BREAKING: Braves acquire Adam Duvall from the Reds

Shortly after tonight’s win, the Braves they have traded Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler, and Preston Tucker to the Cincinnati Reds for Adam Duvall.

Duvall is batting .205 with 15HR and 61RBI

Duvall is coming off back to back 30+ homerun seasons and drove in 99 runs in 2016 and 103 last season.

Has 3 years of club control left after this season(arbitration).

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Braves Top Prospect Promoted To Triple-A

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Kyle Wright has been promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett

The Atlanta Braves first pick (no. 5 overall) in 2017 has been promoted from the Double-A Mississippi Braves to the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers. This comes just a day after the organization announced Kolby Allard will make his MLB debut on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins.

Kyle Wright is currently the Braves number two prospect behind only Mike Soroka. The 6’4 200 pound pitcher is the number nine rated player on the right-handed prospect board, and the 25th best overall prospect in MLB.

The combination of Wright’s 95-96mph fastball, peaking at 98mph, and his deadly curveball has gotten him one step closer to the major leagues. In 20 games in AA, he went 6-8 with a 3.70 ERA. In 109.1 innings he gave up only 103 hits and 51 runs, striking out 105 batters and only walking 43.

Seeing Wright one step closer to Atlanta is great news for the fans. They can now think about a rotation that will consist of Newcomb, Soroka, Allard, and Wright.

What a time to be a Braves fan!!!

Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1

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BREAKING: Braves Acquire Jonny Venters

The Braves added to their bullpen tonight after another disaster of a night for the pen. The Braves traded for old friend Jonny Venters from the Tampa Bay Rays for an International signing slot (per @Ken_Rosenthal).

Jonny Venters this season is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Venters played for the Braves from 2010-2012 and was an All Star in 2011.

By: Bret Anderson

Today in the A: July 9th

 

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Sadly, it is Monday, and to make things worse, there are no games going on for any of our beloved Atlanta sports teams today.

To recap yesterdays performances, the Braves ended their game road trip by dropping their rubber match against the Brewers 10-3. The Braves ended the road trip at 5-5 and are currently tied for the lead in the division with the Phillies. Tomorrow, the Braves will begin a 2 game series with the Blue Jays as they look to finish strong before the All Star Break.

Yesterday, four Braves were named to the National League All Star Team: Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis were named starters, Ozzie Albies as a reserve, and Mike Foltynewicz’s good work on the mound earned him an All Star roster spot.

To the basketball side of things in Atlanta, the Hawks dropped their 5th Summer League game last night 85-68 to the Blazers. Trae Young didn’t do to much mainly because he left the game early in the first half with a thigh contusion. Young continued to showcase his passing skills and court vision that will work wonders for the Hawks this upcoming season.

Our Atlanta Dream beat the Phoenix Mercury yesterday afternoon 76-70.

Join us again tomorrow as we will discuss what will be going on in the A tomorrow!

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How Should the Braves Fix Their Bullpen?

The Braves are a fun, young, exciting team to watch. Between the clutch and the great starting pitching, there almost isn’t anything to complain about with the team that holds the best record in the NL. However, the bullpen, which started off the season on a good note, has fallen to pieces as of late with an ERA north of 7.00 in the 9 games prior to the  Yankees series.

The bug issue with the bullpen is the walks. the bullpen is walking guys at an alarming rate. Could it be that the bullpen has been worn out? Sam Freeman has pitched in basically every other game up to this point and his ERA has soared to 4.89 after a fast start this season. Shane Carle had an ERA below 1.00 just about 2 months ago and seemed to be unhittable, has hit a rough patch and seen his ERA climb to a still respectable 2.93.

Yet, for some reason, the guy who gets the most trash is probably the closer Arodys Vizacino.  He has been great all season when he has been healthy and has converted 15 saves in 17 chances. He has a 1.82 ERA and averages has a K/9 rate of 10.0. He may not be a flashy name, but he (and AJ Minter) and surprise story, Jesse Biddle, have been bright spots in a bullpen that needs help.

 

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How should the Braves go about helping their bullpen? By trade is the most talked about way and seems to be a short term fix. Zach Britton of the Orioles is a name that has been floated around the rumor mill. The price to get him may not be as high as it once was as Britton himself has had some recent struggles. Britton has an ERA of 6.23 but in just 8.2 innings. He most likely would be just a half a year rental but it all depends on what the Orioles asking price would be.

Sergio Romo of the Tampa Bay Rays is a another name to look at. Again he doesn’t have eye popping numbers, 4.59 ERA, but would bring veteran and playoff experience to the bullpen. He also would be a most likely one year rental.

If the Braves do a trade to bolster the bullpen, it is important to not overpay for a bullpen arm and risk hurting the future of this team. Which is why the Braves should also looking into their top farm system for arms to bolster the ‘pen.

The Braves weren’t projected to win a World Series, heck they weren’t even expect to be a real threat in the NL East. This young team has opened the eyes of everyone around the league so why not continue to trust your young guys and the young pitchers in the minors to help this bullpen out.

Evan Phillips, who was just recently called up nd made his debut against the Yankees, wasn’t too impressive but showed signs that he could help the team out. Phillips struck out 1 over 2 1/3 innings but did give up a cheap two run pop up homer in the 8th to Stanton. Phillips is a guy who had 58 strikeouts in just 38.2 innings in AAA this season so he is more than capable of being a good late inning guy relatively soon.

Touki Toussaint is just too good to be in AA and simply has been dominant. he has 109 strikeouts in 86 innings and has a 2.93 ERA. Yes he is a starting pitcher but that doesn’t mean he can’t provide short term help to this bullpen. It is quite the leap from AA straight to the bigs but it is definitely something the Braves need to think about with Touki.

The Braves have trusted their young guys and it has gotten them the best record in the NL. Ultimately I think the Braves do a make a trade for a bullpen guy but it won’t be one of the bigger names on the market. It will simply be for a guy that can counted on in the late innings. With the emergence of Jesse Biddle it will be hard the back end of the bullpen could be locked up with him, Minter, and Viz. Still, a veteran like Sergio Romo wouldn’t be a bad guy to have in the ‘pen to have for when of those guys is unavailable.

It’s going to come down too how much do the Braves want to put into this season and the short term future. If they choose to go into win now mode, then there will be a trade but it could actually be for a much name at a much higher price like the Reds closer, Raisel Iglesias who is quickly becoming a dominant closer. Iglesias is under contract for two more season after this one and would most likely cost a top prospect.

Whatever the Braves do, a move must be made. This team has too much talent to be losing games in the late innings. As fans, we must wait and see what Alex Anthopoulos does.

Bret Anderson: @Bret_A27

The Return of Ronald Acuña Jr.

Ronald Acuna may have a bigger impact than we all realized. How will he fare now that he has returned to the lineup?

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During the month that Ronald Acuna was on the disabled list, the Braves went just 14-13, improving their record by just one game. This was against teams that were predominantly under-.500. The one exception during this 27 game stretch was a 3-game series against the division-rival, the Washington Nationals.

The offense, at times, seemed non-existent. Some games were blown due to the poor bullpen effort, but the Braves have gone 3-0 since Acuna’s return, sweeping a series against a good Cardinals tea, scoring 22 runs in those 3 games. Acuna had 4 H, 1 BB, 4 R and 2 RBIs during that 3 game stretch, including a mammoth HR to open the scoring in game 2, where the Braves scored 11 runs.

Previous to his DL stint, the Braves were 20-12 with him on the roster. Including his return from the DL, the Braves are currently 22-11 with Ronald Acuna on the team and 26-23 without him. Now, those splits aren’t a dramatic difference, but they are definitely there.

The factors we cannot calculate are found in the clubhouse. Acuna hustles on every play (that’s how he hurt himself in the first place) and that effort will not go unnoticed. He gives the team energy that not many players can replicate. The bromance between him, Ozzie and Dansby is a whole different thing, but that adds energy to the team as well.

Ronald Acuna is back, and hopefully, he is here for the rest of the season. Who knows, he may even pull out an all-star game if he gets lucky!

Andrew Carter| @AndrewC_Braves

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Looking Ahead to 2019

As we all know, the Braves have plenty of money to spend this offseason. I have been thinking about this and the many possibilities there are for the Braves. Among them came a rather intriguing idea. First, however, I want to start by figuring out the definites for next year.

Current Payroll for 2019:

Player Name Salary 2019
Freddie Freeman $21,359,375
Julio Teheran $11,166,668
Ender Inciarte $5,700,000
Total $38,226,043

That’s not a lot of definites. That leaves a lot of cap space, especially with such a young team. A lot of the team is on pre-arbitration (meaning the team decides how much they make, as long as it is at least league-minimum), or regular arbitration.

Player Name Contract Status Estimated Salary 2019
Ozzie Albies Pre-arb $535,000
Ronald Acuña Jr. Pre-arb $535,000
Johan Camargo Pre-arb $535,000
Dansby Swanson Pre-arb $535,000
Preston Tucker Pre-arb $535,000
Jesse Biddle Pre-arb $535,000
Shane Carle Pre-arb $535,000
Max Fried Pre-arb $535,000
Luiz Gohara Pre-arb $535,000
AJ Minter Pre-arb $535,000
Austin Riley Pre-arb $535,000
Mike Soroka Pre-arb $535,000
Evan Phillips Pre-arb $535,000
Mike Foltynewicz Arbitration $4,000,000
Sam Freeman Arbitration $1,100,000
Arodys Vizcaino Arbitration $3,400,000
Dan Winkler Arbitration $3,000,000
Jose Ramirez Arbitration $600,000
Charlie Culberson Arbitration
Brandon McCarthy Team Option

I imagine that the players on pre-arbitration will receive the league-minimum of $535,000 will likely remain the same. That would be a cap hit of $5,885,000, bringing the current total to $44,111,043. Then we bring in arbitration. It is tough to estimate due to the current time within the year we are in (only 1/4 through the season), but based on current performance, I made some estimates, assuming performance remains fairly constant. I personally do not think we will re-sign Charlie Culberson, which is why I left off his expected salary. I think we will let Brandon McCarthy walk.

If everything above were to happen exactly as I estimate for it to, the Braves would have spent a total of $57,281,043. I think we let Nick Markakis walk in FA due to other availabilities. I also think we will re-sign both Tyler Flowers or Kurt Suzuki for around $4M each, bringing the total payroll number up to $64,821,043.

Okay, now for the fun of trying to guess how Alex Anthopoulos will spend it. Since the roster is mostly complete, there are no gaping holes, with the exception of a new outfielder to replace Nick Markakis. The even better news is that Braves CEO, Terry McGuirk, said last year that “now wasn’t the time to increase payroll, but soon.” Obviously, the new stadium increased revenue by quite a bit, and this season, it will probably increase yet again, as more people are getting out and watching this exciting, young Braves team. In 2019, there is a hot free agent market, and this could just be the offseason that McGuirk and Co. decide to bump up that payroll a bit. Even if it were increased by $10M from 2018, that would be huge. The Braves would have roughly $65,500,000 to spend this offseason.

A Braves-fan-favorite to sign would be our longtime rival, Bryce Harper. He wants to get paid big, the Braves have the money and a spot for him (who wouldn’t let’s be honest). He would eat a large sum of that cap space, probably around $30M. It seems huge, but the Braves have the money, and it’d improve the team. Not a lot of other needs, and how fun would it be to see Nationals fans boo him for a change? It would obviously be a huge cap hit, but it might just be worth it.

Manny Machado is another exciting player the Braves could sign this offseason. He would probably cost slightly less than Harper, but would still cost anywhere from $25-30M. You could sign both potentially, but wouldn’t have much more money for anybody else that would make this team go from playoff team to World Series contender. He could potentially come this year through a pre-deadline trade (though it would certainly take a big name prospect as a focal point of the deal).

Craig Kimbrel would probably like to come back to Atlanta as would the fans. He would be an expensive reliever, but he would be a great signing by Atlanta, who is back in contention, and back in need of a true closer. He would probably cost $15-16M, but that would be worth it to see him in a Braves uniform again.

Patrick Corbin is a starting pitcher that would improve any rotation. He would probably cost somewhere in the ballpark of $15M, which the Braves could do and it would be a good signing. Sure, there is a lot of young talent that is really good, but great starting pitchers are tough to come by, and he would provide that.

Another starting pitcher the Braves could sign would be Gio Gonzalez, another current National. The Nationals will not be able to maintain their current roster, and either Harper of Gonzalez will have to go. He would cost around $15M as well, and is another great option, should the Braves follow that route.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is the last starting pitcher who the Braves could pursue and increase the quality of their staff. He would probably be around the same cost as Gonzalez or Corbin but would provide solid production. Teheran, Folty, Soroka, and Newcomb are all likely to be in the rotation, so we would only really need one of the three, but any would be good signings.

If they want to, they could very well sign both Flowers and Suzuki, who have both produced well.

Me personally, I would want the Braves lineup to look like this next year:

1B: Freddie Freeman
2B: Ozzie Albies
3B: Austin Riley
SS: Dansby Swanson
LF: Bryce Harper
CF: Ender Inciarte
RF: Ronald Acuña Jr.
C: Tyler Flowers

Bench:
Kurt Suzuki
Preston Tucker
Johan Camargo

Starters:
Julio Teheran
Patrick Corbin
Mike Foltynewicz
Mike Soroka
Sean Newcomb

Relief:
Jesse Biddle
Shane Carle
AJ Minter
Evan Phillips
Sam Freeman
Arodys Vizcaino
Dan Winkler
Jose Ramirez
Craig Kimbrel

Who do you want the Braves to sign?? Comment below!


Andrew Carter | @AndrewC_Braves