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  • Mariners trade Anthony Swarzak to Braves for relievers Jesse Biddle, Arodys Vizcaino

    ESPN 710 Seattle "The Mariners have traded struggling veteran reliever Anthony Swarzak to the Braves for lefty relief pitcher Jesse Biddle and former Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaíno. Seattle is also sending cash considerations to Atlanta, conceivably to help cover what is left of the $8 million..." May 20

  • Reasons for Braves Pulling Mike Foltynewicz in Game Against Brewers Are Pretty Ridiculous

    12 Up "In a 2-1 game against one of the best teams in baseball, the Atlanta Braves pulled starter Mike Foltynewicz in the sixth inning. Atlanta fell 3-2 as their bullpen failed to protect the tie game while Milwaukee's terrific unit barely broke a sweat. What's even worse is..." May 20

  • Mike Soroka is Baseball's Latest Young Phenom

    The Sports Daily "Atlanta starter Mike Soroka came out of the nationally televised game against the playoff-contending Cardinals as the first pitcher in the history of baseball to allow 1 earned run or fewer in 9 of his first 11 starts. Even as an odd statistic, it paints just how impressive he has been to open..." May 20

  • Braves Select Jerry Blevins, Release Jonny Venters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are again shaking up the bullpen, selecting the contract of lefty Jerry Blevins, who’d been designated and outrighted earlier in the week after clearing waivers, to replace fellow lefty Jonny Venters, who’s been issued his release by the club. (Twitter link via..." May 18

  • Braves to promote top prospect Austin Riley

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "  The Braves will promote top third base prospect Austin Riley, The AJC confirmed early Wednesday. Outfielder Ender Inciarte exited Tuesday’s game with lower back tightness and will likely require a stint on the injured list, opening the door for..." May 15

  • Braves designate struggling reliever Jerry Blevins after ERA balloons above 10.00

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have designated lefty Jerry Blevins for assignment,’s Mark Bowman tweets. Righty Kyle Wright was already optioned down, thus creating two active roster openings that will be filled by relievers Jesse Biddle (back from the IL)..." May 14

  • It’s time for the Atlanta Braves to go and get Madison Bumgarner

    Clutch Points "Built on youthful exuberance, well-placed veteran pieces and a solid starting nine, the Atlanta Braves look to be the cream of the crop once again in the National League East, just with more competition. Every team except for the Miami Marlins made big-time upgrades to their..." May 14

  • Braves Giving Prospect Austin Riley Time In The Outfield

    MLB Trade Rumors "Now that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in the majors, Austin Riley is arguably the game’s best third base prospect, though the Braves have been experimenting with Riley as a left fielder at Triple-A Gwinnett, The Athletic’s David O’Brien writes..." May 13

  • Braves' Kevin Gausman drops appeal of 5-game ban

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves right-hander Kevin Gausman on Sunday dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension for intentionally throwing at the Miami Marlins' Jose Urena on May 3. He began serving the suspension on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and will miss the Braves'..." May 12

  • Madison Bumgarner Putting Contenders on His No-Trade List is Freaking Brilliant

    12 Up "Madison Bumgarner is paving his own path, whether the San Francisco Giants like it or not. The Giants are a once-proud veteran group rotting from within, and the question is not if, but when they'll want to sell off their prominent pieces in the next few seasons. With July..." May 12

  • Madison Bumgarner’s reported no-trade list revealed

    Mass Live "The Red Sox are among the eight teams on Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner’s no-trade list, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Bumgarner can block any trade to the Sox, Braves, Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Phillies or Cardinals. Bumgarner, who is a free agent..." May 11

  • Braves Option A.J. Minter, Activate Jonny Venters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have swapped out young southpaw A.J. Minter for veteran Jonny Venters, per a club announcement. The former was optioned to Triple-A to make way for the latter’s activation from the 10-day injured list. It’s a disappointing development for Minter, who looked to..." May 10

  • Could Sean Newcomb find a role in the Braves bullpen?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Sean Newcomb stopped thinking about what could happen. When the Braves lefty was demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett, he was angry. It forced a mindset reset.  Newcomb formally returned Monday following three games in the minors. He pitched two clean relief innings against the Dodgers,..." May 08

  • Kevin Gausman suspended five games and fined for throwing at Jose Urena

    Talking Chop "Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for throwing at Marlins pitcher Jose Urena, the league announced on Monday. Gausman is appealing the suspension and will still pitch this evening in LA. As a reminder, Urena, who..." May 06

  • Braves' Soroka earns spot in history with 4th consecutive strong outing

    The Score "Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka might need a higher league to play in if he continues to dominate hitters like he has over his short MLB career. After another seven sharp innings on Saturday against the Miami Marlins, the 21-year-old Canadian became the youngest pitcher with..." May 05

  • Kevin Gausman ejected for throwing behind Jose Urena in first meeting since Ronald Acuna Jr. plunking

    CBS Sports "Last August 15, Marlins righty Jose Urena created some headlines by drilling Braves wunderkind Ronald Acuna Jr. with the first pitch of his start. Acuna was in the middle of a five-game homer streak and had gone deep four times in the first three games of that series. Urena was..." May 04

  • Braves option Shane Carle to Triple-A

    Talking Chop "The Atlanta Braves made a roster move before heading to Miami for the start of a three-city, 10-game road trip. The team announced that reliever Shane Carle had been optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett. The team did not announce who would be taking Carle’s spot on the active..." May 02

  • Donaldson out vs. Padres with sore right calf "Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson was scratched from Tuesday's lineup vs. the Padres due to a sore right calf. Manager Brian Snitker is hoping the third baseman might just need a day of rest. Donaldson, who is hitting .258/.395/.495 with five homers and 13 RBIs, has a history of..." April 30

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Braves Place Chad Sobotka On IL, Recall Grant Dayton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced today that reliever Chad Sobotka is headed to the 10-day injured list with a left abdomen strain. He’ll be replaced by southpaw Grant Dayton. Sobotka has scuffled out of the gates for the Atlanta club, turning in a dozen innings of 8.25 ERA ball to open the..." April 29

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies, Braves battle for Giants’ Madison Bumgarner?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NL East could be decided off the field. With four teams (Phillies, Mets, Braves, Nationals) entering play on April 29 separated by just three games, a season-long race is underway. What each team does before the July 31 MLB trade deadline will go a long..." April 29

  • Braves acquire Jerry Blevins from Athletics

    Yardbarker "The Braves have acquired left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins from the Athletics, according to Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cash is going back to Oakland, per David O’Brien of The Athletic. Atlanta subsequently selected Blevins’ contract, optioned Wes..." April 28

  • Braves Activate Mike Foltynewicz, Option Bryse Wilson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team announcement, Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz will be activated from the IL in time to make his first start of the season tonight against Colorado. Right-hander Bryse Wilson will head back to AAA-Gwinnett. The hard-throwing Foltynewicz, 27, whose 96.4 MPH average fastball..." April 27

  • Reds analyst apologizes to Braves' Albies for comments about contract

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds television analyst Chris Welsh caused an internet firestorm Wednesday night when he said this about Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies: “It’s funny, I’ve read a lot about it, and I’ve read opinions on both sides. A lot of people are blaming the agent for..." April 25

  • Reds Announcer Makes Insulting Comment on Braves' Ozzie Albies During Live Broadcast

    12 Up "Ozzie Albies made headlines earlier this month when he signed a contract extension with the Braves, which many deemed to be undervaluing the young second baseman. Many around the league have given their two cents on Albies' bargain contract, but none were quite as..." April 25

  • Mike Foltynewicz set for 2019 debut on Saturday against Rockies

    Talking Chop "Braves manager Brian Snitker announced on Tuesday that Mike Foltynewicz will be activated for Saturday’s home game against the Rockies. It will be Foltynewicz’s 2019 debut after missing the first four weeks of the season with an elbow injury. Foltynewicz ended up making..." April 23

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Braves star responds after Trevor Bauer critiques team’s approach "The tone was critical. The words were… complimentary? Add it all up, and Trevor Bauer’s postgame comments about the Braves’ bats after Atlanta’s comeback, 8-7 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night were certainly curious. “It didn’t seem..." April 22

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Is Poised to Make a Mockery of His $100 Million Megadeal

    Bleacher Report "It's not often a Major League Baseball player signs a nine-figure contract and stirs debate about how much he got underpaid. Yet such is the case with Ronald Acuna Jr. The Atlanta Braves signed their star left fielder to an eight-year, $100 million..." April 22

  • The Atlanta Braves need bullpen help in a hurry

    Clutch Points "The Atlanta Braves were one of the surprises in baseball last season, arriving a year ahead of schedule to capture their first National League East division title since 2013. With a slew of young stars like NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies joining franchise fixture..." April 20

  • Two Royals players want to race The Freeze during series in Atlanta

    Kansas City Star "The Royals’ schedule this year includes games against the National League East teams, so they’ll be in Atlanta for a two-game series in July. That will give the team a chance to watch Nigel Talton do his thing. Talton is better known as The Freeze, and the man..." April 19

  • Arodys Vizcaino Undergoes Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have announced that closer Arodys Vizcaino has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery. The procedure involved a labrum clean-up and the removal of scar tissue. This news represents a major hit to a Braves relief unit that was already under fire. That’s true of many..." April 17

  • Braves fans chant for Craig Kimbrel during bullpen meltdown

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Braves pitchers made a mess out of the ninth inning on Tuesday. By the time it was over, the fans at SunTrust Park were ready for a reunion with Craig Kimbrel. The Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks entered the ninth inning tied at 6. But A.J. Minter surrendered a home run from..." April 17

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Braves Place Arodys Vizcaino On IL, Option Sean Newcomb

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 11, and optioned left-hander Sean Newcomb to Triple-A Gwinnett, Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. In corresponding moves, the team recalled righties Jacob Webb and Dan Winkler..." April 14

  • LeBlanc (oblique) to injured list; Swanson up "Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc was placed on the 10-day injury list on Sunday with a strained right oblique muscle, with rookie right-hander Erik Swanson recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his spot. LeBlanc was pulled from Friday’s start against the Astros after getting..." April 14

  • Braves Recall Touki Toussaint, Option Kyle Wright

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Braves have recalled top prospect Touki Toussaint from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned another, righty Kyle Wright, to the minors. Toussaint, the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, was acquired from Arizona in a curious 2015 salary dump that also sent righty..." April 13

  • Ozzie Albies’ contract is a sign that a new MLB world order is here

    SB Nation "Ozzie Albies’ contract extension was hard to miss, even in the flurry of other longterm deals we’ve seen for players scrambling to avoid free agency. The Atlanta Braves have locked up — an on the nose, but accurate turn of phrase here — their 22-year-old..." April 12

  • Braves' Ozzie Albies justifies team-friendly contract: 'I'm not playing for money'

    The Score "When the Atlanta Braves announced that they had signed Ozzie Albies to a seven-year, $35-million contract - including team options that max the deal out at nine years and $45 million - it was roundly criticized as one of the most team-friendly deals in the history of the..." April 12

  • Braves Have No Excuse Not to Make Major Move After Saving Ton of Money on Extensions

    12 Up "To say the Atlanta Braves have had good fortune this year would be a grotesque understatement.  After locking up both Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies to extremely team-friendly contract extensions, the Braves will have two of the best young stars..." April 12

  • Ozzie Albies contract described as worst ever by MLB executives and players

    Sportsnaut "Over a hundred contracts have been signed across MLB this year, but the freshly signed contract extension by Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies is already being called the worst ever. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, agents, executives and players from across the league..." April 11

  • Report: Braves lock up another young star, sign Ozzie Albies to extension

    Yahoo! Sports "The Atlanta Braves want to make sure their young core stays together for a long time. A little over a week after the team inked star outfielder Ronald Acuña to an eight-year, $100 million extension, the team has also locked up second baseman Ozzie Albies to a long-term deal,..." April 11

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • Braves' Nick Markakis has 5 guns, $20K stolen from Atlanta home

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Police are searching for the suspect who broke into veteran Braves right fielder Nick Markakis’ Buckhead home and stole five firearms and $20,000 in cash. On March 29 just after 11 p.m., officers responded to Markakis’ house off Wieuca Road after receiving a call that..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08