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Jace Peterson will have a chance to compete for the Braves second base job this Spring along with Alberto Callaspo and Phil Gosselin.

It's tough to expect much from Peterson considering he only hit .113 in 24 games played last season, but the job appears to be open for hire this spring, so anyone could potentially win it.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

19 Dec, 06:12 PMSource

Braves acquired 2B Jace Peterson in the deal for Justin Upton.

Peterson is part of a package heading to San Diego. We'll package the whole deal together for you as the details become announced, but for now, we'll say that Peterson could be ready for starting duty at second depending on other potential moves the Braves make. He's got strong plate discipline which is nice to see in a youngster and he flashed tremendous speed while in the lower levels of the minor leagues. If he does earn the job, don;t go overvaluing him on draft day. There's not much in the way of power and he could struggle with his average and OBP to start.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 10:21 AMSource

According to sources, the Braves are finishing up a trade that includes Justin Upton.

The Braves are trading away the wrong Upton brother, but obviously they can't move the the other due to a lack of skill and an overblown contract. The rumors surrounding a trade of the 27-year old Justin have been abundant throughout the offseason and he should fetch a pretty solid haul in return. No word yet as to where the Braves could be sending him, but the Orioles have been a long-rumored landing spot.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 08:42 AMSource

The Padres are reportedly still talking with the Braves regarding Justin Upton.

The Padres technically have room for Upton after trading for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, though that would be a pretty poor defensive outfield, especially in such a spacious home park. The Padres and Braves likely each have at least one more trade to make this offseason, though probably not with each other. Justin Upton's numbers would likely dip a bit in San Diego.
Analyst: Steve Pimental  View Profile

19 Dec, 12:18 AMSource

Former Yankees infielder Corban Joseph signs with the Braves.

Joseph has spent the last three seasons playing primarily at the Triple-A level for the Yankees and will probably find himself in the same role for the Braves. He has very little upside with only two major league games on his resum.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

18 Dec, 04:19 PMSource

B.J. Upton is expected to start taking batting practice in a few weeks.

Upton has been one of the biggest free agent blunders in MLB history, as his five year $70+ million contract has been a complete waste by the Braves being that he has only hit a combined .198 in his two years in Atlanta. Hopefully he learns a thing or two when taking that batting practice a few weeks from now.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

17 Dec, 04:53 PMSource

Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent successful fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The Braves are pleased to hear that their new investment successfully underwent a neck surgery on Wednesday. This surgery doesn't appear to have any negative implications on his availability for the regular season.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

17 Dec, 04:39 PMSource

Gus Schlosser re-signed with the Braves on a minor league deal.

The Braves initially did not tender him a contract offer earlier in December, but the two sides must have come to an understanding over the past couple of weeks. He did look good in the minors in 2013, but his results in the majors and Triple-A last season pose serious questions about how his career is playing out.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

15 Dec, 08:50 PMSource

Braves designated Anthony Varvaro for assignment.

The Staten Island native pitched well this past season for the Braves, but during the offseason, tough decisions need to be made when trying to free up roster space in order to sign marquee free agents. Look for someone to pick up Varvaro before he is outrighted to the minors, and look for the Braves to make a considerable signing soon.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

15 Dec, 06:40 PMSource

Nick Markakis will have neck surgery this week and should be able to resume baseball activities after eight weeks.

The Braves apparently knew about this prior to signing him, but still have faith in his ability to recover in time. Monitor things closer to spring training as the updates on him might bne a little light between now and spring training.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

15 Dec, 04:37 PMSource

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