Dian Toscano signs for 4 Years, $6 Million

Last week, the latest player to come to the Major Leagues from Cuba, Dian Toscano, signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves. It is now being reported by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that the contract is worth $6 million over the four year span of the contract, along with a fifth year $1.5 million dollar team option. Toscano was a more enticing player to sign than other Cuban defects...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The best potential values of the MLB offseason

The biggest free agent names and the blockbuster contracts they sign draw the headlines during the offseason. But it’s the players on the lower shelves — the ones you might have to squat down to find and check the labels carefully — that can become the best bargains for MLB teams and thus provide the best values for their new teams. Most of the players listed here are...
Via The Outside Corner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: second base, shortstop

Our free agent primer series rolls right along with a brief preview of the two middle infield positions, second base and shortstop. It’s always difficult for teams to find legitimate, star-quality talent up the middle, and this year’s free agent class is no exception. It’s so much of a mess that we’re only going to rank the top five for each position. At second base, there’s...
Via The Outside Corner
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: second base, shortstop

Our free agent primer series rolls right along with a brief preview of the two middle infield positions, second base and shortstop. It’s always difficult for teams to find legitimate, star-quality talent up the middle, and this year’s free agent class is no exception. It’s so much of a mess that we’re only going to rank the top five for each position. At second base, there’s...
Via Bloguin Best
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Difference Between Adding a Slugger and a Gold Glover

Yesterday, we looked at the Indians optimal line-up and we already have a grasp on where their primary goals are. Today, we will take a look at what the Indians could possibly gain by adding a couple different players through free agency or trade that would help fill those gaps. While it is obvious that the top roles needed are position players, there is a question of whether the...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 free agent primer: NL East

The NL East is a very cyclical division. The Braves ran roughshod over the division during its first ten or so years, then the Phillies took over after a brief interlude where the Mets played well. Now, it’s looking like we’re in the Nationals era, despite Atlanta’s 2013 division crown. How the division will shake out in 2015 will have a lot to do with each team’s offseason...
Via The Outside Corner
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Bonifacio, Braves beat Phillies 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Emilio Bonifacio led off the game with home run and Freddie Freeman added an RBI single in the first, and the Atlanta Braves finished a disappointing late-season collapse with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The Braves finished with just three hits - all before Phillies starter Cole Hamels (9-9) could record an out. Five relievers stymied the...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves split series in Cincy despite flirting with no-no

After breaking out the bats in the series opener against the Reds at Great American Ballpark, the Braves were once again the victims of their own lack of run support for quality starting pitching. Walking away from the a series split in Cincy, Atlanta missed an opportunity to improve in the wild card standings. The Braves leave GAB for Citi Field for a 3-game set sitting 8 games...
Via BravesWire
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves' bats go silent in 1-0 loss to Reds

Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 1-0 loss to the Reds, a crucial defeat that precluded Atlanta (68-62) from claiming partial ownership of the National League's second wild card slot. 1. Let's talk about the one chick in the Rusty beret as our placeholder Here's hoping you didn't visit the kitchen or bathroom during the first inning of this rain- delayed game ......
Via Fox Sports South
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Then and Now: Cubs 2014 Opening Day Lineup

Monday, March 31st, 2014 @ PNC Park CF Emilio Bonifacio – Traded along with LHP James Russell and cash to the Atlanta Braves on July 31st, in exchange for C Victor Caratini. Caratini is currently with the Cub’s Kane County affiliate where he is batting .261 with 6 RBI and 4 R in 6 games played. LF Junior Lake – Lake, 24, was the big name call up around this time last year...
Via Sports Mockery
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrelton Simmons out of lineup again on Tuesday

getty images Andrelton Simmons will not be in the starting lineup for the Braves when they take on the Dodgers Tuesday evening. Simmons remains sidelined by a ankle injury. While he worked out on Monday eyeing a return to the lineup on Tuesday the Braves will instead give him another day of rest. Once again, Emilio Bonifacio will start at SS tonight. No Andrelton Simmons. #Braves...
Via Tireball.com
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gio Gonzalez hikes baseball between his legs (Video)

One of the lowlights of Sunday night's 3-1 loss by the Nationals to the Braves: Gio Gonzalez hiking the ball between his legs in an attempt to get Emilio Bonifacio at first on a bunt in the fifth inning. Unfortunately, Gio hiked the ball over Adam LaRoche's head. Even worse, Bonifacio scored later in the inning after Gio failed to cover first base on a Jayson Heyward grounder to...
Via Nationals Enquirer
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Atlanta nearly pulled off major deadline trade

The Atlanta Braves had a quiet, yet productive trade deadline that saw them make one trade. That trade netted them Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Chicago Cubs, but they were close to making a much more significant deal with another team.Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Braves came close to pulling off a major deadline blockbuster trade that would have...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves skid through San Diego & Seattle

If there are two teams in baseball that can truly understand what the Atlanta Braves are going through, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners can. The Padres have struggled their way through the 2014 season with terrible hitting. They are dead last in runs scored (363). As a team, they have the lowest batting average in either league (.225). At the trade deadline, the Padres...
Via BravesWire
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Who said the Cubs lack starting pitching prospects?

At the trade deadline, the Cubs added yet another highly-touted position player prospect, catcher Victor Caratini, to a system replete with them when they dealt UT Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell to the Atlanta Braves.  While even Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer acknowledges that there is an “imbalance” between the talented crop of position players and the pitchers in...
Via The Sports Bank
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves yield 20 hits in blowout loss to Padres

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 10-1 loss to the Padres -- a desultory defeat that extended Atlanta's woeful West Coast skid to four games: 1. From any angle, the Braves didn't deserve to win this one Over the course of a marathon-like season, some games are preternaturally doomed before things even begin. For Atlanta ... this was one of those dark and helpless...
Via Fox Sports South
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves demote Schafer, add Bonifacio, Russell to roster

One speedster in, one speedster out. To make room for their pre-trade-deadline acquisition of Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (.279 batting, .318 on-base percentage), the Atlanta Braves designated outfielder Jordan Schafer for assignment on Friday, leaving the other 29 MLB clubs a 10-day window to claim Schafer (.163 batting, 15 steals), via waivers. "I'd be surprised if...
Via Fox Sports South
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bonifacio and Russell join Braves in San Diego

INF Emilio Bonifacio offers infield versatility and a back-up outfielder for Fredi Gonzalez. Not willing to stand pat at the trade deadline with bench questions and help needed in the bullpen, Frank Wren made the call Thursday just an hour before the trade deadline to acquire IF Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for Class A catching prospect Victor Caratini...
Via BravesWire
August 01, 2014  |  1 Comment

Caray: Discussing the Braves' trade deadline deal, rough August schedule; more

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSSOUTH.COM: The Braves didn't make a move to the level of the A's or Tigers at the trade deadline, but they were buyers, bringing in Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. Did you feel this met the needs the team has, adding a versatile guy with leadoff...
Via Fox Sports South
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres-Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves have struggled to score and the bullpen hasn't been sharp during their current losing streak. They made a move to improve both areas before the trade deadline. After acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell, the Braves will try to avoid their fourth straight loss Friday night when they visit the San Diego Padres. Atlanta (58-51) has totaled nine runs and hit...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves expected to designate Jordan Schafer for assignment

Needing roster spots for new arrivals Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell, the Atlanta Braves are expected to designate Jordan Schafer for assignemnt. After getting off to a surprising hot start, Schafer is batting just .163/.256/.213 on the season. He has started just two games over the past month. The #Braves haven't announced the roster moves to make room for Bonifacio and Russell...
Via Tireball.com
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves fill voids with Bonifacio and Russell, Cubs keep piling prospects

There are two things the Atlanta Braves desperately needed to trade for, good bench players, and a lefty reliever. For the most part, they fulfilled their need. Atlanta sent 2013 second round pick, Victor Caratini to Chicago for Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell. Caratini is hitting .279 in Single A, can play third base, and […]
Via Baseball Essential
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves acquire James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio from Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to trade infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, left-handed pitcher James Russell, and cash to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for catcher Victor Caratini, the teams announced.Bonifacio, 29, can play second base, third base, and all three outfield positions, which makes him an intriguing piece to their team. So far this season with the Cubs, he has been...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves acquire Bonifacio, Russell from Cubs at trade deadline

The Atlanta Braves snuck in a deal right before a busy trade deadline passed, acquiring two potential pieces for the 25-man roster in utility man Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. The Braves sent 20-year-old third base/catching prospect Victor Caratini back to the Cubs. The trade addresses the two...
Via Fox Sports South
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves upgrade bench, bullpen with Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell

The Atlanta Braves didn’t make a blockbuster deal leading up to the trade deadline, but did upgrade both their bench and bullpen by acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. In exchange for Bonifacio and Russell, the Braves will send Minor League catcher Victor Caratini to the Cubs. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 31, 2014 Bonfiacio is hitting .279/.318/.373...
Via The Outside Corner
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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