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First-Rounder Kolby Allard May Choose UCLA Over Braves

Jul 6, 2015 6:02 PM

The Atlanta Braves have signed all of their top picks with the exception of first-round pick Kolby Allard.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it's looking like there's a "legit chance" that Allard will honor his commitment to UCLA rather than sign with the Braves.

Atlanta drafted Allard with the 14th overall pick, which comes a slot value of $2,842,200.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Athletics Acquire Aaron Kurcz From Braves

Jul 6, 2015 5:57 PM

The Atlanta Braves have traded Aaron Kurcz to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for an international bonus slot valued at $167,000.

The trade will allow the Braves to sign Venezuelan shortstop Juan Morales.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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D-Backs Trade Arroyo, Toussaint To Braves For Gosselin

Jun 21, 2015 1:23 PM

The Diamondbacks have traded Bronson Arroyo and last year's first-round draft pick, Touki Toussaint, to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Arroyo has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July 18. He signed with Arizona as a free agent before last season after eight years with the Reds.

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Braves Have Tried To Move Chris Johnson

Jun 19, 2015 2:51 PM

The Atlanta Braves have tried to trade Chris Johnson, offering to pay a good chunk of what remains on his contract.

Johnson is a solid player, but has three years and $23.5 million left on his deal.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Terry Collins May Ask Smoltz To Speak With Harvey

Jun 12, 2015 7:03 AM

Terry Collins spoke with Hall of Famer John Smoltz on Thursday and the pair discussed Matt Harvey’s struggles in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

"I said, 'Is there really this Tommy John hangover?' And he said, 'Absolutely,'" Collins said. "I'm going to relay that to Matt. And, if I need to, I'm going to have John Smoltz relay that to Matt."

Harvey has a 7.20 ERA in his past four starts and has allowed eight home runs over that span.

Smoltz missed the 2000 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

"One of the things that we're seeing with Matt Harvey, that you see sometimes with stars, it's the first time there's ever [been] a bump in the road," Collins said. "How are they going to handle it? This is his first bump. It's been easy for Matt Harvey. Now he's going to be tested. This guy has got the makeup to get through it.

"Did we ever think there was going to be a situation where he would go through what he's going through?" Collins continued. "No, because he's always been above that stuff. You look at last September, when he threw that little simulated game out here that day -- 95 [mph]. Eleven months out of surgery, he's 95 [mph]. And you're just shaking your head, saying, 'Nobody's done that.' And then he starts out the year with pinpoint control, great stuff, and you're saying, 'God, nobody does that.'

"So now, all of a sudden, he's flattened out and the panic is setting in like, 'Oh, what's wrong?' And I don't think there's anything wrong. I just think we've got to be able to work our way through this whole thing."

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Braves Seeking Bullpen Upgrades
The Braves are looking to trade for bullpen upgrades, but they are reluctant to part with young talent or pay significant money in order to make it happen.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Callaspo, Uribe Swap Between Braves, Dodgers Finalized
The Braves and Dodgers have finalized a trade that hit a roadblock early Tuesday.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Alberto Callaspo Nixes Trade To Dodgers
Alberto Callaspo has blocked a trade that would have seen the Braves deal the infielder to the Dodgers in exchange for Juan Uribe, according to a source.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Braves Working On Alberto Callaspo Trade
The 32-year-old signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Braves prior to the 2015 season.

Mark Bowman/MLB

MLB Suspends Will Smith Eight Games
Brewers pitcher Will Smith has appealed the eight game suspension.

ESPN.com

Will Nieves To Sign With Braves
The catcher opened the 2015 season as the backup catcher for the Padres.

Matt Eddy/Baseball America

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Braves' McKirahan Suspended 80 Games
Andrew McKirahan was suspended for using Ipamorelin, a cream, during Spring Training.

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Source: Yankees Scouting Jose Peraza
The Yankees have interest in Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza, who is currently at the Triple-A level.

George A. King III/New York Post

Braves Release Carlos Quentin
Atlanta acquired Carlos Quentin in the Craig Kimbrel trade with the Padres and then designated him for assignment.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Will Use Jason Grilli As Closer
Atlanta traded Craig Kimbrel to the Padres over the weekend.

Associated Press

Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves
The Padres send Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, two prospects, and a draft pick to the Braves.

ESPN.com

Diamondbacks Trade Trevor Cahill To Braves
The Diamondbacks have agreed to send Trevor Cahill and $6.5 million to the Braves for Minor League outfielder Josh Elander.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Braves Seeking Starters, Have Discussed Cahill With Diamondbacks
The Braves don't want to slot similar left-handers -- Eric Stults and Wandy Rodriguez -- back-to-back in the starting rotation.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

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