Player News - Braves

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According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are interested in a reunion with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Suzuki began his career as a second-round pick of the A's back in 2004 and spent parts of seven seasons in Oakland from 2007-2013. The veteran backstop just put up an .825 OPS and 31 home runs in two seasons (186 games) with Atlanta, but he is 35 years old and might come at a palatable price for the cost-conscious Athletics. This could be a really good fit.
Nov 15 - 11:20 AM

Braves manager Brian Snitker has been named the 2018 National League Manager of the Year.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Rockies manager Bud Black were the other two finalists. Snitker took home the hardware with 17 of the 30 first-place votes after guiding the upstart Braves to 90 regular-season wins and their first postseason appearance since 2013. The National League East champs spent 115 days in first place and didn't have a losing streak longer than four games.
Nov 13 - 6:22 PM

Ronald Acuna was announced on Monday as the winner of the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year award.

Acuna was seen as the favorite over Juan Soto, although the vote was expected to be close. As it turns out, it wasn't, as Acuna received 27 of 30 first-place votes, with Soto picking up two and Walker Buehler one. Acuna rode a monster second half to a final batting line of .293/.366/.552 with 26 home runs for the Braves.
Nov 12 - 6:46 PM

Braves re-signed INF Sean Kazmar to a minor league contract.

Kazmar, 34, will return to Triple-A Gwinnett for a seventh straight season. He hasn't played in the majors since 2008.
Nov 9 - 9:04 AM

Dansby Swanson, who missed the end of the season with a torn ligament in his left wrist, underwent surgery to remove a loose body from the area, according to the Braves.

Swanson is still expected to be ready for spring training, and he's expected to remain the Braves' starting shortstop after showing improvement both offensively and defensively last season. He still has a ways to go with the bat, but he's getting there.
Nov 7 - 2:41 PM

Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto and Walker Buehler were announced on Monday as finalists for the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year award.

Buehler was outstanding, but this is going to come down to Acuna (.293/.366/.552 with 26 home runs and 16 stolen bases) and Soto (.292/.406/.517 with 22 home runs). The winner will be announced next Monday evening.
Nov 5 - 6:09 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves will not extend a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to Nick Markakis.

Markakis made his first All-Star team in 2018 when he batted .297/.366/.440 with 14 home runs and 93 RBI. However, it's a season he's unlikely to repeat and he will turn 35 in a couple weeks, so it's not a surprise that he's not getting a qualifying offer.
Nov 2 - 2:55 PM

Braves acquired C Rafael Lopez from the Padres for cash considerations.

Lopez batted just .176/.265/.284 over 117 plate appearances this past season in San Diego. He'll be organization depth at catcher for the Braves in 2019.
Nov 1 - 12:10 PM

Braves activated LHPs Grant Dayton and Luiz Gohara and RHPs Darren O’Day and Mike Soroka from the 60-day disabled list.

Some more procedural moves here for Atlanta. Dayton underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in August 2017. He should be fully recovered by the beginning of spring training next February.
Oct 31 - 7:16 PM

Braves sent RHP Jose Ramirez outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Ramirez went from leading the NL in holds in 2017 to making seven appearances with a 17.05 ERA this past season. He didn't pitch after mid-April because of a shoulder impingement.
Oct 31 - 3:34 PM

Braves sent LHP Jacob Lindgren outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Lindgren, once considered one of the game's top relief prospects, required a second Tommy John surgery in March and missed the season. He's pitched a total of seven innings in three years.
Oct 31 - 3:33 PM

Braves sent outfielder Lane Adams outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Adams has hit .269/.340/.478 in 134 at-bats for the Braves the last two years, but it didn't convince the team that it was worth giving him any real playing time or keeping him on the 40-man roster this winter. He's not a bad option as a fifth outfielder.
Oct 31 - 3:31 PM

Braves sent outfielder Preston Tucker outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Tucker has major league power, but he's struggled to hit for average or late and he doesn't provide any value with his glove. He hit .229/.299/.404 with six homers in 166 major league at-bats last season.
Oct 31 - 3:29 PM

Braves activated RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 60-day disabled list.

McCarthy's last appearance in the majors game in June, as he battled a nagging knee issue. He previously announced that he will be retiring.
Oct 29 - 7:37 PM

Braves activated RHP Peter Moylan from the 60-day disabled list.

Moylan missed the final two months of the season with a forearm injury. He'll turn 40 in a little over a month and it's possible his career is over.
Oct 29 - 7:35 PM

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