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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Olivera Likely To Sign By End Of Week

Mar 19, 2015 7:55 AM

Cuban infielder Hector Olivera is "likely" to sign by the end of the week, according to his agent.

Olivera is looking for a team to promise him a sixth year on his contract.

The Atlanta 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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Braves, Comcast To Announce Major Stadium Deal

Mar 17, 2015 8:41 AM

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Braves Send Jose Peraza To Triple-A Gwinnett

Mar 17, 2015 1:42 AM

The Braves have trimmed six players from their spring training roster, including top prospect Jose Peraza, according to an ESPN.com report.

Peraza, regarded as the team's future starting second baseman, was optioned Monday to Triple-A Gwinnett.

ESPN.com

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers

Mar 12, 2015 8:03 AM

Hector Olivera is considering several offers in the four- to six-year range, and the infielder could come to terms with a team this week, according to sources.

The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

Olivera is believed to be Major League-ready.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade

Mar 10, 2015 4:48 PM

The New York Yankees approached the Atlanta Braves about acquiring Jason Heyward this offseason before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

While the Yankees asked about Heyward, the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants actually came closer to landing the outfielder.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Heyward Embracing Opportunity With Cardinals

Mar 9, 2015 8:26 AM

Jason Heyward is welcoming the change of scenery and new opportunity he has been given with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"Who is going to bring out the best in me?" Heyward said. "Who is going to provide that environment on a daily basis that says you have a great opportunity to be great for as long as you can play? That's the biggest thing for me. Money will take care of itself. That's part of it. The sooner that is done the better, for me. That's not to say it has to be before, during, or after this season. When it happens, it happens. I want to see how good I can be. I don't know yet."

The Cardinals intend to install Heyward near the top of their order, likely batting No. 2 as he did the first two games of spring training. He is entering the traditional peak for a hitter, and his next contract could take him through his prime years.

"I want to win a World Series. I would like to say that I want to win multiple World Series, but so many people don't have one, so I'll start by saying one," Heyward said. "We're five years into this thing and I don't feel like I've been given a shot at seeing what's possible. This is going to be the time of my life finding out. ... I do understand that it takes a group of people for support, that it's not going to happen with an individual. It takes a team to bring out the best. That's what I would look for.

"I want to find out how good all this can go."

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Nine Braves Combine For 10-Inning No-Hitter, And 2-2 Spring Tie

Mar 8, 2015 6:37 PM

Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a wild 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta in a 2-2 tie with a Houston Astros split-squad on Sunday. 

"I've never seen anything like that -- only in spring training" said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez. "A 10-inning no hitter and a 2-2 tie. Some balls were hit pretty well, but the wind was blowing in."

ESPN.com

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Melvin Upton To Miss Remainder Of Spring

Feb 27, 2015 4:41 PM

Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot, according to the Atlanta Braves.

Upton was formerly known as B.J., but announced his intention to go by Melvin this winter.

His foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The Braves said he will likely be able to resume baseball activities in early April.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury

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Upton Drops B.J. For Melvin Upton Jr.

Feb 23, 2015 1:51 AM

Braves outfielder B.J. Upton will be searching for ways toward a resurrection in 2015, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

Among those will be a name change back to Melvin Upton Jr.

Upton will be using his birth name this season after long going by B.J., short for Bossman -- his father Manny's nickname -- Junior, according to various reports.

ESPN.com

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Shae Simmons Undergoes Tommy John Surgery
The Braves have announced that Shae Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2015 season as he rehabs from the procedure.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Julio Franco, 56, Signs In Japan
Julio Franco signed a contract to be a player-manager for the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan's independent Baseball Challenge League.

Associated Press

Braves To Sign Matt Capps
Matt Capps, a veteran of eight seasons, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2012.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves Hire Fred McGriff As Special Assistant
Atlanta has hired McGriff, along with former hitting coach Greg Walker, as special assistants.

Associated Press

Braves Trade David Hale To Rockies
The Braves have traded David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Rockies for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

Associated Press

Braves Sign Cuban Outfielder Toscano
The Braves have signed Dian Toscano to a four-year, $6 million contract.

Associated Press

Braves Sign John Buck To Minor League Deal
The veteran catcher is expected to open the season at the Triple-A level.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Jonny Gomes Reaches Deal With Braves
The one-year deal includes a vesting option for 2016.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Braves, Kelly Johnson Agree To Minors Deal
Kelly Johnson, 33, will attend big league spring training as a non-roster invitee and compete for roster spot as a utility player.

Associated Press

Braves Pursuing Jonny Gomes
The Braves are interested in Jonny Gomes as a potential platoon option in left field.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Hart: Braves Will Contend In 2015
The Braves have rebuilt their roster this season, but John Hart insists that the club will contend in 2015.

Associated Press

Rangers Wanted Gattis, But Price Was Too High
The Braves dealt Evan Gattis to the Astros on Wednesday.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Braves Trade Evan Gattis To Astros
Atlanta will receive three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the deal.

ESPN

Braves, Wandy Rodriguez Reach Deal
Wandy Rodriguez, who turns 36 Sunday, will attend Spring Training and compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Associated Press

Hank Aaron Bidding For NBA's Hawks
Baseball legend Hank Aaron has joined a group of investors seeking to buy the NBA Atlanta Hawks.

ESPN.com

Smoltz Makes HOF History Post-Tommy John Surgery
John Smoltz is the first pitcher who will gain induction to Baseball's Hall of Fame after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Sign Josh Outman
The Braves announced Wednesday that they have signed Josh Outman to a one-year, Major League contract.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio Elected To Hall Of Fame
Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

RealGM Staff Report

Yankees Trade Banuelos To Braves For Two Relievers
The Yankees have traded Manny Banuelos to the Braves for relievers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.

ESPN