Player News - Braves

Date: Team: Pos:

Braves signed RHP Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman says Boyer "has a good chance" to open the 2017 season as a member of the Atlanta bullpen. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 26/17 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers in 2016.
Jan 17 - 6:33 PM

Freddie Freeman will play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Freeman had been leaning that way but Sportsnet's Shi Davidi confirmed it on Saturday. He'll be joined on Team Canada by former big leaguers Ryan Dempster and Eric Gagne. Free agent Michael Saunders is also hoping to play but won't commit until he signs a contract. James Paxton and Jameson Taillon are both passing on the WBC.
Jan 14 - 5:39 PM

Braves acquired 2B Micah Johnson from the Dodgers in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

Johnson had been designated for assignment. The 26-year-old spent all of last season at Triple-A, hitting .261/.321/.356 in 516 plate appearances. He'll try to win a bench job with Atlanta.
Jan 13 - 3:27 PM

Braves and RHP Arodys Vizcaino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.55 million contract.

It's the first time he's been eligible for arbitration. Vizcaino had a disappointing 4.42 ERA and 50/26 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 frames last season and will enter 2017 in a setup role ahead of Jim Johnson.
Jan 13 - 2:52 PM

Braves and LHP Ian Krol avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

Krol spent time in the minors in 2016 but posted a 3.18 ERA and 56/13 K/BB ratio over 51 frames with the big club. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 qualifier.
Jan 13 - 2:51 PM

Braves acquired LHP Thomas Burrows from the Mariners in the Mallex Smith deal.

Burrows, a fourth-round pick in last year's draft, put up a 2.55 ERA and 37/11 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings of relief with Low-A Everett in 2016. The 22-year-old held left-handed batters to a .111/.226/.111 batting line. He could be major-league ready soon.
Jan 11 - 2:58 PM

Braves acquired LHPs Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows from the Mariners for OF Mallex Smith and RHP Shae Simmons.

Gohara is the big piece in the deal for Atlanta. The 20-year-old posted an impressive 1.81 ERA and 81/23 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings across 13 starts between Low-A Everett and Class A Clinton last season. The hard-throwing lefty was recently ranked as the Mariners' No. 3 prospect by Baseball America.
Jan 11 - 2:53 PM

Dodgers designated INF Micah Johnson for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Kenley Jansen, who was officially re-signed to a five-year, $80 million contract on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson logged just six plate appearances at the major league level in 2016 and hit .261/.321/.356 in 516 plate appearances with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.
Jan 10 - 4:49 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Freddie Freeman is "increasingly likely" to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Freeman was born in the United States, but his parents were born in Canada and he has said in the past that he would like to honor his late mother. Joey Votto has already said that he won't participate in the WBC, so securing Freeman would provide a big boost to Canada's lineup.
Jan 10 - 11:39 AM

Jaime Garcia will pitch for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network also confirmed that Royals reliever Joakim Soria and Brewers reliever Carlos Torres will participate. The Braves recently acquired Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for right-handers John Gant and Chris Ellis and infielder Luke Dykstra. The 30-year-old southpaw is looking to rebound after posting a disappointing 4.67 ERA over 30 starts in 2016.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 11:31:00 AM

Braves signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old southpaw appeared in six games for the Twins in 2016, registering a troublesome 5.82 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in 17 innings. With the ability to start and pitch out of the bullpen, it's a nice depth signing for the Braves.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 02:02:00 PM

Braves signed RHP Manny Barreda to a minor league contract.

The 28-year-old pitched for Tijuana in the Mexican League in 2016, posting a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 54/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. He'll add organizational bullpen depth for the Braves.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 02:00:00 PM

Braves and OF Ender Inciarte avoided arbitration by agreeing to a five-year, $30.525 million contract extension with a $9 million club option for 2022.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported the agreement, and the team has now officially announced it. Inciarte is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a Super Two player, so the deal buys out all of his arbitration years plus potentially two free agent years. These kind of contracts almost always wind up being huge bargains for the team as long as the player stays healthy, and this situation is no different. Inciarte is a career .292/.337/.385 hitter and a Gold Glove center fielder who just turned 26 in October.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:32:00 AM

Braves signed LHP John Danks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the lefty will receive $1.5 million if he makes the team. Danks sat out most of the 2016 season after being released by the White Sox in May following a 7.25 ERA across four starts. He has posted a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts dating back to the beginning of 2012, as he simply hasn't been the same pitcher since his shoulder issues cropped up. There doesn't appear to be room for him in the Braves' rotation, but he might stick around as a long reliever.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 07:53:00 PM

Braves re-signed 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bonifacio returns to the Braves after getting a brief shot with them in 2016, when he hit just .211/.268/.211 over 43 plate appearances. He'll compete for a utility job.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 05:18:00 PM


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