Braves Rumors & News

  • Chipper Jones picks the Mets as 2016 World Series favorites

    CBS Sports "After years of punishing the Mets on the field, Braves legend Chipper Jones is picking them to win the 2016 World Series. "They're my early season pick to probably go all the way," he said during a recent appearance on MLB Network Radio. "I think the blueprint is kind of what the New York Mets..." February 13

  • City of Atlanta, Braves fighting over iconic Hank Aaron statue

    The Comeback "The statue of Hank Aaron that sits outside Turner Field has caused a big dispute between the Atlanta Braves and the city of Atlanta. The Braves are set to move into SunTrust Park following the 2016 season, and the agency that owns Turner Field doesn’t want them to take the statue of the Hall of..." February 12

  • Braves To Sign Carlos Torres

    MLB Trade Rumors "Torres has agreed to a deal with the Braves, reports Jim Seimas of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, who adds that he chose Atlanta over the Yankees and Dodgers (Twitter link). Bill Shanks of FOX Sports Radio and the Macon Telegram tweets that it’s a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred hopes to rule on MLB domestic violence cases by opening day

    Sporting News "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to make his rulings by opening day on three pending cases under baseball's new domestic violence policy. Manfred — in a recent Q&A with Harvard Law Today — discussed a wide range of topics, including pace of play, the DH and negotiations on a new collective..." February 11

  • Braves' system earns top grade from ESPN's Law

    The Score "Buoyed by a handful of opportunistic trades and some improved drafting of late, the Atlanta Braves' farm system was hailed as baseball's best ahead of the 2016 campaign by ESPN's Keith Law, who released his annual rankings Wednesday. The recent additions of Dansby Swanson - the Vanderbilt..." February 11

  • Turner Field's Hank Aaron statue won't follow Braves to new ballpark

    Sporting News "The bronze statue of Hank Aaron located in front of Turner Field will remain in Atlanta even after the Braves move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County next year. Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, stated Wednesday that her organization has..." February 10

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Mike Foltynewicz could begin season on DL

    Talking Chop "Mike Foltynewicz continues to recover from the blood clot that ended his 2015 season prematurely. While he has gotten a late start on his throwing program and could therefore begin the 2016 season on the disabled list, he is progressing from what could have been a potentially fatal..." February 02

  • The Braves will hold a private workout for “Lazarito”

    Hardball Talk "I’m linking this less for the baseball implications of it all — a 16-year-old prospect is still a long ways away from any of us caring too terribly much about him — than I am for the nomenclature implications. First, the basics: Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban prospect Lazaro..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Andruw Jones Likely To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran outfielder Andruw Jones says he will soon announce his retirement, Cory McCartney of FOX Sports South tweets. In November, Jones had reportedly been hoping to sign with an MLB team, but it appears likely he’ll hang up his cleats instead. It’s been awhile since Jones has played in the..." January 30

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • Braves, Nationals, Padres Expected To Exceed 2016-17 International Pools

    Baseball America "Last June, I explained why certain teams would be wise to blow out their international bonus pools in 2016. There are 10 teams already on the sideline already for 2016—including typical big international players such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Red Sox—unable to sign any pool-eligible..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Freeman Q&A: Wrist good again, ‘pretty confident’ it’ll stay that way

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "His is the pleasant, usually smiling face of the current Braves, but for much of the summer and fall of 2015 Freddie Freeman bore a grimace or disgruntled expression. After playing all 162 games and nearly every inning of a second consecutive All-Star season in 2014, Freeman struggled for much..." January 22

  • Braves’ free-agent ‘interest’ has limits

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves general manager John Coppolella told our columnist Jeff Schultz that every personnel decision is about “value” and “discipline” as the team tries to build a roster without spending a lot of money, at least in this offseason. This comes as seven players have agreed to nine-digit contracts..." January 22

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Kelly Johnson's 6-year-old son demanded he sign with Braves

    The Score "Kelly Johnson didn't have much say in where to sign this winter: his 6-year-old son was calling the shots. After stops with six different organizations over a three-year span, Johnson's son Cole demanded his dad play closer to their home in suburban Atlanta - leading Kelly to a one-year deal to..." January 15

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    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves and RHP Chris Withrow have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $610,000 salary for the upcoming season.

  • Braves have 'some interest' in Cespedes

    The Score "Despite unloading much of their veteran talent this offseason, the Atlanta Braves may emerge as an unlikely suitor for one of the top free agents who remains unemployed with only about a month left until spring training. Even after jettisoning Shelby Miller, Andrelton Simmons, and Cameron..." January 13

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    The #Astros have inquired on #Braves CF Ender Inciarte. Presumably would have to move Carlos Gomez to make a deal work.

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Kelly Johnson rejoins Atlanta Braves on 1-year deal, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Former Mets utility man Kelly Johnson has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves pending a physical, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. The move will mark a return to Atlanta for Johnson, who opened the 2015 season with the Braves but was traded to the Mets along with Juan Uribe ahead..." January 06

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Am told there's better than 50/50 chance that versatile veteran Kelly Johnson returns to #Braves

  • Report: Braves trying to trade Bourn, Swisher

    The Score "The Atlanta Braves have been one of the busiest teams during the offseason, trading Andrelton Simmons, Cameron Maybin, Christian Bethancourt, and Shelby Miller for a slew of prospects as they continue in a full-on rebuild of the franchise, and the team is reportedly still interested in making..." January 04

  • Edwin Jackson nearing deal with the Marlins

    Hardball Talk "Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins “are closing in on a deal” with free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson and it’s expected to be a major-league contract. Jackson was a huge bust for the Cubs as an expensive free agent starter, but turned his career around somewhat in a relief role..." January 04

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy

    Forbes.com "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

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    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have signed LH reliever Alex Torres to a Minor League deal and invited him to Spring Training.

  • Braves sign Kyle Kendrick

    Hardball Talk "Kyle Kendrick, who started on Opening Day for the Rockies last season and then went on to have a horrible year, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves. " December 31

  • Bobby Dews, 37-year member of Braves, dies

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves coach Bobby Dews, who spent more than 37 years with the organization before retiring in 2012, died Saturday at age 76. "A true Brave who gave his heart and soul to our organization to help create, develop and lead one of the most productive minor league systems ever,"..." December 27

  • Braves sign veteran reliever Ogando to minor league deal

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves signed veteran reliever Alexi Ogando to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot in what the team expects to be an improved bullpen. Ogando, 32, had a 3.99 ERA in 64 relief appearances for Boston in 2015, with 53..." December 23

  • Yes, there is tanking in baseball

    ESPN "In Monday’s column, I listed the growing industry issue of teams tanking seasons as one of 10 storylines to watch for 2016. In response, John Stolnis insists in this piece that the Phillies are not tanking. He also misses the point of the larger issue. As written here many times in the past..." December 22

  • The Dodgers spent more on payroll in 2015 than both World Series teams combined

    USA Today "At the Tacoma News Tribune, Bob Dutton passes along figures obtained by the Associated Press showing the complete payrolls of all 30 Major League teams, including “salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and..." December 21

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