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Mariners Acquire Drew Smyly From Rays For Three Players

Jan 12, 2017 7:28 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays for a package of three players.

The Mariners are sending Mallex Smith, who they acquired earlier from the Atlanta Braves, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to the Rays.

"We have been clear that one of our top priorities this offseason was to continue to bolster our starting rotation," Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "Today's moves allowed us to add an experienced pitcher to our starting group. Drew took the ball 30 times last season, threw over 175 innings and is a proven performer in the American League. He's a good fit for our club."

Just hours previously, Seattle acquired Smith and right-hander Shae Simmons from Atlanta in exchange for left-handed pitching prospects Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows.

Smyly, 27, was 7-12 with 4.88 ERA last season, establishing career highs in starts (30), innings (175 1/3) and strikeouts (167).


Tags: Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Brandon Phillips Blocked November Trade To Braves

Jan 6, 2017 6:47 AM

Brandon Phillips used his no-trade rights to prevent the Cincinnati Reds from trading him to the Atlanta Braves back in November, according to a report.

Phillips, 35, has the right to reject a trade because of his 10-and-5 status.

Just last year, he rejected trades to both the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Phillips signed a six-year, $72 million extension with Cincinnati before the 2012 season and has one year and $14 million left on his current deal.

FOX Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Braves Sign Ender Inciarte To Five-Year Extension

Dec 24, 2016 2:24 AM

Outfielder Ender Inciarte has avoided salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $30,525,000, five-year contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Friday.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Braves Could Have Mallex Smith Start Season In Triple-A

Dec 21, 2016 7:48 AM

Mallex Smith is currently playing in Puerto Rico after missing the season half of the 2016 season with a fractured thumb.

With Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis set to start for the Atlanta Braves, Smith could either serve as a backup at the major league level or an everyday player for Triple-A Gwinnett.

"[Smith] is a talented player, but he still needs more development," John Hart said. "At the same point, Mallex is interesting because he can do a lot of things for you. He can [play] all three outfield positions and he can run. But the question we are asking ourselves is, 'Are we doing him a disservice and ultimately ourselves a disservice by making him a role or bench player?'"

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

Braves Consider Dansby Swanson Close To Untouchable

Dec 19, 2016 7:43 AM

The Atlanta Braves are very impressed with Dansby Swanson's on-field talent and off-field intangibles.

"I don't think you can put any playables or comparisons on him, I just know we're better with him, and the whole is greater than the parts. This is a special guy that makes people around him better," John Coppolella said.

The Chicago White Sox reportedly wanted Swanson as part of a deal for Chris Sale, but the Braves refused to part with the former first overall pick.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Bud Selig, John Schuerholz Elected To HOF

Dec 4, 2016 7:58 PM

Bud Selig spent 22 years as the commissioner of baseball. John Schuerholz built World Series champions in Atlanta and Kansas City. Sunday night, they were elected together to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia From Cardinals For Prospects

Dec 2, 2016 7:37 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have traded Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for three prospects.

The Cardinals received infielder Luke Dykstra and pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis.

St. Louis picked up Garcia's $12 million option last month to use him as a trade chip.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Mariners Trade Alex Jackson To Braves For Rob Whalen

Nov 29, 2016 8:04 AM

The Seattle Mariners have traded former first-round pick Alex Jackson to the Atlanta Braves for Rob Whalen.

Seattle also acquired Max Povse and will send a player to be named later to Atlanta.

Jackson, 20, was the sixth pick in the 2014 amateur draft.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Braves, Sean Rodriguez Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal

Nov 28, 2016 7:43 AM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with Sean Rodriguez, according to a source.

Rodriguez, 31, averaged a .260 average with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs in the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.


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

Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers

Nov 22, 2016 7:41 AM

Jason Castro has reportedly received three-year offers from multiple teams.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the club that pushes to a fourth year may be the one that ultimately lands him.

The Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays have been linked to Castro.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jason Castro Has Multiple Offers On Table
Jason Castro is drawing interest from five teams and has multiple offers on the table, according to a report.

SB Nation

Braves Continue To Pursue Trade For Chris Sale
The Braves have also inquired about Chris Archer and Sonny Gray, but their focus is on Chris Sale, according to a source.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves Also Pursuing Chris Archer, Sonny Gray
The Braves, who have already been linked to Chris Sale in reports, are also pursuing Chris Archer and Sonny Gray, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Braves Interested In Trading For Chris Sale
If the White Sox do trade him, they'll likely want a prospect-rich package, which the Braves could provide.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Bartolo Colon Signs One-Year Deal With Braves
Bartolo Colon, 43, will make $12.5 million next season, according to sources.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

R.A. Dickey Agrees To One-Year Deal With Braves
R.A. Dickey gets a $7.5 million salary next year, and the Braves have an $8 million option for 2018 with a $500,000 buyout.

Associated Press

Braves Officially Hire Brian Snitker As Manager
The Braves have officially hired Brian Snitker as manager for the 2017 season with a club option for 2018.


Brian Snitker Considered Front-Runner For Braves' Job
Brian Snitker guided the Braves to a 59-65 record as the team's interim manager this season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Braves Dismiss Pitching Coach Roger McDowell
The Braves have not made a decision on who will manage the team next season or the status of the remaining coaches on staff.

Associated Press

Braves To Interview Ron Washington, Bud Black
The Braves have already interviewed four internal candidates for the job -- interim manager Brian Snitker, bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez and third base coach Bo Porter.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Interview Four Candidates For 2017 Manager
The Braves will begin inteviewing candidates outside the organization after the season ends on Sunday.

Giants To Acquire Gordon Beckham From Braves
Gordon Beckham provides insurance for the Giants in the infield with Eduardo Nunez dealing with a hamstring injury.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Nationals To Activate Joe Ross
Joe Ross has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation since July 2.

Braves Expect To Be Active In Free Agency
Atlanta only has about $50 million on the books for 2017 at this point.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Place A.J. Pierzynski On DL
A.J. Pierzynski's future is uncertain, and he wouldn't say after Saturday night's game whether he has played his last game or not.

Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault, Sentenced To Jail
Hector Olivera was found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in a Virginia courtroom and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail on Thursday.

A.J. Perez/USA Today

Braves See No Risk In Potentially Signing Tim Tebow
The Braves continue to contemplate signing Tim Tebow to a Minor League contract.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Dansby Swanson's First Home Run Is Inside The Park
Dansby Swanson hit the first home run of his Major League career on Tuesday night with an inside-the-park job against the Nationals.


Braves Have Serious Interest In Signing Tim Tebow To Minor League Deal
The Braves were one of five clubs that spoke one-on-one with Tim Tebow after his Los Angeles workout Tuesday.

Pedro Gomez/ESPN

Braves Unsure About Promoting Top-20 Prospect Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies hit an excellent .322/.394/.446 in 325 Double-A plate appearances this season.

Mark Bowman/ (via MLBTradeRumors)