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Braves agree to $6 million, 4-year deal with Toscano

ATLANTA (AP) Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $6 million, four-year contract The 25-year-old, a left-handed hitter, batted .356 during the 2012-13 season for Villa Clara in Cuba. His deal, announced Wednesday, includes a $1.2 million signing bonus payable 72 hours after he reports to major league spring training and salaries of $800,000 this...
Via AP on Fox
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves sign veteran OF Jonny Gomes to 1-year deal

The Atlanta Braves added Jonny Gomes's name to a long list of offseason veteran signings, bringing in the journeyman outfielder on a one-year deal, according to multiple media reports. Gomes will be expected to compete for the team's left field spot, left vacant with the trade of Justin Upton, possibly in a platoon situation. The contract will have a vesting option, according to...
Via Fox Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves sign veteran OF Jonny Gomes to 1-year deal

The Atlanta Braves added Jonny Gomes's name to a long list of offseason veteran signings, bringing in the journeyman outfielder on a one-year deal, according to multiple media reports. Gomes will be expected to compete for the team's left field spot, left vacant with the trade of Justin Upton, possibly in a platoon situation. The contract will have a vesting option, according to...
Via Fox Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Braves to sign Jonny Gomes

The Atlanta Braves have a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. Gomes has a one-year deal with Braves with a vesting option, according to source. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 23, 2015 Gomes, 34, spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s, hitting for a collective .234 AVG, with six homers and and...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Red Sox Jonny Gomes Drawing Free-Agent Interest From Braves

This embed is invalid" /> The Atlanta Braves’ outfield reconstruction continues. The Braves are pursuing free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Atlanta reportedly is considering Gomes as a potential platoon option with Zoilo Almonte in left field. The Braves traded outfielders Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

After trades, Braves need rebound seasons to fuel offense

According to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, the state's bear population sits around 5,100, but after Wednesday, that figure it down one. Evan Gattis, aka El Oso Blanco became a baseball folk hero in Atlanta with the long, winding, backstory where reality was better than fiction. The Turner Field crowd was regularly dotted with fuzzy white bear-shaped hats and T-shirts with...
Via Fox Sports South
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves 2015 roster takes shape

With the pre-Christmas signings of RHP Jason Grili and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the Atlanta Braves’ 2015 roster is, for better or for worse, taking shape. The Braves’ refashioned front office has made no secret of the fact that its top priority is to field a high end roster in 2017 when the team breaks a champaign bottle against the freshly stacked brick facing of Sun Trust Park...
Via BravesWire
27 days ago  |  Discuss

New Year's resolutions for Braves

Per legend -- or Wikipedia, to be more forthcoming as to this scribe's research tactics -- ancient Babylonians used to make promises to their gods at the start of the year to make amends for their wrongdoings. Now we're all stuck vowing to lose weight, save money and volunteer in making New Year's resolutions and MLB teams aren't immune to the annual call for rebirth. After a season...
Via Fox Sports South
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Yes, B.J. Upton is still Plan A!

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Via Fox Sports
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves trade OF Justin Upton to Padres

The Justin Upton trade standoff is over. After months of speculation and a variety of talks at baseball's Winter Meetings, Upton, one of the top right-handed power bats on the trade market, is on his way to the San Diego Padres, according to multiple media outlets. In return, the Braves received at least one highly rated prospect: 6-foot-4 left-hander Max Fried. Final terms of the...
Via Fox Sports South
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

A recap around the NL East

This past week was the most action packed week of the MLB offseason. The Winter Meetings did not disappoint fans that love the gossip of trade rumors, free agent signings and actual moves being made. The Mets this past week signed John Mayberry Jr., which is a solid addition for the bench. The rest of the teams in the National League East were working on deals, and some moves occurred...
Via Mets360.com
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Day 2 of Winter Meetings: Upton, Gattis could be key figures

Here's an outline of things to watch for during Day 2 of the MLB Winter Meetings, conveniently held in San Diego, Calif: BRAVES' PERSPECTIVE We'll address this area in general terms, since there isn't a flood of concrete news involving Braves players or prospects. 1. It's hard to gauge the Braves' commitment-level for wanting to trade outfielder Justin Upton this week. Yes, the...
Via Fox Sports South
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Three fits via trade for Justin Upton

Is Justin Upton on his way out of Atlanta?Credit: AP/Matt York Justin Upton has attracted trade interest across the MLB. In a power-starved market, the slugging Upton belted 29 home runs and drove in 102 RBIs in 2014. He’s also fairly durable and consistent. In his eight-year career, he has a .274 batting average and a .354 on-base percentage. In today’s age, these numbers and...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves players on Twitter

Freddie Freeman: @FreddieFreeman5 Andrelton Simmons: @Andrelton David Carpenter: @DCarpenter29 Alex Wood: @awood45 Todd Cunningam: @Todd_Cunningham Justin Upton: @JUP_8TL Chris Johnson: @C_Johnson28 Evan Gattis: @BulldogBeing Craig Kimbrel: @kimbrel46 B.J. Upton: @BJUPTON2 Julio Teheran: @Julio_Teheran Joe Terdoslavich: @JoeTerdoslavich Luis Avilan: @lavilan70 Christian Bethancourt...
Via BravesWire
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What the future holds for Braves’ offense

When the non-tender deadline passes today, teams around baseball will know exactly where their rosters stand. Like the twenty-nine other teams around the league, the Braves have been aware since the season ended what their biggest holes. For Atlanta, as Kent Covington pointed out, the most glaring problems have been with pitching. An ongoing crisis of arms that began with the fall...
Via BravesWire
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Braves tried to move Evan Gattis and B.J. Upton to Houston

The wild, yet bizarre, offseason of the Atlanta Braves took an odd turn on Monday night, when Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the team tried to package Evan Gattis with B.J. Upton together in a deal to the Houston Astros. The proposed trade would have sent Dexter Fowler and an unnamed pitching prospect to Atlanta. Fowler, 28, was a logical target for the Braves — he is from...
Via The Outside Corner
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Braves tried to move Evan Gattis and B.J. Upton to Houston

The wild, yet bizarre, offseason of the Atlanta Braves took an odd turn on Monday night, when Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the team tried to package Evan Gattis with B.J. Upton together in a deal to the Houston Astros. The proposed trade would have sent Dexter Fowler and an unnamed pitching prospect to Atlanta. Fowler, 28, was a logical target for the Braves — he is from...
Via Bloguin Best
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves to Astros: You want Gattis? Then also take Upton and his big contract

The Astros first began targeting Evan Gattis last summer. And when they asked about Gattis again early in the offseason, the Braves came back with an interesting response, according to major-league sources: Maybe, if you take B.J. Upton, too. The talks were wide-ranging, but the Braves asked for center fielder Dexter Fowler and a pitching prospect at one point and also inquired about...
Via Fox Sports
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Update: Braves Not Looking To Trade Upton, Gattis

For the past few weeks, one of the major rumors in the baseball surrounded the Atlanta Braves and their willingness to shop both Justin Upton and Evan Gattis. After trading Jason Heyward to the  St. Louis Cardinals, that rumor suggested that new President of Baseball Operations John Hart was looking to rebuild his ball club, and shoot for 2017 when their new ballpark opens. That...
Via Baseball Essential
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics, Braves discussing trades

            The Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves are having talks on potential trades, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. The subject of the talks could be centered around Jeff Samardzija, and either Justin Upton or Evan Gattis. #Athletics talking with #Braves about Justin Upton, Evan Gattis sources say. Jeff...
Via Sports-Glory
November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves are favorites to land Yasmany Tomas, trying to trade Justin Upton

Getty Images The chances of Justin Upton being with the Braves when the 2015 season begins seems to get slimmer by the day even with the trade of Jason Heyward. Set to become a free agent at the end of the 2015 season the Braves have been getting considerable interest from others for Upton. The Braves will be looking for a package that is even greater than the one they received...
Via Tireball.com
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Braves trying to trade Upton brothers together?

$13 millionThe wild and wacky Atlanta Braves offseason is taking another strange turn. In this excellent column by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, he reveals that the Braves have apparently told several teams interested in Justin Upton (Stark mentions the Padres, Reds, and Mariners as suitors) that they’ll need to also take Justin’s older brother B.J. (and presumably, the remaining three...
Via The Outside Corner
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Braves are apparently trying to trade both Uptons together

$13 millionThe wild and wacky Atlanta Braves offseason is taking another strange turn. In this excellent column by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, he reveals that the Braves have apparently told several teams interested in Justin Upton (Stark mentions the Padres, Reds, and Mariners as suitors) that they’ll need to also take Justin’s older brother B.J. (and presumably, the remaining three...
Via Bloguin Best
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Braves in on Yasmany Tomas

The bizarre offseason of the Atlanta Braves is taking another twist – Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Braves are a “dark horse” contender for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, joining well-known aggressive pursuits from the Phillies, Padres, and Giants. Heyman’s report also claims that the Braves are the “mystery team” that has been recently linked to Tomas...
Via The Outside Corner
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves meeting with Jon Lester on Thursday

            The Atlanta Braves are looking to make a big pitching splash in free agency, and are having a meeting with ace Jon Lester today. He would be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Braves’ rotation and would help take their pitching to a completely new level. It isn’t necessarily likely that he will wind up with Atlanta...
Via Sports-Glory
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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