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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 »

The Braves shocked many when they made their first blockbuster deal of the offseason, trading home-town favorite Jason Heyward alongside setup man Jordan Walden to St. Louis for starters Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. This is clearly a move that benefits the Braves in the long-term more than the present. Heyward was entering the final year of his two-year extension that Frank Wren signed him to last offseason. Many project Heyward to get around $20 million dollars annually on the open market next year, placing Heyward out of the Braves price range. Frankly, Heyward...Continue reading »

The Falcons have announced that they have cut longtime OG Justin Blalock Friday. Cutting Blalock from his $7.91 million cap figure saves the team $3.79 million towards the cap. While this is a surprising move, Blalock is 31 and had one of the highest cap hits on the team. With this being the third Atlanta cut in the past 24 hours, the Falcons have cleared over $10 million in cap space. Turnover like this should be expected with new Head Coach Dan Quinn taking over and having final say of the roster. Keep your eye out for additional Atlanta cuts in the coming days. ...

The Falcons have cut 7-year veteran wideout Harry Douglas Friday morning. Douglas had 258 catches, 3310 yards and 8 touchdowns in his Falcons career. This move comes somewhat as a surprise, as Douglas was a reliable receiver who had to step up the last couple of years with Roddy White sidelined. However, having Douglas as a number 3 receiver is a luxury in this league. This was purely a cap move and it freed up $3.5 million for the Falcons. With Douglas and Jackson both gone the Falcons have already cleared over $7 million in the last 24 hours. It is evident that the...Continue reading »

Dan Quinn was recently announced as the new Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons. For much of Dan Quinn’s coaching career, he has been overlooked and may have not have gotten all the credit he deserved. He started coaching at William and Mary in 1994 as a defensive line coach. After several other small college coaching jobs, he made the jump to the NFL in 2001. After 10 years as a defensive line coach in the NFL, Quinn was hired by Will Muschamp to take control of the Florida Gators defense. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Gators for two years. During his...Continue reading »

The Atlanta Falcons have announced they have parted ways with 11-year veteran Steven Jackson. Jackson was signed in 2012 to a three-year deal worth $12 million with $4 million guaranteed. Cutting Jackson has opened up $3.75 million dollars in cap space for the team. Coming off of a heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NFC Championship to the San Francisco 49ers, the Falcons believed that there were a few pieces to add in order to propel them to their first Super Bowl birth since 1999. Atlanta fans had high hopes that maybe Jackson could bring his ruthless running style into...Continue reading »

The Braves had a homecoming of sorts when they traded Tommy La Stella for Arodys Vizcaino in mid-November. Vizcaino was once considered a top prospect in the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves organizations. He was signed as an amateur Free Agent by New York during Gordon Blakeley’s tenure as a head scout for the Yankees and traded to Atlanta alongside Melky Cabrera and Mike Dunn for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan back in ’09. The Braves later traded him to Chicago in the Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson deal. Like Zoilo Almonte and Manny Banuelos, Blakeley being a special...Continue reading »

In the coming weeks leading up to Opening Day, I will be writing recaps of the moves the Braves have made through this overhaul of the organization in chronological order.  The first roster move made by the Braves this offseason, the signing of Yankees farmhand Zoilo Almonte, was overlooked at the time. Signed on November 10th to the 40-Man Roster, this was the first of an abundance of moves made by John Hart this offseason. At the time, few realized this was a transaction with potential 25-Man Roster implications for Atlanta. With Justin Upton and Evan Gattis traded...Continue reading »