Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves right fielder Nick Markakis had fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday in Atlanta, a scheduled procedure that doctors termed a success. Markakis, who signed a four-year, $44 million contract on Dec. 3, is expected to be cleared for baseball activities after eight..." December 18
Unlikely #Braves trade B.J. before season; other teams don't want to pay any of $; ATL doesn't want to give away Gattis to get rid of B.J.
The #Braves have also continued to explore options for B.J. Upton and the possibility of packaging C. Johnson in a deal w/ J-Up or Gattis
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
The $ and/or years might be too much for #Braves right now, but Jake Peavy sure seems like he'd be good fit at back of their young rotation.
Hardball Talk "If there is one place where you can show your team in a good light with impunity it’s in artist’s renderings of your new ballpark. In the pictures, you can show your stadium all clean and shiny and sold out. You can show your team victorious. But the Braves decided it’d be way better to show them..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Gavin Floyd will attempt another comeback, this time in Cleveland after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Indians. Floyd’s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery lasted just nine starts this year when he suffered a fractured elbow and missed the remainder of the season." December 16
Hardball Talk "The Braves announced this evening that they designated reliever Anthony Varvaro for assignment in order to clear a spot for newly-signed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the 40-man roster. It’s a bit surprising the Braves couldn’t find a spot to keep Varvaro, as he owns a 2.74 ERA over 123..." December 15
#Braves Markakis will have neck surgery this week, should be able to resume baseball activities after 8 weeks & be ready for spring training
Hardball Talk "Last week the Braves signed 25-year-old Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and now we know the details, with Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reporting that he’ll get $6 million over four years. Atlanta will also have a fifth-year team option built into the contract, which would bring the total value to $7.5..." December 15
The #Padres remain one of the clubs pursuing J-Up. I wouldn't be shocked if J-Up and Kemp are together in San Diego next year.
Hardball Talk "The Braves traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals last month in a deal that netted them Shelby Miller. It wasn’t a popular move with the fan base, but it was deemed necessary with Heyward one year away from free agency. Some more familiar faces could soon be on the move, with Justin Upton and Evan..." December 13
Sources: #Yankees kicking the tires on Ervin Santana. Sides have had some dialogue.
CSN Bay Area "Free agent infielder Albert Callaspo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple media outlets. The deal is worth $3 million, with an additional $1 million in performance incentives, according to Fox Sports. The news of an agreement was first reported by ESPN..." December 10
USA Today "The San Francisco Giants are making it no secret how badly they want Jon Lester, but as the wait continues, the defending World Series champions have another trick up their sleeve. If you can't beat them with pitching, how about out-slugging everyone? The Giants are in trade talks with the..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Hardball Talk "The Rangers have been suggested as a potential landing spot for Braves outfielder Justin Upton, but the Texas front office may have a different Atlanta player in its sights at this week’s Winter Meetings. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears the Rangers are interested in Evan Gattis and..." December 09
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A lot of folks ask why the Braves would trade Justin Upton or Evan Gattis, the only two hitters who had more than 18 homers on a team that last season ranked 29th in the majors in runs and tied for 23rd in homers. The first part of the answer is that they would consider trading Upton, who has..." December 09
Braves are close to signing Alberto Callaspo
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves’ increased emphasis on international scouting has paid off with an agreement to terms with Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, who’ll get a major league contract according to a person familiar with the situation. Toscano, 25, hits and throws left-handed and could help the Braves as a..." December 09
CBSSports.com "Stephen Drew has emerged as a potential second base possibility for the Braves. Drew is a longtime shortstop who showed he can play second during his brief Yankees tenure, and Atlantla is interested in the Georgia native. The Yankees, Mets and A's are among other teams that have been tied to..." December 07
CBSSports.com "Justin Upton is one of only a few big bats left on the market, and there's a case to be made he's the best bat on the market. Of course, Matt Kemp and Melky Cabrera, who also had excellent years, have their fans. But Upton -- who has drawn interest from the Mariners, Orioles, Rangers, Giants..." December 07
Sources: Markakis leaning toward surgery to repair bulging disc in neck. Recovery time up to 12 weeks. #Braves knew of possibility.
Source: 10 teams in on Brandon Beachy, who could sign during Meetings. Expected to receive major-league deal, has multiple offers in hand.
MLB.com "Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden have departed the Atlanta Braves. Nick Markakis and Shelby Miller have arrived. Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy are gone as well, at least for now. However, reliever Jim Johnson has joined the fold. Who might be next to go? Justin Upton? Yep, seems..." December 04
Yahoo! Sports "Outfielder Nick Markakis and the Atlanta Braves agreed on a four-year contract, major league sources told Yahoo Sports, ending the 31-year-old’s career-long association with the Baltimore Orioles and likely precipitating a further overhaul by Atlanta. As negotiations with Baltimore lingered for..." December 03
The negotiations between the Braves and outfielder Nick Markakis have intensified. Hearing the deal could wind up in range of 4/$45m.
Yahoo! Sports "They still cringe in Oakland when they hear the name Jim Johnson — the closer the A's acquired in a trade, paid $10 million, then watched as he crashed and burned. Johnson was one of the biggest MLB busts of 2014, finishing the season with a 7.09 ERA in 53.1 innings for Oakland and Detroit, which..." December 03
The #Braves have signed free-agent RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year Major League contract.
RFer Nick Markakis had dinner last night in Monkton w an Atlanta Braves contingent that included manager Fredi Gonzalez, accdg to a source
#Braves didn't offer contracts to RHPs Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, and Gus Schlosser. All free agents now.
Not surprisingly, Ervin Santana looking for as long of a deal as possible: Five years.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes, which was a little too rich for the blood of a franchise in transition and rebuilding for 2017 and beyond. Bidding for the free-agent pitcher already climbed well above $20 million annually in six-year offers from the Cubs, Red Sox and possibly..." December 02
CBSSports.com "Veteran outfielder Nick Markakis, who seemed for a while to be a pretty good bet to return to the Orioles, is listening to outside offers now and said to have interest from the Braves, Blue Jays and Giants, among others. Atlanta is an interesting entry since Markakis grew up in Woodstock, Ga.,..." December 02
Told that there have not been any recent trade discussions between #Braves and A's.
CBSSports.com "Justin Upton's trade market is said to be hot, no surprise considering his talent and power, and also the law of supply and demand. With about 12 teams looking for an outfielder, and at least that many seeking that rarest of commodities, right-handed power, Upton is a marked man these..." November 30
#Mariners have had trade talks on multiple RH outfielders, including Matt Kemp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Justin Upton. They want to land one.
ESPN Dallas "The Texas Rangers have inquired about trading for Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton, according to a source. The Rangers tried to acquire Upton in previous seasons but couldn't finalize a deal. With the Rangers planning on moving left fielder Shin-Soo Choo to right field, they need..." November 25
CBSSports.com "The Padres just made a big push for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, the Braves are on their way to the Dominican Republic to view Tomas and now the Giants, who've always been involved, have extra reason to make a bigger push for Tomas since Pablo Sandoval is going to Boston. Tomas, who's been..." November 24
A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross are among the FA the #Braves have spoken to about serving as their backup catcher
MLB.com "The Padres could be primed to make a big splash during the Hot Stove season moving forward. General manager A.J. Preller met with the agent for free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Friday in Miami and is expected to fly to the Dominican Republic on Saturday to meet with the agent for..." November 23
CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Braves have released reliever Jonny Venters on Friday. Venters had his third Tommy John surgery in August. At the time of the surgery, Venters said he would try to make a comeback." November 22
New York Post "The Braves are very much shopping Justin Upton and are requesting a higher return than they received earlier this week when they dealt their other corner outfielder, Jason Heyward. In exchange for Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden, Atlanta received from St. Louis a pretty good starter with..." November 21
MLB.com "The race to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up once again. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the frontrunners in the Tomas’ sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry..." November 21
CBSSports.com "The Atlanta Braves have entered the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes as a dark horse. The Braves are slated to watch Tomas and his exploits in coming days, according to sources. They join a big field eying on the free-agent Cuban slugger. The Phillies, Padres and Giants have been seen as the most..." November 20