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Braves president Alex Anthopoulos says the team "would love to" re-sign OF Marcell Ozuna. (Source: braves.mlb.com)

Fantasy Impact: No surprise here. “Marcell was amazing for us. He was awesome. I’d love to have him back," Anthopoulos said. Ozuna settled for a one-year, $18 million contract following a couple of down seasons with the Cardinals. It proved to be a tremendous value for the Braves as Ozuna wound up leading the National League in homers (18) and RBI (56) while finishing third in batting average (.338). The Braves have had some recent success with one-year deals, both with Ozuna this year and with Josh Donaldson in 2019. It remains to be seen if they would pay what it would take to bring him back on a multi-year deal. The Red Sox have been suggested as another team who might have interest in Ozuna's services.


The Braves are looking to lock up 1B Freddie Freeman to a long-term contract extension. (Source: David O’Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "He's (Freeman) someone that we plan on and expect to have him as a Brave for a long time, and he plans that as well," said Braves' GM Alex Anthopoulos. "Both sides want that to happen, want that to occur." Freeman had a terrific 2020 campaign, slashing .341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 51 RBI and two stolen bases across 262 plate appearances. The 31-year-old 1B is under contract until the 2021 season. Both sides will work on a long-term extension during the off-season.

Category: Rumors


OF Ronald Acuna played through a sore left wrist throughout the postseason. (Source: David O’Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Acuna played the postseason with a wrist issue, but was at no risk of further aggravating his injury. "He played banged up," said Braves' GM Alex Anthopoulos. "But it was good enough for him to play and not risk it getting worse playing through soreness until he could rest in the offseason." The 22-year-old OF slashed .217/.333/.370 in 12 playoff games. Acuna will have all offseason to recover and is expected to be one of the top picks off the board in fantasy drafts next season.

Category: Injury Updates


Mike Soroka (Achilles) is expected to be ready to throw by the time spring training begins. (Source: David O’Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Soroka tore his Achilles in early August and is expected to begin throwing once Spring Training rolls around. He is progressing ahead of schedule, but the Braves will be cautious with the 23-year-old. Soroko finished 2020 with a (0-1) record along with a 3.95 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and eight strikeouts over 13 2/3 innings.

Category: Injury Updates


Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in the Braves 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Swanson crushed a towering upper deck home run in the second inning off of Tony Gonsolin to put the Braves up 2-0. He would commit a brutal base-running error later in the game, though, when Atlanta had runners on second and third with no out in the fourth inning. Nick Markakis grounded out to short and Swanson was caught in a rundown between third and home plate, he was eventually tagged out and then Austin Riley was gunned down trying to reach third. The Braves were unable to extend their lead, walking away with nothing, and eventually lost the ball game. The 26-year old shortstop finishes the postseason with a .267/.333/.556 batting line to go along with three home runs and nine RBI over 45 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Ian Anderson took a no-decision on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks in the Braves 4-3 loss to the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson wasn't at his sharpest in Game 7 and he gave up five hits, including a two-run single to Will Smith, and walked two over his three innings. It was a tight game from the get go and eventually the Dodgers prevailed and prevented Atlanta from reaching its first World Series since 1999. The rookie Anderson finished the postseason with a 2-0 record with a superb 0.96 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 24:10 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Fried took his first loss of the postseason on Saturday when he allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks over 6 2/3 innings in the Braves 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Fried surrendered all three of his runs in the first inning when he allowed back-to-back homers to Corey Seager and Justin Turner, respectively, then gave up an RBI single to Cody Bellinger. The left-hander wasn't his most efficient as the Dodgers logged eight hits off him and he issued four free passes. The Braves offense was nowhere to be found and the Dodgers took the win to force a Game 7 on Sunday. Fried won't pitch again this year unless the Braves reach their first World Series since 1999.

Category: Game Recaps


Will Smith blew a save and took the loss on Friday when he allowed two earned runs on one hit with a walk over 1/3 of an inning in the Braves 7-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Smith allowed a go-ahead three-run blast off the bat of, none other than, Will Smith on a 3-2 pitch to give LA a 4-2 advantage. They would never relinquish the lead and Smith was saddled with the loss on top of the blown save. After not allowing a run over his first 5 1/3 innings this postseason, the big left-hander has given up three runs over the last 2/3 of an inning. Overall, he owns a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 7:3 K/BB ratio over six innings of work this postseason.

Category: Game Recaps


A.J. Minter did his job in Friday's no decision when he allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts over three scoreless innings in the Braves 7-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Minter was making his first start of the postseason and was in complete control over his three innings of work. The only hit he allowed was a two-out double to Justin Turner but he was perfect otherwise. He whiffed seven and didn't issue a walk in the sterling outing. Unfortunately things started to fall apart for Atlanta once he turned it over to the rest of the bullpen. Minter is sporting a 1.69 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, and a 10:1 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings in the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


Bryse Wilson secured his first-ever postseason win on Thursday when he allowed just one run on one hit with five strikeouts and a walk over six innings in the Braves 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was excellent on Thursday, holding down the Dodgers offense over six strong innings. The only run he surrendered came in the third inning when Edwin Rios took him deep for a solo shot, it was the only hit Wilson allowed, too. Not too shabby for a pitcher making his postseason debut. The Braves are now one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1999. The former top prospect should get a chance to start a game in the fall classic if the Atlanta were to advance.

Category: Game Recaps


Johan Camargo went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as the Braves were dismantled by the Dodgers 15-3 in Game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Camargo doubled in Ozzie Albies in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up his first postseason hit and RBI. There weren't many highlights for Atlanta in the lopsided loss. They'll lick their wounds and look to bounce back against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday in Game 4.

Category: Game Recaps


Cristian Pache went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Braves were blown out by the Dodgers 15-3 in Game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Pache smashed a Julio Urias offering in the third inning to put the Braves on the board. Unfortunately they were down 15 runs at that point so it had no material impact on the game. It certainly was a big hit for the rookie, though, as it was his first major league home run. Pache has been filling in for Adam Duvall and is batting .200/.333/.600 with a double, a home run, and two RBI through 10 postseason at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Wright completely fell apart on Wednesday, taking the loss, as he allowed seven runs on five hits with two walks over just 2/3 of an inning in the Braves 15-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: As evidenced by the box score, Wright was in trouble from the very start as he personally allowed six runs, including back-to-back long balls to Joc Pederson and Edwin Rios. He walked the final batter he faced before being replaced by Grant Dayton, who subsequently gave up a grand slam to finally close the book on Wright. When the dust finally settled the Dodgers scored an MLB-record 11 runs in the first inning. On the bright side, Wright didn't expend too much energy as he only threw 28 pitches. He should be available to pitch later in the series, if necessary.

Category: Game Recaps


Ozzie Albies went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Braves topped the Dodgers 8-7 in Game 2 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Albies picked up his first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to put the Braves up 6-0. He then took Adam Kolarek deep for a solo shot in the top of the ninth to put the Braves up 8-3. The homer would prove to be a crucial insurance run as the Dodgers mounted a fierce comeback in the ninth inning only to fall short by one run. The second baseman has now homered in back-to-back games and is having himself a fine postseason with a .310/.344/.552 batting line with two home runs and four RBI over 29 at-bats. The Braves will look to extend their series lead on Wednesday when they face Julio Urias in Game 3.

Category: Game Recaps


OF Adam Duvall (oblique) was removed from the Braves' NLCS roster Tuesday. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Duvall exited Game 1 of the NLCS due to an oblique injury. He was replaced on the Braves' roster by Johan Camargo. Duvall is ineligible to play in the World Series if the Braves are able to advance past the Dodgers. The 32-year-old finishes the 2020 postseason hitting .100 (2-for-20) with one home run and three RBI.

Category: Transactions


Austin Riley played the hero on Monday when he went 1-for-4 with a home run in the Braves 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Riley broke up a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth inning when he uncorked a solo blast off Blake Treinen to dead center field. It was his only hit of the night but it sure was a big one as Atlanta tacked on three more insurance runs to to take Game 1 of the series. It was the 23-year old's first career postseason home run and he's now slashing .238/.333/.381 across 21 at-bats in six playoff games this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Through five postseason games, d'Arnaud is now batting .421 with two home runs and seven RBI while recording at least one hit in all five games.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves closer Mark Melancon allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while not recording any strikeouts over an inning of work while blowing a save against the Red Sox Friday. The blown save was his second of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Melancon has pitched well for the Braves this season despite striking out just 11 batters over 21 2/3 innings, but he had a rare stumble on Friday. For the year, the veteran reliever has a 2.49 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances.

Category: Game Recaps


Huascar Ynoa departed Monday's start against the Marlins due to a cracked nail on his right middle finger. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Braves don't think it's a big issue but they wanted to play thing safe. Ynoa had given up three runs on five hits over three innings pitched before exiting, which leaves him with a 5.82 ERA for the season.

Category: Injury Updates


Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos says Cole Hamels (shoulder) is finished for the 2020 season. (Source: Grant McAuley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hamels was placed on the IL on Monday but his GM confirms that he won't pitch again this year. The 36-year-old winds up making just one start for the Braves after signing a one-year deal prior to the season. Hamels threw a bullpen following his first start against the Orioles but wound up reporting that his shoulder just doesn't feel strong enough. Atlanta was hoping to have him at his best for their postseason run, but that'll no longer be the case.

Category: Injury Updates