Player News - Braves

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Braves catching prospect Alex Jackson went 4-for-5 with a homer and two double for Peoria on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.

It's the second homer of the AFL for Jackson, who has been tearing the cover off the ball in his time in the league. The defensive reports aren't great, but he is still "relatively" new to the position, and he's made enough progress there for him to potentially be a regular there. If he can, he might be a future All-Star at the position.
Oct 18 - 6:32 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that former Rockies manager Walt Weiss "is among the possible replacements" to be added to the Braves' coaching staff.

Bowman says Weiss could be the team's new bench coach, replacing Terry Pendleton. First base coach Eddie Perez and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez are also candidates to be let go, although the club hasn't announced any staff changes yet. Weiss didn't coach anywhere this season after managing the Rockies from 2013-16.
Oct 17 - 11:44 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves would be "happy" to pick up R.A. Dickey's $8 million option for 2018 if the pitcher decides to continue his career.

The 42-year-old is mulling retirement, but if he opts to continue his career it sounds like he'll remain in Atlanta. Dickey posted a 4.26 ERA over 31 starts across 190 innings in 2017 and should be a solid enough innings-eater again in 2018 if he keeps playing.
Oct 13 - 2:59 PM

Braves prospect outfielder Ronald Acuna left Thursday's Arizona Fall League game with a left forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch.

Acuna, arguably the game's top prospect, stayed in initially, but came out before the next half inning. There's obviously no need to take any chances. He's probably day-to-day.
Oct 12 - 5:22 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Braves are considering Royals general manager Dayton Moore, Nationals special assistant Dan Jennings, and Nationals assistant GM Doug Harris for their vacant general manager job.

Braves president John Hart is handling GM duties amid the sudden resignation of general manager John Coppolella following a breach of rules in the international players market. Moore has been linked to the Braves for a while, though the feeling is that he won't leave the Royals unless he has full control. Braves director of baseball operations Billy Ryan is a possible internal candidate. While there's some chaos in the organization right now, it should be a very coveted position.
Oct 9 - 12:22 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Nationals assistant general manager Doug Harris will be a candidate for the Braves' GM job if president John Hart is retained.

Hart could potentially follow former GM John Coppalella out the door following MLB's investigation into the team's activities in the international market. However, if Hart keeps his job it sounds like Harris will be in consideration for the gig under him. Nats special assistant to the GM Dan Jennings has also been mentioned as a candidate, and there have been reports of Royals GM Dayton Moore possibly returning to Atlanta to take the president job if Hart is fired.
Oct 8 - 2:36 PM

According to Bill Shanks of the Macon Telegraph, the Braves will indeed retain manager Brian Snitker.

This confirms the report from Mark Bowman of MLB.com. According to Shanks, the club is expected to official pick up his 2018 option on Wednesday. There's been speculation in recent weeks that the club could turn to special assistant Bo Porter or coach Ron Washington, but Snitker will get another chance to get things going in the right direction. However, there's expected to be some changes with his coaching staff.
Oct 3 - 9:40 AM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Brian Snitker is likely to remain Braves manager.

The decision comes at a time of upheaval in the front office after the resignation of general manager John Coppolella due to a breach of rules in the international players market. John Hart will handle GM duties for now and apparently the preference is to have some stability in the dugout. Snitker owns a 131-155 record (.458) since replacing Fredi Gonzalez last May.
Oct 3 - 8:53 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that MLB's investigation of the Braves could potentially lead to top prospect Kevin Maitan being declared a free agent if improprieties are found.

General manager John Coppolella was forced to resign Monday as MLB's investigation into the Braves' affairs heated up. Passan writes that "the focus of MLB’s investigation narrowed in recent days to the bundling of international amateur signing bonuses to circumvent spending restrictions." However, he adds that the investigation "remains open and is expected to look into" the team's signing of Maitan, who got a Venezuelan-record $4.25 million last July. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic also reports that MLB is investigating a verbal agreement the Braves have with 14-year-old Dominican shortstop Robert Puason.
Oct 2 - 7:22 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former Marlins general manager Dan Jennings "could be a top candidate" for the Braves' GM job "if they can't get" Royals GM Dayton Moore.

Jennings is currently working in the Nationals' front office as special assistant to the general manager. It sounds like Moore is the Braves' preferred choice to replace John Coppolella if they can talk him into leaving Kansas City. USA Today's Bob Nightengale was told by associates of Moore that the GM will likely leave to go back to Atlanta, where he worked for many years before joining the Royals.
Oct 2 - 4:51 PM

John Coppolella has officially resigned as Braves general manager.

This confirms a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. According to the announcement from the team, the resignation is the result of "a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market." "Major League Baseball is investigating the matter with our full cooperation and support," Braves president John Hart said in a statement. "We will not be issuing any further comment until the investigation is complete." Hart will take over GM duties until a replacement is hired.
Oct 2 - 1:12 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Braves general manager John Coppolella is expected to resign on Monday.

That's a shocker. The specifics of the decision aren't yet known, but Rosenthal notes that it has something to do with issues regarding the Braves’ talent acquisition in Latin America. In fact, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that MLB has been investigating Coppolella in recent weeks. Special assistant to the general manager Gordon Blakeley is also wrapped up in the situation, per Rosenthal. There should be more clarity on the situation soon, but it doesn't sound good. Coppolella was promoted to general manager almost exactly two years ago and has helped build one of the better farm systems in the game.
Oct 2 - 12:52 PM

Kurt Suzuki hit his 19th homer of the year as the Braves beat the Marlins 8-5 in Sunday's season finale.

It was a two-run shot in the top of the third inning off Marlins starter Jose Urena. Suzuki has enjoyed a career year at age 33 and scored a one-year, $3.5 million contract extension from the Braves late last month. He'll finish with an .887 OPS.
Oct 1 - 6:49 PM

Arodys Vizcaino earned his 14th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Vizcaino struck out Giancarlo Stanton and induced flyouts from Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich to seal an 8-5 victory for the Braves. The 26-year-old right-hander took over as Atlanta's closer in early August and should open the 2018 season in that role.
Oct 1 - 6:41 PM

Lucas Sims was knocked around for six runs over two innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Sims couldn't seem to get much of anything going, walking four and allowing seven hits, including a homer, in his two innings of work. It was an unceremonious end to a tough freshman year for the 23-year-old, who posted a 5.62 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 57 2/3 innings. Things should get better going forward for the former first-round pick.
Sep 30 - 11:23 PM


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