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Braves Finalize Roster, Michael Bourn DFA’d

The Atlanta Braves finalized their 25 man roster and the moves left two-time all-star and Gold Glove winner Michael Bourn looking for work. The Braves now have 10 days to either release or trade Bourne.  Emilio Bonifacio was also designated for assignment. The team continues its move towards youth. The Braves’ two highest-paid players this year will be Bourn and Nick Swisher, both of whom are now gone. The team chose to keep veteran Drew Stubbs, who signed with the Braves on March 30 after his release by the Texas Rangers. Bourn was thought... 
 

Braves Trade Shelby Miller to Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Top Prospects

One year after trading Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller, the Atlanta Braves have traded their young pitching stud in a new package for a promising young player and prospects. Miller, 25-years-old with three years of team control left, was sent to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder, 25-year-old Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect, Aaron Blair and former number one overall shortstop, Dansby Swanson. For the Diamondbacks, it’s a deal which sets up the front of the rotation for several years. After signing Zack Greinke last week and being... 
 

Braves Ready to Deal from Organizational Depth for Catcher

Stocked with an abundance of promising young pitching, the Atlanta Braves are open to dealing from that depth to acquire a young catcher who is productive at the plate, based on a Tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Still in the midst of a rebuilding project under new president of baseball operations John Hart, the Braves enter Thursday night’s contest with Philadelphia at 38-41, five games behind Washington in the National League East and five games out in the wild card standings. Atlanta’s farm system has made dramatic strides under... 
 

Padres Set to Acquire Justin Upton From Braves

The San Diego Padres continued an aggressive off-season this time acquiring Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton in a trade that will send the 27 year old slugger back to the National League West Division. The Padres earlier traded for Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, acquired Derek Norris  re-signed Josh Johnson and signed Brandon Morrow. The trade was first reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Left-hander Max Fried and second baseman Jace Peterson are headed to the Braves in the trade, reports... 
 

Atlanta Braves Sign Nick Markakis

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four year deal with free agent oufielder Nick Markakis that is worth $44 million, reports Jeff Passan. It’s yet another move in what has already been a busy offseason for Atlanta. Earlier they dealt outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals, and they are actively shopping outfielder Justin Upton. The 31 year-old Markakis rebounded from a poor 2013 season to post above-average numbers in 2014. After hitting a weak .271/.329/.356 in 2013, the rightfielder improved to .276/.342/.386. His fWAR jumped... 
 

Braves Trade Heyward, Walden To Cardinals for Miller, Jenkins

The St Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves have executed the first major trade of the offseason. Atlanta sent outfielder Jason Heyward and right-handed reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. With the move the Braves added depth to a rotation that projected to be one of the weakest in baseball, and the Cardinals found a corner outfielder. The 25 year-old Heyward will hit free agency next offseason. Though he hasn’t quite lived up to the sky-high expectations... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Can the Braves Find a Suitor for B.J. Upton?

There’s just one week remaining until the July 31st trade deadline. Of course trades can and often do occur after that but players have to clear waivers. The Atlanta Braves would like to deal center fielder B.J. Upton, but given the 3+ years and $45+ million owed to him, it will be difficult to find a trade partner. Upton is not quite 30, but given his struggles with the Braves, his best years seem like a distant memory. After seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays in which he accumulated 21 fWAR, Upton signed a five-year deal worth $75.2... 
 

Braves Release Dan Uggla With $18 Million Owed

The Atlanta Braves finally decided to cut the cord with Dan Uggla and released the struggling second baseman requesting unconditional release waivers on a former starter still guaranteed over $18 million for the remainder of this year and next. The Braves have tried for the better part of a year to trade Uggla without success and made the decision to release him. “We’ve been very active making calls for the last month,” general manager Frank Wren said. “We got to a point where we realized that this was probably our only avenue.” The... 
 

Atlanta Braves Sign Ervin Santana

The Atlanta Braves have linked Ervin Santana to a one-year deal that is worth $14.1 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Santana’s deal is worth the exact amount of the qualifying offer he rejected at the beginning of the offseason. With a second Tommy John surgery looking likely for starter Kris Medlen, and Mike Minor expected to miss a couple of weeks at the beginning of the season, the Braves emerged as players for Santana. Earlier in the offseason Santana and his agents were asking for a deal worth upwards of $100 million, a figure... 
 

Could Atlanta Braves Have Interest in Ervin Santana

Ervine There is no such thing as too much pitching. The Atlanta Braves are the most recent Major League team to discover that old adage’s truth. A day after 23-year-old right-hander Kris Medlen was plagued with elbow tightness on Monday, 24-year-old right-hander Brandon Beachy departed an outing with discomfort in his shoulder and forearm. Medlen and Beachy are expected to serve integral roles in the Braves rotation. On Tuesday, the Braves announced that an MRI showed ulnar collateral ligament damage in Medlen’s right elbow. Later this... 
 

Braves Sign Andrelton Simmons to New Seven-year Deal – $58 Million

The Atlanta Braves continued the signing binge of its own players today, this time signing shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year deal worth $58 million. Simmons, 24, joins first baseman Freddie Freeman, right fielder Jason Heyward, starter Julio Teheran and closer Craig Kimbrel as players the Braves recently signed to new contracts. Simmons, 24, hit .248/.296/.396 (87 OPS+) with 17 homers in 157 games in 2014 and is an elite defensive shortstop.  He won the Gold Glove and according to advanced defensive metrics turned in one of... 
 

Atlanta Braves Extend Craig Kimbrel

The Atlanta Braves have signed closer Craig Kimbrel to a contract extension, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Kimbrel’s deal is worth $42 million over four seasons, with a team option for a fifth year. It buys out his three arbitration years and one free agent year, with a $13 million option for 2018, with a $1 million buyout. With performance bonuses, there’s a max value of $58.5 million over the life of the contract. The deal comes as something of a surprise, as the two sides were $2.5 million apart when they exchanged arbitration... 
 

Atlanta Braves Extend Julio Teheran

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a contract extension with pitcher Julio Teheran, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Teheran’s deal guarantees the 23 year old right-hander $32.4 million over six years. Teheran was already under team control through the 2018 season. This deal buys all his arbitration years and guarantees that the Braves control one free agent year with a team option of $12 million with a $1 million buyout for the 2020 season. Signed out of his native Colombia at the age of 16, Teheran appeared on Baseball America’s... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Braves Reach Agreement With Freddie Freeman on Extension

Its been a busy day for the Atlanta Braves. Earlier we reported that team had reached an agreement for outfielder Jason Heyward on a two-year extension and now according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Braves have agreed to terms on an extension with first-baseman Freddie Freeman. The the 24-year-old All-Star is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .319/.396/.501 (144 OPS+) with 23 homers in 147 games. Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but reportedly could be worth as much as $125 million over 8 years.  Last month the two... 
 
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