Atlanta Braves Wiretap

Markakis Has Neck Surgery For Herniated Disk

Dec 18, 2014 10:23 AM

Nick Markakis has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The fusion operation was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray.

The Atlanta Braves say the operation was a success and Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities before spring training in late February.

Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves this offseason.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury

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Peavy Drawing Interest From Braves, Giants, Marlins

Dec 17, 2014 8:37 PM

The Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins are all interested in Jake Peavy.

Miami will only enter the race to sign Peavy if Dan Haren retires or is traded.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves To Sign Dian Toscano

Dec 15, 2014 4:57 PM

The Atlanta Braves will sign Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a four-year, $7.5 million deal with a club option for a fifth year.

The agreement is pending a physical.

The 25-year-old played five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional, so he's exempt from international bonus pool rules.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Reach $3M Deal With Callaspo

Dec 9, 2014 7:47 PM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Alberto Callaspo.

The agreement is only pending a physical.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Interested In Jason Grilli

Dec 9, 2014 8:45 AM

The Atlanta Braves are interested in free-agent reliever Jason Grilli.

The right-hander, 38, has previously been linked to the New York Yankees.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Drew An Option For Braves At Second Base

Dec 8, 2014 8:36 AM

The Atlanta Braves may take a look at Stephen Drew as a potential option at second base this offseason.

Drew is naturally a shortstop, but proved this past season that he can handle second.

The Braves could use a second baseman after trading away Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Agree To Four-Year Deal With Markakis

Dec 3, 2014 7:17 PM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four-year contract with Nick Markakis, according to a source.

According to sources, the deal could end up being worth $45 million.

The Baltimore Orioles declined their half of the $17.5 million mutual option for the 2015 season on the outfielder's contract, instead paying him a $2 million buyout to make him a free agent.

ESPN

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

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Lester Could Decide On New Team By Week's End

Dec 3, 2014 4:11 PM

Jon Lester could sign a contract with a new team before the week is over.

There is, however, no deadline in place for the free-agent left-hander to come to terms on a deal, according to source.

Lester is reportedly choosing between the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and maybe even another team or two that hasn't been reported.

Through Wednesday afternoon, Lester had met with the Red Sox, Cubs, Giants and Atlanta Braves.

Ian Browne/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ervin Santana Seeking Five-Year Contract

Dec 3, 2014 4:07 PM

Ervin Santana is looking for a five-year deal on the free agent market.

Santana, who will turn 32 next week, had a 3.95 ERA, 1.306 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 196 innings with the Atlanta Braves this past season.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jim Johnson Signs With Braves

Dec 3, 2014 4:00 PM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Jim Johnson to a one-year, Major League contract.

Johnson's base salary will be $1.6 million and he can earn another $900,000 through incentives.

The right-hander saved 101 games over the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Chris Cotillo/MLB Daily Dish

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

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Braves Intrigued By Nick Markakis
The Braves are showing interest in Nick Markakis, who could fill a spot in the club's outfield.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Don't Offer Contracts To Medlen, Beachy
Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy are both recovering from their second Tommy John surgeries.

Associated Press

Braves, Medlen Have Discussed Two-Year Deal
The Braves have discussed a two-year deal with Kris Medlen, who is a non-tender candidate and faces a Tuesday night deadline.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Lester Didn't Receive Offer From Braves
The Braves saw the left-hander's price increasing and didn't feel they could make a competitive offer.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jeff Samardzija May Be Traded Next
Trade rumors involving A's pitcher Jeff Smardzija have been linked to both the White Sox and the Braves.

MLB.com

Marlins Exploring Trades To Upgrade First Base
The Marlins have inquired about Baltimore's Chris Davis and Atlanta's Evan Gattis.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Mariners Have Talks About Cespedes, Kemp, Upton
The Mariners are looking to acquire a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder via trade.

Jon Paul Morosi/FOX Sports

Giants Have Shown Interest In Jon Lester
The Giants will have money to spend if Pablo Sandoval does sign with the Red Sox.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rangers Inquire About Justin Upton
Texas has tried to acquire Justin Upton in previous seasons, but couldn't finalize a deal.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Braves Shopping Justin Upton, Want More Than Return For Heyward
In exchange for Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden, Atlanta received Shelby Miller plus pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Mariners Expected To Make Run At Justin Upton, Gattis
The Mariners are looking to add a right-handed bat and are expected to inquire with the Braves about Justin Upton or Evan Gattis, if they haven't already.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves To Work Yasmany Tomas Out Privately
Tomas has acquired a visa and could attend the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Lester Has Offer On Table From Red Sox
The Red Sox made a contract offer to Jon Lester earlier this week, according to a source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Braves To Meet With Lester On Thursday
Jon Lester is drawing interest from the Red Sox, Cubs and Blue Jays as well.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson
Justin Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cardinals Acquire Jason Heyward From Braves For Shelby Miller
The Cardinals have acquired Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden from the Braves for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.

Jon Morosi/Fox Sports

Cubs Send Aroyds Vizcaino To Braves For Tommy La Stella
Arodys Vizcaino returns to Atlanta, where he began his professional career.

MLB.com

Tigers Willing To Trade Alex Avila
The Braves and Red Sox are two clubs that are known to be looking for a left-handed hitter.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Braves Don't Expect To Reach Extension With Heyward
The Braves love Jason Heyward, but they don't expect to extend his contract as he approaches free agency after the 2015 season.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves To Offer Ervin Santana $15.3M
Ervin Santana is expected to reject the $15.3M qualifying offer from the Braves.

MLB.com