Long a contender, Braves turn to rebuilding after 2014 flop

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves usually start the season touted as playoff contenders. Not this time. For one of the few times in the last two-plus decades, not much is expected of a team that collapsed late last season, fired general manager Frank Wren and underwent a massive overhaul during the offseason. The Braves dealt away sluggers Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Evan Gattis Scratched With Wrist Discomfort

Evan Gattis did not play in Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals as originally scheduled. He was scratched at the last-minute from the lineup due to a right wrist strain. Gattis was slated to start in left field to get more reps at the position. “He’s fine, as far as I know,” A.J. Hinch said of Gattis. “He has a little bit of wrist discomfort. I was debating whether...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Houston Astros Team Preview

View image | gettyimages.com Offseason Overview Although the Houston Astros weren’t a very good team last year as they only won 70 games, their 19-win improvement from 2013 was encouraging after a stretch of three consecutive years with at least 105 losses. While the Astros may have a tough time coming out of the loaded AL West to reach the playoffs, fans can expect the team...
Via The Fantasy Fix
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: historic power or potential for blackout?

Spring Training games have begun throughout baseball. Some of the new faces for the Houston Astros have made their spring debut. The offense has been reconstructed this offseason with the additions of Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus, Jed Lowrie, and Luis Valbuena. They also have the reigning batting champion Jose Altuve. The roster looks to have some firepower this season. There can easily...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros newcomer Gattis learning more and more about outfield

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time. ''I want to play as many positions as I can, but I'm not as comfortable in left field as I am catching,'' Gattis said Sunday at the Astros' camp. ''But my job is to be as prepared as possible to play anywhere...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Brave Gattis comfortable in new home, role in Houston

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The phone call came in at 8 a.m. It was mid-January, a month away from spring training, and by 10 a.m. Evan Gattis was boarding a plane bound for Houston, back to his home state and, eventually, to a new franchise. The 28-year-old passed his physical and in the span of 13 hours became an Astro. The Atlanta Braves' final offseason blockbuster was complete, their...
Via Fox Sports South
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie Foltynewicz ready to roll with Braves after Gattis swap

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Michael Foltynewicz could win 250 games at the major-league level and flirt with a sub-3.10 ERA for the next 15 years. And yet, he might not have enough juice to live up to this mythological, almost absurd scouting report from the Web: Catching up to a Mike Foltynewicz fastball is a nightmare for professional hitters. Pitchers don't throw 95-plus with late...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Houston Astros make the playoff in 2015?

In December, the Houston Astros announced that Taylor Swift would be performing at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2015, and stated that the concert would be rescheduled if the Astros are playing a home playoff game that day. Yahoo posted a short article that the team sent out an overly optimistic tweet. Yahoo’s writer does not see the potential in this young team and does not...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Gattis excited about returning to Texas with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis is returning to his home state to play for the Houston Astros after a trade from Atlanta, and the slugger is thrilled about the move. Gattis, who grew up in Dallas, says: ''I'm home. I feel more at home here.'' The 28-year-old, who can play catcher and left field, was acquired on Wednesday with right-hander James Hoyt for three Houston minor leaguers. He...
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January 15, 2015  |  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...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Braves Look To 2017

Neil Mehta Sports Journalist  The Atlanta Braves have traded catcher/left fielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros. A right-handed pitcher in the Braves farm system, James Hoyt, was also traded to the Astros. Evan Gattis is 28-year-old and made his major league debut on April 3rd, 2013. The named rookie of the month twice in 2013. In his 2 major league seasons, he has played in...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via The Outside Corner
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Gattis traded to Astros, exodus out of ATL continues

If any question remained what Atanta’s offseason plan was, it was made perfectly clear Wednesday when the Braves traded fan favorite Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a package of three prospects. The Braves are undoubtedly rebuilding for the 2017 debut of their new stadium, Sun Trust Park. Evan Gattis will move to a hitter friendly park in a pitching dominant AL West in his...
Via BravesWire
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves Deal Evan Gattis to the Astros

The Houston Astros have acquired catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gattis swatted 22 home runs despite playing only 93 games last season, and can absolutely mash. In his career against the Mets, Gattis batted .236 with 3 homers and 6 RBI in 21 games. In return, the Braves receive pitching prospects Michael Fo...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros Acquire Evan Gattis

The Houston Astros acquired C/OF Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves for 3B Rio Ruiz, P Michael Foltynewicz, and P Andrew Thurman on Wednesday. The trade was reported by David O’Brien of the AJC.  It is currently only pending the results of Gattis’ physical. Gattis is the centerpiece of the deal, and figures to fill in at different places that the Astros need him. He could see...
Via Baseball Essential
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Continue to Rebuild With Trade of Evan Gattis to Houston Astros

View image | gettyimages.com The Phillies have done quite well in their rebuild so far this offseason. The trades of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Marlon Byrd have netted the Phillies three young pitching prospects. Meanwhile, the Phillies National League East foe in Atlanta continues its own rebuild as well....
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves trade Evan Gattis to Astros for three players

The Houston Astors will acquire outfielder/catcher Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves for three players. Gattis’ trade continues an exodus of players from the Braves via trade which has included the likes of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward. In exchange for Gattis the Astros will send right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz, and right-hander Andrew Thurman to the...
Via Tireball.com
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves Trade Evan Gattis To The Astros

The Atlanta Braves continue to shake up their roster, as they have traded C/OF Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros. In return the Braves will acquire three minor leaguers, pitchers  Mike Foltynewicz, Andrew Thurman and third baseman Rio Ruiz. View image | gettyimages.com Gattis will likely serve as the Astros DH which only helps his fantasy value because lets face it, he's...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Sorry Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and 3d prospect going from #astros to #Braves — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January...
Via The Outside Corner
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves keep overhauling, agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros

The Atlanta Braves have continued their season-long rebuild that they’re refusing to call a rebuild, dealing hitter (with no glove really necessary) Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three prospects – Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Sorry Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and 3d prospect going from #astros to #Braves — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 14...
Via Bloguin Best
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros Close to Acquiring Evan Gattis for Notable Prospects

The Braves housecleaning reportedly continued today, with the team nearing a deal that would ship sometimes-catcher Evan Gattis to Houston in exchange for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. The quick overview of the players going both directions. Gattis is a 28 year old with top shelf power, but limited skills beyond that, […]
Via Fangraphs
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves trade Evan Gattis to Astros for 3 top prospects

If there was any lingering doubt as to whether the Atlanta Braves are in rebuilding mode, it was eradicated on Wednesday afternoon when the team agreed to trade starting outfielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for three high-profile prospects, according to multiple media reports. Gattis, who was projected to move from catcher to left field this season to make room for Braves...
Via Fox Sports South
January 14, 2015  |  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

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
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