Atlanta Braves Wiretap

'Lazarito' Nearing Decision On Major League Team

Feb 9, 2016 4:29 PM

Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros is expected to make a decision on where he will sign Wednesday, about one month after Major League Baseball declared him a free agent.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder, 16, has drawn interest from the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.

"I'm always ready. I'm realizing my dream to play professional baseball," Armenteros told MLB.com last week at Estadio Quisqueya during the Caribbean Series. "I'm planning on making a decision on [Wednesday], but only God knows what will happen and when I will sign. I'm not worried about it. I'm just waiting on the right opportunity."

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Source: Braves Making Push For 'Lazarito'

Feb 2, 2016 3:55 PM

The Atlanta Braves are making a push to sign Cuban prospect Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, who is expected to sign with a Major League team next week, according to a source.

The Braves are expected to hold a private workout for 'Lazarito' on Saturday San Pedro de Macoris.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Freddie Freeman Says Wrist Is Pain-Free

Jan 31, 2016 3:20 AM

Freddie Freeman' slow-healing right wrist finally is pain-free, allowing the Braves first baseman to take swings on back-to-back days this week for the first time this offseason.

Freeman said at the Braves' FanFest on Saturday the wrist never fully recovered last season after he spent five weeks on the disabled list in June and July. He said a turning point came when he had an injection in the wrist on Dec. 20.

"It was a tough offseason, the first couple months to try to get healthy, but I am 100 percent healthy now," Freeman said.

ESPN.com

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Braves, Nationals, Padres Likely To Exceed International Spending Pool

Jan 26, 2016 4:43 PM

The Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres are all expected to exceed their international spending allocations for the upcoming July 2 period.

Clubs don't yet know exactly how much cash they'll have to spend on the international market.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Tags: Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal

Jan 17, 2016 1:55 PM

Yoenis Cespedes' search for a team is "intensifying," according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, who reported the process could conclude within a few days. As many as 10 teams remain in "active contact" with Cespedes' camp, Bowden reported.

The Mets, Braves and White Sox all are known to have interest in Cespedes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, with the Tigers and Angels among the other clubs with a clear need for an outfielder with power.

MLB.com

Tags: New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Inquire With Braves About Ender Inciarte

Jan 13, 2016 4:30 PM

The Houston Astros have inquired with the Atlanta Braves about the availability of outfielder Ender Inciarte.

Atlanta acquired Inciarte, 25, from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of the Shelby Miller deal.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braves, Kelly Johnson Reach One-Year Deal

Jan 6, 2016 3:48 PM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Kelly Johnson, according to a source.

No official announcement has been made.

The 33-year-old went to the World Series with the New York Mets this past postseason.

Johnson, who could make an additional $1.25 million via incentives, has been a top target as the Braves.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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

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Braves Trying To Trade Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher

Jan 4, 2016 7:38 AM

The Atlanta Braves are looking to trade at least one of Michael Bourn or Nick Swisher this offseason.

Atlanta is willing "to eat a significant portion of the salary" owed to either player to facilitate a deal, according to a report.

Swisher is owed $15 million in 2016 and has a vesting option worth $14 million for 2017 if he makes 550 plate appearances next season and passes an end-of-year physical.

Bourn is owed $14 million next season with a $12 million vesting option for 2017 that also becomes official after he reaches 550 plate appearances.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Not Going To Trade For Freddie Freeman

Jan 4, 2016 7:29 AM

The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros have had trade discussions centered around Freddie Freeman, but a deal is "simply not going to happen," according to a source.

The talks, which occurred earlier this winter, went nowhere and John Coppolella has since flatly denied the possibility of Freeman being traded.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bobby Dews Dies At Age 76

Dec 28, 2015 7:16 AM

Former Atlanta Braves coach Bobby Dews died Saturday at age 76.

Dews spent more than 37 years with the organization before retiring in 2012.

"A true Brave who gave his heart and soul to our organization to help create, develop and lead one of the most productive minor league systems ever," John Schuerholz said in a statement. "A good man and dear friend to his Braves family and he will be very truly missed."

Dews spent 53 years in professional baseball, starting with the St. Louis Cardinals organization and joining the Braves in 1974. Among his jobs with the Braves were minor league manager and bullpen coach.

ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Braves Targeted Dansby Swanson Before Simmons Trade
The Braves like Dansby Swanson so much that they targeted him in a trade with the Diamondbacks prior to dealing Andrelton Simmons.

David Laurilla/FanGraphs

Chipper Jones Joins Braves As Special Assistant
Chipper Jones will serve as an instructor in Spring Training, assist Braves hitters during the regular season, assist in amateur scouting in advance of the June draft and evaluate/instruct minor leagu

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Could Shop Newly Acquired Ender Inciarte
The Braves could try to flip Ender Inciarte for pitching as the offseason progresses.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Braves Trade Shelby Miller To Diamondbacks
Atlanta will reportedly receive Ender Inciarte, right-hander Aaron Blair and 2015 No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cubs, Diamondbacks No Longer Targeting Shelby Miller
The Braves have been discussing Shelby Miller in trades, but the Cubs and Diamondbacks are no longer in the mix for the young pitcher.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Likely To Hold Onto Shelby Miller
It is looking more and more likely that the Braves will hold onto Shelby Miller instead of trading him, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Braves Sign Jim Johnson To $2.5M Deal
Jim Johnson, 32, was part of the 13-player swap between the Braves and Dodgers this past summer.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Yankees Inquire With Braves About Shelby Miller
There is a lot of interest in Miller and Atlanta reportedly asked New York for Luis Severino in return.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Braves Interested In Zobrist As Mentor To Young Players
The Braves are interested in signing Ben Zobrist, who has no shortage of suitors this offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Minors HR Leader Mike Hessman Retires To Pursue Coaching
Mike Hessman is often compared to Crash Davis, Kevin Costner's character in "Bull Durham."

ESPN.com

Tigers Acquire Cameron Maybin From Braves
The Tigers have traded left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier to the Braves for Cameron Maybin.

ESPN.com

Braves, Cubs Have Discussed Trade Centered Around Pitching
Options appear to include Shelby Miller and/or Julio Teheran.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Sources: Braves Discussed Freeman With Astros
Reports of the Braves considering a Freddie Freeman trade are true, according to three sources that told Jeff Passan a deal was discussed with the Astros.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Gonzalez: 'Freeman Will Be With Us' In 2016
Fredi Gonzalez has dismissed the notion that the Braves will trade Freddie Freeman during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Tuesday morning.

Tyler Duke/FOX Sports

Sources: Braves Are Shopping Freddie Freeman
The Braves have been shopping Freddie Freeman, according to sources from three different clubs.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Should Braves Trade Freddie Freeman?
The Braves have dealt away nearly all of their star players in recent years in hopes of building a long-term future through high draft picks.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Angels Get Simmons In Trade With Braves
The Braves have traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

ESPN

Mets Inquired With Braves About Simmons
The Mets have inquired with the Braves multiple times regarding Andrelton Simmons, but found the asking price to be too high.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Braves Open To Trading Andrelton Simmons
The Braves are listening to offers from teams that have shown interest in Andrelton Simmons, but this doesn't mean they are actively shopping the shortstop.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves To Look For Bullpen Help
Atlanta's relievers struggled in 2015, especially after Jason Grilli was lost to injury.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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