3 Reasons why the Atlanta Braves will trade Justin Upton

The Atlanta Braves have had a busy offseason that could get busier in the next few weeks with the imminent trade of slugging outfielder Justin Upton. The question is when, not if the Braves will trade Upton, here is why: Upton is in a contract year, and the Braves are rebuilding: Upton is entering the final year of his six-year, $50 million contract he signed while still a...
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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...
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3 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...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves enter Winter Meetings with specific needs

The Atlanta Braves are considered to be one of the primary players at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings being held in San Diego. The franchise holds two well-known potential trade pieces in outfielder Justin Upton and outfielder/catcher Evan Gattis and has its eyes set on improving the 25-man roster. President of baseball operations John Hart has not made the team's intentions much of...
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8 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...
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15 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...
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15 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...
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15 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...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Hart says Upton, Gattis are staying put

Top Stories: Braves GM John Hart was on the radio on Sunday and said the club is not interested in trading Evan Gattis and are toying with the idea of playing him in left field. He also said while the club does not plan to sign Justin Upton to a long term contract extension that they currently have no plans to shop him. Last Friday, it was reported that the Athletics had conversations...
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16 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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics talking with Braves on Gattis, Upton

After pulling off a blockbuster deal that sent All-Star third basemen Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie and three other prospects, the Oakland Athletics have hopped right back into trade rumors, talking with the Atlanta Braves about outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis. The news was first reported by John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group. #Athletics...
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18 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...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Rumors: Oakland in contact with Atlanta about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis

The Oakland Athletics just stunned the baseball world late Friday evening when they sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays. That move came seemingly out of nowhere and it may not be the only move they make. #166505607 / gettyimages.com #Athletics talking with #Braves about Justin Upton, Evan Gattis sources say. Jeff Samardzija may be the bait.— John Hickey...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A’s talking with Braves about Upton, Gattis trade

Fresh off making yet another big-time deal by sending Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a whole host of youngsters, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane doesn’t seem to be anywhere near done. Bay Area News Group insider John Hickey reported late Friday night that Oakland was discussing a potential deal that would send Justin Upton and Evan Gattis from the Atlanta...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins interested in Evan Gattis, Chris Davis

Still looking to make changes offensively, the Miami Marlins are looking to upgrade via the trade market, rather than taking their chances at the free agent field. The Marlins have shown interest in acquiring Atlanta Braves‘ catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and Baltimore Orioles‘ first baseman Chris Davis, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Miami had previously...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: For Any American League Team, Evan Gattis Makes Sense

Ever since Evan Gattis has emerged onto the scene as a part time catcher for the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, we have viewed him as the National League equivalent of Mike Napoli, but with the Braves now entering a rebuilding mode, could Evan Gattis be on his way to the American League? It would be a move that would make too much sense not to happen if in fact he...
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25 days ago  |  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...
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27 days ago  |  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
27 days ago  |  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 Cubs pursue Evan Gattis?

The rumor around the water cooler is that the Braves are aggressively shopping Evan Gattis. The Cubs are in the market for an upgrade at catcher, kicking the tires on Russell Martin (who wants a 5/75 deal. move along, little doggie.). Martin is known for great pitch framing and plate discipline. Evan Gattis isn’t known for either, though he has some pop in his bat that Martin lacks...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves trying to unload Evan Gattis

getty images Many have believed that the Atlanta Braves would attempt to trade Evan Gattis this offseason. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post that is the case. Gattis, 28, hit 22 home runs and produced a .810 OPS in 108 games this past season but the Braves do not have a position for the slugger who is better suited for the role of a DH on an American League club. ...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves aggressively shopping Evan Gattis to AL teams

Another Atlanta Braves catcher could be headed to the American League this offseason. That catcher being Evan Gattis, according to Joel Sherman. Word is #Braves pushing Gattis hard. AL teams interested since he could DH and play the field more sparingly — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 10, 2014 Gattis blasted 22 homers and drove in 52 runs for the Braves last season, but...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Evan Gattis done in Atlanta?

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis was behind the plate for the Braves' season finale against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. However, with some recent suspicion about his future, could that have been his last game with the club? #493812085 / gettyimages.com This is according to a report by David O'Brien for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on ajc.com:Evan Gattis will...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis's Protection-Enhanced Catcher's Helmet

Evan Gattis has never suffered a concussion—as far as he knows. But at least a couple of times per week during the season, a foul ball strikes the Atlanta Braves
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Evan Gattis diagnosed with kidney stone

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who has not played since September 7, was diagnosed with a kidney stone exacerbated by the strep throat he has been fighting, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta has lost 5 of 6, pretty much dropping them out of contention for a Wild Card. Rookie Christian Bethancourt caught all those games, providing solid...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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