Braves Rumors & News

  • Braves Designate Josh Ravin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have designated righty reliever Josh Ravin for assignment, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Correspondingly, the club has elected to purchase the contract of fellow right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves acquired Ravin from..." April 21

  • Jose Bautista turned down bigger offer from Indians

    Yardbarker "Jose Bautista’s decision to sign with the Atlanta Braves was motivated by more than just money. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Friday that the former All-Star slugger had a bigger offer from the Cleveland Indians that he turned down. Cotillo also adds that the deciding factor was..." April 21

  • Anthopoulos optimistic Bautista will join Braves before long

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, but if all goes well he’s expected to join the big club soon. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Baseball Central Thursday to go over..." April 19

  • Braves await word after Freddie Freeman hit on wrist by pitch again

    Fox Sports North "Braves Country is holding its collective breath. Last season, Freddie Freeman was hit by a pitch on his left wrist resulting in a fracture that derailed a budding MVP candidacy and cost him 44 games. Wednesday night, the Braves’ two-time All-Star first baseman was hit seemingly on the same spot..." April 19

  • Jesse Biddle gets the call to the majors

    Hardball Talk "On Wednesday, the Braves placed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and called up reliever Jesse Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett. Lots of minor leaguers get to the call to the majors in any given year, but Biddle’s promotion is even better because of..." April 18

  • Anthopoulos: Bautista betting on himself, had more lucrative offer elsewhere

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Alex Anthopoulos and Jose Bautista are reunited with the Braves, with the general manager taking a flier on one of his former All-Stars. The Braves signed Bautista to a one-year minor-league deal Tuesday. He reported to extended spring training in Florida, and the team will determine which..." April 18

  • Braves P Anibal Sanchez suffers non-contact injury running in outfield

    Sporting News "One of the Braves' early-season surprises just suffered an unfortunate injury. According to 93.7 The Fan in Atlanta, Sanchez appeared to grab his hamstring before falling to the turf. Medics attached an air cast to the 34-year-old's leg and carted him off the field after the incident. The..." April 18

  • Braves sign ex-Jay Bautista to minor league deal

    TSN "The Atlanta Braves have signed ex-Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista to a minor league deal as a third baseman. He has reported to Atlanta's spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “Just ready to help the Braves win some ballgames," Bautista told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." April 18

  • Braves pitcher Blair has shoulder surgery

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves right-hander Aaron Blair had surgery on his pitching shoulder Tuesday, a procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews and termed successful by the team. He had a capsule tear and Andrews did a clean-up of the subscapularis, which is part of the rotator cuff. Blair will miss the entire 2018..." April 17

  • Report: Braves have no current plans to call up Acuna

    Larry Brown Sports "Top prospect Ronald Acuna will be waiting a bit longer for his MLB debut. Despite this being the week in which players who are called up for the first time will see their free agency delayed a year, the Braves have no plans to call up Acuna, according to Mark Bowman of This is..." April 16

  • Freddie Freeman leads Braves with quiet authority, on the field and off

    Sporting News "Just a few hours before the Braves are set to play the Cubs in Chicago, Freddie Freeman almost wordlessly beckons a few of his teammates to join him for pregame chapel. It’s an impromptu session because they’re on the road, and the usual fill-in chaplain isn’t available, so Freeman is taking..." April 16

  • Cubs, Braves upset Saturday wasn't canceled: It 'should not have been played'

    Chicago Sun-Times "Baseball wasn’t meant to be played on cold, rainy days, and manager Joe Maddon didn’t even think the Cubs should’ve been on the field for their 14-10 comeback victory Saturday. “I give both teams a lot of credit under the circumstances,” Maddon said, “because that game should not have been..." April 15

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Braves starter Brandon McCarthy suffers a dislocated shoulder

    Hardball Talk "Brandon McCarthy has been pretty good so far for the Braves. He won his first two games, against the Phillies and Rockies and he was cruising against the Nationals this afternoon, having allowed one run in five innings while staked to a slim lead. Unfortunately he was knocked out of the game..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Freddie Freeman Has Drawn as Many Walks as the Kansas City Royals

    The Sports Daily "There’s no better time in the MLB regular season to fiddle around with certain statistics than right now. Players and teams that have gotten off to fast (and slow) starts make for some interesting comparisons — even if it’s only for an incredibly short period of time. One of those comparisons..." April 06

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Braves Designate Chris Stewart, Select Contract Of Luke Jackson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced a roster move today after burning through some relief arms in last night’s contest. The club has designated catcher Chris Stewart for assignment to create roster space for righty Luke Jackson, whose contract was selected. Stewart, 36, joined the Atlanta organization on a..." April 04

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Angels acquire Schimpf from Braves

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves acquired catcher Carlos Perez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for slugging infielder Ryan Schimpf, with both teams officially announcing the deal on Twitter. Perez will be on the Braves’ active roster while Schimpf has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Perez gives..." April 01

  • Braves reporter Kelsey Wingert has broken eye socket after being hit by foul ball

    Sporting News "Braves sideline reporter Kelsey Wingert suffered a fractured eye socket after being hit by a line drive during Friday night's game, she said on Twitter early Saturday. Wingert, who works for Fox Sports South, was stationed near the dugout when she was hit by a foul ball. She was transported to..." March 31

  • Braves place Flowers on DL, select contract of Socolovich

    Yardbarker "Braves catcher Tyler Flowers has been placed on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique muscle, the team announced. No timeline for his return was given, but oblique issues tend to sideline a player for a month or more. In a pair of corresponding moves, Atlanta has selected the contract of..." March 30

  • Ronald Acuna denies report of rejecting $30M offer from Braves

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna has denied a report that he turned down a $30 million contract offer from the team. A source told ESPN Deportes that the Braves offered Acuna, widely considered the top overall prospect in baseball, a contract extension in the range of five or six..." March 28

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Report: Ronald Acuña turned down $30 million contract extension from Braves

    Hardball Talk "Arturo Marcano of ESPN Deportes reports that Braves outfield prospect Ronald Acuña turned down a $30 million contract extension from the Braves. This comes on the heels of recent extensions signed by Scott Kingery (six years, $24 million) and Ketel Marte (five years, $24 million). It’s no..." March 27

  • Braves to sign outfielder Bourjos "Outfielder Peter Bourjos and the Braves have agreed on a Major League deal for $1 million, a source told's Mark Feinsand. The team has not yet confirmed. Bourjos has completed a physical, though the deal is not officially done yet. He had spent the spring with the Cubs, but was released..." March 25

  • Braves expected to sign versatile Flaherty

    Hardball Talk "Free agent infielder Ryan Flaherty is close to signing a deal with the Braves, according to a report from’s Mark Bowman. Flaherty exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Phillies last week after it became clear that he wouldn’t break camp with the club. Any..." March 25

  • Bautista discussing deal with Rays, Braves

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is in talks with “several teams” on a one-year contract, which includes the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN. Bautista, 37, is still without a team after his deal with the Blue Jays expired after last season." March 25

  • Braves release $16 million pitcher Scott Kazmir

    Yardbarker "The Atlanta Braves are going to eat Scott Kazmir’s $17.6 million contract without him throwing a pitch for the team this season. Atlanta announced that it has released the veteran pitcher after he sat out all of last season to injury. Kazmir, 34, was acquired by Atlanta from the Los Angeles..." March 24

  • Six MLB teams that could surprise in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "With the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season less than a week away, many are looking hard at predictions and projections to see who will be good and who won’t be this season. Expectations are low for a lot of teams, while others are expecting, at worst, a playoff run. Some teams may..." March 24

  • Braves’ Ruiz made recent strides, now a door has opened

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The immediate outlook for Braves third baseman Rio Ruiz has changed dramatically since 3-1/2 weeks ago, when he was struggling with a new swing and seemed on a course to start a third season at Triple-A Gwinnett. Ruiz’s production has improved sharply since that first week, fortuitous for him..." March 23

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Ronald Acuna’s demotion is a farce

    Hardball Talk "Late yesterday the Atlanta Braves sent Ronald Acuna to the minors. This despite the fact that he destroyed three levels of minor league pitching last year, despite the fact he was arguably the most dominant player in all of spring training year and despite the fact that he is quite clearly the..." March 20

  • Braves Reassign Ronald Acuna To Minor League Camp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have re-assigned much-hyped prospect Ronald Acuna to minor-league camp, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll presumably open the season at Triple-A. It’s rarely notable when a 20-year-old is moved out of major-league camp. Then..." March 19

  • Teheran to make fifth straight opening day start

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Julio Teheran was officially named opening day starter by the Braves on Monday, which was perhaps the least surprising announcements of spring but an historic one nonetheless. The Braves open the season March 29 at home against the Phillies. Teheran will be the first Atlanta-era Braves..." March 19

  • Cut from the Twins, Anibal Sanchez latches on with the Braves

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Anibal Sanchez’s tryout with the Minnesota Twins was cut short when the team signed Lance Lynn and needed a spot on the 40-man roster. The Twins cut Sanchez from camp, paid him a sort of ‘tryout bonus,’ and again made him a free agent. Now, Sanchez has latched on with the Atlanta Braves on a..." March 16

  • Rangers, Braves may pursue free agent Holland "Among the high-profile Major Leaguers still unsigned is reliever Greg Holland, who's coming off a successful 2017 campaign as the Rockies' closer. Feinsand predicts Holland will sign with Rangers The Rangers have been holding tryouts for closer, with newly signed Tim Lincecum vying for the..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Spring stats don't matter, but the Braves' Ronald Acuna is destroying the ball

    CBS Sports "Remember the Kris Bryant situation in 2015? The future MVP for the Cubs was one of baseball's top prospects and he was crushing the ball all spring. Due to service-time manipulation (sorry, Theo, I mean Bryant needing some extra work on defense), Bryant started the season in the minors. He was..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Report: Braves sign former Blue Jays outfielder Ezequiel Carrera

    Sportsnet "It’s only been a couple days since he was released, but it appears utility outfielder Ezequiel Carrera has found a new team. Carrera has signed with the Atlanta Braves, according to Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports, reuniting the speedy player with general manager Alex Anthopoulos." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

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