Team Related News

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Braves have reached a deal with the Orioles for right-hander Kevin Gausman.

No word yet on who Baltimore will receive in return, but they were surely asking for a lot to give up two years of team control on a pitcher with upside. The Braves have been involved in discussions for Chris Archer, so Gausman was likely viewed as the team's fallback option. The 27-year-old holds a 4.22 ERA for his career, but he should get a boost with the move over to the National League.
Jul 31 - 3:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Braves have been in talks with the Orioles about Kevin Gausman.

Multiple reporters are confirming this, so it looks like this has a real chance to happen, especially with the Pirates apparently turning their focus to Rays right-hander Chris Archer. Gausman holds a 4.43 ERA in 21 starts this season, but he could benefit by getting out of the AL East. He's under team control through 2020, which is something that the Braves covet.
Jul 31 - 3:18 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that a trade involving Chris Archer is now seen as "very, very likely."

In fact, Topkin hears that there's about a "90 percent" chance of something going down. Just where he could end up is unclear, but the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates have all been mentioned prominently of late. It's worth noting that the Pirates are considered out on Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, so that could be a sign of progress with Archer, but that's just speculation for now. We should all find out within an hour.
Jul 31 - 3:01 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Cubs and Brewers are among the main teams in the mix for Reds right-hander Matt Harvey.

As opposed to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Heyman hears that the Braves are not likely to land him. If you throw out one disastrous start, Harvey has a 3.63 ERA over his other 13 starts during his time with the Reds. He's shown increased velocity, though it hasn't resulted in an uptick in strikeouts or swings and misses. Obviously he still has the name recognition, but he's likely being viewed as a backend rotation option by contenders.
Jul 31 - 1:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates are "all strongly in [the] mix" for Chris Archer.

Rosenthal also adds that the Dodgers and other teams are "potentially lurking" with just a couple hours to go until the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Jon Morosi of MLB Network identified the Braves as "the team to watch" on Archer earlier in the day. The 29-year-old right-hander has somewhat underwhelming overall numbers this season, but he's delivered a 2.70 ERA over his last 43 1/3 innings and he's under control through 2021.
Jul 31 - 1:39 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Braves have been most aggressive in trade talks for Reds right-hander Matt Harvey.

The Brewers have been mentioned most frequently as a possible trade partner in recent days, but the club could simply view him as a backup plan. Harvey has shown increased velocity while posting a 4.44 ERA and 56/17 K/BB ratio in 73 innings over 14 starts since being traded to the Reds. There hasn't been a ton of chatter on him, which suggests that teams don't view him as a difference-maker.
Jul 31 - 1:38 PM

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes that Matt Harvey will still be dealt before Tuesday's trade deadline.

Nightengale reports that the Brewers and Braves are among the teams that have shown interest in acquiring the right-hander before the deadline. Harvey has posted a 4.44 ERA and 56/17 K/BB ratio since being dealt to the Reds by the Mets for Devin Mesoraco, and outside of a disasterous outing against the Pirates, he's pitched well in his last eight starts. Keep in mind that Harvey could be dealt in August if the Reds don't get the value they're looking for, but if Nightengale is correct, there's a good chance he changes uniforms on Tuesday.
Jul 31 - 12:29 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network writes that the Braves "are the team to watch" on Rays right-hander Chris Archer.

It's well known that the Braves have been looking for a controllable starting pitcher, so Archer certainly fits the bill. He's under team control for three more seasons at just $27.5 million. Not surprisingly, this makes him attractive to a long list of teams, including some smaller budget clubs like the Padres and Pirates. The Braves certainly have the pieces to pull off a deal for Archer, it's just a matter of how much they are willing to give and who the Rays like. Stay tuned.
Jul 31 - 11:45 AM

MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers "don't see Adrian Beltre going anywhere."

Sullivan hears that talks between the Rangers and Braves appear to be "dead" and while Beltre "might be interested in going to Boston," the Red Sox "don't appear motivated to explore that." Beltre said over the weekend that he would be willing to waive his no-trade rights for the right situation, but it doesn't appear anything is likely to happen.
Jul 30 - 8:18 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have asked teams interested in Chris Archer to submit their final trade offers.

Topkin lists the Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres and Yankees as the teams that are "most interested" in Archer, with the A's, Astros, Brewers, Phillies and Pirates also lurking. He adds that the Rays "seem more open" to trading Archer at this point in time after flirting with it multiple times over the last few years. Archer is under team control for three more seasons at a cost of just $27.5 million.
Jul 30 - 4:55 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Rangers and Braves have discussed a trade involving Adrian Beltre.

The Braves have been mentioned as a possible fit before, but it appears that there's actually something to it. However, Morosi writes that it's "unclear if there's enough momentum" to get something done by Tuesday's deadline. Johan Camargo has quietely been pretty good this season (.777 OPS), so the Braves aren't exactly desperate. Beltre would have to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to take place, though he could welcome the chance to play for a contender. Morosi also mentions the Cubs as a possible fit given Kris Bryant's shoulder issue, though it appears more speculative than anything else.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 30 - 3:32 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams who have shown the most interest in right-hander Zack Wheeler.

However, Heyman hears that nobody has been able to meet the Mets' asking price. Unless something changes, Wheeler will stay put past Tuesday's trade deadline. Wheeler, 28, has emerged as one of the best starting pitcher options on the market. He's hit his stride with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts since the start of June and still has another year of team control remaining.
Jul 30 - 10:18 AM

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Orioles' closer Brad Brach has been traded to the Braves.

No word yet on the potential return package for the Orioles. Brach was the logical next domino to fall after Manny Machado and Zach Britton had been dealt as the rebuilding Orioles continue their firesale. With Arodys Vizcaino on the shelf, there's a chance that Brach could immediately step in and see save chances at the back of the Braves' bullpen.
Jul 29 - 4:52 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Braves and Cubs are "pushing" to acquire Brad Brach.

The Rockies and Indians are a couple other clubs that reportedly have interest in Brach, but it sounds like it could come down to the Bravos or Cubbies. An impending free agent, Brach is in line to set up wherever he winds up, while Mychal Givens would be a likely candidate to step in as the Orioles' closer.
Jul 29 - 1:41 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have emerged as the "front-runner" to acquire Cole Hamels, though the Braves "remain in the mix."

Hamels' trade market is heating up and it looks like he could be dealt by the end of the night. With J.A. Happ off the board, teams are turning their attention to Hamels, a four-time All-Star and former World Series MVP. Hamels isn't the pitcher he once was—he's third in the majors in home runs allowed this season—but he's pitched well outside of Texas, delivering an impressive 2.93 ERA over 10 road outings this year. The Rangers seem pretty eager to move him and would probably settle for lower-level prospects to get a deal done.
Jul 26 - 7:04 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Braves have discussed a Marcus Stroman trade with the Blue Jays.

Morosi, notes, however that "there's no evidence of progress in those negotiations." Jon Heyman of Fancred wrote earlier this week that the Jays are inclined to keep Stroman because he's having a rough year and is under control through 2020. They can shop him again this winter if he finishes strong down the stretch.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 26 - 2:52 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Braves are another team that has expressed interested in acquiring Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton.

The Cubs, Astros, Dodgers and Yankees all have serious interest in Britton, while the Rockies and Brewers are also known to have checked in. He'll certainly be dealt before the trade deadline at the end of the month, but where he;ll wind up remains a mystery at this stage. Fantasy owners can only hope that he lands a gig in the ninth inning, otherwise his fantasy value will take a massive hit.
Jul 22 - 4:29 PM

Saturday's scheduled game between the Braves and Nationals in Washington was postponed due to inclement weather.

No makeup date has been announced yet for these division rivals. Saturday's scheduled starters, Gio Gonzalez and Sean Newcomb, will presumably be pushed back to start on Sunday.
Jul 21 - 2:29 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Astros, Phillies and Braves are among the teams in the mix for Zach Britton.

Crasnick says the Orioles are "barreling ahead" with Britton trade talks now that the Manny Machado deal is finish. Britton's velocity and effectiveness has picked up recently and as a result the interest in him has perked up, as well. The left-handed reliever is making $12 million this season and is slated to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 20 - 12:03 PM

The Red Sox and Braves are among the teams interested in acquiring Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Crasnick notes that the Royals are "more likely than not" to deal Moustakas before the July 31 trade deadline. The Yankees have also been linked as a possible suitor for the impending free agent. Moustakas, 29, is hitting .249/.306/.466 with 19 homers and 58 RBI in 91 games this season. If he's indeed dealt away from the Royals' punchless lineup and pitcher-friendly home ballpark, it could be give a boost to his fantasy value.
Jul 15 - 5:13 PM


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