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Braves | Jace Peterson had thumb injury

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:51:10 -0800

Atlanta Braves 2B Jace Peterson (thumb) played much of the 2015 season with an 80% tear of the tendon in his right thumb. He wore a cast for 1 1/2 months during the offseason.

Fantasy Tip: This injury could explain why Peterson went into a prolonged slump for much of the second half of last year. He hit just .212 with three home runs and 17 RBIs after July 1, compared to .266 with three home runs and 35 RBIs before that point. Peterson is still expected to be Atlanta's starting second baseman but he is nothing more than middle infield depth in NL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy baseball leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Freddie Freeman pain-free

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:07:24 -0800

Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (wrist) hit 25 balls off a tee Thursday, Jan. 21, and said it was the first time he swung pain-free in seven months.

Fantasy Tip: First base is loaded this year, and Freeman could fall through the cracks to the midrange of the position. He's a nice bounce-back candidate.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Yoenis Cespedes drawing Braves' eyes

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:47:32 -0800

Free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes (Mets) has drawn attention from the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Tip: Cespedes is a high-end OF2 wherever he lands.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB Network - Jon Heyman

Braves | Kelly Johnson to move around

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:44:12 -0800

Atlanta Braves 2B Kelly Johnson is expected to share time with 3B Adonis Garcia at third base in 2016, and Johnson could also play other infield positions and left field.

Fantasy Tip: Johnson returns to an Atlanta team that he hit nine home runs with in the first half of the season. He can be useful as a utility player with some pop, but the fact that he likely won't be an everyday player makes him strictly a middle infield option in NL-only leagues.

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Braves | Kelly Johnson agrees with Atlanta

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 08:44:22 -0800

Free-agent 2B Kelly Johnson (Mets) agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Fantasy Tip: KJ had a solid .265-14-47 season, but he'll likely be a part-time player with the potential to be traded at the deadline. He has NL-only MI value, but that's about it.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Mark Bowman

Braves | Freddie Freeman's wrist healthy

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:54:09 -0800

Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (wrist) had a week free of pain and he appears to have turned the corner from a wrist injury that cost him power in the second half of the year.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman hit .242 when he returned in August and September, so there is a chance he will do better in 2016. Of course, he is also the subject of trade talks, so his draft position will depend on where he ends up and how healthy he is.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Ken Rosenthal

Braves | Nick Markakis the next to go?

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:27:37 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis is of trade interest to the Kansas City Royals, and he could also be on the radar of the Baltimore Orioles.

Fantasy Tip: Markakis saw a number of his would-be home runs turn into doubles this past season, as he cleared the fence just three times and hit 38 doubles, which was his highest total of doubles since 2010. Markakis hit .296 and scored 73 runs, so there was value in deep formats, but Markakis doesn't move the needle enough in the power or speed departments to warrant attention in the majority of seasonal leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo

Braves | Christian Bethancourt dealt to San Diego

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:31:34 -0800

Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Braves have traded C Christian Bethancourt to the San Diego Padres, in exchange for SP Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez.

Fantasy Tip: The Braves are expected to use a catching tandem of A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers in 2016, which made the 24-year-old Bethancourt expendable. Kelly is a 26-year-old right-hander who has largely struggled since undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago. The former 2008 first-round pick went 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA in three MLB appearances last season and was 2-10 with a 5.16 ERA in 31 games for Class AA San Antonio and Class AAA El Paso. Rodriguez is a 17-year-old catcher who hit .266 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 30 games with three different Rookie-level clubs in 2015. None of these players is expected to be a fantasy factor in 2016.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | Atlanta says Ender Inciarte staying

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:58:58 -0800

Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Braves OF Ender Inciarte isn't being shopped, according to Braves general manager John Coppolella

Fantasy Tip: That doesn't mean a whole lot since they said they weren't going to trade SP Shelby Miller. Inciarte is more so an NL-only option as a back-end outfielder.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale

Braves | Ender Inciarte could be moved again

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:16:28 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Ender Inciarte could be traded again as the Braves have had 12 teams call about him since he was acquired by Atlanta, according to one executive.

Fantasy Tip: Inciarte is more so an NL-only option as a back-end outfielder.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jayson Stark

Braves | Julio Teheran to stay put

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:49:41 -0800

The Atlanta Braves don't plan on trading SP Julio Teheran this offseason, and they would like him to serve as the anchor for their pitching staff.

Fantasy Tip: Teheran was disappointing for his owners in 2015, sporting a 4.04 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 33 starts (200 2/3 innings). He'll be a tough sell in 2016, especially if he remains on a poor offensive club in Atlanta. There's room for growth, though, so he's worth a low-cost investment in the later rounds of drafts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Buster Olney

Braves | Aaron Blair goes to Atlanta

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 20:54:07 -0800

The Atlanta Braves acquired SP Aaron Blair as part of a package with OF Ender Inciarte and SS Dansby Swanson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for SP Shelby Miller Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Fantasy Tip: Blair is likely to start out in the minors, but he is a player with a lot of upside who could eventually be a mainstay in the Atlanta rotation down the road.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro

Braves | Dansby Swanson heads east to ATL

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 20:52:53 -0800

The Atlanta Braves acquired SS Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a package with OF Ender Inciarte and SP Aaron Blair for SP Shelby Miller Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Fantasy Tip: Swanson has a tremendous future, and he will likely get a chance to play at shortstop with the big club sooner rather than later with the team dealing Andrelton Simmons during the offseason.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro

Braves | Ender Inciarte in deal to ATL

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 20:52:26 -0800

The Atlanta Braves acquired OF Ender Inciarte, as well as SP Aaron Blair and SS Dansby Swanson, in the deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks for SP Shelby Miller Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Fantasy Tip: Inciarte doesn't have a lot of power, but he hit for average and he is a great help in the stolen bases and runs categories, too. He'll be a great piece of the outfield for Atlanta.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro

MLB | Tyler Flowers inks deal with Braves

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:21:49 -0800

Free-agent C Tyler Flowers (White Sox) has signed a two-year, $5.3 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, featuring $1.5 million of annual incentives as well.

Fantasy Tip: So much for Christian Bethancourt being Atlanta's catcher of the future. That can still happen, but as far as 2016 goes, the Braves appear to have a logjam at catcher, with Flowers joining fellow veteran A.J. Pierzynski behind the dish. Flowers has exhibited some power potential before, slugging a career-high 15 home runs in 2014, but has always had issues with hitting for average. The catching situation in Atlanta looks like one to avoid in fantasy come draft day unless you're in a league that starts two catchers.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale

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Atlanta Braves Player News

Allard Kolby P
Anderson Josh OF
Araujo Victor P
Aybar Erick SS
Baker Brad P
Banuelos Manny SP
Barbosa Andrew P
Barnes John OF
Barnett Tyler SS
Barry Kevin RP
Basner Ryan P
Batista Lay P
Beckham Gordon 2B
Bello Yenier C
Bernard Miguel C
Bird Zachary P
Blair Aaron SP
Bolivar Luis SS
Bonifacio Emilio 2B
Bourn Michael OF
Bowman Shawn 3B
Brewer Caleb RP
Brewer Daniel OF
Brignac Reid SS
Brooks Robert SS
Brown Blake OF
Bullock Billy P
Burawa Dan P
Butcher Ryan RP
Camarena Jose C
Campusano Albaro INF
Carpenter David RP
Castro Daniel 2B
Cedeno Juan P
Cervenka Hunter P
Chacin Jhoulys SP
Clark Doug OF
Colyer Steve RP
Corcoran Tim SP
Culver Calvin OF
Curtis Daniel P
d'Arnaud Chase SS
Davidson Braxton OF
De La Cruz Joel P
De La Cruz Luis C
DeLome Collin OF
Elkerson Mike OF
Ellis Chris P
Evans Lee C
Farrell Kyle P
Fish Robert P
Fitzgerald Jason OF
Flowers Tyler C
Foltynewicz Mike SP
Francis Ross P
Franco Iker C
Freeman Freddie 1B
Freiman Nate 1B
Friday Brian 2B
Fried Max SP
Gant John SP
Garcia Adonis 3B
Garcia Chris J. 1B
Gomez Yasser OF
Grilli Jason RP
Guzman Javier INF
Guzman Kevin P
Hamilton Mark 1B
Hanson Jason 3B
Hardy Rowdy P
Henry Sean OF
Heredia Jairo P
Hernandez Buddy P
Hiller William OF
Hodges Daniel P
Holmberg David SP
Holt J.C. 2B
Hubbard Mike C
Hughes Dusty RP
Hursh Jason P
Inciarte Ender OF
Jackson Justin SP
Jansen Ardley OF
Jenkins Tyrell SP
Joaquin Victor P
Johnson Jim RP
Johnson John OF
Johnson Jonathan SP
Johnson Kelly 2B
Jones Mycal OF
Jordan Brantley P
Joseph Onil OF
Jurries James 1B
Kazmar Sean INF
Keeling Tom P
Kelly Casey SP
Kelton David OF
Kendrick Kyle SP
Kennelly Matt C
Kimbrel Matt P
Krol Ian RP
Lalli Blake C
Lambson Mitchell RP
Lamm Mark P
Landoni Emerson SS
Langen Brian P
Lara Jordy 1B
Lavarnway Ryan C
Leiva Darrel P
Leonard Joe 3B
Lipka Matt OF
Little Connor P
Lopez Gonzalo P
Lopez Robinson P
Lorenzo Matt P
Lugo Jose P
Maldonado Brahiam OF
Marimon Sugar Ray RP
Marin Ivan SS
Markakis Nick OF
Martin Ethan SP
Mateo Victor P
Mattair Travis 3B
McCarthy Billy OF
McConnell Sam P
McCurry Cole P
McKirahan Andrew P
Mendez Carlos C
Monk Brandon 2B
Moore Navery P
Morgado Bryan P
Newcomb Sean P
Noboa Michael 2B
Norris Bud SP
O'Dowd Chris C
Ogando Alexi RP
Olivera Hector 2B
Paiml Greg INF
Paroubeck Jordan OF
Parr James SP
Perez Carlos SP
Perez Williams SP
Peterson Dustin 3B
Peterson Jace 2B
Pierzynski A.J. C
Pope Van P
Pruneda Benino P
Pyzik Steve C
Quintana Zach P
Ramirez Jose A. SP
Reyes Jorge P
Reynolds Mikey 2B
Rice Jason P
Richards Glen P
Ridgway Jeff RP
Robinson Andrew P
Rodriguez Geraldo INF
Rodriguez Manuel 1B
Rodriguez Paco RP
Rodriguez Ricardo C
Roman Milton P
Rondon Francisco P
Ruiz Rio 3B
Rutckyj Evan P
Sanchez Alejandro INF
Sanchez Ricardo SP
Sborz Jay P
Scalamandre Rich RP
Scarpetta Cody P
Schlehuber Braeden C
Schrader Clay RP
Schreiber Zach P
Schuerholz Jonathan 2B
Septimo Leyson P
Shehan Christopher OF
Silvestre Alvaro P
Simmons Shae RP
Sims Lucas P
Small Matthew P
Smith Greg SP
Smith Mallex OF
Snyder Brandon 1B
Soroka Michael P
Spina Michael 1B
Sturkie Scott P
Sullivan Richard P
Sumoza Luis OF
Suschak Matthew P
Swaggerty Ben P
Swanson Dansby SS
Swisher Nick OF
Taylor Reggie OF
Teheran Julio SP
Terveen Bryce C
Thurman Andrew P
Torres Alex RP
Torres Yeralf P
Toscano Dian OF
Toussaint Touki P
Trejo Jaime INF
Trepagnier Bryton P
Tuiasosopo Matt OF
Valenzuela Luis SS
Velazquez Juan INF
Vizcaino Arodys RP
Voelkel Ryan 1B
Volstad Chris SP
Weber Ryan SP
Weglarz Nick OF
Whalen Robert SP
White Alex SP
White Dean SS
Williamson Fabian P
Wilson Ross 2B
Winkler Daniel SP
Wisler Matt SP
Withrow Chris RP
Wooten Rob RP
Yepez Jose C

Blakeley Gordon TO
Clark Roy TO
Coppolella John GM
Glavine Tom TO
Gonzalez Fredi MAN
Hart John TO
Jones Chipper TO
Lewis Derrick TO
McDowell Roger PC
Pendleton Terry TO
Porter Bo TO
Schuerholz John TO
Seitzer Kevin TO
Snitker Brian TO
Tosca Carlos TO

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