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Braves sign OF Young Jr. to minor league deal

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Eric Young Jr. to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old Young stole 30 bases in a part-time role last year with the New York Mets, but he batted just .229 with a .299 on-base percentage. In 2013 with the Mets, Young gained some notoriety in Atlanta when he accidentally...

Rockies acquire Hale from Braves in four-player trade

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies have acquired right- handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser in exchange for catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. Hale and Schlosser are the only players in the deal with major league experience. After allowing just one earned run over two starts in 2013, the 27-year-old Hale went 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 45 games -- six...

Braves announce 4-year deal for Toscano

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with Cuban free-agent outfielder Dian Toscano on a four-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. The deal was formally confirmed by Major League Baseball on Wednesday and financial terms were not announced. Toscano hit .356 with a .440 on-base percentage and a .452 slugging percentage during the...

Braves bring in Jonny Gomes

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes have agreed to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but MLB.com reported it to be worth $4 million. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2016. Gomes split last season with Boston and Oakland, batting .234 with six homers and 37 runs batted in over 112 games. He was traded to the...

Cap selections announced for Smoltz, Martinez and Biggio

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Cooperstown, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - As expected, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio will enter the Hall of Fame in July with caps most associated with their respective teams. Smoltz will have an Atlanta Braves cap, Martinez will go in with a Boston Red Sox logo and Biggio will feature an Astros emblem. It was previously announced that fellow 2015 class member Randy Johnson...

Astros land Gattis from Braves

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves dealt away another power bat as they continue an offseason makeover, trading slugger Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros in exchange for a trio of prospects. Houston sent hard-throwing pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to the Braves along with right-hander Andrew Thurman and third baseman Rio Ruiz, with Atlanta also obtaining minor league hurler...

Braves sign Pierzynski, Outman to 1-year deals

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves signed veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski and pitcher Josh Outman to one-year contracts on Wednesday. Pierzynski, 38, split 2014 with the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, finishing the season with a .251 batting average, five homers and 37 RBI in a combined 102 games. The two-time All-Star is a career .281 hitter with 368 doubles...

Braves come to terms with RHP Grilli

By The Sports Network, 2 years 4 months ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli on a two-year contract with a club option for 2017. Grilli has 45 saves over the last two seasons, including 33 for the Pirates in 2013. The 38-year-old had a combined 1-5 mark with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves in 62 appearances for Pittsburgh and the Angels this past season. He was...

Braves send Justin Upton to San Diego

By The Sports Network, 2 years 4 months ago
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres continued what has been a whirlwind week with Friday's acquisition of two-time All-Star outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. Upton, a National League Silver Slugger Award recipient in 2014, heads to the new-look Padres along with minor league pitcher Aaron Northcraft, with the Braves receiving a package of four prospects...

BoSox acquire Varvaro from Braves

By The Sports Network, 2 years 4 months ago
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox acquired right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations on Wednesday. Varvaro, 30, was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 61 relief appearances last season for the Braves. Over the last two seasons with Atlanta, Varvaro is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA and...