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Braves potential free agent target: Brett Gardner

Braves potential free agent target: Brett Gardner

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Does Brett Gardner have enough in the tank to help the Atlanta Braves in ‘21? Free agency is in full swing, and as the 2021 MLB season quickly approaches, teams are looking to add those last few pieces to make them a contender. While he hasn’t experienced it often in his 16 years as a professional, Brett Gardner is one of those free agents on the market. Gardner has provided a spark to the New York Yankees since his 2008 debut. Does the 37-year-old veteran outfielder have enough in the tank to help the Atlanta Braves this...
TalkingChop 4 hours ago
Ian Anderson, Cristian Pache crack Top 10 of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List

Ian Anderson, Cristian Pache crack Top 10 of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The Braves’ farm system is still quite good. The Braves have had a ton of youth graduate to the major leagues in recent years. From potential franchise cornerstones like Ronald Acuna Jr, Mike Soroka, and Ozzie Albies to important roster cogs like Dansby Swanson and AJ Minter to folks that, well, didn’t work out, the Braves’ minor leagues has cranked out a lot of major leaguers. As a result, it would be easy to assume that with the lower draft picks as well as the international sanctions combined with those graduations, that the...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 9 hours ago
The Daily Chop: Replacing Marcell Ozuna, Cristian Pache and more

The Daily Chop: Replacing Marcell Ozuna, Cristian Pache and more

Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via While we have seen some activity pick up around Major League Baseball over the past week, all remains quiet for the Atlanta Braves who still need to bring back Marcell Ozuna or replace him with another big bat for the middle of their lineup. There has been a lot of ebbs and flows this offseason in regards to a potential return for Ozuna. Early reporting suggested that the Braves would only be interested if the DH remains in the National League. We are still waiting to find out the fate of the DH and there is increasing doubt that...
TalkingChop 19 hours ago
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 271: Arbitration, Ozuna and more

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 271: Arbitration, Ozuna and more

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Happy Sunday, friends. The Atlanta Braves made a bit of news this week with a few actual transactions, and the rumor mill is beginning to churn at a slightly faster pace. As such, the Talking Chop Podcast is back to discuss what transpired and spin ahead to the future. Brad Rowland and Scott Coleman discussing the following topics for Episode 271: Atlanta’s arbitration numbers were exchanged, with two players agreeing to deals and two more heading to the panel.... unless a multi-year extension can be reached Welcome to the organization,...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jan 17, 2021
Braves Mailbag: Potential trade targets, Adam Duvall and more

Braves Mailbag: Potential trade targets, Adam Duvall and more

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Thank you to everyone that sent in questions for this week’s Atlanta Braves mailbag. If I didn’t get to your question this week, we will do another one soon. Let’s get to it! I saw some reports that the Reds are shopping Eugenio Suarez, I know the Braves probably want to prioritize for an outfielder but the deal might not cost Austin Riley because they have Mike Moustakas, so Riley could play LF. Do you think this would be a good fit, or be worth it? I did see some of the rumblings that the Reds were fielding calls on Eugenio...
TalkingChop Jan 17, 2021
The Daily Chop: The free agent market is showing signs of thawing

The Daily Chop: The free agent market is showing signs of thawing

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ The Braves have to do something soon, right? The Braves cannot be done with moves this offseason if they are serious about contending for a World Series title. They are short a power bat with the, at least for now, loss of Marcell Ozuna and there is a certain amount of wisdom in replacing the relievers that hit free agency with at least some passable warm bodies. How to go about those moves has been pretty unclear. The thought process behind trading for Kris Bryant is one possible solution, but it sounds like the Braves have no interest whatsoever...
TalkingChop Jan 16, 2021
The Daily Chop: Braves settle with Fried and Minter, head to arbitration with Soroka and Dansby

The Daily Chop: Braves settle with Fried and Minter, head to arbitration with Soroka and Dansby

Photo by Al Bello/ The Braves made some headway with some arbitration decisions on Friday, but still have some unsettled cases in Soroka and Dansby. Arbitration is always a more stressful time than you would prefer if you are either a fan of a given player/team or if you are one of the actual parties involved. If you are a fan, you worry that an acrimonious arbitration hearing will spoil the two sides’ relationship which might mean losing a player you like down the line. For both players and teams, they are doing their best to essentially put a player’s value on...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jan 15, 2021
Braves avoid arbitration with Max Fried, A.J. Minter, per report

Braves avoid arbitration with Max Fried, A.J. Minter, per report

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Braves have reportedly avoided arbitration with pitchers Max Fried and A.J. Minter agreeing to a pair of one-year deals prior to Friday’s deadline. Teams had until 1 p.m. to negotiate or else exchange figures and head into arbitration. The Athletic’s David O’Brien reports that Fried agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal while Minter signed a one-year, $1.3 million pact. #Braves also avoided arbitration with Max Fried, settled at $3.5M— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) January 15, 2021 #Braves agreed to terms with...
TalkingChop Jan 15, 2021
Braves sign Ambioris Tavarez as international signing period opens

Braves sign Ambioris Tavarez as international signing period opens

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Braves spent the bulk of their 2020-21 international pool money to sign infielder Ambioris Tavarez. The Braves have have signed Dominican infielder Ambioris Tavarez according to a report by Baseball America’s Ben Badler. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but it is expected to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million which would account for nearly all of Atlanta’s bonus pool. Tavarez is the first significant international signee by the Braves since the 2016 class that included Kevin Maitan- due to the penalties from...
TalkingChop Jan 15, 2021
Where Are They Now? Revisiting Players the Braves Lost During IFA Scandal

Where Are They Now? Revisiting Players the Braves Lost During IFA Scandal

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports The fallout from the sanction that were levied on the Braves was a tough one with 13 players being removed from the organization in 2017. The international signing period is coming up and the Braves are in their final year of the tough sanctions that were placed on the organization following the removal of 13 prospects and the banning of former Braves GM John Coppolella. Lets take a look at the class that was removed and see what they are up to today. Kevin Maitan The star of the 2017 international signing period, Kevin Maitan was...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jan 15, 2021
The Daily Chop: The worst DH idea, International Signing Period opens and more

The Daily Chop: The worst DH idea, International Signing Period opens and more

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ It says a lot about the state of baseball that it is now the middle of January and we still don’t know what rules will be in effect for the 2021 MLB season. Things such as expanded playoffs, roster size and the Universal DH are just some of the things that are reportedly still on the table. While it is true that there were reports a month ago that the league had told teams to proceed as if there would not be a DH in the National League for 2021, no one seems to believe that it is completely off the table. You need look no further than the...
TalkingChop Jan 14, 2021
Thursday night open thread

Thursday night open thread

Photo by Andy Lyons/ Some signings are happening Let’s take a quick roundup of baseball signings today: The Phillies signed Archie Bradley to a one-year, $6 million deal. This is notable because he was projected to earn less than this in arbitration, making it the second time in a few days that a player has beat (or likely beat) his would-have-been-but-for-a-nontender salary. Braves fans might remember Bradley from Game 1 of the series against the Reds, as the lone run scored in that game scored off him. The Mets signed Jose Martinez to a $1 million split contract...
TalkingChop Jan 14, 2021
Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Enrique Hernandez

Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Enrique Hernandez

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ We’re taking a look at some players that could be targets for the Atlanta Braves in free agency, as the market seems to be finally starting to move. This series ranges from some of the biggest names on the market, like George Springer, Marcell Ozuna, and Michael Brantley, to some of the smaller depth pieces like Jonathan Villar and today’s subject, Enrique Hernandez. Who is he? Enrique Hernandez is a 29-year old utility player who has played for the Dodgers for most of his career to this point. His primary position is second base, but he has...
TalkingChop Jan 14, 2021
Starting Nine: As Braves circle Ambioris Tavarez, breaking down their best international signings

Starting Nine: As Braves circle Ambioris Tavarez, breaking down their best international signings

Two of the Braves’ best international signees in the forms of Curaçao natives Andruw Jones and Ozzie Albies. | Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Andruw Jones, Ronald Acuña Jr. and the internationals that have helped shape the franchise Rejoice, the handcuffs are coming off — at least partially — when it comes to the Braves and the international signing period. The sanctions, put in place in 2017 in the wake of former general manager John Coppolella being ostracized from baseball, cost Atlanta 13 prospects (hi, Kevin Maitan) and it was prohibited from inking any...
TalkingChop Jan 14, 2021
Introducing Ambioris Tavarez, the newest Brave from the 2020 IFA Class

Introducing Ambioris Tavarez, the newest Brave from the 2020 IFA Class

Wayne Cavadi Here is a preview of who the Braves plan to sign in the 2020 (yes, 2020) International Free Agent class. It may be 2021, but we are approaching the 2020 MLB International Free Agent signing period. This is the period that was supposed to see these players sign on July 2, 2020, only to be delayed until now due to the pandemic. Why I keep pointing out that this is the 2020 class, and not really the 2021 class is because of the international penalties facing the Braves. Yes, they’re still around. Fortunately this is the last year of them. The penalty for...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jan 14, 2021
This Day in Braves History: Atlanta trades Evan Gattis to the Astros

This Day in Braves History: Atlanta trades Evan Gattis to the Astros

Photo by Brian Garfinkel/ Thank you to Baseball-Reference and NationalPastime.com for helping provide the background information for these articles. This Day in Braves History: January 14 1976 - Ted Turner completes his purchase of the Atlanta Braves for $12 million as a means of providing sports programming for his local channel 17. 2008 - The Braves acquire outfielder Mark Kotsay from the Oakland A’s in exchange for pitchers Joey Devine and Jamie Richmond. Kotsay appears in 88 games for the Braves hitting .289/.340/.418 before he is traded to the Red Sox for...
TalkingChop Jan 14, 2021
The Daily Chop: International signings, Free agent profiles, and more

The Daily Chop: International signings, Free agent profiles, and more

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The Braves have been successful with international signings in the past. Can they ink another star during the upcoming signing period? Baseball was obviously surrounded by chaos in 2020. The season was shortened, the playoffs were played in bubbles, and the fans were distanced from the sport in a way that was unprecedented. One change that likely passed under the radar for most casual fans was the delay of the International Signing Period, which typically opens on July 2nd. This year it was postponed, and will instead open this Friday for...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jan 13, 2021
Wednesday evening open thread

Wednesday evening open thread

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TalkingChop Jan 13, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Where will the top free agents sign?

SB Nation Reacts: Where will the top free agents sign?

Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Atlanta Braves fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The start of spring training is within eyeshot, but some of baseball’s biggest names still don’t have contracts. While contracts haven’t been signed, it is clear that the same teams are involved in many of these rumored negotiations. This week SB Nation Reacts asked MLB fans where they think some of these free agents will end up. According...
TalkingChop Jan 13, 2021
Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Michael Brantley

Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Michael Brantley

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Braves currently have a major hole in their lineup, as the potential departure of Marcell Ozuna leaves a particularly large vacancy. To replace some of that production, Atlanta could opt for a number of different free agent options. It remains to be seen whether they would prefer a third baseman or left fielder, though reports surfaced on Monday which suggested that the club hopes to have Austin Riley occupy third base to open the season. That would suggest that left field will be manned by a significant offensive contributor....

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