Atlanta Braves Wiretap

Braves Fire Fredi Gonzalez

May 17, 2016 4:05 PM

The Atlanta Braves have fired Fredi Gonzalez amid one of the worst starts in franchise history.

The Braves dropped to a Major League-worst 9-28 record after a loss on Monday night. They haven't won consecutive games over a 5-19 span during which they've averaged 2.7 runs and hit eight home runs, two of which came in their last game.

Triple-A Gwinnet manager Brian Snitker will serve as interim manager through the end of the season.


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Braves Trade Jhoulys Chacin To Angels

May 11, 2016 6:30 PM

The Atlanta Braves have traded Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league left-hander Adam McCreery.

Chacin, 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts this season, had been scheduled to start for the Braves on Wednesday.

The Braves have recalled right-hander Williams Perez, 24, from Triple-A Gwinnett to make the start.

"The thing I'm excited about with the trade is we get to put Williams Perez in the rotation," Fredi Gonzalez said. "... We're excited to add him to our rotation and get younger. That's what we wanted to do."

Associated Press

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Indians Trade Anthony Recker To Braves

May 9, 2016 4:33 PM

The Atlanta Braves have acquired Anthony Recker from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

Recker, a former New York Mets catcher, will report to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Braves Have Considered Replacing Fredi Gonzalez

May 9, 2016 10:07 AM

The Atlanta Braves are off to the worst start in the Major Leagues (7-20) and club officials have considered making a managerial change.

Were Gonzalez to be fired, the Braves would likely turn to bullpen coach Eddie Perez, at least on an interim basis, according to a report by Mark Bowman.

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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."

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Jeff Francoeur Earns $1M By Making Opening Day Roster
The veteran can also add another million via incentives in his contract.

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Utley Rule Costs Braves Baserunner In Loss To Nationals
Major League Baseball's new "Chase Utley Rule" cost the Braves a baserunner in their 4-3, extra-inning loss to the Nationals.


John Schuerholz Earns Title Of Vice Chairman With Braves
The 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.

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

Associated Press

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