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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

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the Royals will sign former Braves prospect OF Juan Carlos Negret.

The financial terms have not been disclosed. Negret was one of the prospects who became a free agent after the Braves were found to have illegal contact and contract promises with international players. He would be the second former Atlanta prospect to sign with the Royals after they gave $650,000 to pitcher Yefri Del Rosario earlier this week. In 50 games for the DSL Braves in 2017, Negret posted a .401 on-base percentage and stole 23 bases on 32 attempts.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:42:00 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves are among the teams that have expressed interest in Peter Moylan.

Moylan, of course, has had two previous stints with Atlanta. The soon-to-be 39-year-old posted a 3.49 ERA while tying for the major league lead with 79 appearances in 2017 and held righties to a .161/.244/.236 batting line.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 03:08:00 PM

Brian McCann told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that he'd like to end his career with the Braves.

"One hundred percent," McCann said when asked if he’d want to end his career with the Braves. "One hundred percent. This is my home. I played close to 10 years here. This organization is really, really, really close to my heart. I love this organization." The 33-year-old, of course, still has one year left on his deal with the Astros and a club option for 2019, so a reunion isn't imminent. He's set to once again be the everyday catcher for the defending champs next season.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 07:21:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves had discussions with the Tigers about Michael Fulmer prior to the trade deadline.

The Braves were in on trade talks for Sonny Gray, too, but Rosenthal says they had more interest in Fulmer and could revisit talks with the Tigers about the righy over the offseason. Atlanta wants to add controllable rotation help (who doesn't?), but there's certainly no guarantee that Detroit will wind up dealing Fulmer, who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 09:18:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have been in contact with the Athletics about Sonny Gray.

The rebuilding Braves have been targeting a controllable arm, so it's no surprise that they have kept in touch regarding Gray. Still, it's widely believed that the Yankees are the favorites and that a deal could get done by Monday's deadline.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 10:43:00 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports the Braves are "still in on" Sonny Gray.

While the Yankees are still the heavy favorites to land Gray, a late move by the Braves can't be ruled out. Cotillo mentioned that the Braves were dark horses for Chris Sale last winter, only bowing out at the last minute. The Braves won't be a playoff team this year but they're a young team on the rise and perhaps Atlanta views Gray as a potential franchise cornerstone. Regardless of where he ends up, it's safe to assume Gray has pitched his final game as an Oakland Athletic.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:03:00 AM

Joel Sherman of New York Post reports that the Braves "have gotten more involved" in trade talks for Sonny Gray.

The Braves aren't really viewed as a legit playoff contender this season, but they've been connected to Gray dating back to the offseason as they seek to obtain a cost-controlled starter. They certainly have the pieces in their farm system to get something done. Sherman notes that the Yankees and Brewers are viewed as the "strongest pursuers" over Gray at this point, with the Astros "still trying, too." The Mariners, Twins and Indians have also been connected to Gray.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 05:15:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have shown interest in trading for Jurickson Profar.

This could be a good match as the Rangers are looking to add a starter and Jaime Garcia appears to be available. The Braves' system is well-stocked with young arms, which could make Garcia expendable. Texas and Atlanta made a trade last winter with the Braves swapping Brady Feigl and Tyrell Jenkins in exchange for Luke Jackson. Profar has impressed with a .300 average in Triple-A this year, though his success hasn't translated to the big leagues yet (.172 in 58 MLB at-bats this season).
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 12:05:00 AM

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves sent a top scout to Detroit this weekend.

The Braves are scouting both Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer. Per Bowman, the Braves are more intrigued by Fulmer than Verlander, which should be the case as Fulmer is a decade younger and has had a much better year than Verlander. He's also far less expensive than Verlander, who is owed $28 million this season. Even with Detroit entering a rebuilding phase, the Tigers' asking price for Fulmer will likely be sky-high.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 10:00:00 PM


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