If Rowland was #Braves GM

Some ideas on what the Braves should do this offseason, in order of priority.

Dump Fat Gimp. I suspect a team like the Royals would take him if the Braves paid most of his salary. If not, release the guy. I’d rather pay him not to be on the team than put up with another year of atrocious defense, undisciplined hitting and minimal effort.

It shouldn’t be either/or regarding Kemp and Markakis. Kemp has to go. I’d be fine with dealing Markakis, as well, but considering the team’s needs, and next year’s deep free agents class, the Braves are probably better off keeping Markakis, platooning him with Lane Adams. That assumes Adams, who bats right, can hit lefties better than he did last year (4-for-28).

Trade Folty to St. Louis for Jedd Gyorko. I’m not bullish on Folty, who appears to take two steps back for every step forward.  Would you want him anywhere near the mound in a game that actually meant something? He still has some value, though he’ll lose it with another year like 2017.  St. Louis could use him in the ‘pen, while Gyorko, coming off a career-best 3.6 WAR, provides value with the glove and bat. Last year’s .341 OBP was .46 points higher than his career average. At worst, he’d be a non-expensive placeholder for Austin Riley, who’s emerging as a better prospect than I (and many others) first assumed.

Sign two from a deep pool of free agent relievers (Jake McGee, Zach Duke, Tony Watson, Tommy Hunter, Juan Nicasio, Addison Reed, Hector Rondon, Anthony Swarzak, Luke Gregerson, Joe Smith, Steve Cishek, Bryan Shaw), then add a cheap starter like Mike Fiers or Annibal Sanchez for depth.

Trade for Chris Archer. Would Ian Anderson, Kolby Allard and Cristian Pache do it? If so, I’m in. It’s going to take that kind of package, perhaps more, to get Archer, who just turned 29 and is under contract for four more years at $34 million. By contrast, Tyler Chatwood, who’s undergone two Tommy John surgeries, just signed with the Cubs for three years and $38 million.

Here’s your Opening Day line-up (though Snitker would likely arrange differently):

vs. righties: Ozzie, Acuna, Freddie, Ender, Markakis, Gyorko, Flowers/Suzuki, Dansby

vs. lefties: Ozzie, Acuna, Freddie, Gyorko, Ender, Flowers/Suzuki, L. Adams, Dansby 

Rotation: Archer, Teheran, Gohara, Newcomb, Fried/Sims/Fiers

Bullpen: Minter, Winkler, Arodys, Freeman, Ramirez, McGee, Hunter

Bench: TBD. If he could stay healthy, Stephen Drew wouldn’t be a bad add. Ryan Goins is another option. Adonis Garcia is not.

If the Braves had a manager who knew how to use a bullpen, I’d carry 13 pitchers. But Snitker isn’t that guy.

6 thoughts on “If Rowland was #Braves GM

  1. So I guess this lackluster franchise killed off Rowland’s Office, too. Oh well, enjoyed things here while I could. Chop chop

  2. I had to check to see if Rowland was still on hiatus but it looks like it’s reached the 27th out. So long Rowland (and Pepe, Roadrunner, Caz, RankinRob, etc… and, of course, CD and CB). Me and AtlPaddy will pour out a drink for you.

  3. Did I miss something? Is CD okay? If this is the end, I surely do appreciate the writers and the critical look on our beloved Braves. Always always enjoyed it and the throwback cards. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s