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Braves Promote John Coppolella To General Manager

Oct 2, 2015 8:30 PM

The Atlanta Braves promoted John Coppolella to general manager on Thursday.

Copplella spent three seasons as assistant general manager.

Coppolella agreed to a four-year contract through the 2019 season, which will include the first three seasons at Atlanta's new SunTrust Park.

''When John Schuerholz took over as general manager 25 years ago, he won 14 straight (division) titles,'' Coppolella said. ''It has been nearly 10 years since he has been out of the GM chair and we've won one title. We want to get back to where we can go to five World Series in nine years, which is what was done here in the 1990s.''

Copplella will continue reporting to John Hart.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Hire Frank Wren As SVP Of Baseball Operations

Sep 25, 2015 4:32 PM

The Boston Red Sox announced on Friday that they have hired Frank Wren as their senior vice president of baseball operations.

Wren, formerly the general manager of the Atlanta Braves, joins Boston's front office a day after Mike Hazen was introduced as the team's new GM. The Red Sox named Dave Dombrowski president of baseball operations in August.

Tony Lee/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Braves Have Plan To Ease Hector Olivera Into Major Leagues

Sep 17, 2015 3:14 PM

The Atlanta Braves have big plans for Hector Olivera next season after he plays winter ball in Puerto Rico and has had a full spring training under his belt.

Atlanta expects him to become an everyday player next spring. The current plan is to give Olivera a few days off each week.

He missed all of spring training after signing late with the Los Angeles Dodgers and missed two months this summer with a hamstring strain.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Braves Unlikely To Target Yoenis Cespedes

Sep 16, 2015 4:09 PM

Despite a report to the contrary earlier this week, the Atlanta Braves are unlikely to go after Yoenis Cespedes in free agency this coming winter.

Cespedes has exploded as a member of the New York Mets since coming over in a July trade.

The Braves aren't expected to have enough money to sign Cespedes and they have a myriad of holes to fill as well.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Source: Braves Could Go After Yoenis Cespedes

Sep 15, 2015 6:08 PM

The Atlanta Braves could be one of the clubs that go after Yoenis Cespedes in free agency, according to a source.

Other clubs could likely outbid Atlanta, but they want to field a competitive team by the time their new ballpark opens in 2017.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Promote Hector Olivera

Sep 1, 2015 4:27 PM

The Atlanta Braves have promoted infield prospect Hector Olivera.

Major League rosters expand on Sept. 1, often leading to many call-ups.

Hotly pursued as a free agent out of Cuba, Olivera signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the winter for six years and $62.5 million. He came to Atlanta in July's three-team trade also involving the Miami Marlins.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Royals To Acquire Jonny Gomes

Aug 31, 2015 9:19 PM

The Kansas City Royals will acquire Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta will send cash to Kansas City and receive Minor League infielder Luis Valenzuela in return.

Gomes signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves this past offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Police Report: Fan Dies From Fall At Turner Field

Aug 30, 2015 12:41 AM

A fan has died after falling out of the upper deck of Turner Field during the seventh inning of Saturday's night's Yankees - Braves game, police said.

The fan was given emergency medical treatment and was taken away on a stretcher after falling. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Police said he was in his early 60s. They did not identify him.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Braves Likely To Bring Mike Minor Back For 2016

Aug 18, 2015 7:05 AM

The Atlanta Braves are expected to retain Mike Minor for the 2016 season.

The 27-year-old can be controlled through arbitration for two more years, but has struggled with injuries.

In his last full season, 2013, Minor posted a 3.21 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 204.2 innings.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Get Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher From Indians

Aug 7, 2015 4:45 PM

The Atlanta Braves have acquired Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Chris Johnson.

Johnson is owed $19 million through the 2017 season, a contract the Braves had been trying to move.

The Braves received cash considerations from Cleveland to help offset the cost of Bourn and Swisher, who are guaranteed to make a combined $30 million next season.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Working On Three-Team Deal With Braves, Marlins
The Dodgers are working on a three-team deal with the Braves and Marlins that would yield Mat Latos from Miami and Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Jose Peraza from Atlanta.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Mets Asked Braves About Andrelton Simmons; Price 'Unreachable'
The Braves placed such a high asking price on Simmons that it was "basically unreachable."

Buster Olney/ESPN

Biggio, Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz Join Hall Of Fame
Craig Biggio is the first Astro to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mets Acquire Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson From Braves
The Mets sent right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen to the Braves.

Braves Extend Fredi Gonzalez, Staff Through 2016
Fredi Gonzalez's new contract contains a club option for 2017.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Smoltz: Mets' Rotation 'Way Better' Than 1990s Braves
The Braves of the 1990s had three Hall of Fame pitchers in their starting rotation, but John Smoltz believes the Mets rotation has more talent.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Jason Grilli Ruptures Achilles Tendon
Braves reliever Jason Grilli suffered a season-ending injury during a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Vin Mazzaro To Sign Deal With Braves
Vin Mazzaro will head to Triple-A upon signing his contract.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves To Sign Kolby Allard
The Braves are expected to sign first-round pick Kolby Allard despite recent reports that he might instead attend UCLA.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

First-Rounder Kolby Allard May Choose UCLA Over Braves
The Braves have signed all of their top picks with the exception of first round pick Kolby Allard.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Athletics Acquire Aaron Kurcz From Braves
The Braves have traded Aaron Kurcz to the Athletics in exchange for an international bonus slot valued at $167,000.

Mark Bowman/MLB

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

D-Backs Trade Arroyo, Toussaint To Braves For Gosselin
Bronson Arroyo has not pitched since having Tommy John surgery last July 18.

Braves Have Tried To Move Chris Johnson
The Braves have tried to trade Chris Johnson, offering to pay a good chunk of what remains on his contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Terry Collins May Ask Smoltz To Speak With Harvey
Terry Collins spoke with John Smoltz on Thursday and the pair discussed Matt Harvey’s struggles in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
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.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

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