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The Atlanta Braves Need Offense Heading into Winter Meetings
December 4th, 2011 at 11:46 PM
At the conclusion of the 2011 season, it was evident the Atlanta Braves needed one thing: offense. The late-season collapse of the Braves can be attributed almost solely to the offensive ineptitude. While the Braves had some offensive woes throughout the season, they were particularly magnified in September, when they...

Atlanta Braves Could Face Contract Woes with Brian McCann
December 4th, 2011 at 12:09 AM
With trade rumors surrounding Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens, the Atlanta Braves face a more important issue in the not so distant future: whether or not to keep catch Brian McCann around for the long haul. McCann, a six-time all star, is signed through the 2012 season and will make $11.5...

Winter Meetings Preview: Atlanta Braves May Be Active
December 3rd, 2011 at 12:31 AM
With the MLB Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in Dallas, the Atlanta Braves could be very busy. The offseason has been fairly uneventful to this point, but with the new collective bargaining agreement, the pace should pick up significantly among MLB teams. The Braves have found themselves in the middle...

Former Atlanta Braves Dale Murphy and Fred McGriff on Hall of Fame Ballot
November 30th, 2011 at 11:28 PM
With the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2012 being announced on January 9, there are two former Atlanta Braves legends that are on the ballot - Dale Murphy and Fred McGriff. Dale Murphy established himself as one of the best, if not the best, outfielder during the 1980s. He...

Atlanta Braves to Open Home Schedule Against Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets
November 26th, 2011 at 11:13 PM
After the Atlanta Braves play their first six games on the road, they will come home to face a division champion and one of their biggest rivals. ***PHOTO1*** The Braves will play their home opener on April 13 against the National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers, featuring reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun....

Atlanta Braves Sign 14 Players to Minor League Contracts
November 24th, 2011 at 6:08 PM
On Tuesday, the Atlanta Braves announce the signing of 14 minor leaguers, including 11 of those players that have been invited to attend spring training. Of those 11 invited among the non-rosters invitees, six players saw time in the major leagues in 2011. Veteran minor leaguer J. C. Boscan was among those...

Atlanta Braves Decline Arbitration to Alex Gonzalez
November 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 PM
Frank Wren has already indicated the Atlanta Braves were not planning on a future with Alex Gonzalez, and it was made official Wednesday when the Braves declined to offer him salary arbitration. ***PHOTO1*** The Braves would have received a draft pick to compensate for the loss of Gonzalez if they had offered...

Colorado Rockies Offer Seth Smith to Atlanta Braves in Exchange for Martin Prado
November 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Frank Wren has already made it known that Martin Prado is available to be traded if it makes the Atlanta Braves a better team. The Colorado Rockies have responded by offering Seth Smith, the Denver Post reports. ***PHOTO1*** Smith, who spent time in left and right field last season, hit .284 in...

Frank Wren: No Trade Unless It Improves Team
November 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 AM
With all the rumors swirling about a possible trade of Jair Jurrjens or Martin Prado, it is understandable that Atlanta Braves fans may have expected a deal to transpire, especially with the GM meetings this past week. After all, Frank Wren traded for Dan Uggla during the GM meetings last...

Not So Fast: Mark Cuban not Interested in Buying Atlanta Braves
November 19th, 2011 at 9:48 PM
When a recent poll on the Atlanta Journal Constitution's website revealed that 95% of nearly 8,000 voters wanted Mark Cuban, the enthusiastic and perhaps nonconforming owner of the Dallas Mavericks, to buy the Atlanta Braves, it started a wave of optimistic and hopeful speculation that Cuban may one day be...

Atlanta Braves Prospects Play Well in Arizona Fall League
November 19th, 2011 at 12:29 AM
The Major League Baseball season may be over, but a number of Atlanta Braves prospects have distinguished themselves in the Arizona Fall League. Christian Bethancourt, Joey Terdoslavich, and Sean Gilmartin have put up solid numbers in the short season of the AFL. Bethancourt, a 20-year-old catcher who played in High-A Lynchburg...

Atlanta Braves Add Three Minor Leaguers to 40-Man Roster
November 18th, 2011 at 1:15 PM
On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves added three minor league pitchers to their 40-man roster to avoid having those players taken in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. All three players added to the roster are pitchers, including on of the Braves top prospects in right-hander  Jaye Chapman. The 24-year-old Chapman, who saw time...

John Schuerholz: Put Dale Murphy in Hall of Fame
November 16th, 2011 at 6:48 PM
  There was once a time when 300 or 400 home runs automatically landed a player in the Hall of Fame. Such has not been the case for Dale Murphy, who only has two years of ballot eligibility left for his standout years with the Atlanta Braves. In order to help...

Atlanta Braves Release Spring Training Schedule, Will End Exhibition Season Against Triple-A Gwinnett
November 15th, 2011 at 11:22 PM
The Atlanta Braves released their Spring Training schedule Tuesday, and they will end their 2012 exhibition games with a twist. ***PHOTO1*** The Braves' Spring Training games begin March 3 at home against the Detroit Tigers. The Braves will once again play 18 Grapefruit League games at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex,...

Craig Kimbrel Wins National League Rookie of the Year, Freddie Freeman Comes in Second
November 14th, 2011 at 8:13 PM
Though his season was bookend by rough stretches, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has been awarded the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year. ***PHOTO1*** In adding to the numerous awards already bestowed upon Kimbrel, the rookie who turned himself into an intimidating ninth inning force was unanimously voted the NL's Rookie...

The Case for Freddie Freeman to Win Rookie of the Year
November 13th, 2011 at 10:10 PM
By all accounts, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is the overwhelming favorite to take home the National League Rookie of the Year award when it is announced Monday at 1:30. His teammate Freddie Freeman, however, made his own case during 2011. ***PHOTO1*** Highly lauded coming into the season, Freeman was awarded the...

Looking Ahead to the 2012 Season: Possible Shortstop Options for the Atlanta Braves
November 12th, 2011 at 11:37 PM
As the MLB offseason kicks into high gear with the upcoming GM Meetings next week and the Winter Meetings in early December, the Atlanta Braves have one glaring hole: shortstop. Every other position has a returning starter, but the Braves are in the market for a shortstop with Alex Gonzalez...

Three Atlanta Braves Recognized in Inaugural MLB.com Awards
November 8th, 2011 at 7:50 AM
Even with the bitter taste of their September collapse still in their mouth, three Atlanta Braves have been recognized in the inaugural MLB.com awards. Already having won awards for their 2011 seasons, Brian McCann and Craig Kimbrel were named the team's Player of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year,...

Candidates to Fill Atlanta Braves Starting Rotation: Mike Minor
November 7th, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Mike Minor spent a lot of time on the road between Atlanta and Gwinnett last season, but it looks like he may finally get a shot to stick in the Atlanta Braves starting rotation in the 2012 season. Barring injury or trade, the rotation has one open slot available after...

Craig Kimbrel Wins Players Choice Award for Outstanding Rookie
November 5th, 2011 at 8:58 AM
Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has earned yet another award after his record-breaking rookie season, as he was named the National League's Oustanding Rookie by the Players Choice Awards Thursday night. ***PHOTO1*** The Players Choice winners are determined via voting by Major League players. Among his already long list of awards accumulated, he...