FW poised to land Victorino?

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…

Hanson to Angels for reliever

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…

Did FW spend more than he had to for Upton?

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?…

B.J. and beyond

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…

Upton a Brave

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.

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #12 Zolio Versalles

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…

Braves TV deal worse than we thought

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…

Overpay for Upton or Fowler?

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…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #13 Jesse Garcia

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…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #14 Ernie Whitt

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…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #15 Pat Rockett

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…

More evidence Wil Myers is available

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…

I’m thankful Stan Kasten called Jerry Reinsdorf in 1990

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…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #16 Omar Moreno

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…

The Used Car Salesman shirks culpability in selling Miami $645 million lemon

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…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #18 Bob Uecker

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…