12/19/2014 | Gattis assumes spotlight as Braves chart new course
Now that the Braves have traded Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, they find themselves with a much-improved farm system and reason to wonder if they can indeed be competitive in 2015. They next have to decide whether they also want to trade Evan Gattis or take the risk that he will not be a detriment when he transitions from catcher to left fielder.
12/19/2014 | Braves send J-Up to Padres in six-player swap
Just when it seemed the Braves were running out of potential suitors for Justin Upton, the Padres stepped back into the picture and made Upton the latest addition to their significantly upgraded roster.
12/19/2014 | Breaking down the prospects acquired in Upton deal
No one can accuse new Padres general manager A.J. Preller of standing pat. News of the huge three-team, 11-player deal that netted him Wil Myers had just settled in when the Matt Kemp deal was finalized. The ink on that one had barely dried when Preller was at it again, this time sending young players to the Atlanta Braves in return for Justin Upton. Here's a closer look at who the Braves are getting in return for Upton.
12/19/2014 | Hits keep coming: Padres acquire slugger J. Upton
The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton and right-hander Aaron Northcraft from the Braves early Friday, dealing left-handed pitcher Max Fried, the team's No. 3 prospect, in addition to infielders Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and the Padres' fourth international bonus pool slot.
12/18/2014 | Braves purchase land for SunTrust parking
The Braves have increased their SunTrust Park parking options by purchasing the land upon which the headquarters for Genuine Parts Company currently rests.
12/18/2014 | Braves being patient as trade market shakes out
As the Braves have spent the past few weeks talking to other clubs about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, they have shown patience and provided every indication that they will not deal either of these right-handed sluggers unless they gain a significant return.
12/17/2014 | Kohn looking forward to fulfilling childhood dream
Right-handed reliever Michael Kohn has written verification that he gained a chance to fulfill a childhood dream when he signed a Minor League deal with the Braves earlier this month: a contract he made with his parents to play shortstop for "Altanta" when he was 10 years old.
12/17/2014 | Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk
Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck on Wednesday. The Braves expect the veteran outfielder to begin baseball-related activities before the start of Spring Training.
12/17/2014 | Braves trade Varvaro to Red Sox for Minors pitcher Kurcz
After spending the past month evaluating multiple options, the Braves finally found a suitor for right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro. Varvaro was traded to the Red Sox on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League pitcher Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.
12/16/2014 | Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs
The Braves' Minor League system will have a familiar feel in 2015, as five of the organization's six affiliates will be led by managers who were in the system last year.
12/15/2014 | Varvaro's Braves tenure may be at an end
Anthony Varvaro proved to be a solid find when the Braves claimed him off waivers before the start of the 2011 season. But the right-handed reliever might soon find himself as part of a new organization, as Atlanta designated him for assignment to make room for Alberto Callaspo on Monday.
12/15/2014 | Braves give Cuban outfielder Toscano 4-year deal
The Braves acknowledge that they will need to gather more data before gaining a better understanding of how successful Dian Toscano might be at the Major League level. But a recent workout impressed them enough to offer the Cuban outfielder $6 million over the next four years.
12/15/2014 | Braves' patient approach on historic streak unmatched
This offseason, many teams are attempting to duplicate the Giants' route to a championship. It's a funny contrast from a decade ago, when teams weren't buying into the Braves' approach, even if it did allow the franchise to set a record with 14 consecutive first-place finishes.
12/15/2014 | Braves feeling out the market for J-Up
Though some anxious fans might have been disappointed when the Winter Meetings concluded last week without the completion of a trade involving Justin Upton, the Braves are still talking to a handful of clubs that are interested in the right-handed slugger.
12/11/2014 | Although quiet, Braves working on deals, seek value
Though the Braves did not make much noise before this year's Winter Meetings concluded on Thursday, they headed home feeling confident that the patience they showed this week might lead them toward the value they are truly seeking with deals that could be completed over the next couple of weeks.
12/11/2014 | With eye on future, Braves take Winkler in Rule 5 Draft
The Braves lost a former top prospect with shoulder concerns in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but they gained a reliever who could prove to be a future asset if he makes a successful return from Tommy John surgery.
12/10/2014 | Braves comfortable if Meetings don't produce trade
Though the past few days have produced constant speculation about potential trades involving Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart has gained a sense that he will likely exit this year's Winter Meetings with both of those sluggers still on his roster.
12/10/2014 | Veteran exec Hart still has the knack
The thing about John Hart is he's really good at what he does. Make that very good. The Braves president of baseball operations took some time out of his busy Winter Meetings schedule to discuss how baseball and the role of the general manager has changed since his tenure with Cleveland in the 1990s.
12/10/2014 | Rule 5 of thumb: Gems can be found in Draft
Every Winter Meetings has a coda to it, an event that doesn't generate the same kind of buzz as all of the trade and free-agent rumors that fill the hotel lobby throughout the Meetings' first three days. But it does involve players changing organizations and, invariably, new big league careers come out of it.
12/10/2014 | New renderings offer peek at area by SunTrust Park
The Braves gave fans another glimpse of the mixed-use development that will surround SunTrust Park when it opens in 2017 by releasing four new conceptual renderings on Wednesday morning.
12/9/2014 | Braves will only deal J-Up, Gattis at right price
Justin Upton and Evan Gattis stand as attractive options to clubs looking to add some power to their lineup. But when they have expressed interest in these two sluggers, these clubs have quickly learned that the Braves are not willing to simply unload either of them without gaining a significant return.
12/9/2014 | Despite moving pieces, Fredi likes makeup of Braves
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez understands why his club might make some moves that are aimed toward being a consistent postseason contender when SunTrust Park opens in 2017. But while such moves might be in the organization's best long-term interest, this mindset is not necessarily comforting for Gonzalez as he enters the final year of his contract.
12/9/2014 | Braves agree to deal with infielder Callaspo
The Braves are nearing a deal with veteran infielder Alberto Callaspo, who could satisfy Atlanta's search for a player who can handle the starting second-base duties until top prospect Jose Peraza is deemed Major League ready.
12/8/2014 | Braves have 'limited discussions' with clubs on J-Up, Gattis
As media members and rival executives were discussing various hot topics, including potential trades involving Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and his staff were discussing ways to fill out their 2015 roster and strengthen the organization's future.
12/8/2014 | Hart confirms pursuit of Cuban outfielder Toscano
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart confirmed that the Braves are negotiating with Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano. But as he spoke with reporters early Monday evening, he said an agreement has not been reached.
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