More on #Braves’ Gonzalez: Extension unlikely until team determines whether he fits with Hart in new leadership dynamic, per source.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to sign left-hander Eric Stults to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, reports MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (on Twitter). Stults is a client of Pro Star Management, Inc. The 35-year-old Stults has spent the better part of the past three seasons in the Padres’..." January 29
Brandon Beachy’s agent, Rob Martin: “Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger …
The #Braves have given C John Buck a Minor League deal and a ST invite. Buck will be targeted to begin the year with Gwinnett.
Gomes has a one-year deal with Braves with a vesting option, according to source.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "John Smoltz, the only Braves player to be a part of their 14-year postseason run, will enter baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Brave. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday the logos that will appear on the caps of the plaques for 2015 electees Smoltz, Craig Biggio and Pedro Martinez. The..." January 22
Hardball Talk "Kelly Johnson, who played for the Braves from 2005-2009 after coming up through their farm system as a first-round draft pick, has returned to Atlanta on a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. Johnson split last season between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles, hitting a..." January 21
The #Braves are still pursuing Jonny Gomes. He's a potential option to platoon with Almonte in LF.
#Braves offered $5.1 million and Minor proposed $5.6 million
The Score "The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with reliever James Russell on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $2.425-million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Emilio Bonifacio in July, Russell posted a 2.22 ERA in 22 appearances..." January 15
ESPN.com "The Houston Astros have acquired slugger Evan Gattis in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. The rebuilding Braves received three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the trade, which also sent right-handed minor..." January 15
The #Braves do not have any desire to trade Kimbrel. They remain optimistic about the upcoming season.
The #Braves are still talking to some teams about Gattis. But it does not appear that a potential deal is imminent.
Can confirm that #Braves have signed LH Wandy Rodriguez to minor league contract with spring invite, will compete for 5th rotation spot
ESPN.com "Former baseball home run king and Atlanta icon Hank Aaron has joined a group of current owners from the NBA, Major League Soccer and Italian soccer's storied Serie A that is seeking to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the group is spearheaded..." January 12
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves have spent much of the offseason restocking their farm system with pitching prospects, and added yet another Thursday by trading a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels for 17-year-old left-hander Ricardo Sanchez. Sanchez has a low- to mid-90s fastball and impressive curveball, and..." January 09
MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced that they have traded Kubitza and right-hander Nate Hyatt to the Angels in exchange for left-hander Ricardo Sanchez." January 08
MLB.com "Throughout his long Major League career, A.J. Pierzynski has prided himself as an intense competitor who has desired to win everything but a popularity contest. His win-at-all-costs approach has maddened opponents and occasionally rubbed his own teammates the wrong way. But as the 38-year-old..." January 08
MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced today that they have signed left-hander Josh Outman to a one-year, Major League deal. The team also officially announced A.J. Pierzynski‘s one-year deal and Jason Grilli‘s two-year pact, both of which had been previously reported. Outman is a client of Turner Gary..." January 07
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Fox Sports "It has become a common refrain among rival executives this offseason: “I love John Hart, but . . .” But I don’t like his offseason. The Braves’ strategy under Hart, their new president of baseball operations, seemed reasonable enough: Trade outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton,..." January 05
Yankees have traded Manny Banuelos to the Braves for RH reliever David Carpenter and LHR Chasen Shreve.
Sporting News "Dan Uggla was an All-Star as recently as 2012, but he’s struggled over the last few seasons. There might be a reason for that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe found out Uggla was playing with an undetected concussion in 2014. Cafardo says doctors confirmed the condition this..." December 29
The #Braves will have to eventually create a 40-man spot for Pierzyynski. They've recently talked to some clubs about LHP Luis Avilan.
AJ Pierzynski received $2M plus performance and award bonuses on #braves deal
The #Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have reached agreement on a 1 yr. deal Deal is pending a physical. Likely won't be official until early Jan.
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "he Braves checked off another box on their to-do list Wednesday when they agreed to terms with veteran relief pitcher Jason Grilli, who’ll get a two-year contract with a third-year option, said a person familiar with negotiations. Grilli, who turned 38 in November, had a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves..." December 24
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
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
Sources: Braves finishing up a Justin Upton trade.
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
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
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