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  • Braves Sign Josh Tomlin To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets that Tomlin will start Saturday’s Grapefruit League game for the Braves and could potentially break camp with the club as a long reliever. If not, it appears he’ll head to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves announced Thursday that..." March 21

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Julio Teheran named Braves Opening Day starter

    Talking Chop "For the first time in half a decade, it appeared as though that the Braves could have been in line for a different Opening Day starter. With Julio Teheran, despite his five straight Opening Day starts and longer tenure, seeing his stuff diminished and seeing his playing time..." March 18

  • Ailing Braves pitchers progressing, but uncertainty remains

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, A.J. Minter and Mike Soroka played catch Friday as they work their way back into game shape. Reliever Darren O’Day still hasn’t resumed throwing. Soroka’s spring was undone by shoulder soreness, a product of offseason workouts in..." March 15

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Braves Not “Engaged” With Kimbrel, Keuchel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves “aren’t currently engaged” with the top two remaining free agents, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). While the Atlanta organization would “consider” both Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel on short-term pacts, per the report, the club..." March 13

  • Mike Foltynewicz Won’t Be Ready For Start Of Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Braves top starter Mike Foltynewicz won’t be ready for the start of the season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed Monday (Twitter link, with video, from 680 The Fan). The 27-year-old was scratched from a start nearly two weeks ago due to elbow..." March 11

  • Nationals, Braves not 'in' on Kimbrel

    The Score "With MLB's traditional Opening Day less than three weeks away, it remains unclear which team will sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel. The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves were reportedly interested in the 30-year-old, but both teams are no longer "in" on him,..." March 09

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Braves owe all players, combined, half as much as Phillies owe Harper

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "This informative paragraph is tucked deep into a recent securities filing by Braves owner Liberty Media:  “The Atlanta Braves and certain of their players and coaches have entered into long-term employment contracts whereby such individuals’ compensation is..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Craig Kimbrel Spotted With Family at Restaurant Near Braves Spring Training

    12 Up "Craig Kimbrell watch is heating up, and we don't mean "watch" in a vague sense. Since the superstar closer is still a free agent, we have actually relied on literally watching him and figuring out where he is to find out where he might end up. Since the rumor..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • MLB rumors: Craig Kimbrel drawing interest from Nationals, Braves as season nears

    NBC Sports Boston "Craig Kimbrel is still unsigned on the MLB's free agent market with spring training well underway for all 30 teams, but there are a few potential landing spots for the 30-year-old relief pitcher ahead of the 2019 season. The former Boston Red Sox closer is drawing interest from..." March 04

  • Could pitching injuries force Braves into FA market?

    CBS Sports "It is only March 1, and Opening Day is still three weeks and six days away, but already the injuries are beginning to pile up for the Atlanta Braves. Friday afternoon lefty reliever A.J. Minter exited his scheduled Grapefruit League appearance with shoulder tightness after facing only one..." March 02

  • Braves reliever A.J. Minter leaves game with tight shoulder

    Hardball Talk "Another day, another reminder to the Braves that the best laid plans of a baseball team often go astray thanks to injury. The subject of the reminder today is reliever A.J. Minter who left today’s exhibition game with left shoulder tightness. Which is a bit of a problem given that he..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Three Braves starters are dealing with elbow, shoulder problems

    Hardball Talk "The Braves 2019 rotation is probably the biggest x-factor on the team. There is a lot of young talent present and lot of younger talent in the minors which could soon contribute, but depth and experience is a problem. It’s the sort of rotation that, on paper, if everything breaks right,..." February 28

  • Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (sore elbow) scratched from Friday start

    Sporting News "Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Blue Jays because of soreness in his elbow, an issue that surfaced last weekend, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Thursday. He’ll be evaluated Saturday by..." February 28

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • What does Mike Soroka’s setback mean for Braves’ Opening Day roster?

    Talking Chop "Just last week, I wrote about how the Braves could creatively juggle their pitching staff to allow Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint, and Max Fried spots on the Opening Day roster and innings throughout the season. That was before news broke that Soroka had a setback of sorts with his..." February 26

  • Does Major League Baseball think the Tomahawk Chop is bad or not?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about Rob Manfred’s curious comment that the Braves have “taken steps” to “take out” the Tomahawk Chop cheer at their games. It was curious because there is no evidence whatsoever that the Braves have taken even a single step to do so. To the..." February 26

  • Braves star has mighty high praise for youngster Max Fried

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman has seen some very good young pitchers as teammates and throughout the Major League Baseball world during eight-plus year career. Getting his first real look at young teammate Max Fried, it appears none of these young pitchers..." February 26

  • Adorable: Rob Manfred thinks the Braves are taking out the Tomahawk Chop

    Hardball Talk "Two weeks ago Rob Manfred was given an award from the National Congress of American Indians for his leadership in getting the Cleveland Indians to get rid of the Chief Wahoo logo. Admirable! We were, quite obviously, big fans of that. But what about other Native American iconography..." February 25

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • The Braves are not just a baseball team. They’re a real estate company too.

    Hardball Talk "I’ve taken the Braves to task quite a bit in this space lately. This post and then, later, this post got a lot of attention, both from Braves fans who agree and nod their head and those who disagree and think I’m an overly cynical bad fan or..." February 22

  • Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

    Talking Chop "Mike Soroka looked the part of a front-line starter during his first couple starts in Atlanta last summer. Now, for the second time in nine months, his shoulder injury is a concern. According to MLB’s Mark Bowman, Soroka re-injured his shoulder a month ago while lifting..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Johan Camargo set for ‘super utility’ role with Braves. I think he can be more than that.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "I’m no scout, but I liked the looks of Johan Camargo from the start. There was just something about the versatile, switch-hitting infielder.  The Braves have always seemed a bit more cautious.  Camargo didn’t make the major-league roster to begin 2017..." February 21

  • Braves, Josh Donaldson set for rebound relationship: 'He's going to be a high-level player'

    USA Today "Josh Donaldson wasn’t so much a ballplayer in his first five major league seasons as he was a raging bull, moving fast and breaking things and garnering four consecutive top 10 finishes in American League MVP voting. He finally broke, and spent his final season before free..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • The Braves want you to get excited about “monetary yield” and “glide slope”

    Hardball Talk "Last week Braves president Terry McGuirk and general manager Alex Anthopoulos gave a sit-down interview with Jeff Schultz and David O’Brien of The Athletic. It did not go over well with Braves fans. In the interview McGuirk and Anthopoulos walked back multiple past claims..." February 19

  • Donaldson ready to prove GM, Braves right

    MLB.com "Josh Donaldson did not receive the lucrative, multi-year contract he'd have likely gained had he been healthy last year. But given what Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and some of this winter's other top free agents have experienced, Donaldson has more reason to be thankful for the..." February 17

  • Craig Kimbrel-Braves Rumors Intensify After He's Spotted at Orlando Airport

    12 Up "A Braves reunion for Craig Kimbrel may be in the cards if everything goes right for Atlanta. The prolific closer, who recently won the World Series with Boston in 2018, was drafted by the Braves in 2008 and stayed with the team until 2015. Kimbrel is now a free agent though and..." February 15

  • The Braves think their fans are idiots

    Hardball Talk "I’ve been a Braves fan for nearly 35 years. Most of those years were really good ones, so I’m certainly not going to complain about the investment of time and emotion I’ve put into the team. I’ve gotten to watch Dale Murphy, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Chipper..." February 14

  • The Braves are betting on their young talent to keep them on top in the NL East

    Talking Chop "We’re only a few days away from Braves pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training and by the looks of things, there won’t be too much need for name tags since there’s going to be plenty of familiar faces once the rest of the team starts reporting. Brian..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08