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Braves Agree To Minor League Deal With Jose Bautista

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The Atlanta Braves and free agent slugger Jose Bautista have agreed on a Minor League deal for him to play third base, the club announced on Thursday.

Bautista, 37, has spent the last 10 seasons (since 2008) with the Toronto Blue Jays, primarily as a right fielder. Since 2012, he’s appeared in just 12 games at third base (eight in 2017), meaning he will certainly need time to ease himself back into the position which he played for a large portion early in his career.

If Bautista makes Atlanta’s 40-man roster, he will earn $1 million, according to ESPN.

Since becoming a Blue Jay, Bautista emerged as one of the game’s feared sluggers, hitting at least 22 home runs each season from 2010-17, and at least 35 in four of those seasons.

In his 14-year career (since 2004) for five teams (played for four teams in 2004), Bautista’s a career .250/.362/.480 hitter with 331 homers and 927 RBIs. Additionally, Bautista’s a six-time All-Star, two-time MLB home run leader (2010-11), two-time Hank Aaron Award winner, and three-time Silver Slugger.

Bautista had an extremely rough season in 2017, hitting .203/.308/.366 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs in 157 games (the second highest total of his career); his .203 average was the worst out of all 144 Major League qualifiers.

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Braves Acquire Shane Greene, Mark Melancon, John Ryan Murphy

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The Atlanta Braves have been busy at the trade deadline, making a flurry of moves to bolster their lineup for the stretch run.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Atlanta has acquired Shane Green from the Detroit Tigers.

Additionally, the Braves have also landed reliever Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right handers Tristan Black and Dan Winkler.

According to The Athletic’s Robert Murray, the Braves will acquire catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations.

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Braves Steal Keuchel From Yankees

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Seemingly destined for the Bronx, Dallas Keuchel is instead headed to Hotlanta (CBS Sports).

Though it seemed almost a forgone conclusion that free agent LHP Dallas Keuchel would be joining the New York Yankees, a shocking twist that came from seemingly out of nowhere proved otherwise.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported late Thursday night that the Atlanta Braves had signed the 2015 American League Cy Young winner to a one-year deal pending a physical. The Braves have yet to confirm this but Feinsand went on to report that Keuchel is slated to pitch for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

Rumors had been abundant all week that General Manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees were in deep on Keuchel and that his signing was only a matter of time. After all, it made perfect sense for New York to bring in the two-time All-Star to help fill the void left by Luis Severino’s absence. Braves GM Alex Anthopolous had other ideas and snatched up Keuchel from his team’s storied World Series rival. Keuchel’s deal is reportedly for $13 million.

For Atlanta, the signing is a wise one. Keuchel’s presence will take pressure off Mike Foltynewicz as he attempts to regain his 2018 form and will aid Julio Teheran, who has done a solid job carrying the weight of the rotation. The Braves have struggled at times throughout the season but have kept pace with National League East leading Philadelphia and are only two games back as of 6/6.

Can Atlanta’s big acquisition help them regain ground on Bryce Harper and the Phillies, or is it being given too much credit? As always, let us know on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily.

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Braves Place Brian McCann On IL

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The Atlanta Braves have placed veteran catcher Brian McCann on the injured list after he suffered a right hamstring strain during Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins.

McCann injured himself while sliding into third base during the fourth inning of the loss to Miami.

McCann signed a one-year, $2 million deal to return to the Braves, where he spent the majority of his career, this past offseason.

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