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Mark Bowman of believes that Mike Foltynewicz is the early favorite to claim the fifth and final spot in the Braves' Opening Day rotation.

His primary competition will come from the recently-signed Eric Stults as well as veteran hurlers Chien-Ming Wang and Wandy Rodriguez. The hard-throwing right-hander appeared in 16 games with the Astros in 2014, compiling a 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 14/7 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings. He has interesting strikeout potential, though his WHIP stands to be a major detriment to his fantasy appeal.
Jan 31 - 8:41 AM

Braves acquired Cs Chris O'Dowd and Jose Briceno from the Rockies in exchange for RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser.

O'Dowd is a career .260/.327/.362 hitter in the minors and has displayed very little power. As a 24-year-old with barely any experience above A-ball, he's not really a prospect.
Jan 30 - 3:47 PM

Braves acquired Cs Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd from the Rockies in exchange for RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser.

Briceno, 22, wasn't listed by Baseball America as one of the Rockies' top-10 prospects, but he sports a solid .280/.342/.433 batting line in his minor league career and has double-digit homers in back-to-back seasons. The Venezuelan native seems likely to begin 2015 at High-A.
Jan 30 - 3:44 PM

Braves signed C Jesus Flores to a minor league contract.

He'll presumably be invited to big league camp in spring training. Flores hasn't been heard from much since leaving the Nationals a couple years ago, and he hit just .248/.304/.394 with five homers over 40 games at Triple-A with the Royals in 2014 before being released in July. Now 30, he's just a depth guy at this point.
Jan 30 - 12:12 PM

Braves signed LHP Eric Stults to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Padres cut ties with Stults in November after he posted a 4.30 ERA across 32 starts last season. The 35-year-old southpaw is yet another name to add to a lengthy list of fifth starter candidates this spring.
Jan 29 - 5:41 PM

Brandon Beachy isn't planning to sign with a team until sometime in early- to mid-February.

Beachy was said to be close to a deal with an undisclosed club late last week, but those talks apparently fell apart. Here's the statement from Beachy's agent, Rob Martin: "Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger and he’s feeling even more confident about his progress. Thus, he is going to continue with his throwing program and make a decision closer to spring training." The 28-year-old right-hander is recovering from his second Tommy John elbow surgery.
Jan 29 - 1:20 PM

Braves designated OF Jose Constanza for assignment.

Constanza lost his 40-man roster spot Wednesday to Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, whose four-year, $6 million contract with the Braves is now official. Constanza, 31, is a .273/.316/.323 hitter in 112 career games at the major league level. He'll probably clear waivers.
Jan 28 - 4:25 PM

Braves signed C John Buck to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The veteran catcher will be ticketed for Triple-A Gwinnett. Buck had a cool .802 OPS and 20 home runs in 2010 with the Blue Jays, but he's a very different hitter now at age 34. Buck batted just .225/.289/.281 in 97 plate appearances last season between the Mariners and Angels.
Jan 26 - 3:48 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities hears Brandon Beachy has chosen a new team and is finalizing some contractual details with the club.

Wolfson is led to believe that team isn't the Twins. Beachy won't be ready for the start of the season as he continues his recovery from a second Tommy John surgery, but he could be back and contributing for a club sometime in May. The Braves have also been counted out of the running for the 28-year-old, but a number of other clubs had interest. We should know his new organization soon.
Jan 24 - 4:13 PM

Shae Simmons (shoulder) hasn't had any issues since beginning his offseason throwing program three weeks ago.

Simmons missed the final two months of last season with lingering shoulder soreness, but he didn't need surgery and has progressed as hoped so far. "I haven't had any issues, so I'm kind of excited about that," Simmons said. The 24-year-old reliever sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and is an intriguing bullpen arm if he can stay healthy.
Jan 23 - 6:01 PM

Braves signed RHP David Carpenter to a minor league contract.

No, not that David Carpenter. The other one. This Carpenter elected free agency in September after being removed from the Angels' 40-man roster. The 27-year-old holds a 5.23 ERA over 30 major league relief appearances and is merely a depth addition.
Jan 23 - 4:25 PM

Braves claimed OF Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees.

It's a good landing spot for the 24-year-old, as the Braves are lacking outfield depth following the trades of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis. Perez is a career .305/.360/.384 hitter in the minors and has plenty of speed. He should crack the Opening Day roster as a backup.
Jan 23 - 4:06 PM

Braves signed OF Jonny Gomes to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal also contains a $3 million vesting option for 2016, which turns into a team option if it doesn't vest. Gomes traditionally has been on contending teams but apparently got the best offer from the rebuilding Braves. The 34-year-old batted just .234/.327/.330 with six homers last season, but he has a career .861 OPS versus lefties and is expected to platoon in left field with Zoilo Almonte.
Jan 22 - 10:19 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves have signed Jonny Gomes to a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2016.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the deal is for $4 million. Gomes, 34, batted just .234/.327/.330 in 112 total games last season between the Red Sox and A's, but he's been lethal against lefties for most of his career. He's expected to be used in a platoon role in left field with Zoilo Almonte and is unlikely to carry much fantasy value on what should be a bad Braves team. The Cubs and Rangers had also been in on Gomes.
Jan 22 - 8:26 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound on Friday.

Minor posted a rough 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 starts last season for the Braves before being shut down in September with shoulder discomfort. The left-hander was among the best starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so maybe he can pull off a big bounceback in 2015. He should be fully healthy for Opening Day.
Jan 22 - 3:12 PM

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