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  • David Price, Jonny Venters Win MLB Comeback Player of the Year Awards

    Bleacher Report "Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price and Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jonny Venters have been named the American League and National League Comeback Players of the Year, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.  After making just 11 starts in..." November 20

  • Report: Braves not expected to pursue Bryce Harper

    Hardball Talk "Thanks in part to a rebuilding effort that got ahead of schedule, the Braves in 2018 had their best season in five years, finishing 90-72 and winning the NL East. They were stopped in the playoffs by the Dodgers, falling in five games in the NLDS. Outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. won the NL..." November 20

  • Braves could be latest player in Bryce Harper sweepstakes

    Sportsnaut "Coming off a surprise NL East title this past season, the Atlanta Braves are set up nicely for the future. Flush with one of the best young rosters in MLB, they also seemingly have the payroll flexibility to be major players in free agency this winter. In no way did we think that this..." November 19

  • MLB Insider Says Slow Start Could Propel Angels to Offer Mike Trout to Braves

    12 Up "There's no doubt that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the best active baseball player. With two years remaining on his contract, the Angels need to extend him soon. However, MLB insider Ron Darling had an interesting suggestion for the Angels if things don't..." November 19

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Kurt Suzuki agrees to two-year deal with Nationals, per report

    Talking Chop "Kurt Suzuki won’t be returning to the Atlanta Braves in 2019. The free agent catcher will reportedly be sticking around the NL East however after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark..." November 19

  • Braves prospect injured during home run trot after championship-winning hit

    Sporting News "Braves prospect Braxton Davidson went from celebration to confusion and pain in a matter of seconds Saturday. Davidson hit a 10th-inning, walk-off home run to give the Peoria Javelinas a 3-2 win over Salt River in the Arizona Fall League championship game. But something..." November 18

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • A’s have interest in bringing Kurt Suzuki back again

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s are a team that doesn’t shy away from bringing alumni home for a second or even third go-round, and that might extend to the team’s catching spot next season. The Chronicle has learned that Oakland has talked to former A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is a..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Looking back on Alex Anthopoulos’s first year as Braves GM

    Talking Chop "The Braves hired Alex Anthopoulos one year ago today. Time flies when the team goes from 72-90 and in the midst of an international spending scandal to 90-72 and National League East champions. To be fair, Anthopoulos does not deserve all the credit for the..." November 13

  • Atlanta Braves' Brian Snitker named National League Manager of the Year

    WSB-TV Atlanta "Congratulations to Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker on winning the 2018 National League Manager of the Year Award!  The Braves skipper beat out Milwaukee's Craig Counsell and Colorado's Bud Black for the honor.  It is the first time a..." November 13

  • Why Nick Markakis shouldn’t be an option for the Cardinals

    Viva El Birdos "Gold Glove. Silver Slugger. All Star. Only four players in all of the majors last season were able to claim all three of these awards.Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals, Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies, Mookie Betts of the Boston Red..." November 13

  • Braves phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. named NL Rookie of the Year

    Fox Sports South "There was hype, plenty of hype. Ronald Acuña Jr. didn’t just meet it, he torched it in one of the historically great seasons for a player barely out of his teens. Now the Braves phenom has the hardware to show for it, beating out the Nationals’ Juan Soto and..." November 12

  • Alex Anthopoulos appears set to shake-up MLB trade market again

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball’s general managers meetings ended this week in a fog of uncertainty – the Cincinnati Reds are ready to spend, the Chicago Cubs aren’t, and hands up if you called this one – but the guess here is Alex Anthopoulos is ready to remedy that situation.November 12

  • Michael Brantley and Wilson Ramos are reportedly among the Braves' top targets

    CBS Sports "The 2018 season can be viewed as the start of something big for the Atlanta Braves. After going 72-90 in 2017, the Braves flipped that record and went 90-72 in 2018, and won the NL East. Several young players, most notably Ronald Acuna Jr., broke out as key contributors as well. Atlanta is..." November 12

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Brantley not expected to return to Indians, has received 3 offers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley is not expected to return to the Indians. Brantley has reportedly received offers from Atlanta, Philadelphia and the White Sox. The Indians did not offer Brantley a one-year $17.9 qualifying offer on Friday. Chris Antonetti, Indians..." November 08

  • Braves have 'strong offer' on the table for J.T. Realmuto, per report

    Talking Chop "The Braves are setting the hot stove on fire this morning irrespective of the nice weather. First this: November 07

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • Dansby Swanson Undergoes Wrist Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson underwent wrist surgery recently to “remove a loose body,” per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter). The procedure is not expected to keep Swanson from fully participating in Spring Training. Swanson, 24, turned in a solid..." November 07

  • The Tigers could reunite with Anibal Sanchez this offseason

    Bless You Boys "Anibal Sanchez left Detroit without much fanfair after the 2017 season as one of the last remnants of better times for the franchise. Always overshadowed by Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, Sanchez played a vital role in the rotation during the team’s..." November 07

  • Craig Kimbrel Drawing Interest From These Teams In Free Agency

    NESN "As one of the best closers in Major League Baseball history, Craig Kimbrel will be a hot commodity this winter. The free agent closer is coming off a down season, by his standards, as well as a postseason that raised questions about whether he can pitch under pressure in October...." November 06

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Braves GM says pursuit of Harper, Machado is unlikely

    Larry Brown Sports "The young, upstart Atlanta Braves may be just a piece away from serious title contention, but that piece probably won’t be coming from the cream of this winter’s free agent crop. In an appearance this weekend on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio, Braves general manager..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Braves unlikely to go big-name hunting in free agency

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Braves are coming off a surprising 90-win season and NL East title. As one of the most-talented young squads in MLB, the expectation is that Atlanta will look to add a star player in free agency. It has the cash to do just that. By bringing in a player like Manny Machado..." November 04

  • Blue Jays fire hitting coach Brook Jacoby

    Sportsnet "An off-season of change continues for the Toronto Blue Jays. The team’s hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been fired, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith has confirmed. November 03

  • Astros claim catcher Chris Herrmann off waivers

    Houston Chronicle "To address the dearth of catching depth on their 40-man roster, the Astros claimed veteran backstop Chris Herrmann off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Friday. A Tomball native who attended Alvin Community College, Herrmann has played for three teams in his seven-year major league..." November 02

  • Why the Braves could be one of the most compelling teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "We knew the Braves were going to be good one day. We just didn't know it would happen so soon. A combination of shrewd trades and a dominant run on the international marketpaved the way for Atlanta to shock the baseball world by winning the NL East in 2018, fresh..." November 01

  • Braves acquire catcher Rafael Lopez from the Padres

    Hardball Talk "The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Rafael Lopez from the Padres for cash considerations. That’s about as minor a trade as one can imagine, but we’ll take it. Lopez, 31, has spent parts of four seasons in the bigs, playing for the Padres, Blue Jays, Reds and Cubs...." November 01

  • Braves Outright Lindgren, Ramirez, Adams, Tucker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced a variety of 40-man roster moves today. In addition to losing outfielder Michael Reed to the Twins via waivers, the team outrighted lefty Jacob Lindgren, righty Jose Ramirez, and outfielders Lane Adams and Preston Tucker after that quartet went..." October 31

  • Twins Claim Michael Reed

    Twin Cities "The Twins have claimed outfielder Michael Reed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, a team spokesman said. Reed, 25, has played in 22 major league games with Milwaukee and Atlanta. He batted 2 for 7 with a run scored in seven games with the Braves last season. In 53 games with..." October 31

  • Braves face decision on All-Star Markakis

    MLB.com "Now that the World Series has concluded, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos can accelerate his efforts to upgrade his roster and fortify a lineup that may include a new primary catcher and a different right fielder next year. Nick Markakis, Kurt Suzuki and Anibal Sanchez were..." October 29

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Braves unlikely to make bids for Machado, Harper

    MLB.com "While the Braves may have at least $60 million to address their multiple needs, which include a catcher, a corner outfielder, bullpen depth and a frontline starter, they may take a cautious approach to the free-agent market to avoid deals that hinder them down the..." October 19

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Braves Dismiss Pitching Coach Chuck Hernandez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced to reporters this morning that pitching coach Chuck Hernandez will not return in that role for the 2019 season (Twitter links via Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). The rest of the coaching staff is returning on new two-year contracts, which match..." October 15

  • Brian Snitker agrees to 2-year contract extension with Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a two-year contract — with a club option for the 2021 season — with manager Brian Snitker. Snitker has managed the Braves since being named interim manager on May 17, 2016, replacing Fredi Gonzalez. He has been with the..." October 15

  • Braves to offer Snitker a new contract

    Yardbarker "The Braves are planning to offer manager Brian Snitker a new contract, Jon Heyman of Fancred writes in this week’s notes column. Soon to turn 63, Snitker took over as manager on an interim basis back in 2016 after the Braves dismissed Fredi Gonzalez. There were ups and downs..." October 12

  • Anibal Sanchez will continue playing, hopes to remain with Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Anibal Sanchez experienced a revival with the Braves that he hopes will continue into 2019. Sanchez, 34, was a mid-March signee who became the Game 2 starter in the NLDS. He ate 136-2/3 innings for the Braves, emerging as a reliable arm on the field and an invaluable instructor in the..." October 10

  • Kurt Suzuki interested in re-signing with Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers on Monday, meaning their focus shifts to what could be a busy offseason. Among the subplots is catcher Kurt Suzuki, who’s scheduled to hit free agency. Suzuki has paired with Tyler Flowers to give the franchise a productive battery..." October 09

  • Adrian Gonzalez Hopes To Play In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link) that he is “preparing to play next year.” If he does end up playing, though, he says that’ll likely be the end of his career. Gonzalez opened the..." October 09