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Braves' McKirahan Suspended 80 Games

Apr 20, 2015 5:02 PM

Atlanta Braves left-hander Andrew McKirahanhas been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

McKirahan reportedly apologized to his teammates on Sunday. He was suspended for using Ipamorelin, a cream, during Spring Training.

The 25-year-old has pitched 4.1 innings for the Braves this season with a 4.15 ERA and two strikeouts.

MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Source: Yankees Scouting Jose Peraza

Apr 16, 2015 4:02 PM

The New York Yankees have interest in Atlanta Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza, who is currently at the Triple-A level.

New York has contacted Atlanta about Peraza and even sent scout Dennis Twombley to Triple-A Gwinnett, according to a source.

The interest in Peraza could be a strong sign the Yankees don't believe Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela are long-term solutions at second base.

George A. King III/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braves Release Carlos Quentin

Apr 15, 2015 7:19 AM

The Atlanta Braves have released Carlos Quentin, making the veteran outfielder a free agent.

Atlanta acquired Quentin in the Craig Kimbrel trade with the San Diego Padres and then designated him for assignment.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Braves Will Use Jason Grilli As Closer

Apr 6, 2015 4:37 PM

The Atlanta Braves will use Jason Grilli as their closer to begin the season.

Atlanta traded Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres over the weekend.

The Braves also announced that they have designated Carlos Quentin for assignment. Quentin was acquired in the Kimbrel trade.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves

Apr 6, 2015 12:53 AM

The Padres couldn't start the 2015 season without yet another deal by general manager A.J. Preller, according to an ESPN.com report.

Preller pushed ahead with his remarkable makeover of the Padres on Sunday when he acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Diamondbacks Trade Trevor Cahill To Braves

Apr 3, 2015 7:12 AM

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

The deal allows Arizona to save $5.5 million of the $12 million owed to Cahill in 2015, the final year of his deal. It also opens up a spot in the rotation for Archie Bradley.

Atlanta had been looking to add a starter ahead of the season.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braves Seeking Starters, Have Discussed Cahill With Diamondbacks

Apr 2, 2015 4:56 PM

The Atlanta Braves are looking to acquire a starting pitcher via trade and have had discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks about Trevor Cahill.

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

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Olivera Likely To Sign By End Of Week

Mar 19, 2015 7:55 AM

Cuban infielder Hector Olivera is "likely" to sign by the end of the week, according to his agent.

Olivera is looking for a team to promise him a sixth year on his contract.

The Atlanta Braves have reportedly put in an offer of four years and $40 million that is said to be "behind the pack," according to a source.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Braves, Comcast To Announce Major Stadium Deal
The Braves plan to announce a major deal with cable giant Comcast in connection with the team's new stadium and mixed-use development in Cobb County, according to sources.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves Send Jose Peraza To Triple-A Gwinnett
The Braves have optioned top prospect Jose Peraza to Triple-A.

ESPN.com

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade
The Braves ultimately traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Heyward Embracing Opportunity With Cardinals
The Cardinals intend to install Jason Heyward near the top of their order, likely batting No. 2 as he did the first two games of spring training.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nine Braves Combine For 10-Inning No-Hitter, And 2-2 Spring Tie
Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta on Sunday.

ESPN.com

Melvin Upton To Miss Remainder Of Spring
Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot.

Associated Press

Upton Drops B.J. For Melvin Upton Jr.
B.J. Upton hit just .208 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs last season.

ESPN.com

Shae Simmons Undergoes Tommy John Surgery
The Braves have announced that Shae Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2015 season as he rehabs from the procedure.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

Associated Press

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

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Hire Fred McGriff As Special Assistant
Atlanta has hired McGriff, along with former hitting coach Greg Walker, as special assistants.

Associated Press

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

Associated Press

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

Associated Press

Braves Sign John Buck To Minor League Deal
The veteran catcher is expected to open the season at the Triple-A level.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Jonny Gomes Reaches Deal With Braves
The one-year deal includes a vesting option for 2016.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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