Braves always round down when it comes to payroll

We assumed the trade of Tommy Hanson meant the Braves had around $14 million to spend for LF and the bench. Not surprisingly, that number shrunk over the weekend. According to DOB, “indications are that have a total of about $10 million or slightly more to spend on those positions.” Oh, but Terry McGuirk tells…

In praise of JJ

There was little reaction to the non-tendering of Jair Jurrjens, save for some crowing from the statistically obsessed who always discounted his contributions. JJ deserves better than that. When the Braves acquired him for Edgar Renteria, I was more optimistic than most (some preferred Nate Robertson, whose career ended in 2010). JJ’s fifth start as a…

FW’s best trading chips

I suspect the Braves GM will go the free agent route to secure a LF, but if he can’t land, say, Shane Victorino, he could deal from strength. The emergence of Luis Avilan gives the Braves three dependable southpaws in the ‘pen, and newly acquired Jordan Walden, a right-hander, has held lefties to a .206…

Teheran, Delgado inspiring little confidence

June, when Brandon Beachy is expected to return to full health, may not come fast enough for the Braves, who are counting on prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran to fill the 5th spot in the rotation. I’ve been high on Delgado but was a little troubled by his mediocre performance after being demoted to…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #11 Terry Blocker

Terry Blocker is a helluva guy. When pitcher Dave Shotkoski was gunned down in West Palm Beach in 1994, Blocker, trying to make a comeback as a replacement player, took to the streets to help find the culprit. Without ever meeting the man, Blocker was able to come up with a street nickname. He went…