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 plus defender, accomplished […]Read More FW poised to land Victorino?
According to Heyman, the Braves dealt Hanson to the Orange County LA Angels for a relief pitcher named Jordan Walden. I know nothing about Walden, but he had 32 saves in 2011 and was hurt part of last season. Sounds like a trade of an out-of-whack starter for a similarly troubled reliever, maybe. The Braves […]Read More Hanson to Angels for reliever
The Phillies were the first to express interest in B.J. Upton.But their best offer was five years for $55 million.#Braves — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 29, 2012 Now we know why Upton signed so fast. Assuming the Phils were, as reported, Upton’s other major suitor, how did the Braves end up paying $20 million more? […]Read More Did FW spend more than he had to for Upton?
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 ends. Derek Lowe […]Read More B.J. and beyond
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 later.Read More Upton a Brave
Before German Jimenez and Julio Franco, there was Zolio Versalles. Like the others, he was signed out of the Mexican League. Unlike Franco, he had nothing left. Which is surprising, since he was only 31 when the Braves acquired him early in the 1971 season. His resume included an MVP and 2 Gold Gloves, but […]Read More The 20 worst A-Braves players: #12 Zolio Versalles
At $1.73M/game, it will take the Dodgers around 6 or 7 games to make what the Braves get for an entire season’s TV money. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 26, 2012Read More What’s the over/under on Jay Hey wearing Dodger blue?
The LA Times reports the Dodgers will receive $240 to $280 million per year for local broadcasting rights. According to DOB, the Braves take in roughly $20-to-$25 million annually from their local TV rights — a deal Jeff Passan calls “the sport’s worst television contract,” negotiated as “a term of its sale” from Time Warner […]Read More Braves TV deal worse than we thought
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 especially determined to ink […]Read More Overpay for Upton or Fowler?
Hard to imagine why the Braves and Orioles felt the need to swap Steve Sisco and Jesse Garcia, two players destined to be minor league journeymen. You may have forgotten about Garcia, who played parts of four seasons with the Braves. He surpassed 100 AB’s just once, in 2004, Jesse’s last in Atlanta. That year […]Read More The 20 worst A-Braves players: #13 Jesse Garcia
Guarantees always backfired when made by a member of the pre-’91 Braves. Chuck Tanner once promised a parade down Peachtree. When he was fired, maybe. After he was acquired from the Blue Jays for assorted flotsam, Ernie Whitt told the local organ that Toronto GM Pat Gillick would regret the trade. “They got caught up […]Read More The 20 worst A-Braves players: #14 Ernie Whitt
Pat Rockett, a San Antonio high school sports legend and standout wide receiver, was heavily recruited by the Texas Longhorns. Unfortunately, he decided to pursue baseball instead. Bummer. Had he chosen football the Braves might have used the 10th overall pick in the 1973 amateur draft on Eddie Murray or Fred Lynn, each of whom […]Read More The 20 worst A-Braves players: #15 Pat Rockett
Jeff Passan reports : In their search for a top-of-the-rotation starter, the Royals have dangled outfielder Wil Myers, the consensus 2012 minor league player of the year, two sources told Yahoo! Sports. The right-handed hitting Myers split last year between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, batting .314 with 37 homers and a .987 OPS. The […]Read More More evidence Wil Myers is available
Via the Chicago Tribune, circa 1990: For weeks it had seemed a foregone conclusion that Larry Himes would be named the general manager of the Atlanta Braves soon after the season. In fact, the Braves reportedly came within hours of calling a press conference to announce the selection of Himes a week ago. … A source […]Read More I’m thankful Stan Kasten called Jerry Reinsdorf in 1990
When your game is built on speed and you manage but one SB in 58 games, it’s time to look for another line of work. Fortunately for Omar Moreno, the ’86 Braves were desperate and their manager thought it was still 1979. Chuck Tanner begged GM Bobby Cox to sign Moreno to a minor league […]Read More The 20 worst A-Braves players: #16 Omar Moreno
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B.J. Upton hit 17 of his 28 homers in 2012 during two stretches of 7 games in August and 25 games in September — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) November 17, 2012Read More Do the Braves need another streaky, strikeout-prone bat?
Jeffrey Loria is a worthy villain, no doubt, but the 145 remaining Marlins fans should direct their venom towards Bud Selig. Unfortunately, the media continues to give the commissioner a pass; instead, they laud Selig’s stewardship. George F. Will doing his best Dick Morris, actually wrote this three years ago; (S)erious baseball fans argue about everything–the best […]Read More The Used Car Salesman shirks culpability in selling Miami $645 million lemon
There’s a reason Bob Uecker is self-deprecating. He really, really sucked — especially as an Atlanta Brave. Uecker played his first and last major league games with the franchise, debuting as a Milwaukee Brave in 1962. He was re-acquired in June 1967 from the Phillies to be Joe Torre’s back-up but ended up starting 48 […]Read More The 20 worst A-Braves players: #18 Bob Uecker