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Retool or rebuild? After Justin Upton deal, what direction are Braves headed in?

Two years ago, the headline on the cover of the Braves' program read 'An Outfield Revamped,' with the trio of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton standing together, their arms crossed. They were to be the future of the franchise, a collection of 20-somethings who all had a 20-home run/20-steal season on their resumes. The Brothers Upton and Heyward were exciting, athletic...
Via Fox Sports South
2 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: San Diego Padres land Justin Upton in trade for prospects to Braves

The San Diego Padres are on an outfield trading spree, having landed Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers (we think), Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays (we know) and now Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves (according to sources).  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have agree to trade prospects to land the slugging outfielder from Atlanta: Sources: #Padres getting Upton....
Via Reading Between The Seams
2 days ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  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
7 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves ink Cuban prospect Toscano to MLB contract

The Atlanta Braves' first public move of baseball's Winter Meetings has a bit of mystery and 'upside' intrigue, with the club reportedly inking Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano to a major-league contract. The Monday acquisition, as reported by Baseball America, was apparently consummated on Day 1 of the annual convention involving Major League Baseball's biggest power brokers (executives...
Via Fox Sports South
13 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  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
20 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  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
22 days ago  |  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

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

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

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 Bloguin Best
November 20, 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

Braves intend to move current catcher Evan Gattis to left field

After shooting down rumors that the team was aggressively shopping Evan Gattis, Braves president John Hart said the team is making efforts to move him to left field. It looks like the only move they will be making with the 28-year-old is a position change.“We want to get Evan’s bat in the lineup, and if he catches, he would play just 100 games and we would not have a bat perhaps...
Via Baseball Essential
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Atlanta Braves blow it all up?

One of the more interesting storylines coming out of the GM meetings in Arizona this week is the Atlanta Braves and the seemingly inevitable need to blow up everything the organization has built up in recent years. And while the possibility of a full-blown rebuild is daunting, and something the Braves haven’t truly taken on in a good 25 years (failure to compete in the late-2000s...
Via Bloguin Best
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Atlanta Braves blow it all up?

One of the more interesting storylines coming out of the GM meetings in Arizona this week is the Atlanta Braves and the seemingly inevitable need to blow up everything the organization has built up in recent years. And while the possibility of a full-blown rebuild is daunting, and something the Braves haven’t truly taken on in a good 25 years (failure to compete in the late-2000s...
Via The Outside Corner
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, White Sox among teams interested in Andrew Miller, Braves trying to deal B.J. Upton

getty images The White Sox and Cubs are two of the teams interested in free agent pitcher Andrew Miller. Miller has been one of baseball’s best left handed pitchers over the last handful of years. In 2014 he posted a 2.02 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP in 73 games split between the Red Sox and Orioles. Not tied to draft pick compensation, there figures to be a huge market for Miller. Braves...
Via Tireball.com
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Second Annual Dan Meyer Awards

During Major League Baseball's award season, the best of the best are featured (maybe not always with the Gold Gloves). And we should celebrate the best. But there is always a flip side. For every best, there was a worst. Saying that does understand that even the worst MLB players in a particular year are among the best players in the world. MLB players are an elite group of talent...
Via The Flagrant Fan
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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