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Braves acquired OF Mallex Smith from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

Smith, 21, batted .310/.403/.432 with a whopping 88 stolen bases between Low- and High-A this season. The Braves are hoping he can eventually turn into a center fielder and leadoff hitter.
Dec 19 - 5:07 PM

Braves acquired 3B Dustin Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

The younger brother of Mariners third base prospect D.J. Peterson, Dustin is a former second-round pick who batted just .233/.274/.361 with 10 homers in Low-A in 2014. He can be a regular if everything clicks, but the 20-year-old is obviously a long ways away.
Dec 19 - 5:05 PM

Braves acquired INF Jace Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

A former sandwich round pick, Peterson batted .307/.402/.447 with 16 steals between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a cup of coffee in the majors. He's a pretty solid middle infield prospect but didn't land in a great situation in Atlanta with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop and Jose Peraza on his way at second base.
Dec 19 - 5:03 PM

Braves acquired LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot from the Padres in exchange for OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft.

Fried was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game, but he had elbow troubles and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August. He has top-of-the-rotation upside if he can re-gain his pre-op stuff, but obviously there's some risk here.
Dec 19 - 5:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Giants "remain interested" in Chris Johnson.

They have an opening at the hot corner after losing out on the Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley sweepstakes, but it's debatable as to how much of an upgrade Johnson would be. The 30-year-old batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta and is a career .283/.319/.419 hitter over six seasons.
Dec 19 - 1:35 PM

Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

"Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal.
Dec 19 - 12:09 PM's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are showing interest in Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick.

Their interest in Correia and Kendrick had already been reported, but Harang's name is new. Harding also lists the Rockies as having interest in Josh Johnson, but he's reportedly close to re-signing with the Padres. Harang had a solid season for the Braves in 2014, posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. However, he's a flyball pitcher who would probably be a terrible fit at Coors Field.
Dec 18 - 7:34 PM

Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The expectation is that Markakis will be able to begin baseball-related activities by mid-February, but the Braves are probably going to take it easy on him in camp this spring just to be safe. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with Atlanta in early December. He'll be the team's leadoff man and right fielder in 2015.
Dec 17 - 4:43 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.

It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]."
Dec 17 - 3:50 PM

Braves acquired RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash from the Red Sox for RHP Anthony Varvaro.

The Braves designated Varvaro for assignment several days ago. Kurcz was one of the pieces involved in Theo Epstein's move from the Red Sox front office to the Cubs back in 2012. He posted a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings for Double-A Portland in 2014.
Dec 17 - 12:27 PM

Braves signed INF Alberto Callaspo to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and has now become official. Callaspo struggled in 2014 for the A's, batting .223/.290/.290 with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances. He'll serve as the Braves' second baseman until prospect Jose Peraza is deemed major league-ready.
Dec 15 - 6:42 PM

Nick Markakis will undergo surgery this week to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities in eight weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training. The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves earlier this month and projects to be the team's leadoff hitter and starting right fielder in 2015.
Dec 15 - 4:37 PM

Braves signed OF Dian Toscano to a four-year, $6 million contract.

The deal also carries a $1.5 million option for a fifth season. Toscano had promising numbers in Cuba's Serie Nacional and is expected to compete for a spot on the Braves' Opening Day roster next spring. The 25-year-old profiles for now as a fourth outfielder.
Dec 15 - 3:29 PM

Braves re-signed RHP Gus Schlosser to a minor league contract.

Schlosser was non-tendered by the Braves on December 2 but is now back with the organization as relief depth. The 26-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 7.64 ERA in 15 appearances this past season for Atlanta.
Dec 15 - 2:09 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that Nick Markakis, as it stands right now, would be the team's leadoff man.

It's not a surprise, as that's where Markakis spent the 2014 season with the Orioles and the Braves have no other obvious options for the leadoff spot. Markakis has a career .358 OBP, though it's been just .335 over the last two seasons. Gonzalez did note that second base prospect Jose Peraza could hit leadoff when he's ready for a promotion, at which point Markakis would drop to the No. 2 spot.
Dec 9 - 6:23 PM

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