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Braves Sign Jim Johnson To $2.5M Deal

Dec 1, 2015 6:09 AM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Jim Johnson to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Johnson, 32, was part of the 13-player swap between the Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers this past summer.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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

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Yankees Inquire With Braves About Shelby Miller

Nov 30, 2015 4:09 PM

The New York Yankees have called the Atlanta Braves about trading for Shelby Miller, according to sources.

There is a lot of interest in Miller and Atlanta reportedly asked New York for Luis Severino in return.

There is no evidence that the Yankees will consider moving Severino.

Atlanta also reportedly would want Marcell Ozuna and more from the Miami Marlins in a deal for Miller.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Braves Interested In Zobrist As Mentor To Young Players

Nov 30, 2015 6:53 AM

The Atlanta Braves are interested in signing Ben Zobrist, who has no shortage of suitors this offseason.

Atlanta is rebuilding and seems like a surprising suitor, but they view Zobrist as a strong mentor for their young players.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Minors HR Leader Mike Hessman Retires To Pursue Coaching

Nov 28, 2015 8:40 PM

Minor league home run king Mike Hessman says he is retiring as a player and will pursue a career as a coach.

Hessman confirmed his decision in a text to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Hessman became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues in August when he hit a grand slam to pass Buzz Arlett with his 433rd homer.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Tigers Acquire Cameron Maybin From Braves

Nov 21, 2015 1:29 AM

The Tigers have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. 

Maybin, 28, returns to the organization that drafted him. The Tigers took Maybin in the first round in 2005, and he made his major league debut for Detroit in 2007 before being traded to the Marlins as a key prospect in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Braves, Cubs Have Discussed Trade Centered Around Pitching

Nov 20, 2015 4:31 PM

The Chicago Cubs have discussed a possible trade with the Atlanta Braves centered around the latter's young, controllable pitching.

Options appear to include Shelby Miller and/or Julio Teheran.

Ken Rosenthal writes that the Cubs are "doing background work" on somewhere around a dozen rotation options.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Braves Discussed Freeman With Astros

Nov 20, 2015 7:21 AM

Reports of the Atlanta Braves considering a Freddie Freeman trade are true, according to three sources that told Jeff Passan a deal was discussed with the Houston Astros.

A mega-trade was discussed between the Astros and Braves that would've included more than five players.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Gonzalez: 'Freeman Will Be With Us' In 2016

Nov 17, 2015 4:54 PM

Fredi Gonzalez has dismissed the notion that the Atlanta Braves will trade Freddie Freeman during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Tuesday morning.

When asked if he saw Freeman playing first base for his club on Opening Day in 2016, Gonzalez confidently insisted that he would be.

"Absolutely," Gonzalez said. "I talk to John Coppolella two, three times a day. He wouldn't be doing his job if (he wasn't) listening to people. I'm sure he's had phone calls, and like you said, we've traded some people, we traded a bunch of people last year, and (other teams) say, 'Why not, let's give the Braves a call and see if Freeman's available.'

"But I just talked to Coppy yesterday, 7:30 at night, and he said, 'Those rumors are not true, we've never even intimated the idea.' I'm sure people have called him about him, and he's doing his job. He's listening. You've gotta listen to see if somebody may absolutely knock your socks off."

Tyler Duke/FOX Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Braves Are Shopping Freddie Freeman

Nov 16, 2015 4:43 PM

The Atlanta Braves have been shopping Freddie Freeman, according to sources from three different clubs.

The discussions were "the talk of the [Arizona] Fall League" this month, according to a report by FOX Sports.

Last week, Atlanta dealt Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Erick Aybar and pitching prospects Chris Ellis and Sean Newcomb.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Should Braves Trade Freddie Freeman?

Nov 16, 2015 9:02 AM

The Atlanta Braves have dealt away nearly all of their star players in recent years in hopes of building a long-term future through high draft picks.

Freddie Freeman, who signed a eight-year, $135 million extension prior to the 2014 season, is the only legitimate star that remains.

"Why not trade him as well? Freeman is a good player but not a superstar, and a lot of teams need a first baseman," writes Jerry Crasnick. "He's still young and his future salaries ($20.5 million to $22 million per season from 2017 to 2021) are reasonable in today's market. Hey, stockpile more young pitchers if you want. Maybe you'll get enough of them to build that 1991 Braves-like rotation, or something resembling what the Mets have put together."

Crasnick adds that the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians might be fits for Freeman.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Angels Get Simmons In Trade With Braves
The Braves have traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.


Mets Inquired With Braves About Simmons
The Mets have inquired with the Braves multiple times regarding Andrelton Simmons, but found the asking price to be too high.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Braves Open To Trading Andrelton Simmons
The Braves are listening to offers from teams that have shown interest in Andrelton Simmons, but this doesn't mean they are actively shopping the shortstop.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves To Look For Bullpen Help
Atlanta's relievers struggled in 2015, especially after Jason Grilli was lost to injury.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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


Red Sox Hire Frank Wren As SVP Of Baseball Operations
The Red Sox announced on Friday that they have hired Frank Wren as their senior vice president of baseball operations.

Tony Lee/ESPN

Braves Have Plan To Ease Hector Olivera Into Major Leagues
The 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.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Source: Braves Could Go After Yoenis Cespedes
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

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

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Police Report: Fan Dies From Fall At Turner Field
A fan has died after falling out of the upper deck of Turner Field during Saturday night's game.

Braves Likely To Bring Mike Minor Back For 2016
The 27-year-old can be controlled through arbitration for two more years, but has struggled with injuries.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves Get Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher From Indians
The Braves have acquired Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn from the Indians in exchange for Chris Johnson.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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

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