Braves Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Report: Braves will lose prospects as part of punishment

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves will be losing some prospects signed in the international market as part of the penalty for their multitude of violations, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says that while MLB still has not ruled on the Braves’ case, a penalty will include the loss of..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Anthopoulos to be named GM of Braves

    Sportsnet "The Atlanta Braves will make Alex Anthopoulos their new general manager, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman had previously reported that Anthopoulos was the Braves’ Plan B after Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore. Anthopoulos had been serving as the vice-president of..." November 13

  • Astros' McCann would '100 percent' want to end career with Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "From baby Brave to World Series champion, Brian McCann has had a rare career that would best any fathomable script. And he didn’t rule out coming full circle. McCann and the Rally Foundation hosted a Benefit Bash dinner Friday at the Georgia Aquarium, followed by a celebrity charity softball..." November 12

  • Braves announce changes to their coaching staff

    Hardball Talk "Their front office is like that old The Far Side comic in which the crisis clinic is on fire and floating over a waterfall, but the Atlanta Braves at least have a coaching staff in place. Brain Snitker remains in charge as manager, but he now has Walt Weiss, who replaces Terry Pendleton as..." November 10

  • The Braves continue to be in limbo as MLB investigates rules violations

    Hardball Talk "As you’re probably aware, Major League Baseball is investigating the Atlanta Braves for scouting and free agent signing infractions in Latin America. The Braves front office is in turmoil as a result of these infractions, with general manager John Coppollela and a top assistant getting fired and,..." November 09

  • Braves unlikely to pursue free-agent Mike Moustakas

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas already has been linked to the Braves. But the team is unlikely to dive into what’s expected to be a steep bidding war for the two-time All-Star. The Braves need help at third base and in the power department. Moustakas provides that, but at a potentially..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Braves president John Hart didn't play role in rules violations

    ESPN "John Hart, the Atlanta Braves' president of baseball operations, did not play a role in numerous rules violations that forced two club officials to resign in early October, a source told ESPN. Major League Baseball is nearing the end of an investigation into the violations that prompted general..." October 30

  • Royals’ owner denies Braves permission to interview Dayton Moore, report says

    Kansas City Star "Royals owner David Glass has denied the Atlanta Braves permission to interview general manager Dayton Moore for a job running their baseball operations, according to an ESPN report on Friday that cited anonymous baseball sources. The Braves’ general manager job has been open since Oct. 2,..." October 27

  • Braves Exercise Tyler Flowers’ Option, Decline R.A. Dickey’s Option

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced on Monday that they’ve exercised their $4MM club option on catcher Tyler Flowers and declined their $8MM club option over R.A. Dickey in favor of a $500K buyout. Dickey will receive that $500K payout even if he decides to retire, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets. Atlanta also..." October 23

  • Walt Weiss could join Braves coaching staff

    Fanrag Sports "There are rumors that former Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will be joining the Atlanta Braves coaching staff under manager Brian Snitker, possibly as the club’s bench coach, league sources have informed FanRag Sports. Nothing is official and there are believed to be other candidates in mind,..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Report: Former Braves GM Considering Legal Action Against Team

    12 Up "​The separation of John Coppolella from the Atlanta Braves was a bit of an ugly one. ​Coppolella was forced out after he allegedly broke MLB rules regarding international signees. It was a messy firing, but the Braves allegedly offered Coppolella a severance package, which he then turned down...." October 16

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • REPORT: Braves' Rules Violations Deemed 'Unprecedented'

    12 Up "​The Atlanta Braves have found themselves in a lot of trouble in regards to their actions in the international market. General manager John Coppolella was forced to resign, along with special assistant Gordon Blakeley, due to their dealings on the international market and dealing with free..." October 13

  • Embroiled in scandal, Braves must make right moves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Do you realize it’s been 16 years since the Braves won a postseason series? That means they’ve gone longer without a postseason series win than the Braves’ unprecedented run of 14 consecutive division titles lasted over 15 completed seasons during 1991-2005. Think about that. I point this out..." October 10

  • Braves pick up manager Brian Snitker's 2018 contract option

    Sporting News "In search of stability with the front office in disarray, the Braves announced Thursday they have picked up manager Brian Snitker's option for 2018. That decision will buy some time for president of baseball operations John Hart and team president John Schuerholz to focus on finding a..." October 05

  • Sources say there are several possible violations by Braves in latest international signing scandal

    The Athletic "In March, ESPN the Magazine featured a 14-year-old shortstop named Robert Puason in an article detailing the difficulties ethnic Haitians in the Dominican Republic face trying to produce the documentation necessary to sign with major-league clubs. The article, describing Puason as 6-foot-3 and..." October 03

  • Braves to keep Brian Snitker as manager

    Hardball Talk "Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Brian Snitker is likely to remain the Braves manager. Snitker’s contract expired at the end of the season, but the Braves are going to give him another year. It’s a questionable call, coming at an awkward time for Atlanta, given that their front office blew..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • John Coppolella resigns as MLB investigates whether Braves broke international signing rules

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned as Major League Baseball investigates whether the team broke rules regarding the international player market. The Braves released a statement Monday, saying that MLB continues to investigate the matter. John Hart, the Braves' president..." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Dodgers Acquire Connor Joe From Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have acquired infielder/outfielder Connor Joe from the Braves for international bonus pool space, according to Dodger Insider (Twitter link). This is the second trade of the year involving Joe, a 2014 first-round pick who went from Pittsburgh to Atlanta for utilityman Sean Rodriguez..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive..." September 25

  • Braves sign Suzuki to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "Due to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, catcher Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a one-year extension with the Atlanta Braves, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. News of his extension, which will be worth $3.5 million, was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Suzuki has..." September 23

  • Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey hints at retirement after beating Nationals

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey twirled a gem against the Nationals, holding them to two runs in eight innings. The Braves held on to win the series finale against Washington (ATL 3, WAS 2). The win improved Dickey to 10-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 183 1/3 innings this season. And,..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost tops $100M

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The cost has risen for the Braves’ planned new spring-training facility, which will be a done deal if city commissioners in North Port, Fla., vote to approve the final development agreement today. The project now carries a price tag of $100.56 million, according to the latest financing..." September 19

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18