The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. The Braves have designated Gonzalez for assignment, putting their roster at 40 players.
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As Alex Anthopoulos spent the past two seasons serving as the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations, he gained a greater appreciation for the enhanced analytics approach the Braves were planning to take long before they knew their baseball operations staff would assume new leadership.
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After spending most of this decade as a member of St. Louis' coaching staff, Chris Maloney has joined the Braves' organization and gained a chance to return to his native state as he attempts to build on the success he's had as a Minor League manager.
Alex Anthopoulos did not sign a free agent or complete a trade during this year's Winter Meetings, which concluded on Thursday morning. But as he interacted with rival executives and agents over the course of the past four days, the Braves' general manager gained a better feel for his club's needs and how he might satisfy them during the remainder of the offseason.
The Braves gained a bullpen candidate on Thursday morning, when they selected right-handed pitcher Anyelo Gomez with the seventh pick of the first round of the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
Brian Snitker has committed his adult life to the Braves, and at no point over the past 40-plus years has he ever seriously entertained the thought of going to another organization. But at the conclusion of this past season, there was reason to believe his tenure as Atlanta's manager was likely over.
Who do the Braves have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Atlanta's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Though the Braves might set their sights on acquiring a controllable frontline starting pitcher within the next year, it appears their current focus is finding a short-term fix to satisfy their desire to add experience to their inexperienced rotation.
As Alex Anthopoulos moved near the completion of his first full month as the Braves' GM, and experienced the second day of this year's Winter Meetings on Tuesday, he possessed the assets that will likely lead rival executives to continue checking in with him about potential trade opportunities. But for now, Anthopoulos seems content to patiently progress through this Hot Stove Season and possibly wait for the opportunity to see these young pitchers with his own eyes before defining their trade value.
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker speaks with the media at the 2017 Winter Meetings.
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Once Alex Anthopoulos becomes even more familiar with the organization he acquired when he was named the Braves' general manager a month ago, there's a strong possibility he will once again become the aggressive wheeler and dealer he was when he seldom shied away from trading or acquiring top players during his tenure as the Blue Jays' GM.
With media members, scouts and fellow executives within sight and wondering what these two highly regarded executives might be discussing, John Schuerholz and Walt Jocketty were extending a conversation about J.D. Drew, the outfielder the Braves sought to add to their depleted lineup.
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This has certainly been a unique offseason for the Braves, who were neutralized by the lengthy MLB investigation that led them to gain new leadership within the baseball-operations department. But though general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been in place to run this department for less than a month, the Braves have continued to do business and keep up with the unavoidable annual offseason ritual of reconstructing the roster.
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The Braves had a need for a versatile infielder after non-tendering Jace Peterson and Danny Santana last week. They filled the void by signing utility man Christian Colon to a Minor League deal, a source told MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
Braves reporter Mark Bowman answers questions from fans in the latest version of the Braves Inbox.
Hours before non-tendering Matt Adams, Jace Peterson and Danny Santana on Friday, the Braves claimed versatile right-handed reliever Chase Whitley off waivers from the Rays. The combination of these decisions provided a glimpse of how general manager Alex Anthopoulos might structure Atlanta's bullpen and bench for the upcoming season.
Longtime Braves head athletic trainer Jeff Porter will move away from his daily responsibilities and remain with the club as a senior advisor. He will be replaced by George Poulis, who spent the past 15 seasons as the head athletic trainer for the Blue Jays.
The weather outside was anything but frightful -- actually, it was a clear and quite pleasant low-60's Friday evening at The Battery Atlanta as the Braves threw the first pitch of the holiday season, holding their inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
Unable to trade Matt Adams before Friday's non-tender deadline, the Braves parted ways with their slugging first baseman, along with two others. Atlanta didn't tender contracts to Adams, Jace Peterson and Danny Santana, making them free agents, while tendering contracts to the rest of their arbitration-eligible players -- pitchers Arodys Vizcaino, Sam Freeman, Mike Foltynewicz and Dan Winkler.
For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's early Draft Top 50 list is not topped by a high school pitcher. It should come as no surprise that the top guy is still a pitcher, and one from the 2017 College World Series champion Florida Gators. Right-hander Brady Singer, who helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class.
The Braves continued adding to their collection of relievers on Friday, claiming right-hander Chase Whitley off waivers from the Rays, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the report.
Andrew Tinnish, hired recently by the Braves as vice president of amateur and international scouting, has withdrawn from his position due to personal reasons, the club announced Friday.
The Braves agreed to terms Thursday on a one-year deal with left-handed reliever Rex Brothers, thereby avoiding arbitration.
Alex Anthopoulos' first player transaction as Braves general manager offered a measure of salary relief. The Braves on Thursday dealt reliever Jim Johnson and international pool money to the Angels for Minor League left-hander Justin Kelly, thus completing Anthopoulos' first move since becoming GM earlier this month.
Because his career declined rapidly after he turned 30, it is easy to assume Andruw Jones will fall short of being elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. But voters would be negligent to overlook his intriguing resume, which might still be deemed Cooperstown worthy based on its numerous highlights.
A little more than two weeks into his tenure as the head of the Braves' baseball operations department, Alex Anthopoulos is still getting a feel for which direction he might take with his new organization.
Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers fan questions about plans to improve the Braves' bullpen, potential trades and more.
After being allowed to stay up long past his bedtime, Eli Williams was denied his wish to see Mike Foltynewicz successfully complete his bid for a no-hitter. But the young suburban Atlanta resident will forever be thankful for the bond he has since gained with the Braves pitcher.
Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones will soon get a better feel for the strength of their Hall of Fame candidacies, as both were on the 2018 Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the first time on Monday afternoon.