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Atlanta Braves Trade for Ryan Doumit from Minnesota Twins
December 19th, 2013 at 8:51 AM
The Atlanta Braves have acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for 2011 first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin, Mark Bowman reports. The 32-year-old Doumit hit 14 homers in 538 plate appearances last season. Atlanta currently plans on using him as a power bat coming off the bench, though he can...

Atlanta Braves Avoid Arbitration with Brandon Beachy with One-year Deal
December 17th, 2013 at 8:40 AM
The Atlanta Braves got around salary arbitration with Brandon Beachy by signing the pitcher to a one-year contract worth $1.45 million, Chris Cotillo reports. The 27-year-old Beachy only pitched 30 innings in 2013 while coming back from Tommy John surgery. He had a 4.50 ERA in five starts in a year plagued...

Fredi Gonzalez to Meet with B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla Regarding Performance
December 10th, 2013 at 9:50 PM
The Atlanta Braves need production from Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton, who both flat out sucked in 2013. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that he plans to meet with both players in regards to them stepping up their game in 2014, and here's some video to prove it. ***VIDEO1*** Gonzalez said he still...

Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla Gets Married, Still not Traded
December 8th, 2013 at 9:37 PM
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla got married on Saturday, as confirmed by Jon Heyman and this photo on Twitter.   Solid wedding last night ! pic.twitter.com/hcUoB1hoZi — Nicky Gagliano (@nickgagliano) December 8, 2013 Congratulations to Uggs, who at least needed something to go his way after hitting .179 last season. However, Heyman reports that...

Atlanta Braves Will Have Trouble Trading Dan Uggla
December 4th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
It's just a fact. The Atlanta Braves are going to have a hard time finding a team that will take Dan Uggla in a trade. Still, that won't stop Frank Wren from shopping him at the Winter Meetings next week, but he'll come at a steep price. The Braves are reported...

Brian McCann Departure Big Loss for Atlanta Braves
November 25th, 2013 at 6:56 PM
Atlanta Braves veteran catcher Brian McCann became the second all-star to leave the team in less than a week, creating an even bigger leadership void in the young Braves clubhouse. McCann agreed to a 5-year, $85 million dollar deal with the New York Yankees on Saturday that carries an option for...

Brian McCann’s Departure to New York Yankees a Good Thing for Atlanta Braves
November 25th, 2013 at 7:42 AM
It's tough to say, but Brian McCann leaving the Atlanta Braves for the New York Yankees is a blessing in disguise. Yes, our catcher for the last nine years to the tune of seven All-Star selections and four Silver Sluggers will now don pinstripes for the "Evil Empire," but it's hard...

Freddie Freeman Ready to Become Clubhouse Leader
November 20th, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Following the loss of veteran pitcher Tim Hudson to the San Francisco Giants and the almost-certain departure of Brian McCann, the Atlanta Braves are looking to first baseman Freddie Freeman to fill the leadership void and become the voice of the clubhouse. The 24-year-old Freeman has already proven that he has...

Andrelton Simmons Wins NL Rawlings Platinum Glove Award
November 9th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
One day after losing the Wilson National League Defensive Player of the Year Award to Arizona's Gerardo Parra, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons added the NL Rawlings Platinum Glove Award to a repertoire that already includes his first Gold Glove Award. Rawlings issued Gold Glove Awards last week to the best defensive...

Atlanta Braves’ Chris Johnson Snubbed for Silver Slugger for Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez
November 7th, 2013 at 7:44 AM
Many considered it a foregone conclusion that Atlanta Braves' third baseman Chris Johnson would take home his first career Silver Slugger Award, but he was snubbed on the National League side of things for Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. ***VIDEO1*** The logic isn't exactly clear how Alvarez could be considered a...

Resigning Paul Maholm an Intriguing Proposition for Atlanta Braves
November 6th, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm became a free agent at the end of the 2013 season and the Braves should make an effort to resign the reliable veteran for 2014. Maholm made his Major League debut in August of 2005 and has averaged 181 innings pitched over the past eight...

Atlanta Braves Expected to Pick up Option on Reed Johnson
November 3rd, 2013 at 2:25 PM
The Atlanta Braves are expected to pick up the $1.6 million club option on veteran Reed Johnson's 2014 contract but a formal announcement has not been made. Johnson, an outfielder who was used primarily off the bench and in pinch-hitting roles, batted .244 in 74 games with the Braves in 2013....

Atlanta Braves’ Andrelton Simmons Wins 2013 Fielding Bible Award
October 29th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Andrelton Simmons had one of the best ever defensive seasons in Major League Baseball history, and the Atlanta Braves shortstop just got his first award for it in the 2013 Fielding Bible Awards. ***VIDEO1*** Instead of one per league, the Fielding Bible Awards go to the best defensive player at each position in...

Atlanta Braves Could Trade Dan Uggla Back to Miami Marlins
October 28th, 2013 at 8:17 AM
Dan Uggla has simply been terrible for the Atlanta Braves, and the Miami Marlins are in need of a power bat. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro suggests a trade could be worked out this offseason. Frisaro says the Braves "certainly will entertain shopping Uggla," and are so desperate to do so that they'll...

Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons of Atlanta Braves Nominated for Gold Glove
October 25th, 2013 at 2:37 PM
It should come as no surprise to even the most casual fans of baseball - Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward are good. Really good. As a result, the defensive prowess of the two young Braves has resulted in them both being nominated for the National League Gold Glove award at...

Atlanta Braves Have High Hopes for Young Pitching Prospect J.R. Graham
October 25th, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Atlanta Braves pitching prospect J. R. Graham, a starter who ranks second behind only Lucas Sims among the organization's top young talent, is progressing nicely through rehabilitation and should be ready to compete for a job on their rotation in the spring. The 23 year-old Graham injured his right throwing shoulder...

Atlanta Braves May Try to Trade Dan Uggla to Cincinnati Reds for Brandon Phillips
October 21st, 2013 at 8:08 AM
Reports are circulating that two teams who are looking to unload their second basemen may end up swapping them. In this case, it would be the Atlanta Braves shipping off Dan Uggla to the Cincinnati Reds for Brandon Phillips, Dave O'Brien tweets.   Hearing #Braves would have interest in #Reds 2B Phillips if...

Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren Has Blunt Words for Dan Uggla
October 15th, 2013 at 6:37 PM
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren is pulling no punches when it comes to Dan Uggla's horrendous three years with the team. Essentially, he said something needs to change now. With two years and $26 million left on Uggla's contract, he battled vision problems in 2013 en route to a .179...

Atlanta Braves Could Make Push for Big Name Starting Pitcher in Offseason
October 12th, 2013 at 10:02 AM
The Atlanta Braves will start 2014 with mostly the same starting rotation as this season, but they could make a move to land a big name starting pitcher on the free agent market. It's pretty much assumed that Paul Maholm and Freddy Garcia are on their way out, and Tim Hudson's...

Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla is the New Jason Bay, Team Should Get Rid of Him
October 11th, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Dan Uggla was the highest paid player on the Atlanta Braves in 2013. He was also the worst player, providing further evidence that he has become Atlanta's Jason Bay, and the team needs to find a way to unload him. This is beyond Derek Lowe levels, when the Braves paid the...