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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: Josh Donaldson’s market, bench options and more

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One report suggests that the Braves and the Nationals are the front runners to land Josh Donaldson.

The Atlanta Braves remain in search of a power bat to slot into the middle of their order but will also need to fill out at least a couple of spots on their bench. The team has stated that they are in the market for someone who can fill in at shortstop and may consider bringing back Adeiny Hechavarria. Another bench option may be Charlie...

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Kris Willis

Saturday open thread

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Enjoy your Saturday everyone!

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: Charlie Culberson is back, new name for SunTrust Park and more

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Charlie Clutch will get another chance to earn a spot on the Braves’ Major League roster.

The Braves are bringing back Charlie Culberson on a minor league deal that also includes an invite to spring training. Culberson was non-tendered and dropped from the 40-man roster earlier this offseason but he will get another chance to earn a spot during the spring.

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Watch: Josh Donaldson bought his mom a Maserati after she quit smoking

MLB free agent Josh Donaldson gave his mother an amazing gift in exchange for quitting smoking cigarettes, and the video evidence is awesome. Donaldson shared on his Instagram account that he made a deal with his mom: Quit smoking and I’ll buy you a Maserati. Well, after two years without a cigarette, Donaldson’s mom got her gift. He shared a video of the surprise gift, and it’s amazing. Needless to say, Donaldson’s mom was thrilled. And she should be. Way to kick the habit, and that...

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Nationals are 'actively engaged' in signing Josh Donaldson

Having lost third baseman Anthony Rendon to the Angels earlier this week, the Nationals have turned their attention to the top free agent remaining on the market, Josh Donaldson, per reports from Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Bob Nightengale of USA Today. It appears the 34-year-old Donaldson will require a four-year commitment, and the Nationals are “actively engaged” in trying to sign him, according to Nightengale. If you’re in the market for a third baseman, as the Rendon-less...

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Eric Cole

Braves sign Charlie Culberson to minor league deal

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The popular utility man is back in the fold

Normally, when a bench player whose production on the field has been iffy, there normally isn’t that much in terms of fan reaction and it is just a part of the normal business of baseball.

That was not the case when the Braves non-tendered Charlie Culberson.

In some corners of the internet, you would have thought that the Braves had released Freddie Freeman when it was announced that the team had not tendered him a...

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Watch: Josh Donaldson bought his mom a Maserati for quitting smoking

Josh Donaldson seems to know how to make a deal. The free agent third baseman told his mother that he would buy her a Maserati if she successfully managed to quit smoking. As Donaldson shared to his Instagram account on Friday, he followed through on his end of the deal after his mother went two years without having a cigarette, and the reaction was priceless. That’s a great Christmas surprise — and a well-deserved one as well. The Maserati probably won’t set Donaldson back much — he...

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Kris Willis

Friday open thread

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Ken Rosenthal believes it is between the Braves and Nationals for Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson’s decision may not be imminent, but he looks like the next stone to turn in free agency following the signing of Anthony Rendon. In an ultra-thin free-agent market for third baseman, Donaldson is the only thing left that resembles a startable option, let alone a superstar, setting him up for a massive payday. According to earlier reports, several teams are willing to offer the star third baseman a critical fourth year – quite a risk considering he just turned 34 and has an...

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Braves lose a player, add a player in the Rule 5 Draft

Today’s Rule 5 Draft was pretty uneventful; Atlanta didn’t lose any players to anyone’s MLB roster, nor did they add anyone to theirs. However, the fairly new Triple-A phase of the draft did see some movement. Atlanta lost RHP Alex Aquino to the Pirates. Notice I said RHP Alex Aquino, this might be confusing for some because, like myself, I remembered him as a shortstop. Atlanta started converting him to a pitcher over the last few seasons, but he was stuck in Danville this past season...

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Cory McCartney

Where do Braves stand in NL East pecking order after Winter Meetings?

The Braves join the Dodgers as the NL teams with three players in the top 30 in Steamer’s projections with Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman at 3.8 fWAR and Ozzie Albies at 3.7 | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The division was busy in San Diego, but Atlanta was typically quiet under Alex Anthopoulos’ leadership

A whopping $272 million was doled out by the National League East at MLB’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, and it should come as no surprise of anyone who has watched...

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: Braves exit meetings with work to do

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The Winter Meetings ended as they began with the Atlanta Braves still looking for a power option for the middle of their lineup. The situation however, is a little more in focus now that several notable big name free agents have come off the board. Josh Donaldson is the biggest name left on the board and rumors persist that he has offers in the three to four year range. It remains to be seen whether or not the Braves are comfortable with that long of a...

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Garrett Spain

Road To Atlanta Podcast: Braves Minor League Free Agents, MiLB Contraction, and Rule 5 Draft shenanigans

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Eric, Matt, and Garrett discuss all the goings on in minor league baseball, focusing on the Rule 5 draft, minor league free agents, and the big proposal made by major league baseball.

Road to Atlanta is our weekly podcast where we discuss all things minor leagues and prospects for our beloved Atlanta Braves. We have relaunched the podcast and it can be found in the same stream with the Talking Chop podcast, so if you subscribe to it...you have easy access...

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Braves report: Multiple teams willing to give Donaldson fourth year

With Anthony Rendon off of the market, Josh Donaldson is currently the hottest commodity, as multiple suitors are lining up for his services. The Braves, Nationals, Dodgers, Phillies, and Twins are among the teams with interest. Atlanta has to protect Freddie Freeman in the lineup, and according to reports, Donaldson’s preference is to re-sign. However, he will also be searching for the largest payday of his career, which will come from whoever is willing to give him a fourth year. And...

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Braves Report: Donaldson’s preference is to return to Atlanta

Wednesday evening, the Los Angeles Angels signed Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million deal. Now, with a ton of teams still seeking help at the hot corner, the market has shifted to free agent, Josh Donaldson. Just a year after settling for a one-year deal, Donaldson is all but guaranteed a $100 million payday. The only question that remains is who will win the bidding war. At 34 years of age, any deal over three years will have its risks. In fact, David O’Brien of The Athletic does...

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Kris Willis

Winter Meetings open thread

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The Winter Meetings wrap up on Thursday with the Rule 5 Draft. Discuss all of today’s news here.

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Scott Coleman

MLB Free Agency: Josh Donaldson sweepstakes heating up following Anthony Rendon signing with Angels

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Donaldson figures to be the next star to get paid this winter. Will it be the Braves signing the check?

The last 72 hours have seen Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon all sign for upwards of seven years and $235 million. While it won’t be quite the same pay day for Josh Donaldson, the league has shifted its attention to the star third baseman, including the Braves.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, there are five teams seen as...

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Braves Throwback Thursday: The ‘bewildering’ Kevin Millwood trade

Pitcher Kevin Millwood was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Johnny Estrada on Dec. 20, 2002. (Getty Images)

17 years ago this month, Atlanta engaged in an all-time salary dump

The phrase “salary dump” is certainly nothing new to Atlanta Braves fans of recent vintage.

The Braves engaged in a number of payroll-shedding trades during the 2014-17 rebuild, getting rid of such players as Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Chris Johnson and Craig...

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Will Josh Donaldson market heat up after Anthony Rendon signing?

Now that Anthony Rendon has signed with the Angels, Josh Donaldson is both the top third baseman remaining on the open market and quite possibly the top free agent still available at any position. There was already enough interest in Donaldson that he was reportedly looking more and more likely to receive a four-year commitment, which is good news for a player who “is seeking the largest possible guarantee” in his next contract, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal writes (subscription...

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The Daily Chop: Rumors persist at Winter Meetings, though Braves remain quiet

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The Braves have not made a move since the Winter Meetings began, but things could change quickly.

The Braves have been tied to a number of players since arriving in San Diego over the weekend, but none of those rumors have come to fruition for Atlanta thus far. Having been connected to players such as Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, and Marcell Ozuna at various points this week, Atlanta has inadvertently created a lot of anxious hand-wringing within...

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