- MLB free-agency and trade tracker: Latest news, signings, movesby Melissa Lockard and more on December 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm
The latest news on MLB free agent signings and trades in what figures to be a most unusual offseason.
- Starting Nine: NL East will make noise, more Winter Meetings storylines and predictionsby Cory McCartney on December 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said “the Winter Meetings aren’t the best environment to work in.” Will that change with a virtual setting absent of the normal buzz? | Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty ImagesMLB would be wise to announce to use stage to announce designated hitter staying in NL, plus more of what to watch in virtual meetings No mass of executives, agents, players and job seekers cramming the lobby. No mingling. The “meeting” has literally been taken out of MLB Winter Meetings, replaced with a virtual version that will no doubt be devoid of the buzz that defines the three-day affair. What will go down in these Virtual Winter Meetings, kicking off Monday? Without the atmosphere that can lead to those chance encounters that spark deals — or to speak to Braves trade history, when John Coppolella and Dave Stewart’s lunch was the primer for a massive swap with the Diamondbacks in 2012 — it could spoil the pomp and the circumstances, but storylines remain. Here are the ones to watch for the Braves, National League East and MLB, along with a couple of predictions along the way. 1. Will foundations be laid? The annual Alex Anthopoulos timeline is already playing out. Like in 2018 — when he had already signed Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann — and last season — when Cole Hamels, Will Smith, Chris Martin, Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Flowers and Nick Markakis had inked their contracts — the Braves general manager goes into the Winter Meetings having already been active with deals for Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly. Anthopoulos has never been one to make a splash at the Winter Meetings, instead using them as a chance to lay a foundation for what’s to come, a la when he moved Matt Kemp to the Dodgers in the days after, or last year when the Braves grabbed Marcell Ozuna a month after returning from San Diego. We shouldn’t expect anything different this time around. At least one big move is needed in filling the void left by Ozuna’s bat and like those years past under Anthopoulos, it’s unlikely it comes during these virtual meetings. But that doesn’t mean the National League East won’t be a major storyline. .@StevenACohen2 breaks down his approach to free agency"We're having conversations with everybody that matters"See more of the interview from Mets Hot Stove Presented by (@GEICO) here: https://t.co/yyilOqTWVLAND we're re-airing the interview at 10 p.m. pic.twitter.com/puTTesWFKq— SNY (@SNYtv) November 26, 2020 2. NL East won’t be quiet, Pt. I For all the chatter about how much money MLB lost amid the 2020 pandemic, the owner with the deepest pockets just happens to be the one that didn’t lose a dime. Mets owner Steve Cohen — whose $14.6 billion net worth is nearly $10 billion higher than the next-closest MLB owner, the Nationals’ Ted Lerner — didn’t have that controlling interest in the team a year ago, and he’s been clear that the Mets are going to spend like the major-market club that they are. Stealing the show at Cohen’s first Winter Meetings, even if it won’t be quite the same buzz with the press conferences to follow, is almost a given. Will New York sign Trevor Bauer? George Springer? J.T. Realmuto? All of them? The Mets may be the only team that can afford to bring in multiple players from the top of the free-agent class, a troubling development for the rest of the division after so many years of watching Mets missteps. The Braves, Phillies and Nationals all have pressing needs they can address on the free-agent market, but the aggressiveness of the Mets is the division’s storyline to watch. The @Cubs have tendered Kris Bryant a contract. #MLBTonight pic.twitter.com/qOusyGWHrz— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 3, 2020 3. NL East won’t be quiet, Pt. II The Cubs tendered Kris Bryant, ending one of the biggest questions ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, but the drama is far from over on the North Side. The former MVP, whose name has been on the trade market for years, is almost guaranteed to be moved with his projected $18.6 million salary for 2021 an issue if owner Tom Ricketts’ financial claims are to be believed. The Cubs can’t afford to let Bryant go without getting something in return, which is where the NL East comes into play. The Nationals have reportedly been exploring a trade for Bryant, and, from the Braves’ perspective, dealing for Bryant and his last year of control would be akin to the one-year contracts that Donaldson and Ozuna have signed these past two offseasons, at cheaper rate given what Bryant is expected to make in ‘21. When the Cubs do move Bryant, and whether that comes during the Winter Meetings, or if talks there lead to his being dealt in the weeks that follow, the NL East is a logical landing spot, be it in Atlanta or D.C. 4. The answer on the DH is coming One of the bigger missteps MLB made during the shortened 2020 season was in not providing the roadmap for the postseason well ahead of time. It was a fluid process as the league pieced together its playoff bubbles, but teams weren’t made aware before the trade deadline that there wouldn’t be any off days until the World Series, knowledge that would have likely impacted how aggressive teams were in pursuing deals for starting pitching. MLB can’t make the same mistake with the designated hitter after the flood of non-tendered players — a record 59 to be exact — joined the free agent pool, which surprisingly included the Braves non-tendering Adam Duvall. NL teams and the available players need to know as soon as possible as the clubs construct their rosters and the players weigh potential landing spots. It obviously alters the market for the likes of Duvall and Ozuna and opens another set of teams for Nelson Cruz. This remains a bargaining chip for the league in negotiations for how the league and union will piece together 2021, and announcing now would take some form of an agreement ahead of the actual season agreement, but delaying it hurts everyone involved. These Winter Meetings would and should be the perfect time for commissioner Rob Manfred to reveal the DH is returning to the NL. 5. Burying the pandemic lead How much validity there is to payroll constraints will be a talking point at these meetings. So, too, will be the unknown as to whether the start of spring will be delayed, the length of the season and whether it will be played again largely without any fans present. These are the heard of elephants in the room that nobody wants to talk about, but how much the pandemic will continue to affect the sport in 2021 can’t be ignored. It’s why those one-year deals the Braves signed Morton and Smyly to — which free the club from responsibility with the unknowns of how 2022 will look — won’t be the last and deals like the one the Dodgers signed Scott Alexander to ($1 million guaranteed) could be par for the course for arbitration-eligible players. It would be surprising for MLB to announce whether camp report dates will be delayed, but the very reason these Winter Meetings will be done virtually is inescapable and outside of the futures of the top of the free-agent class, it’s going to hang over almost everything that happens. 6. Baseball history will have to wait Back in August, the Hall of Fame announced its Board of Directors has voted to put what was to be this month’s Era Committee elections on hold. Why a Zoom call can be good enough for companies the world over and adopted by MLB in nearly every facet during his pandemic, but is not a conversation on a player’s HOF worth, is beyond comprehension. The delay means the vote for Golden Era (1950-1969) and Early Days (prior to 1950) candidates will be delayed until the fall for the Class of 2022 and while the list of players being considered hasn’t been released, there are ties to both the NL East and potentially the Braves in those who could be on the ballots. Former Phillies Rookie of the Year and later American League MVP Dick Allen was one vote short during the last Golden Era Committee voting in 2015, and there are two ex-Braves that could be considered among the Early Days players. Harry Stovey led MLB in home runs three times, including his only season with the Boston Braves (1891) with 20, and right-hander Bobby Mathews (297 wins) is the pitcher from the era with the most wins who is not already in Cooperstown. This delay also impacts the case of Dale Murphy who now won’t be considered again until 2023 for the Class of 2024 when the Modern Baseball Committee is scheduled to vote. 7. What will Braves do in Rule 5 Draft? The Braves’ 40-man roster stands as 39 after they moved to protect Kyle Muller, the organization’s sixth-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline, and claimed infielder Jack Mayfield off waivers from the Astros. Atlanta hasn’t selected anyone since 2017, when it took Anyelo Gómez and then returned him to the Yankees, and last had a Rule 5 pick play MLB inning with 2014 pick Dan Winkler. If the Braves do add anyone, it’s more likely they do so to get a look at an arm for a bullpen role. Astros righty Jose Alberto Rivera certainly fits the criteria of deserving a longer look. He has a fastball that reaches 100 and struck out 95 in 75 2/3 innings in 2019, though control has been an issue (50 walks between 2018 and ‘19). Speaking of control problems, the Braves could lose lefty Thomas Burrows, the organization’s 25th-ranked player, who chased 86 Ks in 2018 with 36 walks and fanned 63 with 24 free passes in 2019. 8. Boras will still hold court Few spectacles at the Winter Meetings match the annual Scott Boras address. The flood of reporters around the super agent holding court in the lobby has been as big as anything that has happened at the main podium in recent years, and coming off a year in which he dominated the three days with nine-figure deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon, there is no better barometer to counter the financial doom and gloom that MLB has been feeding these past months. Does Boras still do a virtual version of his free-for-all? It’s hard to see his turning down the opportunity to own the spotlight, but it’s definitely going to be subdued. Two years ago in Las Vegas, it turned into a literal scramble for reporters and cameramen when he took his place in front of a Christmas tree at Mandalay Bay. Chalk the Boras Show as another piece of the normal Winter Meetings experience that will lose its bite in 2020. 9. The Braves will do ... Nothing, or more to the point, virtually nothing. That doesn’t mean they won’t be a player in the Winter Meetings, with Ozuna among the most prized free agents and the Braves no doubt tied into those trade talks for Bryant, but go back to the comments Anthopoulos has previously made about this event. “I just think the Winter Meetings aren’t the best environment to work in. ... In the past, if we were close on something, I’d try to push and get it across the end zone just before the meetings. Otherwise, I don’t think I’ve been very active at the meetings in the past. A lot of times you come out of the meetings and you think you’re getting close, and you try to finalize something a week or two after the fact.” The argument that the changes to this season could make it more like normal day-to-day operations may change the GM’s approach, but the way Anthopoulos has operated at the helm of this team makes staying calculated and cautious the expected operating procedure.
- Why the Braves Kept Johan Camargo and Luke Jacksonby Jake Mastroianni on December 3, 2020 at 3:11 pm
To say it was a shocking day for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday would be a bit of an understatement in my book as they threw us a curveball. I think many people believed the Atlanta Braves would consider not tendering a contract to Johan Camargo, Luke Jackson, and Grant Dayton. But not many people Why the Braves Kept Johan Camargo and Luke Jackson - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community
- This Day in Braves History: Atlanta signs Nick Markakisby Kris Willis on December 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Photo by G Fiume/Getty ImagesThank you to Baseball-Reference and NationalPastime.com for helping provide the background information for these articles. This Day in Braves History: December 3 1963 - The Milwaukee Braves acquire Felipe Alou, Ed Bailey, Billy Hoeft and Ernie Bowman from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Del Crandall, Bob Hendley and Bob Shaw. 1974 - The Atlanta Braves acquire Dick Allen from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for catcher Jim Essian. Allen refuses to report to Atlanta and instead retires. Allen is then coaxed out of retirement by Richie Ashburn and is traded by Atlanta to Philadelphia in May of 1975. 2014 - The Braves sign outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract. He takes over in right field replacing Jason Heyward who was recently traded to the Cardinals.
- The Daily Chop: Duvall non-tendered, three players signed, teams monitoring Ozuna, and moreby Dillon Cloud on December 3, 2020 at 11:00 am
Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty ImagesThe Braves brought back three arb-eligible players by tendering them one-year deals. Adam Duvall was not among them, and he now becomes a free agent. The Braves made the decision to non-tender outfielder Adam Duvall on Wednesday, which makes him a free agent. Duvall was excellent in 2020, providing power and defense for Atlanta during a trying season. The 29-year-old opted to play the 2020 season despite his severe battle with diabetes. The Braves could still bring Duvall back, but this is certainly a curious decision. Braves News Braves non-tender Adam Duvall, reach one-year agreement with Luke Jackson The Braves let Duvall walk, but reached a one-year agreement with reliever Luke Jackson. Braves reach one-year deal with Johan Camargo for 2021 The Braves will bring Camargo back on a one-year deal as well. Braves reach agreement with reliever Grant Dayton for $900K Grant Dayton will also rejoin the cub in 2021. Giants, Blue Jays showing interest in Marcell Ozuna, per report Several teams, as expected, are showing serious interest in Marcell Ozuna this winter. His market is robust, but will likely become ever more so after the league rules on the designated hitter for 2021. MLB News New players added to winter’s free-agent mix Some relatively high-profile players were non-tendered on Wednesday and are now free agents. Knebel ‘excited’ to join World Series champs The Dodgers add another potential high-leverage reliever, if healthy. Halos trade for veteran shortstop Iglesias Jose Iglesias is headed west to join the Angels.
- Atlanta Braves nontender one player: Adam Duvall becomes Free Agentby Fred Owens on December 3, 2020 at 4:23 am
At the nontender deadline, the Atlanta Braves nontendered only one of their arbitration-eligible players, but not the one everyone expected. Going into today, most expected the Atlanta Braves to nontender a maximum of two players, with Johan Camargo and Luke Jackson leading the list. When the smoke cleared this afternoon, both of the expected players Atlanta Braves nontender one player: Adam Duvall becomes Free Agent - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community
- Adam Duvall becomes non-tendered free agent, other Braves retainedby David O'Brien on December 3, 2020 at 3:31 am
The Braves will be open to re-signing Duvall later this winter if the price is right, and they still have a need.
- Players Avoiding Arbitration: 12/2/20by Mark Polishuk on December 3, 2020 at 2:05 am
With the non-tender deadline coming today at 7pm CT, expect quite a few players to agree to contracts for the 2021 season, avoiding arbitration in advance. In many (but not all) cases, these deals — referred to as “pre-tender” deals because they fall prior to the deadline — will fall shy of expectations and…
- Offseason checklist: Braves’ needs & movesby Mark Bowman on December 3, 2020 at 1:54 am
- Slugger Duvall non-tendered by Bravesby Mark Bowman on December 3, 2020 at 1:47 am
- Camargo, Jackson, Dayton get 1-year dealsby Mark Bowman on December 3, 2020 at 1:45 am
- Updated Atlanta Braves Rosterby Kris Willis on December 3, 2020 at 1:07 am
Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesAn updated look at the Braves 40-man roster. The offseason has begun for the Atlanta Braves and we will be tracking all of their roster moves here in the lead up to 2021 Spring Training. Last updated 12/2/20 If you are on a mobile device then this table is best viewed in landscape mode. *Denotes Player not on active roster Transactions 12/2 - The Braves agreed to one-year deals with INF Johan Camargo, LHP Grant Dayton and RHP Luke Jackson. The team also announced that OF Adam Duvall was non-tendered. The club tendered contracts to the remaining unsigned players on the 40-man roster. 11/24 - Atlanta signed free agent RHP Charlie Morton to a one-year deal. 11/20 - The Braves claimed infielder Jack Mayfield off waivers from the Astros. 11/19 - Atlanta selected the contract of LHP Kyle Muller. 11/16 - The Braves agreed to a one-year deal with LHP Drew Smyly. 11/11 - Atlanta agreed to a one-year deal with RHP Josh Tomlin. 10/30 - The Braves announced that they have signed OF Abraham Almonte to non-guaranteed major league deal for 2021. The team also reinstated pitchers Mike Soroka, Jeremy Walker and Philip Pfeifer from the 45-day injured list. They also announced that Charlie Culberson has elected to become a free agent. 10/29 - The Braves declined Darren O’Day’s contract option for the 2021 season. 10/28 - Tyler Flowers, Shane Greene, Cole Hamels, Adeiny Hechavarria, Nick Markakis, Mark Melancon, Marcell Ozuna, Josh Tomlin, Pablo Sandoval became free agents. 9/30 - The Braves selected the contract of INF Charlie Culberson and released LHP Tommy Milone. 9/27 - Atlanta selected the contract of INF Pablo Sandoval and optioned LHP Tucker Davidson to the team’s alternate site. To make room on the 40-man roster, Atlanta transferred Cole Hamels to the 45-day injured list. 9/26 - The Braves recalled LHP Tucker Davidson and optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to the alternate training site. 9/21 - Atlanta placed LHP Cole Hamels on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Bryse Wilson. 9/17 - The Braves reinstated LHP Max Fried from the 10-day injured list and optioned RHP Bryse Wilson to the alternate training site. 9/16 - Atlanta reinstated LHP Cole Hamels from the injured list and optioned RHP Jasseel De La Cruz to the alternate training site. 9/15 - The Braves recalled RHP Jasseel De La Cruz and optioned RHP Touki Toussaint to the alternate training site. 9/14 - Atlanta recalled RHP Touki Toussaint and optioned LHP Sean Newcomb to the alternate training site. The team also released LHP Robbie Erlin. 9/13 - The Braves signed Pablo Sandoval to a minor league deal and added him to the player pool. 9/12 - The Braves recalled LHP Sean Newcomb from the alternate training site and designated LHP Robbie Erlin for assignment. 9/10 - The Braves placed LHP Tommy Milone on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Huascar Ynoa. 9/10 - Atlanta outrighted INF Charlie Culberson to the team’s alternate training site. 9/9 - The Braves activated 2B Ozzie Albies from the 10-day injured list and optioned INF Johan Camargo to the alternate training site. 9/8 - Atlanta added RHP William Woods to the player pool 9/8 - The Braves placed LHP Max Fried on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Kyle Wright from the alternate training site. The team also reinstated RHP Jacob Webb from the 45-day injured list and designated INF Charlie Culberson for assignment. 9/6 - Atlanta recalled RHP Bryse Wilson and optioned RHP Chad Sobotka to the alternate training site. 9/5 - The Braves recalled RHP Chad Sobotka and optioned RHP Huascar Ynoa to the alternate training site. 9/5 - Atlanta released LHP Chris Rusin. 9/3 - The Braves released 1B Matt Adams. 9/2 - Atlanta added RHP Victor Vodnik to the Player Pool 8/30 - The Braves acquired LHP Tommy Milone from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for two players to be named later. To make room on the active roster, Atlanta designated 1B Matt Adams for assignment 8/27 - Atlanta released 3B Yangervis Solarte. 8/25 - The Braves optioned RHP Touki Toussaint, C Alex Jackson and OF Cristian Pache to the team’s alternate site and reinstated OF Ronald Acuña Jr. and OF Nick Markakis from the 10-day injured list. The team also selected the contract of RHP Ian Anderson. 8/21 - Atlanta recalled C Alex Jackson from the Alternate Training Site. 8/20 - The Braves activated RHP Chris Martin from the 10-day injured list and optioned RHP Kyle Wright to the alternate training site. 8/19 - The Braves optioned RHP Bryse Wilson to the Alternate Training Site. 8/18 - Atlanta placed OF Nick Markakis on the COVID IL and promoted OF Cristian Pache. 8/17 - The Braves optioned RHP Chad Sobotka and activated 1B Matt Adams from the 10-day injured list. 8/17 - Atlanta released OF Peter O’Brien and added RHP Spencer Strider to the player pool. 8/15 - The Braves placed OF Ronald Acuña Jr. on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Chad Sobotka. 8/13 - Atlanta outrighted OF Scott Schebler to the team’s alternate training site. 8/11 - The Braves recalled RHP Bryse Wilson. 8/10 - Atlanta optioned LHP Sean Newcomb to the team’s alternate training site. 8/9 - The Braves recalled LHP Robbie Erlin and optioned RHP Chad Sobotka to the team’s alternate training site. Atlanta then appointed Sobotka as the 29th man for Sunday’s doubleheader. 8/7 - Atlanta placed RHP Chris Martin on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Chad Sobotka. The team also claimed LHP Robbie Erlin off of waivers from the Pirates. 8/6 - The Braves activated LHP Will Smith from the injured list and designated OF Scott Schebler for assignment. The team also optioned C Alex Jackson and RHP Chad Sobotka to the alternate training site at Gwinnett. 8/5 - Atlanta placed first baseman Matt Adams and second baseman Ozzie Albies on the 10-day injured list. They also recalled catcher Alex Jackson and activated outfielder Nick Markakis from the restricted list. 8/4 - The Braves recalled RHP Chad Sobotka and RHP Huascar Ynoa and designated LHP Chris Rusin for assignment. The team also placed RHP Mike Soroka on the 45-day injured list. 8/3 - Atlanta outrighted RHP Jhoulys Chacin to the alternate training site at Gwinnett. 8/1 - The Braves selected the contract of LHP Chris Rusin and designated RHP Jhoulys Chacin for assignment. 7/30 - Atlanta sent RHP Mike Foltynewicz outright to the alternate training site at Gwinnett. 7/29 - The Braves reinstated catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers from the injured list and recalled outfielder Scott Schebler. To make room on the active roster, the team optioned William Contreras, Alex Jackson and Chad Sobotka to the alternate training site at Gwinnett 7/28 - Atlanta designated RHP Mike Foltynewicz for assignment and recalled RHP Chad Sobotka. 7/27 - The Braves have placed infielder Yonder Alonso on the restricted list. 7/24 - Atlanta acquired outfielder Scott Schebler from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations. 7/24 - The Braves recalled catchers Alex Jackson and William Contreras and placed catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers on the COVID-19 IL. 7/23 - Atlanta outrighted 1B Yonder Alonso to the alternate camp at Gwinnett and selected the contracts of 1B Matt Adams and LHP Tyler Matzek. The team also placed LHP Cole Hamels on the 45-day injured list. 7/21 - The Braves signed RHP Jhoulys Chacin to a one-year deal. 7/21 - Atlanta selected the contract of INF Charlie Culberson. 7/21 - The Braves placed RHP Jacob Webb and LHP Philip Pfeifer on the 45-day injured list. 7/20 - Atlanta signed 1B Matt Adams to a minor-league deal. 7/18 - Atlanta selected the contracts of RHP Josh Tomlin and 1B Yonder Alonso. 7/16 - The Braves added OF Michael Harris to the team’s player pool. 7/15 - Atlanta placed first baseman/outfielder Peter O’Brien on the 10-day injured list. 7/7 - The Braves added first baseman Bryce Ball to their player pool. 7/6 - Atlanta placed OF Nick Markakis on the Restricted List after he elected to opt out of the 2020 season. 7/5 - The Braves placed RHP Felix Hernandez on the Restricted List after he elected to opt out of the 2020 season. 7/3 - Atlanta placed RHP Touki Toussaint, LHP Will Smith, 1B Freddie Freeman and SS Pete Kozma on the 10-day injured list after they tested positive for COVID-19. 6/28 - The Braves announced 56-players for their 60-man player pool for the 2020 season including 17 non-roster players. 6/26 - Atlanta placed RHP Jeremy Walker on the 45-day injured list due to a right shoulder impingement. 3/19 - The Braves optioned RHP Touki Toussaint to Triple-A Gwinnett 3/13 - Atlanta optioned RHP Patrick Weigel and C Alex Jackson to Triple-A Gwinnett. 3/11 - The Braves optioned LHPs Tucker Davidson and Philip Pfeifer, catcher William Contreras and outfielder Cristian Pache to Triple-A Gwinnett 3/9 - The Braves optioned RHP Chad Sobotka and LHP A.J. Minter to Triple-A Gwinnett. 3/7 - Atlanta reassigned left-hander Chris Nunn to minor league camp. 3/6 - The Braves announced that they have optioned RHPs Jasseel De La Cruz, Jacob Webb, Bryse Wilson and Huascar Ynoa to Triple-A Gwinnett. The team also reassigned infielder Bryce Ball, LHP Thomas Burrows, OF Trey Harris, RHP Kurt Hoekstra, OF Greyson Jenista, RHP Connor Johnstone, C Carlos Martinez, LHP Kyle Muller, and infielder Braden Shewmake to minor league camp. 2/12 - Atlanta and right-hander Josh Tomlin agreed to a minor-league contract that also includes an invite to Spring Training. 1/21 - The Braves agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with outfielder Marcell Ozuna. 1/16 - Atlanta agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with infielder Adeiny Hechavarria. 12/4 - The Braves agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent LHP Cole Hamels 12/2 - Atlanta declined to tender contracts to catcher John Ryan Murphy, infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Rafael Ortega. 11/24 - The Braves agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with C Travis d’Arnaud. 11/19 - Atlanta signed RHP Chris Martin to a two-year, $14 million deal. 11/19 - The Braves selected the contracts of LHPs Philip Pfeifer and Tucker Davidson, RHP Jasseel De La Cruz, catcher William Contreras and outfielder Cristian Pache. 11/14 - Atlanta signed LHP Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million deal. 11/8 - The Braves signed RHP Darren O’Day to a one-year deal. 11/4 - Atlanta reinstated LHP A.J. Minter, RHP Jacob Webb, OF Charlie Culberson and C Alex Jackson from the 60-day injured list 11/4 - The Braves agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Nick Markakis and catcher Tyler Flowers. The team declined 2020 options on RHP Julio Teheran and outfielder Billy Hamilton. 10/31/19 - Josh Tomlin, Matt Joyce, Francisco Cervelli, Adeiny Hechavarria, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, Chris Martin, Anthony Swarzak, Darren O’Day, Jerry Blevins and Brian McCann elected free agency.
- Braves non-tender Adam Duvall, reach one-year agreement with Luke Jackson (UPDATED)by Kris Willis on December 2, 2020 at 11:53 pm
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesWith the non-tender deadline approaching, the Atlanta Braves have reportedly trimmed one arbitration eligible player from their roster non-tendering outfielder Adam Duvall per a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Atlanta Braves have non-tendered outfielder Adam Duvall, sources tell ESPN. The 29-year-old, who is coming off a 16-homer season in 57 games, is now a free agent.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 2, 2020 The move is unexpected given the current state of Atlanta’s outfield but he was projected to receive a salary somewhere in between $4.4 and $7 million by MLB Trade Rumors. The Braves were likely unable to find common ground with Duvall which likely led to him being non-tendered. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may consider re-signing Duvall but want to remain flexible in the outfield while there are no assurances of the DH sticking around in the NL for 2021. Braves will consider re-signing outfielder Adam Duvall, who became a free agent after the team non-tendered him today. Without an assurance of a DH in the National League, club wants to stay flexible in LF. Duvall projected to earn $4.7M in arbitration, per @mlbtraderumors.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2020 The Braves also announced that they have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with reliever Luke Jackson which is presumedly non-guaranteed. The #Braves and RHP Luke Jackson today agreed to a one-year contract for the 2021 season worth $1,900,000.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) December 2, 2020 Jackson along with Grant Dayton and Johan Camargo were thought to be the players with the best chance of being non-tendered before Wednesday’s deadline. Atlanta inked Dayton and Camargo to one-year deals earlier this afternoon. UPDATE - The Braves officially announce that they have non-tendered Adam Duvall and tendered contracts to the remaining unsigned players on the 40-man roster. The #Braves today declined to tender a 2021 contract to OF Adam Duvall. The club also today tendered contracts to the remaining unsigned players on the organization’s 40-man roster, which stands at 38.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) December 3, 2020
- Braves Non-Tender Adam Duvallby Connor Byrne on December 2, 2020 at 11:43 pm
The Braves have non-tendered outfielder Adam Duvall, Jeff Passan of ESPN reports. Duvall was in line to make at least $4MM in arbitration, but he’ll instead head to the free-agent market. Duvall just wrapped up a two-plus-season stint with the Braves, who acquired him from the Reds before the 2018 trade deadline. Duvall was a…
- Giants, Blue Jays showing interest in Marcell Ozuna, per reportby Daniel Hutchinson-Kausch on December 2, 2020 at 11:17 pm
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesOzuna’s market is beginning to take shape MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Wednesday evening that the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are interested in signing free agent Marcell Ozuna. Sources: #SFGiants have interest in free agent Marcell Ozuna, but their comfort level on valuation and term is somewhat contingent on whether NL has the DH in 2021. Ozuna, 30, was the #Braves DH in a majority of games this year. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 2, 2020 The Giants in particular are somewhat surprising, given that they are generally perceived to be in more of a rebuilding phase right now with their roster. The Blue Jays are less surprising suitors, with a young talented roster, and after having signed pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu to a large free agent contract last offseason. It is noteworthy that Morosi also reported that Toronto is more interested in former Astros’ outfielder George Springer than Ozuna, and that the Giants’ valuation of Ozuna is dependent on the presence of the designated hitter rule in the National League. Obviously Atlanta was always going to have competition from other teams to sign Ozuna, after the season he had in 2020, but we are beginning to see the market become clear for his services. It is worth mentioning that Mark Bowman, Atlanta beat writer for MLB.com reported last week that Ozuna’s agent was expecting a multi-year offer from the Braves in December. Should Ozuna opt to sign elsewhere, our own Scott Coleman explored some of the other options to bolster the Atlanta offense, which you can read here.
- Wednesday open threadby Kris Willis on December 2, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesEnjoy your evening everyone!
- Braves reach agreement with reliever Grant Dayton for $900Kby Scott Coleman on December 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsDayton will battle for a spot in the bullpen next spring The Braves have reached a deal with left-handed reliever Grant Dayton for $900K for the 2021 season, the club announced Wednesday afternoon. Dayton, who was a possible non-tender candidate, will battle for a spot in the bullpen next spring. The 33-year-old southpaw pitched fairly well in the shortened 2020 season, posting a 2.30 ERA and 4.07 FIP (5.06 xFIP) across 27 innings and 18 appearances. If he makes the team, he would likely assume a 6th or 7th inning role whenever called upon. The Braves’ bullpen was one of the best in the game last summer, ranking in the top five of nearly every important metric. While it remains to be seen what happens with free agents Mark Melancon and Shane Greene, the unit should be good once again in 2021, especially if Will Smith is able to regain his form following a forgettable shortened 2020. Earlier today, the Braves reached a one-year pact with Johan Camargo for $1.36 million.
- Bowden: One virtual Winter Meetings move for each National League teamby Jim Bowden on December 2, 2020 at 6:09 pm
Numerous trades and free-agent signings are expected, but this year most of the focus will be on just a handful of teams.
- Braves: Non-tender Deadline Could Add Some Optionsby Jake Mastroianni on December 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm
With the non-tender deadline approaching, the Atlanta Braves could several interesting candidates added to the free-agent pool. It’s been a very slow start to the offseason for many teams other than the Atlanta Braves, but Wednesday’s non-tender deadline should help pick up the pace a bit. This deadline will give us a better indication of Braves: Non-tender Deadline Could Add Some Options - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community
- Which Brave has the best offensive season?by Mark Bowman on November 30, 2020 at 6:25 pm
- The Outsiders: Nos. 100-91by Joe Posnanski on November 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm
We begin our countdown with an all-time hitter, a rookie phenom who inspired his own "mania" and a shooting star that streaked for 5 years.
- Schultz: Breaking down why Braves and Hawks are climbing, Falcons are fallingby Jeff Schultz on November 29, 2020 at 11:30 am
The Braves are close to a title, the Hawks are turning the corner, and the Falcons? Well, they might need to start over.
- Braves Notes: Melancon, Morton, Leaks, Chemistry, And Cultureby TC Zencka on November 28, 2020 at 5:45 pm
The Braves pulled off a somewhat surprising pair of moves early this postseason by nabbing starters Drew Smyly and Charlie Morton on one-year deals. That the deals were surprising, however, was not surprising. The Braves keep their internal conversations about players internal, according to the Athletic’s David O’Brien, who writes, “Atlanta is as leak-free as any…
- Addressing Marcell Ozuna, Adam Duvall, non-tenders and more: Braves mailbagby David O'Brien on November 27, 2020 at 8:39 pm
What will happen with Ozuna, and what will the Braves do if he leaves as a free agent? And more Braves questions.
- One Black Friday deal for every MLB teamby Andy McCullough on November 27, 2020 at 11:55 am
There is enough talent out there for teams to get better — perhaps much better.
- Kevin Seitzer Q&A: Braves’ hitting coach on 2020 season and team’s futureby David O'Brien on November 27, 2020 at 11:30 am
The Braves' high-powered offense led the majors in OPS and was second in runs and homers in 2020.
- Each team's most intriguing Rule 5 prospectby Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum on November 27, 2020 at 12:12 am
- MLBTR Poll: Grading The Braves’ Recent Signingsby Anthony Franco on November 26, 2020 at 9:08 pm
The Braves have easily been the offseason’s most active team in the early going. Atlanta has made a pair of rotation additions, signing southpaw Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11MM deal and bringing in Charlie Morton for one year at $15MM. Single-year terms has become a staple of the Alex Anthopoulos regime in Atlanta. They’ve had plenty of…
- Charlie Morton returns to Braves as a veteran with big bite and pleasant barkby David O'Brien on November 26, 2020 at 2:47 am
After two seasons with Tampa Bay, Morton signed a one-year, $15-million contract with the Braves.
- 1 reason every team should be thankful in '20by Richard Justice on November 26, 2020 at 1:23 am