Braves Rumors & News

  • Braves reportedly agree to terms with Peter Moylan

    Yardbarker "The Braves are in agreement on a contract with veteran right-handed reliever Peter Moylan, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Moylan, a client of Paragon Sports, is in Orlando to take a physical for the deal today, Crasnick adds. It was reported yesterday that the Braves and Royals were..." February 19

  • Ronald Acuna situation offers a way MLBPA can get back at owners over spending

    CBS Sports "Up until the past two weeks or so, the free-agent market was very slow-moving and teams were simply unwilling to spend. Big-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees are cutting payroll to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold, and about one-third of the teams are rebuilding, so they..." February 19

  • Braves nearing deal with Peter Moylan

    Hardball Talk "The Braves are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Peter Moylan, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes. Terms of the deal are not yet known, though anything greater than a one-year contract would be surprising. This figures to be Moylan’s third run with the Braves. The 39-year-old..." February 18

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • ‘Folty’ has added motivation after arbitration case

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Losing his arbitration case against the Braves last week wasn’t what bothered pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, it was looking over during the hearing and seeing no one he recognized from the team in attendance. The team actually had two of its front-office representatives in addition to an outsider..." February 14

  • Braves To Sign Chris Stewart

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have reached agreement with catcher Chris Stewart on a one-year deal, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter). It’s a non-guaranteed MLB contract, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds on Twitter. Notably, Bowman adds, this signing will represent the veteran..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Foltynewicz loses to Braves after going to arbitration over $100K

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves won their arbitration case against starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday, resulting in a difference in only $100,000 less than they would’ve paid if he’d won. He’ll make $2.2 million in 2018, a person close to the situation said. Making the outcome even less significant was..." February 10

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB's Bobby Cox 'Chipper Jones Deserves HOF ... Because He Saved My Job'

    TMZ "Legendary Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox says he's got a special place in his heart for newly minted Hall of Famer Chipper Jones ... cause he says the dude saved his job. To be fair, Chipper owes a lot to Cox, too ... Bobby was general manager of the Braves when Jones was drafted #1 overall..." February 04

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Braves admittedly concerned about lack of power

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "If there’s a clear hole in the Braves’ lineup, it’s who will hit behind Freddie Freeman. The team lacks an obvious candidate for cleanup hitter. It non-tendered Matt Adams, who hit 19 home runs, because of his lacking positional versatility. It traded Matt Kemp, who also hit 19 homers, for a..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Matt Kemp’s agent not sure what will happen with Dodgers, either

    L.A. Daily News "It is the winter of baseball’s discontent, most of it involving money. Spring training is two weeks away, all of the top end free agents are still without contracts, and many members of free agency’s middle class remain unsigned, too. And then there’s the guy who is under contract for two more..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Freeman reports no issues with left wrist

    MLB.com "Freddie Freeman is looking forward to what Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Luiz Gohara can provide over the course of the upcoming season. But while the Braves are looking forward to the extension of their youth moment, there's no doubt their success will be significantly influenced by the health..." January 29

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Keith Law: the Braves have he best farm system in baseball

    Hardball Talk "For the third straight year Keith Law says the Braves have he best farm system in baseball. This despite the fact that they got hammered by Major League Baseball as punishment for the club’s misconduct in the international market. Law says, however, that most of the prospects the Braves were..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Braves' Ronald Acuna claims top spot on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list

    CBS Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, which means we are in the middle of prospect season. In the coming days and weeks the various scouting publications will release all their relevant prospect rankings. It's a fun time of year. Baseball America, the foremost authority in all things..." January 23

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Marlins want No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna from Braves for Yelich

    CBS Sports "In recent weeks Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich has made it no secret he wants to be traded. The club has already moved Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna in cost-cutting moves, leaving them with a bare-bones roster plus Yelich. He's not happy about it. The Marlins don't..." January 18

  • Braves Acquire Shane Carle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Shane Carle from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Pittsburgh had designated the 26-year-old Carle for assignment over the weekend in order to clear space on the roster for the players acquired..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Braves reach $3.4 million deal with reliever Arodys Vizcaino; two others get deals

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves signed reliever Arodys Vizcaino to a one-year, $3.4 million contract to avoid going to arbitration with their top closer candidate, but didn’t agree to a deal with arbitration-eligible starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz before a Friday deadline. That means Foltynewicz is likely to..." January 13

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Braves release Adonis Garcia

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves have released third baseman and outfielder Adonis Garcia so he can fulfill his desire to play in South Korea for the 2018 season, according to the team. Garcia played in 52 games in 2017, registering a slash line of .237/.273/.347 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 183 plate..." January 10

  • Braves interested in Yelich, Realmuto

    MLB.com "When Alex Anthopoulos became the Braves' general manager in November, he inherited one of the top farm systems in baseball. Through blockbuster trades while GM of the Blue Jays, Anthopoulos demonstrated that he's not afraid to part with top prospects. In Atlanta, he's already constructed a..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Braves have talked to Marlins about Christian Yelich

    Sportsnaut "After moving the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna, the Miami Marlins might not be done with their fire sale. According to this one report, the Marlins have actually discussed sending star outfielder Christian Yelich to the division-rival Atlanta Braves. Though, talks..." December 28

  • Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia signs with a Korean team

    Hardball Talk "Marcos Grunfeld of SportsVenezuela.com reports that third baseman Adonis Garcia has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. Garcia, who turns 33 in April, has played for the Atlanta Braves for the past three seasons, where he has hit .267/.300/.414 with 29..." December 28

  • Managers And Top Front Office Executives On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "There are quite a few notable managers and top front office executives (general managers or heads of baseball operations who have different titles) entering their last guaranteed year under contract in 2018, creating even more pressure than usual to have a good season. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball..." December 27

  • Braves, Danny Santana Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves and infielder/outfielder Danny Santana have agreed to a minor league contract, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (on Twitter). Atlanta non-tendered Santana last month rather than pay him a projected arbitration salary of $1.1MM (per MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz). Santana is represented..." December 21

  • Nationals In “Serious Discussions” With Matt Adams

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are in “serious discussions” with first baseman Matt Adams about a dea that would bring him to D.C., according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick had tweeted earlier today that the sides had ongoing interest, as had been reported..." December 20

  • Astros trade Preston Tucker to Braves

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros traded outfielder Preston Tucker to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Tucker was designated for assignment Friday, giving the Astros seven days to agree to a trade or pass him through waivers. " December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Braves Release Adrian Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have formally released Adrian Gonzalez, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Gonzalez was acquired over the weekend in a stunning five-player salary dump and immediately designated for assignment. As David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, being designated and immediately..." December 18

  • Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Braves announced Saturday that they traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package consisting of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations. Kemp is..." December 16

  • Braves' Adrian Gonzalez: Dished to Braves, designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez (back) was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Following the Trade, Gonzalez was designated for assignment, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez, who..." December 16

  • Rangers sign former Braves prospect Yenci Pena

    Hardball Talk "Another former Braves prospect has latched onto a new team, per Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Rangers reportedly inked shortstop Yenci Pena to a $675,000 signing bonus, which will add to the $1.05 million Pena already received from the Braves. Pena, 17, originally signed on with Atlanta..." December 09

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