The offseason isn’t over, but I’ll be surprised if you see any more major moves by the Braves. FW says as much.
Factoring in the anticipated arbitration raises, the Braves payroll will rise around $5 million.
We know the franchise is $20-to-$25 million richer from the national TV contracts. We hoped that money would go toward payroll. We should have known better.
(To those who’ve noted Rowland’s more pessimistic tone: I’m just complaining about things you’ll be complaining about a year from now.)
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 Molina last winter. Good for McCann if he gets it, but I’m glad it won’t be my team footing the bill.
This is not the same Brian McCann we saw in 2008, when he hit .301 with a .896 OPS. He batted .256 with a .796 OPS this season, numbers in line with what he produced the previous three years. And his September disappearing act has become an annual occurrence:
2013: 1 HR, .170 BA
’12: 2 HR, .226
’11: 2 HR .200
’10: 2 HR .221
I’ll take my chances with Gattis, Christian Bethancourt and $100 million.
UPDATE: It’s a two-year deal. So Laird deserves two years but Ross doesn’t? Financial terms not yet disclosed, but at best the Braves save $2 mil over two years. Penny saved, Braves fucking foolish!
According to Bowman, the Braves are near an agreement with Gerald Laird, late of the Tigers.
He’s a career .244/.303/.359 hitter in the big leagues and has thrown out approximately 27% of attempted basestealers over the last three years.
In other words, he’s Charlie O’Brien without the power.