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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

#Braves sign Chien Ming-Wang

November 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Minor league depth, or this year’s Aaron Harang? Worth a flier, considering Roger McDowell’s track record, but based on his pedestrian numbers in Triple-A last year, I wouldn’t expect much from the Taiwanese right-hander, now [...]

Is Aaron Harang less mediocre than Freddy Garcia?

March 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to Bowman, the Braves are interested in signing Aaron Harang, late of the Reds, Padres, Dodgers, Mariners and Mets. He was terrible in 2013, finishing with a 5.40 ERA and 1.347 WHIP. But he was decent in 2012-’13 with San Diego and L.A., and while it seems they’re just [...]

Braves have shown interest in Ervin Santana before

March 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

During the Braves series in Kansas City last season, Fredi mentioned that the team had once attempted to trade for Ervin Santana, who has yet to sign a contract for 2014. If, God forbid, the news is not good on Medlen, Santana would be the best available replacement. And, though he calls it a [...]

Braves nearing deal w/ Gavin Floyd

December 14, 2013 // 20 Comments

#Braves are the "mystery team" that's been talking with Gavin Floyd. Believed to be close to a deal, but not finalized yet. — David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) December 14, 2013 So the 2014 Braves rotation will potentially have two right-handers coming off Tommy John surgery [...]

McCann ain’t coming back

October 15, 2013 // 8 Comments

Unless the owners have some elaborate collusion scheme in the works, B-Mac is gone. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some are estimating McCann will receive a 6-year, $100 million contract, which would make the Cards feel pretty good about the 5-year, $75 million deal they gave Yadier [...]

Who are these internal options we’re hearing about?

December 4, 2012 // 15 Comments

Braves general manager Frank Wren has been evaluating his internal options in the event that he does not land another outfielder before the start of next season.  But as we progress through this first week of December, this still has to be viewed as Plan B. More like Plan Surely You Must Be [...]

FW poised to land Victorino?

November 30, 2012 // 3 Comments

With Hanson gone, it’s unlikely the Braves will deal Teheran or Delgado. So they appear set to import another free agent to fill the void in LF — ideally, a player who can lead off — instead of pursing a trade. Enter Shane Victorino. The switch hitter, who turned 32 today, is a [...]

B.J. and beyond

November 28, 2012 // 12 Comments

The good, the bad and what this means for 2013. Jim Bowden likes the move. That’s worrisome. Upton whiffs. A lot. But so did Michael Bourn. Upton is not Bourn’s equal as a defender, but he ain’t bad. Speaking of Bourn, he’s not coming back. Upton will be 33 when his contract [...]

Upton a Brave

November 28, 2012 // 9 Comments

Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year deal worth about $75 million with the Atlanta Braves, pending a physical, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick on Wednesday. More on this [...]

Overpay for Upton or Fowler?

November 25, 2012 // 6 Comments

That’s the question facing the Braves. Once Upton signs the Rockies will expect to get more for their talented center fielder. Same goes for the Twins and Denard Span. I’m inclined to overpay for Upton, and reportedly the Braves feel the same way. The Phils have more money, but FW seems [...]

Braves vs. Phils

November 15, 2012 // 4 Comments

I’m not liking the Braves’ chances. The way the negotiating stars are aligning, B.J. Upton is moving into the vortex of a Braves-Phillies competition for a center fielder. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 15, [...]

Braves targeting B.J.

November 14, 2012 // 2 Comments

According to Bowman, they hoped to sign Justin’s older brother and Torii Hunter, who went to Detroit instead. B.J. Upton is still available and no free agent has more potential. He’s not quite as fast as Bourn, or as good defensively, but he’s above average. Offensively, [...]

No to Nick Swisher

November 10, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Braves are among six teams pursuing Nick Swisher at a starting price of three years and $11-to-$13 million per, reports Jon Heyman. I wouldn’t pay that, and I suspect he’ll get more. Stat geeks will pillory me for this, but here’s why I’m wary of Swisher, 32 on Opening [...]
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