville, Ga., native hasn't pitched in majors since 2012 due to shoulder woes

  • McGriff, Walker hired as special assistants

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ex-Braves slugger Fred McGriff and former Braves hitting coach Greg Walker have been hired as special assistants in the team’s baseball operations department. McGriff, 51, hit .284 with 493 home runs and a .377 on-base percentage in 19 seasons, including parts of five seasons with the Braves..." February 09

  • The Braves and Pirates made a tiny trade last night

    Hardball Talk "The anti-blockbuster: the Braves sent Edward Salcedo to Pittsburgh and the Pirates sendt right-hander Bryton Trepagnier to Atlanta. Salcedo is a 23-year-old utility guy who has spent more time in the infield than the outfield but has spent all of his time in the minors not hitting particularly..." February 06

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    In case you missed tweet last night, #Braves arb hearing with Mike Minor set for Feb. 19, day before ATL pitchers and catchers report.

  • Braves' Alex Wood prepping for full season in starting rotation

    Fox Sports South "His arm is fine. Alex Wood can not stress this point enough. Coming off consecutive successful seasons to start his career, the third-year southpaw enters the 2015 season as a top-of-the-rotation talent and probable cornerstone of a restructured franchise. Looking at the numbers over that..." February 03

  • McGuirk says Braves ‘all in’ on youth movement

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "One of the busiest offseasons in Braves history has featured an overhaul of the front office, particularly the scouting and baseball operations departments, and a severe roster makeover highlighted by nine trades, most bringing back prospects in exchange for major league players." February 03

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    Ben Badler @BenBadler

    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, several top Braves execs scouted Cuban 2B Hector Olivera at a private workout today:

  • Freeman excited about road ahead for Braves "Given the close bond that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward have shared since entering the professional ranks together in 2007, Freeman does not like the fact that they will no longer be teammates. Nor is he overly excited about the fact that Justin Upton and Evan Gattis will..." January 31

  • Rockies Acquire David Hale, Gus Schlosser From Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have acquired right-handers David Hale and Gus Schlosser from the Braves in exchange for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd, the teams announced today. Of the players involved in this trade, Hale easily has the most big league experience. The 27-year-old Hale has..." January 30

  • 32d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    More on #Braves’ Gonzalez: Extension unlikely until team determines whether he fits with Hart in new leadership dynamic, per source.

  • Braves To Sign Eric Stults

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to sign left-hander Eric Stults to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, reports’s Mark Bowman (on Twitter). Stults is a client of Pro Star Management, Inc. The 35-year-old Stults has spent the better part of the past three seasons in the Padres’..." January 29

  • 33d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Brandon Beachy’s agent, Rob Martin: “Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger …

  • 35d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have given C John Buck a Minor League deal and a ST invite. Buck will be targeted to begin the year with Gwinnett.

  • 38d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Braves announce that they have claimed OF Eury Perez off waivers from #Yankees.

  • 39d
    Tim Brown @TBrownYahoo

    Gomes has a one-year deal with Braves with a vesting option, according to source.

  • No surprise, Smoltz to enter Hall of Fame as Brave

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "John Smoltz, the only Braves player to be a part of their 14-year postseason run, will enter baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Brave. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday the logos that will appear on the caps of the plaques for 2015 electees Smoltz, Craig Biggio and Pedro Martinez. The..." January 22

  • Braves sign Kelly Johnson

    Hardball Talk "Kelly Johnson, who played for the Braves from 2005-2009 after coming up through their farm system as a first-round draft pick, has returned to Atlanta on a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. Johnson split last season between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles, hitting a..." January 21

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    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves are still pursuing Jonny Gomes. He's a potential option to platoon with Almonte in LF.

  • 45d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves offered $5.1 million and Minor proposed $5.6 million

  • Braves, Russell avoid arbitration with 1-year, $2.425-million deal

    The Score "The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with reliever James Russell on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $2.425-million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Emilio Bonifacio in July, Russell posted a 2.22 ERA in 22 appearances..." January 15

  • Braves trade Gattis to Astros for 3 prospects "The Houston Astros have acquired slugger Evan Gattis in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. The rebuilding Braves received three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the trade, which also sent right-handed minor..." January 15

  • 47d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves do not have any desire to trade Kimbrel. They remain optimistic about the upcoming season.

  • 48d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves have traded Evan Gattis to the #Astros for trio of prospects, I'm told by source.

  • 48d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Astros have brought #Braves catcher Evan Gattis into Houston for a physical today. They are one of 3 teams aggressively pursuing him.

  • 48d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves are still talking to some teams about Gattis. But it does not appear that a potential deal is imminent.

  • 49d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Can confirm that #Braves have signed LH Wandy Rodriguez to minor league contract with spring invite, will compete for 5th rotation spot

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