6:38 PM EST, Thu November 21, 2019
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Introducing the new Will Smith ‘Fresh Prince of Peachtree’ shirt from Breaking T

Introducing the new Will Smith ‘Fresh Prince of Peachtree’ shirt from Breaking T

BreakingT The Atlanta Braves have been busy this offseason remaking their bullpen for the 2020 season. The big ticket acquisition was the signing of free agent closer Will Smith to anchor the team’s pen for the next three seasons. Smith is returning to his hometown and Breaking T has put together a new T-shirt to celebrate his return with the brand new Will Smith “The Fresh Prince of Peachtree” T-Shirt. BreakingT Fresh Prince of Peachtree T-shirt for $28 The shirt is our latest addition to the Atlanta Collection at Breaking T. It is an officially...
8 hours ago
How new rules for the 2020 season could impact the Braves

How new rules for the 2020 season could impact the Braves

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Four new MLB rules will be implemented in 2020 and could have a significant impact on the Braves. Another season, another batch of new rules. Major League Baseball will be implementing four new rules for the 2020 season. While recent rule changes have affected anything from All-Star voting to pace of play, most of the new rules for 2020 focus on roster management, with the one exception being the three-batter minimum rule. Here are the new rules for 2020 and how they will affect the Braves: Rule No. 1: The active roster will be increased from 25 to 26...
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The Daily Chop: Surprise names hit the open market

The Daily Chop: Surprise names hit the open market

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Jacoby Ellsbury and Greg Bird were unexpectedly released by the Yankees on Wednesday. Could either be a fit in Atlanta? The Yankees released two Major League players on Wednesday, cutting ties with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and first baseman Greg Bird. Both players had battled bouts with injury and ineffectiveness, but the decision to release seem far-fetched, especially given the $21 million owed to Ellsbury in 2020. While the Yankees can undoubtedly carry the burden of a sunk cost, Ellsbury has long been a hindrance to their outfield plans. The club inked him to...
Nov 20, 2019
Wednesday open thread

Wednesday open thread

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ Happy Wednesday everyone!
Nov 20, 2019
A Risk Worth Taking (AKA The Beauty of Investing in a Beast)

A Risk Worth Taking (AKA The Beauty of Investing in a Beast)

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports After a volatile 2019 season, the Braves bullpen is now not just a strength. It could be the best in the game, and a true difference maker in the postseason. I have mentioned it several times in previous pieces, but I do so because I feel it is significant. Many may not care to remember it, but it truly was a turning point of the season. Back on August 10th, though they had a significant lead in the NL East, the Braves looked very vulnerable. So much so, they wanted to hide it with the fumes from a fire extinguisher. That day, the Braves lost to the...
Nov 20, 2019
The Braves spending money on relievers would indicate they are finally going for it

The Braves spending money on relievers would indicate they are finally going for it

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ The Braves are going for it. Or that is at least the general feeling if the first few weeks of the offseason are any indication. Holes remain at third base, the rotation and behind the plate. But after signing Will Smith (and losing a draft pick in the process) for 3 years and $40 million and Chris Martin for 2 years and $14 million, it has become apparent the front office is ready to take the training wheels off. You don’t spend $40 million on Will Smith, Mark Melancon, Chris Martin and Shane Greene (assuming he is tendered a contract in arbitration) to open...
Nov 20, 2019
The Daily Chop: Braves continue to stockpile bullpen arms

The Daily Chop: Braves continue to stockpile bullpen arms

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta brings back Chris Martin on a two-year deal. The Atlanta Braves continued to bullpen arms in hopes of turning a weakness into a strength. The Braves added Chris Martin, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon at the trade deadline this past season. Both Greene and Melancon are under team control in 2020 and now Martin will be returning as well after he agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the club Tuesday night. The Braves now have about a $40 million investment in Will Smith, Melancon, Martin and Greene. They also signed Darren O’Day to a $2.25...
Nov 19, 2019
Braves bringing back Chris Martin on a two-year deal

Braves bringing back Chris Martin on a two-year deal

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Martin will make $14 million over the next two seasons. The Atlanta Braves continue to stockpile arms for its 2020 bullpen. The team announced Tuesday night that veteran reliever Chris Martin agreed to a two-year deal worth a combined $14 million. This combined with today’s roster additions gives Atlanta 39 players on its 40-man roster. #Braves Sign RHP Chris Martin: pic.twitter.com/6VV4IfsEjk— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 20, 2019 The Braves acquired Martin from the Rangers at the trade deadline in exchange for left-hander prospect Kolby...
Nov 19, 2019
Braves add five players to 40 man roster including Pache, Contreras, Davidson to protect them from Rule 5 Draft

Braves add five players to 40 man roster including Pache, Contreras, Davidson to protect them from Rule 5 Draft

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports No, this does not mean that these players are going to break camp with the team. One of the lesser known events that occurs during the MLB Winter Meetings is the Rule 5 Draft. Essentially created to prevent teams from stockpiling players in the minor leagues forever without giving them a chance to compete and preventing them from seeking opportunities elsewhere, players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they have been with their current organization for 4-5 seasons (depending on their age when they signed) and if they are not on that organization’s...
Nov 19, 2019
Tuesday open thread

Tuesday open thread

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ Happy Tuesday everyone!
Nov 19, 2019
Braves introduce newest reliever Will Smith at press conference

Braves introduce newest reliever Will Smith at press conference

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Watch the Braves’ press conference introducing the biggest addition of the offseason so far in reliever Will Smith Of the list of guys that were on the free agent market this offseason, lefty reliever Will Smith may have started the offseason as the one that most would have considered the least likely to end up in a Braves uniform. The team has shied away from giving expensive free agent deals to relievers in the past, the team has also been extremely reluctant to part with draft picks to sign any free agent, and Smith seemed to be a guy that was among...
Nov 19, 2019
Braves have reportedly shown some interest in Marcell Ozuna

Braves have reportedly shown some interest in Marcell Ozuna

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Could the Braves seek another outfielder this offseason? It is free agency time for Major League Baseball and rumor season comes along with that. We are still a few weeks away from the Baseball Winter Meetings, but we have already seen a bit more activity this offseason than we have in the last couple. The Atlanta Braves inked closer Will Smith to a three-year deal last week but still have several needs for the 2020 roster. It is not clear how high adding another outfielder to the mix would be on the priority list. Still, the Braves are reportedly one of several...
Nov 19, 2019
The Daily Chop: Furcal among first-time members on HOF ballot

The Daily Chop: Furcal among first-time members on HOF ballot

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ The former Braves shortstop appears on the ballot for the first time, and will be eligible for induction in 2020. A familiar name could be found on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, which was released on Monday, with Rafael Furcal joining former teammate Andruw Jones as potential Braves inductees next July. Furcal was an integral part of the early-2000’s Braves teams that found immense offensive success, and will now have an opportunity to have his value gauged by the BBWAA. The 2000 NL Rookie of the Year, Furcal was best known throughout his career for his...
Nov 18, 2019
Atlanta Braves open thread

Atlanta Braves open thread

Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via The 2020 Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday. If you had a vote, what would your ballot look like?
Nov 18, 2019
Andruw Jones on 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot

Andruw Jones on 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Jones is looking for more support from the BBWAA. The 2020 Hall of Fame ballots went out to BBWAA voters on Monday who will have until December 31 to cast their votes. This year’s ballot will feature a number of former Braves players including Andruw Jones, Billy Wagner, Gary Sheffield and newcomer Rafael Furcal. Players need to appear on 75 percent of the ballots to gain enshrinement. Players also must receive at least five percent of the vote in order to remain on the ballot and can do so for 10 years. Voting results will be...