Braves Rumors & News

  • 1d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    LHP James Russell has been released. The #Braves will owe him approximately $606,000.

  • Julio Teheran to start Opening Day for the Braves

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "As expected, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that pitcher Julio Teheran will be Atlanta's Opening Day starter on April 6 at Marlins Park, per the team's official website. The announcement came shortly after Teheran's spring outing against the Red Sox. The right-hander yielded two runs..." March 28

  • Veteran catcher John Buck set to retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Catcher John Buck is retiring in order to spend more time with his family, the Braves announced. The veteran backstop had been in camp with Atlanta but did not figure to make the Opening Day roster. Buck, 34, has played in eleven big league campaigns, amassing over 4,000 plate appearances and..." March 26

  • 8d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves OF Markakis expected to make his spring debut Monday as a DH against Astros. Took 3rd straight day of BP today.

  • 8d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves 2B Peterson has infected pinky on throwing hand, from being stepped on few days ago. Says not serious (he made 2 great plays Sat.)

  • 8d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Contrary to one report on Twitter, I'm told #Braves aren't willing to go 6 yrs on Olivera. They're still involved in talks, but not 6 yrs

  • Wandy Rodriguez has Braves rotation spot secured

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Regardless of how Wandy Rodriguez pitched Friday night against the Marlins, the veteran left-hander had pretty much secured a spot in the Braves rotation, manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game. But Rodriguez pitched as if he intended to erase any remaining doubt, tossing five hitless..." March 21

  • 11d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves released veteran reliever Jose Veras, a non-roster invitee to spring training.

  • Braves bid four years, others five for Olivera, who's said to aim for six

    CBSSports.com "The Braves have offered a four-year deal to star Cuban free agent Hector Olivera, but at least the Padres, Giants and bigger-spending Dodgers are in the mix and multiple teams are thought to be offering five years. The A's and Marlins also have been connected to Olivera, though it isn't known how..." March 19

  • Jace Peterson the starting 2B in Atlanta?

    MLB.com "Eric Young Jr. has proved that he can play center field and Jace Peterson has shown that he deserves to be in the lineup on a regular basis. But with Opening Day less than three weeks away, the Braves still have some interesting roster decisions involving position players. As things currently..." March 17

  • Braves may up Hector Olivera bid, but won't hit $50M; LA, SD are threats

    CBSSports.com "The Braves, who recently met with top Cuban free agent Hector Olivera, may up their original bid a tad but aren't expected to get close to the $50 million figure bandied about (nor certainly the $77 million mark rumored in one place) and may be counting on their attractiveness as a team with a..." March 16

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • 19d
    Neil Solondz @neilsolondz

    Per game notes, the #Rays have signed LHP Johnny Venters to a two-year minor league deal. Venters is recovering from his third TJ surgery

  • 20d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Braves have offered a contract to Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, source says. @FOXSports

  • 20d
    Kevin McAlpin @KevinMcAlpin

    John Hart said there's no timetable for Minor, but he'll likely start the regular season on the DL. #Braves

  • 21d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Braves having ongoing conversations with Hector Olivera's camp, source confirms. @BenBadler listed them as among favorites to sign him.

  • 21d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    Fredi said Cody Martin deserves to be considered a candidate for one of the two open rotation spots. #Braves

  • 22d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    Simmons (oblique) has taken regular BP the past two days. Fredi said, "He's getting closer." #Braves

  • Padres, Braves, Dodgers Among Favorites To Sign Olivera

    MLB Trade Rumors "A long new article by Baseball America’s Ben Badler assesses the current market for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, who reportedly is expecting to land a contract of $70MM or more. Badler lists three teams that currently stand out as front-runners to sign Olivera, suggesting that other teams who..." March 08

  • 23d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    Markakis felt good after hitting off a tee and throwing yesterday for the first time since undergoing neck surgery in December.

  • 23d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    Chris Johnson (sore left wrist) didn't make the trip to Port St. Lucie. He hopes to play again within the next couple days.

  • 24d
    Zach Links @ZachLinks

    I'm told that RHP Pete Moylan has agreed to a minor lg deal w/ the #Braves. TJ surgery 1 yr ago, should be able to pitch in gms in April/May

  • 24d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have not set an exact day, but the plan is for Dr. Andrews to evaluate Minor's shoulder early next week. #Braves

  • 26d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves just announced that Minor has been scratched from Sunday start due to shoulder tightness. Shoulder woes plagued him all last season

  • Braves' second-base battle may be most compelling of spring

    Fox Sports South "Last month, Craig Kimbrel joked that with so many changes to the Braves' roster, they should wear T-shirts this spring with name tags that say "Hello, My Name Is ..." Saturday, that came to fruition as payers entered the clubhouse to find those shirts sitting in their lockers, courtesy of the..." March 01

  • Four Braves candidates to replace Upton in CF

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham, Zoilo Almonte. Those are the four candidates to replace injured center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. in the Braves’ opening day lineup. It’s also an early speculated order of the odds that each of those players gets the job, going from most likely to..." March 01

  • 30d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Upton will miss most of spring training, be in walking boot for 6 wks. Has sesamoiditis (inflammation in bone behind ball of foot),

  • 30d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    I'd say Eury Perez is the early favorite to begin the year as ATL's CF. Outside of Cunningham, the other candidates are defensively flawed

  • 31d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves SS Simmons did some light throwing, some "dry swings." Oblique strain not gonna keep him out long at all, it appears.

  • 31d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Melvin Upton Jr. has a minor toe injury

  • Nick Markakis on Orioles: 'Don't believe a word they say'

    USA Today "Outfielder Nick Markakis had some pointed words for the Baltimore Orioles, telling USA TODAY Sports, "Don't believe a word they say," regarding his offseason departure. Markakis, 31, signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves in early December, shortly after negotiations..." February 25

  • 33d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Markakis was only cleared this week to run and work out extensively, at 8-week mark after neck surgery

  • Rookie Peterson tailor-made for Braves' new emphasis on speed

    Fox Sports South "The term "supplemental" is an apt one right now, regarding Jace Peterson's standing with the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft class -- featuring budding stars like Jose Fernandez (Marlins), Anthony Rendon (Nationals), George Springer (Astros), Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and C.J. Cron (Angels). After..." February 24

  • Wang must battle to earn huge opportunity with Braves

    Fox Sports South "Chien-Ming Wang will turn 35 just a few days prior to the Atlanta Braves breaking camp and heading to regular-season action. If all goes well, Wang's birthday gift to himself will be a steady job. After Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Mike Minor, the Braves need someone to emerge as..." February 24

  • B.J. Upton now Melvin Upton Jr.

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, after slumping to career-worst seasons in 2013 and 2014, will no doubt be searching down many avenues for designs on a resurrection in 2015. Among those will be a name change back to Melvin Upton Jr. Upton will be using his birth name this season after..." February 23

  • Upton: Name change not about rebound with Braves

    MLB.com "The man formerly known as B.J. Upton reported to Braves camp early Monday morning, and he said his decision to go by his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr., had nothing to do with wanting to distance himself from the struggles he has experienced during his first two seasons in Atlanta. "This has..." February 23

  • No surprise, Teheran expected to start opening day

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Braves are planning to name All-Star Julio Teheran their opening day starter for the second consecutive season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez probably won’t announce it for several weeks, but made clear Sunday which way he was leaning when asked whether..." February 23

  • No surprise, Teheran expected to start opening day

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Braves are planning to name All-Star Julio Teheran their opening day starter for the second consecutive season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez probably won’t announce it for several weeks, but made clear Sunday which way he was leaning when asked..." February 22

  • 36d
    Jeff Schultz @JeffSchultzAJC

    #Braves exec John Hart made passing reference to "Melvin" (B.J.) Upton, then confirmed player will go by Melvin Upton Jr, this season.

  • 37d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    Mike Minor won his arbitration case vs. #Braves, will get $5.6 million stead of $5.1M they offered.

  • 38d
    timdierkes @timdierkes

    Mike Minor won his arbitration hearing, a source says.

  • 40d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    Mike Minor's arbitration case will be heard tomorrow. He'll either receive the $5.6M he's requested or the $5.1M the #Braves have offered.

  • 44d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have signed Eric Young Jr. to a Minor League deal. He'll battle Almonte for that platoon role in LF w/ Gomes.

  • Heyward itching to get started with Cards

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward has an arm to limber, a swing to synchronize and cleats to work in, but he relocated his workouts late last week to his new home for all those reasons and one more. He had an itch that only camp could scratch. “Come down, get familiarized, and enjoy being a..." February 14

  • 45d
    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman

    The #Braves have signed Eric Young Jr. to a Minor League deal. He'll battle Almonte for that platoon role in LF w/ Gomes.

  • Shae Simmons has Tommy John surgery; Is out for the 2015 season

    Talking Chop "Yet another Braves pitcher will have to sit out a season due to Tommy John surgery. This time, it's young reliever Shae Simmons Well, this news certainly came out of the blue. Everybody was having a nice, pleasant mid-Winter day (especially considering the fact that the magical date of pitchers..." February 13

  • Braves lefty Wood excited about season and his role

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "When Alex Wood was sent to Triple-A on June 10, a month after being moved from the Braves’ rotation to the bullpen, it stung a bit, even if he understood the reasoning. He said that by the end of the season he hoped for a chance to establish himself as a full-time member of the starting rotation..." February 11

  • Burning questions for Braves at catcher in 2015

    Fox Sports South "When the lid was finally placed on the 2014 season, one of the more popular questions surrounding the Atlanta Braves was focused on the backstop. It was a problem of riches at a position. How were the Braves going to handle two starting catchers on the same roster? The Braves put an end to..." February 10

  • 47d
    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves signed RHR Matt Capps to minor league contract. Douglasville, Ga., native hasn't pitched in majors since 2012 due to shoulder woes

  • McGriff, Walker hired as special assistants

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ex-Braves slugger Fred McGriff and former Braves hitting coach Greg Walker have been hired as special assistants in the team’s baseball operations department. McGriff, 51, hit .284 with 493 home runs and a .377 on-base percentage in 19 seasons, including parts of five seasons with the Braves..." February 09

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