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Scott Coleman

Braves have reportedly “kicked the tires” on Trey Mancini, an interesting trade target

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Mancini experienced a break out 2019 season before being diagnosed with colon cancer this past year.

The Braves are searching for at least one hitter to bolster their lineup, and we can add Orioles slugger Trey Mancini to the list of players they have checked on this winter, according to Jon Heyman. He adds there is “nothing serious at the moment” and that it may be tough for Baltimore to move Mancini.

Mancini, 29 in March, enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign...

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Report: The Braves have “kicked the tires” on Trey Mancini

If the Braves can’t bring back Marcell Ozuna, they have to find a backup plan. Unfortunately, there aren’t many inspiring options in free agency, which may force Alex Anthopoulos to turn to the trade market.

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Kris Willis

No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for 2021 class

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Andruw Jones receives 33.9% of Hall of Fame vote. Tim Hudson eclipses 5% mark to remain on ballot

For the ninth time in the history of BBWAA balloting, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the class of 2021. It was widely expected in recent days, but no player reached the necessary 75% threshold to gain enshrinement.

Curt Schilling came the closest finishing with 71.1 percent of the vote falling just 16 votes shy of the mark. Barry Bonds...

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Andruw Jones is somehow left out of the Hall of Fame again

Apparently, being the best defensive player at your position isn’t enough these days, as Andruw Jones is inexplicably not voted into the Hall of Fame again.

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Kris Willis

Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement open thread

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Voting results for the 2021 National Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced Tuesday evening live on the MLB Network. Candidates need to receive 75 percent of the vote to gain induction. Those receiving at least 75 percent of the vote will be inducted alongside the 2020 class in Cooperstown later this summer. The 2020 induction ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic.

This year’s ballot is not without controversy. Barry Bonds,...

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Officials: COVID-19 vaccine had no role in death of Hank Aaron

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that it appears Atlanta Braves and MLB legend Hank Aaron died of natural causes. 

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Braves sign Ehire Adrianza to a minor-league contract

In baseball’s biggest news of the day… the Braves inked veteran infielder Ehire Adrianza to a minor-league contract. Adrianza has been in the league for eight years — most recently, with the Twins.

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Kris Willis

Braves sign infielder Ehire Adrianza to minor league deal

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Atlanta is reportedly bringing another veteran infielder to Spring Training.

The Atlanta Braves will be bringing veteran infielder Ehire Adrianza to compete for a spot on the team’s bench for 2021. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Braves and Adrianza have an agreement on a minor league deal that will presumably include an invite to big league spring training.

Ehire Adrianza signs minors deal with Braves

— Jon Heyman...

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Prospects that could rise significantly in 2021

Since there was no minor league season in 2020, prospect rankings entering the 2021 campaign are extremely fluid. Frankly, we don’t really know what to expect when these guys get back on the diamond for the first time in over two years, so there will be a ton of movement among the Braves Top 30 prospects and the Top 100 prospects overall.

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Braves report: JT Realmuto sweepstakes are coming to a close

With less than a month before Spring Training, the JT Realmuto sweepstakes are reportedly coming to a close. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies remain the frontrunner for the best catcher in the game today with an offer on the table of around $110 million.

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Kris Willis

Braves to hold celebration of life for Henry Aaron at Truist Park Tuesday

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Tuesday’s event will be carried live on MLB Network, FOX Sports Southeast and FOX Sports South

The Atlanta Braves lost a legend last Friday with the passing of Henry Aaron at the age of 86. The team will celebrate Aaron’s life with an event at Truist Park on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. ET.

Speakers for the event will include team chairman Terry McGuirk, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, former team owner Ted Turner, manager Brian Snitker and former players...

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Overreaction Tuesday: The Braves bullpen will be worse in 2021

Following Brad Hand‘s decision to sign with the Nationals, most of the best relievers have found new homes. Liam Hendriks reached a record-breaking deal

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Dillon Cloud

The Daily Chop: MLB, MLBPA negotiating, but are they making progress?

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Will the sides reach a deal prior to Spring Training?

With less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to camp, important questions remain about what the 2021 season will entail. MLB and MLBPA are reportedly at an impasse on issues such as postseason structure and the universal designated hitter.

MLB offered a universal DH if the union agreed to expanded playoffs. Union rebuffed the deal, which included extra money for players, so at least for now...

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Ivan the Great

Monday night open thread

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It's January 25 already, somehow

So the big personnel news in baseball today: the Yankees traded Adam Ottavino and a prospect to the Red Sox in a salary dump move. Just goes to show you: even expensive reliever deals for guys with well-publicized, process-driven breakouts will bite you and make you lose prospects to try to claw back some space under the luxury tax threshold. Boo hoo.

Can you believe that's only the second trade that Brian Cashman has made...

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Players Union rejects universal DH and expanded playoffs

With Marcell Ozuna still unsigned, it feels like the chances of Atlanta bringing back the Dominican slugger just took a hit. As a Braves fan, possibly losing Marcell Ozuna sucks.

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Ivan the Great

Cactus League recommends postponing Spring Training in Arizona, per report

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It is not self-evident how MLB to proceed

It’s Monday once again, and here’s your first heaping serving of news:

The head honchos of the Cactus League have sent a letter to MLB recommending that Spring Training be postponed in Maricopa County, Arizona, where a large share of Spring Training activity takes place. While the Braves normally spend their March in Florida, this could still have substantial implications for the season schedule as a...

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Will Mark Melancon & Shane Greene return in 2021?

Alex Anthopoulos hasn’t made a splash move since before Thanksgiving, and while Atlanta fans sit on pins and needles waiting for the Dominican Slugger to make his decision, there are two other priority targets the Braves should still be hopeful for.

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Pablo Sandoval added on MiLB contract, while rest of NL continues to spend 

The Braves chose quantity over quality this past weekend and capped off Sunday with their third addition in two days by signing 34-year-old infielder Pablo Sandoval to a one-year, $1 million minor-league pact (this after claiming both Victor Arano and Kyle Garlick on Saturday).

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: Atlanta’s pursuit of George Springer, Pablo Sandoval and more

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The Atlanta Braves reportedly made a roster move Sunday, it just wasn’t the one that most fans are waiting on. The Braves reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with veteran infielder Pablo Sandoval that also includes an invite to big league spring training. Sandoval was a late addition to Atlanta’s roster in 2020 and was a part of the team’s postseason roster. He will have to earn a spot on the 40-man roster this time around, but...

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Ivan the Great

Sunday night open thread

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More things have happened

A few notes for your perusal on Sunday night:

First, the Nationals have signed Brad Hand to a one-year, $10.5 million deal. This raises the question of why they didn’t just claim him on waivers in the first place, if that’s where they were willing to go. Good job, everyone.

Second, Buster Olney provided a point of clarification on the whole “Braves in on Springer ‘til the end” thing. Apparently, the Braves were “in” in...

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