Player News - Braves

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Braves non-tendered RHP Chris Withrow.

The 27-year-old hurler did a nice job out of the Braves' bullpen in 2016, registering a 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 28/17 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings. He becomes another interesting option in what looks to be a deep middle relief market in free agency.
Dec 2 - 8:50 PM

Braves and LHP Paco Rodriguez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $637,500 contract.

Rodriguez missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He sports a stellar 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 91/30 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings in his big league career though and could be big factor in the Braves' bullpen in 2017.
Dec 2 - 8:47 PM

Braves and C Anthony Recker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Recker was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The career .200/.284/.350 hitter will compete for the backup catcher job in 2017.
Dec 2 - 5:53 PM

Braves acquired LHP Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals for RHPs John Gant and Chris Ellis, and INF Luke Dykstra.

The deal was originally reported by Mark Saxon of ESPN.com and it’s now official. Garcia is the third addition to the Braves’ rotation this offseason, joining Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. The 30-year-old southpaw managed to stay healthy in 2016, but he disappointed with a 4.67 ERA over 30 starts and two relief appearances while allowing a career-high 26 home runs in 171 2/3 innings. The Braves are taking a chance on a rebound and perhaps the potential to turn him into a trade chip. As for the Cardinals, they managed to dump his salary and get three prospects in return.
Dec 1 - 6:40 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Braves have acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are expected to receive three prospects in return. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that right-hander Chris Ellis and infielder Luke Dykstra are among them. Meanwhile, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears John Gant will also go to St. Louis. With Garcia, the Braves have added yet another veteran starting pitcher to go along with Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. Garcia is coming off a 4.67 ERA and 150/57 K/BB ratio over 171 2/3 innings - his highest total since 2011 -- this past season and is owed $12 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. The Braves could potentially flip him to a contender if he has a strong first half. It's a smart buy for the rebuilding club.
Dec 1 - 6:05 PM

Braves and C Tuffy Gosewisch avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Monetary terms of Gosewisch's contract are not yet known. The Braves claimed the 33-year-old backstop off waivers from the Diamondbacks in mid-November. In 392 big league at-bats, Gosewisch owns a .199/.237/.286 triple-slash with five homers and 30 RBI. He figures to have a shot at securing a backup role in spring training, but there is no fantasy intrigue here.
Nov 30 - 6:37 PM

Braves signed INF/OF Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported news of the signing while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the financial details. Rodriguez broke out with 18 homers and an .859 OPS as a member of the Pirates in 2016 and could be in line for the starting second base gig in Atlanta, at least until Ozzie Albies is deemed ready for the majors. The 31-year-old is capable of providing plenty of value in a utility role.
Nov 30 - 2:33 PM

Braves acquired OF Alex Jackson and a player to be named later from the Mariners in exchange for RHPs Rob Whalen and Max Povse.

Jackson has looked like a bust since being taken sixth overall in the 2014 Draft, hitting .243/.332/.408 with 11 home runs this past season at the Low-A level. However, he'll turn just 21 next month and the Braves were evidently more willing than the Mariners to bet on his potential long-term upside. MLB.com's Mark Bowman says that the Braves might move Jackson to catcher, where he played as an amateur.
Nov 28 - 9:04 PM

Braves signed INF Balbino Fuenmayor to a minor league contract.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi had reported earlier in the week that a deal was close. Fuenmayor hit .291/.325/.405 with six home runs and 42 RBI in 381 plate appearances this past season at Triple-A with the Royals after returning from a knee injury.
Nov 25 - 6:03 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have signed Sean Rodriguez to a two-year deal, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the deal carries a guarantee of $11.5 million. Rodriguez will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and will make $5 million in 2016 and 2017. The 31-year-old thrived in a utility role with the Pirates this past season, but he could serve as the primary second baseman over Jace Peterson in Atlanta. He also gives the Braves an alternative to Adonis Garcia at third base. Rodriguez established new career-bests with 18 homers with an .859 OPS in 2016.
Nov 24 - 4:10 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Braves are close to a minor league contract with free agent first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor.

Fuenmayor batted .291/.325/.405 with six home runs and 42 RBI in 381 plate appearances this past season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Royals. The 26-year-old corner infielder (soon to be 27) is nothing more than an organizational depth signing for Atlanta.
Nov 22 - 7:26 PM

Braves signed RHP Elian Leyva to a minor league contract.

After pitching for seven seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional, Leyva traveled to Spain where he pitched professionally for CB Barcelona in 2016. The 26-year-old hurler registered a 0.70 ERA and 82/17 K/BB ratio over 64 innings there. He's being brought in with the intention of competing for a spot in the Braves' bullpen.
Nov 19 - 9:40 AM

Braves claimed C Tuffy Gosewisch off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

Gosewisch, 33, is a career .199/.237/.286 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors, but the Braves think he'll help out defensively. He'll compete for the backup job behind Tyler Flowers.
Nov 18 - 2:14 PM

Braves purchased the contract of RHP Lucas Sims from Triple-A Gwinnett.

A former first-round pick, Sims held a 4.40 ERA and walked 92 but also struck out 159 across 141 frames between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. He's been a relative disappointment so far, but Sims is still an interesting prospect.
Nov 18 - 10:46 AM

Braves purchased the contract of LHP Max Fried from Low-A Rome.

Fried returned from Tommy John surgery to post a 3.93 ERA and 112/47 K/BB ratio over 103 innings for Rome this season. The left-hander needs more seasoning but has loads of upside.
Nov 18 - 10:43 AM


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