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Aug 15, 2018
Ronald Acuña avoids broken elbow, awaiting CT scan results

Ronald Acuña avoids broken elbow, awaiting CT scan results

The Marlins intentionally hit Acuña in the first inning after he launched four homers in three games against the lifeless cellar dwellers this week. The Braves and Ronald Acuña Jr. received encouraging news following Wednesday’s 5-2 victory as X-rays taken on the star outfielder’s elbow came back negative. Acuña also underwent a CT scan, and the results of that test will be announced on Thursday. While everyone will continue to hold their breath until the results of the CT scan are announced, numerous Braves beat writers said it doesn’t seem to be a serious injury. Acuña might...
Aug 11, 2018
Brian Snitker confirms Touki Toussaint lined up to make debut on Monday

Brian Snitker confirms Touki Toussaint lined up to make debut on Monday

It’s not official (yet), but one of the game’s top pitching prospects is set to debut against the Marlins. While it still isn’t official, Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed on Saturday afternoon that top prospect Touki Toussaint is lined up to start one of Monday’s doubleheader games against the Marlins. The other option to start on Monday, Kolby Allard, was called up to the big league club on Saturday but is apparently going to serve as a long-man in the bullpen for the weekend before presumably being sent down for Toussaint. Toussaint, who just turned 22, was acquired from the...
Aug 4, 2018
Get to know Kevin Gausman, the Braves’ newest starting pitcher

Get to know Kevin Gausman, the Braves’ newest starting pitcher

The Braves are hoping Gausman can have an Arrieta-like turnaround outside of Baltimore. The Braves made a splash at the deadline to acquire Kevin Gausman from Baltimore in exchange for four prospects and international slot money. He’s under team control through 2020 via arbitration so we should probably get acquainted with the Colorado native. Gausman, 27, pitched collegiately at LSU and starred in the SEC before being taken 4th overall by the Orioles in 2012. He was pushed quickly through the minor league ranks — some Baltimore fans would tell you he was rushed to the big leagues —...
Jul 31, 2018
Braves bats back Kolby Allard as rookie wins first big league start

Braves bats back Kolby Allard as rookie wins first big league start

Allard didn’t have his best stuff but made it through 5+ innings in the rain. Kolby Allard won his big league debut on Tuesday night as the Braves crushed the Marlins behind 19 hits and a final score of 11-6. Allard, who won’t turn 21 for two more weeks, worked 5+ innings as a steady rain fell at SunTrust Park. The rookie southpaw surrendered five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. The only batter he struck out was opposing pitcher Dan Straily, and he only generated a handful of swing-and-misses. Allard primarily worked fastball-changeup and did not have a good feel for his...
Jul 30, 2018
Braves acquire Adam Duvall from Reds for Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Preston Tucker

Braves acquire Adam Duvall from Reds for Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Preston Tucker

Duvall has serious power from the right side. The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Adam Duvall from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler and Preston Tucker. Duvall, 29, is a power-hitting right-handed outfielder who has played the last 3.5 seasons in Cincinnati. He owns a .205/.286/.399 batting line (82 wRC+) with 15 homers and 61 RBI through 370 plate appearances this season. He hit upwards of 30 homers the last two years with the Reds. You may recall the Braves were interested in acquiring Duvall last winter. The cost to acquire Duvall was minimal. Wisler...
Jul 29, 2018
Braves bolster bullpen at minimal cost, plenty of options remain before trade deadline

Braves bolster bullpen at minimal cost, plenty of options remain before trade deadline

Alex Anthopoulos still has plenty of ammo to make a big move if the right deal comes along. The additions of Jonny Venters and Brad Brach probably won’t be the difference between the Braves making the playoffs or not. They will be, however, a much-needed addition for a bullpen that has really struggled in recent weeks. And considering the Braves were extremely limited in what they could do on the international market this year, using slot money — and not prospects — to bolster the bullpen is a savvy move by Alex Anthopoulos. As we near the trade deadline (4 p.m. ET on Tuesday) all...
Jul 29, 2018
Reports: Braves could trade Luiz Gohara to Rangers for Keone Kela, bullpen help

Reports: Braves could trade Luiz Gohara to Rangers for Keone Kela, bullpen help

Kela has electric stuff and is signed for three more seasons. The Texas Rangers have sent three scouts to Gwinnett today in order to see Luiz Gohara pitch, who is starting in place of Kolby Allard, who was scratched from his regularly scheduled start. Ken Rosenthal and Joel Sherman both reported the Braves are particularly interested in closer Keone Kela and lefty Jake Diekman. The club has also been tied to veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre, although Beltre would have to waive his no-trade clause. As we know, Gohara had a brutal offseason in which his father died in his arms. He then...
Jul 28, 2018
Sonny in Atlanta? Braves scouting Yankees’ Gray before trade deadline

Sonny in Atlanta? Braves scouting Yankees’ Gray before trade deadline

The Braves were interested in Gray before New York acquired him in 2017. The Braves had scouts at Sonny Gray’s most recent start on Thursday night and have interest in the 28-year-old righty, according to a report from NJ.com. The Braves had interest in Gray before the Yankees acquired him last summer. Gray owns a 4.55 ERA (4.54 FIP) across 31 starts since moving to New York, and it’s been reported that he may be available if the right deal comes along. Gray tossed five scoreless innings against the Royals on Thursday night before exiting with a minor hand injury. He’s pitched better...
Jul 27, 2018
Braves demote Evan Phillips to make room for Jonny Venters

Braves demote Evan Phillips to make room for Jonny Venters

Phillips heads to Gwinnett while Sam Freeman (somehow) remains in Atlanta. The Braves added Jonny Venters to the 25-man roster on Friday afternoon and optioned Evan Phillips — not Sam Freeman — to Triple-A Gwinnett. Why they decided to demote Phillips instead of Freeman is anyone’s guess, but it’s par for the course for how the bullpen has been handled all year. Venters, who the Braves acquired last night in exchange for international slot money, should provide some much-needed relief to the bullpen. Freeman has struggled mightily all year, and with A.J. Minter forced to closing...
Jul 26, 2018
Braves interested in Cole Hamels trade, per report

Braves interested in Cole Hamels trade, per report

The veteran southpaw has plenty of postseason experience, but 2018 has not been kind to him so far. The Braves have checked in on Cole Hamels and are reportedly “in” on the veteran southpaw, according to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio. The report came shortly after news broke that the Cubs were making an inroads with the Rangers to acquire Hamels. On the surface, Hamels, 34, has not been good by almost any measure this year. He owns a 4.72 ERA, 5.20 FIP and is surrendering more home runs than almost any starter in baseball (3rd most on a nine-inning basis out of 80 qualified...
Jul 20, 2018
Report: Braves checked in on Zach Britton, other relievers

Report: Braves checked in on Zach Britton, other relievers

Britton hasn’t quite been himself this year, but he’s dominant when he’s on top of his game. The Braves have checked in on Orioles reliever Zach Britton and are searching far and wide for relief help, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. It remains to be seen if Alex Anthopoulos will dip into his wealth of prospects, though. Britton, 30, is in the final year of his contract and is owed roughly $5 million through the end of 2018. He hasn't been as good this season as in past ones with a 3.68 ERA and 4.30 FIP (he’s walking a ton of batters, too) although he may still be shaking off...
Jul 19, 2018
Recent trade deadlines have been unkind and uneventful for Braves

Recent trade deadlines have been unkind and uneventful for Braves

The Alex Wood trade still stings. July tends to be a lot of fun for baseball fans as the rumor mill really gets going. Despite a plethora of moves around the calendar year, the Braves have been fairly quiet in recent years at the deadline. And when they have made moves, it’s come back to bite them more times than not. The first major domino fell on Wednesday as the Dodgers acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. The Braves were loosely tied to Machado, although nothing ever get close. With the next two weeks looking to be quite busy, let’s take a look back on the last five trade...

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