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Frank Wren Ranked Among Sexiest General Managers by Yahoo!
December 21st, 2012 at 8:51 AM
In what should have been a sign of the apocalypse, Yahoo! Sports recently put out a ranking of the sexiest general managers in baseball. Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren cracked no. 12 on the list. The list was compiled in response to new Oakland A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima calling Billy Beane "extremely...

Atlanta Braves Prospects Ernesto Mejia and Evan Gattis Star in Winter League
December 17th, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Atlanta Braves prospects Ernesto Mejia and Evan Gattis are both showcasing some power in the Venezuelan Winter League. Mejia hit two home runs tonight to push his league-leading total to 14 homers. Gattis also added another long ball to his stat line, giving him 12 on the season. This power surge is not...

Atlanta Braves Eyeing Mark Trumbo Trade
December 14th, 2012 at 11:14 PM
With the Los Angeles Angels' recent acquisition of Josh Hamilton, they have a surplus of outfielders. It just happens that the Atlanta Braves are in need of a left fielder, and they looking into the possibility of acquiring Mark Trumbo, Dave O'Brien tweeted. Danny Knobler reports that the Angels are "very likely"...

Atlanta Braves May Pursure Emilio Bonafacio
December 7th, 2012 at 9:39 PM
The Atlanta Braves left the Winter Meetings this week still without a lead-off caliber left fielder. That could change, as they were previously interested in Toronto Blue Jays outfielder/second baseman Emilio Bonafacio before he was traded from the Miami Marlins, Dave O'Brien tweets. That interest may have carried over, particularly with...

Fredi Gonzalez Has Contract Extended Through 2014
December 6th, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The Atlanta Braves expressed their confidence in manager Fredi Gonzalez by picking up his option, extending his contract through 2014. After the Braves' collapse in September 2011, Gonzalez guided them to a National League Wild Card berth before being downed by the St. Louis Cardinals in a controversial play-in game. Regardless,...

Atlanta Braves Sign Catcher Matt Pagnozzi to Minor League Deal
December 5th, 2012 at 2:39 PM
The Atlanta Braves continue to add to their catching depth by signing journeyman Matt Pagnozzi to a minor league deal. The team expects him to serve as Gerald Laird's backup until Brian McCann returns from off-season shoulder surgery. McCann is slated to miss anywhere from the first two-weeks to a...

Justin Upton Will not Be Traded to Atlanta Braves
December 4th, 2012 at 10:25 PM
For someone who was the talk of the trading town in Atlanta Braves organization, Justin Upton will officially not being coming to Georgia, Jayson Stark tweets. Trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks broke down with both sides concluding there is "not going to be a fit." The Diamondbacks had their eyes...

Atlanta Braves Divide Shares from Wild Card Appearance
November 26th, 2012 at 11:14 PM
They only lasted one game in the playoffs, but Atlanta Braves players received nearly $20,000 each for their postseason participation, Dave O'Brien reports. For their National League Wild Card game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Braves accumulated $980,452.04 from ticket sales. They divvied out 46 full shares of $19,609 as well as...

Atlanta Braves Add Christian Bethancourt, Four Others to 40-Man Roster
November 20th, 2012 at 6:56 PM
The Atlanta Braves protected five prospects today by adding them to the 40-man roster. Among them was prized catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and right-handed pitchers Zeke Spruill, Cory Rasmus, David Hale and Aaron Northcraft. The move, which brings the total to 36 players on their 40-man roster, has a deadline of Tuesday...

Atlanta Braves Close to Agreement with Catcher Gerald Laird
November 15th, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The Atlanta Braves didn't waste a lot of time finding their replacement for backup catcher David Ross.  According to Mark Bowman, the former Detroit Tiger, Gerald Laird, is close to signing with the Braves. The Tigers held the door open for a Laird return but they weren't prepared to offer him...

Atlanta Braves Decline to Trade Andrelton Simmons to Texas Rangers
November 13th, 2012 at 7:25 PM
The Atlanta Braves declined a trade offer from the Texas Rangers over the weekend for Andrelton Simmons, USA Today reports, and Danny Knobler tweeted that the Rangers were willing to give up their top prospect in the deal. The Braves weren't about to part with Simmons and send yet another shortstop...

Atlanta Braves Hire Randy Ready as Triple-A Manager
November 12th, 2012 at 9:29 PM
The Atlanta Braves have hired Randy Ready to manage Triple-A Gwinnett, braves.com reports. He replaces Dave Brundage. The 52-year-old Ready played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues before managing for eight seasons in the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres organizations. He spent last season as the minor league hitting coordinator...

Atlanta Braves Lose Backup Catcher David Ross to Boston Red Sox
November 10th, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The Atlanta Braves will be searching for a new backup catcher. David Ross will sign a two-year deal, worth $6.2 million with the Boston Red Sox according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Ross was the backup to Braves catcher Brian McCann for the past four seasons.  This will be David Ross'...

Atlanta Braves Dream of Moving Class-A Team to N.C. is Denied
November 8th, 2012 at 1:07 PM
The Atlanta Braves had hopes of moving its Class-A affiliate, currently operating in Lynchburg, Virginia to Wilmington, North Carolina in time for the 2015 season. However, N.C. voters overwhelmingly voted "no" during Tuesday's election to raise property taxes to pay for a proposed ballpark. Without the $37 million in taxes...

Chipper Jones Wins Man of the Year Award
November 7th, 2012 at 7:55 AM
Now retired Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones got one more award before he ends up in the Hall of Fame. He was presented with the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award Monday. The Man of the Year is given annually to the player who is deemed most inspirational in a...

J.C. Boscan, Two Others Outrighted Off 40-Man Roster by Atlanta Braves
November 1st, 2012 at 4:09 PM
Among the flurry of moves the Atlanta Braves announced today, they outrighted three minor leaguers off the 40-man roster, including catcher J.C. Boscan, right-handed pitcher Eric Cordier and lefty Robert Fish, ajc.com reports. Boscan is the only member of the group with any Major League experience and has elected to explore free...

Atlanta Braves Claim Jordan Schafer Off Waivers from Houston Astros
November 1st, 2012 at 4:02 PM
The Atlanta Braves have claimed Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Houston Astros, mlbtraderumors.com reports. Schafer originally played in the Braves organization from 2005-11 before being shipped to Houston in July 2011 as part of the Michael Bourn trade. Schafer hit .211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games last season while...

Jason Heyward Wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award
October 30th, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Jason Heyward further solidified his importance to the Atlanta Braves' future on Tuesday when he officially won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for right field position in the National League. Heyward beat out Andre Ethier and Jay Bruce as the other finalists en route to the first Braves Gold Glove since 2007,...

Atlanta Braves Exercise Options on Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Brian McCann
October 30th, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The Atlanta Braves surprised no one Tuesday when they picked up the 2013 options they held on all three eligible players. Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm and Brian McCann will don the tomahawk next season. The moves were expected, though there had been rumors of the Braves turning down McCann's option after...

Tim Hudson Hoping for Contract Extension from Atlanta Braves
October 27th, 2012 at 8:26 PM
With Chipper Jones' retirement, Tim Hudson is now the longest tenured player on the Atlanta Braves, and he would like to finish his career there. The 37-year-old is expected to have his $9 million option picked up by the Braves for 2013, but any kind of contract extension will likely be...