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Braves News: Kurt Suzuki to the Nats, Early ESPN Schedule, Rule 5 and more

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Good luck Kurt!

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Atlanta Braves News

Kurt Suzuki agrees to two-year deal with Nationals, per report

So long Kurt! Former Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Washington Nationals.

Braves get three ESPN games in first week of 2019 season

The Atlanta Braves will be featured prominently in ESPN’s first week of 2019 MLB coverage. Atlanta’s game on March 31 against the Phillies and their games against the Cubs on April 1 and April 3 will all be broadcast on ESPN.

J.T. Realmuto unlikely to be traded within the National League East, per report

Reports surfaced last week that the Marlins were reluctant to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Braves. Another report suggests that Miami’s is reluctant to deal Realmuto to any team inside the NL East.

Atlanta Braves Rule 5 Draft Primer

Teams have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to add Rule 5 eligible players to the 40-man roster or else make them available in the Rule 5 Draft in December. The Braves, like most teams around the league, have some decisions to make.

Fred McGriff, Andruw Jones on 2019 Hall of Fame Ballot

The 2019 Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday including former greats Fred McGriff and Andruw Jones.

MLB News

Seattle Mariners trade James Paxton to the New York Yankees

The first big blockbuster trade of the offseason was completed on Monday with the New York Yankees acquiring left-hander James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for three prospects including pitcher Justus Sheffield.

2019 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

Major League Baseball has set the order for Competitive Balance Rounds A and B for next year’s draft.