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11/24/2014 | Smoltz headlines Braves' list of HOF hopefuls

John Smoltz, in his first year of eligibility, headlines the Braves' list of candidates for election to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield are the other players with Atlanta connections who will also appear on the ballot.


11/21/2014 | Tomas has new suitors in Braves, Padres

The competition to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up. The Braves and Padres have emerged as the front-runners in the Tomas sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.


11/20/2014 | Braves announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

While there is some uncertainty about how their roster will be reconstructed over the next few weeks, the Braves know that they will open their exhibition season at home against the Mets and then remain in Florida throughout Spring Training to prepare for their Opening Day matchup against the Marlins in Miami.


11/20/2014 | Northcraft continues to make progress in Braves' system

This fall, Aaron Northcraft -- ranked by MLB.com as the Braves' No. 16 prospect -- was back pitching for the Braves on their Peoria Javelinas entry in the Arizona Fall League. He looked much more confident on the mound, much more relaxed -- and the results were much better than last year.


11/19/2014 | Former 20-game winner Sadecki dies at 73

Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.


11/19/2014 | Inbox: Will Braves move Gattis next?

Will the Braves trade Evan Gattis next? Why is Atlanta focused on upgrading its starting pitching and not its offense? Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.


11/18/2014 | Rebuild or compete in 2015? Braves could go either way

John Hart, the Braves' president of baseball operations, spent the past week saying that he does not know whether this offseason's roster-reconstruction process will be aimed toward competing or rebuilding during the 2015 season. He reiterated his stance on Monday after trading Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.


11/18/2014 | Braves make sensible trade moving Heyward

Jason Heyward still has the potential to live up to his first season of hype, but after years -- and with all of their pitching issues -- the Braves got tired of waiting.


11/18/2014 | Source: Lester, Braves to meet on Thursday

A Major League source said free-agent pitcher Jon Lester and the Braves will meet on Thursday.


11/17/2014 | Mixed emotions for J-Hey as he bids Atlanta adieu

Though he is excited about the chance to join the proud and successful Cardinals organization, Jason Heyward -- a native of suburban Atlanta -- admitted that it will be hard to say goodbye to a Braves organization that he cheered for long before becoming a part of it.


11/17/2014 | Cards-Braves deal full of varying upside, risk

This is a tremendous trade for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not because they got the best of the Atlanta Braves. Truth is, they may not have. In fact, the Braves know exactly what they're getting, and it's plenty good. The Cardinals can't do this. They're getting a quality player. They're also taking a bigger risk, and isn't this why we love the Hot Stove League?


11/17/2014 | Braves acquire Miller, send Heyward, Walden to Cards

The Braves announced Monday afternoon that they had traded right fielder Jason Heyward and righty reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for righty starter Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins, a Minor League hurler who possesses definite upside.


11/14/2014 | Top prospects face off in Arizona Fall League title game

You'll always remember where you first saw them. The Arizona Fall League has served as an incubation field for some of the best young players in the Major Leagues, and the next generation of prospects will have a chance to introduce themselves to a national audience in today's title game.


11/14/2014 | Braves deal prospect Wren to Crew for righty Quintana

When the Braves dismissed Frank Wren as their general manager in September, there was reason to wonder if they would end up trading his son, who spent the past two years as an outfielder in the organization's farm system. On Friday, the Braves traded Kyle Wren to the Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zach Quintana.


11/13/2014 | Braves plotting course for Hot Stove season

After spending the past week in Arizona analyzing ways to improve their club, the top members of the Braves' recently-overhauled baseball operations department returned to Atlanta on Thursday with the sense that they had at least gained a better feel for how the remainder of this offseason might unfold.


11/11/2014 | 'Bad contracts' to limit Braves' free-agent options

John Hart has spent the first two days of this week's General Managers Meetings speaking optimistically about B.J. Upton's future in Atlanta. At the same time, the longtime baseball executive is fully aware that the club's limited financial flexibility has a lot to do with Upton ($14.45 million) accounting for a big chunk of the Braves' projected payroll.


11/10/2014 | Santana rejects qualifying offer

Ervin Santana declined a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves before Monday afternoon's deadline. Because Santana rejected the offer and opted to remain on the free-agent market, Atlanta will now receive a compensatory Draft selection if Santana signs with another club.


11/10/2014 | Braves add veteran trio to build org depth

As this year's General Managers Meetings were getting started in Phoenix on Monday, the Braves announced that they have signed two pitchers -- right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and left-handed reliever Donnie Veal -- to Minor League contracts and inked former Yankees outfielder Zoilo Almonte to a one-year Major League deal.


11/7/2014 | Coppolella's work ethic took him from intern to exec

If John Coppolella gains the lofty title the Braves might eventually bestow upon him, he would likely become the first general manager who can lay claim to entering the baseball industry with the help of some quarters he deposited into payphones in three states.


11/7/2014 | Defensive excellence sewn into fabric of Braves

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had this brilliant idea before the 2014 season. He had a sign made to display the Braves' defensive accomplishments through the decades. Then, after conversing with several groups of players on the importance of fielding, throwing and thinking on the diamond, he placed the sign at the end of the tunnel that leads from the home clubhouse at Turner Field to the dugout.


11/6/2014 | J-Up honored with second Silver Slugger Award

Justin Upton's September struggles erased his status as a legitimate National League Most Valuable Player Award candidate. But it was not damaging enough to prevent him from winning his second Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award.


11/6/2014 | Braves make five new hires in baseball operations

Former D-backs assistant general manager Billy Ryan is among the latest additions to the Braves' baseball operations department, which has been reconstructed over the past six weeks.


11/5/2014 | Trade market will affect Braves' free-agent search

While the Braves will do their due diligence by examining what is available on the free-agent market, they will likely place a greater focus on the trade market, which will determine the financial flexibility they have to strengthen their starting rotation and address their other needs.


11/4/2014 | Simmons, Heyward get second Gold Glove Awards

Though some might argue that Jason Heyward provided the Braves more value with his glove than Andrelton Simmons this year, there was not any reason to dispute that both were worthy of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards that they garnered during a Tuesday night announcement.


11/3/2014 | Inbox: Could Uptons, Heyward get traded?

Who is more likely to be in Atlanta in 2015 -- Jason Heyward or Justin Upton? How likely is it that B.J. Upton is traded before the season? Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.