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Horacio Ramirez placed on 15-day DL, Ken Ray called up from Richmond

Horacio Ramirez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. John Thomson moved from the bullpen to take Ramirez\’s spot in the rotation. To fill the bullpen vacancy, the Braves purchased the contract of Ken Ray, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year. The 31-year-old right-handed pitcher impressed with [...]

Horacio Ramirez placed on 15-day DL, Ken Ray called up from Richmond

16 April 2006

Horacio Ramirez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. John Thomson moved from the bullpen to take Ramirez\’s spot in the rotation. To fill the bullpen vacancy, the Braves purchased the contract of Ken Ray, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year. The 31-year-old right-handed pitcher impressed with [...]

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Joey Devine called up from Richmond, Blaine Boyer optioned to Richmond

16 April 2006

Blaine Boyer was optioned to Triple-A Richmond after struggling during the first series of the season for the Braves. His shoulder could not handle pitching on consecutive days. Joey Devine, who narrowly missed making the Opening Day roster, was recalled from Richmond to fill the bullpen spot. The 22-year-old right-handed reliever struck out 18 batters [...]

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2006 Braves Opening Day roster released

13 April 2006

The Braves finalized their 25-man roster on March 31st when they optioned right-handed pitcher Joey Devine and first baseman James Jurries to Triple-A Richmond. Right-handed pitcher Brad Baker was outrighted to Richmond. Left-handed pitchers John Foster (who may require Tommy John surgery), Macay McBride, and Mike Hampton were placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive [...]

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Brayan Pena and Tony Pena optioned to Richmond

12 April 2006

The Braves reduced their spring training major league roster to 33 players on March 28th when they optioned catcher Brayan Pena and shortstop Tony Pena, Jr. to Triple-A Richmond.

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Braves enter scouting agreement with Hanshin Tigers

10 April 2006

The Braves reached a formal development agreement with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League. Braves international scouts have worked informally with the Hanshin club for years. With the closer partnership, the Tigers will further assist the Braves in scouting and signing Japanese baseball talent.

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Anthony Lerew optioned to Richmond

09 April 2006

Anthony Lerew will start the season with Triple-A Richmond as the Braves optioned him to their top farm club on March 23rd. At the same time the club reassigned right-handed pitchers Chad Paronto & Wes Obermueller & Travis Smith, infielder Cesar Crespo, and outfielders David Kelton & Michael Ryan to Richmond\’s minor league camp. Right-handed [...]

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Peter Moylan, Damian Moss sign minor league contracts

09 April 2006

In mid-March the Braves signed right-handed Australian pitcher Peter Moylan to a minor league contract for $30,000. The 27-year old sidearmer hasn\’t pitched in the minor leagues since a 1997 stint with the Twins\’ rookie-level team. He endured major back surgeries in 2001 and 2003 but appears to have fully recovered. He turned a lot [...]

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Braves send 9 to minor leagues

09 April 2006

On March 15th, the Braves trimmed their spring training roster by 9. Right-handed pitcher Brad Baker, a free agent pick-up during the offseason, and infielder Scott Thorman were optioned to Triple-A Richmond. Infielders Luis Hernandez & Martin Prado and outfielder Josh Burrus were optioned to Double-A Mississippi. Right-handed pitcher Jose Ascanio was optioned to the [...]

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Bobby Cox, John Schuerholz sign contract extensions through 2007

09 April 2006

In March it was announced Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz had each signed one-year contract extensions to serve as the Braves\’ manager and general manager, respectively, through the 2007 season. Since teaming up at the start of the 1991 season the duo has overseen a string of 14 consecutive Braves division titles. Cox, who earns [...]

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Braves sign 25 players to one-year contracts

04 April 2006

On February 23rd, the Braves agreed to terms on one-year contracts with Jose Ascanio, Brad Baker, Blaine Boyer, Josh Burrus, Lance Cormier, Joey Devine, Jeff Francoeur, Luis Hernandez, Chuck James, James Jurries, Anthony Lerew, Macay McBride, Pete Orr, Brayan Pena, Tony Pena, Martin Prado and Scott Thorman. One-year deals inked with Adam LaRoche, Wilson Betemit, [...]

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Carlos Almanzar signs minor league contract

04 April 2006

The Braves signed right-handed relief pitcher Carlos Almanzar to a minor league contract in February. The team hopes that he will be ready to return in May or June from the Tommy John surgery he had last May. The strategy bears similarities to the team\’s signing of Jay Powell last season. Hopefully Almanzar won\’t blow [...]

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8 Braves selected to play in World Baseball Classic

03 April 2006

In February, Chipper Jones and Jeff Francoeur were honored with spots on Team USA in the inaugural World Baseball Classic tournament. John Smoltz and Tim Hudson were also invited to take part in the tournament but both declined the offer in order to focus on preparing for the upcoming major league season. Other Braves players [...]

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Mike Remlinger signs minor-league contract with Braves

03 April 2006

After a forgettable 2005 campaign Mike Remlinger returned to Atlanta by signing a minor league contact with the Braves in January. The left-hander was invited to Spring Training where he has a chance to make the major league club. The 40-year-old reliever has battled shoulder problems the past 2 seasons after having shoulder surgery after [...]

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Giles, Ramirez, Villareal and Sosa sign one-year contracts

02 April 2006

The Braves avoided arbitration with 4 key players in mid-January when they signed Marcus Giles, Horacio Ramirez, Oscar Villareal and Jorge Sosa to 1-year contracts. Those signings saved the club from enduring arbitration hearings with any of their players. Giles signed for $2.35 million (a $1.5 million raise over his 2005 salary) after batting .291 [...]

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Jeff Bennett signs minor league contract with Braves

02 April 2006

The Braves signed Jeff Bennett to a one-year minor league contract in January. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 25-year-old reliever was invited to Spring Training with the team. The right-hander tallied 13 saves and a 2-3 record with a 3.03 ERA in 62 1/3 innings with the Brewers\’ Triple-A Nashville affiliate [...]

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Braves announce Spring Training roster

14 March 2006

The Braves released their 2006 Spring Training roster which included 38 players that are already on the 40-man roster. 14 more players are attending camp as non-roster invitees: Pitchers Kevin Barry, Wes Obermueller, Chad Paronto, Travis Smith and Sean White Catchers Eddie Perez, Steve Pyzik, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Clint Sammons Infielders Cesar Crespo and Jonathan [...]

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Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez sign minor league contracts

19 February 2006

Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez have signed minor league contracts with the Braves. Both have been invited to spring training with the club and will try to prove they\’re healthy and can be productive at the major league level once again. Jordan stands a better chance of making the club out of spring training as [...]

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Chris Reitsma signs one-year contract with Braves

18 February 2006

Chris Reitsma avoided arbitration when he agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves. He will earn at least $2.75 million during the 2006 season. He also has the potential to pocket an additional $50,000 in incentives based on the number of games he closes ($25,000 for 40 games and an additional $25,000 if he [...]

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Braves trade Ricardo Rodriguez for outfielder Matt Diaz

17 January 2006

The Braves have acquired outfielder Matt Diaz through a trade with the Royals. Minor league pitcher Ricardo F. Rodriguez was sent to the Royals in exchange for the outfielder. The 27-year-old Diaz hit .371 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs in 65 games at Triple-A Omaha last season. He then batted .281 in 34 [...]

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Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez decline arbitration offers

29 December 2005

Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez, who each endured injury-riddled seasons in 2005, rejected their respective arbitration offers from the Braves, as was expected. Jordan may sign a minor league contract with the team and compete for a backup outfield spot. There looks to be no room for Perez on the Braves\’ major league roster given [...]

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