After spending the past week evaluating the market for Shelby Miller, the Braves jumped at the opportunity to get the significant haul they were seeking, one that further enriches their Minor League system with a couple of top prospects.
The Braves exited the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with fewer immediate needs, some money left to spend and the satisfaction of knowing they got even more than was anticipated when they decided to trade Shelby Miller.
Though the Rule 5 Draft primarily provides teams an opportunity to simply take a chance on Minor Leaguers who are seldom considered significant prospects, the Braves are hopeful they satisfied an immediate need via the acquisition of left-handed reliever Evan Rutckyj.
The Braves took another step toward completing their 2016 roster on Wednesday afternoon, when they lured Emilio Bonifacio back to Atlanta to provide the same kind of versatility he did during the final two months of the ’14 season.
Christian Bethancourt’s once-promising career with the Braves came to a close on Thursday evening, when he was traded to the Padres for Casey Kelly and catcher Ricardo Rodriguez.
Hoping Emilio Bonifacio’s second tenure in Atlanta proves to be more memorable than the first, the Braves announced Friday afternoon that they have signed the versatile utility man to a one-year deal. The agreement between the two parties was reported during last week’s Winter Meetings.
Despite being one of the most active teams so far this offseason, the Braves continue to draw interest from other clubs.
Former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson’s death was caused by delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity, according to a portion of the autopsy report that was released on Friday.
Will the Braves keep Ender Inciarte? Could Atlanta deal Nick Markakis? Mark Bowman answers these questions and more in the Inbox.
Brian Snitker will spend his 40th season with the Braves organization, continuing his role as Triple-A Gwinnett’s manager. His longtime friend Randy Ingle will remain with Class A Rome in his 25th season as a manager in Atlanta’s farm system.
Shortly after assuming an influential advisory role after Frank Wren was dismissed as Atlanta’s general manager and before accepting his current role as the Braves’ president of baseball operations, John Hart analyzed the club’s farm system and gained even more reason to continue serving as an MLB Network analyst.
Ender Inciarte’s name has come up a lot this offseason. First, the outfielder was an important piece of the package the Braves received for trading pitcher Shelby Miller to the D-backs. Ever since, rumors have swirled about Atlanta potentially dealing Inciarte to one of several other interested teams.