Prospect price for Sale too high for Braves

Left-hander ended up being dealt from White Sox to Red Sox

Prospect price for Sale too high for Braves

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Though the Braves have spent the past four years inquiring about Chris Sale's availability, they certainly weren't crushed when they learned the White Sox had traded the left-hander to the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon.

Once it remained obvious the White Sox were not interested in any package that did not include Dansby Swanson, the Braves were essentially longshot contenders who were not willing to pay the cost it would require to acquire Sale and adversely affect a two-year rebuild that was highlighted by last year's acquisition of Swanson, Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair from the D-backs in exchange for Shelby Miller.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teheran fit to handle WBC, season prep

Braves right-hander to pitch for Colombia in March

Teheran fit to handle WBC, season prep

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- While every Major League team will have some level of concern about any of their pitchers who choose to participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, the Braves are confident Julio Teheran has been around long enough to know how to make the most of this experience and also properly prepare for the regular season.

"Julio is a veteran, he kind of knows what to do," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He'll be with us [at the start of Spring Training] and then be back and forth. It's not as tough for a pitcher [as opposed to a position player] to sort of miss time in camp. You've got a pitching coach that knows the schedule, and Julio knows when to throw his [side sessions] and how to work in between starts. The only real problem is these guys have to ramp up earlier."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Two peas in a pod,' Schuerholz credits Cox

Latest Hall of Fame electee formed one of best duos with manager in Atlanta

'Two peas in a pod,' Schuerholz credits Cox

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Recognizing there was a good possibility the Royals would serve as his team's opposition in the 1976 American League Championship Series, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner sent his Triple-A Syracuse manager, Bobby Cox, on a late September scouting mission to Kansas City.

Cox arranged his ticket and parking requests through a young executive named John Schuerholz, who at the time was running the Royals' Minor League system. These two men had never previously met, but the time they shared together during that week in Kansas City enabled them to form a bond that significantly influenced their respective Hall of Fame careers and the construction of the greatest era in Braves history.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves give back in Forde's memory

Braves give back in Forde's memory

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- As Major League Baseball honors former Mets staffer Shannon Forde's memory with its annual Play Ball auction initiative, Braves media relations senior coordinator Jonathan Kerber fondly remembers how Forde made him feel welcome during his earliest days within his current profession.

"I was brought in as seasonal help, and she treated me like I was a full-time employee," Kerber said. "The first day I got there, she told me I was part of the group and they weren't going to call me an intern or anything like that. That's how she was. She loved her kids more than anything, and she treated everybody like you were her kid."

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Schuerholz unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Longtime exec orchestrated dominant Braves era of the '90s-00s

Schuerholz unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Fifty years after ending his days as a teacher to enter the baseball world, John Schuerholz has been honored with the privilege of being immortalized alongside the game's other legends who have received the exclusive call to Cooperstown.

Schuerholz received the message he was seeking early Sunday evening, when he was informed he and former Commissioner Bud Selig had been elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, courtesy of the Today's Game Era ballot. Schuerholz and Selig will speak about the honor at the Winter Meetings at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, which can be seen live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Demeritte on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Demeritte on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves sign reliever Lindgren to 1-year deal

Braves sign reliever Lindgren to 1-year deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Provided yet another opportunity to take a chance a on low-risk, high-upside prospect whose career has recently been adversely affected by an injury, the Braves announced Sunday morning they signed left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren, who had been non-tendered by the Yankees on Friday.

The Braves did not wait long once they surprisingly learned the Yankees had not protected Lindgren, a strikeout-producing southpaw who made a quick ascent to the Majors in 2015 and then endured an injury-plagued '16 season that officially ended with him undergoing Tommy John surgery in August.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Was acquiring Garcia a good move?

Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers fans' questions

Inbox: Was acquiring Garcia a good move?

What were your thoughts regarding the Jaime Garcia trade?
-- Janet B., Smyrna, Tenn.

Though there are legitimate concerns about the durability of the injury-plagued Garcia, the Braves really didn't give up much to acquire a veteran who has proven effective when healthy. They parted ways with two pitchers (John Gant and Chris Ellis) who have ceilings as back-end starting pitchers and an infielder (Luke Dykstra) who produced a .696 OPS while hitting .304 with Class A Rome. This is the effect of drawing six walks and totaling 18 extra-base hits (no home runs) over 342 plate appearances.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves agree to deals with Recker, Rodriguez

Atlanta non-tenders right-handed reliever Withrow

Braves agree to deals with Recker, Rodriguez

ATLANTA -- Chris Withrow entered this past season hoping to distance himself from Tommy John surgery while establishing himself as a reliable late-innings threat in Atlanta's bullpen. But the right-handed reliever is now looking for a job.

The Braves agreed to terms on one-year deals with catcher Anthony Recker and left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez shortly before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline for all Major League clubs to either sign or tender a contract to each of their unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves trade for Cards lefty Garcia

St. Louis gets three Minor Leaguers from Atlanta in deal

Braves trade for Cards lefty Garcia

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves have not landed the ace they will continue to seek, they fortified their new-look starting rotation by trading for left-hander Jaime García from the Cardinals on Thursday night.

The Braves acquired García in exchange for three prospects -- infielder Luke Dykstra and right-handed pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis. This deal allowed Atlanta to use a couple of their mid-tier pitching prospects to gain a veteran pitcher with the potential to help the team's attempt to return to a competitive level in 2017.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gosewisch avoids arbitration with 1-year deal

Catcher was claimed off waivers, will vie for backup role

Gosewisch avoids arbitration with 1-year deal

ATLANTA -- Tuffy Gosewisch is not the caliber of catcher the Braves were talking about when they said they would spend a portion of this offseason looking for somebody to pair with Tyler Flowers. But Gosewisch does provide Atlanta's organization some necessary depth at the catching position.

Gosewisch was claimed off waivers from the D-backs on Nov. 18. On Wednesday, he and the Braves avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. Financial details were not immediately revealed.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Braves' Demeritte

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Braves' Demeritte

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves land 2014 1st-rounder Jackson from Mariners

Atlanta deals two pitchers to Seattle for outfielder, player to be named

Braves land 2014 1st-rounder Jackson from Mariners

ATLANTA -- Alex Jackson was considered one of the best high school hitters available before the Mariners took him with the sixth overall selection in the 2014 Draft. The once highly touted prospect has not yet lived up to expectations, but the Braves are hoping he benefits from a change of scenery and a possible return to the catching position.

Dipping into the surplus of pitching they have compiled at the Minor League levels, the Braves announced Monday night they had acquired Jackson and a player to be named from the Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Rob Whalen and Max Povse.

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Braves, S. Rodriguez complete 2-year deal

Braves, S. Rodriguez complete 2-year deal

The Braves continued their busy offseason this week by completing a two-year contract with utility player Sean Rodriguez. The sides agreed to the deal last week and it was announced on Wednesday, following the completion of a physical.

The contract is worth a total of $11.5 million ($5 million per year, plus a 1.5 million signing bonus), according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reflecting on opportunity, Braves lifer Snitker grateful

Reflecting on opportunity, Braves lifer Snitker grateful

ATLANTA -- Forty seasons have passed without Brian Snitker knowing what it feels like not to be a proud member of the Braves organization. He has served as a player, coach, manager, husband, father and friend while having the unique experience of living a long baseball life with just one employer.

Even if Snitker hadn't recently been named the Braves' manager for the 2017 season, he would have had plenty of reasons to celebrate when he and his family gather this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. But he'll certainly feel a little extra gratitude as he reminisces and continues to appreciate an unexpected opportunity to become a Major League manager.

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Jim Callis

Braves' Demeritte among Top 25 Fall League prospects

Braves' Demeritte among Top 25 Fall League prospects

While the most talented team doesn't always win the championship, it did in the Arizona Fall League. The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up the East Division crown on the final day of the regular season before rolling to an easy victory in the AFL's one-game playoff for its first title since 2003.

Mesa had the league's deepest lineup, as evidenced by its seven hitters who rank among the AFL's 20 best prospects below. The Solar Sox had star power with outfielders Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) and Bradley Zimmer (Indians) and second baseman Ian Happ (Cubs), all of whom sit in the 20s on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. They also had emerging talents such as shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen, who have been overshadowed in a deep Indians system, and league home run leader Brian Anderson (Marlins No. 4 prospect), who had support for making our list.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What are Braves' plans at catcher?

Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers fans' questions

Inbox: What are Braves' plans at catcher?

What are the Braves' options in terms of catchers?
-- Brian C., Danville, Va.

The Braves have made it clear their search for a catcher is more a want than a need. In other words, while they are interested to see if they can upgrade the position, they would be fine entering next season with Anthony Recker once again serving as Tyler Flowers' backup.

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Braves arrange ballpark rides for beloved usher Banks

Braves arrange ballpark rides for beloved usher Banks

ATLANTA -- Walter Banks served as an usher at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium before the Braves came to town, and over the course of the past 50-plus years, he's become a beloved figure whose kindness has enriched the lives of countless fans.

Throughout the Braves' final year at Turner Field, Banks was repeatedly asked whether he would be present in 2017 for SunTrust Park's inaugural season. The 77-year-old Atlanta native could not answer that question until the Braves recently informed him that they have partnered with Uber to provide him free transportation to and from every game that will be played at the new stadium's Cobb County location.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves cautious about blockbuster moves

Controllable pitching in Sale, Archer and Gray would come at high cost

Braves cautious about blockbuster moves

ATLANTA -- There has certainly been reason for the Braves to do their due diligence by at least evaluating what it might take to acquire a controllable frontline starting pitcher like Chris Sale, Chris Archer or Sonny Gray.

At the same time, Atlanta has not lost sight of how one significant move could impact the potential value gained over the past two years via the massive rebuilding process that has transformed its farm system from one of the worst to one of the best.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey living the dream of playing for Braves

Veteran knuckleballer was huge fan growing up in Tennessee

Dickey living the dream of playing for Braves

ATLANTA -- R.A. Dickey has pitched in six organizations and with five Major League clubs over the course of the past 20 seasons. But before being officially introduced by the Braves on Friday, the veteran knuckleballer had never donned the jersey of the team he and his late father passionately followed throughout his childhood in Tennessee.

"I don't think I've ever been as emotional putting on a jersey," Dickey said. "It brings back a lot of sweet memories. It makes me more motivated and excited to make a contribution to this organization. So, there are a lot of things that played into it. It's special, very special."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colon shares scooter photo on Facebook

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Colon shares scooter photo on Facebook

The harsh winter months between baseball seasons can be as much of a grind as the season itself. So much time off ... what to do with it?

Well, it appears as if new Atlanta Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon enjoys riding around on a slick-looking scooter (while wearing a LeBron James jersey, too) if this post on his Facebook page is to be believed.

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Braves add 3 prospects to 40-man roster

Atlanta protects lefty Fried, righty Sims, infielder Camargo from Rule 5 Draft

Braves add 3 prospects to 40-man roster

ATLANTA -- Max Fried, Lucas Sims and Johan Camargo received the message they were waiting for this week when they were informed they have been added to the Braves' 40-man roster.

Major League clubs had until Friday to fill their respective 40-man rosters with players they wanted to protect from being selected in December's Rule 5 Draft. It was assumed the Braves would protect Fried and Sims, two of the highly-regarded pitching prospects in Atlanta's system. Camargo's addition was not necessarily expected, but it makes sense, given how other teams might value his tremendous defensive skills as a middle infielder.

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Dickey listened to the Braves on his transistor radio

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Dickey listened to the Braves on his transistor radio

At 42 years old, R.A. Dickey is not a young player. In fact, he'll be the third oldest in the league -- after fellow elder statesmen Bartolo Colon and Ichiro Suzuki -- when he takes the mound for the Braves in 2017. Talking about joining the team for his 15th MLB season on Friday, Dickey showed his age.

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Braves announce 1-year deal with Colon

President of baseball ops Hart has long-standing relationship with veteran

Braves announce 1-year deal with Colon

ATLANTA -- Nearly 25 years after being in the Dominican Republic to see a young right-hander named Bartolo Colon sign his first professional contract with the Indians, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart is looking forward to reuniting with Colon, one of the latest additions to a new-look Atlanta rotation that will certainly look a little older.

Although Colon's one-year, $12.5 million deal was confirmed by multiple sources last week, the Braves did not officially announce the deal until Thursday, once the results of the 43-year-old pitcher's physical were reviewed.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves release Spring Training schedule

Atlanta to open SunTrust Park with preseason game vs. Yankees on March 31

Braves release Spring Training schedule

ATLANTA -- Braves fans have been looking forward to the first game at SunTrust Park in 2017, a March 31 exhibition matchup against the Yankees. But now they can also make plans to see Freddie Freeman and the rest of the gang at Spring Training games in Florida.

The Braves will open their spring season with a Feb. 25 home game against the Blue Jays. This will mark the first of the 18 home games at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., which will serve as Atlanta's Spring Training site for the 20th consecutive season.

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Jonathan Mayo

Swanson, Albies among early candidates for 2017 ROY

Swanson, Albies among early candidates for 2017 ROY

The 2016 Rookie of the Year Award winners were announced on Monday night. One recipient, Corey Seager, was a National League favorite coming into the year, and was a unanimous pick at the end of the season. The other, Michael Fulmer, wasn't even on the American League ROY Award radar at the start of the season, but he ended up with 26 of 30 first-place votes.

A year ago, we took an early look at potential 2016 Rookie of the Year Award candidates. Of the list of 10, three -- all in the NL -- received ROY votes at season's end. Seager and Trea Turner, who finished second in voting, were on the NL list, as was Mets lefty Steven Matz, who received a third-place vote.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Niekro wins MLBPAA Lifetime Achievement Award

Niekro, Acta also honored at annual MLB Players Alumni Association dinner

Niekro wins MLBPAA Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW YORK -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, who set career highs with 40 home runs and 98 RBIs in his first year in Chicago, was presented with the overall Heart & Hustle Award at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 17th Legends for Youth Dinner on Tuesday at The Capitale.

The Heart & Hustle Award is given to 30 club winners who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius was in attendance as the other finalist.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.