Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves

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Braves signed INF Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract.

Ciriaco had been removed from the Royals' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old infielder will presumably receive an invitation to spring training and compete for a utility job.
Oct 19 - 1:48 PM

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves president John Schuerholz shot down a report that John Hart turned down the team's offer to be their full-time general manager.

In addition to stating that Hart turned down the job, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Braves were turning their focus to assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore, with former Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd also potentially in the mix. "At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions," said Schuerholz.
Oct 15 - 1:58 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that John Hart has turned down the Braves' offer to be their full-time general manager.

Hart was elevated from senior adviser to interim GM last month when the team fired Frank Wren. The Braves wanted Hart to take the full-time job and groom 35-year-old assistant GM John Coppolella to eventually take over, but he's decided against it. The report also says the club is now focused on either Coppolella or Royals GM Dayton Moore for the job, though they've yet to talk to Moore and they doubt he'd leave Kansas City. Passan lists former Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd as someone the Braves' brass has discussed, but it's unclear whether he'd be considered for the job. Hart will stay on in an advisory role.
Oct 14 - 10:55 PM

Braves hitting coach Greg Walker has resigned.

The Braves finished in the middle of the pack in runs scored for the first two years of Walker's tenure, but they sunk all the way to 29th this season. Walker was previously the White Sox' hitting coach from 2003-11.
Sep 30 - 7:37 PM

According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Emilio Bonifacio has hired Gene Mato as his agent.

He was previously represented by Paul Kinzer. Bonifacio, an impending free agent, batted .259/.305/.345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 steals over 110 games this season between the Cubs and Braves.
Sep 30 - 3:56 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't rule out the possibility that Evan Gattis could play 140 games next season between left field and catcher.

Christian Bethancourt is considered the catcher of the future for Atlanta, so Gonzalez will have to get creative to find regular playing time for Gattis. While playing left field is an option, he would be a huge liability defensively.
Sep 30 - 2:02 PM

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Braves' season final Sunday, earning the save in the 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Kimbrel went out in style, striking out three of the four batters he faced. His season ends with a 1.61 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 95/26 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings. This season marks the fourth straight year he's saved at least 42 games, saving more than 45 in three of the four years.
Sep 28 - 5:55 PM

Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the Braves' season finale against the Phillies Sunday.

Freeman's RBI single in the first inning ended up being the game-winning run in the 2-1 victory. Freeman finishes the year batting .288/.386/.461 with 18 home runs and 78 RBI. It wasn't up to the level of his magnificent 2013 season, but Freeman did set a career high with 93 runs scored.
Sep 28 - 5:49 PM

Emilio Bonifacio hit his third home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

Bonifacio hit a solo shot off Cole Hamels to start off the game. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 29-year-old finishes the season with 47 runs scored and 26 steals between the Cubs and Braves.
Sep 28 - 5:37 PM

Braves recalled LHP Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Thomas holds a 4.22 ERA with 13 strikeouts over 10 2/3 frames in the majors this season. He'll give the Braves another relief option for the final day.
Sep 28 - 9:08 AM

Braves recalled RHP Aaron Northcraft from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Northcraft pitched well at Double-A but struggled following a promotion to Triple-A this season, posting a 4.70 ERA with 113 strikeouts over 130 1/3 innings between the two stops. He'll be making his major league debut if he gets into Sunday's game.
Sep 28 - 9:06 AM

Aaron Harang limited the Phillies to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in the Braves' 4-2 win.

Harang gave up eight hits and walked two batters, but he was able to prevent the Phillies from inflicting serious damage. The veteran right-hander will finish the 2014 season with a 12-12 record, 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. He will be a free agent this winter.
Sep 27 - 10:23 PM

Alex Wood will not start Sunday against the Phillies due to a mild forearm strain.

It's a precautionary measure by the already-eliminated Braves. Wood was 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 170/45 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 innings this season. He should be a front-line fantasy starter again in 2015.
Sep 27 - 4:36 PM

Chris Johnson hit his 10th home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

Johnson padded the Braves' lead to 4-0 with a fourth-inning, two-run home run to left field off of Jerome Williams. It was the first time he had gone deep since August 27. Johnson has had a subpar year after batting .321 in 2013. He's hitting .265/.295/.364 with 58 RBI.
Sep 26 - 9:57 PM

Ervin Santana stumbled in the 6th inning, taking a no-decision after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings on Friday as the Braves fell to the Phillies.

Santana was humming along until the Phillies hung a three-spot in the sixth, all with two outs. Santana allowed two runs to score on four consecutive hits. The third came in on a wild pitch, tying the game at 4-4 at the time. Overall, the right-hander surrendered eight hits, walked two, and struck out five. Santana rounds out his regular season with a 14-10 record, a 3.95 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 179/63 K/BB ratio. Not nearly as good as he looked last year, but his numbers are in line with what he's done generally in recent years.
Sep 26 - 9:53 PM


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