Atlanta Braves Wiretap

Sean Rodriguez May Miss Season Following Shoulder Surgery

Feb 14, 2017 6:53 AM

The Atlanta Braves aren't sure whether Sean Rodriguez will return this season after he undergoes shoulder surgery.

Rodriguez hurt his shoulder when a vehicle he was driving collided with a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28. His wife, Giselle, and two of their children were hospitalized with injuries, but they were not life-threatening.

The Braves signed Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract in November.

"He's going to be out indefinitely," John Coppolella said. "We hope he comes back as soon as possible. We're not sure yet if it's realistic that will be for the 2017 season. We don't have enough information."

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

Noah Syndergaard Ready To Start Opening Day

Feb 12, 2017 6:50 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins has not officially revealed his Opening Day starter yet, waiting instead for a spring training announcement.

The worst-kept secret around the Mets is that it will be Noah Syndergaard who will take the mound in the first inning at Citi Field when New York opens the season against the Braves.

That doesn't mean the right-hander considers himself the staff ace.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Misc Rumor

Reds Agree To Trade Phillips To Braves

Feb 12, 2017 1:04 PM

Long rumored to be on the move, Brandon Phillips is finally leaving Cincinnati. A source told ESPN's Buster Olney on Sunday that the Reds have agreed to a trade that will send the second baseman to the Atlanta Braves.

A source told ESPN's Jim Bowden that Phillips passed his physical Sunday and will retain his full no-trade rights, which he waived to approve the trade to Atlanta.

The Reds will receive left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan and right-hander Carlos Portuondo, sources told ESPN. McKirahan, 27, appeared in 27 games in relief for the Braves in 2015, posting a 5.93 ERA. Portuondo is a 29-year-old Cuban whose only American experience is 17 games between Class A and Triple-A last season.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Terms Agreement, Trade Rumor

Braves, Reds Talking Brandon Phillips Trade

Feb 12, 2017 3:18 AM

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Neither club has confirmed the report.

It's not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in a potential trade. The report cautioned that while an agreement is close, there are still hurdles to clear before it's completed.

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

Braves, Kurt Suzuki Agree Upon $1.5M Deal For 2017

Jan 23, 2017 4:32 PM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Kurt Suzuki, according to sources.

Suzuki has the ability to earn an additional $2.5 million based on incentives.

The 33-year-old is a .256 career hitter with a .683 OPS over 10 seasons. He was an All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2014.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

Andy Marte Dies In Car Crash In Dominican Republic

Jan 22, 2017 1:04 PM

Former major league infielder Andy Marte was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, the agency that represented him announced Sunday.

Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died early Sunday morning when a car he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles north of Santo Domingo, the capital.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Legal, Misc Rumor

Braves, Kurt Suzuki Agree On One-Year Deal

Jan 21, 2017 2:08 PM

The Braves and free-agent catcher Kurt Suzuki have reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $1.5 million contract that includes an opportunity to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives, sources told ESPN on Saturday.

Suzuki, 33, is a .256 career hitter with a .683 OPS over 10 seasons with the Athletics, Nationals and Twins.

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

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

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Consider Dansby Swanson Close To Untouchable
The Braves are very impressed with Dansby Swanson's on-field talent and off-field intangibles.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bud Selig, John Schuerholz Elected To HOF
Bud Selig spent 22 years as the commissioner of major league baseball.

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia From Cardinals For Prospects
The Cardinals have traded Jaime Garcia to the Braves for three prospects.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Mariners Trade Alex Jackson To Braves For Rob Whalen
The Mariners have traded former first-round pick Alex Jackson to the Braves for Rob Whalen.

Associated Press

Braves, Sean Rodriguez Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal
The Braves have agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with Sean Rodriguez, according to a source.


Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers
The Twins, Orioles, Braves and Rays have been linked to Jason Castro.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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.