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Poll: Who’s most to blame for Braves’ fall?

  • 9:19 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Atlanta Braves v Seattle Mariners

The Braves are back home after an eight-game road trip. There will be no parade today.

They lost all eight games — swept in consecutive series in Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle. It’s the first time something like that has happened since the 1949 Boston Braves went 0-8 on a trip. That’s so long ago that, as historian David O’Brien noted, Warren Spahn was in the starting rotation.

More miserable numbers: The Braves scored only 18 runs in the eight games (three of which went extra innings) for an average of 2.25 runs per game. They also are 6-13 since [More]

Trade deadline day … and it’s quiet here (update: minor trade)

  • 9:01 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Trying to picture David Price in a Braves' uniform? Don't waste your time. (AP)

UPDATE: As you probably know by now, the Braves made a minor trade, dealing catching prospect Victor Caratini to the Chicago Cubs for utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell. It was exactly the kind of deal that general manager Frank Wren was expected to make, but I’m not sure it’s going to be enough to get the Braves to the postseason because of fundamental flaws on the roster and in the clubhouse. I wrote a full column on this topic over at MyAJC.com. Here’s a free link. Thanks, J

Good morning. The major league trade deadline is at [More]

Possible Braves’ moves: Bethancourt up, B.J. to bench?

  • 12:13 pm Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
If Gerald Laird (left) and Christian Bethancourt are Braves' top catchers, Evan Gattis would move to outfield. (Curtis Compton)

For most of this season, the Braves have had problems with their offense.

For most of this season, the problems at least partly trace back to Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton.

But is it possible that two players who combine for $26.45 million in salary this season both will be on the bench soon? Uggla already has lost his starting second base job to rookie Tommy La Stella and Upton may soon lose his as well.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com has an interesting blog in which he lays out a scenario the Braves are considering for a roster shake-up, and I [More]

Braves make move for Santana, credit to Wren

  • 8:03 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Ervin Santana spent his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. (AP photo)

Now there’s something we’re not accustomed to: The Braves did not take a wait-and-see approach.

With pitcher Kris Medlen possibly headed for major elbow surgery again and two other members of the starting rotation ailing, the Braves made a move: They’re signing free agent Ervin Santana.

Photos: 10 things to know about Ervin Santana

Credit to Braves general manager Frank Wren, who more often than not is not proactive in situations like this. In the past, Wren often hasn’t responded quickly to injuries or other problems, instead letting things play out for a while before making a decision on his [More]

Medlen hurt, Braves now paying for doing nothing (updated)

  • 11:32 am Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Braves will seek a second opinion before determining whether Kris Medlen needs Tommy John surgery again.

(Updated: 1:45 p.m.)

A lot has been made of the fact that the suddenly free-spending Braves spent nearly $300 million dollars on contract extensions for five members of the team’s young core, an achievement for which general manager Frank Wren deserves to be commended.

But lost amid all of the parades and confetti over the signings of Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman and others was a simple fact: Wren did nothing of significance in the offseason to acquire talent and improve the team from 2013.

If you wondered whether the decision to not add a top-of-the-rotation pitcher even before arms started exploding in spring [More]

Braves’ rotation can’t afford Medlen’s loss (Update: Beachy hurt)

  • 12:35 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Kris Medlen

(This blog will be updated after the results of Kris Medlen’s MRI are announced, probably later today.)

There is nothing the Braves could have done this offseason to prevent pitcher Kris Medlen from grabbing his forearm and walking off the mound Sunday with a potentially serious injury. The question now is whether they’re going to pay a price for doing nothing to strengthen their starting rotation and cushion the blow for a potential loss when some believed they needed to make a move regardless.

Medlen is hurt. We’ll probably find out later today just how hurt he is. But as a general [More]

Braves’ signing of Teheran another risk worth taking

  • 11:00 am Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Julio Teheran had 170 strikeouts in his first full season as a Braves' starter. (AP photo)

(UPDATED: 2 p.m.)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — While it can be debated whether the Braves have done enough in this offseason to win a World Series, there is little doubt they are positioning themselves nicely for the future.

Just 10 days after signing first baseman Freddie Freeman to  a franchise record eight-year, $135 million contract, the Braves locked up their potential ace of the future. Julio Teheran, who in first full season evolved into one of the team’s premier starters, signed a six-year contract worth just over $32 million.

For an organization that has lost a number of legends and/or clubhouse staples [More]