Braves Rumors & News

  • Russell Martin and Freddie Freeman to join Team Canada in 2017 WBC

    Hardball Talk "Reports from Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith confirmed two more additions to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin. Martin is pegged to start at shortstop during the competition, which..." January 15

  • Dodgers trade infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves

    Fanrag Sports "As the MLB offseason focus shifts to free agency — or the bevy of teams and players avoiding arbitration by reaching deals — we have a trade that materialized on Friday: The Atlanta Braves acquired second baseman Micah Johnson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • Alexi Ogando signs with Korean baseball club

    Fanrag Sports "Free-agent RHP Alexi Ogando has signed with the Hanwha Eagles, who play in the Korean Baseball Organization, per San Kang (with a special thanks to Sung Min Kim for the translation). Ogando most recently appeared in the major leagues last season as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Last season in..." January 10

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Freddie Freeman ‘increasingly likely’ to play for Canada at WBC

    Sportsnet "Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is increasingly likely to play for Canada at the upcoming World Baseball Classic, according to a report from Jon Morosi. Canada will be without Joey Votto, who recently chose to sit out this WBC after playing in 2009 and 2013. That opens the door for..." January 10

  • Royals and Braves reportedly interested in Trevor Plouffe

    Hardball Talk "Free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe has reportedly been drawing interest around the league, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Braves and Royals are rumored to have shown interest alongside the Red Sox and Athletics, though no contract talks have emerged as of yet. Plouffe, 30, was..." January 08

  • Brandon Phillips vetoed trade to Atlanta in November

    Larry Brown Sports "If Brandon Phillips is leaving Cincinnati, he’s doing so on his own terms. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday, the Reds second baseman exercised his no-trade clause to block a trade to the Atlanta Braves in November. The trade may still be possible, at least in..." January 07

  • Brandon Phillips blocked a trade from Cincinnati to Atlanta, sources say

    Fox Sports "Even as Brandon Phillips faces a possible loss of playing time, he still is not ready to leave Cincinnati. The Reds’ second baseman used his no-trade protection in November to block a trade to the Braves, according to major-league sources. The Braves tried to acquire Phillips at the same..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Nats, Braves among teams eying Matt Wieters

    Fanrag Sports "The Nationals have joined at least the Braves in what could turn out to be an NL East battle for free agent catcher Matt Wieters, league sources say. Washington is said to be looking into whether Wieters, a career-long Oriole, can fit into their budget. They lost some power with the defection..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Ender Inciarte has agreed to 5-year, $30.525M contract extension with Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that Inciarte receives a $3.5MM signing bonus and annual salaries of $2MM, $4MM, $5MM, $7MM and $8MM. The club option on the deal is worth $9MM and comes with a buyout of $1.025MM, Rosenthal adds. The Braves have agreed to a five-year contract extension with..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Former Braves and Red Sox reliever Anthony Varvaro becomes a police officer

    New York Daily News "He's going from pitching to catching — crooks, that is. A former Major League Baseball player who gave up the game this year is set to graduate from the Port Authority Police academy on Friday. Anthony Varvaro, 32, a Staten Island resident and St. John’s University graduate, will join 79..." December 10

  • Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for Luke Jackson

    Sports Day "The Rangers, kings of the getting-on-the-plane deal at the conclusion of the winter meetings, added more pitching depth options Thursday evening by acquiring pitchers Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl from Atlanta for control-challenged reliever Luke Jackson. Jenkins, 24 of Henderson , Texas, was..." December 09

  • Braves sign Eric O’Flaherty to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have signed lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports. O’Flaherty, 31, had a rough 2016 campaign. He logged only 28 2/3 innings and mustered a 6.91 ERA with a 22/11 K/BB ratio. " December 07

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Dansby Swanson not for sale, even for Sale

    Fanrag Sports "The Braves continue to talk to the White Sox about star left-hander Chris Sale, and while several big Braves prospects’ names have been exchanged, rival executives have noted that top prospect Dansby Swanson is not being made available in trade talks. Braves general manager John Coppolella..." December 04

  • Braves sign Jacob Lindgren to one-year deal

    Hardball Talk "The Braves signed left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren to a one-year deal, according to a team announcement on Sunday. Lindgren, the Yankees’ top draft pick in 2014, was nicknamed “The Strikeout Factory” after blowing through four levels of New York’s farm system in 2014. He started the 2015..." December 04

  • Braves bring back Anthony Recker on one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves have been busy this winter, already adding Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, and Sean Rodriguez via free agency and Jaime Garcia via trade from the Cardinals. On Friday, they make another move, re-signing catcher Anthony Recker to a major league deal worth $800,000, sources tell..." December 02

  • Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have acquired starter Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for prospects, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports. The Cardinals exercised Garcia’s $12 million club option for the 2017 season last month. He can become a free agent going into the 2018 season. Garcia, 30, was able to pitch a..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Braves Sign Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "After acting quickly to add some stable innings to their rotation early this offseason, the Braves have bolstered their bench by signing infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez to a two-year deal, the team announced on Wednesday (confirming last week’s reports of his signing). Rodriguez will..." November 30

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Braves have 4 intriguing non-tender decisions

    MLB.com "Right-hander Chris Withrow and left-hander Paco Rodriguez are a couple relievers the Braves acquired from the Dodgers with the hope they would make a smooth recovery from Tommy John surgery and regain the promise they had shown during the early portion of their respective careers. There remains..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Braves To Sign Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are in agreement with infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez on a two-year deal that will guarantee the MVP Sports client more than $11MM, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Rodriguez, 32 next April, enjoyed a career year with the Pirates in 2016, hitting .270/.349/.510..." November 24

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • RA Dickey adopting ‘Little Ugly’ nickname to go with Bartolo Colon’s ‘Big Sexy’

    Larry Brown Sports "Like Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey is a veteran quadragenarian right-hander who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves this offseason. And now he has the nickname to rival Colon’s as well. Dickey announced on Friday that he’s adopting a new moniker to go with Colon’s renowned “Big Sexy”..." November 19

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