#Braves can ill afford an injury

Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis are over 30 years old. Ender Inciarte has yet to play more than 132 games in a season. So the odds are strong one or more of the Braves starting outfielders gets injured. Then what happens? Right now, we'd get a daily dose of Emilio Bonifacio. One day is too... Continue Reading →

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Another body doesn’t equal depth for #Braves

We were told that, despite their plus offense, the Braves didn't want Wellington Castillo or a rehabbing Wilson Ramos because they weren't adequate pitch framers. But today they signed Kurt Suzuki, who was worse than both at pitch framing and pretty much everything else in 2016. Suzuki's caught stealing ratio was a puny 19 percent... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Braves bolster bench

#Braves just acquired IF Jeff Baker from Detroit for a PTBNL or cash considerations. Former Clemson Tiger.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) September 1, 2012 Baker, a right-handed bat, could get some starts at 2B in place of Uggla. Baker is a career.298 hitter against southpaws, with a .505 slugging percentage. He'll fill the roster spot vacated... Continue Reading →

If the Braves are counting on Drew Sutton to back up Chipper, we’re in trouble

I hope to God DOB's speculation is off-base: Kenny R. reports that Seth Smith talks between Braves and Rockies cooled after teams couldn’t agree on which pitchingprospect the Braves would receive along with Smith in exchange for Prado. If this is the case, if indeed the Braves’ focus with Colorado had indeed shifted from center-field... Continue Reading →

Best to Brooksie

Brooks was non-tendered last night, along with Peter Moylan, although Petah may end up coming back. It's doubtful Brooks will, as he was non-tendered despite not being arbitration-eligible. As is the Braves bench has only two openings, with Matty D., Hinske and Ross all signed for 2012. One assumes back-ups who can play SS and... Continue Reading →

Ed Lucas makes team

#Braves option five to Triple-A Gwinnett: Jordan Schafer, Juan Abreu, Jairo Asencio, Diory Hernandez, Mike Minor 25 minutes ago via TweetDeck Retweeted by 4 people ajcbraves David O'Brien Diory's demotion leaves Ed Lucas as the back-up SS, pending another move (acquiring Chris Nelson from the Rockies?)

Braves talking with Jorge Cantu

UPDATE: Never mind. Free-agent slugger Jorge Cantú made it known Saturday while attending the Michael Gill Benefit Ragball Tournament in Channelview, Texas, that ongoing conversations with the Houston Astros regarding a potential contract have recently ceased, thus leaving the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres as the clear-cut favorites to obtain his services. Pluses: Cantu's only 29 and has... Continue Reading →

Brooks on Bobby

When asked what Cox had meant to him, Brooks Conrad had to take a deep breath and attempt to at least control the tears. After spending most of the previous nine years in the Minors, Conrad spent this entire season in the Majors. Forced to take Conrad out of the lineup following a three-error performance... Continue Reading →

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