Schafer, Pastornicky only Braves yet to report

Judging by Fredi’s comments the former prospects would be advised to go apartment hunting in Buford.

“We’re waiting for [Pastornicky] again this year,” Gonzalez said, in a good-natured tone that nonetheless sent a message. “Schafer probably has a tough time getting travel arrangements. He’s another one I’m going to grab. He only lives two exits up the road here; I haven’t seen him yet.

“I didn’t know he signed a deal with Frank – he’s got a five-year deal, guarantee to play one of the three outfield spots.”

 

The annual Coco Crisp rumor

http://latenightdebates.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/coco2.jpg?w=160&h=164We’ve discussed Coco coming to the Braves on several occasions, and now may be the time. Oakland has a crowded outfield, with newly acquired Chris Young, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick. They need a SS — Tyler Pastornicky alone may not do it, but packaged with a prospect the A’s may bite.

Crisp, 33, is signed through 2013 with a team option for 2014 at $7-$7.5 million per. So the Braves can afford him.

Like Victornio, who’s apparently going to receive more than the Braves are willing to pay, Crisp is not an ideal lead-off hitter. His .325 OBP last year was a shade below his career mark. But he struck out only 64 times in 2012 and he is perhaps the most skilled baserunner in the majors, stealing 120 bases in 136 attempts over the last 3 years with Oakland.