Player News - Braves

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians, Royals, and Nationals have inquired on free agent Matt Adams.

The Nationals see Adams more as a bench bat while the Indians are looking at him as a fallback if they are unable to retain free agent Carlos Santana. The 29-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Braves after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves in 2017.
Dec 11 - 10:15 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Braves have hired Alex Tamin as director of major league operations.

Tamin follows new general manager Alex Anthopoulos from the Dodgers, where he had been the team's director of baseball operations. Rosenthal writes that Tamin "handled rules and transactions and also was heavily involved in (the) advance scouting process" during his time in Los Angeles and is expected to fill a similar role in Atlanta.
Dec 10 - 12:41 PM

Braves signed INF Christian Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Colon batted just .160/.236/.180 in 57 plate appearances this past season between the Royals and Marlins, but the 28-year-old former top prospect can play all around the infield defensively and might have a shot of cracking the Opening Day roster with the rebuilding Braves.
Dec 6 - 10:29 AM

Braves and RHP Chase Whitley avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

The reliever had been claimed off waivers from the Rays earlier in the day. The Tommy John surgery survivor is expected to get a chance to start with his new team after posting a 4.08 ERA in 57 1/3 innings with Tampa Bay this past season.
Dec 1 - 10:27 PM

Braves non-tendered INF/OF Danny Santana.

He's now a free agent. The 26-year-old Santana struggled with a .202/.243/.357 batting line over 82 games between the Braves and Twins in 2017.
Dec 1 - 9:15 PM

Braves non-tendered INF/OF Jace Peterson.

Peterson, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, hit just .215/.318/.317 in 215 plate appearances at the major league level this past season. He'll try his luck in free agency.
Dec 1 - 9:12 PM

Braves non-tendered 1B Matt Adams.

The Braves tried to shop him around the league prior to Friday's deadline but couldn't find any takers. Adams filled in well while Freddie Freeman recovered from a broken hand but the Braves don't have a place for the defensively-challenged veteran to play heading into the new season. He hit .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves this year. He was projected to make $4.6 million via arbitration and the Braves decided that money would be better spent elsewhere.
Dec 1 - 8:46 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Braves "have had no movement" on a potential trade of Matt Adams.

Adams is a non-tender candidate but the Braves are shopping him around first. Feinsand's source says it's "too hard to tell at this point" whether the first baseman gets traded, non-tendered or even kept by Atlanta. Adams is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $4.6 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Dec 1 - 4:24 PM

Braves claimed RHP Chase Whitley off waivers from the Rays.

Whitley, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, held a 4.08 ERA and 43/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 relief innings for the Rays in 2017 in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old will fill a middle relief role in Atlanta.
Dec 1 - 1:45 PM

Braves agreed to terms with LHP Rex Brothers on a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Brothers hasn't had much success in the majors since 2013, but he did have 33 strikeouts to go along with his 7.23 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for the Braves last year and he's throwing about as hard as ever. He's a fair enough flyer at that price.
Nov 30 - 8:42 PM

Braves acquired LHP Justin Kelly from the Angels for RHP Jim Johnson and international pool space.

Kelly, a 33rd-round pick in 2016, put up a 3.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 57/29 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings this past year between five different levels of the Angels' minor league system. The 24-year-old southpaw can't really be considered a prospect.
Nov 30 - 2:19 PM

Braves signed OF Michael Reed to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to major league camp next spring. Reed, a former fifth-round pick of the Brewers, batted just .208 with a .698 OPS in 205 plate appearances this past season at Double-A Biloxi. He turned 25 years old earlier this month.
Nov 29 - 11:57 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays and Braves had "brief contact" this month about a potential Nick Markakis trade.

Morosi says the "talks have failed to advance," and it's possible they may be dead. Markakis owns an underwhelming .743 OPS in 474 games with the Braves since signing a four-year, $44 million free agent contract in December 2014 and he tallied just eight home runs in 160 games this past season. The 34-year-old outfielder is owed $11 million in 2018, the final year of that deal.
Nov 29 - 11:27 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Braves have fired assistant general manager Adam Fisher.

Fisher was just hired as assistant GM in September, but that was before an international scouting fiasco led to the entire restructuring of the team's front office. New GM Alex Anthopoulos decided to just sever ties with Fisher rather than reassign him, and he's given Fisher's old job to Perry Minasian, who had been director of player personnel. Anthopoulos has also hired Andrew Tinnish -- who he worked with during his time in Toronto -- as vice president of amateur and international scouting.
Nov 27 - 5:20 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Braves are shopping Matt Adams to other teams in advance of Friday's non-tender deadline.

It's no surprise, as Adams doesn't fit with the Braves with Freddie Freeman at first base. The 29-year-old struggled with limited exposure in the outfield. The Braves could find a market for him after he batted .274 with 20 homers and an .841 OPS over 131 games this past season. He made $2.8 million in 2017 and is under team control for one more year. Olney speculates on the Indians as a potential fit.
Nov 27 - 1:13 PM


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