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Braves sign veteran RHP Carlos Torres to minor-league deal

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have signed former New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Torres has a 4.26 ERA in six major league seasons, including the last three with the Mets. The right-hander began his career with the Chicago White Sox in 2009. The 33-year-old Torres was 8-6 with a 3.06 ERA with the Mets in 2014...
Via Associated Press
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview

Source: Handout/Getty Images North America As the start of spring training grows closer with each passing day, Atlanta Braves fans have to be teeming with curiosity as to how the roster might be constructed to start the season. As is the case with any team in February, there are a lot of questions that need answers. Will some of the team’s newly acquired prospects break camp with...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Atlanta Braves Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Braves are in full-blown rebuilding mode, with lots of undraftable fantasy players. But they've still got Freddie Freeman, dammit!(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues. ADP references are from NFBC drafts.)ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVEKey additions: SS Erick Aybar, C Tyler Flowers, OF Ender...
Via Fox Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Where will Hank Aaron's statue end up when Braves move to new stadium?

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves say they still do not know if the Hank Aaron statue will be moved from its current home at Turner Field to the team's new SunTrust Park, which will open in 2017.Keisha Lance Bottoms, the executive director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday an agreement was reached with the Braves that the...
Via Associated Press
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves reportedly making push for Cuban phenom 'Lazarito'

The Atlanta Braves have rebuilt their farm system through a series of blockbuster trades, but their next big addition could come from the international free agent market.According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Braves have targeted Cuban phenom Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, known as "Lazarito":"According to industry sources, the Braves are scheduled to hold a private workout...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Classic Threads: Atlanta Braves

Moving onto the NL East, the Atlanta Braves are up Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images For most baseball fans, the Atlanta Braves are thought of — at least historically — as an NL East powerhouse whose nationwide TBS broadcasts made them America’s team. But they should also be known for their great uniforms. Let’s take a look at classic and modern Atlanta Braves looks.
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Atlanta Braves Team Preview

As a rebuilding team, the Atlanta Braves do not offer much fantasy appeal. Even considering that their best player, Freddie Freeman, plays first base which is the most crowded position in the fake game, you do not have a true fantasy stud at any position or on the mound. Even so, let’s delve into the team and see if there are any diamonds in the rough. Lineup:Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Should the Braves trade Freddie Freeman?

We’ve been hearing about it for months now: Freddie Freeman is seemingly available to the highest bidder. But just how available is he? Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella vehemently denies shopping Freeman, even going as far as to say he’d “give [his] his right arm” before trading Freddie. Yet in the past, Coppy and previous Braves executives have said the same things about...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Ten things to know about 2016

Spring Training is less than a month away! Can you feel it? The winter storm Jonas isn’t helping, but once it finishes up, spring (and baseball) fever will be in the air once more! This means the return to action for the Atlanta Braves who have spent the winter doing everything but hibernating. As one of the most active teams in the offseason, the club has certainly done enough...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB unveils new hire and program to increase minority and female hiring

In an effort to further promote diversity, Major League Baseball has hired former Pittsburgh Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks to head up a new program designed to increase the number of female and minority candidates available for jobs in baseball ops and on the field. Prior to working for the Pirates, Brooks held positions with the Indians and Braves The league...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: 2016 Offseason Report Card

The 2015 season ended somewhat predictably for the Atlanta Braves, who finished with a record of 67-95, their worst season in 25 years. The Braves took the field on Opening Day with an almost entirely different roster than the one they had finished with in 2014, partially due to a series of trades that sent Jason […]
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: bringing back Kelly Johnson for a third time

The Atlanta Braves signed a $2 million, one-year deal with infielder Kelly Johnson on January 6, 2016. This will be Johnson’s third stint with the Braves. Johnson was drafted by the Braves in 2005 and played four seasons with them before he got traded. He has bounced from team to team over the years, but has kept a consistent on base percentage of .331 over his career. Johnson...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves bobblehead to honor Chipper Jones’ snowstorm rescue

The Atlanta Braves next season will pay tribute to how Chipper Jones ventured out during a brutal 2014 snowstorm on an ATV to rescue Freddie Freeman with a bobblehead. The Braves first baseman found himself stranded on an Atlanta freeway for five hours due to a January snowstorm that snarled traffic. Jones was alerted to his former teammate’s troubles after Freeman tweeted about...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta couple has Chipper Jones-themed wedding

Back in June, Chipper Jones tied the knot with his third wife, former Playboy model Taylor Higgins in the Bahamas. Saturday, at some venue that is obviously not the Bahamas (and more than likely a VFW somewhere in the Greater Atlanta area), some dude forced his wife into having a Chipper Jones-themed wedding. @jrrigsby11605 @RealCJ10 @lilgeorgiapeach @Braves Best wedding attire...
Via Hall of Very Good
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves hire Chipper Jones in baseball operations role

The Atlanta Braves are bringing back one of the organization’s all-time great players. The team announced on Thursday that it has hired Chipper Jones as a special assistant in the baseball operations department. Jones, 43, last played in the Majors back in 2012. He was an eight-time All-Star in 19 seasons, all with the Braves. During that span, Jones put up a .303 average with...
Via Sportsnaut
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Tommy Hanson died of cocaine overdose

    Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of health complications caused by cocaine and alcohol use. Hanson, 29, died on Nov. 9 after he slipped into a coma and was hospitalized. Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said Hanson lost his life due to “delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity” and “illicit drug use,” according to WXIA in Atlanta....
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Braves Win the Trade Lottery

For the last few weeks, the Braves have been fielding calls from teams who wanted to trade for Shelby Miller. And for good reason: Miller is just 25 years old, is coming off a strong season in which he reminded everyone he was one of the game’s best pitching prospects coming up through the Cardinals organization, and he won’t be a free agent until after the 2018 season. With...
Via Fangraphs
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Michael Bourn, Atlanta Braves

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded, but more along the lines of a “what if” scenario. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective and made up solely of notable names. A player can be deemed...
Via The Sports Post
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Outta left field: The strangest thing about Braves` sell-off

It may feel like centuries ago to Atlanta fans, but midway through 2014 the Braves appeared poised for another mid-'90s run. They had won 96 games the previous season, were in first place as the July trade deadline approached, and fielded a young, talented core of exciting young superstars under club control well into the future. Then a sputtering offense and a late-season collapse...
Via Baseball Prospectus
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Atlanta Braves

The Braves have made some headlines this year with a number of trades to bring in young talent. While the short-term picture suffers with the loss of some popular, productive players, they are setting their future up with a lot of depth in their farm system. With a few players on the verge of contributing to the big league team, the next year or two may not be as bad as it could...
Via Fangraphs
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Shopping Freddie Freeman makes sense for Braves

Before the trade one might have suggested Andrelton Simmons was the “Face of the Braves.” A counter-argument would be Freddie Freeman. Despite Simmons’ defensive prowess and the relative fame it afforded him, Freddie Freeman was and is the Braves best player. Now that the club is just one season away from opening a new ballpark, it seems like a good idea to give fans something...
Via The Outside Corner
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: Turning Andrelton Simmons’ Defense Into Offense

Say this for new Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons: He makes things pretty easy. You can look at the regular numbers, or you can look at the more complicated numbers, or you can just watch video of Simmons playing so you can evaluate him with your own eyes. It doesn’t matter, because you’ll always arrive at the same place. This is a player who hasn’t yet been a very good hitter...
Via Fangraphs
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Trading Andrelton Simmons appears nuts, but makes sense

On Wednesday night, an interesting rumor began to surface – the Atlanta Braves were discussing trading shortstop Andrelton Simmons to an unnamed NL West team. Source: #Braves deep in talks with NL West team about possible trade. — Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) November 12, 2015   Source: #Braves trade talks with NL West team revolve around Andrelton Simmons. — Jonah...
Via The Outside Corner
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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