Will the Braves’ offseason dealings lead to more wins in 2016? Beat reporter Mark Bowman opens up the Braves Inbox.
Kelly Johnson signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Braves. The deal provides the veteran utility man a chance to experience a third stint with the same organization that drafted him in the first round of the 2000 Draft.
The Braves have spent a significant portion of this offseason attempting to trade Nick Swisher. Now that they have reached an agreement with Kelly Johnson, according to a Major League source, there is even less reason to believe they will still be carrying Swisher on their roster when the regular season begins.
The Braves will get a taste of their future when they welcome shortstop Dansby Swanson, left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb, shortstop Ozzie Albies, right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair and a handful of other top prospects to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.
When Hall of Fame balloting results were announced both of the past two years, Braves fans had reason to celebrate the elections of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. But this year’s results created a different feel for three former Braves — Fred McGriff, Billy Wagner and Gary Sheffield.
Fans will have an opportunity to gain an early taste for the upcoming season when the Braves host their FanFest presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Jan. 30 at Turner Field.
According to a Major League source familiar with the negotiations, the Braves and Kelly Johnson have agreed to a one-year deal that is pending a physical. Financial details were not provided and the club has not confirmed the deal.
Though the current plans could be slightly altered by some signings or trades that could be completed within the next few days or weeks, the Braves have laid the foundation for the makeup of an infield mix that will no longer benefit from Andrelton Simmons’ presence. Within the November trade that sent Simmons to the […]
Time will tell whether David Carpenter, Alexi Ogando or Alex Torres will prove to have been solid offseason-bargain acquisitions. But while signing each of those experienced relievers to a Minor League deal, the Braves at least enhanced a level of bullpen depth they did not possess last year.
With Hector Olivera, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis rounding out the Braves’ 2016 starting outfield, what exactly will the roles of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher be in 2016? Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
Looking to provide another veteran reliever a chance to prove he can still be effective at the Major League level, the Braves have signed left-hander Alex Torres to a Minor League contract and extended him a Spring Training invite.