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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

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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."

Adam Rubin/ESPN

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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

Jun 8, 2015 6:03 PM

Here are the slot values that Major League Baseball has assigned to each of the first round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft:

Each team was informed of that values back in April.

1. Diamondbacks — $8,616,900
2. Astros (Brady Aiken) — $7,420,100
3. Rockies — $6,223,300
4. Rangers — $5,026,500
5. Astros — $4,188,700
6. Twins — $3,889,500
7. Red Sox — $3,590,400
8. White Sox — $3,470,600
9. Cubs — $3,351,000
10. Phillies — $3,231,300
11. Reds — $3,141,600
12. Marlins — $3,051,800
13. Rays — $2,962,100
14. Braves — $2,842,400
15. Brewers — $2,692,700
16. Yankees — $2,543,300
17. Indians — $2,393,600
18. Giants — $2,333,800
19. Pirates — $2,273,800
20. Athletics — $2,214,000
21. Royals — $2,184,200
22. Tigers — $2,154,200
23. Cardinals — $2,124,400
24. Dodgers — $2,094,400
25. Orioles — $2,064,500
26. Angels — $2,034,500
27. Rockies (Michael Cuddyer) — $2,004,600
28. Braves (Ervin Santana) — $1,974,700
29. Blue Jays (Melky Cabrera) — $1,944,800
30. Yankees (David Robertson) — $1,914,900
31. Giants (Pablo Sandoval) — $1,885,000
32. Pirates (Russell Martin) — $1,855,000
33. Royals (James Shields) — $1,825,200
34. Tigers (Max Scherzer) — $1,795,100
35. Dodgers (Hanley Ramirez) — $1,756,100
36. Orioles (Nelson Cruz) — $1,711,900

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results

Jun 8, 2015 5:40 PM

We have dispatched Andrew Perna to Studio 42 in New Jersey to cover the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Follow along here for news, rumors and selections as the action unfolds.


1. Arizona Diamondbacks - Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt

2. Houston Astros (Aiken) - Alex Bregman, SS, LSU

3. Colorado Rockies - Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

4. Texas Rangers - Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara

5. Houston Astros - Kyle Tucker, OF, Plant HS (FL)

6. Minnesota Twins - Tyler Jay, LHP, Illinois

7. Boston Red Sox - Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas

8. Chicago White Sox - Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt

9. Chicago Cubs - Ian Happ, OF, Cincinnati

10. Philadelphia Phillies - Cornelius Randolph, SS, Griffin HS (GA)

11. Cincinnati Reds - Tyler Stephenson, C, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA)

12. Miami Marlins - Josh Naylor, 1B, St. Joan of Arc (Canada)

13. Tampa Bay Rays - Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (NY)

14. Atlanta Braves - Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente HS (CA)

15. Milwaukee Brewers - Trent Clark, OF, Richland HS (TX)

16. New York Yankees - James Kaprielian, RHP, UCLA

17. Cleveland Indians - Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG Academy

18. San Francisco Giants - Phil Bickford, RHP, College of Southern Nevada

19. Pittsburgh Pirates - Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona

20. Oakland Athletics - Richie Martin, SS, Florida

21. Kansas City Royals - Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS (IN)

22. Detroit Tigers - Beau Burrows, RHP, Weatherford HS (TX)

23. St. Louis Cardinals - Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS (MI)

24. Los Angeles Dodgers - Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt

25. Baltimore Orioles - D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State

26. Los Angeles Angels - Taylor Ward, C, Fresno State

27. Colorado Rockies (Cuddyer) - Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsburg HS (PA)

28. Atlanta Braves (Santana) - Michael Soroka, RHP, Bishop Carroll HS (Canada)

29. Toronto Blue Jays (Cabrera) - Jon Harris, RHP, Missouri State

30. New York Yankees (Robertson) - Kyle Holder, SS, San Diego

31. San Francisco Giants (Sandoval) - Chris Shaw, 1B, Boston College

32. Pittsburgh Pirates (Martin) - Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Concordia Lutheran HS (TX)

33. Kansas City Royals (Shields) - Nolan Watson, RHP, Lawrence North HS (IN)

34. Detroit Tigers (Scherzer) - Christin Stewart, OF, Tennessee

35. Los Angeles Dodgers (Ramirez) - Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville

36. Baltimore Orioles (Cruz) - Ryan Mountcastle, SS, Hagerty HS (FL)

 

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Braves Seeking Bullpen Upgrades

Jun 4, 2015 7:36 AM

The Atlanta 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.

Atlanta's farm system has improved rapidly over the past eight months thanks in large part to a strong offseason rebuilding effort from new president of baseball operations John Hart.

The Braves are one game under .500 and a shaky bullpen has been a significant problem.

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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.

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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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Olivera Likely To Sign By End Of Week
The 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

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.

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