Coppy’s folly

For one season each of 40somethings R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon, Coppy shelled out $20 mil. Plus another $12 million for Jaime Garcia, acquired from the Cardinals. That’s a whole lot of nothing for $32 mil — about a quarter of the Braves’ payroll. For three years and $27 mil, the Pirates re-signed 30-year-old Ivan Nova, […]

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The better comparison for 2017 #Braves and their over-40 rotation duo: 1981

In 1980, the Braves accomplished something they hadn’t done since 1974, winning more games than they lost. Offense wasn’t a problem — Dale Murphy finally blossomed, Bob Horner looked like the next great power hitter, Chris Chambliss provided stability and Gary Matthews, spark. Pitching was another story, as Phil Niekro and Tommy Boggs were the […]

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Thursday night quarterback

We weren’t advocating for the Braves to re-sign Aaron Harang. But we don’t know anything. That won’t stop up from pointing out Harang won his 4th game today for the woeful  Phils. He’s pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts for a 2.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The Phils are paying […]

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Ten million not well spent

Southpaw James Russell struggled mightily against the Yankees last night, nearly giving up the cycle to LH batters and six runs overall. That’s no surprise — lefties pounded Russell for a .455 slugging percentage last year. Instead of non-tendering him, the Braves will pay Russell $2.4 million in 2015. Alberto Callaspo, who has 4 singles in […]

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Markakis or Moncada?

For $19 million more than they’ll pay 31-year-old Nick Markakis, the Braves could have signed Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban phenom who is now property of the FuckSox. Most scouts agree Moncada would be the top overall pick in the amateur draft were he eligible — he compiled a .414 OBP in 172 plate appearances […]

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Sign Ichiro!

The Japanese outfielder the Braves reportedly wanted signed with the Giants Friday. So why not sign the best Japanese outfielder ever, Ichiro? Yes, he’s 41 now and not the player he used to be. But he’s not bad. He hit .284 last year with 15 SB in 359 ABs for the Yankees last year, which […]

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B.J. Surhoff redux?

Nick Markakis 2013: .271 BA, 10 HR, 59 RBI, .329 OBP, .356 Slugging B.J. Surhoff 2001: .271 BA,  10 HR, 58 RBI, .321 OBP, .405 Slugging They could’ve had Yasmani Tomas for two additional years at the same annual salary. Tomas has potential, which is what the Braves should be all about — not a […]

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A risk the #Braves should take

Justin Upton will be leaving, it’s just a matter of when. And Evan Gattis is not an outfielder, nor is he much of a catcher. Accepting those realities leaves the Braves in a bind. They either can’t afford or don’t have a position for their only two sources of right-handed power. There are no prospects […]

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Braves nearing deal w/ Gavin Floyd

#Braves are the "mystery team" that's been talking with Gavin Floyd. Believed to be close to a deal, but not finalized yet. — David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) December 14, 2013 So the 2014 Braves rotation will potentially have two right-handers coming off Tommy John surgery — one good and one decidedly average. Meet your new fifth […]

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McCann ain’t coming back

Unless the owners have some elaborate collusion scheme in the works, B-Mac is gone. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some are estimating McCann will receive a 6-year, $100 million contract, which would make the Cards feel pretty good about the 5-year, $75 million deal they gave Yadier Molina last winter. Good for McCann […]

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