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MLB Suspends Will Smith Eight Games

May 22, 2015 2:08 PM

Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game against Atlanta.

Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning of a loss to the Braves.

ESPN.com

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Will Nieves To Sign With Braves

May 13, 2015 2:48 PM

The Atlanta Braves will sign Will Nieves to a Minor League deal.

Nieves opened the 2015 season as the backup catcher for the San Diego Padres, but he elected for free agency instead of accepting an outright assignment with the club.

The catcher has a July 1 opt-out date in his contract with the Braves.

Matt Eddy/Baseball America

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Braves' McKirahan Suspended 80 Games

Apr 20, 2015 5:02 PM

Atlanta Braves left-hander Andrew McKirahanhas been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

McKirahan reportedly apologized to his teammates on Sunday. He was suspended for using Ipamorelin, a cream, during Spring Training.

The 25-year-old has pitched 4.1 innings for the Braves this season with a 4.15 ERA and two strikeouts.

MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Source: Yankees Scouting Jose Peraza

Apr 16, 2015 4:02 PM

The New York Yankees have interest in Atlanta Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza, who is currently at the Triple-A level.

New York has contacted Atlanta about Peraza and even sent scout Dennis Twombley to Triple-A Gwinnett, according to a source.

The interest in Peraza could be a strong sign the Yankees don't believe Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela are long-term solutions at second base.

George A. King III/New York Post

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

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Braves Release Carlos Quentin

Apr 15, 2015 7:19 AM

The Atlanta Braves have released Carlos Quentin, making the veteran outfielder a free agent.

Atlanta acquired Quentin in the Craig Kimbrel trade with the San Diego Padres and then designated him for assignment.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Braves Will Use Jason Grilli As Closer

Apr 6, 2015 4:37 PM

The Atlanta Braves will use Jason Grilli as their closer to begin the season.

Atlanta traded Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres over the weekend.

The Braves also announced that they have designated Carlos Quentin for assignment. Quentin was acquired in the Kimbrel trade.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves
The Padres send Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, two prospects, and a draft pick to the Braves.

ESPN.com

Diamondbacks Trade Trevor Cahill To Braves
The Diamondbacks have agreed to send Trevor Cahill and $6.5 million to the Braves for Minor League outfielder Josh Elander.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Braves Seeking Starters, Have Discussed Cahill With Diamondbacks
The Braves don't want to slot similar left-handers -- Eric Stults and Wandy Rodriguez -- back-to-back in the starting rotation.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Olivera Likely To Sign By End Of Week
The 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

Sources: Braves, Comcast To Announce Major Stadium Deal
The Braves plan to announce a major deal with cable giant Comcast in connection with the team's new stadium and mixed-use development in Cobb County, according to sources.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves Send Jose Peraza To Triple-A Gwinnett
The Braves have optioned top prospect Jose Peraza to Triple-A.

ESPN.com

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade
The Braves ultimately traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Heyward Embracing Opportunity With Cardinals
The Cardinals intend to install Jason Heyward near the top of their order, likely batting No. 2 as he did the first two games of spring training.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Nine Braves Combine For 10-Inning No-Hitter, And 2-2 Spring Tie
Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta on Sunday.

ESPN.com

Melvin Upton To Miss Remainder Of Spring
Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot.

Associated Press

Upton Drops B.J. For Melvin Upton Jr.
B.J. Upton hit just .208 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs last season.

ESPN.com

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

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