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  • Braves still connected with Yankees’ Sonny Gray

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As the Yankees continue shopping Sonny Gray – and those talks will reportedly intensify soon - the Braves remain linked with the Vanderbilt product.  The Braves checked in on Gray earlier in the offseason and are among the teams who’ve maintained interest in the..." January 16

  • Braves settle with all arbitration eligible players

    Talking Chop "Today has been a busy day for the Braves as they have been steadily announcing deals with there arbitration eligible players. We had already seen reporting on deals with Charlie Culberson, Adam Duvall, Mike Foltynewicz, Arodys Vizcaino and Dan..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Braves Win Grievance Regarding 2018 First-Round Draft Pick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have emerged victorious from a grievance proceeding filed by the MLB Players Association on behalf of 2018 first-round draft pick Carter Stewart,’s Mark Bowman was among those to report. As a result, the Atlanta organization will remain eligible to receive the..." January 11

  • Report: Braves in talks with All-Star OF A.J. Pollock

    Sportsnaut "With an eye on upgrading their outfield, the Atlanta Braves have turned their focus towards free agent A.J. Pollock, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Braves are in discussions with Pollock and noted that he’d likely man right..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Johan Camargo is everything the Braves are

    Talking Chop "Which player on the Braves’ roster has a season that best represented the 2018 Braves’ season? An easy answer would be Ronald Acuña, but Acuña’s explosive and outstanding season probably lines up better with the Red Sox. Freddie Freeman probably..." January 08

  • Report: Braves, Marlins re-engage in Realmuto talks

    The Score "The Atlanta Braves apparently haven't given up their pursuit of J.T. Realmuto, after all. Atlanta is once again discussing a trade with the Miami Marlins for the All-Star catcher, sources told Craig Mish of SiriusXM, who adds that it appears the..." January 08

  • Per report, Braves could roll with Adam Duvall as third outfielder

    Talking Chop "As the Braves continue to search the market for a third starter to roam their outfield in 2019, every day without an acquisition seems to last a lifetime. But what if the answer is already on the roster? This one won’t please a lot of fans, but in..." January 07

  • Braves could reunite with Craig Kimbrel?

    Larry Brown Sports "Craig Kimbrel may potentially be returning to his roots this winter. WEEI’s Rob Bradford reported Thursday that the free agent closer’s market “would seem to be down to” the incumbent Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, and “maybe”..." January 03

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees, Rangers, Braves talked Sonny Gray deal?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Not long ago, it would have seemed like a bag of baseballs might have been an overpay for underperforming Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray. But it sounds like the general manager Brian Cashman might get something useful for him — at least according to..." January 03

  • Braves have crowded field of rotation options

    Talking Chop "Earlier today we spotlighted some options for the Atlanta Braves who are still in the market for a top half of the rotation arm via trade or free agency. It seems like the pursuit of an established pitcher has been something that the franchise has been seeking for at least..." January 02

  • Ronald Acuña Showed Why He’s The Future Of Baseball With The Surprising Atlanta Braves

    Uproxx "In baseball the phrase “hope springs eternal” is often overused, as MLB’s 30 teams enter each season with a wink and a prayer at a majestic playoff run. Some squads are set up better than others with regard to actually competing in a particular season, though, and the Atlanta..." December 31

  • Could Kimbrel reunite with Braves? " It's fun to imagine perennial All-Star Craig Kimbrel -- easily the top name on the free-agent market among relievers -- returning to the Braves to pitch for the team with which he started his impressive big league career, especially now that Atlanta has returned to contender status as..." December 30

  • Surplus value and the Braves’ “pursuit” of J.T. Realmuto

    Talking Chop "(Eric) Let us get one thing out of the way: yes, we know that many of you just want all of this J.T. Realmuto business to be over and done with. Yes, we are as sick (if not moreso) of hearing all of the rumors and non-rumors surrounding the Braves and Realmuto as you all..." December 17

  • Braves reportedly 'slight' favorites to land J.T. Realmuto

    Yardbarker "Not only are the Braves one of the teams still in the hunt to acquire Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but they’re “slight” favorites as of now, Craig Mish of SiriusXM tweets. Braves third base prospect Austin Riley’s “on the table” in talks, Mish..." December 16

  • Source: Braves no longer pursuing Realmuto trade "While Atlanta has continued to be linked to J.T. Realmuto rumors, a source said Saturday night the Braves exited the Winter Meetings with the understanding there will not be any further reason for them to discuss trading for the Marlins' All-Star catcher. Though the Braves signed..." December 16

  • Reds, Nationals, Braves in on Aníbal Sánchez

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Reds, Nationals, and Braves have all expressed interest in free agent starter Aníbal Sánchez. While a clear frontrunner has yet to emerge, it stands to reason that the Braves would have some edge on their competitors as the..." December 16

  • Reds inquiring about Inciarte "Reds executives have been reaching out to many clubs and agents to make acquisitions. A source told on Tuesday that those efforts included speaking to the Braves about trading for Ender Inciarte. No deal appeared imminent, however. It was not immediately known what Atlanta..." December 11

  • Braves appear to be at least listening to offers for Dansby Swanson, per report

    Talking Chop "There is no question that the Braves are buyers this offseason. They have already brought in Josh Donaldson on a big one-year deal and they remain one of the favorites both to win the NL East next season as well as to continue to make roster additions. However,..." December 11

  • The Braves have expressed interest in trading for Nick Castellanos, per report

    Talking Chop "The Winter Meetings are where tons and tons of rumors are generated. Many of them never come to fruition at all, but when you get every team in the league together in close proximity with the goal of getting together to make things happen, rumors and speculation is going to run..." December 10

  • Report: Dallas Keuchel atop Braves' wish list at Winter Meetings

    Sportsnaut "The defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves have already added two former All-Stars in that of Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann this offseason. In no way does this mean the up-and-coming team is done. Atlanta is now reportedly seeking out top-end starting pitchers during the Winter..." December 10

  • Braves hire Rick Kranitz as pitching coach to replace Chuck Hernandez

    ESPN "Fired by the Philadelphia Phillies last month, Rick Kranitz has landed another job as a pitching coach with his former team's National League East rival, the Atlanta Braves. The Braves hired Kranitz on Thursday. "I'm thrilled to add Rick to our coaching..." December 06

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • With everybody making moves, the NL East is suddenly baseball's most compelling division

    USA Today "The National League East suddenly has become the most intriguing, mesmerizing and dynamic division in baseball. The furious divisional quartet of the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves is making the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry..." December 05

  • Braves Expected To Hire Rick Kranitz As Pitching Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves appear to be closing in on an agreement that will make Rick Kranitz their new pitching coach, per David O’Brien of The Athletic (via Twitter). It’s not clear if and when an announcement will be made, but the report says it’s now “expected” that Kranitz..." December 04

  • Braves sign infielder Pedro Florimon to minor league deal, per report

    Talking Chop "Ah, December. Impassable snow, weird Jerry DiPoto trades, and of course, minor league deals. It’s Atlanta’s turn to get in on the action, per a tweet from Jon Heyman With no confirmation, this is a bit of a tentative proposition at the moment, but it’s not exactly a..." December 04

  • Dallas Keuchel reportedly high on Atlanta’s wish list

    Talking Chop "Alex Anthopoulos said earlier this week that he would seek a front of the rotation arm and a report by the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that free agent lefty Dallas Keuchel is high on the team’s wish list. Cafardo also links the Braves as a potential landing spot..." December 02

  • Jeff Francoeur to become the Braves main TV analyst

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves will juggle the lineup in their broadcast booths for next season.  The biggest change is that former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur will replace veteran broadcaster Joe Simpson as the lead analyst on the Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast telecasts of..." November 29

  • Dodgers Acquire Adam McCreery, Designate Pat Venditte

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers announced Wednesday that they’ve acquired left-hander Adam McCreery from the Braves in exchange for cash. To open a spot on the 40-man roster, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte was designated for assignment. " November 28

  • Braves GM addresses remaining offseason needs: 'We'd love to get a front-of-the-rotation type guy'

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, the Atlanta Braves signed two veteran leaders in Brian McCann and Josh Donaldson, and they simultaneously cemented themselves among the National League's elite. But Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos says that the team still has three remaining offseason..." November 28

  • How Josh Donaldson's signing with the Braves impacts Dansby Swanson and Johan Camargo

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the Atlanta Braves agreed to a lucrative one-year deal with free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson that will pay him $23 million in 2019. Adding Donaldson to a lineup that includes Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. may prove to be the..." November 27

  • Braves Agree To Terms With Brian McCann

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent catcher Brian McCann, reports Mark Bowman of (via Twitter). It’ll be a homecoming for the Jet Sports client, who is from the Atlanta area and spent the first nine seasons of his Major League career as the..." November 26

  • 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  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’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