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Roster changed, but focus remains the same for Braves

ATLANTA -- They were clearly joking, but en route to a Braves Caravan stop on Friday, Craig Kimbrel may have perfectly summed up the perception of the revamped team weeks before they report to spring training. "We were actually just talking about that," said David Hale, who will compete to be the team's fifth starter. "(Kimbrel) said we should get shirts with the name tag sticker...
Via Fox Sports South
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Eury Perez Claimed By Atlanta Braves

Former Washington Nationals minor leaguer Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Perez, who had been in Washington’s minor league system since the age of 17 was claimed from the Nats by the New York Yankees in late September last year, only to be designated for assignment this week after the club signed shortstop Stephen Drew.   With great speed and an...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Minor healthy, on schedule with offseason training

ATLANTA -- Here's a concept hidden behind the ongoing and very public job search for the final piece to the Atlanta Braves rotation: the fifth starter, whoever he may be, is not the most pressing question facing the franchise's young staff. It's an intriguing competition, if only for the sheer volume of candidates. But fifth starters typically carry a fifth starter's expectations...
Via Fox Sports South
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes Signs One-Year Deal With Braves

(Jeff Roberson / AP)Former Red Sox World Series hero Jonny Gomes has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Atlanta Braves (formerly, of course, the Boston Braves). The pact also includes a $3 million vesting option for 2016—but, since Gomes would never wear a vest, this seems moot. The 34-year old free-spirit can still hit lefties, so he's likely to see a lot of platoon...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #111: Julio Teheran | SP | ATL

Are you having a hard time getting excited about Julio Teheran? Yeah, me too. I mean on the one hand his career ERA is just 3.16, and that’s a little bloated by a rough 26 innings across 2011 and 2012. In his first full season he finished at 3.20 and last year it plummeted further, down to 2.89. But even still, I’m really struggling to feel the same way about Teheran that I...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Sign Known Clubhouse Leader Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes. Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images. Thursday night left fielder Jonny Gomes and the Atlanta Braves agreed on a one-year deal worth $4 million that includes a $3 million vesting option for the 2016 season. The 34-year-old veteran may not be a future Hall of Famer with a .244 career batting average over his 12-year career, but that isn’t why he’ll be an asset...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Braves to sign Jonny Gomes

The Atlanta Braves have a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. Gomes has a one-year deal with Braves with a vesting option, according to source. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 23, 2015 Gomes, 34, spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s, hitting for a collective .234 AVG, with six homers and and...

Braves agree to minor league deal with Kelly Johnson

ATLANTA (AP) Infielder Kelly Johnson and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract. The 33-year-old Johnson will attend big league spring training as a non-roster invitee and compete for roster spot as a utility player. The agreement, confirmed by the Braves on Thursday, allows Johnson to return to his first organization. Johnson made his major league debut as a...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Johnson agrees to minor-league deal with Braves

The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with utility man Kelly Johnson on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the big league club, as reported by Mark Bowman of  The #Braves have signed Kelly Johnson to a Minor League deal and given him a Spring Training invite. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 21, 2015   In 2014, the 32-year-old posted...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves bring back Kelly Johnson six years later

Add another name to the Braves' string of offseason maneuvers, and this one is a blast from the past. According to's Mark Bowman, Atlanta has agreed to a minor league deal with Kelly Johnson on Wednesday, a pact, which includes an invitation to spring training. Johnson, who was a first-round pick of the Braves in 2000 and broke into the majors with the team from 2005-09,...
Via Fox Sports South
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Left-hander Outman aims for significant role in Braves bullpen

ATLANTA -- The Outman family made four stops during the 2014 season. It's hoping the 2015 season brings a little more stability -- and fewer boxes. Josh Outman, one of the Atlanta Braves' newest bullpen additions, watched as his career transformed into that of a journeyman pitcher over the course of the previous year, being traded twice and seeing time in two minor-league systems...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy Nick Markakis’ Gated Florida Home—$1.4 Million!

Nick Markakis might be the richest baseball player you’ve never heard of. The former Baltimore Orioles outfielder cashed in this offseason, bolting for the Atlanta Braves and a tasty four-year, $44 million deal. By the time that deal expires in 2019, Markakis’ career earnings in baseball will amass over $108 million—so yeah, the guy is willing to take a little financial hit...
Via Busted Coverage
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves agree to terms with Russell; Minor could be headed to hearing

The Braves have agreed to terms with James Russell, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday, while Mike Minor could be headed to a hearing. The team and Minor exchanged salary figures, with Atlanta filing at $5.1 million and the left-handed starting pitcher at $5.6 million, per's Jon Heyman. The Braves have a long-standing policy for avoiding hearings...
Via Fox Sports South
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Get a Steal with Nori Aoki

Back when Nick Markakis signed for $44 million over four years, a lot of us were left scratching our heads. After all, Nori Aoki is basically the same player, and it seemed like he was probably going to have to settle for a two or three year contract at a significantly lower valuation. I predicted […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Gattis trade officially signals rebuild

If there was any doubt about what the Atlanta Braves long-term plans were before they shipped Evan Gattis off to the Houston Astros yesterday, it now stands to reason that the events, that unfolded over the last couple of days, place the Braves in clear start over mode. Was the move surprising? A little bit, but when you begin to break down the trade from all different angles, it...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Gattis traded to Astros, exodus out of ATL continues

If any question remained what Atanta’s offseason plan was, it was made perfectly clear Wednesday when the Braves traded fan favorite Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a package of three prospects. The Braves are undoubtedly rebuilding for the 2017 debut of their new stadium, Sun Trust Park. Evan Gattis will move to a hitter friendly park in a pitching dominant AL West in his...
Via BravesWire
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves trade Evan Gattis to Houston Astros

The Atlanta Braves unloaded yet another valuable piece from their roster on Wednesday afternoon, trading catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros in exchange for pitching prospects Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman as well as minor league third baseman Rio Ruiz. Gattis made his Major League debut with the Braves in 2013 after overcoming off-the-field concerns that delayed...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Sorry Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and 3d prospect going from #astros to #Braves — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Close to Acquiring Evan Gattis for Notable Prospects

The Braves housecleaning reportedly continued today, with the team nearing a deal that would ship sometimes-catcher Evan Gattis to Houston in exchange for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. The quick overview of the players going both directions. Gattis is a 28 year old with top shelf power, but limited skills beyond that, […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz elected to Hall of Fame

Tuesday’s announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 included a familiar face for the Atlanta Braves, as longtime pitcher John Smoltz was elected in his first year of eligibility. Smoltz’s excellence in the ’90s and early 2000s made voters check “Yes” in 2015 Smoltz, who spent twenty-one seasons with the Atlanta Braves, joins fellow pitchers Randy Johnson...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Braves bullpen will look much different in 2015

The Atlanta Braves bullpen will look a lot different in front of dominant closer Craig Kimbrel in 2015. Top set-up man Jordan Walden? Traded to the Cardinals. Reclamation project turned fireballer David Carpenter? Traded to the Yankees along with the promising Chasen Shreve. Reliable waiver claim Anthony Varvaro? DFAed and shipped off to Boston. When you combine those losses with...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves 2015 roster takes shape

With the pre-Christmas signings of RHP Jason Grili and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the Atlanta Braves’ 2015 roster is, for better or for worse, taking shape. The Braves’ refashioned front office has made no secret of the fact that its top priority is to field a high end roster in 2017 when the team breaks a champaign bottle against the freshly stacked brick facing of Sun Trust Park...
Via BravesWire
24 days ago  |  Discuss

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

It’s a fact — confirmed by multiple writers whose nearly sole vocation in this life is to report on such matters — it’s a fact that right-handed reliever Jason Grilli has signed a two-year, $8 million with the Atlanta Braves, with a club option of a third year. Per the terms of the agreement, one […]
Via Fangraphs
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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