MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves

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.

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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Rumors Roundup for Monday 

December, 8, 2014
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When will Jon Lester make up his mind? That is the question the baseball world is asking, with bated breath, at the winter meetings in San Diego.

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Busy week for the Braves? 

December, 8, 2014
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It already has been a very busy offseason for the Atlanta Braves, and more could follow this week at the winter meetings, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

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What We're Tracking 

December, 8, 2014
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The baseball world has gathered in San Diego for what should be a few days of frenzied activity – assuming Jon Lester makes up his mind.

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Justin Upton ready to move? 

December, 5, 2014
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The Atlanta Braves have been busy this offseason making some changes to their outfield, having sent away Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals and signing free agent Nick Markakis to a four-year deal to replace him. The next move may be a trade of Justin Upton.

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Braves courting Markakis? 

December, 3, 2014
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As negotiations between Nick Markakis and the Baltimore Orioles have "hit a snag," teams like the Atlanta Braves are taking advantage of the opportunity to plead their case to the free-agent outfielder.

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Atlanta's asking price for Justin Upton 

November, 22, 2014
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According to a New York Post story on Friday, the Atlanta Braves are shopping talented outfielder Justin Upton and are seeking a huge haul in return.

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