Braves Rumors & News

  • The Atlanta Braves Can Be NL Contenders in 2017

    The Sports Post "There is no down time around SunTrust Park. It’s crunch time. The soon-to-be new home to the Atlanta Braves is less than 50 days away from opening its doors. Inside the park, signage is being added to the stadium sections. And the dirt below the infield and outfield grass is awaiting the laying..." February 18

  • Ex-GM Dave Stewart wishes for redo on Shelby Miller deal

    USA Today "Former General Manager Dave Stewart said during a radio interview Wednesday that if he could have one mulligan from his time with the Diamondbacks, it would be the inclusion of shortstop Dansby Swanson in the Shelby Miller trade. “I would probably say,” Stewart told Sirius XM's MLB Network..." February 18

  • Braves’ Kurt Suzuki steps up big time for ill 3-year-old

    Fox Sports "The latest social media effort, the #TruckerToughChallenge, began Jan. 31. About four months earlier, the Dukes family had stopped radiation on their little Trucker, ending all of the conventional cancer treatment that his mother, Shauna, had labeled “soooo toxic.” Trucker, 3, had been..." February 17

  • 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

    Sportsnaut "“The dream is over, baby.” In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announced his retirement. After telling a story of a pick-up slow-pitch softball game, Swisher said it’s time to hang up his cleats. WHEW! That felt goooood. It’s like a weight has..." February 17

  • Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez to miss the entire 2017 season

    Hardball Talk "A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Tuesday. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, will put him on the shelf..." February 16

  • Braves' Rodriguez could miss 2017 season due to shoulder surgery

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As pleased as the Braves were to trade for second baseman Brandon Phillips and pay such a relatively small price for the former All-Star, they felt awful about the reason they needed to make the move: to replace injured Sean Rodriguez. They had llooked forward to big things from Rodriguez..." February 13

  • Braves trade for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are welcoming home a former All-Star second baseman, Brandon Phillips, after getting the Atlanta-area native from the Reds in a Sunday trade for two minor league pitchers who weren’t prospects. So eager were the rebuilding Reds to trade Phillips, 35, they agreed to pay $13..." February 12

  • Braves' Sean Rodriguez: Set to undergo shoulder surgery

    CBS Sports "Rodriguez will have shoulder surgery next week due to injuries suffered during an automobile accident, according to a source, Ken Rosenthal of FOX reports. He is expected to miss between three and five months. Initial reports of the accident indicated Rodriguez was not hurt, but apparently..." February 12

  • Reds closer than ever to trading Brandon Phillips to Braves

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds are close to trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Braves, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday night. A source told The Enquirer there is no deal in place and there are still hurdles to clear, but a deal of Phillips is closer than it has been in the past. Phillips would be..." February 12

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • Freddie Freeman has an admirable reason why he's playing for Canada in the WBC

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, we rolled out the rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which gets underway on March 6. While perusing these rosters, you may have noticed that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will be playing for Canada in the WBC. This is despite the fact that Freeman was born..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Wife of Sean Rodriguez shares updates after car crash

    Larry Brown Sports "Giselle Rodriguez, the wife of Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez, shared some updates on Twitter Monday about the family’s status following a frightening car crash they were involved in on Saturday. The Rodriguez family was driving in their SUV on Saturday afternoon in Miami when they..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Braves' Sean Rodriguez Involved in Deadly Car Crash

    Bleacher Report "Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez was involved in a car crash Saturday that injured his wife, Giselle, and his two young children, per Ann Keil of WSVN 7 News in Miami. The man responsible for the collision died in the crash. According to police, an unnamed man stole a Miami-Dade Police..." January 30

  • Braves bring Kris Medlen back on minor-league deal

    Fox Sports South "After a two-year absence, Kris Medlen is returning to the Braves, albeit on a minor league deal. The right-handed pitcher has inked a contract with Atlanta that does not include an invitation to spring training. The deal was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David..." January 29

  • Braves claim Adam Brett Walker off waivers from Orioles

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves have claimed minor league outfielder Adam Brett Walker off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. In doing so, the Braves were forced to part ways with veteran catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who was placed..." January 26

  • Braves, Cobb spar over transportation projects at SunTrust Park

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Three months before the first pitch at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ front office is claiming Cobb County taxpayers owe $14 million for roads, walkways and other pedestrian improvements at the team’s new stadium. The Braves have already paid most of those expenses, and team officials say the..." January 24

  • The Braves want $14M more from Cobb County taxpayers for their new stadium

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Three months before the first pitch at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ front office is claiming Cobb County taxpayers owe $14 million for roads, walkways and other pedestrian improvements at the team’s new stadium. The Braves have already paid most of those expenses, and team officials say..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Atlanta Braves Sign Veteran Catcher Kurt Suzuki??

    Fox Sports "Braves Sign Another Catcher? A rumor is circling the twitter world that the Atlanta Braves have signed veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation twitted out this morning that a source of his is reporting of the signing. So now the debate begins…where does Suzuki stack up..." January 21

  • Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training. Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • 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

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