Braves Rumors & News

  • Braves' Ronald Acuna claims top spot on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list

    CBS Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, which means we are in the middle of prospect season. In the coming days and weeks the various scouting publications will release all their relevant prospect rankings. It's a fun time of year. Baseball America, the foremost authority in all things..." January 23

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Marlins want No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna from Braves for Yelich

    CBS Sports "In recent weeks Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has made it no secret he wants to be traded. The club has already moved Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna in cost-cutting moves, leaving them with a bare-bones roster plus Yelich. He's not happy about it. The Marlins don't..." January 18

  • Braves Acquire Shane Carle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Shane Carle from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Pittsburgh had designated the 26-year-old Carle for assignment over the weekend in order to clear space on the roster for the players acquired..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Braves reach $3.4 million deal with reliever Arodys Vizcaino; two others get deals

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves signed reliever Arodys Vizcaino to a one-year, $3.4 million contract to avoid going to arbitration with their top closer candidate, but didn’t agree to a deal with arbitration-eligible starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz before a Friday deadline. That means Foltynewicz is likely to..." January 13

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Braves release Adonis Garcia

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves have released third baseman and outfielder Adonis Garcia so he can fulfill his desire to play in South Korea for the 2018 season, according to the team. Garcia played in 52 games in 2017, registering a slash line of .237/.273/.347 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 183 plate..." January 10

  • Braves interested in Yelich, Realmuto

    MLB.com "When Alex Anthopoulos became the Braves' general manager in November, he inherited one of the top farm systems in baseball. Through blockbuster trades while GM of the Blue Jays, Anthopoulos demonstrated that he's not afraid to part with top prospects. In Atlanta, he's already constructed a..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Braves have talked to Marlins about Christian Yelich

    Sportsnaut "After moving the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna, the Miami Marlins might not be done with their fire sale. According to this one report, the Marlins have actually discussed sending star outfielder Christian Yelich to the division-rival Atlanta Braves. Though, talks..." December 28

  • Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia signs with a Korean team

    Hardball Talk "Marcos Grunfeld of SportsVenezuela.com reports that third baseman Adonis Garcia has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. Garcia, who turns 33 in April, has played for the Atlanta Braves for the past three seasons, where he has hit .267/.300/.414 with 29..." December 28

  • Managers And Top Front Office Executives On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "There are quite a few notable managers and top front office executives (general managers or heads of baseball operations who have different titles) entering their last guaranteed year under contract in 2018, creating even more pressure than usual to have a good season. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball..." December 27

  • Braves, Danny Santana Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves and infielder/outfielder Danny Santana have agreed to a minor league contract, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (on Twitter). Atlanta non-tendered Santana last month rather than pay him a projected arbitration salary of $1.1MM (per MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz). Santana is represented..." December 21

  • Nationals In “Serious Discussions” With Matt Adams

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are in “serious discussions” with first baseman Matt Adams about a dea that would bring him to D.C., according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick had tweeted earlier today that the sides had ongoing interest, as had been reported..." December 20

  • Astros trade Preston Tucker to Braves

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros traded outfielder Preston Tucker to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Tucker was designated for assignment Friday, giving the Astros seven days to agree to a trade or pass him through waivers. " December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Braves Release Adrian Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have formally released Adrian Gonzalez, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Gonzalez was acquired over the weekend in a stunning five-player salary dump and immediately designated for assignment. As David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, being designated and immediately..." December 18

  • Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Braves announced Saturday that they traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package consisting of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations. Kemp is..." December 16

  • Braves' Adrian Gonzalez: Dished to Braves, designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez (back) was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Following the Trade, Gonzalez was designated for assignment, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez, who..." December 16

  • Rangers sign former Braves prospect Yenci Pena

    Hardball Talk "Another former Braves prospect has latched onto a new team, per Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Rangers reportedly inked shortstop Yenci Pena to a $675,000 signing bonus, which will add to the $1.05 million Pena already received from the Braves. Pena, 17, originally signed on with Atlanta..." December 09

  • Yunior Severino signs $2.5 million deal with Twins

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that infield prospect Yunior Severino signed a $2.5 million deal with the Twins on Friday. The deal has not been publicly confirmed by the team and appears to be pending a physical. The 18-year-old infielder was one of 13 prospects removed from the Braves’ system..." December 09

  • Braves sign Christian Colon

    Hardball Talk "The Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Christian Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. This deal, significant because it’s literally the only baseball news happening, was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag sports. Colon batted just .160/.236/.180 in 57..." December 06

  • Ex-Braves GM John Coppolella 'disgraced and humbled'

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella, making his first public comments since his resignation and lifetime ban from baseball, said he has been "disgraced and humbled" by events of the last two months and is "heartbroken" over the damage he caused the Atlanta..." December 05

  • Braves looking for shortstop, but not to replace Swanson

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves seek to add a shortstop this offseason, but not to give Dansby Swanson more development time as some have speculated. Rather, they’re looking for a proven shortstop who can back up several positions around the infield, a need because Johan Camargo could end up playing an everyday role..." December 04

  • Atlanta Braves part ways with Peterson, Adams, Santana

    MLB.com "Unable to trade Matt Adams before Friday's non-tender deadline, the Braves parted ways with their slugging first baseman, along with two others. Atlanta didn't tender contracts to Adams, Jace Peterson and Danny Santana, making them free agents, while tendering contracts to the rest of their..." December 02

  • Braves sign Rex Brothers to 1-year deal, avoiding arbitration

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves re-signed veteran reliever Rex Brothers to a one-year deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander before Friday’s deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players or make them non-tendered free agents. It’s a split contract worth $1.1 million if he makes the major league..." November 30

  • Braves trade closer Jim Johnson to Angels

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran closer Jim Johnson from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor-league pitcher Justin Kelly, it was announced Thursday. In addition, the Angels received an unspecified amount toward their international pool space. The 34-year-old Johnson..." November 30

  • Braves shopping Matt Adams this winterJon Heyman

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves plan to shop Matt Adams, who had a nice year but looks like a bench player for them as things stand now. Adams’ likely placement on the trade market could add a little extra spice to one of the most interesting markets, which features many fine free agents (including stars..." November 30

  • Braves could non-tender Matt Adams

    Hardball Talk "Braves first baseman Matt Adams is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman suggests the club could consider non-tendering him if he can’t be traded ahead of Friday’s 8 PM ET arbitration decision deadline. Adams, 29, filled in admirably for the Braves..." November 29

  • John Coppolella was banned permanently because he wouldn’t cooperate with MLB

    Hardball Talk "A week ago today Major League Baseball slammed the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves as the result of their violations of rules on the international free agent market. They lost over a dozen prospects and were subjected to severe restrictions with respect to future international signees over the..." November 28

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Braves Reportedly Shopping Matt Adams

    MLB Trade Rumors "This Friday marks the deadline for MLB teams to tender contract offers to their arbitration-eligible players. Club will have until 8pm ET to agree to tender an offer or to non-tender such players, though the two sides will have roughly two months to work out an actual salary before arb hearings..." November 27

  • Report: Braves hire Blue Jays assistant GM Andrew Tinnish

    Sportsnet "The Atlanta Braves hired Andrew Tinnish — an assistant general manager from the Toronto Blue Jays — as their VP of amateur and international scouting, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting." November 27

  • MLB Writer Leaves Chipper Jones Off Hall of Fame Ballot for Controversial Reason

    12 Up "​Chipper Jones was undoubtedly a Hall of Fame caliber baseball player, and he'll sail into the Class of 2018, nearly unabated. But is he a Hall of Fame caliber person? St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jose de Jesus Ortiz doesn't think so. Ortiz believes that Jones is worthy of Hall of Fame..." November 24

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • What happens with all the players the Braves lost yesterday?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday’s unprecedented sanctions leveled on the Atlanta Braves hit them pretty hard, but it also turned a dozen players into free agents. What happens to them now? Who can sign them? When? And for how much? First off, they get to keep their signing bonuses the Braves gave them. It wasn’t..." November 22

  • Breaking: Coppolella banned for life as part of MLB's sanctions

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has been placed on baseball's permanently ineligible list and the team will lose its top prospect as part of MLB's penalties against the team for rules violations in the international market. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled that the..." November 21

  • Braves expected to lose as many as 12 prospects as a result of international signing violations

    Hardball Talk "UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Braves are expected to lose as many as 12 players as a result of the sanctions, plus they’ll suffer significant restrictions on international signings for the next four years, plus they will lose a draft pick in next year’s draft. 2:46PM: Major..." November 21

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Braves Will Forfeit Rights To Prospect Kevin Maitan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves will lose their rights to highly regarded prospect Kevin Maitan, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter), as part of the punishment for international signing violations. Other members of the 2016-17 July 2 class are also expected to be stripped from the organization, others..." November 21

  • Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. " November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Braves prospect Ronald Acuna named Arizona Fall League MVP

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna earned the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award of the Arizona Fall League after slashing .325/.414/.639 with seven home runs in 23 games. At 19 years old, he is the youngest player in AFL history to take home the honor. The outfielder turns 20 in..." November 18

  • John Hart Leaves Braves Organization

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced on Friday that former president of baseball operations John Hart has stepped down and is leaving the organization “to pursue other opportunities.” Hart’s departure comes less than two months after GM John Coppolella resigned from his post due to infractions on the..." November 17

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