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On bolstering pitching staff, no-trade clauses and Acuna’s path to majors

The Braves haven’t made a move to strengthen their starting rotation and bolster their bullpen, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos is undeterred with so much time remaining during the offseason and various options for reaching those ends. Some relievers the Braves considered have already signed with other teams – for rather large sums -- since the Winter Meetings began Monday, but...



Braves getting next-level analytics with new GM and staff

Braves getting next-level analytics with new GM and staff

Alex Anthopoulos got something akin to a doctoral degree in analytics while working in the Dodgers’ statistics think-tank/front office the past two seasons. Now that he’s general manager of the Braves he plans to bring that knowledge and put into practice in Atlanta much of what he saw work successfully in Los Angeles and some of what he learned before that as Blue Jays GM. “It was...
Braves among teams interested in Marlins’ Yelich

Braves among teams interested in Marlins’ Yelich

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said he doesn’t intend to come out with guns blazing and trade top prospects until he gets a better feel for the organization’s top talent, but perhaps he would make an exception if he could land Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He has Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, turned 26 this month and is signed to a team-friendly deal with...
Dale Murphy: ‘There’s a spot for me’ in Hall of Fame

Dale Murphy: ‘There’s a spot for me’ in Hall of Fame

Dale Murphy was snubbed in another Hall of Fame vote. The longtime Atlanta Braves great isn’t bitter, but he does believe he belongs among the legends in Cooperstown, N.Y. “I think there’s a spot in there for me,” Murphy tells AJC columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV Action News 2 sports director Zach Klein on their “We Never Played the Game”  podcast...
Time for Braves, Martin Prado reunion might have passed

Time for Braves, Martin Prado reunion might have passed

Could the Braves reunite with fan-favorite Martin Prado? Don’t bet on it, at least at his current price. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported Tuesday the Braves could have interest in the Marlins infielder. Prado played for the Braves from 2006-12. As an everyday player from 2009-12, he hit over .300 three times. His versatility and play style made him one of the most beloved Braves over that period...
Anthopoulos says Braves payroll big enough, but farm system crucial

Anthopoulos says Braves payroll big enough, but farm system crucial

The Braves haven’t said where their 2017 payroll ended up by their own accounting or divulged a targeted payroll for 2018, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos said it will remain at a similar level and that there are enough dollars to make it work. He wouldn’t specify that payroll figure, but said it was made clear to him by ownership. “I know what the payroll is right now and...
Braves’ improvement needs to start with the ghost ownership

Braves’ improvement needs to start with the ghost ownership

The Braves are in fix mode again. Find a dependable starting pitcher, not a jelly-bellied cartoon. Patch the bullpen, acquire a veteran third baseman, improve the defense. Try to do all of this without committing another series of baseball felonies, because that clearly was a problem for the previous regime. Alex Anthopoulos, the Braves’ new general manager, does not have an impossible...
Anthopoulos to take ‘cautious approach’ in trades for now

Anthopoulos to take ‘cautious approach’ in trades for now

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos likes to take into consideration the opinions of others in his organization before making big trades, particularly with young players and prospects. With that in mind, and considering his relatively late hiring (Nov. 12), Anthopoulos indicates he’ll take a more cautious approach this winter than he’s been known...
Braves GM Anthopoulos makes defensive improvement a priority

Braves GM Anthopoulos makes defensive improvement a priority

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The areas that former Braves president of baseball operations John Hart mentioned as three likely offseason needs – third base, bullpen, starting rotation -- still could be considered as such, but the new man in charge, general manager and vice president Alex Anthopoulos, pointed to another area that’s moved to the top of the priority list. Improving the...
Acuna heads group of four Braves on AFL Top Prospects team

Acuna heads group of four Braves on AFL Top Prospects team

Braves prospects Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley, Alex Jackson and Max Fried all were among the 23 named to the Arizona Fall League’s Top Prospects Team as selected by AFL managers and coaches. The Braves and Yankees dominated the team with four selections apiece, the two organizations accounting for more than one-third of the top prospects from the annual prospect-laden fall league that includes...
Two more hires as Braves’ forward-thinking front office takes shape

Two more hires as Braves’ forward-thinking front office takes shape

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was part of a Dodgers front office at the forefront in its use of analytics, cutting-edge technology and other current trends in baseball, and he’s putting together a similarly forward-thinking group in Atlanta. The Braves and Anthopoulos made two more front-office hires Sunday, pulling Alex Tamin away from the...
Braves great ‘Murph’ is again denied election to baseball Hall of Fame

Braves great ‘Murph’ is again denied election to baseball Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dale Murphy and his many fans will have to keep waiting and hoping the Braves icon will someday be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “Murph,” one of the best and most popular players in Atlanta professional-sports history, fell shy of the votes requires for election on Sunday by the Modern Baseball Era Committee, which considered 10 candidates...
Braves hire Tamin as director of major league operations

Braves hire Tamin as director of major league operations

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos tapped into his Blue Jays roots previously to fill a front-office post in Atlanta, now he’s hiring someone from his more recent stint with the Dodgers.  The Braves and Anthopoulos have hired Alex Tamin as director of major league operations. Tamin served as director of baseball operations for Dodgers, where he worked with Anthopoulos, who was...
Braves’ Triple-A affiliate renamed Gwinnett Stripers

Braves’ Triple-A affiliate renamed Gwinnett Stripers

It was only fitting that Phil Niekro was in attendance for the knuckleball tossed by the Triple-A affiliate formerly known as the Gwinnett Braves on Friday. The Braves’ Triple-A affiliate will be known as the Gwinnett Stripers, the team announced at a news conference at Coolray Field.  It was a surprising conclusion to a contest that was first launched in early June. The team selected six...
Gwinnett Braves reveal new team name, jerseys

Gwinnett Braves reveal new team name, jerseys

The Gwinnett Braves are officially no more. On Friday, the team revealed their new name—the Gwinnett Stripers. In May, the Atlanta Braves Triple-A team in Gwinnett announced the team would change its name for the 2018 season and beyond. “The Stripers” new name is a variation of “Big Mouths” that was one of the final names the Braves selection committee chose...
Former Braves prospects continue finding new homes

Former Braves prospects continue finding new homes

The 13 free-agent prospects following Major League Baseball’s probe into infractions committed by the Braves under former general manager John Coppolella became eligible to sign with new teams on Tuesday. MLB found the Braves responsible for a slew of misconduct in the international market, much of which occurred during the 2015-16 signing period, in which the Braves relinquished nine signees...
Braves sign Christian Colon to minor-league deal

Braves sign Christian Colon to minor-league deal

The Braves signed infielder Christian Colon to a minor-league deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 28-year-old spent last season with the Royals and Marlins. Colon is a utilityman with experience at second, third base and shortstop. His signing comes on the heels of David O’Brien’s report that the team was searching for infield depth after non-tendering the...
Why Andruw Jones got a Hall of Fame vote from yours truly 

Why Andruw Jones got a Hall of Fame vote from yours truly 

My Hall of Fame ballot: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Chipper Jones, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Jim Thome, Larry Walker and …  Andruw Jones.  Check Baseball-Reference’s page for 2018 Hall-eligible players, and you’ll note that I’ve voted for 10 – you can only vote for 10 – of the top 11 in career WAR (wins above replacement)...
Kyle Wright could be Braves’ next foundational pitcher

Kyle Wright could be Braves’ next foundational pitcher

Kyle Wright, who fell in love with baseball watching the 90’s Braves, intends to help restore the franchise’s lost success. In due time, of course. Wright, 22, was selected out of Vanderbilt with the fifth overall pick in last June’s draft. The Huntsville, Alabama native finished his three-season Vanderbilt career with a 2.78 ERA, 290 strikeouts and a 19-11 record across 255-1/3...
Braves announce new head trainer, changes to staff

Braves announce new head trainer, changes to staff

The Braves announced several training-staff moves Tuesday, including that long-time head athletic trainer Jeff Porter will make the transition into a senior-advisor role in 2018. George C. Poulis was named director of player health and head athletic trainer in Porter’s place. Poulis comes from Toronto, where he served as assistant athletic trainer for three years, with his first year coming...
Angels sign former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan

Angels sign former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan

The Angels signed former Braves top prospect Kevin Maitan on Tuesday afternoon, as first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney. The deal is for $2.2 million, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Maitan was considered the best of 13 Braves prospects ruled free agents following a lengthy Major League Baseball investigation into infractions committed by former general manager John Coppolella and former...
‘Devastated’ Coppolella apologizes following lifetime ban

‘Devastated’ Coppolella apologizes following lifetime ban

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella -- banned for life by Major League Baseball last month as part of discipline handed down by the league for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market -- issued his first public statement on the matter. Coppolella gave a five-paragraph statement to the media, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday. It reads...
Braves look for a shortstop, but not to replace Swanson

Braves look for a shortstop, but not to replace Swanson

The Braves seek to add a shortstop this offseason, but not to give Dansby Swanson more development time as some have speculated. Rather, they’re looking for a proven shortstop who can back up several positions around the infield, a need because Johan Camargo could end up playing an everyday role at third base instead of serving as a utility man. That need grew more pressing after versatile veteran...
Blakeley to meet with Braves ownership to discuss who else knew

Blakeley to meet with Braves ownership to discuss who else knew

Former Braves special assistant and international scouting chief Gordon Blakeley is not going down quietly, which might be the last thing the Braves want to hear as they try to turn the page on an ugly chapter in franchise history. Blakeley, who was forced to resign Oct. 2 and last week was hit with a one-year suspension from baseball for his part in violations that drew severe penalties for the Braves...
‘Big City,’ Jace P. and Santana non-tendered by Braves, now free agents

‘Big City,’ Jace P. and Santana non-tendered by Braves, now free agents

“Big City” became a non-tendered free agent Friday, and so did Jace Peterson and Danny Santana. The Braves didn’t offer contracts to three of their arbitration-eligible players, including Matt “Big City” Adams, the slugger who filled in admirably when Freddie Freeman was out with a broken wrist, but who didn’t have a position and was expected to make at least $4...
Tinnish withdraws from Braves job, will stay with Blue Jays

Tinnish withdraws from Braves job, will stay with Blue Jays

Just four days after announcing that Andrew Tinnish was hired as Braves vice president of amateur and international scouting, the team announced Friday that Tinnish withdrew from the position for “personal family considerations.” Tinnish, 41, will remain with the Blue Jays, where he has served as assistant general manager since 2012. “I know this was a difficult decision for Andrew...
Braves claim pitcher Chase Whitley off waivers from Rays

Braves claim pitcher Chase Whitley off waivers from Rays

The Braves claimed right-hander Chase Whitley off waivers from the Rays on Friday and signed him to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration with the Alabama native. The 28-year-old has major league experience as a starter and reliever, and posted a 4.08 ERA in 41 appearances in 2017 for Tampa Bay, all in relief.  He totaled 43 strikeouts with 16 walks in 57 1/3 innings in what was his first full...
SunTrust Park ‘most Instagrammed’ spot in Georgia this year, report says

SunTrust Park ‘most Instagrammed’ spot in Georgia this year, report says

SunTrust Park hit a home run on photo-sharing site Instagram this year.  The Braves’ new stadium was the most popular location in Georgia for Instagram postings, according to a list on BuzzFeed of “each state’s most Instagrammed location in 2017.” The list featured, as BuzzFeed put it, “some of the biggest universities and incredibly stunning national parks&rdquo...
Braves sign Rex Brothers to 1-year deal, avoiding arbitration

Braves sign Rex Brothers to 1-year deal, avoiding arbitration

The Braves re-signed veteran reliever Rex Brothers to a one-year deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander before Friday’s deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players or make them non-tendered free agents. It’s a split contract worth $1.1 million if he makes the major league team and $450,000 if he’s in Triple-A, with only the latter amount guaranteed. He has a...
Braves dump Jim Johnson’s salary for Angels minor-league left-hander

Braves dump Jim Johnson’s salary for Angels minor-league left-hander

The Braves dumped a burdensome contract Thursday by trading veteran right-handed reliever Jim Johnson to the Angels on Thursday in exchange for minor-league left-hander Justin Kelly. Johnson, 34, lost the closer job last summer and was owed $5 million in 2018 in the second year of a two-year, $10 million contract, including a $4.5 million salary and prorated portion of a $1 million signing bonus....
Report: Braves, Blue Jays talked Nick Markakis trade

Report: Braves, Blue Jays talked Nick Markakis trade

The Braves will attempt to trade an outfielder to open a spot for rising top prospect Ronald Acuna. Nick Markakis has reportedly already been involved in discussions. Markakis was the subject of talks between the Braves and Blue Jays earlier this month, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Morosi adds the discussion gained no traction. The Braves would likely prefer to move outfielder Matt Kemp...
Prospects could re-sign with Braves, but that’s unlikely

Prospects could re-sign with Braves, but that’s unlikely

While the 13 prospects stripped from the Braves last week by Major League Baseball could technically sign with them again in just over six months, it seems highly unlikely that would happen with many, or any, of them. As punishment for the Braves breaking rules regarding the signing of international free agents, commissioner Rob Manfred voided the contracts of a dozen teenage Latin American prospects...
Manfred offers insight into Coppolella lifetime ban

Manfred offers insight into Coppolella lifetime ban

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred offered more insight into the lifetime ban handed down to former Braves general manager John Coppolella. Manfred appeared on the ESPN radio show Golic and Wingo on Tuesday. He spoke about the severe penalties the league handed down to the Braves and Coppolella following an extensive investigation into the team’s infractions in the international...
Braves, Matt Adams in tricky situation as deadline looms

Braves, Matt Adams in tricky situation as deadline looms

The Braves are shopping first baseman Matt Adams in advance of Friday’s non-tender deadline, according to a report. Adams, 29, was a pleasant surprise for the Braves in 2017, but the team has been shopping him in recent days, per ESPN’s Buster Olney. Atlanta acquired Adams from St. Louis for infielder Juan Yepez last May, just after star first baseman Freddie Freeman broke his wrist and...
Braves, Anthopoulos tasked with picking up pieces after penalties

Braves, Anthopoulos tasked with picking up pieces after penalties

The Braves just wanted to move on, and after a Tuesday of historically harsh and humiliating scolding, they finally can. MLB decided to make an example of the Braves, dropping extraordinary sanctions on the organization following a long investigation into malpractice by the previous regime, largely involving the illegal packaging of signing bonuses for international players. Former general manager...
Is the Braves’ rebuilding plan still on track?

Is the Braves’ rebuilding plan still on track?

Following former general manager John Coppolella’s banishment by Major League Baseball, is the Atlanta Braves’ rebuilding effort off track? The AJC’s Jeff Schultz and Channel 2 Action News sports director Zach Klein discuss the immediate ramifications of the infractions committed in the international free-agent market on their “We Never Played the Game” podcast. Also...
Never say never: Betting odds on Braves, Darvish pairing

Never say never: Betting odds on Braves, Darvish pairing

If you’re hoping the Braves open the checkbook and bring in a frontline starting pitcher, these odds may interest you. The Braves have 9/2 odds to sign Yu Darvish, the third-best in MLB, according to MyTopSportsbooks.com. The Cardinals are the favorites at 13/7 with Minnesota second at 7/2. The field is 3/1. Darvish is commonly regarded as the best free-agent starter. He boasts a 3.44 career...
Who are the 13 international players forfeited by Atlanta Braves

Who are the 13 international players forfeited by Atlanta Braves

As part of baseball’s sanctions on the Atlanta Braves for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market, the team will lose 13 prospects. The following players were ruled free agents and eligible to sign with any of the other 29 franchises: • Infielder Kevin Maitan • Catcher Abrahan Gutierrez • Infielder Yunior Severino • Right-hander Juan Contreras &bull...
Braves can survive this, but Coppolella submarined his career

Braves can survive this, but Coppolella submarined his career

John Coppolella did significant damage to the Braves’ organization, but it turned out to be not nearly as bad as the damage he did to himself. Major League Baseball slammed the Braves for international-signing rules violations Tuesday, stripping the organization of 13 prospects, including at least a handful of whom – Kevin Maitan, Abrahan Gutierrez, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto –...
MLB drops hammer on Braves following lengthy investigation

MLB drops hammer on Braves following lengthy investigation

Major League Baseball dealt unprecedented punishment on the Braves, including a lifetime ban on former general manager John Coppolella, in a lengthy list of sanctions handed down Tuesday for rules violations in the international free-agent market.  The Braves have been the subject of an extensive investigation since it was announced that Coppolella and former international scouting director Gordon...
The Braves’ penalties? Devastating. (Coppolella banned for life)

The Braves’ penalties? Devastating. (Coppolella banned for life)

This was not a slap on the wrist. This was a punch in the nose. I thought it would be bad. It was worse.  The Braves lost 13 minor-leaguers, breaking the Red Sox’s existing record by nine. Their future in the international market has been restricted if not choked off. Their former head of international scouting has been banned from baseball for a year. Their former general manager -- the...
Braves add two ex-Dodger relievers, reach 40-man limit

Braves add two ex-Dodger relievers, reach 40-man limit

For the second time on Monday night, the Braves scooped up a piece from the Dodgers bullpen. Atlanta acquired right-hander Josh Ravin from the Dodgers for cash considerations, bringing its roster to the 40-man limit. Eligible players needed to be added to the 40-man roster or they could be subject to the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 14. The Braves added former Dodger Grant Dayton off waivers earlier in the...
Braves claim LHP Grant Dayton from Dodgers

Braves claim LHP Grant Dayton from Dodgers

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos’ first addition is one of his former Dodgers. The Braves claimed left-handed reliever Grant Dayton off waivers on Monday. The team also selected the contracts of left-handers Adam McCreery and Ricardo Sanchez, bringing it to 39 players on the 40-man roster at the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. Dayton had Tommy John surgery in August...
Anthopoulos makes Braves front-office changes

Anthopoulos makes Braves front-office changes

Two weeks after being hired as Braves general manager, Alex Anthopoulos made major moves on his staff Monday by replacing assistant GM Adam Fisher with Perry Minasian and hiring Andrew Tinnish from the Blue Jays to serve as vice president of amateur and international scouting. Minasian, hired along with Fisher by former GM John Coppolella on Sept. 12, was promoted by Anthopoulos from director of player...
Breaking: Coppolella banned for life as part of MLB’s sanctions against Braves

Breaking: Coppolella banned for life as part of MLB’s sanctions against Braves

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball as part of discipline handed down by the league Tuesday for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market. In addition, special assistant Gordon Blakeley has been suspended for one year. In handing down the punishment, the league announced that Braves will forfeit rights to 13 international...
Braves set to begin final spring training at Disney

Braves set to begin final spring training at Disney

Braves baseball will return on Feb. 23 when Atlanta opens Grapefruit League play against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It will be the Braves’ final spring training at the Disney facility. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Feb. 13, while play around the league will open on Feb. 23 or 24. Atlanta will play 33 games before the start of the regular season, with 18 coming...
Braves’ Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones among players on 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Braves’ Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones among players on 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

In their first year of eligibility, former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and outfielder Andruw Jones are among the  candidates on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot released by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Monday. The pair of Joneses were also on the ballot alongside former Braves Fred McGriff, Gary Sheffield, Billy Wagner and Kevin Millwood. In 19 seasons...
Braves: Ronald Acuna continues embracing big stage

Braves: Ronald Acuna continues embracing big stage

Ronald Acuna isn’t just baseball’s best prospect. He’s a talent who’s shown he can show up when it matters most. The Braves’ 19-year-old outfielder again made his case as the game’s most promising prospect on Saturday. Acuna went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, propelling Peoria to an 8-2 win over Mesa in the Arizona Fall League championship game. Much like he did in his...
As MLB investigation nears conclusion, John Hart departs Braves

As MLB investigation nears conclusion, John Hart departs Braves

John Hart joined the Braves to oversee a rebuild, but he won’t be around to see how it ends. Hart resigned as senior adviser, the Braves announced Friday. Hart relinquished his power as president of baseball operations Monday upon the hiring of general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Braves CEO Terry McGuirk said at Monday’s news conference that Hart would transition into a senior adviser role...
Drew Waters enjoying time with Braves, growing as hitter

Drew Waters enjoying time with Braves, growing as hitter

Drew Waters chose his local Braves over his local school. So far, he’s thrilled with his decision. The Braves selected Waters, an 18-year-old from Etowah High School, with the 41st pick in the June MLB draft. A $1.5 million bonus – slightly under slotted value – convinced him to pass on the University of Georgia to join his lifelong favorite team. Waters joined several former Braves...
Braves coaches for 2018 season

Braves coaches for 2018 season

The Atlanta Braves announced a new roster of coaches for the 2018 baseball season.  Returning as manager is Brian Snitker, whose team went 72-90 in his first full season at the helm. Popular ex-Braves Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez were dropped from the staff and Walt Weiss was hired as the new bench coach. New general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated, he plans no changes...
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos talks philosophy, analytics, big trades

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos talks philosophy, analytics, big trades

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos is known to wheel and deal. Anthopoulos was the Blue Jays GM from 2009-15. His first major move was trading fan favorite Roy Halladay to signal a retooling phase. In his tenure, Anthopoulos revived a lackluster franchise with a trade resume that reads like an All-Star roster. While assistant GM, the team acquired pillars Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion...
Anthopoulos: Won’t change Braves coaches, will hit ground running

Anthopoulos: Won’t change Braves coaches, will hit ground running

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – While still a relatively young general manager, Alex Anthopoulos is experienced, sharp and confident enough to know he needn’t come to his new Braves organization and immediately start moving the furniture around, much less tossing pieces into the street as if he knows best or to show he’s The Man. He’s not changing the manager for 2018, after the Braves...
The story of Alex Anthopoulos: From tragedy to prodigy to Braves GM

The story of Alex Anthopoulos: From tragedy to prodigy to Braves GM

Alex Anthopoulos was stuck on the treadmill, referencing the age-old adage: “What am I doing with my life?” Perhaps his worst moment became the accelerator he needed. Ten days before his 21st birthday, Anthopoulos lost his father; a devastating event that led to him becoming the general manager of the Atlanta Braves. Anthopoulos was thrown into disarray when his father, John, died suddenly...
Braves interested in veteran reliever and old friend Peter Moylan

Braves interested in veteran reliever and old friend Peter Moylan

The Braves are among several teams that have expressed early interest in free-agent reliever Peter Moylan, the popular Aussie sidearmer who had two previous stints with Atlanta. Moylan enjoyed a resurgence with the Royals in 2017 after fully recovering from a second Tommy John elbow surgery. Moylan, who’ll be 39 on Dec. 2, had a 3.49 ERA and stingy .189 opponents’ average in an American...
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