Braves Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Braves expected to shop veteran outfielders

    Fanrag Sports "With Ronald Acuna, perhaps baseball’s best prospect, seen as primed to make the leap sometime in 2018, the Atlanta Braves are expected to shop at least one of two veteran outfielders — Nick Markakis or Matt Kemp – or quite possibly both of them, as Mark Bowman of MLB.com first suggested. The..." September 14

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Braves close to signing Korean shortstop

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were working to finalize a contract with an 18-year-old Korean shortstop whom scouts believe could be the best amateur player from his country in many years. A person familiar with the situation said the Braves are close to signing Jihwan Bae, who turned 18 in July and was projected..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Foltynewicz righting ship, adjusting to heavier workload

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Facebook Twitter Share 0 Mike Foltynewicz is 144 innings into what he and Braves manager Brian Snitker consider his first complete season in the majors. His second-best start of the season came against Friday’s opponent. In Foltynewicz’s last start against Miami Aug. 5, he struck out 11..." September 08

  • Braves hope to reactivate Tyler Flowers this weekend

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are hopeful catcher Tyler Flowers will be activated from the disabled list this weekend. Flowers was placed on the DL Aug. 30 after taking a foul ball off the wrist during a game in Philadelphia. Flowers was baseball’s best pitch-framer, and paired with Kurt Suzuki to form one of..." September 08

  • Ronald Acuna wins Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award

    Baseball America "Twenty-one years ago, Andruw Jones steamrolled from high Class A through Double-A and Triple-A and won his second Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award before starring for the Braves in the 1996 World Series as a 19-year-old. Ronald Acuña won't have the World Series echo, but his..." September 08

  • Braves play Rock You Like a Hurricane against Marlins

    Fanrag Sports "The Miami Marlins are on the road against the Atlanta Braves this weekend while their city is threatened by the impending Hurricane Irma that is projected to make landfall over the weekend. On Thursday night, in the series opener between the two clubs, the Braves made the mistake of playing..." September 08

  • Minor League Player of the Year: Braves prospect Ronald Acuna improves at every level

    USA Today "It used to be the only way into the Venezuelan fishing village of La Sabana was by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Rolando Petit, a Venezuelan native who has scouted Latin America for the Atlanta Braves for 26 years, knew the way, though. He would slog back through the thickets to La Sabana years ago to..." September 06

  • Freeman’s wrist weak, but no way he’s going to ‘shut it down’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Freddie Freeman divulges that the left wrist he fractured in May is weak and that he feels like he’s swinging a “wet newspaper,” and the response from much of Braves Country is that he should be shut down for the rest of the season or at least a few days. To which Freeman has a simple reply:..." September 04

  • Freeman losing strength in wrist: 'I'm swinging a wet newspaper'

    12 Up "Freddie Freeman showed exactly how brave he is when he elected to return to the diamond ​three weeks earlier than slated by initial projections after injuring his wrist. Freeman had success upon his return, but has since leveled off. Now that they dust has had time to settle, Freeman insists..." September 03

  • 'Miscommunication' by Braves front office leads to awkward situation on Twitter

    CBS Sports "For a fleeting moment, Braves minor-league infielder (who is on the 40-man roster) Micah Johnson thought he had been designated for assignment. You see, Friday is September 1 and with teams being able to expand their rosters, there was some shuffling going on all day. If a team wanted to bring..." September 02

  • Braves trade Brandon Phillips to Angels for minor league catcher

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves traded veteran Brandon Phillips to the Angels for journeyman minor league catcher Tony Sanchez, a deal that Phillips had to approve and did so only after talking with his mother, brother and other family members for hours while the Braves were playing the Cubs. Phillips, 36, has..." September 01

  • Braves reportedly rearrange front office amid rumors of a power struggle

    CBS Sports "The Atlanta Braves entered Tuesday in third place in the National League East with a 57-72 record -- a disappointing mark, given this is Atlanta's first season in SunTrust Park and that this would represent a fourth consecutive losing season. Predictably, it appears the Braves are making some..." August 30

  • Freeman: Wrist only 80-85 percent, has sapped his power

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "He’s still the Braves’ best hitter, but Freddie Freeman hasn’t been nearly the formidable force since returning from a seven-week stint on the disabled list that he was before fracturing his left wrist May 17. And it’s not about timing or being able to get back into a hitting rhythm or groove...." August 29

  • Questions arise for disappointing Braves amidst organizational changes

    The Athletic "The changes, in the view of some Braves’ officials, amount to nothing more than a minor restructuring of the front office. Different roles for some. Different titles but the same roles for others. Promotions in some cases, too. Others within the organization, however, perceive the moves as the..." August 29

  • Kemp returns from DL after 19-game absence

    CBS Sports "Kemp (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and is starting in left field for Saturday's game against the Reds. Kemp tested his hamstring out Friday, and apparently everything felt fine as he's now back in the lineup for the Braves, batting cleanup." August 20

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Mariners acquire Andrew Albers from Braves

    Hardball Talk "On the heels of James Paxton‘s latest disabled list assignment, the Mariners added some left-handed depth to their farm system with 31-year-old lefty Andrew Albers, whom they reportedly acquired from the Braves for cash considerations on Friday (via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal..." August 12

  • Braves infielder exits game after suffering a freak injury taking the field

    CBS Sports "Braves shortstop Johan Camargo was taking the field on Tuesday for the first inning of his team's game against the Phillies (PHI-ATL GameTracker) and fell injured as he went to hop over the first-base line." August 09

  • Braves recall Dansby Swanson from Triple-A Gwinnett

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Dansby Swanson’s sooner-than-expected return to the majors Wednesday won’t be nearly the headline-grabbing event that his demotion was two weeks ago. The rookie shortstop was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett following Johan Camargo’s knee injury Tuesday night. Swanson will be in uniform for the..." August 09

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez From Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired utilityman Sean Rodriguez from the Braves for a minor-league catcher, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets." August 05

  • NY Favored to Land Sonny Gray, Braves in Contact with A's

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees remain frontrunners to land Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, though the Atlanta Braves have also reportedly been in contact with Oakland. Heyman also broke down what each team could potentially offer in a..." July 31

  • Braves put OF Matt Kemp on DL after he strains hamstring Friday

    ESPN "The Atlanta Braves have placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 10-day disabled list after he strained his right hamstring during Friday's game. Kemp suffered the injury running the bases in the fourth inning of Atlanta's 10-3 loss to Philadelphia." July 29

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Dansby Swanson optioned to Triple-A

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The move that once seemed so improbable is now a reality: Struggling Braves rookie Dansby Swanson has been sent to Triple-A. Swanson, batting .214 with six home runs and a .287 on-base percentage in 95 games, was informed after the Braves’ series finale Wednesday at Arizona that he would be..." July 27

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Twins Acquire Jaime Garcia, Anthony Recker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired lefty Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Braves, per a club announcement. Cash considerations will also go to Minnesota in the deal, in which Atlanta acquires young righty Huascar Ynoa. While these two clubs had seemingly been nearing a deal involving..." July 24

  • Braves' Brandon Phillips day-to-day after exiting with tight hamstring

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips left Thursday's 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers because of right hamstring tightness. He is day-to-day. Phillips stretched a triple in his second at-bat of the game. He was 1-for-3 before exiting in the sixth inning." July 21

  • Braves Release Eric O’Flaherty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have released lefty Eric O’Flaherty, per a club announcement. He had been on the 10-day DL. A roster spot was needed so that catcher Anthony Recker could be brought up. Kurt Suzuki is on the bereavement list, creating the need for another backstop. " July 21

  • Garcia deal to Twins not finished

    TSN "On Thursday night, it appeared the Minnesota Twins were putting on the finishing touches to a trade that would land them starting left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, but MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says the deal has not yet come to fruition. Not only the deal not done, but the Braves..." July 21

  • Jaime Garcia Reportedly Traded by Braves to Twins

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins acquired starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reported Thursday. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman confirmed Garcia is on the move. According to Bollinger, Atlanta will receive a minor league player in a one-for-one swap. Garcia has..." July 21

  • Army Veteran told to lower American flag while tailgating by Braves parking attendant

    Sportsnaut "Prior to Monday’s game, Adam Mourdock, an Army Veteran and Atlanta Braves season ticket holder, went to fly his American flag while tailgating as he normally does. But Mourdock’s routine was broken by a parking attendant (who later identified herself as the supervisor) who told him that raising..." July 20

  • Chaz Roe Traded to Rays

    CBS Sports "Roe was traded to the Rays on Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. He was recently outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster, and while the return has not been announced, the Rays will likely provide cash or a player to be named later. Roe, 30, has a career 4.16 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 104:49..." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Braves Activate Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have announced the activation of infielder Sean Rodriguez, as MLB.com’s Mark Bowman first reported on Twitter, with fellow utilityman Danny Santana also returning from a shorter DL stint. Infielder Jace Peterson and righty Jason Hursh were optioned to create active roster space, while..." July 17

  • Braves could option Dansby Swanson to minors

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Dansby Swanson’s erratic first full season in the majors reached a new stage Monday when manager Brian Snitker said the high-profile rookie shortstop would not be in the everyday lineup for now and wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Swanson could be sent back to the minors. Swanson,..." July 17

  • Braves reportedly very open to Julio Teheran trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves are quietly putting together their best season in years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are closed for business this trade deadline. According to a report by ESPN’s Buster Olney on Sunday, rival executives say the Braves are “very open” to trade offers for ace righty..." July 16

  • Braves among several teams interested in Profar

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are among a handful of teams considering Texas Rangers infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar in trade, sources say. Profar seems to be available, and word is Atlanta – along with a few others — are taking a look. Profar, formerly the top prospect in the game, still is only..." July 16

  • Braves seeking trade for quality, controllable starting pitcher

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves may not be contenders in 2017, but they clearly have an eye on taking some steps forward in the years to come. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Braves made a run at Jose Quintana before he was ultimately traded to the Chicago Cubs, and continue to seek a..." July 15

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

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