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Atlanta Braves Hire Brian Snitker as New Manager

The Atlanta Braves would like to forget about the just completed 2016 Major League Baseball regular season. The Braves finished in last place in the National League East 26 ½ games behind first place Washington. The organization took a step closer to putting their season behind them with the announcement of the hiring of a new manager. Atlanta was reportedly looking at three finalists for the manager’s job during the weekend. However, on Tuesday the Braves made the announcement they had hired Brian Snitker as their new full time manager. Snitker... 
 

Atlanta Braves Trade Jeff Francoeur to Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have acquired Jeff Francoeur a veteran outfielder from the Atlanta Braves in a deal that involved three teams with the Texas Rangers being the third team. Dylan Moore an infielder in the minor leagues was traded to Atlanta from Texas and Matt Foley a catcher in the minor leagues went to the Braves from Miami. As part of this trade, Atlanta will send Miami nearly $105,000 to offset the contract of Francoeur. Texas obtained a part of international signing slots from the Marlins and one from the Braves. Any player in the big leagues... 
 

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... 
 

Braves Avoid Arbitration, Sign Jason Heyward to Two-Year Deal

The Atlanta Braves agreed to a two-year deal with Jason Heyward, buying out his final two arbitration years for $13.3 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Earlier, the two sides had exchanged arbitration figures with Heyward filing for $5.5 million and the Braves filing for $5.2 million. Just 24, Heyward is one of the best players in baseball, and unless he signs an extension, should be one of the top free agents of the 2016 offseason. Even though he’s missed time with injuries, Heyward has posted 16.5 fWAR over his first four seasons. Heyward... 
 

Atlanta Braves Quiet Offseason Heading into 2014

After capturing the National League East last season, the Atlanta Braves‘ World Series hopes were abruptly dashed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Though they raced to a 96-66 record, the 2013 campaign ended in disappointment for a club expected to play deep into October. In 2014, the Braves are counting on bounceback seasons from B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, and a successful return from Tommy John surgery for starting pitcher Brandon Beachy. They would also like to see the projected outfield of Justin Upton, B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward... 
 

Braves Reach Agreement With Gavin Floyd

The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with right-hander Gavin Floyd on a one-year deal, with a base salary of $4.4 million and incentives that can earn the 30-year-old another $4.5 million. Floyd worked just 24 1/3 innings last season pitching to a 5.18 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.  He is not expected to be able to pitch until May 2014. When healthy Floyd will join a rotation that consist of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen,Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood, with David Hale as an additional candidate. Atlanta... 
 

Brian McCann Likely Headed to a Big Market

Brian McCann is going to have his share of suitors as the top catcher in Free Agency and the baseball purist certainly chose a great off season to capitalize. Big market teams such as: Toronto, Boston, New York and Texas would seem to be favored destinations. The case for New York: Catcher was a black hole last season on offense and McCann offers a powerful lefty swing with an inviting short porch in right field. New York has three players with pending qualifying offers out there right now, so losing the draft pick may not be a huge concern since... 
 

Dan Uggla Left Off Atlanta Braves NLDS Roster

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Wednesday that second baseman Dan Uggla would not be joining the team for the division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Uggla, playing in the third year of a 4 year/48 million dollar contract, hit just .179 in 2013. This ties Rob Deere’s 1991 season with the Detroit Tigers for the lowest batting average in MLB history. Uggla struck out in 31.8% of his plate appearances, the highest rate of his career, and the highest in the NL. In addition, his 13.2% line drive rate was the lowest... 
 

Atlanta Braves Acquire Reliever Scott Downs From Angels

The Atlanta Braves made a move to bolster the bullpen acquiring left-hander reliever Scott Downs form the Los Angeles Angles in exchanges for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus. Downs has compiled a 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances for the Angels this season holding opponents left-handed hitters to a .196 batting average and .255 on-base percentage. Right-handed hitters have batted .286 with a .385 on-base percentage against him. Rasmus has compiled a 1.37 ERA in 37 relief appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett this season. The Braves have lost  lost lefty relievers Jonny... 
 

Atlanta Braves Tim Hudson Leaves Game After Ankle Injury

Atlanta Braves right-hander Tim Hudson was carted off the field after being stepped on by New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. accidentally stepped on his right ankle/foot at first base. Young stepped on the back of Hudson’s ankle near his Achilles attempting to beat the throw by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman’s toss at the bag just before Young arrived. Young immediately went over to Hudson to see if he was ok. Hudson , 38, stayed down in obvious pain before being carted off by medical staff.  Hudson had gone... 
 

Freeman Injured, Puig Will Not Replace Him for All Star Game

Freddie Freeman helped prevent one of the more controversial All-Star Game selections by winning the fan’s final vote for the NL All Star team. Freeman is worthy enough of a selection this season, slugging nine home runs and driving in 61 RBI for the first place Braves, and a .308/.386 BA and OBP has made his first 312 at bats elite. However, the first baseman joined four different Braves’ outfielders in suffering recent injuries and will need the break to recover in time to play again next week. So the simple and logical solution to... 
 

Atlanta Braves Call Up Prospect Joey Terdoslavich

The Atlanta Braves have called up prospect Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett after placing Jordan Schafer on the disabled list with a right ankle contusion. Terdoslavich was hitting .318 with 18 home runs and a.926 OPS in 85 games with Triple-A Gwinnett. Terdoslavich also has 24 doubles this season. Terdoslavich was one of the two Braves prospects selected to participate in this year’s Futures Game, which will be held at Citi Field on July 14, and was named to the 2013 AAA All-Star Game,  but will be glad to trade in both for shot... 
 

Freeman, Maholm Lead Braves Past Diamondbacks in 6-2 Win

The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 victory at Turner Field. Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman led the offensive charge with a three-run bomb to deep center in the third inning, scoring Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton to give the Braves a 4-1 lead at the time. Dan Uggla would add to that lead with a two-run homer in the fifth, extending the lead to 6-1 (Brian McCann started the offensive charge in the second with a solo shot to left center). Arizona originally started... 
 

Braves Dan Uggla Homers Twice in 8-1 Rout of Dodgers

A dreary season for Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla became a bit brighter on Sunday afternoon, as he led the charge with two home runs in Atlanta’s 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Uggla came into the game batting a paltry .185 in 57 games, along with 12 home runs, 23 RBI, and an alarming 78 strikeouts in 197 at-bats this season. The Braves would score seven of their eight runs between the third and fourth innings, led by Uggla’s three-run homer in the third, which gave the Braves a 4-1 lead. Uggla... 
 

Atlanta Braves Considering Minor League Assignment For B.J. Upton

Mired in a season-long slump the Atlanta Braves have considered asking center fielder B.J. Upton about working out his issues in the minor leagues. Upton signed  a free agent deal for  five years and $75 million with the Braves this off-season and is hitting .146/.230/245 with four home runs and eight RBI. Based on his service time Upton could refuse the assignment, but clearly the Braves are past the point of casual concern. Braves manager Freddi Gonzalez  said he has spoken with Upton, not about a minor league assignment, but about his absence... 
 

Brian McCann Lifts Braves with 2 Homers

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann was the hero on Tuesday afternoon, slugging two home runs in the Braves’ 7-6 win in 10 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. McCann would go 2-for-5 with two solo home runs and two RBI, the first coming in the sixth inning and the second coming in the top of the tenth, which would serve as the go-ahead run for the Braves. Since returning from off-season shoulder surgery on May 6, McCann has been solid for Atlanta, batting .281 with six home runs and 14 RBI in 16 games. Rookie backstop Evan Gattis had filled... 
 

Evan Gattis Homer Leads Braves in 5-4 Victory

Approaching the plate in the bottom of the ninth-inning with the Atlanta Braves losing 3-4, pinch-hitter Evan Gattis would slug a go-ahead solo home-run to left field, evening the score 4-4 and sending the game to extra-innings. The go-ahead home run was Gattis’ third home run in nine pinch-hit at-bats this season. The Atlanta rookie catcher is now hitting .254 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 36 games this season, who has seen limited action this past week with the recent return of Brian McCann from the DL. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel would... 
 

Julio Teheran Baffles Twins, Leads Braves to 5-1 Victory

Atlanta Braves young starter Julio Teheran baffled Minnesota Twins bats on Monday night, leading the NL East division leading Braves to a 5-1 victory. Entering the game with a 2-1 record and 4.57 ERA, Teheran would almost go the distance, working 8.1 innings and surrendering only one run, a ninth-inning solo shot by Josh Willingham with one out. Teheran fanned four batters and allowed one walk, working up a season-high pitch count of 123. Teheren improved to 3-1 on the season, lowering his ERA for the eighth consecutive game, which now sits at 3.99.... 
 

Craig Kimbrel Rebounds in Braves Win

Craig Kimbrel appears to have righted the ship. With his first appearance since May 9, Kimbrel garnered his twelfth save of the season in an 8-5 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. During a five-game period between April 24 and May 7, the Atlanta closer had 3 blown saves, surrendering 5 earned runs in 4.2 innings of relief work. To put such into perspective, Kimbrel had 3 blown saves in all of last year, a phenomenal season in which he saved 42 games with a 1.01 ERA. Coming into the game in the ninth-inning, Kimbrel surrendered... 
 

Jason Heyward Activated from DL, Jordan Walden Out

The Atlanta Braves activated outfielder Jason Heyward who has been out since late April recovering following an appendectomy. Hayward missed nearly 4 weeks. He was hitting .121/.261/.259  when he went on the DL,  but Heyward is expected to give the Braves more offense. Atlanta has gone 9-14 since his departure. The Braves maintain a half game lead over Washington in the National League East  and are  4-6 over their last 10 games. “We haven’t been healthy all year and we’ve kept our heads above water,” Braves first baseman... 
 

Braves’ Jason Heyward Taking Dry Swings, Hopes to Provide Boost to Offense

Following a 3-1 loss to the division rival, Washington Nationals, the Braves’ division lead fell to 2.5 games. Atlanta started the season 12-1 with a scary offense and lights out pitching. Since then, the Braves have sputtered, posting just a 5-10 record. Jason Heyward, who started the season slowly with a .121 average in his first 58 at bats, including 12 strikeouts. Now out with an appendectomy, Heyward has started taking dry swings, hoping to return to the field by the end of May healthy and productive. Atlanta will be happy to see him... 
 

Struggling Braves Handle Nationals Again

Slumping teams always need to find a formula to start winning again, and the Atlanta Braves may have found one in the form of their division rivals. The Braves recovered from a rough 10 game road trip to beat the Washington Nationals, 3-2 on Monday. Fresh off a four game losing streak and seven of nine during a brutal run away from Turner Field, Atlanta returned home to face Washington, a team entering Monday with a 13-12 record, supremely disappointing as defending division champs and winners of 98 games in 2012. In a game featuring two highly... 
 

Braves Jason Heyward Says He is Doing Just Fine

The Atlanta Braves, which have the best record in the majors at 15-5, regained first baseman Freddie Freeman from the disabled list but will now be without outfielder Jason Heyward, who underwent an emergency appendectomy in Denver on Monday. Heyward has struggled at the plate in April, hitting .121 with two home runs and five RBI in 58 at-bats. The Braves lineup has been fueled by Justin Upton, who leads the majors with 11 home runs. B.J. Upton is batting .160 with three home runs and five RBI. Heyward and the Upton brothers were projected to give... 
 

NL Scores: Upton’s Help Braves Rally Past Cubs, Kershaw Dominant

It was only a matter of time before the Atlanta Braves Justin Upton and B.J. Upton homered in the same game.  B.J  led off the ninth inning with a home run and brother Justin followed an out later with one of his own to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 6-5. The Braves rallied from a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth off Kyuji Fujikawa and two in the ninth off Carlos Marmol. The Cubs had taken a 5-1 lead on Nate Schierholtz‘s RBI single, Anthony Rizzo‘s two-run homer,Luis Valbuena‘s solo shot and Welington... 
 

Braves Spring Training: Tyler Pastornicky Seeks Role As Super Utility Man

Acquired from Toronto in the July 2010 deal that shipped Yunel Escobar to Toronto, 23-year-old Tyler Pastornicky emerged from last year’s spring training as the Atlanta Braves‘ Opening Day shortstop. Then he struggled, batting just .248 through April and May, lost his job to fellow 23-year-old Andrelton Simmons and was optioned to the minors. This spring has brought a new challenge for the fifth round pick out of high school by the Blue Jays in 2008. With Simmons entrenched at shortstop, the Braves asked Pastornicky to learn multiple... 
 

National League: Projected Platoons for 2013

With the ever rising cost of offense, more and more teams are looking to platoons as low-cost, high-reward options. The platoon is hardly a new managerial tool, but it seems as though there are more teams using the stat-heavy angle to leverage player’s stronger sides to enhance the team’s production–while also saving a penny or two in the process. Below is an in-depth, projected list of National League organizations and their respective platoons for 2013. Atlanta Braves: THIRD BASE -As much as the Braves like Juan Francisco‘s... 
 

Atlanta Braves: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Spring training is a time of optimism for players, managers, coaches and fans of all 30 Major League teams, but it would be difficult to find a club with higher hopes and more magical visions about October than the Atlanta Braves. Even before the Braves took part in one of the most prominent off-season trades, they were well-positioned for 2013 after signing free agent outfielder B.J. Upton to join a lineup that already included right fielder Jason Heyward, first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Dan Uggla, catcher Brian McCann and exciting... 
 

Justin Upton: Braves and Diamondbacks Trade Analysis

Now that the long-speculated trade of Justin Upton is complete (pending physicals), the landscape of the National League East and the National League West has changed. The Atlanta Braves acquired Upton, a 25-year-old outfielder, along with third baseman Chris Johnson for infielder/outfielder Martin Prado, right-handed starting pitcher Randall Delgado, minor league shortstop Nick Ahmed, right-handed starting pitching prospect Zeke Spruill and minor league first baseman Brandon Drury. In Atlanta, Upton joins older brother B.J. Upton and 23-year-old... 
 

Atlanta Braves Set to Acquire Justin Upton

The Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send Justin Upton to the Braves. The deal is pending physicals for the players involved. The Braves get Upton and Chris Johnson for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed and Zeke Spruill.  Upton will join a Braves outfield that features Jason Heyward and Upton’s brother B.J. Upton. The elder Upton was signed by the Braves as a free agent earlier this off-season after agreeing to a five-year $75.2 million contract. The trade essentially eliminates... 
 

Atlanta Braves: Top 10 Prospects for 2013

In recent years, the Atlanta Braves farm system has produced a myriad of names who have helped the club at the Major League level. Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, Brandon Beachy, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are among the examples. The club is currently not as deep as it once was, but it still features an assortment of intriguing starting pitchers. Leading the pack is 21-year-old right-hander Julio Teheran, who was rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 pre-season prospect in 2011 and 2012. Here are... 
 

Could the Atlanta Braves Sign B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn?

Is it possible the Braves could re-sign Michael Bourn? Going into the off-season there were nine players who declined their qualifying offers–thus forcing any prospective team without a protected first-round pick to surrender their draft choice as compensation. Of those nine players, two re-signed with their former teams (David Ortiz and Hiroki Kuroda), two signed with teams with low-seed picks (Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton), and one signed with a protected pick (Nick Swisher). And then there were four: including center fielder Michael Bourn. Bourn... 
 

Braves Trade Tommy Hanson For Angels Jordan Walden

Hanson – Walden trade fits the needs of both teams The Atlanta Braves have traded right-hander Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for reliever Jordan Walden. Both players have a history of battling injuries. Hanson, 26, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves last season, after missing the last two months of the 2011 season with shoulder problems. Hansen will now join Jered Weaver,  C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards in the Angels rotation. The team must decide tonight whether to tender a contract to right-hander Jerome Williams. The... 
 

Braves To Sign B.J. Upton – 5 Years – $75.25 Million

Braves to sign Upton to 5 Year Deal Former Tampa Bay Rays and free-agent outfielder has agreed to sign with the Atlanta Braves .  The market for Upton seemed to take on a life of its own of late, with the  Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals reportedly are all interested in signing the 28-year-old outfielder. Washington had made it clear that re-signing Adam LaRoche is the teams top priority leaving the Braves and Phillies as the front runners to acquire his services. Losing out on Upton may motivate the Phillies to explore... 
 

Phillies, Braves, Nats – Market for B.J. Upton Catches On

Upton drafted second overall in the 2002 may be headed to the National League East The market for free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has suddenly become the talk of this year’s hot stove.  The Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals reportedly are all interested in signing the 28-year-old outfielder. The Braves and Phillies have met with Upton, as first reported by MLB.com and FoxSports.com and the Nationals hope to meet with him face-to-face as well. “I’m really blown away by the love other cities are showing me... 
 

Braves Exercise Options on Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm for 2013

Braves make decisions on McCann, Hudson, Maholm As expected the Atlanta Braves have exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm. McCann will earn $12 million in 2013. McCann is coming off a shoulder injury , hit .230/.300/.399 with 20 homers, 67 RBI and a .698 OPS in 121 games this year and could be at risk for missing the start of the 2013 season. Hudson, 37, posted a 3.62 ERA and 102/48 K/BB ratio in 179 innings over 28 starts this season, and has expressed an interest in staying in Atlanta... 
 

National League East – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

Strasburg will return in 2013, will the Nationals repeat as NL East champions Editor’s Note: Baseball News Source provided a division-by-division series that address what teams might do this off-season in the American League. We start in the National League with the NL East. Would the Washington Nationals have won the World Series if the team decided not to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg in September? It’s a debate that will never produce a definitive answer. One point is certain. Barring an injury, Strasburg will return in 2013, but will... 
 
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