Latest Alex Anthopoulos News

He's back! Acuña returns to Braves after major knee injury

Apr. 28, 2022 23:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was playing the “Call of Duty" video game when he got an unexpected FaceTime call at 1 a.m. Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos wanted to know if Acuña was ready to play. Not another rehab game in Triple-A, mind you. ...

Freeman hits 1st HR for Dodgers vs Braves in reunion game

Apr. 18, 2022 23:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freddie Freeman arrived at Dodger Stadium and headed to the visiting clubhouse for an emotional reunion with his former Atlanta Braves teammates. Once the game began, he reminded them of what they're missing by slugging his first home run for his new team. Kenley...

LEADING OFF: Freeman vs Braves, Hill's special Patriots' Day

Apr. 18, 2022 01:27 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around baseball today: ___ OLD FRIENDS Freddie Freeman faces the Braves in Los Angeles for the first time since leaving the World Series champions and signing a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers last month. ...

LEADING OFF: Freeman vs Braves, Hill's special Patriots' Day

Apr. 17, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around baseball Monday: ___ OLD FRIENDS Freddie Freeman faces the Braves in Los Angeles for the first time since leaving the World Series champions for a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers last month. ...

Locked in: MLB set for delayed openers after a long winter

Apr. 06, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

It'll end up being 157 days between the moment Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves won last year's World Series and the start of the 2022 baseball season. Everything in between? Tough to sum that up quickly. A record spending spree on free agents. A bitter work stoppage that...

Max Fried to make 2nd straight Opening Day start for Braves

Mar. 30, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried, who capped his 2021 season as the starting pitcher in Atlanta's decisive Game 6 World Series win over Houston, has been named the Braves' opening day starter. The Braves announced on Wednesday that Fried will start against Cincinnati in their April 7...

Olson is center of long-term plan to keep Braves competitive

Mar. 26, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta's trade for Matt Olson was designed to ensure the defending World Series champion Braves will be contenders in 2022. Signing Olson to an eight-year deal only one day later was the foundation of a plan by general manager Alex Anthopoulos to keep Atlanta...

Braves hard-throwing rookie Strider a contender for rotation

Mar. 24, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Hard-throwing rookie right-hander Spencer Strider, who made his major league debut with Atlanta late last season as a reliever, is being considered for one of the open spots in the Braves' rotation. General manager Alex Anthopoulos told The Associated Press on...

Is winning the offseason worth it? Depends on the year

Mar. 24, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees once made a habit of winning the offseason. Not coincidentally, they won a lot of titles, too. It hasn’t happened since 2009, when splashy signings CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira helped New York “buy” its 27th...

New closer Jansen gives Braves one of MLB's deepest bullpens

Mar. 23, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Kenley Jansen remembers watching in awe from the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen as the Atlanta Braves' relievers, led by Will Smith and Tyler Matzek, excelled in last season's NL Championship Series. The bullpen led the Braves past the Dodgers and on to their...