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Carpenter, Lavarnway agree to minor league deals with Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander David Carpenter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. The 30-yearold spent the 2013-14 seasons in Atlanta's bullpen, going 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his first season, and had a 4.01 ERA in 30 appearances this year with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Atlanta said Tuesday it also had agreed to minor league deal with...
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

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

How the Atlanta Braves are breaking the first rule of building a publicly funded stadium.
Via Baseball Prospectus
19 hours ago  |  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
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Transaction Analysis: Look Out Below by Matthew Trueblood and Mark Anderson

The Braves ship Cameron Maybin back to Detroit, as they get closer to bottoming out.
Via Baseball Prospectus
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Sunday Notes: Braves, Phillies, Starling, Dombrowski, Japan, more

A few days ago, the Braves traded Cameron Maybin to the Tigers for a pair of promising-but-unproven pitchers. Predictably, the deal elicited mostly angst from Atlanta fans. Not Andrelton-level angst, but enough that yet a few more foam tomahawks hit the bottoms of wastebaskets. Put another way, the camel hasn’t collapsed, but his back is starting to sag something awful. Youth movement...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade Cameron Maybin to Tigers for pair of relievers

The Atlanta Braves fire sale continued today, as the club dealt outfielder Cameron Maybin and cash considerations to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for relievers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. Braves acquire LHPs Ian Krol and Gabe Speier from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for OF Cameron Maybin and cash considerations. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 20, 2015   Maybin...
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Braves Trade OF Cameron Maybin to Tigers

Keith Allison Flickr The Atlanta Braves have zero interest in competing next season.  They are making this very clear by trading SS Andrelton Simmons to the Angels and now OF Cameron Maybin to the Tigers.  In return, Atlanta will get Ian Krol and Gabe Speier from Detroit. Maybin had a career year last season, hitting .267 with 10 home runs and 59 RBI, all career highs.  Maybin...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves hesitant to commit to Fredi Gonzalez past 2016

Newly minted Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella has rubbed plenty of Braves fans the wrong way during his brief time in charge of the team, trading shortstop Andrelton Simmons, reportedly entertaining offers for first baseman Freddie Freeman, and then going on a defiant rant about the Braves rebuilding and/or tanking. However, one thing Coppolella said at the GM meetings last week...
Via Bloguin Best
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Braves noncommital on manager Fredi Gonzalez's future beyond 2016

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is signed through next season, but then what? YardbarkerThe Atlanta Braves are focused on the future. That is obvious. They’ve traded Andrelton Simmons for prospects and also could move their top starting pitcher, Shelby Miller.Yet, one key aspect of their organization remains decidedly short term: the contract of manager Fredi Gonzalez.Gonzalez...
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From 2014 to now: Coppolella and Hart's rapid rebuild

The Atlanta Braves entered the 2014 season coming off of a 96-win campaign and National League East division title. Fast-forward two years and that same Braves roster is a distant memory. The Braves were expected to be a strong contender in 2014 after their success in '13 despite losing key free agents Brian McCann and Tim Hudson. With a young core of Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman...
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Braves GM tells fans to be patient before criticizing trades

The Atlanta Braves are in the trying start of a long rebuild. Braves fans were given another reality check this week when the club traded star shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels. If that wasn’t a tough pill to swallow on its own, reports suggested the team was willing to move first baseman Freddie Freeman as well. The Braves are truly exploring every opportunity...
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6 days ago  |  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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chuck Hernandez named Atlanta Braves minor league pitching coordinator

The Atlanta Braves, in the middle of quite a rebuilding process, with more to come if rumors are to be believed, have hired Chuck Hernandez as their new minor league pitching coordinator. The former pitching coach will work in a new position with younger players for his new employer. Hernandez was most recently the pitching […]
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Braves Shopping Freddie Freeman?

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Freddie Freeman could be the next Atlanta Braves’ star on the move. Rosenthal spoke to three officials from different clubs who said he’s being shopped, and one official noted that the possibility of a deal was the talk of the Arizona Fall League among scouts. Rosenthal also spoke to another official who said they are shopping anyone...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Who to Believe on the Freddie Freeman Rumors?

It seems that every winter, the heating up of internet baseball-related rumors lead to statements that stretch common sense to the maximum. For example, on Friday, at least two non-credible web sources said that the Atlanta Braves were in discussions with the St. Louis Cardinals to trade their first baseman Freddie Freeman. One went as far as asserting the sides were “close...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves re-sign veteran catcher Pierzynski to 1-year deal

Next season will be A.J. Pierzynski's 19th in the majors. Scott Cunningham Getty Images North AmericaATLANTA -- Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski will return for another season with the Atlanta Braves after agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.The 38-year-old Pierzynski was a rare bright spot for the Braves this past season. Signed to serve mainly as a backup, he wound up handling...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels acquire Andrelton Simmons from Braves for Sean Newcomb, Erick Aybar

The Los Angeles Angels have pulled off one of the biggest moves of the offseason so far as they acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Simmons, known as a defensive wizard, is signed through 2020. The 26-year-old is set to make $6 million next season, and then $8 million, $11 million,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves looking to unload Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn

It all seems so long ago. Back in 2013, the Cleveland Indians surged to make the playoffs. Nick Swisher, fresh off a four-year, $56 million contract — the largest free agent deal in franchise history — played 145 games and posted 3.6 rWAR. Michael Bourn, signed late in the offseason to a four-year, $48 million deal, played 130 games and had 2.3 rWAR. They haven’t been the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves family loses Tommy Hanson

When news broke Monday that Tommy Hanson was in a coma in an Atlanta hospital after a friend found him not breathing, Braves Country became immediately concerned about the former Brave. The phrase ‘once a Brave, always a Brave’ has never meant as much as it does in times like this. News came Tuesday that Hanson, 29, had died. Hanson spent the 2009-2012 with the Atlanta Braves...
Via BravesWire
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher Tommy Hanson Dies At 29

Major League Baseball is mourning the death of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson. Hanson, who suffered “catastrophic organ failure,” went into a coma and was transferred to an Atlanta hospital, per Zach Klein of WBS-TV. He died Monday at the hospital. Hanson amassed a career 49-35 record, a 3.80 ERA and 648 strikeouts at the major league level. He finished third in...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Youth Movement: 5 prospects that could join Braves roster in 2016

After major turnover to the roster in the offseason and numerous trades during the season, The Atlanta Braves had 15 different players make their MLB debuts with the team in 2015. That amount is extraordinarily high, and all signs point to the number taking a dive in 2016 as the 2015 rookies look to establish themselves as a mainstay on the big league club. With that being said,...
Via Fox Sports South
20 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB GM Project: Atlanta Braves 2015-16

Last offseason, Washington Nationals were my team and it was a ton of fun. Plus, it helped my self-esteem to know that the changes I made might have won the division (considering the moves Mike Rizzo made did not win an NL East title). This time the Atlanta Braves were the team to simulate and it was an interesting week. My projected budget was 114 million with an eye on salary relief...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Free Agency Needs

Atlanta Braves Free Agents C AJ Pierzynski, P Edwin Jackson, P Peter Moylan, P Ross Detweiler View image | Primary Team Needs Catcher: The Braves were lucky to have Pierzynski behind the plate for the majority of last season.  I say lucky because the two young(er) options they experimented with in Christian Bethancourt and Ryan Lavarnway struggled at the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

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