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Jason Heyward Gets Prime Locker in Atlanta Braves Clubhouse
March 31st, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Jason Heyward very well may end up as the new face of the Atlanta Braves, and he took a step closer when he was moved into the corner locker in the Turner Field clubhouse previously occupied by Chipper Jones and John Smoltz, braves.com reports. Heyward's new Turner Field abode is at...

Jordan Walden Looks Ready for Atlanta Braves Season
March 29th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Despite missing nearly a month with a bulging disc in his lower back, Atlanta Braves reliever Jordan Walden looks ready after completing a perfect inning in the Braves' Spring Training finale with the Houston Astros. Walden completed his fourth appearance in nine days by striking out two and inducing a pop-up. Walden's...

World Baseball Classic May Have Helped Andrelton Simmons’ Performance
March 29th, 2013 at 8:53 AM
Teams freaked out when Hanely Ramirez and David Wright were injured at the World Baseball Classic, but the Atlanta Braves may want to try sending more players after the production Andrelton Simmons has had going into the regular season. If anything, playing for the Netherlands in the WBC did Simmons a...

Andrelton Simmons Projected to Be Best Defender in Major Leagues
March 25th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Andrelton Simmons is clearly the cornerstone for the Atlanta Braves when they're on defense, even with his limited experience. He's fascinated so many in fact that ESPN Insider Scott Pratt has projected him to be the best defensive player in the Major Leagues for 2013. Pratt notes that while Tyler Pastornicky...

Juan Francisco, Chris Johnson to Platoon at Third Base for Atlanta Braves
March 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 AM
With both Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson raking during Spring Training, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has decided what most people expected - that the pair will start the 2013 season as a platoon at third base. "I think both of those guys are playing such great baseball," Gonzalez said on...

Tim Hudson Named Atlanta Braves Opening Day Starter
March 21st, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Even though Kris Medlen is essentially the de facto ace of the staff, Fredi Gonzalez named TIm Hudson to start on the mound for the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies, braves.com reports. The Opening Day start will be Hudson's third with the Braves and sixth for his...

Dan Uggla Still not Producing for Atlanta Braves in Spring Training
March 19th, 2013 at 8:43 AM
If this keeps up, Dan Uggla may become the Atlanta Braves' highest paid bench player. In a 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in which nine Braves recorded hits and six players had multiple hits, Uggla was saddled with an 0-for-4 line with two strikeouts. Granted, Kris Medlen had an ugly...

Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors Percolate Around Jonny Venters
March 6th, 2013 at 9:14 PM
The first half of 2012 wasn't very kind to Jonny Venters, and the Atlanta Braves have apparently taken that into account. Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday that the Braves are willing to discuss dealing the hard-throwing lefty. "Talk among scouts that #Braves will listen on Venters. Braves, though, say they love depth in their...

Atlanta Braves Best Possible Lineup for Regular Season 2013
February 26th, 2013 at 11:10 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Atlanta Braves had quite an offseason, which included passing on re-signing an excellent leadoff man in Michael Bourn; instead, they made B.J. Upton the highest paid member of the Atlanta franchise with a 5 year, 75.25 million dollar contract. Not only did the Braves get B.J., but they...

Brian McCann Likely Out for First Half of April
February 12th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Now that Brian McCann has reported to Spring Training with the Atlanta Braves, it seems he has finally accepted that his offseason shoulder surgery will probably keep him out of the first two weeks of the season. McCann underwent a procedure Oct. 16 that inserted anchors into the posterior portion of McCann's...

Fredi Gonzalez Projects New Atlanta Braves Lineup
January 30th, 2013 at 6:56 PM
With all the big moves the Atlanta Braves have made this winter, Fredi Gonzalez was all too eager to project his 2013 lineup, Yahoo! Sports reports. As expected, Andrelton Simmons will hit lead-off, followed by Jason Heyward, who climbed the lineup last year and actually hit in the third spot a...

Andrelton Simmons Likely to Lead Off for Atlanta Braves
January 29th, 2013 at 8:45 AM
With Martin Prado traded and no other real candidates in the lineup, it looks like Andrelton Simmons will get a shot at the lead-off spot on Opening Day for the Atlanta Braves, Mark Bowman reports. Simmons, who won the Carolina League batting title in 2011, hit .289 with a .335 on-base percentage...

Justin Upton to Wear No. 8 for Atlanta Braves, Let Fans Pick New Twitter Handle
January 28th, 2013 at 9:33 AM
The newly acquired Justin Upton will wear no. 8 this season for the Atlanta Braves, Dave O'Brien reports. Upton wore 10 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but everyone in the world knows that belongs to Chipper Jones and that it will be retired in the near future. Meanwhile, that means Uptons @Jus10Up10 is now...

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’ Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel to Pitch for Team USA
January 17th, 2013 at 11:25 AM
The World Baseball Classic is set for it's third installment this spring, and two prominent members of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff have been invited by manager Joe Torre to take part: Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel. Medlen, led the major league in nearly every category over the second half of...

Brian McCann Hopes to Play on Opening Day
January 15th, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is showing unexpected optimism just three months after major shoulder surgery. Mark Bowman reports that longest-tenured Braves position player is hoping to be ready for Opening Day. Dr. Xavier Duralde operated on McCann's shoulder Oct. 16 to repair a labrum tear that was worse than originally thought....

Atlanta Braves Encouraged by Juan Francisco’s Progress
December 11th, 2012 at 11:18 PM
The Atlanta Braves still need a left fielder and a lead-off hitter, and it's becoming more evident that general manager Frank Wren may end up filling the spot with internal options. Wren and Fredi Gonzalez spent a few days in the Dominican Republic evaluating several Braves' progress in winter ball,...

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 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...