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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "there’s a growing feeling among talent evaluators" that the Braves will attempt to acquire Mike Moustakas from the Royals before the trade deadline.

That appears to be even more likely after the Braves ended the Jose Bautista experiment at third base on Sunday. Moustakas is on a very reasonable one-year deal and will be a very attractive trade chip for the Royals in July.
Source: Boston Globe
May 20 - 7:16 PM

Angels acquired 3B Ryan Schimpf from the Braves in exchange for C Carlos Perez.

Schimpf has slugged 34 homers over 527 plate appearances in the majors, but he has also struck out 175 times. He had a miserable spring, going hitless with 19 strikeouts over 30 at-bats in the Grapefruit League. The 29-year-old will begin his Angels tenure with Triple-A Salt Lake.
Mar 31 - 11:25 PM

Braves acquired C Carlos Perez from the Angels in exchange for 3B Ryan Schimpf.

The Braves needed a catcher with Tyler Flowers (oblique) and Kurt Suzuki (hand) both hurt. Perez has yet to make his mark in the majors, hitting just .224 over 548 big league at-bats. Obviously he's not someone fantasy owners need to pay attention to.
Mar 31 - 11:24 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves are "no longer in play" for free agent slugger Jose Bautista.

Marly Rivera of ESPN.com named the Braves among several teams who have talked to Jose Bautista about a one-year deal, but it doesn't appear that discussions have been recent. The best-case scenario would have been a part-timer or bench role, so he's better off talking to an American League team. The Rays have been mentioned most prominently, but it's unclear whether they still have interest.
Mar 26 - 11:36 AM

Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports that Jose Bautista is in talks with "several teams" on a one-year deal, including the Braves and Rays.

The Rays have been mentioned previously and make for a better fit with the ability to slide him into the DH spot. Bautista, 37, batted just .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers over 157 games last season. The market wasn't kind to veteran players this offseason -- especially ones who are liability defensively -- but Bautista said earlier this month that he isn't considering retirement.
Mar 26 - 8:59 AM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves are trying to finalize a deal for INF Ryan Flaherty.

There was a report earlier on Sunday that the Orioles were interested in signing Flaherty, but he apparently was close to signing a deal with another club. It appears the Braves are that club. The deal would reportedly be an MLB contract, so the infielder would open the year with Atlanta. There's no offensive value, but Flaherty does offer versatility, so he should help the Braves off the bench with his glove.
Mar 25 - 1:51 PM

Pirates signed South Korean shortstop Ji-Hwan Bae for a bonus of approximately $1.25 million.

Bae was originally signed by the Braves, but his bonus was voided along with several other prospects as punishment for the illegal tampering by members of the Atlanta front office. It's the second largest international bonus given to a prospect by the Pirates, behind the $3 million they gave Luis Heredia. Pittsburgh has just $500,000 left in its international signing pool for 2017-18.
Mar 21 - 7:30 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "at least checked in on" free agent closer Greg Holland.

Heyman notes that there is "no evidence the talks have gone very far to this point, and Braves people are telling folks they have limited funds left." Holland should come relatively cheap with Opening Day fast approaching, but there's been no real movement toward an agreement with any club. Heyman also suggests the Cardinals, Angels, Royals, and Rangers as possible fits for the 32-year-old right-hander.
Mar 15 - 12:50 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have agreed to a deal with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera.

No word yet on the terms involved. Carrera was recently cut loose by the Blue Jays after batting .282/.356/.408 over 325 plate appearances in 2017. He's capable of playing all over the outfield and makes for a useful bench player.
Mar 13 - 2:10 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves "have talked about" Mike Moustakas, but "so far there’s no common ground."

The Braves could use a third baseman but likely only would want Moustakas on a short-term deal and so far the free agent doesn't appear willing to accept those terms. The market for Moustakas has been eerily quiet to this point, so he might not have a choice but to lower his demands.
Feb 23 - 11:05 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Braves have agreed to a deal with Peter Moylan.

Terms aren't yet available, but the deal will become official assuming all goes well with a scheduled physical Monday in Orlando. Moylan posted a 3.49 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio across 59 1/3 innings for the Royals last season. This will be his third stint with the Braves.
Feb 19 - 8:51 AM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves "are in the process of attempting to complete a deal with Peter Moylan."

Details of the deal aren't known, but it figures to be a modest one-year contract. Moylan posted a 3.49 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio across 59 1/3 innings for the Royals last season, holding righties to a .161/.244/.236 batting line. Eight of the 39-year-old sidearmer's 11 big league seasons have come with Atlanta.
Feb 18 - 9:38 AM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Braves have expressed "serious interest" in Eduardo Nunez.

Nunez could take over as the Braves' starting third baseman, shifting Johan Camargo to a utility role. Atlanta thinks that third base prospect Austin Riley could be ready to take over at the hot corner as soon as 2019, but Nunez has the flexibility to move to another position or become a super utility player if need be. The Rays, Yankees and Red Sox are also in on the 30-year-old.
Feb 8 - 6:56 PM

Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Marlins would need Ronald Acuna in a trade for Christian Yelich.

Gammons goes so far as to say that the Marlins won't even discuss a second player without Acuna being included in a trade. That's probably fair, because the Braves likely wouldn't want discussions to go on if they have to include him. As good as Yelich has been, it's tough to imagine that Atlanta would be willing to include the player that many consider the best prospect in baseball in a trade for him. Assuming Gammons is correct, you probably won't see Yelich in a Braves uniform in 2018.
Source: MLB Network
Jan 17 - 9:11 PM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Braves have inquired with the Marlins about acquiring J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich.

Morosi says the talks have not hit an advanced stage, but he also notes that there is "little doubt" the Braves would have the prospect depth to acquire both players from the Marlins if they really wanted to. Realmuto has reportedly requested a trade out of Miami after the firesale that has seen Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna all dealt away this winter. The 26-year-old catcher batted .276/.332/.451 with 17 home runs, 65 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 68 runs scored in 141 games last season and he is under contractual control through 2020.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 3 - 7:17 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Braves plan to designate Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

The only reason that Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to be included in the Matt Kemp deal, is that the Braves' promised him that he would become a free agent once the deal was completed. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, but will now have to find another team willing to give him a shot.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:51:00 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Braves have acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Gonzalez fell out of favor in Los Angeles after the emergence of Cody Bellinger and opted not to stay with the club for their postseason run while he was recovering from his back injury. It's unclear if the Braves plan to have him man first base while Freddie Freeman shifts to third base full-time, or if they'll look to move him elsewhere.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:47:00 PM

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, "at least 10 teams" have inquired on Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Marcell Ozuna is being shopped at this week's Winter Meetings, but Yelich could be the bigger prize. While Ozuna has two years of team control remaining, Yelich is owed $43.25 million through 2021 with a $15 million club option (or a $1.25 million buyout) for 2022. Frisaro hears that the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals are among the teams who have checked in on Yelich so far.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:29:00 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that teams are expecting scrutiny from Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB officials involving possible infractions no matter what team Shohei Ohtani chooses to sign with.

Teams were warned by Manfred that they could only use the merits of the club to try and convince Ohtani to sign, and that no promises could be made about future contracts or any other financial business partnership. An unnamed source tells Olney that Manfred has given the issue an "unprecedented" amount of attention, knowing that there are several avenues teams could try and exploit to procure his services. This comes a few weeks after the unrivaled penalty Atlanta received that saw the loss of prospects and the banning of former General Manager John Coppolella. For whatever the reasons may be, it appears baseball is serious about keeping the international shenanigans out of the game.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:39:00 AM


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