Braves Rumors & News

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Braves’ top draft pick has back surgery

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves officials say first-round draft pick Kolby Allard’s back surgery in September was a minor procedure that shouldn’t keep the left-hander out of spring training. Allard was the 14th overall selection in the June draft, and some experts said he would’ve been selected considerably higher if..." November 25

  • Braves sign veteran starter Bud Norris

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves signed veteran right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday, again following with their recent strategy of buying low on pitchers coming off injury or disappointing season. In the case of Norris, it was a bad 2015 season in which he went 3-11 with a 6.72..." November 25

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Braves Sign David Carpenter, Nine Others To Minors Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have announced the signings of ten players to minor league contracts. Righty David Carpenter is perhaps the most notable, but the list includes several other recognizable names. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Carpenter’s signing on Twitter. Joining..." November 24

  • Why did Braves trade Simmons for more pitching prospects?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It’s been a week-and-a-half since the Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar and two pitching prospects, but the discussion/furor/confusion/shock over the deal continues unabated around here in Braves Country. Many folks are waiting for the other shoe to drop, not..." November 24

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • There’s a rumor that the Braves will be sold

    Hardball Talk "Don’t tease me like this, Marietta Daily Journal. Please do not tease me like this: THE RUMORS have resurfaced. Might the Atlanta Braves be close to a change in ownership? Recent back-fence talk describes the same scenario that circulated a couple years ago — current owner Liberty Media..." November 23

  • Giants discussed Miller, Teheran with Braves

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. With an even year ahead, they may be in line for another title and would like to acquire some pitching to help in their pursuit. San Francisco discussed pitchers Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran with the Atlanta Braves,..." November 22

  • Darren O'Day market: Nats, Braves, Dodgers among teams in mix

    CBS Sports "Reliever Darren O'Day, who could be one of the first big free agents to sign, has drawn big interest from the Nationals, Braves and Dodgers, and while other teams are in the mix, this could shape up as a three-team competition featuring interesting connections. O'Day's family lives in the..." November 22

  • Tigers acquire Cameron Maybin from Braves in 3-player trade

    SB Nation "The Detroit Tigers acquired center fielder Cameron Maybin and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier, the teams announced on Friday. Maybin, 28, hit .267/.327/.370 with 18 doubles and 10 home runs in 141 games for the Braves in 2015, his..." November 21

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Sources: Braves pursuing at least two free-agent relievers

    Fox Sports "Earlier this week, Braves general manager John Coppolella responded to critics of his team’s direction by telling USA Today, “Trust me, we’re not tanking.” A new development appears to support that claim. The Braves, according to major-league sources, are pursuing at least two free-agent..." November 20

  • Giants, Dodgers Have Expressed Interest In Shelby Miller

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants and Dodgers have “checked in” on Braves righty Shelby Miller,’s Buster Olney reports on Twitter. We already heard recently of interest from another NL West club, the Diamondbacks, though those talks apparently did not progress (Twitter link). It’s not entirely clear at this..." November 19

  • Braves, Astros Reportedly Discussed Blockbuster Trade Involving Freeman

    Yahoo! Sports "Complete rebuilds, by their very nature, are ugly little messes that go against the whole point of sports, which is to win. It’s why even after the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs showed just how effective a to-the-studs teardown can be, a certain cognitive dissonance among fans still exists...." November 19

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Braves, D-Backs discussed deal involving Miller, Pollock

    The Score "A number of players on the Atlanta Braves' roster have had their names surface in trade rumors, and Shelby Miller can now add his to the list. The Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks discussed the idea of a trade for the right-hander, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal goes on to say..." November 18

  • Braves remain steadfast as critics grow: 'We are not tanking'

    USA Today "Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella is on the other end of the telephone, seething, offended by all of the accusations. “I know it’s hard for our fans, but I’m not running for office. We are doing what I believe is what’s best in for the long-term interest of the Braves. I’ll trust..." November 18

  • Gonzalez: 'Freeman will be with us' next season

    The Score "The Atlanta Braves have cleaned house this past year, though the exodus will not include first baseman Freddie Freeman. The 26-year-old remains one of the holdovers after Atlanta parted ways with Craig Kimbrel, Evan Gattis, Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, and, most recently, Andrelton Simmons over..." November 17

  • The Braves are shopping Freddie Freeman

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has heard from officials of three different clubs that the Braves are shopping first baseman Freddie Freeman. They’re also reportedly shopping starter Julio Teheran, and outfielders Nick Markakis and Cameron Maybin. Freeman, 26, is under contract through 2021, with..." November 16

  • Tommy Hanson's 911 Call: 'Liquid Coming Out His Nose'

    TMZ "The woman who discovered the body of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson told the 911 operator that he looked blue and there was liquid coming out of his nose ... TMZ Sports has learned. The woman who found Hanson on Sunday told 911 the pitcher had been staying at her Atlanta area home..." November 14

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • Angels acquire Andrelton Simmons from Braves

    Hardball Talk "Trade chatter began to intensify last night regarding Andrelton Simmons and the Braves have already found a match, as Jesse Sanchez of reports that the Gold Glove shortstop has been traded to the Angels. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Braves will receive shortstop Erick..." November 13

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    Tim Brown @TBrownYahoo

    Aybar is among those headed to Braves in Simmons deal, according to source... @JesseSanchezMLB first to report Simmons to Angels

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    Patrick Saunders @psaundersdp

    FYI. Source tells me #Rockies ARE NOT involved in trade talks with #Braves for Simmons.

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    #Mets inquired on Simmons this morn and told ask price is Harvey or deGrom, so no way. Also shows how #Braves initially valuing Simmons

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Braves Discussing Andrelton Simmons Trade With NL West Club

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have discussed Simmons, but no deal is close at the moment, per’s Mark Bowman (links to Twitter). They’re willing to listen, and as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution adds (also via Twitter), Atlanta is determined to add multiple young, impact pieces without..." November 12

  • Pierzynski to return to Braves on 1-year deal "Veteran free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be returning to the Braves for a second season, sources told's Mark Bowman. The Braves have not confirmed the deal." November 11

  • Braves looking for nibbles on Cameron Maybin, Nick Swisher

    New York Post "The Braves have been making teams know center fielder Cameron Maybin is available and have received some interest. After a few years of struggles in San Diego, Maybin had a nice rebound year in Atlanta with 10 homers and 23 steals. The free-agent market is deep in high-end corner..." November 11

  • Ex-Braves pitcher Hanson possibly overdosed, sheriff’s report says

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson may have overdosed when he was found Sunday not breathing, a sheriff’s office report released Tuesday states. Hanson, 29, was at a friend’s Newnan-area home early Sunday when he was found, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office report states. Brandon Bond..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson dead at 29

    New York Daily News "Former MLB pitcher Tommy Hanson died at the age of 29 late Monday night. Zach Klein of WSB Atlanta broke the news via Twitter early Tuesday morning that Hanson passed away, according to a MLB source. Klein had reported earlier that the former Braves pitcher was in the hospital with a coma..." November 10

  • Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson in coma

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson is in a coma at an Atlanta hospital, according to a report first tweeted by WSB-TV's Zach Klein. The reason for the 29-year-old former pitcher's condition were not detailed. Hanson played five seasons in the majors, four of them with the Braves from 2009 to..." November 09

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves OF Dian Toscano, a Cuban signed nearly a year ago, has finally been cleared to play. Might play winter ball later this year.

  • Braves Likely To Transition Hector Olivera To Outfield

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves appear to be in the process of shifting Hector Olivera from third base to the outfield. We had heard recently that Olivera would spend some time in left in winter ball, though indications were that it was not intended as any kind of permanent move. Now, it appears, Atlanta is set to..." November 05

  • Braves’ revenue drops $16 million, but income increases

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves owner Liberty Media provided an interesting financial scoreboard on the team this morning. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Liberty said the Braves’ revenue dropped $16 million this year through Sept. 30 “primarily due to lower game attendance and decreased..." November 05

  • Braves minor leaguer gets 68-game PED suspension

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves minor league pitcher Steve Borkowski got slapped with a 68-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He’s currently on the rookie-league Danville roster, and his suspension begins at the start of the 2016 season. The Braves signed the..." November 04

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • The Braves want Hector Olivera to play left field in winter ball

    Hardball Talk "When the Braves acquired Hector Olivera back in July, the assumption was that he’d get the opportunity to run away with the starting third base job. That could still happen, but Mark Bowman of writes that the Braves want him to play some left field in the Puerto Rican Winter..." October 31

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    JJ Cooper @jjcoop36

    Braves also signed former big league RHP Chris Volstad to a minor league contract with spring training invite. Pitched for AAA Indy in '15

  • Should the Braves model themselves after the Royals?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In yesterday’s missive regarding the 2015 baseball playoffs and what they might augur for the rebuilding Atlanta Braves, I mentioned the importance of young pitching and deft drafting and daring dealing. One thing I didn’t mention was building a lineup of contact hitters, which the Kansas City..." October 29

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27