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 […]

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Seth Smith should be a Brave

Seth Smith will make about $2.5 mil next season, apparently too much for the Braves to take on. Though I never advocated trading Martin for Smith the former Rockies outfielder would have been a nice acquisition as a platoon LF and pinch hitter par excellence. Instead he’s going to Oakland, acquired for two middling pitchers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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?)

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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 […]

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Braves bench no longer a strength

When the 2010 season started, the Braves bench featured Matty D., Hinske, Infante, Ross and Conrad. If Fredi sticks with a 12-man pitching staff (I’d prefer 11), the ’11 Braves will be short at least one hitter, as Diory Hernandez appears a lock to stick with the parent club. Who else spells Gonzalez at short? […]

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Scott Hairston? Why not Andruw

This is what we’re reduced to, weighing the pros and cons of signing an oft-injured and well-traveled fourth outfielder. I never thought about Scott Hairston as a CF option because 1.) He’s not very good and 2.) I thought he was only a corner OF. Turns out he’s decent enough in CF, faring better than […]

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Hinske’s coming back

Solid part-timer, excellent pinch hitter and a good character guy. Plus, he wants to be here. Glad to have you back, EH. The outfielder/first baseman agreed to a one-year deal with a second-year option to stay with the Braves, turning down an offer from the Milwaukee Brewers in his home state, said a person familiar […]

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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 […]

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