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Braves send Kimbrel, Upton to Padres

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 20 hours ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Just hours before the Major League Baseball season was set to begin, the Atlanta Braves made headlines by sending All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres in a six-player swap. Kimbrel has been as dominant as any relief pitcher in baseball since breaking through with Atlanta in 2010, posting a 1.43 ERA with 186 saves. He has led the National...

Braves acquire Cahill from Diamondbacks

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves acquired pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night. The Braves also received cash considerations and shipped minor-league outfielder Josh Elander to the Diamondbacks. Cahill, who will reportedly have 5.5 million of his $12 million salary paid by the Braves, is coming off the worst season of his six-...

Braves release Wandy Rodriguez

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 2 days ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves released veteran pitcher Wandy Rodriguez from his minor-league deal on Friday. Rodriguez, 36, had been battling for a spot in the Braves' rotation and posted a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings this spring. The left-hander has compiled a 91-94 record with a 4.06 ERA in 258 career games, all but 10 as a starter, for Houston and...

Braves P Vizcaino suspended 80 games

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 3 days ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino received an 80-game suspension Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. Vizcaino, rated the No. 13 overall prospect in the Braves' system by MLB.com, was reacquired by Atlanta from the Chicago Cubs in November in exchange for infielder Tommy La Stella. The 24-year-old...

2015 PREVIEW NL EAST: It's the Nationals and everybody else

By The Sports Network, 4 weeks 20 hours ago
There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon. ATLANTA BRAVES - (2014 record: 79-83, Tied for Second in NL East) In just...

Braves release James Russell

By The Sports Network, 4 weeks 20 hours ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have released pitcher James Russell. Russell was acquired by Atlanta last July in a trade deadline deal with the Chicago Cubs and pitched to a 2.22 ERA in 22 games for the Braves. He struggled this spring training, however, allowing 10 runs -- nine earned -- on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old lefty has a career...

Veteran catcher John Buck calls it a career

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 day ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran John Buck announced his retirement Thursday. Buck, an All-Star with Toronto in 2010, was in spring training camp with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves said Buck wanted to spend more time with his family. The 34-year-old journeyman played for seven teams in 11 big league seasons, finishing his career with 134 home runs, 491 RBI and a .234...

Recap: Atlanta vs. Houston

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrelton Simmons homered among his three hits and drove in three runs to power the Atlanta Braves to a 6-5 spring training win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Christian Bethancourt knocked in three runs, while starter Wandy Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings for the win. Colby Rasmus and Brett Phillips each homered and Jose Altuve,...

Atlanta Braves 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
John Hart has tried his best to convince Braves fans that the team wasn’t simply rebuilding for the opening of the new stadium in 2017. The newly named president of baseball operations tried to argue that the Braves would be “very competitive” in 2015, but after trading Justin Upton and Evan Gattis in separate deals that netted the team seven prospects, his actions seem to...

Recap: Atlanta vs. NY Mets

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kirk Nieuwenheis went 4-for-4 to help the New York Mets win their spring opener by an 8-2 score over the Atlanta Braves. The Mets broke the game open on Johnny Monell's three-run home run off veteran Jose Veras in a five-run sixth inning. A pair of newcomers helped the Braves scored both of their runs in the first inning against Mets starter...