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Category: ‘MLB Free Agency’

B.J. Upton Looking to Make Signing Decision Next Week
November 24th, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Free agent outfielder B.J. Upton hopes to decide on where he will play in 2013, Marc Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Both the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies consider Upton their top choice to play center field and rolled out the red carpet for him. Upton visited both teams...

Will Peter Moylan Return to Atlanta Braves?
November 24th, 2012 at 5:54 PM
Peter Moylan managed to get a one-year minor league contract from the Atlanta Braves for 2012 after being plagued by injuries during 2011. After finally appearing in a few games at the end of last season, will the Braves bring him back in 2013? The injury-prone Aussie submariner has traditionally been very...

Atlanta Braves Expected to Non-Tender Jair Jurrjens
November 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 AM
After a disappointing year and a half, the Atlanta Braves will likely part ways with injury and performance plagued starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens instead of offering him salary arbitration. Teams have until midnight on Nov. 30 to offer their free agents a contract, but the already pitching-rich Braves are expected to...

Former Atlanta Brave Melky Cabrera Signs with Toronto Blue Jays
November 19th, 2012 at 9:58 PM
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Melky Cabrera signed a two-year deal worth $16 million, the Toronto Blue Jays officially announced today. The move comes after Cabrera served a 50-game suspension for having elevated levels of testosterone, ending his career best season in which he was hitting .346/.390/.516 with 11 homers, 25 doubles...

Atlanta Braves Make Deal Official After Gerald Laird Passes Physical
November 17th, 2012 at 9:28 AM
The Atlanta Braves officially announced on Friday that Gerald Laird had passed his physical and will serve as the Braves' backup catcher. The contract is for two years, though the monetary implications have not been disclosed as yet. Laird will be also be tasked with the starting catcher duties for the first...

B.J. Upton Meets with Frank Wren, Visits Turner Field
November 16th, 2012 at 7:53 AM
Atlanta Braves general manager spent Thursday afternoon making a pitch to free agent outfielder B.J. Upton at Turner Field, braves.com reports. The former Tampa Bay Ray is the Braves' most coveted player on the free agent market, seeing that Josh Hamilton will likely be too expensive for Atlanta. Both Wren and...

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 Interested in Outfielder Cody Ross
November 14th, 2012 at 8:50 AM
The Atlanta Braves have expressed interested in signing free agent outfielder Cody Ross, Jon Paul Morosi reports. Morosi notes that with Torii Hunter probably going to the Texas Rangers or Detroit Tigers, Ross becomes one of the better right-handed outfielders on the market. He hit .267 with 22 homers in 130...

David Ross Wanted Longer Contract than Atlanta Braves Offered
November 11th, 2012 at 10:12 PM
When former Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross confirmed that he had indeed signed with the Boston Red Sox, he also indicated that the Red Sox were willing to make a longer commitment. Ross signed a two-year deal worth $6.2 million with Boston, which was double the length of time Atlanta was...

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 Sign Wirfin Obispo to Minor League Contract
November 5th, 2012 at 9:33 PM
The Atlanta Braves have signed right-handed relief pitcher Wirfin Obispo to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, Jon Paul Morosi tweets. The 28-year-old prospect is a Dominican native and spent 2007-11 in Japan before rejoining the Cincinnatti Reds organization (he pitched one season with them in 2006). He...

Atlanta Braves Make Qualifying Offer to Michael Bourn
November 2nd, 2012 at 11:43 PM
The Atlanta Braves have made a qualifying offer to potential free agent center fielder Michael Bourn before Friday's deadline. Bourn now has a week to accept or decline the one-year offer worth $13.3 million, and he is expected to reject it and become a free agent. That would leave him free...

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...

Atlanta Braves Have Ten Players Become Free Agents
October 29th, 2012 at 11:00 PM
  The Atlanta Braves had 10 players become free agents on Monday, the most of any team in the National League and nearly 10 percent of the 137 total Major League free agents. Braves free agents include Jeff Baker, Miguel Batista, Michael Bourn, Matt Diaz, Chad Durbin, Eric Hinske, Reed Johnson, Lyle Overbay, David Ross and...

Atlanta Braves May Be Better Suited to Pursue Angel Pagan Over Michael Bourn
October 19th, 2012 at 9:19 AM
One of the biggest decisions that face the Atlanta Braves this offseason is what to do in center field. As of right now, general manager Frank Wren is faced with two options. Either unload gobs of money on Michael Bourn or look elsewhere in the free agent market. Bourn made $6.845...

Frank Wren Hopes to Keep Michael Bourn in Atlanta Braves Uniform
October 8th, 2012 at 4:10 PM
It looks like most of the 2013's Atlanta Braves lineup is already set, but general manager Frank Wren is facing the glaring question of whether he can lure Michael Bourn with a contract lucrative enough for his agent, Scott Boras. Bourn is eligible for free agency once the World Series is over,...

Eric Hinske Doesn’t Expect Atlanta Braves to Re-Sign Him
October 6th, 2012 at 8:14 PM
Eric Hinske struggled mightily in his third season with the Atlanta Braves, and it's expected that it will be his last. The 35-year-old Hinske set new career lows by hitting just .197 (26-for-132) with two home runs while striking out 41 times. Over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Hinske hit a combined 21 home...

Atlanta Braves Sign Lyle Overbay to Minor League Contract
August 21st, 2012 at 8:07 PM
The Atlanta Braves signed the recently released Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract on Monday, braves.com reports. Overbay will report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday on their day off and begin playing Thursday against Syracuse. General manager Frank Wren said the move will allow Overbay to join the Major League...

Atlanta Braves Sign Ben Sheets to Minor League Deal
July 1st, 2012 at 3:30 PM
The Atlanta Braves, looking to make a move to bolster their starting rotation after the loss of Brandon Beachy to surgery, have signed four-time All-Star starting pitcher Ben Sheets to a minor league deal, braves.com reports. He will make his first start on Independance Day for Double-A MIssissippi. Sheets, who turns...

Atlanta Braves Sign Reliever Chad Durbin
April 4th, 2012 at 4:22 PM
The Atlanta Braves put the finishing touches on their Opening Day bullpen on Tuesday, signing Chad Durbin to a one-year contract. ***PHOTO1*** The Washington Nationals cut Durbin after he compiled a 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this Spring. He was 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 56 games with the Cleveland...