MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves

Peterson the starting 2B in Atlanta? 

March, 17, 2015
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Jace Peterson, acquired by the Atlanta Braves in the deal that sent Justin Upton to San Diego, is making a strong case for a roster spot and could end up as the starting second baseman, reports MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.
Melvin (don’t call me B.J.) Upton was hoping that a name change would help reverse his fortunes, but the bad news continued last week when it was learned the Braves’ center fielder could miss the first month of the season because of inflammation in his left foot, leaving an open competition for his job.

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Monday rumors roundup 

March, 2, 2015
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Monday has been a rainy day in Arizona, cutting short or cancelling the workouts of many Cactus League teams. The weather is better in Florida, where Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright threw his first bullpen session since an abdominal strain forced him to take a few days off.

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Teheran to throw on Opening Day? 

February, 23, 2015
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It's not clear if Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is superstitious of if he simply wants to keep his options open, but either way, he's not quite ready to name his Opening Day starter -- even if it's quite clear that Julio Teheran will end up getting the nod.

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Position battle: Braves 3B 

February, 19, 2015
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Last season, the Atlanta Braves used six different players at second base. The prevailing thought was that they may be looking for someone other than Phil Gosselin, who spent nearly all of September there, to man the position in 2015. However, it's starting to look like any change to the infield may end up being located at the hot corner.

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Wednesday rumor roundup 

February, 18, 2015
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The Boston Red Sox have a lot of outfielders from which to choose this spring, and at some point, they'll make a call on which ones will stay and which ones will get sent packing.

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Braves looking for LF? 

January, 21, 2015
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The Atlanta Braves have been busy dismantling their outfield this offseason, having traded away Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis. While they did add Nick Markakis to play right field, the question of who plays every day in left field still isn't locked down.

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Rangers out on Beachy? 

January, 8, 2015
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As we noted on Wednesday, former Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy may be ready to sign with a new team as early as Friday of this week. He has thrown for over a half-dozen teams over the last two weeks and is believed to be collecting final offers with the intention of making a decision on a new contract.

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Twins plans with J.R. Graham 

January, 3, 2015
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Back-to-back seasons marred by shoulder injuries were enough for the Atlanta Braves to leave former highly rated pitching prospect J.R. Graham off their 40-man roster and, thus, unprotected in the Rule 5 draft. The Minnesota Twins snatched him up, and apparently have hope that changing his role can help Graham overcome his shoulder woes.

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What is Evan Gattis worth? 

December, 23, 2014
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The re-branding of the Atlanta Braves already has seen Jason Heyward traded to St. Louis and Justin Upton shipped to San Diego. A valuable trade chip remains in Evan Gattis, who remains a defensive liability but has back to back seasons of at least 20 homers.

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Upton heading west? 

December, 19, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves are reportedly putting the finishing touches on a deal that would send Justin Upton to an unknown American League West club. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs tweeted early Friday morning that, according to a source, "a package headlined by young pitching" would be coming back to Atlanta.

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Braves stuck with B.J. Upton? 

December, 18, 2014
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Although rumors surrounding B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves' desire to send him packing this winter continue to make the rounds, it's beginning to look like there aren't going to be any takers for the outfielder and his huge contract.

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Will Braves make a deal? 

December, 12, 2014
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David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez earlier this week and asked him what his defense might look like in 2015. "Evan Gattis would catch, right now as we stand. Justin Upton in left field, Nick Markakis in right field, and B.J. Upton in center field right now, and hopefully we get him turned around. Then you could go a couple different directions in the outfield for a fourth outfielder," Gonzalez replied.

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Package deal with Justin Upton? 

December, 10, 2014
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The San Francisco Giants have emerged as a serious suitor for outfielder Justin Upton, but the Atlanta Braves are packaging third baseman Chris Johnson as part of any deal, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Giants aggressively pursued Jon Lester before the left-hander signed with the Cubs, and the Plan B could be to pursue a power bat. The 27-year-old Upton hit 29 homers with 102 RBIs and an .833 OPS last season and will be one of the top hitters on the free-agent market next winter.

Upton makes a very affordable $14.5 million, which explains why the Braves are asking teams to absorb the $17.5 million left on Johnson’s contract as well.

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The market for Justin Upton 

December, 9, 2014
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It already has been a very busy offseason for the Atlanta Braves, who traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals in a deal for Shelby Miller and signed Nick Markakis and Jim Johnson via free agency. Those deals will merely be warm-up acts if the Braves deal Justin Upton, but president of baseball operations John Hart will not exactly give the outfielder away.

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