Atlanta Braves News
8-31-15: Julio Teheran threw 4.1 innings and allowed eight runs on Sunday, as the Braves were swept at the hands of the New York Yankees. On the bright side, Adonis Garcia went 3-for-5 with his seventh home run of the season. In addition, Freddie Freeman drove in his 50th run of the season in the 20-6 loss.
8-28-15: The Atlanta Braves began this week by placing outfielder Jonny Gomes on revocable waivers as the team looks to build towards the 2017 season. Gomes quickly cleared waivers allowing the Braves to trade him to any team for the remainder of the season without his consent. Gomes is finishing out a $4 million contract that he signed for the 2015 season and comes attached to an option year for the 2016 season worth $3 million. Gomes has struggled for much of this season and has seen his power numbers take a drastic drop which may lead him to being in Atlanta for the remainder of the season. One player that will not finish the 2015 season with Atlanta is relief pitcher Jason Frasor who has been given his outright release from the team. Frasor came over as a free agent after losing out to a numbers game in the Kansas City Royals bullpen and has had an up and down time as a member of the Braves bullpen. Frasor has allowed just four earned runs this season in Atlanta and struck out 22 batters along the way but had 18 walks to go along with it in 28 innings before landing on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. It’s unclear whether Frasor will be ready before the end of the 2015 season and is unclear whether he will attempt to latch on with another Major League club or simply turn his attention to the 2016 season and his recovery.
8-24-15: Ryan Lavarnway homered and Nick Swisher had three hits and drove in two runs on Sunday, but that is all the offense the struggling Braves could muster. Starting pitcher Matt Wisler allowed four homers in 2.2 innings at Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Braves, 9-3, to push Atlanta’s losing streak to seven games.
8-21-15: The Atlanta Braves internally discussed for much of this season whether the team would retain left-handed pitcher Mike Minor or not and the team has seemingly come to a decision. The Braves seem extremely like to hold onto Minor despite him missing the entire 2015 season with a shoulder injury. Minor has two more years left of team control through the arbitration process and has made $5.6 million this season for not throwing a single pitch. According to the latest collective bargaining agreement the Braves cannot pay Minor less than 20% of what he made in 2015 so the Braves would obviously love to hold onto their talent southpaw, just at their price. Speaking of retaining pitchers on the Braves payroll the team places right-handed relief pitcher David Aardsma on revocable waivers this week. Aardsma cleared waivers and the Braves can trade him to any team for the remainder of the 2015 season without his consent. The 33-year old Aardsma signed a minor league deal with Atlanta this season and has posted a 3.95 ERA with a 10.2 K/9 ratio in 27.1 innings at the time of him clearing waivers. Aardsma has always struggled with his command and has always given up too many home runs balls and has done that as well this season.
8-19-15: The Braves’ 9-0 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park dropped Atlanta to 13 games below .500 on the season. The Braves, who have lost six of their last eight games, look to salvage the final contest of their three-game series against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon. Atlanta then goes to Wrigley Field for a four-game series before returning home for a nine-game homestand.
8-14-15: The Atlanta Braves are building towards the 2017 season when their new stadium opens up in Cobb County which would explain the plethora of trades, roster moves and acquisitions the team has made in the last month or so. One player that the team did not decide to trade is veteran catcher AJ Pierzynski and there is a good reason for that, Atlanta looks like they want to keep him beyond just the 2015 season. Pierzynski would be a good veteran catcher to work with the slew of young pitching talent that the Braves have in the rotation currently and coming through the farm system in the next year or so. If Pierzynski is brought back for the 2016 season he will join two of his new teammates next season in Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Both outfielders were acquired from the Cleveland Indians last week in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson.
8-7-15: The Atlanta Braves began this week showing off their newest players on the roster Paco Rodriguez, Hector Olivera and Zachary Bird who all came over in the 13 player swap with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins. The Braves gave up an absolute ton in the deal including a promising left-handed starting pitcher in Alex Wood and their top prospect Jose Peraza but the team’s GM John Hart explained that he truly wanted to see Olivera’s bat on the team for a relatively minor commitment. With the cash that the Dodgers are kicking into the deal the Braves are only on the hook for basically five years and $30 million after the 2015 season. Atlanta is seemingly willing and ready to trade anything that is not tied down right now as the team builds for the opening of their new stadium in 2017 and that mindset may lead to the August trades of outfielder Jonny Gomes and catcher AJ Pierzynski. Atlanta’s hope is to have the pair of veteran players mentor the younger players coming up through the farm system and through trades as long as they can in the month of August before placing the pair on revocable waivers and trading them for even more minor league depth.
8-7-15: On Tuesday, the Braves placed both Freddie Freeman and Jason Frasor on the 15-day disabled list. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s lineup has also been without Andrelton Simmons, who has a bone bruise in his right thumb. After dropping two of three games to the San Francisco Giants, the Braves bounced back to win, 9-8, on Thursday against the visiting Miami Marlins with leftfielder Eury Perez’s go-ahead single in the eighth inning.
8-3-15: Last Thursday, the Braves acquired second baseman Hector Olivera and pitchers Paco Rodriguez and Zach Bird as a part of a large trade that sent Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jose Peraza and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andrelton Simmons, who left Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies after jamming his right thumb, underwent an MRI on Monday in Atlanta. The Braves lost on Saturday for their season-worst sixth straight loss, but bounced back with a 6-2 win on Sunday.
7-31-15: The Atlanta Braves came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. Atlanta wasted no time in selling as the team started the week by sending third baseman Juan Uribe and utility player Kelly Johnson to their division rivals the New York Mets. Atlanta will receive a pair of right-handed minor league pitchers in John Gant and Rob Whalen as the Braves continue their rebuilding project for the 2017 season. Uribe and Johnson will look to help the Mets middle infield and offensive issues the team has faced since losing David Wright to a back injury and since Wilmer Flores, New York’s Opening Day starting shortstop, has struggled for much of the season. In the final move of the week for the Braves the team sent the contract of Bronson Arroyo, LHP Alex Wood, top prospect Jose Peraza and RHP’s Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three team trade. With 13 players being swapped in the trade with the Dodgers, Braves and Marlins the Braves acquired infielder Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez and minor leaguer Zachary Bird from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
7-27-15: Last week, the Braves traded Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe to the New York Mets in exchange for right-handed pitchers John Gant and Robert Whalen, both of which are minor leaguers. On Sunday, Freddie Freeman started for the first time since June 17 and reached base twice, as the Braves salvaged the final contest of their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
7-24-15: The Atlanta Braves started this week off by extending every member of their Major League coaching staff through the 2016 season including the contract of manager Fredi Gonzalez. All eyes seem to be pointing towards the 2017 season in Atlanta when the club opens its new stadium in Cobb County, Georgia which is evident by these extensions and the rebuilding process that is going down right now with the Braves. One thing is obvious for Atlanta though going forward is that the no player named David Carpenter is safe on that Braves roster. For the second time this season Atlanta sent a David Carpenter packing from the team as the club sent Carpenter, the right-handed reliever, and Chasen Shreve to the New York Yankees for LHP Manny Banuelos. This week the team designated another David Carpenter, a soft-tossing right-handed relief pitcher that signed a minor league deal this season, for assignment after just four games. The Braves are now preparing for the July 31st trading deadline where the team is expected to be sellers while they continue their rebuilding project before the new stadium opens in 2017.
7-22-15: Last week, the Braves agreed with manager Fredi Gonzalez and each member of his coaching staff on contract extensions through 2016 with club options in 2017. Although the Braves dropped two of three games to the visiting Chicago Cubs, Atlanta has bounced back to win the first two games of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and is now just four games below .500 on the season.
7-17-15: The Atlanta Braves received a bit of terrible news before the All-Star break this week when the club learned that closer and RHP Jason Grilli ruptured his Achilles tendon. In 33.2 innings Grilli had a 2.67 ERA and 24 saves with a 12.03 K/9 before his season ended this week. The Braves had discussed trades that would have sent Grilli to either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Toronto Blue Jays which made for some terrible timing with the injury. The good news for Atlanta is that right around the time Grilli went down with the season ending injury a potential replacement in Jason Frasor was being designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals. Atlanta quickly snatched him and his sub-2.00 ERA up and will essentially hand him the Grilli’s spot on the active roster. Speaking of injuries the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians discussed a trade that would have sent Nick Swisher to Atlanta and Chris Johnson to Cleveland. The talks stalled when the teams looked at just how much more money Swisher was owed, $6.25 million for the remainder of 2015, $15 million in 2016 and a vesting team option worth $14 million for 2017, than what Johnson was owed, $2.5 million for the remainder of 2015 with $17.5 million guaranteed for the 2016 and 2017 seasons combined, but the deal is now all but dead after Swisher was added to the 15 day DL.
7-13-15: The Braves dropped each of their last five games before the All-Star break, falling to 42-47 on the season. With the losing streak, their road trip ended with a 2-5 record. The final four games were in Colorado, and on Sunday, the Rockies blew out the Braves, 11-3. On the day before, closer Jason Grilli ruptured his Achilles and is out for the season.
7-8-15: With Tuesday’s victory, the Braves won their sixth game in their last seven tries, as they got their record back to .500 on the season. The lone loss came in extra innings on Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, but Atlanta bounced back to win in Milwaukee on Monday and Tuesday.
6-30-15: On Sunday, Alex Wood threw 7.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, as the Freddie Freeman-less Braves stopped their five-game losing streak. Jace Peterson hit his third home run of the season in the victory. The day before, the 25-year-old second baseman broke out of a 0-for-17 slump with a leadoff single.
6-17-15: The Braves need a lengthy winning streak sooner rather than later if they want to move
comfortably above .500. June 1 was the last time they had more wins than losses on the
season, and Tuesday’s loss pushed Atlanta to 31-34 on the season. Although the Braves
had 10 hits on Tuesday, they fell to the Red Sox, 9-4.
6-5-15: The Atlanta Braves are looking ahead to both the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 international signing periods before their new stadium opens in metro Atlanta. The Braves are reportedly gearing up for a bit of a spending spree in one of the two open signing periods to stockpile their farm system while taking advantage of the many teams that face restrictions in both years for going over their spending caps. All teams that go over their international spending budgets are not allowed to sign a player for more than $300K for each of the next two signing periods that run from July 2nd to July 2nd every calendar year. Speaking of the Braves and their prospects their top prospects Jose Peraza, a shortstop by trade that was forced to the second base position with the emergence of Andrelton Simmons, has been working out recently in center field for their Triple-A affiliate. Whether the team is simply looking to build some defensive flexibility for the club and the future or whether the team is that impressed with
6-1-15; Last week, the Braves acquired Juan Uribe and righty Chris Withrow from the Los
Angeles Dodgers for Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Ian Thomas, Eric Stults and Juan
Jaime. On Monday, the Braves moved their winning streak to three games. Freddie Freeman hit his eighth home run of the season in the 8-1 win in Arizona.
5-30-15: The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers discussed a potential deal this week that would have sent third baseman Juan Uribe to the Braves while second baseman Alberto Callaspo would have went back to Los Angeles in the deal. Other lesser names were said to be in the deal including a pitcher heading back to the Dodgers in the deal as well, although no names were officially released, but Callaspo ultimately nixed the deal before it could be finalized. Callaspo rejected the deal because he enjoyed playing for Atlanta and did not want to play on the West Coast. Between Monday night and Wednesday night something changed apparently for Callaspo as the deal was brought back up and eventually got done sending Callaspo, Juan Jaime, Ian Thomas and Eric Stults to Los Angeles in exchange for Uribe and RHP Chris Withrow. To make the deal work for both teams the Braves agreed to pay Callaspo a $100K stipend for waiving his no trade clause while Stults was immediately designated for assignment by the Dodgers. The Braves received their third baseman to replace the injured Chris Johnson while adding a couple of arms to their farm system in the deal with the Dodgers.
5-25-15: The Braves dropped back to .500 at 22-22 on the season, as they fell to the Los Angeles
Dodgers, 6-3, on Monday. Midway through the game, Atlanta took the lead with runs in
back-to-back innings, but Braves reliever Nick Masset allowed four runs, including three home runs, in just one inning pitched in the loss.
5-18-15: Shelby Miller had the longest no-hit bid of his career on Sunday, but he fell just short of the no-hitter. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Miller allowed a Justin
Bour single on the first pitch of his at-bat. On the bright side, he got the two-hit shutout, as the Braves won, 6-0, and swept the Miami Marlins.
5-12-15: The Braves waited through a lengthy rain delay in Cincinnati and then slogged through a
low-scoring affair that ended in their 2-1 victory. The teams entered the ninth inning tied
at one, and Atlanta started the inning with two singles against Aroldis Chapman. After
pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin stole third base, he scored the eventual game-winning run on Chapman’s wild pitch.
5-5-15: Kelly Johnson was a large part of the Braves’ last two victories, as he hit his fourth home run on Friday and his fifth home run on Sunday. He only had three hits in Atlanta’s four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds, but he made them count, as the Braves salvaged a split in the series. However, on Monday, the Braves fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2.
4-29-15: The Braves and the visiting Washington Nationals played a hectic game on Tuesday evening. Atlanta jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the second inning. Although the Braves had seven hits in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the contest, their pitching did not fare as well. Jason Grilli had his first blown save of the season, and the Braves, lost, 13-12.
4-20-15: The Braves bounced back from their series loss to the Miami Marlins to take two of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend behind strong games from Jonny Gomes. On Monday, Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for a banned substance.
4-7-15: The day before the Braves began their season, they traded away their star closer. Atlanta traded Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. to the San Diego Padres for Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin, who the Braves designated for assignment, along with a couple prospects and a draft pick. New closer, Jason Grilli, got the two-strikeout save in the Braves’ 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Opening Day.
4-2-15: In Friday’s rain-shortened 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Julio Teheran threw 5.2
solid innings, and former Boston utilityman Pedro Ciriaco drove in three runs. On the
same day, the Braves announced that Julio Teheran is their Opening Day starter when they face the Marlins in Miami on April 6.
3-25-15: Atlanta’s offense was very strong in its 14-10 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday, as Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 with a double. He looks to be an everyday
outfielder with Melvin Upton Jr. dealing with foot inflammation. Nick Markakis made
his 2015 spring training debut in that contest and went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
3-14-15: Melvin Upton, who was known as B.J. Upton before this season, was diagnosed with sesamoiditis, or bone inflammation, in his left foot and will most likely miss all of spring training. Meanwhile, manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Wandy Rodriguez is starting Wednesday with Chien-Ming Wang relieving him. Both pitchers are fighting for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
3-3-15: Left-hander Mike Minor was awarded $5.6 million through arbitration last week. Although he struggled in 2014, the starting pitcher will make almost $2 million more this season. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Sunday that it looks like Julio Teheran will be the Opening Day starter. Then, Nick Markakis, who had neck surgery two months ago, was cleared to run and work out on Wednesday.
2-17-15: The Braves signed several minor league deals last week. Right-handed pitchers Matt Capps, Jose Veras and Todd Coffee all received contracts with invitations to spring training. On Friday, Eric Young Jr. also agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last week as well.
2-11-15: Last week, we learned that Mike Minor’s arbitration hearing with the Braves is scheduled
for February 19, which is just one day before Atlanta’s pitchers and catchers are
scheduled to report to Lake Buena Vista, Florida for spring training. Then on Thursday, the Braves acquired right-handed pitcher Bryton Trepagnier from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for utility man Edward Salcedo.
10-1-14: To put it politely the Braves were putrid in the second half of the season. After entering the All-Star break tied for first place in with the Nationals, the Braves ended the season 17 games back of Washington. The biggest issue for the Braves their offense. Atlanta ranked No. 29 out of 30 clubs in runs scored. General manager Frank Wren was fired and replaced by John Hart. Don’t be shocked if manager Fredi Gonzalez follows Wren out the door.
9-30-14: The Atlanta Braves ended the 2014 season at the outside looking in at the playoffs and it costs GM Frank Wren his job. Wren was fired in this final week of the season but for now manager Fredi Gonzalez and his job seem safe in Atlanta. The Braves started the month of September on a 4-14 run which was the nail in the coffin for Wren and the Braves hopes for a postseason berth this year. The Braves have named John Hart, the team’s senior advisor, as the interim GM to replace Wren for the rest of the season. Hart was ultimately offered the GM job on a permanent basis but will take his time in making his decision and will likely not announce his decision until after the season. Hart, former manager Bobby Cox, and team president John Schuerholz will form a three man team that will decide on the new GM after the season. Assistant GM and director of player development Bruce Manno was also fired as well as Jeff Wren, brother of Frank, as Atlanta continued to shake up their front office this week. Hart has told the media that the fans should not expect a complete overhaul of the roster but did admit that changes needed to be made. The Braves biggest problem keeping the team from doing much is the financial commitments associated with Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton, BJ Upton, Craig Kimbrel, and Jason Heyward. Atlanta finished the 2014 season with a 79-83 record and missed out on the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: The Braves were tied with the Nationals for first place in the NL East at the All-Star break, but they've gone a disastrous 4-15 in September, dropping them out of the NL wild-card race completely. Their offense has been non-existent and their pitching hasn’t lived up to expectations. They fired GM Frank Wren last week and things haven’t looked this bleak in Atlanta in some time now.
9-23-14: The Atlanta Braves broke ground on their new stadium that is being built and that is expected to be open by Opening Day 2017 this week. The new stadium that will be located in Cobb County, Georgia will be named SunTrust Park. While Atlanta and their fans have plenty to be excited about with this new stadium and move due to added revenue the fans have very little left to be excited about with the on the field product this season. With the new stadium and the restructure of the television deal from this winter Atlanta should have a considerable amount of extra revenue sitting around this winter and next as the team looks to get back to the top of the NL East division after a disappointing 2014 season. The Braves may look to senior advisor John Hart as the team looks to right the ship. Hart may be relied on more and promoted to a chief baseball officer or president of baseball relations in Atlanta this winter.
9-18-14: The Braves have the worst record in the NL this month at 3-10, and they hit rock bottom over the weekend when they were swept by the lowly Rangers. They have lost five straight games which leave the Braves 5.5 games back in the NL wild-card race. Atlanta finishes up the week with a three game set against the Mets and a four game series against the Pirates. It’s do or die time for the Braves.
9-16-14: The Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez may be in jeopardy of losing their jobs after a less than stellar season in 2014. The team is still in the playoff hunt as we head into the second half of September but Atlanta has definitely underperformed this season. Wren could especially be in trouble after handing questionable contracts to Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton in recent seasons while trading away Martin Prado and others. What may save these jobs is the injuries the Braves have sustained this season to their pitching staff specifically. Wren may help or hurt his case even more this winter as speculation continues to go around the league that the Braves will trade catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis to an American League team this winter so he can DH. Either way the fact that much of this week’s discussion has been about the future of the team and not the current situation speaks a lot about how well the on the field product has been playing. If the season ended today the 75-74 Braves would not make the playoffs in the National League after leading the NL East for much of the 2014 season.
9-12-14: Atlanta dropped series to the Phillies and Marlins last week and things don't get any easier this week, as they have dropped two straight to the Nationals in Washington. Currently, the Braves are 1.5 games back of Pittsburgh for the No. 2 NL wild-card spot. Their wildly inconsistent offense went cold again last week, and they will need to snap out of it quickly if they hope to make the playoffs.
9-9-14: The Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kris Medlen announced this week that he would attempt a third Tommy John surgery and attempt to pitch in the major leagues before calling it a career. The list of pitchers that have survived three ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgeries is short so the deck seems to be stacked against Medlen but the right hander will give it a try anyway. The Braves also completed their trade with the Houston Astros this week as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Andrew Robinson to Atlanta was finally announced. The Braves will send utility infielder Jared Cruz to Houston and the 19 year old will likely head to Low A-Ball next season.
9-4-14: The Braves took care of business this past week with series wins against the New York Mets and
Miami Marlins, salvaging the month of August to finish 14-14 and trimming the Washington
Nationals' lead in the NL East to seven games in the process. They have dropped two straight to
the Phillies this week though. The Braves will be playing for a wildcard spot down the stretch as
and they currently trail Milwaukee by 1.5 games for that second spot.
9-2-14: The Atlanta Braves have shut down relief pitcher Johnny Venters after he tore his ulnar collateral ligament while trying to rehab from Tommy John surgery. This will be the third time that Venters will require Tommy John surgery if he decides to continue to prolong his career. The Braves will be without Venters for at least another season and may be without a couple of other Atlanta players in 2015 after this offseason. The Braves attempted to trade BJ Upton to the Chicago Cubs for struggling starter and huge contract Edwin Jackson and may look again to trade their center fielder this winter. Atlanta may also trade catcher and outfielder Evan Gattis this winter to an American League team who can DH the 250 pound catcher in the future. The Braves may have to include starting pitcher Mike Minor or a ton of cash, not both according to reports, to make an Upton trade work while Gattis could fetch an integral part for the team while clearing the way for top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt.
8-27-14: At 7.5 games back in the NL East, and with the Nationals playing some of their best baseball of the year, it looks like the Braves are playing for a wild-card berth at this point. They split a four-game series with the Reds over the weekend and have dropped a game to the Mets this week. They are currently 1.5 games behind the Giants for the second wild-card spot in the NL. They finish this week with the Marlins at home as they look to build some momentum heading into the final month of the regular season.
8-26-14: The Atlanta Braves may end up trading catcher and outfielder Evan Gattis this winter to an American League team after being impressed with catcher Christian Bethancourt this season. While it is entirely reasonable that Atlanta could keep both catchers the Braves may need to clear the roster spot and fetch MLB ready prospects as soon as this winter. The Braves are also rumored to be mulling over the option of whether to trade outfielder Jayson Heyward this offseason and the Boston Red Sox, even with the recent acquisition of Rusney Castillo, may be the early favorites if the Braves decide to trade their left handed outfielder. Heyward would be a great fit in Fenway Park and Boston has the prospects necessary to make the trade and give equal value for Heyward.
8-20-14: The Braves were in midst of a 3-12 losing streak heading into their series last weekend with the Oakland Athletics. They somehow managed to come away with a series sweep and that could very end up being the biggest boost they needed. They’re just a 0.5 game back of San Francisco for the second wild card spot in the NL and remain six games back of Washington in the NL East.
8-19-14: The Atlanta Braves Kris Medlen is two weeks away from starting to throw for the first time since his second Tommy John surgery. The Braves are hoping to get Medlen back on the mound as soon as possible so they can get him back early in 2015. Atlanta could always non-tender Medlen and keep from paying his $5.8 million in salary for next season. The Braves have also signed infielder Donny Murphy to a minor league deal this week after Murphy spent most of his time with the Texas Rangers this season. The second baseman is merely Triple-A depth for Atlanta after Murphy hit just .196/.268/.330 this season in limited time with Texas. Atlanta is in an absolute free fall in the NL East division falling six games back this week of the first place Washington Nationals with a 64-60 record.
8-13-14: The Braves continue to beat up on the Washington Nationals, taking two of three from them over the weekend to improve to 9-4 on the year head-to-head. They have dropped two straight games to the Dodgers leaving them five games back of Washington in the NL East and 2.5 games back of the second wildcard spot in the NL. Without a high-powered offense, the Braves can't afford struggles from their pitching staff, and their staff will be the key if they want to make the postseason.
8-12-14: The Atlanta Braves have seen their lead in the NL East division slip away over the past few weeks and now trail the Nationals by 3.5 games with a 60-57 record. The Braves are only 2-8 in their last ten games and at one point lost eight straight games while Washington had gone 5-5 making up three games in the standings. The Braves tried to upgrade the team more at the trading deadline to keep Washington from taking over first place in the division and had a deal in place in July that would have sent center fielder BJ Upton and a starting pitcher to an unnamed team for a contract similar to Upton’s. It is no secret that the Braves would like to get out from under Upton’s contract and it is interesting that the team was willing to trade one bad contract for another just to be rid of him.
8-6-14: The Braves bats have gone silent as they have now dropped seven straight games after their 4-2 lost to Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night. To add insult to injury, shortstop Andrelton Simmons had to leave the game with one out in the fourth innings when he sprained his left ankle covered the third-base bag. The Braves are three games back in the NL wildcard race and three games behind the Nationals in NL East play.
8-5-14: The Atlanta Braves are falling farther and farther behind in the NL East division and brought in two players from the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline. The Braves acquired second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and left handed relief pitcher James Russell for minor league catcher Victor Caratini. The Braves need help as they are losers of six straight losing three straight to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres this week and are a dismal 3-7 in their last ten games. The Braves are still 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East division. The Braves record currently sits at 58-54 which would currently leave them out of the postseason contention right now.
7-30-14: The Atlanta Braves came into
the 2014 season with Justin and BJ Upton along with Jayson Heyward in the outfield but find themselves checking in on the San Diego Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia as we head into the final week of July. Denorfia is likely to be traded this week and the Braves and the Seattle Mariners are said to be the two most active teams for his services. The Braves also were in attendance for Rusney Castillo’s showcase this weekend in Miami. Castillo has drawn early comparisons to the Yankees Brett Gardner and could slot into the Atlanta outfield right away. Castillo does not have the arm for right field and could move BJ Upton out of center field. The Braves are said to be very willing to move Upton and his massive contract since BJ has underperformed all season long.
7-28-14: The Braves did not look so good against the Miami Marlins, as they dropped three of four games against their divisional foe. However, Wednesday was a bright spot for Atlanta as the team looks to overtake the Washington Nationals in the National League East once again. Ervin Santana’s 10 strikeouts in 7.1 innings and Freddie Freeman’s home run brought them that victory against the visiting Marlins.
7-24-14: Mike Minor, who fell to 3-6 on the year, was rocked in his shortest start of the season, giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks in only three-plus innings as the Braves fell to the Marline 6-5 Tuesday. Minor allowed only a single run in the first inning after the Marlins loaded the bases with no outs. He then gave up three runs in the third and was pulled after giving up three straight hits to open the fourth inning. The Braves are two games back of NL East leading Washington.
7-21-14: The Atlanta Braves have finally ended the Dan Uggla era in Atlanta after releasing the struggling second baseman. Atlanta was so desperate to rid themselves of Uggla’s services that they will pay him the remainder of his bulky salary for this season and will pay him $13 million for 2015 as well. Atlanta also is on the hook for a signing bonus that was deferred into $250K intervals between the 2016 and 2019 seasons. The Braves are also desperate to unload BJ Upton’s bulky salary as well as he is owed somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million through 2017. Upton has only put up a triple slash of .215/.277/.343 in 388 plate appearances this season in Atlanta’s outfield.
7-19-14: Although the Braves’ run differential is not the best in the National League East, they own the best record in their division after beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4, on Friday. Jayson Heyward hit a solo home run and drove in another run en route to a 2-for-4 night. Craig Kimbrel, who struck out the side in his only inning in the All-Star Game, saved his league-leading 30th game of the season with a perfect inning against the Phillies. Atlanta also released Dan Uggla on Friday.
7-17-14: The Braves had a six-game lead in the NL East at the All-Star break last year. This time around, they are tied with the Nationals at the end of the first half. The Braves rank sixth in the MLB in team ERA. Considering all the injuries they had to deal with before the season even started, it’s a miracle. Offensively, Atlanta remains inconsistent. They could certainly explore starting pitching options at the deadline.
7-15-14: The Atlanta Braves have been linked to the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy all week but finally came out and expressed no interest in the veteran right hander. The Braves may look from within their farm system to upgrade the starting pitcher. The Braves also seem willing to go within their farm system to finally replace Dan Uggla. Uggla was suspended for one game for an unreported incident, although tardiness is rumored to be the reason, and may be designated for assignment before the All Star break is over. The Braves have called up Phil Gosselin from Triple-A to likely take over Uggla’s bench spot, although no roster move has been announced as of yet. Uggla’s fall from grace in Atlanta began when Atlanta called up top infield prospects Tommy La Stella to take over at second base on a full time basis. The Uggla era may finally be over in Atlanta and the Barves may have to eat the remainder of his 2014 salary and his $13 million for the 2015 season to rid themselves of his services.
7-14-14: The Braves had a difficult week once they went back on the road. With the Arizona Diamondbacks snapping Atlanta’s nine-game winning streak on Sunday, the Braves have lost five of their last six games. They were almost swept by the New York Mets, but were saved by Aaron Harang on Thursday. The Braves then lost on Friday as they watched the Chicago Cubs walk off in the bottom of the ninth inning.
7-10-14: The Braves didn’t have an answer for Mets rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom Tuesday night. The shaggy-haired right-hander struck out 11 Braves’ batters and Atlanta All-Star pitcher Julio Teheran couldn’t get anything going as the Braves fell to New York 8-3. The Braves have now lost three straight games. Andrelton Simmons went hitless for Atlanta. He had six straight multi-hit games coming in. The Braves are tied with the Nationals for first-place atop the NL East.
7-7-14: Although the Braves recently placed Evan Gattis on the disabled list, they have been dominating their competition recently. Atlanta has vaulted to the top of the National League East after winning each of its last eight games. On Wednesday, Julio Teheran won his eighth game of the season after allowing just one run over seven innings against the New York Mets. Ervin Santana’s 7.1-inning performance of two-run ball led the Braves to the 5-2 win on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
7-3-14: Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in Atlanta's three-run fourth inning helped the surging Braves beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday night. The Braves overcame a shaky start from Mike Minor to protect their slim ½ game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta has now won six straight, its longest such streak of the season. Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disk in his back.
7-2-14: The Atlanta Braves lost yet another starting pitcher to a season ending elbow injury, this time it was Gavin Floyd. While the Braves have been hit hard by Tommy John surgery this season Floyd, who is pitching in his first season after his own Tommy John surgery, broke his olecranon bone in his right elbow. The broken bone required surgery by the same surgeon that performed his Tommy John surgery, Dr. David Altchek. The Braves and the Nationals have been trading the top spot in the NL East like nobody wants to be in first and Atlanta finds themselves 44-38 with a 0 run differential at the halfway point in the season.
6-30-14: In his first start since early May, Alex Wood threw seven scoreless innings on Wednesday as the Braves defeated the Houston Astros, 4-0. Although Atlanta dropped Thursday’s contest in Houston, the Braves bounced back as they continued their 11-game road trip on Friday in Philadelphia. Evan Gattis left the game with back spasms, but Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran led the way for the Braves in the 4-2 win.
6-26-14: The Upton brothers coupled with Greg Kimbrel’s scoreless ninth inning was the difference as the Braves edged out the Astros 3-2 Tuesday night. B.J. Upton’s solo homer off Houston starter Scott Feldman in the third inning put Atlanta up 2-1. His younger brother Justin connected off Feldman the next inning to push the Braves lead to 3-1. This was the fourth time the brothers have connected on homers in the same game. Other brothers who have connected in the same game four times are Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. The Braves are only two games back of Washington for the NL East lead.
6-24-14: The Atlanta Braves are far from sellers at this year’s trading deadline but may be in the position of moving a little bit of pitching depth for a bat. The Braves have a hole in left field right now but may fill that hole by moving Evan Gattis to left and promoting top catcher Christian Bethancourt. This would allow Atlanta to move Justin Upton to right field, Jayson Heyward to center field, and BJ Upton would slide to the bench with fellow overpaid and struggling former All Star Dan Uggla. The Braves also agreed to a deal with their first round pick Braxton Davidson this week for a full slot deal to begin his professional career in Atlanta. The Braves have lost Gavin Floyd to a broken bone in his elbow and have called up Alex Wood to take his spot in the rotation. Even with the call up the Braves are still highly unlikely to enter the Jeff Samadzija and David Price sweepstakes due to being over budget and overall content with their pitching staff.
6-18-14: The Atlanta Braves have lost seven of their last 11 games and 13 of their last 21 played, including the first two games of their series against the Phillies. Ervin Santana continues to struggle as he gave up eight hits and four runs with three walks in six innings of work Tuesday night against Philadelphia. Santana is 1-4 with a 6.17 ERA in his past seven starts. LF Justin Upton left the game after six innings because of dizziness. Atlanta remains just a 1/2 game back of Washington for the NL East lead.
6-17-14: The Atlanta Braves have a new All Time Saves leader in franchise history and his name is Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel recently passed John Smoltz for the all-time record with his 155th save for Atlanta. Kimbrel is only 26 years old and has been dominant since he burst onto the scene in Atlanta as a rookie in 2010. The Braves have seen Tommy La Stella come in to replace the struggling Dan Uggla at second base and outhit the highly paid slugger in less than a week. The Braves need all the help they can get as their lead in the National League East division has shrank to just a game over the Washington Nationals and surprising Miami Marlins through Father’s Day.
6-10-14: The Atlanta Braves started their 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft by drafting outfielder Braxton Davidson out of TC Roberson High School. The Braves surrendered the 28th overall pick to the Kansas City Royals when they signed Ervin Santana late in Spring Training. The Braves drafted Garrett Fulenchek in the second round and already signed him to an above slot deal. The slot for 66th overall was $860K and Atlanta Braves signed Fulenchek for an even $1 million. Before the Braves signed Santana they initially made multiple attempts to bring Tim Hudson back before he signed a two year deal worth $23 million. The Braves initially only offered Hudson a one year deal worth $2 million that many saw as a slap in the face to the veteran right hander but Hudson hold no ill feelings towards his former team, as he stated in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
6-3-14: The Atlanta Braves added some minor league pitching depth this week when they signed Kameron Loe to a minor league deal. Loe was designated for assignment and released from the Kansas City Royals last week after pitching just 11 innings in Triple-A. The Dan Uggla Era may finally be over in Atlanta as the Braves called up second base prospect Tommy La Stella to the majors. While it looks like Uggla will stay on the roster, at least for now, it looks like there will be no at bats for Ramiro Pena, Tyler Pastornicky, La Stella, and a struggling Uggla. La Stella is 25 years old and hitting .293/.384/.359 in 198 Triple-A plate appearances and is ranked as the Braves 7th best prospect in the system according to MLB.com.
5-28-14: The Atlanta Braves head into Memorial Day weekend still at the top of the National League East with a comfortable three game lead in the division. The Braves are winning despite the struggles of Dan Uggla and have split the duties between Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky for now until or unless they can find some other upgrade at second base. The Braves lefty relief pitcher Johnny Venters had a setback in his rehab and will be out until at least June because of it. The Braves catcher Evan Gattis remains hot and hit two more home runs over the Memorial Day weekend to give the Braves and red hot Julio Teheran another victory at Turner Field.
5-21-14: The Atlanta Braves cannot use another injury to their pitching staff but it looks like they may have it when Johnny Venters bullpen session was cut short due to pain in his throwing elbow. Venters is a little over a year removed from his second Tommy John surgery so the Braves are thinking it’s just normal soreness and not something more serious, especially for his sake. The Braves have a full outfield with the Upton Brothers and Jayson Heyward but are said to be one of the five finalists for Cuban defecting outfielder Daniel Carbonell, although Carbonell is expected to begin his major league career in the minor leagues. The Braves are still searching for a suitor and replacement for the struggling Dan Uggla, who if he changed his last name to Mendoza still probably wouldn’t hit above .200 this season, with no luck.
5-15-14: The Atlanta Braves have lost as many as six games in a row this season and despite the struggles and the losses are still at the top of the National League East division. The Braves are once again trying to navigate through the struggles of Dan Uggla and his huge salary that they seemingly cannot unload. Uggla has been benched in favor of Tyler Pastornicky as Atlanta looks to find a trade partner for their struggling second basemen. The Braves are willing to eat most, if not almost all, of the remaining salary to unload Uggla for this season and next. If you are looking for good news out of Braves country is the announcement of the re-negotiation of their TV deal that may bring an additional $500 million for the life of the contract to the team.
5-7-14: The Atlanta Braves were off to a record setting April before the calendar turned to May and the starting pitching forgot how to pitch. The likes of Aaron Harang and the entire Braves bullpen not named Craig Kimbrel have totally fallen off the wagon and it has resulted in a lengthy losing streak for the Braves. During the losing streak Atlanta extended their third basemen Chris Johnson to a three year extension keeping with the recent trend of extending their young players before hitting free agency and are looking for a replacement for Dan Uggla. Uggla is struggling once again at second base for the Braves as Atlanta searches for alternatives at the position.. All in all the Braves still find themselves at the top of the National League Eastern division after the first 30 games and that's right where they want to be.
4-28-14: The Atlanta Braves have had a great start to the 2014 season with the best record in the National League East division. The Braves have gotten production from just about everyone in the rotation, the bullpen, and with the bats for a total team performance the first month of the season. Aaron Harang has a no hitter earlier this season for the Braves through seven innings against the New York Mets before handing it over to the bullpen after throwing over 120 pitches. The Braves bullpen would lose the no hitter bid but the Braves would win the game and a whole lot more in 2014 after just one month. Be sure to send your favorite Braves players to the 2014 MLB All Star Game in July since voting opened up for the game this week.
4-14-14: The Atlanta Braves have been one of the best teams in baseball to get the 2014 MLB season, going, posting an 8-4 record and claiming the top spot in the NL East. Atlanta got the week off to a good start with a 2-1 series win over the New York Mets and closed the week hot with a three game sweep over the Washington Nationals. The Braves were red hot down the stretch, as they got 23 runs to help them get the sweep.
4-7-14: The Atlanta Braves are off to a solid start in 2014, going 4-2 through their first six games and resting comfortably in second place of the NL East. Despite an opening day loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Braves bounced back to win the series over Milwaukee (2-1) and went on to take their next series over the Washington Nationals (2-1), as well. The bats have been active for the Braves, as Freddie Freeman has been connecting at a blistering .421 clip, while also has two homers. Julio Teheran dropped a close opening day game to the Brew Crew, but has been very solid overall with eight strikeouts in a 1-1 start.
4-1-14: Ryan Braun made his return to the field for the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day in a tough 2-0 loss for the Atlanta Braves. Yovani Gallardo was dominant in six shutout innings, while Braves pitcher Julio Terehan gave up the only two runs in the game, along with seven hits in six innings. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was Atlanta’s best player on the day, finding a way to muster up two hits in three stops at the plate.
3-27-14: The Atlanta Braves are scurrying trying to lock up their starting pitching after the losses of Kris Medlen, the likely Opening Day starting pitcher, and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery. The Braves released Freddy Garcia from his contract and quickly signed Aaron Harang, who was recently released by the Cleveland Indians after not making their Opening Day roster even after a strong spring. Harang will be 36 years old this season and had a strong, albeit short, 9 IP spring. Harang should add a solid piece to the Braves rotation, he has averaged over 150 IP in the last three seasons, but he is no Medlen or Beachy. The injuries this season could put the Atlanta Braves at a real disadvantage, especially after being so quiet on the free agent market this season, but will once again rely on the farm system and their young guys to lead them to another National League East title and a playoff spot in 2014.
3-20-14: The Atlanta Braves have had an up and down couple of weeks lately that started with the diagnosis of Opening Day starter Kris Medlen needing a second Tommy John surgery. The Braves, in response, signed the best free agent pitcher available in Ervin Santana, surrendering their first round pick, only to lose Brandon Beachy to a Tommy John surgery as well. The Braves seem willing to go ahead with what they have putting more weight on the recently extended Julio Teheran. Speaking of injuries first basemen Freddie Freeman left the game against the New York Yankees on March 16 after being hit on the thumb by a pitch, he is listed as day to day. Atlanta has a losing record in the Grapefruit League this season, although they have been much improved in the last 10 games or so. Last I checked the Braves still had both Upton brothers and Craig Kimbrel so they will be fine in 2014.
3-13-14: The Atlanta Braves spent their money in the offseason last year but decided this season to ensure that no more of their young core would reach free agency locking up the likes of Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman, Jayson Heyward, and Craig Kimbrel to new deals. Atlanta has had a tough spring, losing more than double the games they have won, and lost their likely Opening Day starter in Kris Medlen in a meaningless Grapefruit League game. Atlanta countered that by signing Ervin Santana who was once considered to be the best, or one of the best free agent pitchers on the market to replace Medlen though and should be fine. The Braves are sure to sell a lot of tickets this year to Turner Field, poor spring performance or not.
3-5-14: The Alanna Braves coming to spring training after an off-season in which they spent a lot of money re-signing their own players. Both Craig Kimbrell and Freddie Freeman re-signed with their teams for lucrative multiyear contracts. Justin Upton another returning player was recently scratched from spring-training lineup with a sore muscle in his right side. However he said he will be okay and felt fine during batting practice the last few days.
2-27-14: The Braves will join the trend of post-game concerts by ushering in their own concert series. Thus far, the team has scheduled two acts this season, and they couldn't be more different.
Following Saturday, May 3rd's game vs the Giants, the Braves will welcome R&B legends Kool and The Gang to the stage. The group is responsible for 12 top-ten singles on the Billboard 200 throughout their career, with the biggest being 1980's “Celebration”. According to TiqIQ, tickets for this average $79 on the secondary market. Cheapest ticket available is $17.
Teen sensation Austin Mahone looks to get the crowd going following the June 3rd game vs Seattle. Despite the first pitch of 7:10, it may be one to let the kids stay up for. It's currently the cheapest opportunity to get Austin Mahone tickets, who will also be performing at Citi Field on September 27th. Tickets for the game are currently as low as $3, and at an average price of $56, the game is 25% below the average of Tickets at $75.
1-24-14: The Atlanta Braves lost their star catcher Brian McCann to the Yankees this offseason and will look to Jason Heyward to help pick up some of the slack left behind by McCann. Additionally longtime Atlanta Brave Pitchers and teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were elected to the Hall of Fame and will be the first set of teammates to entire the Hall together. Along with them will be their former Manager Bobby Cox who was also elected this year.
1-7-14: This off-season the Atlanta Braves have added picture Gavin Floyd as well as Ryan dome it from the twins in a trade. Dome it is going to be an all-purpose utility player who can also eat up innings behind the plate. On the arbitration note the Braves avoided this with Brandon beachy agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.45 million.
12-9-13: The Braves will say goodbye to their long time catcher and homegrown product Brian McCann as he left the team via free agency to join the New York Yankees. It was clear that McCann was going to be out of the Braves price range once the season ended. The braves are one of the cornerstone franchises in the National League but their unwillingness to spend may be there downfall for the next years to come. As the brave said goodbye last season to the last remains of their glory days in the 90s they will look to rebuild with you on the field and solid arms from the farm. Last season the Braves won the division by 10 games were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs during the division series.
10-8-13: The Atlanta Braves find themselves down two games to one against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Divisional Series. The Braves will look to veteran right hander Freddy Garcia to start Game 4 in Los Angeles after falling to the Dodgers 13-6 in Game 3. The Braves must win to not be eliminated and force a Game 5 Wednesday at Turner Field.
10-1-13: This year the Atlanta Braves won 96 games along with the National League East division title. they were able to win 56 games at home and led to division the entire season finishing with a 10 game lead over the second-place Washington nationals. In the first round of the playoffs the Braves will face the National League West division champions Los Angeles Dodgers. Brace will have Homefield for that series. Justin Upton led the team and homeruns 27 and first baseman Freddy Freeman let the team and RBIs with 109.
8-21-13: Brave outfielder Jason Heyward will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, if not the entire remainder of the season after being hit in the face by a Jon Niese fastball in the 6th inning of Wednesday's game against the Mets. X-rays showed that his jaw was fractured in two places.
8-21-13: The Atlanta Braves fell to the New York Mets last night by a score of 5-3. Not to worry the Braves have a 15 game lead on the division and look to be cruising toward the postseason and another division title. The Braves have one in MLB best 44 home games. After visiting New York to face the Mets the Braves will travel to St. Louis to face the Cardinals. Third baseman Chris Johnson leads the team and hitting with a batting average of .334. The Atlanta Braves own the best record in the major leagues. They are +130 in terms or front differential.
8-6-13: The Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball and are currently in first place in the National League East division. They have won a league best 11 straight games. This week they will take on the nationals in Washington.
7-18-13: Heading into the break the Atlanta Braves have remained in first place with a six-game lead in the NL East division. After Posting the acquisition of the Upton brothers this off-season the Braves have seen success despite their struggles. The braves have a six-game lead over the Washington nationals for first place. On Friday when the season resumes the braves will face the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson will square off against John Danks. Offensively the 23-year-old first baseman Freddy Freeman leads the Braves in batting average. He is hitting .308. The braves have the ninth best on-base percentage in baseball as a team.
7-7-13: Closer Craig Kimbrel was named a 2013 National League All Star. So far in 2013 the right-hander has 23 saves, a 1.72 ERA, and 46 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched.
6-12-13 - The Atlanta Braves have gotten off to a great start with a record of 39 – 26. Although they lost two games in a row they still sit atop the NL East division by seven games Ahead of the Washington nationals. This week they will play the San Diego Padres Followed by an eight-game homestand. Newly acquired Justin Upton leads the team with 14 home runs. Leading the way for the pitchers for the Braves is Mike Minor who has 8 wins and an ERA of just 2.44. The braves have a strong lineup and should ease their way into the post season.