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Atlanta Braves Trade for Ryan Doumit from Minnesota Twins

December 19th, 2013 at 8:51 AM
By Cody Fields

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 also play first base, corner outfield and catcher.

Gilmartin has never lived up to his first round pick status with a 12-20 record over two years in the minors. He had an ugly 5.74 ERA with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2013.

It may sound crazy, but the Braves may also be positioning themselves to replace B.J. Upton if has another terrible year. Doumit has 400 or more at bats in four of his nine seasons.

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Atlanta Braves Avoid Arbitration with Brandon Beachy with One-year Deal

December 17th, 2013 at 8:40 AM
By Cody Fields

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 by setbacks.

Atlanta's rotation now figures to feature Beachy, Mike MInor, Kris Medlen, Julio Teheran and Gavin Floyd, with Alex Wood likely taking Floyd's spot in his Tommy John rehab.

Beachy was dominating with an MLB-leading 2.00 ERA over 80 innings when he went down with a partially torn UCL in 2012.

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Atlanta Braves Sign Veteran Starter Gavin Floyd

December 16th, 2013 at 6:24 PM
By David Batson

The Atlanta Braves announced today that they have signed veteran starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal worth $4 million with incentives pushing the potential value of the contract to $4.5 million.

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The Braves finalized the deal after Floyd passed his physical on Monday. The former White Sox right-hander is recovering from Tommy John surgery and could see action with the Braves as soon as next May. 

Floyd, 30, is hoping to help fill the void left when Tim Hudson signed with the San Franciso Giants earlier in the fall. He had averaged nearly 200 innings pitched since 2008 until being sidelined last April with elbow soreness.

The Philidelphia Phillies drafted the 6'6" Floyd in the first round of the 2001 amateur draft. After a few brief stints in the majors with the Phillies, Floyd was traded in December 2006, along with Gio Gonzalez, to the Chicago White Sox for Freddy Garcia.

Floyd won 63 games over seven seasons with the White Sox, posting a 4.22 ERA with 828 strikeouts. 

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Atlanta Braves Sign Mat Gamel to Minor League Contract

December 14th, 2013 at 10:52 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves took a small gamble with a potentially large reward by signing former standout prospect Mat Gamel to a minor league contract, braves.com reports.

Gamel, who was once viewed as Prince Fielder's potential replacement at first base for the Milwaukee Brewers, has had an injury plagued career. He missed all of 2013 with his second torn ACL, just months after tearing it the first time in 2012.

The 28-year-old Gamel hit .304 with 105 homers in seven minor league seasons, but he has seen limited action in the Major Leagues to the tune of a .229 average in just 106 games.

Gamel, who hits lefty, is expected to spell Chris Johnson at third base, but can also give Freddie Freeman a break and may play some corner outfield.

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Atlanta Braves Lose Two Minor League Pitchers in Rule 5 Draft

December 13th, 2013 at 8:26 AM
By Cody Fields

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The Atlanta Braves didn't take anyone in Thursday's minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, but they did lose two pitchers, namely Mike Lee and Blaine Sims.

The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Lee, who spent last season with Double-A Mississippi, while the Houston Astros took Sims after a year at Advanced-A Lynchburg.

Lee started his professional career with seven seasons in the Red Sox organization before being released in 2012. The Braves signed him out of the independent Frontier League that same year. He went 9-8 with a 3.71 ERA in 25 total appearances (20 starts) in 2013.

Sims has been in the Braves' system since 2010 with some ugly numbers. He threw up an 8.44 ERA last season while trying to turn himself into a knuckleball pitcher.

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