MLB.com "The Nationals are in need of left-handed relievers, and MLB.com has learned that the team has expressed interest in Scott Downs, who played for the Expos from 2000-04. A baseball source said the Nats have inquired about Downs at least twice. It's not known what kind of contract Downs is..." December 05
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
#Braves declined to tender a 2014 contract offer to infielders Paul Janish and Elliot Johnson and RHP Cristhian Martinez
#Braves have non-tendered Paul Janish, Elliot Johnson & Cristhian Martinez, in addition to signing Ramiro Pena to a one year deal
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
CBSSports.com "The Braves have lost a major free agent (Brian McCann) and have not yet signed any players, but they're already assured of having a very expensive offseason. The team is facing a large (maybe even historically large) class of arbitration-eligible players, meaning players who have not played long..." November 30
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Cobb County Commission is approved by a 4 to 1 vote plans for a new $672 million Braves stadium in its backyard. The crucial vote — which directs $300 million in taxpayer dollars to the development — comes just two weeks and a day after the Braves made a stunning announcement the team was..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Source: McCann deal with #Yankees is 5/85 with sixth-year vesting option that could bring it to 6/100.
Dallas Morning News "It appears the Texas Rangers’ chase for another bat for the lineup will take them towards an outfielder or a DH. Brian McCann will not be part of the equation. McCann, according to two major league sources, has ruled the Rangers out and, according to a source, is on the verge of a long-term..." November 23
Today's roster moves for the #Braves: LHP Carlos Perez, RHP Luis Vasquez and INF Elmer Reyes were all added to the 40-man roster.
Brian McCann expected to start visiting teams he's talking with in the next 2 weeks;NYY/TEX/BOS among more than half-dozen teams interested.
CSN Bay Area "Tim Hudson leads all active major league pitchers with 205 career victories. Count on his next one coming in a Giants uniform. The Giants wanted three attributes as they shopped for their rotation: experience, durability and the willingness to put pen to contract. They convinced Hudson to make..." November 19
Hudson on #Braves: "It was tough leaving. The fans there supported me and my family like crazy. And some of the best teammates in the world"
Source: #Braves sign Matt Kennelly to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
FWIW, one baseball source said Texas pushing hard for McCann. '"They're knocking his door down," source said
#Braves agreed to terms w/ reliever Jonny Venters on a 1-yr deal, avoiding arb. Coming back from 2nd TJ surgery, should be back April/May.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said “one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had” will go up at the site of Turner Field after the Atlanta Braves move to Cobb. In his first public remarks since the MLB franchise spurned Atlanta, Reed vowed he would “not leave a..." November 12
San Francisco Chronicle "One of the Giants’ chief pitching targets is Tim Hudson. Two potential obstacles to signing him appear to be non-issues now. First, sources said, the Alabama native and Georgia resident is willing to move across the country again to pitch for the right team. Second, the Braves apparently offered..." November 12
SB Nation "The Braves are expected to receive public financing for their new stadium, and early reports put the figure at $450 million. The initial plan to move the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County involves $450 million in financing from the county, reports Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway of the Atlanta..." November 11
McCann will decline his qualifying offer today. The #Braves will be compensated with a draft pick when he signs with another club.
Hardball Talk "The Marietta Daily Journal reports — and the Braves have since confirmed — that they are moving to a new, suburban ballpark after the 2016 season. The new park will be in Cobb County, near the intersection of I-75 and I-285. The move is occasioned by the end their 20 year lease agreement for..." November 11
Fansided "The Colorado Rockies have been looking to improve their pitching rotation since, well, forever. They’re hopeful they’ll be able to do so with free agent starter Tim Hudson, though, it’s a marriage that appears unlikely despite the Rockies’ interest. According to Troy Renck, the Rockies are..." November 09
CBSSports.com "Brian McCann started the year on the disabled list, and he may end it with a $100-million contract, or close to it. The free-agent period has become a "perfect storm" for McCann, 29, not only because he's a lefthanded-hitting catcher with power who's a seven-time All-Star with a career .823..." November 09
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Free agency opened only Oct. 30, when Koji Uehara struck out former TCU star Matt Carpenter for the final out of the World Series. Players have been free to negotiate with all teams only since Tuesday, when their 2013 team’s five-day exclusive window closed. In other words, the off-season is..." November 08
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "What’s the right price for another year of Tim Hudson’s services? He made $9 million in 2013, which was a reasonable-but-not-lavish salary for a starting pitcher of his pedigree. But now he’s a starting pitcher who will turn 39 in July and who’s coming off a broken ankle. He's also a free..." November 08
CBSSports.com "There was a time when second base was a wasteland in the minors, when utility types like Taylor Green topped the prospect rankings just because they were the only ones with a chance of contributing in the not-too-distant future. And after a year in which Jedd Gyorko, Anthony Rendon, Jurickson..." November 06
MLB.com "The top contenders for baseball's four major individual honors, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, were revealed Tuesday on MLB Network. The winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards (Monday), Managers of the Year (Tuesday), Cy Young Awards (Nov. 13) and..." November 06
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves made a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to free agent Brian McCann, assuring they’ll at least receive a compensatory draft pick if the catcher signs with another team. As expected, McCann was the only one of the Braves’ free agents to receive a qualifying offer before..." November 05
Boston Herald "After being drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves in 2003, Jarrod Saltalamacchia's path to the majors was obstructed by fellow catcher Brian McCann. Now, in the ultimate irony, McCann could replace Saltalamacchia with the Red Sox. If the Sox decide to move on from Saltalamacchia..." November 05
Not that there was any doubt, but the Braves are making a qualifying offer to McCann.
MLB.com "The pens and reams of paper are out. Decisions are about to be made. The Hot Stove season is now in Major League overdrive. The end of the World Series on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency a day later was only the beginning. After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday brings about..." November 04
CBSSports.com "The Braves have expressed an interest in bringing back recuperating veteran starter Tim Hudson, sources confirm. The Braves probably don't see him as a staff ace anymore, but he is a beloved leader of a rather young clubhouse. Hudson, 38, received a one-year offer from the Braves and also..." November 04
Royals Review "It's time for some Monday afternoon free agency rumors; the Kansas City Royals are apparently pursuing free agent starting pitcher Tim Hudson, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Bowman writes that the Royals and the Cleveland Indians have shown the most interest in the starting pitcher, although..." November 04
#Braves have made a qualifying contract offer to C Brian McCann.
#Braves make it official, announce return of McDowell as pitching coach on two-year deal.
CBSSports.com "The Yankees have been discussing several big-name free agents -- including new ones Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza and Stephen Drew -- as they weigh how to remake their team. The Yankees are still aiming to cut their payroll from $230 million to below $189 million, but with several free agents and..." November 01
MLB.com "The Orioles' historic defensive season, in which they committed a Major League record-low 54 errors, culminated with an impressive showing in Tuesday night's unveiling of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones..." October 30
CBSSports.com "During the broadcast of Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on-air that MLB plans to review the obstruction rule over the winter in the wake of the dramatic ending to Game 3. As you know, Allen Craig was allowed to score the winning run on an..." October 29