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Report: Braves sign reliever David Carpenter
by Sean d'Oliveira |

The Braves signed relief pitcher David Carpenter, reports Baseball America.

Carpenter spent the last three seasons pitching for the Angels. During his career, Carpenter has pitched 43 innings and produced a 5.23 ERA.

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Braves encouraged B.J. Upton can bounce back in 2015
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer recently worked with outfielder B.J. Upton and said he's encouraged on the progress Upton has made on his swing, reports

"I feel really, really good about it, because [Upton] was very open to everything that I suggested," Seitzer said. "We had a really good three days together -- three pretty intense days together. I think he feels pretty good about what I'm going to bring, and I feel good about the adjustments he has made."

Upton struggled throughout 2014, hitting .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI. With no teams willing to absorb the more than $46 million left on Upton's contract, the Braves have no choice, but to hope Upton can improve his hitting numbers.

"He did great [this week]," Seitzer said. "He made great adjustments, and I'm very encouraged that he's going to be able to come back and play the way he wants to play."

Seitzer added that he worked on Upton's mechanics and approach at the plate and he wants Upton to shorten his swing.

"Any hitter that has a tendency to be long [with their swing], where their hands get away from the body, is going to have a tough time catching up to fastballs," Seitzer said. "They will also be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and inside pitches."

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Orioles acquire Daniel Rodriguez from Braves for cash
by R.J. White |

The Orioles have acquired pitcher Daniel Rodriguez for cash considerations in a trade with the Braves, reports.

Rodriguez played in the Mexican League from 2006 to 2012 before joining the Braves organization during the 2012 season. He went 6-13 with a 5.04 ERA and 111:49 K:BB ratio in 125 innings over 29 games (21 starts) with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2014.

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Braves' Shae Simmons ready for new season back from shoulder injury
by Brandon Wise |

Braves pitcher Shae Simmons was only able to play in 20 games in 2014 after dealing with a right shoulder strain.

"I haven't had any issues, so I'm kind of excited about that," Simmons said Friday.

Simmons has not experienced any discomfort since beginning his offseason throwing program and will begin throwing off the mound next week.

"I gave my shoulder the rest that it needed and now I'm good," Simmons said. "Now, it's just about getting loose and getting my arm strength back."

Simmons posted a 2.91 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings in 2014, including one save.

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Braves claim OF Eury Perez off waivers
by Igor Mello |

The Braves announced they have claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees, according to the club's official website

Perez hit .311 with one home run and 20 steals in 212 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse before he was claimed by the Yankees in late-September. He had two hits in 10 at-bats for the Yankees during the final stretch of the 2014 season.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGFreddie Freeman , 1B.288
HRJustin Upton , LF29
RBIJustin Upton , LF102
OBPFreddie Freeman , 1B.386
SLGJustin Upton , LF.491
RFreddie Freeman , 1B93
SBEmilio Bonifacio , CF26
WJulio Teheran , SP14
ERAAlex Wood , SP2.78
WHIPJulio Teheran , SP1.08
KJulio Teheran , SP186
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP47
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