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On December 17, 2014, the Braves sent reliever Anthony Varvaro to the Red Sox in exchange for Minor League reliever Aaron Kurcz. This move came two days after the Braves designated Varvaro for assignment. Both of these moves were very surprising, as Varvaro was a member of Atlanta’s bullpen for four seasons and has been one of their best relievers in the past couple years. I always felt Varvaro was underutilized by Fredi Gonzalez. Varvaro’s ability to get out lefties will be missed this year in the Braves bullpen. The only sensible explanation for this trade is with...Continue reading »

On December 9, 2014, the Braves agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with veteran second baseman Alberto Collaspo. Collaspo is coming off of an off year, as he struggled to a .223 average as the everyday second baseman for the Oakland Athletics. Everybody in the Braves organization knows they already have the second baseman of the future in top prospect Jose Peraza. This became evident with the trading away of promising 2B Tommy La Stella earlier in the offseason. However, Peraza is only 20, and his highest level of experience is a handful of games in AA. With Peraza...Continue reading »

The Atlanta Falcons’ largest flaw is their ability to get to the opposing quarterback, and this is well-known throughout the NFL. The Falcons only had 22 sacks last year. Kroy Biermann had the most sacks on the team in the 2014 season with only 4.5 sacks. Just so you guys know, Justin Houston had the same amount of sacks last year as the entire Falcons team. That is either really sad for Atlanta, really incredible for Houston, or both. With Jason-Pierre Paul and Justin Houston being franchise-tagged earlier today, I want to give you my top pass-rushing play-makers...Continue reading »

On December 4, 2014, the Braves signed RHP Michael Kohn to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. This was one of the most underrated moves made by John Hart in the offseason. Kohn came up in the Angels organization but was released by the big league squad in September. Kohn was also released by the Tampa Bay Rays in November. Kohn looks great on paper until your eyes meet the BB column. Kohn has put up a 3.67 ERA in his 110.1 big league innings for Anaheim. However, he has averaged 6 walks per nine innings. So why is this a good signing for Atlanta?...Continue reading »

Dennis Schröder. This is a name Atlanta Hawks fans need to get used to. The future of the Hawks lies in Schröder. Drafted in 2013 with the 17th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks, he looked to be a player that had a lot of promise coming over from Germany. What they got though, is a future star in this league. He initially drew a lot of comparisons to Rajon Rondo because of his poor shooting touch, lack of muscle, long wingspan, defensive presence and the natural ability to distribute the basketball in creative ways. When he was drafted, it seemed that if Schröder reached...Continue reading »

On Thursday night, the Falcons parted ways with starting running back Steven Jackson. The Falcons have running backs Devonta Freeman and Jaquizz Rodgers signed, and unrestricted free-agent Antoine Smith has publicly stated that he wants to remain apart of the team. However, with no true three-down running back on the roster, I want to give my view on who the Falcons should target and why. 1) Demarco Murray Demarco Murray had an incredible season last year with the Dallas Cowboys. He carried the ball 392 times and totaled 1845 rushing yards, averaging 4.8 yards per...Continue reading »

On December 3rd, the Braves signed longtime Baltimore Oriole Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract. This signing came on the same day as the signing of his former teammate, Jim Johnson. The Braves signed Markakis to fill the void left in right field after trading away Jason Heyward. While Heyward will be missed, I believe that Markakis is an upgrade. He is a much more consistent hitter than Heyward and owns a .290 lifetime average over 9 seasons.  Last year against righties, Markakis hit .274 and Heyward hit .304. However, against lefties Markakis hit .280...Continue reading »

On December 3rd, the Braves announced that they signed right-hander Jim Johnson to a 1-year, $1.6 million deal. Johnson will be a reclamation project of sorts for Atlanta, as he struggled mightily at the mound last season. Johnson was a mainstay in the Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen for six years, and was the team’s closer from 2012-2013. In 2012, Johnson was an American League All-Star and even received a handful of Cy Young Award votes. He also won the Rolaids Relief Man Award for the American League that season (Kimbrel won the award that year for the National League)....Continue reading »

Another Atlanta Falcon has been cut from the team. Jonathan Massaquoi, defensive end, was the fourth Falcon in the past 24 hours to be released from the organization. Massaquoi was the 154th pick in the 2012 NFL draft for the Falcons out of Troy University. In the 39 games he has played, he only recorded 6 sacks. Many would think it would be an obvious cut with the low sack total, but many Falcons fans disagree with the way he was utilized. Fans felt that he should have played more, especially in the past year. Massaquoi believed he should of been playing when he stated...Continue reading »

The Atlanta Braves have announced that Melvin Upton Jr. is to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks with inflammation in the bone behind the ball of his left foot. According to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman, Upton will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking boot for 4-6 weeks. This is not good news for Braves fans. With Upton’s struggles in the last couple years, Spring Training was supposed to be a crucial time for him to make some strides with new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. Missing Spring Training has a big impact on players’ performance throughout the year,...Continue reading »