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  1. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  2. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  3. Evan Gattis left the game with back spasms last night

    Jun 28, 2014, 10:52 AM EST

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    He’s day-to-day. At least that’s what the Braves hope.

  4. Nick Massett suspended three games, David Carpenter fined as a result of that Braves-Rockies plunk war

    Jun 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

    Dickerson

    If you throw at dudes on purpose, you’re gonna get in trouble for it.

  5. The Braves are policing imaginary offenses again

    Jun 13, 2014, 8:13 AM EST

    Dickerson

    “There are no accidents” — David Carpenter’s personal motto, apparently.

  6. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2014, 6:47 AM EST

    Puig Out

    I took the kids to the Dodgers-Reds game and they saw Yasiel Puig flop about three feet from the second base bag on a caught stealing. Still: beats working.

  7. Chris Johnson was removed from Friday’s game after throwing a tantrum

    May 24, 2014, 10:17 AM EST

    Chris Johnson Getty

    Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has had a problem keeping his emotions in check.

  8. The Braves are bringing a sufficient number of major leaguers to Fort Myers today

    Mar 7, 2014, 8:12 AM EST

    Old Bus

    FORT MYERS — A day after we learned of the stink the Marlins are raising about the Red Sox not bringing a sufficient number of major leaguers on their long road trip to Jupiter, the Braves are traveling here to Fort Myers to face Boston. Here’s who is making the trip: #Braves travel roster for…

  9. Bobby Cox, Bryce Harper and the Braves Philharmonic

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:58 PM EST

    Helmets

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — I’ve done a good job so far today not cheering in the press box. Kris Medlen struck a dude out looking. Evan Gattis just thew out a would-be base stealer. Both of those things are usually worth at least a fist-pump from me when watching a game but I’ve been totally…

  10. Report: Braves sign Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal

    Mar 1, 2014, 10:20 PM EST

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    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that the Braves have signed Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal. Sanchez adds that the deal includes a signing bonus and an invitation to spring training. The Braves have a surplus of catching with Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, Christian Bethancourt, and even Ryan Doumit. As a…

  11. There are conflicting reports about Ryan Doumit’s future as a catcher

    Jan 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EST

    Ryan Doumit

    The Braves acquired Ryan Doumit in a trade with the Twins last month, expecting him to contribute mostly off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Doumit had suffered a concussion in August. While he made a few starts behind the dish upon his return in mid-August, he contributed only as a pinch-hitter, DH, and occasional outfielder…

  12. The Braves trade for Ryan Doumit

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Ryan Doumit

    This is pretty unexpected: Source: Atlanta finalizing deal to acquire catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit from Minnesota. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 18, 2013 Rosenthal reports that the Braves are sending back lefty Sean Gilmartin. Doumit, a catcher and outfielder who does neither of those things at all well but who has been known to hit a little,…

  13. Braves infielder Paul Janish broke his nose lifting weights

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Paul Janish

    Braves utility man Paul Janish has yet to appear in a playoff game, but Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that he’s keeping himself busy by lifting weights and breaking noses: Janish said he was lifting weights when a 45-pound barbell popped off a squat rack and hit him in the face. “It…

  14. Was Dee Gordon safe or out?

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:58 AM EST

    Andrelton Simmons Getty

    The Braves defeated the Dodgers 4-3 last night to even things up at 1-1 in the NLDS, but the win wasn’t without some controversy, as Dee Gordon was called out on a bang-bang play while trying to steal second base in the ninth inning. Gordon entered the ballgame as a pinch-runner after A.J. Ellis drew…

  15. Dodgers squandered plenty of opportunities against the Braves

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

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

    Despite making it close, the Dodgers had plenty of opportunities to score but came up empty plenty of times following Hanley Ramirez‘s RBI double in the first inning. They couldn’t get the big hit against Braves starter Mike Minor from the second through the sixth innings, nor relievers Luis Ayala or Luis Avilan in the…

  16. Nice abs, Dan Uggla

    Sep 9, 2013, 4:55 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Since he joined the Braves, Elliot Johnson hasn’t contributed a ton at the plate. But he did just tweet a picture of Dan Uggla and Gerald Laird‘s abs: Twitter poll: Better abs, Dan Uggla (left) or Gerald Laird (right)? pic.twitter.com/qjLsWEpVFM — Elliot Johnson (@ElliotJohnson9) September 9, 2013 You’re welcome.

  17. Braves activate outfielder B.J. Upton from disabled list

    Aug 3, 2013, 1:19 PM EST

    BJ Upton

    After missing three weeks with a right adductor strain, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton has been activated from the disabled list. Upton was cleared to return after going 4-for-12 (.333) with three doubles and two RBI over three rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett. Per Mark Bowman of MLB.com, he’ll start in center field and bat seventh…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EST

    Carlos Gomez

    Brewers 4, Reds 3: Holy moly that was a crazy game-ending catch for Carlos Gomez, robbing Joey Votto of the go-ahead home run: Incredible. Rays 7, Twins 4: The Rays continue to roll, winning their ninth in ten chances. Joe Maddon talked about his team going ten games over .500: “The thing I like is…

  19. Braves place Evan Gattis on the disabled list

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Evan Gattis caught all nine innings for the Braves in last night’s rain-delayed victory over the Mets and now, about eight hours after the final out, he’s headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain. Gattis has been a fantastic story, finally getting a chance in the majors as a 26-year-old rookie and taking…

  20. Brian McCann set to rejoin the Braves on Monday

    May 4, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    Brian McCann AP

    Brian McCann will play in the first half of tomorrow’s double-header between Triple-A Gwinnett and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Braves catcher has been recovering from a surgically-repaired right shoulder. If all goes according to plan, McCann could join the Braves on Monday as they begin a three-game set in Cincinnati against the Reds, suggests Carroll Rogers of…

  21. Brian McCann could miss all of April rehabbing from shoulder surgery

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:55 PM EST

    Brian McCann AP

    We already knew that Brian McCann wasn’t going to be ready for Opening Day after right shoulder surgery, but there’s a chance that the Braves could be without him for the entire first month of the season. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed this morning that McCann will not…

  22. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  23. UPDATE: The Braves have acquired Justin Upton for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and prospects

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 AM EST

    upton, justin (getty)

    UPDATE: The return is … interesting. Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are getting not just Justin Upton, but Chris Johnson as well. In return, Atlanta is sending them Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed and starting pitcher Zeke Spruill. Much bigger trade than expected. We’ll break it down shortly. UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports…

  24. Brian McCann is hoping to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Getty Brian McCann

    Brian McCann was projected to miss the first few weeks of the season following shoulder surgery, but he’s more optimistic about it: “If all goes well, it’s going to be hard for me to sit there and watch the team on Opening Day, if I’m feeling good … Being three months out of surgery, I feel…

  25. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

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