Braves Rumors & News

  • Rangers showing interest in Brandon Beachy

    Hardball Talk "Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported recently that the Rangers have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Brandon Beachy. Beachy, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves on December 2." December 21

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21

  • 2d
    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Sfgiants remain interested in #Braves 3b Chris Johnson

  • 3d
    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Sources: Braves finishing up a Justin Upton trade.

  • Report: Braves trade Justin Upton to Padres

    The Score "The San Diego Padres now have a Big 3 to fill out spacious Petco Park. Multiple reports said Friday the club has traded for Atlanta Braves slugger Justin Upton, capping a wild 48 hours that saw the Padres deal for a trio of power-hitting outfielders. It remains unclear who the Braves will..." December 19

  • Rangers interested in former Braves RHP Brandon Beachy

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers have expressed interest in free-agent right-hander Brandon Beachy, his representative said. Beachy is recovering from Tommy John surgery “Several teams are still reviewing his medicals,” Robert Martin said in an e-mail message. “I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does..." December 19

  • 4d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Free-agent RHP Jake Peavy drawing interest from #Marlins, #Braves, #SFGiants. Option for Miami only if Haren retires or is traded.

  • Markakis herniated-disk surgery termed successful

    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

  • 5d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    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.

  • 5d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    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

  • 5d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #RedSox acquiring RHP Anthony Varvaro from #Braves. Had been designated for assignment.

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    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

  • 6d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    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.

  • The Braves release a stadium rendering showing a game in which the Braves are losing

    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

  • Indians sign Gavin Floyd

    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

  • Braves designate Anthony Varvaro for assignment

    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

  • 7d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Markakis will have neck surgery this week, should be able to resume baseball activities after 8 weeks & be ready for spring training

  • Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano’s deal with the Braves is worth $6 million

    Hardball Talk "Last week the Braves signed 25-year-old Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and now we know the details, with Jesse Sanchez of 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

  • 7d
    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Yankees RHP Jose Campos and #Braves RHP Gus Schlosser re-sign with orgs after being non-tendered earlier this month.

  • 9d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    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.

  • Braves president John Hart: “It’s not like I’m breaking up the ’27 Yankees”

    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

  • 11d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Sources: #Yankees kicking the tires on Ervin Santana. Sides have had some dialogue.

  • Report: Callaspo gets one-year deal with Braves

    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

  • Giants eye Justin Upton

    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

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014 "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

  • Rangers, Braves reportedly talking Evan Gattis trade

    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

  • Why would Braves trade J-Up? For future

    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

  • 13d
    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Braves are close to signing Alberto Callaspo

  • Braves sign Cuban outfielder Toscano

    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

  • Braves may look at Georgia native Stephen Drew as possible 2B option "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

  • Upton is sought after, and there's a reason for that: He's a steal at $14.5M "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

  • 16d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Markakis leaning toward surgery to repair bulging disc in neck. Recovery time up to 12 weeks. #Braves knew of possibility.

  • 17d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: 10 teams in on Brandon Beachy, who could sign during Meetings. Expected to receive major-league deal, has multiple offers in hand.

  • Hart isn't finished reshaping Braves "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

  • Nick Markakis agrees to four-year deal with Braves

    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

  • 19d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    The negotiations between the Braves and outfielder Nick Markakis have intensified. Hearing the deal could wind up in range of 4/$45m.

  • Jim Johnson gets another chance, signs one-year deal with Braves

    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

  • 19d
    Atlanta Braves @Braves

    The #Braves have signed free-agent RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year Major League contract.

  • 19d
    Dan Connolly @danconnollysun

    RFer Nick Markakis had dinner last night in Monkton w an Atlanta Braves contingent that included manager Fredi Gonzalez, accdg to a source

  • 19d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves didn't offer contracts to RHPs Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, and Gus Schlosser. All free agents now.

  • 20d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Not surprisingly, Ervin Santana looking for as long of a deal as possible: Five years.

  • Braves decline to enter Jon Lester bidding war

    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

  • Markakis market: Braves, Blue Jays, Giants, O's among those in mix "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

  • 22d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Told that there have not been any recent trade discussions between #Braves and A's.

  • Braves getting hits on Justin Upton "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

  • 23d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    #Athletics talking with #Braves about Justin Upton, Evan Gattis sources say. Jeff Samardzija may be the bait.

  • 27d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Mariners have had trade talks on multiple RH outfielders, including Matt Kemp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Justin Upton. They want to land one.

  • Source: Rangers inquire about J. Upton trade

    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

  • Padres, Braves, Giants among clubs after Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas "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

  • 28d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross are among the FA the #Braves have spoken to about serving as their backup catcher

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