Atlanta Braves Wiretap

Braves Seeking To Trade For Draft Picks

Apr 29, 2016 8:18 AM

The Atlanta Braves have reached out to teams looking to trade for competitive balance draft picks.

The Braves want to bolster their number of draft choices and available bonus pool, according to a report.

Atlanta would be willing to take on some bad contracts to facilitate such trades.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Draft, Trade Rumor

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Braves Have Tried To Trade Hector Olivera

Apr 25, 2016 4:07 PM

The Atlanta Braves have attempted to trade Hector Olivera since his arrest on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery, according to a report.

Olivera is currently on paid administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates the alleged incident under the league's domestic violence policy. It is expected that he'll be suspended.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Trade Rumor

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Braves May File Complaint Over Turner Infield

Apr 21, 2016 5:05 PM

Atlanta Braves players are considering contacting the players' union to see if they can pressure their own club to make improvements at Turner Field, according to a source.

The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface is not being treated with the same meticulous care as in the past.

The Braves were affected in the opening homestand of the season when shortstop Erick Aybar made two errors in the first four home games.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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Hector Olivera's Administrative Leave Extended By Two Weeks

Apr 19, 2016 3:57 PM

Major League Baseball has extended the paid administrative leave period of Hector Olivera by two weeks.

The league wants to further investigate his arrest for alleged domestic violence, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Suspension

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Hector Olivera Arrested, Accused Of Assault

Apr 13, 2016 1:41 PM

Hector Olivera has been arrested after a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington.

Police in Arlington, Virginia, said a woman called them at 6:51 a.m. ET. When police arrived, they found a woman with visible bruises claiming she had been assaulted by the Atlanta Braves outfielder.

Olivera was taken into custody but has not been formally charged.

Police said Olivera, 31, and the woman know each other, but do not know the nature of their relationship.

"We are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations involving Hector Olivera," the Braves said in a statement. "We will continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately as we determine the facts."

Major League Baseball has placed Olivera on administrative leave, effective immediately.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Legal

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Dan Winkler Out Indefinitely With Fractured Elbow

Apr 11, 2016 12:43 AM

Atlanta right-hander Dan Winkler broke his elbow while throwing a pitch in a 12-7 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

Winkler fell to the ground before he could reach the Braves' dugout and said he was thinking, "Not now. Not again."

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Jeff Francoeur Earns $1M By Making Opening Day Roster

Apr 6, 2016 2:31 PM

After making the Opening Day roster of the Atlanta Braves, Jeff Francoeur is set to earn $1 million this season.

The veteran can also add another million via incentives in his contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Utley Rule Costs Braves Baserunner In Loss To Nationals

Apr 5, 2016 7:11 AM

Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley Rule" cost the Atlanta Braves a baserunner in their 4-3, extra-inning loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Nick Markakis walked to lead off the seventh inning. On Hector Olivera's grounder to third base, Markakis slid wide into second base and upended Daniel Murphy after he took the throw from third baseman Anthony Rendon.

Murphy's throw to first base was late, but Olivera was ruled out at first for the double play because the slide by Markakis took him too far inside the bag. The slide was ruled too wide, even though Markakis initially touched the bag. Murphy pointed to Markakis immediately after the play.

Asked if he thought Markakis was too wide on his slide, Dusty Baker smiled and said, "That new rule kind of worked in our favor."


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John Schuerholz Earns Title Of Vice Chairman With Braves

Mar 31, 2016 8:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves will provide John Schuerholz with a new title, Vice Chairman, and the opportunity to remain an integral part of the organization without feeling the need to be part of the daily grind.

Schuerholz will hold some of the same responsibilities that he's had while spending the past eight seasons as team president, but he will now do so at his own pace.

Atlanta also provided title changes for two of its executive vice presidents -- Mike Plant, who will now be president of development, and Derek Schiller, who will be president of business.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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Braves Release Nick Swisher

Mar 28, 2016 4:48 PM

The Atlanta Braves have released Nick Swisher.

Swisher is set to make $15 million this season, but the Braves are set to receive $14,631,148 from the Cleveland Indians by June 30 as part of last season's trade that brought Swisher and Michael Bourn over for Chris Johnson.

Swisher hit just .195 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 46 games for the Braves last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Had Serious Interest In Justin Upton
The Braves were seriously interested in signing Justin Upton this winter for a second tenure with the club, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

CT Scan, X-Rays Negative On Ellsbury's Wrist
Jacoby Ellsbury was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Julio Teheran on Saturday.

Nats To Open Season With Max Scherzer
New Nationals manager Dusty Baker has confirmed that Max Scherzer will be the Opening Day starter April 4 in Atlanta.

Freddie Freeman Experiencing Right Hand And Wrist Discomfort
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed 44 games last season with a right wrist injury.

Braves Haven't Ruled Out Dansby Swanson Reaching Majors In 2016
The Braves acquired Dansby Swanson, last year's first overall pick, from the Diamondbacks in the Shelby Miller trade.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Have High Asking Price On Erick Aybar
The Braves aren't looking to trade Erick Aybar and have reportedly placed a high asking price on the veteran infielder.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves, Yankees Discussed Trade Last Offseason Involving Jason Heyward
Before he was traded to the Cardinals last offseason, the Braves discussed a blockbuster trade with the Yankees involving Jason Heyward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Braves, Marlins To Play At Fort Bragg On July 3
The Braves and Marlins will play a regular season game at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Sunday, July 3rd, Major League Baseball has announced.


Andrew McKirahan Likely To Miss The Season
Braves reliever is expected to be headed for another elbow operation.


'Lazarito' Nearing Decision On Major League Team
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.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Source: Braves Making Push For 'Lazarito'
The 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.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Freddie Freeman Says Wrist Is Pain-Free
Freddie Freeman took swings on back-to-back days this week to test his right wrist.

Braves, Nationals, Padres Likely To Exceed International Spending Pool
The Braves, Nationals and Padres are all expected to exceed their international spending allocations for the upcoming July 2 period.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal
The Mets, Braves, and White Sox are known to have interest in signing Yoenis Cespedes.

Astros Inquire With Braves About Ender Inciarte
Atlanta acquired Inciarte, 25, from the Diamondbacks as part of the Shelby Miller deal.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Trying To Trade Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher
Atlanta is willing "to eat a significant portion of the salary" owed to either player to facilitate a deal, according to a report.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Astros Not Going To Trade For Freddie Freeman
The Braves and Astros have had trade discussions centered around Freddie Freeman, but a deal is "simply not going to happen," according to a source.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Bobby Dews Dies At Age 76
Bobby Dews spent more than 37 years with the Braves before retiring in 2012.


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