Charlie Culberson will receive an invitation to the Braves big league camp in spring training as part of the deal announced Friday.
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Laura Cusick, whose husband Rick suffered serious injuries at a 2016 Atl/StL game, said she's happy about MLB's extended netting news, but the absence of a precise mandate "indicates that they really do not take this issue seriously and are only acting to improve their own optics." She added that MLB "should publish the data they have collected that shows where the most dangerous seats in the stadium are located and let the fans make an informed choice about their seat selection."
One club needs a third baseman. The other needs pitching help and controllable players. Could a deal happen?
With the MLB winter meetings underway in San Diego, Buster welcomes ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (20:51) and Jesse Rogers (31:51) to discuss the latest in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, landing spots for Anthony Rendon, the trade markets for Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian on last night's Hall of Fame inductions and Sarah Langs with her take on the changes coming to Mets ownership (11:02).
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The Twins announced plans Wed. to increase the length & height of Target Field's safety netting, becoming the 14th team to install or commit to extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. They join the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Chisox, D-backs, Dodgers, Jays, Nats, O's, Phils, Pirates, Rangers & Royals.
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year, and Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson won the award on the NL side.
Landing the lefty is another aggressive move on the hot stove, but Atlanta still has a major hole to fill.
Cole Hamels, who went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA and 143 strikeouts during an injury-plagued season with the Cubs in 2019, signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves.
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Left-hander Cole Hamels and the Atlanta Braves are in agreement on a one-year, $18 million deal, sources tell ESPN.
Kris Bryant to Cincy? Anthony Rendon on the Rangers? We dream up a major hot stove splash for every squad.
The Braves did not offer a 2020 contract to Charlie Culberson on Monday, making the popular utility player a free agent. Atlanta also did not offer contracts to catcher John Ryan Murphy and outfielder Rafael Ortega.
The Atlanta Braves signed catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a two-year, $16 million contract on Sunday, the team announced.
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Catcher Travis d'Arnaud is headed to the Atlanta Braves on a two-year, $16M deal. Atlanta has made three of the four free agent signings this winter and now guaranteed $69 million to d'Arnaud, Will Smith and Chris Martin. A nice start to the winter for the Braves.
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Chris Martin, whom the Braves acquired from the Rangers at the trade deadline last season, will return to Atlanta after signing a two-year, $14 million deal.
At his first news conference with the Braves on Tuesday, Georgia native Will Smith said he's fine with pitching in any inning and is happy to move close to home.
The Braves signed free-agent closer Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract on Thursday.
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Atlanta is a good landing spot for Will Smith, fantasy-wise, as a lefty who can neutralize the left-handed leanings of SunTrust Park. That contract assures he'll close, strengthening his top-five-reliever case. Ultimately, I think he'll settle at RP6 in my rankings.
Right-handed reliever Darren O'Day is guaranteed $2.75 million as part of the one-year contract he reached to return to the Atlanta Braves.
If the champs can't hold on to their stars, what is their Plan B? Who else in the division will go all-in?