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Former MLB outfielder Gomes signs with Rakuten Eagles

TOKYO (AP) Free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. Pending the outcome of a physical, Gomes is expected to join the team this month at their spring training camp in Okinawa, a team official said. The team did not release financial terms of the deal. The 35-year-old Gomes has played with seven teams in...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes to Play 2016 Season in Japan

Jonny Gomes, two-time World Series champion and 11-year MLB veteran, has agreed to a contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. Gomes made his MLB debut in September 2003 as a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2005 after slashing .282/.372/.534 and tallying a 2.5 bWAR. His 21 home runs that...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves reportedly making push for Cuban phenom 'Lazarito'

The Atlanta Braves have rebuilt their farm system through a series of blockbuster trades, but their next big addition could come from the international free agent market.According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Braves have targeted Cuban phenom Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, known as "Lazarito":"According to industry sources, the Braves are scheduled to hold a private workout...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Classic Threads: Atlanta Braves

Moving onto the NL East, the Atlanta Braves are up Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images For most baseball fans, the Atlanta Braves are thought of — at least historically — as an NL East powerhouse whose nationwide TBS broadcasts made them America’s team. But they should also be known for their great uniforms. Let’s take a look at classic and modern Atlanta Braves looks.
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Atlanta Braves Team Preview

As a rebuilding team, the Atlanta Braves do not offer much fantasy appeal. Even considering that their best player, Freddie Freeman, plays first base which is the most crowded position in the fake game, you do not have a true fantasy stud at any position or on the mound. Even so, let’s delve into the team and see if there are any diamonds in the rough. Lineup:Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves GM says rebuild is ahead of schedule

The Atlanta Braves lost 95 games last season, haven't played a game in 2016, but there's still some confidence at the top of the organization.Recently appointed general manager John Coppolella is happy with the rebuild thus far -- and even said they're ahead of schedule.“I feel so much better about where we are now than I did a year ago,” said Coppolella, speaking Monday at Turner...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Foltynewicz continues recovery from blood clots

ATLANTA (AP) Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz is hoping he'll be cleared this week to throw off a mound as he continues his recovery from life-threatening blood clots in his right shoulder. The 24-year-old Foltynewicz said Monday he has lost about 20 pounds during his recovery from surgery to remove part of a rib under the shoulder. His 2015 season ended in September when the...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Should the Braves trade Freddie Freeman?

We’ve been hearing about it for months now: Freddie Freeman is seemingly available to the highest bidder. But just how available is he? Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella vehemently denies shopping Freeman, even going as far as to say he’d “give [his] his right arm” before trading Freddie. Yet in the past, Coppy and previous Braves executives have said the same things about...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Ten things to know about 2016

Spring Training is less than a month away! Can you feel it? The winter storm Jonas isn’t helping, but once it finishes up, spring (and baseball) fever will be in the air once more! This means the return to action for the Atlanta Braves who have spent the winter doing everything but hibernating. As one of the most active teams in the offseason, the club has certainly done enough...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gordon Beckham wants to be the Braves' everyday third baseman

With utilitymen like Ben Zobrist and Daniel Murphy getting multi-year deals this offseason, players could look to use their versatility to find more starting jobs.Gordon Beckham, however, has set a goal to play one position with his new team, the Atlanta Braves.“To be playing third base every day,” Beckham told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “I think that’s what they told...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB unveils new hire and program to increase minority and female hiring

In an effort to further promote diversity, Major League Baseball has hired former Pittsburgh Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks to head up a new program designed to increase the number of female and minority candidates available for jobs in baseball ops and on the field. Prior to working for the Pirates, Brooks held positions with the Indians and Braves The league...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: 2016 Offseason Report Card

The 2015 season ended somewhat predictably for the Atlanta Braves, who finished with a record of 67-95, their worst season in 25 years. The Braves took the field on Opening Day with an almost entirely different roster than the one they had finished with in 2014, partially due to a series of trades that sent Jason […]
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Freddie Freeman: Braves will be good soon and for a while

When the Atlanta Braves first decided to go through their rebuild, many fans were skeptical.Then, the trades begun, the Braves hauled in top prospects and people started to believe in the process. One of those believes is Freddie Freeman.In speaking with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Freeman discussed the moves and the direction of the organization:"I’m OK with the moves....
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves reliever Rob Wooten has literally fulfillied his childhood dream

We all grew up wanting to be something great: an astronaut, a scientist, firefighter -- but few of us actually live out those dreams.Baseball players are probably already living out those dreams, but it looks like Rob Wooten has taken it a step further.He wanted to play for the Atlanta Braves and even has the proof:The Braves signed Wooten to a minor league deal earlier this month...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves president: 'It took courage' to rebuild team

If all goes according to plan, the worst of the Atlanta Braves rebuild is behind them.Sure, they could still deal some expensive players and get some prospects, but its likely the heavy lifting is done. They'll head into 2017 with a new ballpark and an idea that they can compete.At MLB's quarterly owner meetings, Braves president John Schuerholz spoke about the rebuild and where...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers sign Justin Upton to six-year deal, $132.75M

The Detroit Tigers and free agent outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a six-year deal worth $132.75 million according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Source: Upton opt-out is after second year. Six years, $132.75M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2016   This is a huge signing for Detroit as Upton was considered one of the best power bats on the free agent...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: bringing back Kelly Johnson for a third time

The Atlanta Braves signed a $2 million, one-year deal with infielder Kelly Johnson on January 6, 2016. This will be Johnson’s third stint with the Braves. Johnson was drafted by the Braves in 2005 and played four seasons with them before he got traded. He has bounced from team to team over the years, but has kept a consistent on base percentage of .331 over his career. Johnson...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves reliever Vizcaino gets 1-year deal for $897,500

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves settled their last potential salary arbitration case, reaching a one-year deal with reliever Arodys Vizcaino for $897,500 on Friday. The 25-year-old righty made $575,000 last season. He went 3-1 with nine saves and a 1.60 ERA in 36 games. Atlanta got Vizcaino from the Chicago Cubs after the 2014 season in a trade for infielder Tommy La Stella.
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves GM holds Twitter chat, still says team is keeping Freeman

The offseason is slow for teams (and the media!), so to help pass the time and fill timelines, they often hold Twitter chats with executives to sort of peel back the curtains.The Atlanta Braves held such a chat Thursday with new general manager John Coppolella:Of course, the first question out of the gate was "can you give us a reason to come to games in 2016?" To which Coppolella...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves RHP Withrow avoids arbitration with $610,000 deal

ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher Chris Withrow avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $610,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. The deal reached Thursday leaves reliever Arodys Vizcaino as the only unsigned Atlanta player to file for arbitration. Barring a last-minute deal, he will exchange salary figures with the team on Friday. Withrow didn't get to that point, settling on a raise...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves have interest in Yoenis Cespedes

    We still don’t have a clear idea of what the market for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes looks like. But add the Atlanta Braves to the list of teams that are interested in finding out. According to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday, the Braves have registered “some interest” in the 30-year-old Cuban slugger. braves are an interesting team that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones-Freddie Freeman ATV rescue bobblehead looks like highlight of 2016 Braves season

When a baseball team needs to come up with ways to sell tickets to fans, there is one surefire way to get butts in the seats on a muggy summer evening: Bobbleheads. The Atlanta Braves, a franchise that has entered a rebuilding era and is preparing to pack up and move to the next town over, will be offering some fun new bobbleheads to fans this season. Chipper Jones fans won’t...
Via Bloguin Best
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones-Freddie Freeman ATV rescue bobblehead looks like highlight of 2016 Braves season

When a baseball team needs to come up with ways to sell tickets to fans, there is one surefire way to get butts in the seats on a muggy summer evening: Bobbleheads. The Atlanta Braves, a franchise that has entered a rebuilding era and is preparing to pack up and move to the next town over, will be offering some fun new bobbleheads to fans this season. Chipper Jones fans won’t...
Via The Comeback
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones-Freddie Freeman ATV rescue bobblehead looks like 2016 Braves season highlight

When a baseball team needs to come up with ways to sell tickets to fans, there is one surefire way to get butts in the seats on a muggy summer evening: Bobbleheads. The Atlanta Braves, a franchise that has entered a rebuilding era and is preparing to pack up and move to the next town over, will be offering some fun new bobbleheads to fans this season. Chipper Jones fans won’t...
Via Bloguin Best
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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