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Prado returns to NL East

December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Martin’s now a Marlin, acquired along with David Phelps from the Yankees for Nate Eovaldi and Garrett Jones. I still miss Martin, and seeing him 20-plus times a year in a Marlins uniform is going to smart. The Fish may still end up signing James Shields, and if they do they will give the Nats [...]

Nats return for Souza > #Braves haul for J-Up

December 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

Excellent observation by Office commenter Andrelton the Giant on the J-Up deal: (T)he Nationals beat us bad on this trade. They got Joe Ross and Trea Turner in the 3 team deal with the Rays (and Padres) and only gave up Steven Souza, a player without a spot in their foreseeable lineup. A fourth OF [...]

Bye, bye J-Up, hello Petersons, et al

December 19, 2014 // 3 Comments

The retooling — don’t call it rebuilding, JS says, which reminds me of the facilities people where I work insisting on calling cubicles “workstations” — continues as the Bravos dealt J. Upton to San Dieo for four prospects. This appears to be one of those deals whose [...]

Another #Braves favorite bids adieu

December 18, 2014 // 5 Comments

Kris Medlen, by all accounts one of the coolest guys ever to wear a Braves uniform, signed a two-year deal with the Royals today. He’ll make just $900,000 more than the Braves will pay Jim Johnson in 2015. Medlen signed a two-year deal that will pay him $5.5 mil in 2016, followed by a mutual [...]

#Braves 25: Andruw Jones

December 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

Fangraphs rates him as the 2nd best defensive player in baseball history — ahead of Ozzie Smith. Defensive metrics are all over the place, but no rational observer would keep Andruw out of the all-time Top 10. He certainly passed the eye test. Andruw was also one of the most durable players [...]

Good news — J-Up won’t be a Padre

December 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why is the loss of another suitor for Justin Upton good news? Because the Padres were not a good match, particularly since they were refusing to trade Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross. Their farm system is heavy on pitchers, none of whom projects as elite. Austin Hedges, an exceptional receiver who [...]

J-Up suitors shrinking

December 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

Kansas City just signed Kendrys Morales. The Tigers acquired Yoenis Cespedes and the Padres, Matt Kemp. That appears to eliminate three potential landing spots for J-Up/Gattis and leads me to question whether John Hart’s asking price is too high. Regardless, with fewer suitors, he’s [...]

#Braves 25: Francisco Cabrera

December 10, 2014 // 6 Comments

Counting down the 25 most influential figures in Atlanta Braves history. No offense to Sid Bream, but anyone can slide. But how many can do what Francisco Cabrera did 22 years ago? Soon after Big Frank was called up in 1992, I turned to my roommate at UGA and predicted, “He’s going to drive in [...]

#Braves need to make fast friends w/ Theo

December 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Hart keeps talking about getting more pitching, but what the Braves really need is what’s increasingly in short supply: young, controllable bats. The Cubs are one of the few teams that have them, and, according to DOB, they are seeking a power-hitting, corner OF. Unfortunately, the [...]

Newest #Brave is the Venezuelan Lockhart

December 9, 2014 // 4 Comments

Congrats, B.J. You’re no longer the worst hitter on the Braves. Newly signed Alberto Callaspo, the presumptive favorite to be your Opening Day CF, was the only player in baseball with on-base and slugging percentages below .300 (minimum 450 plate appearances). Callaspo’s numbers have [...]

Will #Braves draw 2 mil in 2015?

December 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

Only four NL teams drew worse than the Braves in 2014: the Padres, Mets, Diamondbacks and Marlins. Of those five, only the Braves are trending down. Attendance dipped more than 200,000 last season, to 2.35 mil, and with the franchise fleeing for the suburbs and another local favorite leaving town, [...]

#Braves 25: Joe Torre

December 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

If judged only as a player, or manager, Joe Torre doesn’t make this list. He was a catcher for three years in Atlanta (though was with the Braves in Milwaukee for five years before that) and served three years as skipper. Each tenure followed a similar path: Terrific first season, solid [...]

B.J. Surhoff redux?

December 3, 2014 // 8 Comments

Nick Markakis 2013: .271 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBI, .329 OBP, .356 Slugging B.J. Surhoff 2001: .271 BA,  10 HR, 58 RBI, .321 OBP, .405 Slugging They could’ve had Yasmani Tomas for two additional years at the same annual salary. Tomas has potential, which is what the Braves should be all about [...]

#Braves need to make this trade happen

December 2, 2014 // 8 Comments

Houston really wants Evan Gattis, so much so that they were willing to take B.J. Upton, according to Ken Rosenthal. In return the Braves would’ve received Dexter Fowler and either a pitching prospect or reserve catcher. The Astros, however, balked at adding $39 million in payroll — the [...]

#Braves likely to field Bicentennial-esque offense

November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the bad old days, the Braves’ offense, buoyed by the hitter-friendly Launching Pad, was usually the lone bright spot. That was not the case in 1976, when the team ranked next to last in batting average and last in slugging (.334, an Atlanta Braves record). Jim “The Toy Cannon” [...]

#Braves 25: Johnny Sain/Leo Mazzone

November 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

They were the greatest pitching coaches in history, according to a 2004 ESPN survey. There’s no arguing with their track record. In 17 seasons, Sain coached 16 20-game winners. And beginning in 1961, Sain had a 13-season streak with at least one 20-game winner in each season. Whitey Ford won [...]

A risk the #Braves should take

November 23, 2014 // 12 Comments

Justin Upton will be leaving, it’s just a matter of when. And Evan Gattis is not an outfielder, nor is he much of a catcher. Accepting those realities leaves the Braves in a bind. They either can’t afford or don’t have a position for their only two sources of right-handed power. [...]

Conjuring up a Gattis to Royals trade

November 19, 2014 // 9 Comments

Of all the Braves’ needs, a new center fielder is going to be the toughest to find. Even if they can’t trade B.J. an option is needed in center, where the elder Upton struggled defensively. The free agent market offers nothing, unless you consider Colby Rasmus an option (and you [...]
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