#Braves could sign Cespedes. Should they?

Buster Olney suggested last week that the Braves might pounce on one of the remaining free agents if the price drops to their liking. With a payroll projected just south of $80 million, about $25 mil short of where it’s been in recent years, they can afford it. It won’t cost the Braves a first…

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…

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…

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…

#Braves pursuing Cuban star (not that one)

More than 200 scouts attended workout for Hector Olivera last week in DR. SFG, SD, TX, ATL, NYY among teams showing strong interest. #Cuba — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 24, 2015 Hector Olivera is 10 years older than Yoan Moncada, but he’s no Dian Toscano, the newly signed outfielder not considered to be among Cuba’s…

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…

Newest #Brave is the Venezuelan Lockhart

Congrats, B.J. You’re no longer the worst hitter on the Braves. Newly signed Alberto Callaspo, the presumptive favorite to be your Opening Day CF, was the only player in baseball with on-base and slugging percentages below .300 (minimum 450 plate appearances). Callaspo’s numbers have declined dramatically since 2009, when he hit. 300 with a .813…

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…

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…

#Braves sign Chien Ming-Wang

Minor league depth, or this year’s Aaron Harang? Worth a flier, considering Roger McDowell’s track record, but based on his pedestrian numbers in Triple-A last year, I wouldn’t expect much from the Taiwanese right-hander, now 34.

Is Aaron Harang less mediocre than Freddy Garcia?

According to Bowman, the Braves are interested in signing Aaron Harang, late of the Reds, Padres, Dodgers, Mariners and Mets. He was terrible in 2013, finishing with a 5.40 ERA and 1.347 WHIP. But he was decent in 2012-’13 with San Diego and L.A., and while it seems they’re just substituting one Chief for another,…

Braves have shown interest in Ervin Santana before

During the Braves series in Kansas City last season, Fredi mentioned that the team had once attempted to trade for Ervin Santana, who has yet to sign a contract for 2014. If, God forbid, the news is not good on Medlen, Santana would be the best available replacement. And, though he calls it a longshot,…

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…

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…

Who are these internal options we’re hearing about?

Braves general manager Frank Wren has been evaluating his internal options in the event that he does not land another outfielder before the start of next season.  But as we progress through this first week of December, this still has to be viewed as Plan B. More like Plan Surely You Must Be Joking: Juan…

FW poised to land Victorino?

With Hanson gone, it’s unlikely the Braves will deal Teheran or Delgado. So they appear set to import another free agent to fill the void in LF — ideally, a player who can lead off — instead of pursing a trade. Enter Shane Victorino. The switch hitter, who turned 32 today, is a plus defender, accomplished…

B.J. and beyond

The good, the bad and what this means for 2013. Jim Bowden likes the move. That’s worrisome. Upton whiffs. A lot. But so did Michael Bourn. Upton is not Bourn’s equal as a defender, but he ain’t bad. Speaking of Bourn, he’s not coming back. Upton will be 33 when his contract ends. Derek Lowe…

Upton a Brave

Free-agent outfielder B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year deal worth about $75 million with the Atlanta Braves, pending a physical, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick on Wednesday. More on this later.

Overpay for Upton or Fowler?

That’s the question facing the Braves. Once Upton signs the Rockies will expect to get more for their talented center fielder. Same goes for the Twins and Denard Span. I’m inclined to overpay for Upton, and reportedly the Braves feel the same way. The Phils have more money, but FW seems especially determined to ink…