Player News - Braves

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Braves acquired INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

The 28-year-old is a defense-first type of utility player but could add valuable versatility to the Braves' bench. He's a career .231/.272/.324 hitter over 443 plate appearances in his big league career.
Dec 16 - 3:04 PM

Braves acquired RHP Brandon McCarthy, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

The 34-year-old hurler should make for a nice addition to the Braves' starting rotation. McCarthy posted a 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 72/27 K/BB ratio over 92 2/3 innings with the Dodgers in 2017. Durability is the biggest issue with McCarthy, as he has logged a total of 155 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Dec 16 - 3:02 PM

Braves acquired LHP Scott Kazmir, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

The 33-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2017 season while battling continued issues with his left arm and hip. He's nothing but a lottery ticket for the Braves at this stage.
Dec 16 - 3:00 PM

Braves acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

As Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported, Gonzalez will be designated for assignment and become a free agent. The 35-year-old slugger hit just .242/.287/.355 with three homers and 30 RBI in 71 games for the Dodgers in 2017.
Dec 16 - 2:58 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Braves plan to designate Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

The only reason that Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to be included in the Matt Kemp deal, is that the Braves' promised him that he would become a free agent once the deal was completed. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, but will now have to find another team willing to give him a shot.
Dec 16 - 2:51 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Braves have acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Gonzalez fell out of favor in Los Angeles after the emergence of Cody Bellinger and opted not to stay with the club for their postseason run while he was recovering from his back injury. It's unclear if the Braves plan to have him man first base while Freddie Freeman shifts to third base full-time, or if they'll look to move him elsewhere.
Dec 16 - 2:47 PM

Braves selected RHP Anyelo Gomez from the Yankees with the seventh selection in the Rule 5 draft.

Gomez pitched at four levels in the Yankees system last season, amassing a 1.92 ERA and an 87/21 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings out of the pen. He's not the kind of big arm teams often look to add through the Rule 5 draft, but he's ready to contend for a bullpen spot now and he could prove useful in the middle innings.
Dec 14 - 9:58 AM

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


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