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Freddie Freeman Originally Suggested Moving To Third

Jun 22, 2017 10:29 AM

Freddie Freeman is serious about playing third base when he returns to the Atlanta Braves.

He says he originally suggested the move, which would keep Matt Adams in the lineup at first base.

"I mentioned it and said I'd be willing to move over to third base to accommodate Matt, who's been pretty spectacular for us," Freeman said. "It really happened yesterday when I was walking to the field."

Freeman has been sidelined for more than a month with a broken wrist. He has played first base his entire Major League career.

"I said I'm completely on board with it, want to do it," he said. "We got to keep Matt's bat in the lineup, and I'll do anything to win. So this is what we came to."

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Matt Adams, Brandon Phillips Likely Trade Chips For Braves

Jun 21, 2017 8:12 AM

Matt Adams and Brandon Phillips have produced in short stays with the Atlanta Braves, which has only enhanced their potential trade value.

The Braves acquired Adams when Freddie Freeman broke his wrist, but the latter is expected to return a few weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline. Phillips, who turns 36 this month, is in the final year of his contract and could be an option for a contender.

"I worry about things I can control," Phillips said. "If we keep winning, we'll be here. Until they call me into the office, I'm here."

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Braves Could Play Freddie Freeman At Third Base Upon Return

Jun 21, 2017 7:51 AM

Freddie Freeman has gotten the cast off his broken wrist, which means the Atlanta Braves could have to make some difficult lineup decisions.

Matt Adams, acquired in the wake of Freeman's injury, is swinging such a hot bat that the club may consider playing Freeman at third base so they can keep Adams at first.

"We're discussing that internally, because the fact is, Freddie will be back," Brian Snitker said. "There are some options there, because it would be nice to have both of those guys in the lineup somehow."

Freeman is still a month or so away from returning, but it appears to be a real option considering Adams' shaky defense in the outfield.

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Braves Agree To $7M Signing Bonus With Kyle Wright

Jun 17, 2017 1:21 AM

Pitcher Kyle Wright and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor league contract with a $7 million signing bonus, the highest in baseball since 2011.

A 21-year-old right-hander who pitched for Vanderbilt, Wright grew up a Braves fan in Huntsville, Alabama. As a freshman, he played alongside current Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

"He's big brother to me," Wright said Friday. "To see him was really cool. It brings back fun memories. I'm excited about it."

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Brandon Phillips Shocked Reds Issued 'My No. 4'

Jun 3, 2017 9:47 AM

Brandon Phillips, a member of the Atlanta Braves after spending 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, feels slighted that the Reds issued his former No. 4 to another player.

"I still can't believe somebody is wearing my No. 4," Phillips said. "That's kind of a slap in the face, too. But it is what it is. People have their own opinions, and I have mine."

Phillips hit .279 with 191 home runs, 851 RBIs and 194 stolen bases while being named to three NL All-Star teams during his time with the Reds.

"I wish I was still a 'Red Leg,'" Phillips said. "But I'm happy to play home for the Braves. I'm happy to be where I'm at (and) getting a cooked meal from my mom and being around my family, my friends. But my heart is always in Cincinnati."

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Braves Like Austin Beck With Fifth Pick

May 30, 2017 9:28 AM

The Atlanta Braves, who have the No. 5 overall pick in next month's draft, are reportedly looking at North Carolina high school outfielder Austin Beck.

John Coppolella and scouting director Brian Bridges have held several private workouts and discussions with Beck.

Beck is a right-handed hitting outfielder at North Davidson High School.


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Equipment Malfunction Caused False Alarm At SunTrust Park

May 24, 2017 7:25 AM

The Atlanta Braves said an equipment malfunction caused a false alarm at SunTrust Park on Tuesday night.

In the top of the third inning, an emergency alarm sounded in the ballpark and a disturbing message was posted on the scoreboard. The alarm sounded for about five seconds and a message stated that an emergency had been reported in the building and that an evacuation was taking place.

R.A. Dickey paused for a couple of seconds to make his next pitch to Andrew McCutchen, but the umpires did not stop play, and the game continued.

The Braves tweeted in the fourth inning that "everything is operating normally" and "we apologize for the inconvenience."

An apparent altercation with fans in one of the ballpark restaurants caused the alarm to get sounded.

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Braves Release James Loney From Triple-A Contract

May 23, 2017 8:27 AM

James Loney has requested and received his release from the Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett team.

Loney, 33, signed a Minor League deal with the team on Thursday after they learned Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

On Saturday, the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals. Adams was immediately inserted into Atlanta's starting lineup on Sunday.

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Braves Acquire Matt Adams From Cardinals

May 20, 2017 8:17 PM

The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Matt Adams from St. Louis on Saturday in an attempt to help fill the void left by injured star Freddie Freeman.

The Cardinals sent Adams and cash to Atlanta for minor league infielder Juan Yepez. The deal was announced Saturday, three days after the Braves lost Freeman to a broken wrist.

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Freddie Freeman Out 10 Weeks With Fractured Wrist
The Braves will be without Freddie Freeman for approximately 10 weeks after an MRI and CT scan revealed a nondisplaced left wrist fracture.

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Braves Miffed After Jose Bautista Homers, Stares Down Pitcher
Benches emptied in Wednesday's game between the Braves and Blue Jays after Jose Bautista hit a home run, stood at home plate and stared toward Eric O'Flaherty before flipping the bat away.

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Freddie Freeman Set For Tests On Left Wrist
Freddie Freeman left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after getting struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning.

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Braves Terminate Ryan Howard's Minor League Deal
Ryan Howard played in 11 games for Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .184 with one homer and five RBIs.

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Angels Acquire David Hernandez From Braves
The Angels have acquired David Hernandez from the Braves in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

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Police Searching For Former Braves Outfielder Otis Nixon
Police in Woodstock, Georgia are searching for former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon, who disappeared over the weekend.

Associated Press

Braves Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal
Ryan Howard will report to extended spring training next week then will join Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon
His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

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Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Braves Have Made Several Attempts To Sign Angel Pagan
The Braves have made a number of attempts to sign Angel Pagan as a reserve, but he has yet to accept.

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Sean Rodriguez May Miss Season Following Shoulder Surgery
Sean Rodriguez hurt his shoulder when a vehicle he was driving collided with a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28.

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Noah Syndergaard Ready To Start Opening Day
The Mets are expected to start Noah Syndergaard against the Braves on Opening Day.

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Reds Agree To Trade Phillips To Braves
The Reds will receive pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo from the Braves in exchange for Brandon Phillips.

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Braves, Reds Talking Brandon Phillips Trade
The Braves are reportedly nearing a trade to acquire Brandon Phillips from the Reds.

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Braves, Kurt Suzuki Agree Upon $1.5M Deal For 2017
Kurt Suzuki has the ability to earn an additional $2.5 million based on incentives.

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Andy Marte Dies In Car Crash In Dominican Republic
According to Baseball America, Andy Marte was playing winter league baseball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas.

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Braves, Kurt Suzuki Agree On One-Year Deal
Catcher Kurt Suzuki is a .256 career hitter over 10 major league seasons.

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Mariners Acquire Drew Smyly From Rays For Three Players
The Mariners are sending Mallex Smith, who they acquired earlier from the Braves, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to the Rays.

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Brandon Phillips Blocked November Trade To Braves
Brandon Phillips used his no-trade rights to prevent the Reds from trading him to the Braves back in November, according to a report.

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Braves Sign Ender Inciarte To Five-Year Extension
The Braves and outfielder Ender Inciarte have agreed to a new five-year contract worth over $30 million.

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