10:51 PM EST, Thu November 23, 2017
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Braves season in review: Brandon Phillips and Sean Rodriguez

Braves season in review: Brandon Phillips and Sean Rodriguez

Sean Rodriguez’s shoulder injury paved the way for Brandon Phillips’ arrival, who bounced back before being replaced at the keystone and traded away. Brandon Phillips and Sean Rodriguez wouldn’t have been teammates in 2017 if not for a near tragic car crash involving Rodriguez and his family in late January. Rodriguez and his family suffered serious injuries but thankfully they were all able to recover. He however would require shoulder surgery on his left shoulder and the initial diagnosis was that it could keep him out for the majority of the season. Atlanta had just inked...
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Thanksgiving Day open thread

Thanksgiving Day open thread

We don’t express it nearly enough but we are deeply thankful for each and every one of you that takes the time to visit and read Talking Chop. So from our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 22, 2017
Will Jace Peterson and Adonis Garcia stick with the Braves in 2018?

Will Jace Peterson and Adonis Garcia stick with the Braves in 2018?

Peterson and Garcia failed to make an impact in 2017 and could be left without a spot going forward. (Editor’s note. The hammer has fallen and while the penalties are severe, the Braves must move on and that means we must as well. If there is new news in regards to the investigation we will report it here but over the next few days we are going to finish up our player reviews series while also keeping an eye on free agency, trade rumors and arbitration news.) Jace Peterson and Adonis Garcia came into 2017 hoping to play key parts for the Braves but injuries and poor performance have put...
Nov 21, 2017
What we know about the Braves’ penalties so far

What we know about the Braves’ penalties so far

Updated list of players lost and reported sanctions Braves will face. For those keeping score, here is a running list of penalties and players lost as a result of MLB’s investigation. Keep in mind that Major League Baseball hasn’t announced anything but this list has been accumulated through different reports through a variety of sources. Contracts forfeited Kevin MaitanAbrahan GutierrezYunior SeverinoJuan ContrerasYefri del RosarioLivan SotoYenci PenaGuillermo ZuningaAntonio SucreJihwan Bae International signing limits Per Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports, Atlanta will be limited to...
Nov 21, 2017
Braves losing Abrahan Gutierrez, per report

Braves losing Abrahan Gutierrez, per report

The list continues to grow. Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports that Major League Baseball has informed multiple Atlanta Braves international prospects that they will be declared free agents. Among them are shortstop Kevin Maitan and catcher Abrahan Gutierrez. Gutierrez hit .264/.319/.357 in 35 games for the Gulf Coast League Braves in 2017. The Braves reportedly gave him a $3.53 million signing bonus in 2016. He checked in at No. He checked in at No. 26 on Talking Chop’s mid-season prospect list.
Nov 21, 2017
Braves’ penalties expected to be severe, could be announced on Tuesday

Braves’ penalties expected to be severe, could be announced on Tuesday

Braves’ infractions appear to center on the 2016 and 2017 international signing classes. The hammer is expected to fall on the Atlanta Braves either Tuesday or Wednesday and the punishment will reportedly be severe. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman and others have reported that Atlanta is expected to lose many of the international prospects that it has signed over the last two years. MLB may announce the Braves’ penalties later today. This punishment is expected to be severe. The club could lose many of the international prospects signed within the past two years.— Mark Bowman...
Nov 20, 2017
MLB to meet with several Braves prospects on Tuesday, per report

MLB to meet with several Braves prospects on Tuesday, per report

The Atlanta Braves still don’t know what penalties they will be facing when Major League Baseball releases the results of its investigation but they may move a step closer on Tuesday. Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports that the MLB has informed several Braves prospects that they will meet with them on Tuesday afternoon. Major League Baseball has informed several Braves prospects that they will meet with them on Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple sources. The players will either meet with league officials in person in the Dominican Republic or be informed of what's happening by...
Nov 20, 2017
Updated look at Braves’ current 40-man roster

Updated look at Braves’ current 40-man roster

Braves have one open spot on the 40-man roster but still have some flexibility. After Monday’s roster moves, the Atlanta Braves now have 39 players on the 40-man roster. Among those players are eight who are arbitration eligible. Aribitration Eligibles (8) Matt Adams, Arodys Vizcaino, Mike Foltynewicz, Sam Freeman, Jace Peterson, Danny Santana, Rex Brothers, Dan Winkler. Important Dates December 1 - Non-tender deadline December 14 - Rule 5 Draft January 12 - Exchange of Arbitration offers February 1-20 - Arbitration hearings
Nov 20, 2017
Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers, add Adam McCreery, Ricardo Sanchez to 40-man roster

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers, add Adam McCreery, Ricardo Sanchez to 40-man roster

Atlanta announced a trio of roster moves in advance of tonight’s Rule 5 deadline The Atlanta Braves have announced a trio of roster moves ahead of Monday’s Rule 5 deadline. The team claimed lefty Grant Dayton off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and added left handers Adam McCreery and Ricardo Sanchez to the 40-man roster. Today the #Braves announced the club claimed LHP Grant Dayton off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, while selecting the contracts of LHP Adam McCreery and LHP Ricardo Sanchez. With the three moves, the Braves’ 40-man roster sits at 39.— Atlanta...
Nov 20, 2017
Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones among players on 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones among players on 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its 2018 ballot including former Atlanta Braves greats Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones. The Baseball Writers Association of America has released its 2018 Hall of Fame ballot and several former Atlanta Braves are included. Former Atlanta Braves stars Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones are among the players who are appearing on the ballot for the first time. As announced by @baseballhall and @officialBBWAA today, your 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot: pic.twitter.com/LM3a5iLH7C— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) November 20, 2017 Voters have...
Nov 19, 2017
Atlanta Braves News: Ronald Acuna leads Peoria to Arizona Fall League Championship

Atlanta Braves News: Ronald Acuna leads Peoria to Arizona Fall League Championship

Acuna becomes youngest player to be named AFL MVP. BRAVES NEWS Atlanta prospects help lead Peoria to Arizona Fall League title Ronald Acuna and Luke Jackson combined to go 4-for-8 with six RBIs to help Peoria capture the Arizona Fall League championship with an 8-2 win. Acuna drove in four runs himself with a couple of singles and a sacrifice fly. Acuna caps sensational year with AFL MVP Prior to Saturday’s championship game, Acuna was honored as this year’s Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player. Acuna hit .325/.414/.639 to go along with a league-best seven home runs in 23 games...
Nov 18, 2017
Atlanta Braves News: John Hart, AFL Championship and more

Atlanta Braves News: John Hart, AFL Championship and more

The Braves front office turnover continues. BRAVES NEWS John Hart leaving Braves to pursue opportunities outside organization Friday’s big news as the Braves announced that John Hart was resigning from his senior advisor position so that he could pursue other opportunities outside the organization. Hart was removed from his role in baseball operations earlier this week when Alex Anthopoulos was announced as the team’s new Executive Vice President and General Manager. Arizona Fall League championship game set for Saturday The Arizona Fall League will conclude on Saturday with the...
Nov 17, 2017
John Hart leaving Braves to pursue opportunities outside organization

John Hart leaving Braves to pursue opportunities outside organization

Hart is stepping down from senior advisor role. The Atlanta Braves announced on Friday that John Hart is stepping down from his senior advisor role to pursue other opportunities outside the organization. His departure is effective immediately. “This was a difficult decision, but it’s one that I made with the best interests of the Atlanta Braves in mind. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager, this organization is in great hands. I believe that the talent of the Major League players, combined with the young talent soon to arrive, makes the Braves poised for a great run...
Nov 15, 2017
Atlanta Braves player review: Rio Ruiz

Atlanta Braves player review: Rio Ruiz

Can Ruiz make a mark at third base for the Braves in 2018? Rio Ruiz saw a brief opportunity to stake his claim for the Braves’ third base job but struggled in his limited opportunity. 2018 will be an important year for Ruiz to reestablish himself in the big picture for Atlanta. What were the expectations? The expectation for Rio Ruiz was that he would get a shot at proving he was a capable third base option, even if it was in a platoon situation. However, his results overall were lukewarm at best, and kind of terrifying at worst. 2017 Results Ruiz began the season at Triple-A but was...
Nov 13, 2017
Braves hire Alex Anthopoulos as general manager

Braves hire Alex Anthopoulos as general manager

Atlanta is handing the keys to the franchise to former Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

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