Braves Rumors & News

  • Braves bring back Anthony Recker on one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves have been busy this winter, already adding Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, and Sean Rodriguez via free agency and Jaime Garcia via trade from the Cardinals. On Friday, they make another move, re-signing catcher Anthony Recker to a major league deal worth $800,000, sources tell..." December 02

  • Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have acquired starter Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for prospects, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports. The Cardinals exercised Garcia’s $12 million club option for the 2017 season last month. He can become a free agent going into the 2018 season. Garcia, 30, was able to pitch a..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Braves Sign Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "After acting quickly to add some stable innings to their rotation early this offseason, the Braves have bolstered their bench by signing infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez to a two-year deal, the team announced on Wednesday (confirming last week’s reports of his signing). Rodriguez will..." November 30

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Braves have 4 intriguing non-tender decisions "Right-hander Chris Withrow and left-hander Paco Rodriguez are a couple relievers the Braves acquired from the Dodgers with the hope they would make a smooth recovery from Tommy John surgery and regain the promise they had shown during the early portion of their respective careers. There remains..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Braves To Sign Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are in agreement with infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez on a two-year deal that will guarantee the MVP Sports client more than $11MM, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Rodriguez, 32 next April, enjoyed a career year with the Pirates in 2016, hitting .270/.349/.510..." November 24

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • RA Dickey adopting ‘Little Ugly’ nickname to go with Bartolo Colon’s ‘Big Sexy’

    Larry Brown Sports "Like Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey is a veteran quadragenarian right-hander who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves this offseason. And now he has the nickname to rival Colon’s as well. Dickey announced on Friday that he’s adopting a new moniker to go with Colon’s renowned “Big Sexy”..." November 19

  • Dickey grew up listening to Braves on transistor radio "At 42 years old, R.A. Dickey is not a young player. In fact, he'll be the third oldest in the league -- after fellow elder statesmen Bartolo Colon and Ichiro Suzuki -- when he takes the mound for the Braves in 2017. Talking about joining the team for his 15th MLB season on Friday, Dickey showed..." November 18

  • Braves finalize Colon deal, continue pursuit of Sale

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves’ average age officially ticked up a few notches Thursday when the team announced the signing of 43-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon, a former Cy Young Award winner who agreed to the one-year, $12.5 million deal last week. They’ve already added a pair of former Cy Young winners in..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Braves among serious bidders for Jason Castro

    Rotoworld "ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves are "among the most serious bidders" for free agent catcher Jason Castro. The Braves have already added a pair of veterans (Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey) to their rotation and continue to aim high for another starter, but they have also made upgrading..." November 16

  • Prospect-rich Braves could trade for Gray or Archer if not Sale "The Chicago White Sox, looking to start a rebuilding phase, have said they'll listen on any player on their roster with three or fewer years of team control remaining, including Chris Sale. The Braves, nearing what they hope will be the final stage of their own rebuild, recently signed veteran..." November 15

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Braves Showing Serious Interest in Chris Sale

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves have joined the Chris Sale derby in a big way and are among the teams trying hardest to land one of baseball’s best pitchers. The White Sox listened to offers at the July trade deadline for Sale, but rival teams seem to believe there is a greater likelihood than ever that..." November 15

  • Braves Sign Jordan Walden To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have announced that they’ve signed righty Jordan Walden to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He will receive $1M if he’s in the Majors, plus a possible $2MM in incentives, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. The 28-year-old Walden had strong seasons in Atlanta..." November 12

  • Former Braves, Reds manager Russ Nixon dies "Russ Nixon, who managed the Reds and Braves, died on Thursday. He was 81 years old. A native of Cleves, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati, and a graduate of Western Hills High School, Nixon played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues as a catcher from 1957-68 with the Indians, Red Sox and Twins...." November 11

  • Bartolo Colon, Braves agree to deal

    SI "The Bartolo Colon era is over in New York. The 43-year-old starting pitcher has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves, pending a physical,’s Mark Bowman reports. It marks the end of a rather fruitful three-year stint with the Mets that saw the righthander..." November 11

  • Braves sign right-hander R.A. Dickey to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Atlanta Braves have signed right-handed starter R.A. Dickey to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018. Dickey, 42, spent the last four seasons with the Blue Jays, compiling a 49-52 record with a 4.05 ERA over 131 games (130 starts). His time in Toronto was polarizing, to say the..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Report: Braves have spoken to the Rays about Chris Archer

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "To express the importance that the Braves have placed on adding starting pitchers this offseason and where that ranks compared to acquiring a catcher, general manager John Coppolella turned to … The Rolling Stones. “On our hierarchy of needs, at the apex of the pyramid is starting pitching,” he..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Braves not looking to move Kemp, Markakis, Inciarte

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves under John Hart and John Coppolella have finalized major trades immediately after baseball’s general managers meetings two years in a row. Now they’re attending their third together in the city where their first big trade was hatched: Jason Heyward to St. Louis four days after the..." November 07

  • Braves have interest in Matt Wieters

    Talking Chop "Now that the World Series is over, hot stove season starts with the dawn of free agency upon us. Starting tomorrow, 11/7/16, free agents can begin signing with new teams. As a result, the deadline for extending qualifying offers (which is a guaranteed one year contract that if the player turns..." November 07

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Bullpen coach Dom Chiti leaving Orioles to join Braves, reuniting with Dave Wallace

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles will be searching for not only a new pitching coach this offseason, but also a new bullpen coach as Dom Chiti is leaving his position to take a job with the Atlanta Braves, according to industry sources. Chiti will rejoin the Braves as the team’s senior director of pitching, a role..." November 03

  • Mallex Smith released by Mexican winter league team

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves outfielder Mallex Smith was released by the Hermosillo Naranjeros after struggling during his first 2 1/2 weeks with the Mexican winter league team. Smith had been scheduled to play for the Naranjeros until late November but was dropped from their roster Friday after batting .109..." October 30

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry has woken up from his medically induced coma

    The Comeback "A procedure like a colonoscopy is supposed to be simple and relatively safe. For Matt Marksberry, it was anything but, as the Braves pitcher ended up having to be put in a medically induced coma due to complications during the procedure. Luckily, he has now been woken up from the aforementioned..." October 21

  • Braves pitcher Marksberry hospitalized in Florida

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry was being treated for severe dehydration in an Orlando-area hospital Wednesday after going in for a procedure unrelated to baseball. A Facebook post from his brother Wednesday afternoon said that Marksberry was on life support. Others familiar with the situation..." October 20

  • Diamondbacks Interested In Eddie Perez For Managerial Job

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have interest in Braves first base coach Eddie Perez for their managerial opening, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. Perez interviewed for the Braves managerial job that ultimately went to Brian Snitker, and he’s reportedly also recently attracted interest..." October 15

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Braves Name Brian Snitker Manager, Hire Ron Washington As Third Base Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced on Tuesday morning that they’re dropping the “interim” label from Brian Snitker’s title and naming him their full-time manager. Additionally, the Braves announced that Ron Washington has been hired as the team’s new third base coach, as Bo Porter will become a special..." October 11

  • Brian Snitker Considered Front-Runner For Braves' Job

    Real GM Baseball "Brian Snitker has emerged as the front-runner to become the next manager of the Atlanta Braves. Snitker guided the Braves to a 59-65 record as the team's interim manager this season. " October 10

  • Braves’ TV ratings plunge 35 percent to fourth lowest

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves’ improvement on the field in the second half of the season didn’t carry over to their TV ratings. Historically one of baseball’s more popular teams on television, the Braves finished near the bottom of the major leagues in local ratings this season, showing a continued decline..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

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