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  1. The 2014 All-Star rosters have been announced

    Jul 6, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Find out who’s on the roster for each league in the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

  2. Jonny Venters gets platelet-rich plasma injection

    Jun 18, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Braves' Venters walks back to mound after allowing a run on a single by Phillies' Ibanez during eighth inning of their MLB National League game in Atlanta

    Jonny Venters is making his way back from undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in May of last year, but the Braves setup man had to shut his throwing program down last week due to soreness.

  3. Blue Jays send strikeout machine Steve Delabar to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki; Esmil Rogers; Steve Delabar

    Toronto has called up utility man Munenori Kawasaki from the minors for some infield depth and in a surprising move they demoted right-hander Steve Delabar to Triple-A to make room for him on the roster.

  4. Craig Kimbrel passes John Smoltz for save record with Braves

    Jun 7, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel Getty

    Craig Kimbrel converted the 155th save of his career last night, passing John Smoltz for the Braves record.

  5. Report: Braves, Chris Johnson agree to three-year extension

    May 1, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

    Chris Johnson Getty

    The Braves and third baseman Chris Johnson have reportedly agreed to a three-year extension with a club option for 2018.

  6. Craig Kimbrel struggles in return from right shoulder issue, apologizes for reaction to being pulled

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    kimbrel getty

    Craig Kimbrel was called on Saturday for the first time since complaining of discomfort in his shoulder last Monday. The appearance did not go smoothly.

  7. Jeff Samardzija says he wants a big-money contract to help future players

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Jeff Samardzija unselfishly wants to get paid. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

  8. Craig Kimbrel throws, says his shoulder feels “great”

    Apr 16, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

    craig kimbrel getty

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was unavailable to pitch on Monday because of soreness in his right shoulder. But it’s apparently only a minor issue and he expects to be fine going forward.

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 15, 2014, 6:34 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    The Braves-Phillies game was GONZO with a capital X. In no small part because Dan Uggla was the hero.

  10. Craig Kimbrel was unavailable Monday due to a sore shoulder

    Apr 14, 2014, 11:38 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel AP

    Craig Kimbrel didn’t pitch Monday due to a sore shoulder, but the Braves are hoping he’ll only have to miss a few days.

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2014, 7:06 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    I saw Captain America last night. It was way better than the first few innings of the Tigers-Dodgers game.

  12. Survey says: Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel the best at what they do

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…

  13. Talkin’ to Gene Garber about weird windups and reliever usage

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Gene Garber

    CLEARWATER — I have avoided Chris Farley moments here, but I almost went fanboy on this guy a little while ago: That’s Gene Garber, former Braves (and Phillies and Royals and Pirates) reliever. He’s a Braves spring training instructor these days, and he had some time to talk to me this morning as the Braves…

  14. 2014 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Can the Braves follow up on a 96-win season and defend their NL East…

  15. Braves expected to extend Andrelton Simmons next

    Feb 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Over the last two weeks, the Braves have been hard at work, locking up their core for the foreseeable future. They signed first baseman Freddie Freeman for $135 million over eight years, outfielder Jason Heyward for $13.3 million over the next two years, starter Julio Teheran for $32.4 million over six years, and earlier today…

  16. Braves sign Craig Kimbrel to four-year, $42M extension

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

    craig kimbrel getty

    The Braves have signed closer Craig Kimbrel to a four-year contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration for the next three seasons and locking him up through at least his first year of free agency. This according to the club’s official Twitter account. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says the deal also carries a club option for…

  17. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  18. The Braves interested in extensions for Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran

    Feb 6, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    They locked up Freddie Freeman for eight years and Jason Heyward for two. Now the Braves are looking at some of their other young guys: Also on Hot Stove with Freeman signed long term, heard #Braves want to try to do pre-arb extended deals with Simmons/Teheran — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 6, 2014   Seems…

  19. Braves, Jason Heyward reach a two-year deal avoiding arbitration

    Feb 4, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

    heyward braves getty

    The Braves have announced that they have avoided arbitration with Jason Heyward by agreeing to a two-year deal. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for $13.3 million. In addition to being a smart move — Heyward is a key player and the sides were only $300K apart based on submitted arbitration numbers — it’s…

  20. Will the Braves be able to lock up their core?

    Feb 2, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    The Braves’ winter full of arbitration cases was an indication of the problems lurking just beyond the horizon — their core of young, talented players is starting to get very expensive, and inching ever closer to free agency. The organization has been among the more thrifty in Major League Baseball lately, keeping a payroll below…

  21. Reds VP Bob Miller on the arbitration process: “It works poorly”

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    The Reds avoided arbitration with starter Mike Leake and relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon earlier today, but were not able to do so with starter Homer Bailey and flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. As a guest on The C Dot Show earlier, Reds vice president Bob Miller (who handles the arbitration cases for the club)…

  22. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  23. Braves and Mike Minor agree to one-year, $3.85 million deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    On the heels of a fantastic 2013 campaign, Braves starter Mike Minor has earned a pay raise of nearly $3.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility as a super-two player. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the two sides avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.85 million deal. Minor took home $505,000 last season. A…

  24. Are the Braves a small market team now?

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    The Braves may be moving into a new stadium soon, but with the Phillies’ latest 25-year, $2.5 billion TV deal with Comcast SportsNet, Grant Brisbee of SB Nation argues that the Braves have more in common with the Rays than the rival Phillies, Mets, and Nationals. Brisbee notes that in 2000, the Braves had the…

  25. Braves and Jordan Walden avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden Getty

    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Braves and reliever Jordan Walden have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.49 million contract. Walden was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Acquired from the Angels for Tommy Hanson last November, the 26-year-old right-hander posted a 3.45 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 47…

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