Sep 17, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Freddy Garcia (50) throws during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 12/10


Wren: Braves likely focused on filling support roles

While some fans are still holding out hope for completing a trade that would bring David Price or Jeff Samardzija to Atlanta, Braves general manager Frank Wren seems more focused on making less-sexy acquisitions that could strengthen the depth of his roster.

Sep 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

“I don’t see, necessarily, a front-line move,” Wren said. “I see more support moves, where you are adding a bench bat that can give you power off the bench. Or adding to our bullpen or adding to the depth of our rotation. I see it more likely to make those moves than the big front-line moves.”

While Wren might not make a big splash during this week’s Winter Meetings, he and his staff members will still spend the next few days evaluating ways to improve a roster that will look quite similar to the one the Braves utilized while recording 96 wins and cruising toward a National League East title this past season.



MLB rumors: Atlanta Braves interested in bringing back Freddy Garcia

Although he only threw 27 innings for the Atlanta Braves in 2013, Freddy Garciamade enough of an impression on the front office that they reportedly want him back.

Garcia, 37, was relatively woeful during his stop in Baltimore earlier in 2013, posting a 5.77 ERA through 53 innings but the comfy confines of the National League helped Garcia improve greatly as he only gave up five earned runs in three starts (five games total) for the Braves who are interested in bringing him back:

#braves have shown interest in a return for freddy garcia. Nothing set yet tho.


Macaroni Kid

The Atlanta Braves Holiday Gift Pack Returns for Seasonal Shoppers

With the holidays fast approaching, the Atlanta Braves have something for everyone on their list! Give the gift of Braves baseball this festive season by purchasing a Holiday Gift Pack. This limited-time offer features a pair of tickets to four games during the 2014 season as well as a special Braves 12-month calendar.

The Holiday Pack includes tickets to Opening Day on April 8 vs. the New York Mets; the Memorial Day game on May 26 vs. the Boston Red Sox; a matchup against the Los Angeles Angels on June 14 and Fourth of July tickets against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Holiday Gift Pack also includes a Braves Country Calendar featuring the 2014 schedule, Braves birthdays and iconic images of Turner Field, players and more!

Holiday Gift Packs are available beginning today through Friday, December 13 only. Fans can purchase the Atlanta Braves Holiday Gift Pack for as low as $178, a savings of more than $30. For additional information and to secure tickets, please visit or by calling 404-577-9100.


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Gwinnett Braves Award November Grant to Nothing but the Truth

The Gwinnett Braves have awarded their $1,000 grant for the month of November to the Nothing but the Truth organization, announced on Monday, December 9. The “Thanksgiving” themed grant is aimed at assisting organizations that work to end hunger and/or homelessness.

Based in Dacula, GA, Nothing but the Truth serves food insecure children across Gwinnett County and beyond through its Weekend Food Bag Ministry. The program assists students in Title I schools that have been identified by their counselors as being in a crisis situation and in need of additional food over the weekend and during extended school breaks.

Each Friday, volunteers with Nothing but the Truth supply school counselors with bags filled with kid-friendly items that are sent home with the students in their book bags. Since starting the program in December 2010, Nothing but the Truth has served 18 Gwinnett County schools, one Barrow County school and three Clayton County schools, sending home approximately 360 food bags each week.

The grant awarded to Nothing but the Truth will go directly toward the purchase of food for the Weekend Food Bag Ministry program. In addition to the funds provided, the Gwinnett Braves have extended the partnership further by supplying volunteers to pack food bags once a month.

“It is an honor to work with local Title I schools to help students who are food insecure,” said Scarlett Rigsby, Executive Director of Nothing but the Truth. “No one wants to think of students going home on Friday from school and having little or nothing to eat over the weekend. Unfortunately this is a reality among way too many of our students. This grant from the Gwinnett Braves helps us serve 18 schools and provide food for 360 students per week through our Weekend Food Program.”



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