The new face of the Braves

Nothing against Brian McCann, whose time in Atlanta is probably nearing an end, but the new face of the Braves is Martin Prado. Few people seem to realize that, but fortunately Frank Wren does.

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17 Comments on The new face of the Braves

  1. I would like to see Angel Pagan and Prado at the top of the Braves Lineup next season, Bourn is going to be too expensive IMO.

  2. PepeFreeUs // October 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm //

    Boras is going to want a far too rich and far too long contract for Michael. We already have an albatross deal with a guy who is past his prime. No need for another.

    Think of Mike as a contemporary Kenny Lofton, only one who actually stole bases, wasn’t a pain in the ass and didn’t cost us two real Braves in return.

  3. Bourn will probably be too expensive for too long for someone who strikes out so much and has a relatively low OBP%. I think we need to look at other options.

  4. The Braves probably could have afforded Bourn had the team made it deep into the post season. There aren’t too many leadoff hitters out there, or good centerfielders. He was the replacement for Furcal and Andruw and how long did that take? I would sure like to keep him.

  5. Jack Straw // October 7, 2012 at 7:07 am //

    I love Michael Bourn, but I was shocked at his strikeout numbers.
    Assuming Prado plays 3rd base (I do not consider Francisco a viable alternative), that leaves catcher, center field and left field as needs to be addressed. We are stuck with Uggla.

  6. PepeFreeUs // October 7, 2012 at 7:32 am //

    I think Heyward could play center, which would have us looking for a right fielder instead.

  7. rankin' rob // October 7, 2012 at 9:49 am //

    Our infield is set with Prado at 3rd. How much is McCann due if we pick up his option? Will he renegotiate for second year and we stay with the same rotation at catcher? Long term deals should go to Prado, Heyward, Freeman, Medlen. Uggla will eke out at least another season on the logic that he can’t be worse than that, can he? I think the days of $50-100 million free agents have sailed for this franchise, at least until the Braves are something more than a bargaining chip for our current corporate overlord.
    I expect Hanson and throw ins to be our big off season trade move if we make it. I also expect him to become a better pitcher under a different coaching regimen, so I hope we trade him outside of the division.

  8. Hanson appears to have no command of his fastball and only spotty control with his curveball, which is a nasty pitch. But when he throws it half the time and about one in three hangs in the middle of the plate, and his fastball only reaches 89 with poor control — well, that’s not much a recipe. I still have not heard a conviincing explanation of why his fastball velocity plunged from 92-94 2-3 years ago to 88-20.
    And I agree with those who say Bourn, much as I like him, will be too pricey for a guy who strikes out once a game and only reaches base 35% of the time. Not a great leadoff hitter. Good, but not worth $15 million a year for five or six years. Is it possible Uggla could become beset with injuries, ala Mike Hampton, and thus have insurance start covering his paychecks? Knowing Liberty, they probably stopped paying the insurance premiums and it wouldn’t mattter.

    PS, is the ear-splitting music/general noise over the PA at the Ted going to be the norm from now on? What happened to the clever organist, about the only remotely interesting feature the marketing geniuses ever put in place?

  9. 88-90. not 20.

  10. By all accounts Bourn is a good guy and a good fit in the clubhouse. He had a great first half but cooled significantly down the stretch. Generally, if Bourn had a good night and got on base then the Braves did well. I echo the sentiments above, however, about signing him to a long term deal. He’s getting older, likely slower, and his inability to walk hurts and he’s far too prone to striking out. He’s a minor injury away from being useless (but who isn’t?). If we can get him for relatively cheap (less than $10 mil a year) for 3-4 years, we should sign. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

    As for Hanson… good riddance.

  11. When do we find out that Hansen has a damaged UCL and need TJ surgery???

    Something else to consider with Bourn and the free agent market are the new TV deals MLB has signed with TBS, Fox and ESPN over the last month. Each MLB team’s share of national TV revenue is going to increase about $25 million per year.

  12. I’d like to keep Bourne, but if that’s not an option, move Heyward to CF and look at some others outfielders. There are some aging guys who still can play like Ichiro and Torii Hunter who might be a good fit for a year or two. Also, I’d be intrigued by Grady Sizemore. I’m not sure if he’ll ever be the same after his injuries but he’s only 30 and I bet he’ll be affordable with no stats the last couple of years to drive up the price. Ryan Ludwick is another free agent who can play in the outfield and hit the ball well. If the decision is made to keep Prado in the outfield, I wonder if there’s any way the Braves could make a run at Robinson Cano or David Wright? I wouldn’t think so, but it all depends on McCann and Bourne. I think Bourne is more important than McCann if Ross is re-signed and if Bethancourt is deemed ready to play at the big league level. Do the Braves have any outfielders in the system that might be ready to play in Atlanta? Maybe Cunningham?

    Hanson isn’t going to be a top of the line starter in Atlanta but he would be fine for a team with a pitching shortage. He needs to be dangled to get some parts in return.

  13. Jack Straw // October 8, 2012 at 11:37 am //

    Heyward is definitely capable of playing center-field, but I hope that doesn’t happen. The increased chances in center increase the odds of injury, especially if we have a sub-par fielder in left. I cringe every time Heyward gets near a wall.

  14. I’d rather leave Heyward in right as well, but he’s likely going to center. With Prado going to 3rd, that would leave us with two outfielders to acquire. Rob suggests Ichiro or Sizemore. I can see Wren going for an older player like that for one of those spots. He’ll have the money to get a right handed power bat for the other.

  15. I’d like to think that Evan Gattis is the long-term answer for left field, but I don’t think he’ll be ready for the bigs next season.

  16. Heyward in CF isn’t going to happen, nor should it. If I had to guess I’d say they sign Shane Victorino.

  17. Bourn doesn’t deserve that kind of money. He k’s too much and he’s too streaky for that kind of coin. I like the Angel Pagan call.

    I want Brian McCann on this team but how long does he have left with the way his body (which he doesn’t take care of) is holding up. Chipper’s money is gone so I know there’s cash to spend. I’m 50/50 on him.

    I say find a taker on Hanson, maybe net an OF out of it and tell Delgado and Teheran they’re big leaguers fulltime and see what happens.

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