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Upton Drops B.J. For Melvin Upton Jr.

Feb 23, 2015 1:51 AM

Braves outfielder B.J. Upton will be searching for ways toward a resurrection in 2015, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

Among those will be a name change back to Melvin Upton Jr.

Upton will be using his birth name this season after long going by B.J., short for Bossman -- his father Manny's nickname -- Junior, according to various reports.

ESPN.com

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Shae Simmons Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Feb 12, 2015 6:24 PM

The Atlanta Braves have announced that right-hander Shae Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2015 season as he rehabs from the procedure.

Simmons, 24, surfaced with the Braves in late May and enjoyed a very strong run through the end of July, but a sore shoulder cost him the final two months of the season.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Julio Franco, 56, Signs In Japan

Feb 11, 2015 8:36 AM

Julio Franco, 56, has signed a contract to be a player-manager for the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan's Independent Baseball Challenge League.

The Stars announced the signing of the Dominican Republic native, who played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982 to 2007, with stints in Japan, Mexico and South Korea during that time.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury

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Braves To Sign Matt Capps

Feb 10, 2015 4:32 PM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Matt Capps to a Minor League contract.

Capps, a veteran of eight seasons, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Braves Hire Fred McGriff As Special Assistant

Feb 9, 2015 4:32 PM

The Atlanta Braves are bringing Fred McGriff back into the fold.

Atlanta has hired McGriff, along with former hitting coach Greg Walker, as special assistants.

McGriff played with the Braves from 1993-97, helping the team win the 1995 World Series. The five-time All-Star finished his 19-year career with a .284 average, 493 homers and 1,550 RBIs.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Braves Trade David Hale To Rockies

Jan 30, 2015 5:46 PM

The Atlanta Braves have traded David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

Hale pitched 45 games for Atlanta last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Associated Press

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braves Sign Cuban Outfielder Toscano

Jan 28, 2015 5:46 PM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a four-year, $6 million contract.

The 25-year-old batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba.

Toscano's contract includes a $1.2 million signing bonus payable 72 hours after he reports to major league spring training and salaries of $800,000 this year, $1 million in 2016, $1.3 million in 2017 and $1.5 million in 2018.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Braves Sign John Buck To Minor League Deal

Jan 27, 2015 8:31 AM

John Buck has signed a Minor League contract with the Atlanta Braves that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The veteran catcher is expected to open the season at the Triple-A level.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jonny Gomes Reaches Deal With Braves

Jan 23, 2015 8:43 AM

Jonny Gomes has reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

The deal includes a vesting option for 2016.

The contract is worth $4 million, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Braves, Kelly Johnson Agree To Minors Deal
Kelly Johnson, 33, will attend big league spring training as a non-roster invitee and compete for roster spot as a utility player.

Associated Press

Braves Pursuing Jonny Gomes
The Braves are interested in Jonny Gomes as a potential platoon option in left field.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Hart: Braves Will Contend In 2015
The Braves have rebuilt their roster this season, but John Hart insists that the club will contend in 2015.

Associated Press

Rangers Wanted Gattis, But Price Was Too High
The Braves dealt Evan Gattis to the Astros on Wednesday.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Braves Trade Evan Gattis To Astros
Atlanta will receive three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the deal.

ESPN

Braves, Wandy Rodriguez Reach Deal
Wandy Rodriguez, who turns 36 Sunday, will attend Spring Training and compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Associated Press

Hank Aaron Bidding For NBA's Hawks
Baseball legend Hank Aaron has joined a group of investors seeking to buy the NBA Atlanta Hawks.

ESPN.com

Smoltz Makes HOF History Post-Tommy John Surgery
John Smoltz is the first pitcher who will gain induction to Baseball's Hall of Fame after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Sign Josh Outman
The Braves announced Wednesday that they have signed Josh Outman to a one-year, Major League contract.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio Elected To Hall Of Fame
Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

RealGM Staff Report

Yankees Trade Banuelos To Braves For Two Relievers
The Yankees have traded Manny Banuelos to the Braves for relievers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.

ESPN

Pierzynski Agrees To $2M Deal With Braves
The Braves have agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with A.J. Pierzynski.

ESPN

Braves Agree To Two-Year Deal With Grilli
Jason Grilli is expected to become the setup man for Craig Kimbrel.

ESPN

Justin Upton Traded To Padres
Justin Upton will make $14.5 million in 2015 and is set for free agency in 2016.

ESPN

Sources: Braves Finishing Justin Upton Trade
Justin Upton hit .270/.342/.491 in 641 plate appearances this past season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Markakis Has Neck Surgery For Herniated Disk
The fusion operation was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray.

Associated Press

Peavy Drawing Interest From Braves, Giants, Marlins
The Marlins will only enter the race to sign Jake Peavy if Dan Haren retires or is traded.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Braves To Sign Dian Toscano
The Braves will sign Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a four-year, $7.5 million deal with a club option for a fifth year.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Braves Reach $3M Deal With Callaspo
The agreement is only pending a physical.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves Interested In Jason Grilli
The right-hander, 38, has previously been linked to the Yankees.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today