Braves Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Yunior Severino signs $2.5 million deal with Twins

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that infield prospect Yunior Severino signed a $2.5 million deal with the Twins on Friday. The deal has not been publicly confirmed by the team and appears to be pending a physical. The 18-year-old infielder was one of 13 prospects removed from the Braves’ system..." December 09

  • Braves sign Christian Colon

    Hardball Talk "The Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Christian Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. This deal, significant because it’s literally the only baseball news happening, was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag sports. Colon batted just .160/.236/.180 in 57..." December 06

  • Ex-Braves GM John Coppolella 'disgraced and humbled'

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella, making his first public comments since his resignation and lifetime ban from baseball, said he has been "disgraced and humbled" by events of the last two months and is "heartbroken" over the damage he caused the Atlanta..." December 05

  • Braves looking for shortstop, but not to replace Swanson

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves seek to add a shortstop this offseason, but not to give Dansby Swanson more development time as some have speculated. Rather, they’re looking for a proven shortstop who can back up several positions around the infield, a need because Johan Camargo could end up playing an everyday role..." December 04

  • Atlanta Braves part ways with Peterson, Adams, Santana

    MLB.com "Unable to trade Matt Adams before Friday's non-tender deadline, the Braves parted ways with their slugging first baseman, along with two others. Atlanta didn't tender contracts to Adams, Jace Peterson and Danny Santana, making them free agents, while tendering contracts to the rest of their..." December 02

  • Braves sign Rex Brothers to 1-year deal, avoiding arbitration

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves re-signed veteran reliever Rex Brothers to a one-year deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander before Friday’s deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players or make them non-tendered free agents. It’s a split contract worth $1.1 million if he makes the major league..." November 30

  • Braves trade closer Jim Johnson to Angels

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran closer Jim Johnson from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor-league pitcher Justin Kelly, it was announced Thursday. In addition, the Angels received an unspecified amount toward their international pool space. The 34-year-old Johnson..." November 30

  • Braves shopping Matt Adams this winterJon Heyman

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves plan to shop Matt Adams, who had a nice year but looks like a bench player for them as things stand now. Adams’ likely placement on the trade market could add a little extra spice to one of the most interesting markets, which features many fine free agents (including stars..." November 30

  • Braves could non-tender Matt Adams

    Hardball Talk "Braves first baseman Matt Adams is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman suggests the club could consider non-tendering him if he can’t be traded ahead of Friday’s 8 PM ET arbitration decision deadline. Adams, 29, filled in admirably for the Braves..." November 29

  • John Coppolella was banned permanently because he wouldn’t cooperate with MLB

    Hardball Talk "A week ago today Major League Baseball slammed the hammer down on the Atlanta Braves as the result of their violations of rules on the international free agent market. They lost over a dozen prospects and were subjected to severe restrictions with respect to future international signees over the..." November 28

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Braves Reportedly Shopping Matt Adams

    MLB Trade Rumors "This Friday marks the deadline for MLB teams to tender contract offers to their arbitration-eligible players. Club will have until 8pm ET to agree to tender an offer or to non-tender such players, though the two sides will have roughly two months to work out an actual salary before arb hearings..." November 27

  • Report: Braves hire Blue Jays assistant GM Andrew Tinnish

    Sportsnet "The Atlanta Braves hired Andrew Tinnish — an assistant general manager from the Toronto Blue Jays — as their VP of amateur and international scouting, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting." November 27

  • MLB Writer Leaves Chipper Jones Off Hall of Fame Ballot for Controversial Reason

    12 Up "​Chipper Jones was undoubtedly a Hall of Fame caliber baseball player, and he'll sail into the Class of 2018, nearly unabated. But is he a Hall of Fame caliber person? St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jose de Jesus Ortiz doesn't think so. Ortiz believes that Jones is worthy of Hall of Fame..." November 24

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • What happens with all the players the Braves lost yesterday?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday’s unprecedented sanctions leveled on the Atlanta Braves hit them pretty hard, but it also turned a dozen players into free agents. What happens to them now? Who can sign them? When? And for how much? First off, they get to keep their signing bonuses the Braves gave them. It wasn’t..." November 22

  • Breaking: Coppolella banned for life as part of MLB's sanctions

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has been placed on baseball's permanently ineligible list and the team will lose its top prospect as part of MLB's penalties against the team for rules violations in the international market. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled that the..." November 21

  • Braves expected to lose as many as 12 prospects as a result of international signing violations

    Hardball Talk "UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Braves are expected to lose as many as 12 players as a result of the sanctions, plus they’ll suffer significant restrictions on international signings for the next four years, plus they will lose a draft pick in next year’s draft. 2:46PM: Major..." November 21

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Braves Will Forfeit Rights To Prospect Kevin Maitan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves will lose their rights to highly regarded prospect Kevin Maitan, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter), as part of the punishment for international signing violations. Other members of the 2016-17 July 2 class are also expected to be stripped from the organization, others..." November 21

  • Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. " November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Braves prospect Ronald Acuna named Arizona Fall League MVP

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves No. 1 prospect Ronald Acuna earned the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award of the Arizona Fall League after slashing .325/.414/.639 with seven home runs in 23 games. At 19 years old, he is the youngest player in AFL history to take home the honor. The outfielder turns 20 in..." November 18

  • John Hart Leaves Braves Organization

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced on Friday that former president of baseball operations John Hart has stepped down and is leaving the organization “to pursue other opportunities.” Hart’s departure comes less than two months after GM John Coppolella resigned from his post due to infractions on the..." November 17

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Report: Braves will lose prospects as part of punishment

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves will be losing some prospects signed in the international market as part of the penalty for their multitude of violations, according to a report. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says that while MLB still has not ruled on the Braves’ case, a penalty will include the loss of..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Anthopoulos to be named GM of Braves

    Sportsnet "The Atlanta Braves will make Alex Anthopoulos their new general manager, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman had previously reported that Anthopoulos was the Braves’ Plan B after Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore. Anthopoulos had been serving as the vice-president of..." November 13

  • Astros' McCann would '100 percent' want to end career with Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "From baby Brave to World Series champion, Brian McCann has had a rare career that would best any fathomable script. And he didn’t rule out coming full circle. McCann and the Rally Foundation hosted a Benefit Bash dinner Friday at the Georgia Aquarium, followed by a celebrity charity softball..." November 12

  • Braves announce changes to their coaching staff

    Hardball Talk "Their front office is like that old The Far Side comic in which the crisis clinic is on fire and floating over a waterfall, but the Atlanta Braves at least have a coaching staff in place. Brain Snitker remains in charge as manager, but he now has Walt Weiss, who replaces Terry Pendleton as..." November 10

  • The Braves continue to be in limbo as MLB investigates rules violations

    Hardball Talk "As you’re probably aware, Major League Baseball is investigating the Atlanta Braves for scouting and free agent signing infractions in Latin America. The Braves front office is in turmoil as a result of these infractions, with general manager John Coppollela and a top assistant getting fired and,..." November 09

  • Braves unlikely to pursue free-agent Mike Moustakas

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas already has been linked to the Braves. But the team is unlikely to dive into what’s expected to be a steep bidding war for the two-time All-Star. The Braves need help at third base and in the power department. Moustakas provides that, but at a potentially..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Braves president John Hart didn't play role in rules violations

    ESPN "John Hart, the Atlanta Braves' president of baseball operations, did not play a role in numerous rules violations that forced two club officials to resign in early October, a source told ESPN. Major League Baseball is nearing the end of an investigation into the violations that prompted general..." October 30

  • Royals’ owner denies Braves permission to interview Dayton Moore, report says

    Kansas City Star "Royals owner David Glass has denied the Atlanta Braves permission to interview general manager Dayton Moore for a job running their baseball operations, according to an ESPN report on Friday that cited anonymous baseball sources. The Braves’ general manager job has been open since Oct. 2,..." October 27

  • Braves Exercise Tyler Flowers’ Option, Decline R.A. Dickey’s Option

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced on Monday that they’ve exercised their $4MM club option on catcher Tyler Flowers and declined their $8MM club option over R.A. Dickey in favor of a $500K buyout. Dickey will receive that $500K payout even if he decides to retire, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets. Atlanta also..." October 23

  • Walt Weiss could join Braves coaching staff

    Fanrag Sports "There are rumors that former Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will be joining the Atlanta Braves coaching staff under manager Brian Snitker, possibly as the club’s bench coach, league sources have informed FanRag Sports. Nothing is official and there are believed to be other candidates in mind,..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Report: Former Braves GM Considering Legal Action Against Team

    12 Up "​The separation of John Coppolella from the Atlanta Braves was a bit of an ugly one. ​Coppolella was forced out after he allegedly broke MLB rules regarding international signees. It was a messy firing, but the Braves allegedly offered Coppolella a severance package, which he then turned down...." October 16

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • REPORT: Braves' Rules Violations Deemed 'Unprecedented'

    12 Up "​The Atlanta Braves have found themselves in a lot of trouble in regards to their actions in the international market. General manager John Coppolella was forced to resign, along with special assistant Gordon Blakeley, due to their dealings on the international market and dealing with free..." October 13

  • Embroiled in scandal, Braves must make right moves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Do you realize it’s been 16 years since the Braves won a postseason series? That means they’ve gone longer without a postseason series win than the Braves’ unprecedented run of 14 consecutive division titles lasted over 15 completed seasons during 1991-2005. Think about that. I point this out..." October 10

  • Braves pick up manager Brian Snitker's 2018 contract option

    Sporting News "In search of stability with the front office in disarray, the Braves announced Thursday they have picked up manager Brian Snitker's option for 2018. That decision will buy some time for president of baseball operations John Hart and team president John Schuerholz to focus on finding a..." October 05

  • Sources say there are several possible violations by Braves in latest international signing scandal

    The Athletic "In March, ESPN the Magazine featured a 14-year-old shortstop named Robert Puason in an article detailing the difficulties ethnic Haitians in the Dominican Republic face trying to produce the documentation necessary to sign with major-league clubs. The article, describing Puason as 6-foot-3 and..." October 03

  • Braves to keep Brian Snitker as manager

    Hardball Talk "Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Brian Snitker is likely to remain the Braves manager. Snitker’s contract expired at the end of the season, but the Braves are going to give him another year. It’s a questionable call, coming at an awkward time for Atlanta, given that their front office blew..." October 03