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Braves use Meetings to develop camaraderie

Braves use Meetings to develop camaraderie

Alex Anthopoulos did not sign a free agent or complete a trade during this year’s Winter Meetings, which concluded on Thursday morning. But as he interacted with rival executives and agents over the course of the past four days, the Braves’ general manager gained a better feel for his club’s needs and how he might satisfy them during the remainder of the offseason.

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Braves could seek short-term rotation help

Braves could seek short-term rotation help

Though the Braves might set their sights on acquiring a controllable frontline starting pitcher within the next year, it appears their current focus is finding a short-term fix to satisfy their desire to add experience to their inexperienced rotation.

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New brain trust has Snitker optimistic, humbled

New brain trust has Snitker optimistic, humbled

Brian Snitker has committed his adult life to the Braves, and at no point over the past 40-plus years has he ever seriously entertained the thought of going to another organization. But at the conclusion of this past season, there was reason to believe his tenure as Atlanta’s manager was likely over.

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Braves not ready to part with pitching prospects

Braves not ready to part with pitching prospects

As Alex Anthopoulos moved near the completion of his first full month as the Braves’ GM, and experienced the second day of this year’s Winter Meetings on Tuesday, he possessed the assets that will likely lead rival executives to continue checking in with him about potential trade opportunities. But for now, Anthopoulos seems content to patiently progress through this Hot Stove Season and possibly wait for the opportunity to see these young pitchers with his own eyes before defining their trade value.

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Anthopoulos getting feel for new staff, markets

Anthopoulos getting feel for new staff, markets

Once Alex Anthopoulos becomes even more familiar with the organization he acquired when he was named the Braves’ general manager a month ago, there’s a strong possibility he will once again become the aggressive wheeler and dealer he was when he seldom shied away from trading or acquiring top players during his tenure as the Blue Jays’ GM.

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Lunch with Braves' GM part of WM auction

Lunch with Braves' GM part of WM auction

An opportunity to have lunch with general manager Alex Anthopoulos or receive a one-on-one catching tutorial with Kurt Suzuki stand as two of the packages the Braves are offering as Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a charity auction that is taking place during this week’s Winter Meetings.

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Anthopoulos leads Braves into Winter Meetings

Anthopoulos leads Braves into Winter Meetings

Immediately after being named the Braves’ new leader on Nov. 13, Alex Anthopoulos traveled to Orlando, Fla., to partake in the General Managers Meetings. He’ll visit a different Disney resort this week as he and his staff attend the annual Winter Meetings and attempt to get a better feel for how they can best address the team’s needs.

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Drew-Wainwright deal highlighted '03 Meetings

Drew-Wainwright deal highlighted '03 Meetings

With media members, scouts and fellow executives within sight and wondering what these two highly regarded executives might be discussing, John Schuerholz and Walt Jocketty were extending a conversation about J.D. Drew, the outfielder the Braves sought to add to their depleted lineup.

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