Atlanta Braves blog by David O'Brien, baseball writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fredi Gonzalez

Q&A: Fredi on Braves’ offseason moves, future, etc.

11:22 pm Dec. 9, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Every big-league manager does a 30-minute interview with the media during baseball’s Winter Meetings, two managers at a time, on different sides of the spacious media work room. Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Justin Upton led the Braves with 29 homers and 102 RBIs, but the team's best power hitter could be traded with the bigger picture in mind.

Why would Braves trade J-Up? For future

10:49 pm Dec. 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO – A lot of folks ask why the Braves would trade Justin Upton or Evan Gattis, the only two hitters who had more than 18 homers on a team that last season ranked

The Braves are pursuing free agent Nick Markakis, who could be a good fit for them in right field. (AP photo)

Free agent Markakis could be good fit for Braves

10:58 pm Dec. 2, 2014

Nick Markakis is six years older than Jason Heyward, was never as fast as Heyward, and isn’t as spectacular afield as J-Hey, the right fielder traded away by the Braves two weeks ago.

But there are

Tuesday is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to their unsigned players, and the Braves have decisions to make with pitchers Kris Medlen (pictured) and Brandon Beachy, each coming back from his second Tommy John elbow surgery.

Deadline for Braves decisions on Medlen, Beachy

2:02 pm Dec. 1, 2014

Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, each trying to come back from a second Tommy John surgery, will find out by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday whether their comebacks are likely to continue with the Braves, the only

Justin Upton has been the Braves' best home-run hitter the past two seasons, but with only one season left on his contract he could be traded this winter.

Braves’ busy offseason has just begun

4:10 pm Nov. 13, 2014

 PHOENIX – They came, they signed (some minor league free agents), they talked, they planned, they left.

Now things get interesting.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and all of his top aides left the general

The Arizona Biltmore, site of baseball's general managers meetings.

Quick hits from land of plenty (GM meetings at Biltmore)

10:57 pm Nov. 11, 2014

PHOENIX — A few Braves quick hits from the general managers meetings while marveling at how this almost obscenely wealthy area surrounding the posh Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix feels completely detached from real-world problems….

• The Braves would like to

Braves’ focus shifts to roster at GM meetings

10:27 pm Nov. 6, 2014

It’s been a hectic and productive six weeks for new Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and assistant GM John Coppolella, who  made a slew of major personnel changes in overhauling the team’s scouting and baseball