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Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Dickerson was surprisingly DFA’d by the Rays on Saturday. It would make sense for the Braves to add an outfielder this spring, and the Rays have made a pretty decent one available as they (surprisingly) DFA’d slugger Corey Dickerson on Saturday night. Could the two sides match up in a deal? Jon Morosi — who is known for reporting his own speculation as rumor instead of actual discussions being had — thinks it might happen. #Braves are trying to add an outfielder, source confirms, and could be a suitor for Corey Dickerson. He grew up in Mississippi, where the Braves are the most...
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Atlanta Braves News: Fredde Freeman, Brandon McCarthy and more

Atlanta Braves News: Fredde Freeman, Brandon McCarthy and more

BRAVES NEWS Freddie Freeman back after Lasik surgery Freddie Freeman reportedly early to spring training and discussed his offseason Lasik surgery with MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. “They always say to wait three years for your eyes to stop changing,” Freeman said. “That’s exactly what I did. They said to do it when you’re about 27 years old, too. I’ve been counting down the years, waiting to get it because ever since I had those eye problems in 2012, there are certain cities where my contacts dry out and it’s been a real struggle.” McCarthy looks to bounce back with Braves The...
Feb 16, 2018
Atlanta Braves 2018 MLB Draft Preview: 20 college names to know

Atlanta Braves 2018 MLB Draft Preview: 20 college names to know

As we approach the start of the college baseball season, here are some names to watch. With the start of the 2018 college baseball season here today I thought now was as good a time as any to start discussing some college names for the 2018 season. This should help those looking to scout the draft, or those just looking to catch live baseball. This list is 20 names long and in alphabetical order. This is not a Top 20 list in any way, rather it is 20 interesting players that the Braves could possibly target in the first five rounds of the June draft. Players on this list are here for various...
Feb 16, 2018
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

The relief corps is the most in-flux part of the roster. Previewing the roster ahead of Spring Training has not been that hard, until now. But, the Braves will prepare to take the field in Grapefruit League action with no real resolution about their bullpen. The candidates consist of some returning names and a lot of new or pseudo-new faces; the fact that the glut of starters may lead to relief work for some further crowds and complicates the bullpen picture. Projecting relief performance is always dicey, and that goes double for actually figuring out which relievers will get the...
Feb 16, 2018
Fan Post Friday: What do you want to see this spring?

Fan Post Friday: What do you want to see this spring?

What are your expectations? It has been a while since we have done a FanPost writing prompt but there is no better time than the start of spring training. Pitchers and catchers reported earlier this week and the hitters will follow over the weekend with the first full squad workout scheduled for Monday. The spring opener is barely two weeks away. Real live baseball is near. The Braves are bringing an intriguing but much younger group to camp this spring. We have been doing our best to set the table for you this week. Now we want to hear from you. What are you looking for from the team this...
Feb 16, 2018
Atlanta Braves news: Playing the waiting game

Atlanta Braves news: Playing the waiting game

Even though the Braves have exciting young talent on their roster (including the man in the photo), the Braves are still being patient when it comes to their outlook on the future. BRAVES NEWS AA opts to be very patient in early days as Braves GM Despite the fact that Alex Anthopoulos has a reputation for making splashy moves, he made it clear once he actually took the helm as the GM of the Braves that he was going to be patient. Sure enough, we’ve gotten into the initial days of spring training and it’s clear that what AA said was not GM speak and that he is indeed going to bide his...
Feb 16, 2018
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 102: Hello, Orlando

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 102: Hello, Orlando

Scott Coleman joins us for a rare mid-week episode. Hello, friends! With pitchers and catchers reporting earlier this week and eery quiet continuing throughout Major League baseball, it is time to unveil Episode 102 of the Talking Chop Podcast at a strange point in the calendar. TC’s own Scott Coleman joins the show as the guest this week and topics include the following: The early whispers from Orlando, including the first media appearance from Ronald Acuna The Mike Moustakas train took a hit this week, at least according to reports Mike Foltynewicz’s arbitration weirdness A third...
Feb 15, 2018
Braves’ prospects and tempering expectations

Braves’ prospects and tempering expectations

Since beginning to rebuild the club from scratch in 2014 the Atlanta Braves have had their fair share of talented prospects come up and make their MLB debuts in Atlanta. Of these players the Braves haven’t necessarily had a prospect come up and break out into All-Star form right away and fans haven’t always been happy about that. It isn’t the fan’s fault either for having high expectations, it is the level of hype that these young guys are getting while still in the minor leagues that is to blame. So maybe it’s time that we temper expectations, or at least calm some fears about...
Feb 15, 2018
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation

The final two spots are up for grabs. The Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation will have a different feel to it this season. Gone are R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon from last season’s Opening Day rotation. In their place are more youthful replacements as the fruits of the team’s rebuild start to ripen and make their way up to the major league level. As the Braves begin spring camp, there appears to be a competition developing for at least two spots in the starting rotation. The situation will be one to watch as the season progresses, however as more arms advance towards the majors....
Feb 15, 2018
Braves News: Acuna arrives early as camp continues

Braves News: Acuna arrives early as camp continues

The Braves made a small addition to their catching contingent on Wednesday, but the more exciting news involves the club’s to prospect. BRAVES NEWS Eager Acuna 5 days early to camp The Ronald Acuna coverage at Braves Spring Training is already under way with his mere arrival at camp. The noteworthy aspect of his arrival is that it comes five days prior to the expected arrival date for position players, who will begin training on Monday. Acuna took the opportunity to make a solid impression on new GM Alex Anthopoulos, who will be forced to decide whether or not to include the phenom on the...
Feb 14, 2018
Las Vegas weighs in on Atlanta Braves with over/under win total

Las Vegas weighs in on Atlanta Braves with over/under win total

The wise guys have spoken. Pitchers and catchers have reported and hope springs eternal around Major League Baseball. Still, realistic expectations are important and, for teams like the Atlanta Braves that are not expected to contend for the 2018 World Series crown, it becomes quite interesting to see what exactly is projected by experts in the industry. The good people of FanGraphs currently project Atlanta to finish with a 75-87 record, with PECOTA projections outlining a 76-win outcome and USA Today’s predictions landing in the same range. Still, the experts in the desert had not...
Feb 14, 2018
Braves sign Chris Stewart to one-year deal

Braves sign Chris Stewart to one-year deal

The Braves add another catcher for organizational depth. The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with free agent catcher Chris Stewart on a one-year major league contract. Stewart is expected to provide some additional organizational depth behind Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki. To make room for Stewart on the 40-man roster, the team placed Grant Dayton on the 60-day disabled list. The #Braves have agreed to terms with C Chris Stewart on a one-year Major League contract for 2018.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 14, 2018 Stewart spent last season with the Pirates appearing in 51...
Feb 14, 2018
An exploration into Cristian Pache: Part 3

An exploration into Cristian Pache: Part 3

The final part of our look at Cristian Pache’s offensive potential tries to trace the outcomes of hitters that had similar results to Pache in A-ball. Welcome back! If you’ve made it through the first two parts of my rambling, I commend you. If you haven’t, then you probably want to do that, unless you’re a daredevil or slightly unhinged. Seriously, who starts a three-part series at the end? Before we dive headlong into more data, it might be helpful to recap what we’ve learned so far. (Or, what I’ve learned. Maybe you knew this already.) In Part 1, we started with the idea that...
Feb 14, 2018
Listen: Grant McAuley discusses 2018 with Tyler Flowers

Listen: Grant McAuley discusses 2018 with Tyler Flowers

Grant McAuley chatted with Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers as pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. Flowers discussed his offseason surgeries, working with a young pitching staff, his partnership with fellow veteran backstop Kurt Suzuki and what the Braves lineup will need to do in order to have success in 2018.
Feb 14, 2018
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Outfield

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Outfield

Ender Inciarte is back and Ronald Acuna is on the way. The Braves entered the offseason with the goal of moving one of their corner outfielders. That definitely happened, as Matt Kemp was moved to the Dodgers for an array of 2018-focused salary obligations, but it was pretty much the only action that the Braves have made this offseason. Unless the Braves are also able to move on from Nick Markakis, the bulk of 2018 figures to be covered by an outfield of Ronald Acuña, Ender Inciarte, and Markakis. However, until Acuña is called up from the minors, it’s anyone’s guess who will slot...