Atlanta Braves Wiretap

Braves Place Closer Arodys Vizcaino On 15-Day DL

Jul 16, 2016 7:49 PM

The Braves have placed struggling closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Vizcaino left Friday night's loss to the Rockies after throwing three pitches in the ninth. It was his first appearance since he missed four straight games with an infection on his right elbow.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Francoeur: 'MLB Players Want Stiffer PED Penalties'

Jul 7, 2016 7:55 PM

Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur estimated that 90 percent of MLB players are in favor of stronger penalties for performance-enhancing drug use. He also said changes to the game's drug testing agreement might be necessary as a disincentive to players who are "cheating the system.''

"The system is flawed,'' Francoeur told Buster Olney on ESPN's Baseball Tonight podcast Thursday. "There's no other way around it. Guys get docked 80 games (pay) or whatever it is. Yeah, that's a lot of money. But if you sign a $60 million deal and you're losing maybe $5 million, it's worth it for a lot of these guys. It stinks because there are buddies of mine who were basically battling these guys for jobs. It's just unfair.

"I know a lot of guys that have been busted, and they're good people. I like them a lot. But at the end of the day, they're cheating the system.''

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Julio Teheran To Miss Next Start For Braves

Jul 5, 2016 5:32 PM

Braves right-hander Julio Teheran will not start Wednesday after returning to Atlanta to be treated for an infection in his right thigh.

Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins will start Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Phillies in Teheran's place.
Atlanta is hopeful Teheran will be able to start during this weekend's series against the White Sox in Chicago.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Marlins Beat Braves In Fort Bragg Game

Jul 4, 2016 1:12 AM

The Fort Bragg Game, played on a temporary field built on the remains of a discarded golf course with 350,000 tons of infield clay hauled in, was baseball’s thank-you to the military, a chance for the sport to give something back to the men and women who serve their country.

On the diamond, the Marlins defeated the Braves by the score of 5-2.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Braves Don't Expect To Trade Julio Teheran

Jun 25, 2016 7:52 AM

The Atlanta Braves don't expect to trade Julio Teheran, according to general manager John Coppolella.

Coppolella addressed Teheran's future during a Twitter Q&A with fans on Friday.

Teheran is expected to attract trade interest as Major League Baseball's Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Trade Rumor

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Braves Would Have To Be 'Overwhelmed' To Trade Julio Teheran

Jun 21, 2016 7:50 AM

Julio Teheran's name has been floated in trade discussions, but John Coppolella says the Atlanta Braves would need to be "overwhelmed" to move him.

Coppolella said "the days of us trading players like Teheran for prospects are over."

Teheran threw a one-hit shutout against the New York Mets on Sunday, lowering his ERA to 2.66.

The 25-year-old is under club control through 2020 at below-market salaries that top out at $12 million.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Trade Rumor

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Atlanta's Mallex Smith Suffers Broken Thumb

Jun 20, 2016 7:18 AM

Mallex Smith suffered a fractured left thumb after he was hit by a pitch thrown by Antonio Bastardo in the top of the seventh inning in Sunday's game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.

X-rays revealed the extent of the injury. Smith ran the bases and then was replaced by Jeff Francoeur in the field to start the next half inning.

The Braves said Smith will travel on Sunday night to Atlanta, where he will be further evaluated on Monday.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury

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Freddie Freeman Hits For First Cycle Of 2016

Jun 16, 2016 7:25 AM

The Atlanta Braves went into extra innings on Wednesday, allowing Freddie Freeman to become the first player to hit for the cycle in the Major Leagues this season.

No member of the Braves had hit for the cycle in nearly eight years.

Freeman completed the cycle with a single in the 11th inning against the Cincinnati Reds.

He was 4-for-7 on the night, with two runs scored, two strikeouts and no walks.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Stats

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Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results

Jun 9, 2016 8:56 PM

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is Thursday night in New Jersey and RealGM will track all of the first round action as the picks unfold.

First Round

1. Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) HS

2. Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee

3. Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) HS

4. Rockies: Riley Pint, RHP, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) HS

5. Brewers: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

6. Athletics: A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

7. Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS

8. Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

9. Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon (Calif.) HS

10. White Sox: Zack Collins, C, Miami

11. Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer

12. Red Sox: Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat (N.J.) HS

13. Rays: Joshua Lowe, RHP, Pope (Ga.) HS

14. Indians: Will Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools (Ga.)

15. Twins: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum (Pa.) HS

16. Angels: Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

17. Astros: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights (Texas) HS

18. Yankees: Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade Prep HS

19. Mets: Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College

20. Dodgers: Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail HS

21. Blue Jays: T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pittsburgh

22. Pirates: Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest

23. Cardinals: Delvin Perez, SS, Colegio Individualizado PJ Education School

24. Padres (Justin Upton compensation): Hudson Sanchez, SS, Carroll HS

25. Padres (Ian Kennedy compensation): Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

26. White Sox (Jeff Samardzija compensation): Zach Burdi, RHP, Louisville

27. Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen compensation): Cody Sedlock, RHP, University of Illinois

28. Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann compensation): Carter Kieboom, SS, Walton HS

29. Nationals (Ian Desmond compensation): Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida

30. Rangers (Yovani Gallardo compensation): Cole Ragans, LHP, North Florida Christian HS

31. Mets (Daniels Murphy compensation): Anthony Kay, LHP, Connecticut

32. Dodgers (Zack Greinke compensation):Will Smith, C, Louisville

33. Cardinals (John Lackey compensation): Dylan Carson, OF, Elk Grove HS

34. Cardinals (Jason Heyward compensation): Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State

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Mets Acquire Kelly Johnson For Second Straight Year

Jun 8, 2016 3:33 PM

The New York Mets have acquired Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year.

Johnson was acquired for Minor League right-hander Akeel Morris and cash considerations.

He becomes the second player in Major League history to be traded from one team to another in consecutive seasons. Chad Kreuter was traded from the White Sox to the Angels in 1997 and again in 1998.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Official Trade

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Brewers Trade Jed Bradley To Braves
The Brewers have traded Jed Bradley to the Braves for a player to be named later or cash.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Braves Trade Jason Grilli To Blue Jays
The Braves have traded Jason Grilli to the Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Sean Ratcliffe.

RealGM Staff Report

Keith Law Has A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Jason Groome In Latest Mock Draft
With a little more than a week before the Major League Baseball draft, Keith Law of ESPN has posted his second mock draft of the year.

Keith Law/ESPN

Freddie Freeman On Slump: 'Right Now, I Suck'
Freddie Freeman has seen his batting average fall drastically this season, including a stretch over the last 14 games where he is hitting .186 and 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position.


Hector Olivera Suspended Through Aug. 1 Under Domestic Violence Policy
Hector Olivera has accepted a suspension without pay through Aug. 1 for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Associated Press

Braves Fire Fredi Gonzalez
The Braves have fired Fredi Gonzalez in the wake one of the worst starts in franchise history.


Braves Trade Jhoulys Chacin To Angels
The Braves have traded Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels for minor league left-hander Adam McCreery.

Associated Press

Indians Trade Anthony Recker To Braves
Anthony Recker, a former Mets catcher, will report to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Seeking To Trade For Draft Picks
Atlanta would be willing to take on some bad contracts to facilitate such trades.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Braves Have Tried To Trade Hector Olivera
The Braves have attempted to trade Hector Olivera since his arrest on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery, according to a report.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Braves May File Complaint Over Turner Infield
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.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Hector Olivera's Administrative Leave Extended By Two Weeks
The league wants to further investigate his arrest for alleged domestic violence, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Hector Olivera Arrested, Accused Of Assault
Hector Olivera has been arrested after a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington.


Dan Winkler Out Indefinitely With Fractured Elbow
Braves pitcher Dan Winkler broke his elbow throwing a pitch in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

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

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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