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Atlanta Braves Miss Out on Brian Wilson, Reliever Signs with Los Angeles Dodgers
July 30th, 2013 at 3:49 PM
The Atlanta Braves landed lefty reliever Scott Downs, but they didn't bring home Brian Wilson. Wilson has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, espn.com reports. The plan is for Wilson to spend two weeks working at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility in Arizona and transition to Class-A...

Brian Wilson Works Out for a Dozen Major League Teams
July 25th, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson auditioned for scouts Thursday in Los Angeles, Danny Knobler reports. The 31-year-old righty hasn't pitched in a Major League game in 15 months since having his second Tommy John surgery. He originally worked out for the New York Mets in January, but that didn't go...

Atlanta Braves Interested in Signing Cuban Defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
July 18th, 2013 at 8:59 AM
The Atlanta Braves are among seven teams showing interest in signing Cuban defector pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, mlb.com reports. The 26-year-old right-hander is has garnered serious interest from the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays have also jumped into...

Atlanta Braves Dodge Bullet with Michael Bourn Signing with Cleveland Indians
February 12th, 2013 at 8:38 AM
All of a sudden, the National League East seems a lot friendlier to Atlanta Braves. The New York Mets, who were considered a front runner for free agent and former Atlanta center fielder Michael Bourn, lost out to the Cleveland Indians when Bourn agreed to a four-year contract Monday. The Mets...

Atlanta Braves Avoid Arbitration with Jason Heyward and Four Others
January 18th, 2013 at 3:21 PM
The Atlanta Braves reached agreements on Friday with five players to avoid salary arbitration hearings.  Jason Heyward, Eric O'Flaherty, Johnny Venters, Kris Medlen and Cristhian Martinez all signed deals, leaving Martin Prado the lone unsigned member of the team. Heyward, as expected, received the largest bump in salary for the upcoming season....

Atlanta Braves Lose Peter Moylan to Los Angeles Dodgers
January 17th, 2013 at 3:40 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Peter Moylan was non-tendered by the Braves earlier in the offseason with hopes that the two sides could work out a new deal.  The two sides reached an impasse and now Moylan is moving on with a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. When healthy, Peter...

Atlanta Braves Cross Delmon Young Off List of Left Field Candidates
December 30th, 2012 at 9:41 PM
The Atlanta Braves won't be making any moves for free agent outfielder Delmon Young, and it seems his off-field troubles are why. Young hit .267 with 18 homers with the American League champion Detroit Tigers last season, but Dave O'Brien tweets that there's "a reason(s)" the Braves won't pursue him to...

New York Yankees Agree to Terms with Matt Diaz
December 26th, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Diaz has agreed to a minor league deal with the New York Yankees, Mark Feinsand reports. Feinsand also reports that the deal includes an invitation to Spring Training, where Diaz will compete for a bench spot with the Bronx Bombers. The contract, assuming Diaz makes the...

Atlanta Braves Interested in Scott Hairston
December 22nd, 2012 at 9:07 PM
The Atlanta Braves are looking into the possibility of signing free agent outfielder Scott Hairston to fill their left field gap, tweets Dave O'Brien. The New York Yankees are also interested, which could drive up the price beyond what the Braves would be comfortable with, which may be a good thing,...

Evan Gattis on Track to Be Atlanta Braves’ Opening Day Left Fielder
December 19th, 2012 at 9:18 PM
The Atlanta Braves remain cautiously optimistic with the red hot performance of Evan Gattis in Venzuela's winter league, but it almost seems too logical with the current track of things that he'll be the Braves' Opening Day left fielder. Atlanta has yet to make a legitimate move to acquire a lead-off...

Atlanta Braves Sign Utility Infielder Ramiro Pena
December 13th, 2012 at 10:28 PM
The Atlanta Braves signed utility infielder and former New York Yankee Ramiro Pena to a one-year Major League contract on Thursday, Mark Bowman tweeted earlier today. Pena has a .233 career average in parts of four seasons with the Yankees, though he had just 50 total plate appearances in the last...

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...

Atlanta Braves Sign Blake DeWitt to Minor League Deal
December 6th, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The Atlanta Braves continue to add depth to their minor league system by signing former Chicago Cubs utility player Blake DeWitt. DeWitt, who has spent the majority of his time at second base and left field, spent last season with the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cubs. He was...

Atlanta Braves Sign Reed Johnson to One-Year Contract
December 6th, 2012 at 7:50 PM
The Atlanta Braves secure a vital bench piece today by agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. The financial terms have not been disclosed, but the one-year deal also includes a club option for 2014, braves.com reports. Johnson hit .270 for the Braves last season after coming from the...

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...

Left Field a Priority for Atlanta Braves at Winter Meetings
December 4th, 2012 at 8:47 AM
After signing B.J. Upton to play center field last week, the Atlanta Braves have just the left field spot to fill in their starting lineup plus a couple of bench spots. Mark Bowman tweets that the Braves have "minimal interest" in the current free agent market in left and may...

Paul Janish, Atlanta Braves Agree to One-year Deal
December 3rd, 2012 at 4:07 PM
Shortstop Paul Janish agreed to rejoin the Atlanta Braves in 2013 with a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, Dave O'Brien tweeted earlier today. O'Brien reports that the Braves and Janish had actually reached the deal earlier in the offseason, but that no official announcement had been made. Janish, a career .216 hitter,...

B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves Agree to Five-year Deal
November 28th, 2012 at 9:22 PM
The Atlanta Braves can now put their quest for a center fielder to rest. Ken Rosenthal reports they have agreed to terms with B.J. Upton. The deal, which is still pending a physical, is worth $75.25 million over five years, Rosenthal reported later. Atlanta is paying a hefty sum to replace an...

Atlanta Braves in Contract Talks with Chad Durbin
November 27th, 2012 at 10:53 PM
The Atlanta Braves are in contract negotiations with relief pitcher Chad Durbin, Dave O'Brien reports. Durbin led the Braves with 76 appearances in 2012. He struggled at the start of the season but strung together a 1.62 ERA in 62 games after May 1 to bring his season ERA down to...

B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves Rumors Percolating
November 25th, 2012 at 6:40 PM
Amidst the rumblings that free agent outfielder B.J. Upton is going to decide which team to sign with this week, Jim Bowden tweets that the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are in a bidding war for him with the Braves in the lead. Bowden also reports a third mystery team is...