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The Braves announced a couple of cuts Thursday, as they released both RHP Jose Veras and 2B Tyler Pastornicky. Veras was signed this offseason to a minor-league deal, and I thought that he had a good chance of cracking the big league bullpen on Opening Day due to his experience. Just two seasons ago Veras was the closer for the Houston Astros, and has a 3.91 career ERA in nine seasons. However, Veras has struggled mightily in Spring Training this season, as he gave up 7 earned runs in 5.1 innings. I was surprised to see them give up on Veras so soon, but they have an...Continue reading »

Earlier today, the Falcons signed veteran tight ends Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki. Tamme was a fourth round pick in 2008 out of Kentucky. He has spent his whole career as a tight end with Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, with both the Colts and the Broncos. He is a reliable receiver and has had moderate success in the NFL. In Tamme, the Falcons did upgrade at the tight end position. Toilolo was dreadful last year as the starter and had numerous drops. Moeaki offers the Falcons depth at the position and will likely have a bigger role than Toilolo. He was a 3rd round pick...Continue reading »

Thanks to Danny Ferry and Co., Atlanta is projected to have the No. 9 pick in this year’s NBA Draft due to a pick swap with the Nets as part of the Joe Johnson trade. Listed below are three prospects playing in this year’s March Madness that could be available for Atlanta to draft come July: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky Willie Cauley-Stein shocked many when he announced he was returning to Kentucky for his Junior season. However, his game has hit a whole different level in this past year, and he surely made the right decision. His draft stock has really risen,...Continue reading »

The Atlanta Braves brought back one of their very own Baby Braves when they announced they had signed INF Kelly Johnson to a minor league deal. Johnson was a first-round pick by the Braves in 2000. He made his debut with the team in 2005. Johnson played with Atlanta as our second baseman for four seasons until he signed with the Diamondbacks. When he arrived in Arizona, he took off. He had a break-out year in which he hit .284 with 26 homers and 71 RBI. But Johnson’s game drastically collapsed after his breakout year, and the highest batting average he has finished...Continue reading »

Tonight, at 10:30 PM ET, the Atlanta Hawks will face off against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in a battle of the NBA’s two best records. Both the Hawks and the Warriors have 53 wins so far this season. Night in and night out, there is no doubt that these have been the best two teams in the NBA thus far. Though the matchup lost a little bit of its lust when it was announced Kyle Korver and Klay Thompson would not play, the game will still be entertaining, as both of these teams are deep and have other players to step in and contribute. The Hawks and the...Continue reading »

After the first week of free agency, most high quality players are off the market. However, there are still some very good pass rushers left such as Greg Hardy and Dwight Freeney, and the Falcons still have enough cap to make some moves. But let’s take a look and grade the Falcons free agent signings so far this offseason. Brooks Reed Grade: B- Brooks Reed and Justin Durant were the first two players to sign with the Falcons at 4 ET the day Free Agency began. Reed is powerful run stopper who played four years with the Houston Texans. He is a guy the Falcons can count...Continue reading »

All winter long there was a cloud of uncertainty hovering over Evan Gattis’ head. Would he catch? Would he play in left field? Would he be moved to an American League club and DH? The latter of these options proved to be the case. Many speculated that with the departures of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward that Gattis would be next to be dealt. Personally, I wasn’t buying the hype due to the Braves’ four years remaining of team control on his deal. But to my surprise, on January 14th, John Hart packaged up Gattis and minor leaguer James Hoyt and sent them to the...Continue reading »

Looking ahead, the Hawks will have an interesting and unique situation on their hands come June. Let’s start by taking a look at the current roster: Name Contract Jeff Teague 2 yr/$16 mil Dennis Schroder 2 yr/$4.47 mil Shelvin Mack 2 yr/$4.86 mil Kyle Korver 2 yr/$11 mil Thabo Sefolosha 2 yr/$8 mil John Jenkins Free Agent Demarre Carroll Free Agent Kent Bazemore 1 yr/$2 mil Austin Daye Free Agent Paul Millsap Free Agent Mike Scott 2 yr/$6.66 mil Elton Brand Free Agent Al Horford 1 yr/$12 mil Pero Antic Free Agent Mike Muscala 2 yr/$1.96...Continue reading »

The Hawks now stand at 51-14 and are coasting towards the East’s number one seed with a 10 game lead on second-place Cleveland. One of the few concerns the Hawks have on their hands down the final stretch is staying healthy. Thabo Sefolosha has been itching closer to his return and the Hawks have been anticipating having their roster being back at full strength. Unfortunately, news broke that Mike Scott’s toe strain that was “no big deal” has been revealed to in fact be a broken toe. Scott is headed back to Atlanta where he will meet with doctors...Continue reading »

With the departures of Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang, the Braves signed LHP Wandy Rodriguez amongst a handful of other candidates to fill their fifth starter spot. Rodriguez had an agreement with the Phillies in place earlier in the offseason, but it was nullified when he failed his physical. The Braves came in and swooped him up and so far it looks like this deal has the potential to be a great signing. The 36-year old lefty had a rough six starts while recovering from a handful of injuries with Pittsburgh last season, but looks to bounce back. From 2008-2013, Rodriguez...Continue reading »