Adrian Devine, the all-time throw-in

Three trades consummated over three years and three days in December.  The one constant? Adrian Devine, drafted by Atlanta, traded to Texas, dealt back to the Braves then re-acquired by the Rangers. That’s a lot of movement for a guy whose career compares most closely to former Braves farmhand Zach Miner. December 9, 1976: Traded…

Meet the 2016 Braves

We have a pretty good idea how the 2016 Braves will look, and that’s why I don’t like the trade with the Indians. Bourn, Peterson, Markakis, Freddie, Olivera, Maybin, Simmons, Catcher TBD Bourn and Swisher take up two roster spots. God forbid Jonny Gomes’s option vests because then you’ll have five outfielders under contract in…

#Braves front office, Rowland thinking alike

Column one features moves we proposed on July 17, two weeks before the trading deadline. Julio Teheran for Yasiel Puig/Braves reportedly offered Julio for another RH-hitting Cuban RF, Jorge Soler Cameron Maybin for Giants C Andrew Susac/We learned today Braves offered Maybin for another young catching prospect …  Jose Peraza to the Yankees for catching…

I sort of like the #Braves trade

It seems like a lot to give up. Alex Wood has a career 3.10 ERA and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2020. Jose Peraza is, according to many evaluators, the Braves’ top prospect. Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan are solid bullpen arms. The return isn’t what you’d expect. Hector Olivera is a right-handed…

Rumored #Braves deal called by the Office

UPDATE: Braves will be receiving young arms for Uribe and KJ, per Joel Sherman. It’d be nice to get some bats for a change, but I’ll reserve judgement until the deal is made official. Mets Nearing Deal For Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson By Jeff Todd [July 24, 2015 at 5:43pm CDT] The Mets may be…

Trade talk: #Braves, Mets a good fit

The Mets, as you’ve probably heard, need offense. But getting the bat(s) they need won’t be easy because A.) The Mets are cheap an B.) they have no intention of dealing any of their prized young arms. The Braves have a number of players that could help contenders, but individually they are unlikely to bring…

Should the #Braves trade Jose Peraza? (Yes)

It appears we underrated Jace Peterson. He doesn’t have Peraza’s speed but is said to be superior defensively and is better at getting on base. Peraza is hitting .286 but has walked only 12 times, good for a .323 OBP, about .30 points below Jace. Peraza has been playing some CF, but there’s no great…

Someone wants Callapse-O

Hard to believe. #Braves working on possible trade of Callaspo, why he was scratched — David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) May 26, 2015

John Hart may never make a better trade

I love Kimbrel. Who doesn’t? But there wasn’t going to be much to save for the Braves this year, or next. And he’s guaranteed $33 million over the next three years. Melvin Junior was due roughly $46 million. The Braves take on a couple of bad, but not crippling contracts, in Carlos Quentin ($8 mil…

How Shawon Dunston and Jose Canseco nearly torpedoed the ’91 Braves

Perusing through the AJC archives I came across two major trades that almost were — deals that would’ve dramatically altered the course of the Worst-to-First Braves. From 12/6/90: The Cubs and Braves discussed a trade that would have sent pitcher Tom Glavine and infielder Jeff Blauser to the Cubs for (Shawon) Dunston but (agent Eric)…

#Braves should pass on Charlie Blackmon

The Rockies have made the All-Star outfielder available in their endless quest for pitching. But unless Colorado would accept a return of, say, Jason Hursh and David Hale, I’d pass on Charlie Blackmon. The North Gwinnett High School grad, who went on to play for Georgia Tech, hit .288 last year with 19 homers, 72 RBI…

Conjuring up a Gattis to Royals trade

Of all the Braves’ needs, a new center fielder is going to be the toughest to find. Even if they can’t trade B.J. an option is needed in center, where the elder Upton struggled defensively. The free agent market offers nothing, unless you consider Colby Rasmus an option (and you shouldn’t). Rasmus had Chris Johnson-like…

#Braves trade Jay Hey, Walden for Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins

We knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make the news of Jason Heyward’s trade any easier to stomach. John Hart did well, considering. Jay Hey will be a free agent in one year; the Braves will have Shelby Miller under team control for four years. Tyrell Jenkins hasn’t pitched up to his potential in…

Trading B.J.: Seattle

There’s only a few scenarios where a trade of B.J. can happen. Either the Braves will have to take on a bad contract or they’ll have to part with an attractive piece in tandem with B.K. Regardless, they’re almost certainly going to have to pay a portion of the $46.5 million remaining on his deal….

From the Archives: Why weren’t the #Braves in on Fister?

Originally published 12/3/13: Doug Fister, two years removed from free agency,  is a workhorse who eats innings without eating up much payroll. The 30-year-old right-hander — career 3.53 ERA and 1.213 WHIP — has topped 200 innings in 2 of the past 3 years and is projected to make $6.9 million in 2014. Though not an…

Seth Smith’s available, and FW needs to pounce

After watching Jordan Schafer and B.J. go a combined 0-for-11 tonight, with 6 strikeouts, I noticed that Seth Smith was trending on Twitter — partly for the 2 homers he’s hit tonight, partly because the Padres have put him on the market. Smith is having a sensational year, with 8 homers, a .291 BA, .396…

Seventeen years ago today, a trade that changed everything

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow to learn the Braves had traded Jay Hey and J-Up to the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen. How would you react? When I heard JS had swapped Marquis Grissom and David Justice to the Indians for Kenny Lofton and Alan Embree, I was thrilled. My reaction had nothing to do with…

Braves trade former No. 1 pick for 32 yo reserve catcher w/ a concussion

Despite the headline, trading Sean Gilmartin for Ryan Doumit is a decent move. Doumit gives you power from the left side and can play LF if you’re desperate. Doumit, a defensive liability, shouldn’t be viewed as competition for Gattis behind the plate; instead, think of him as the the 2014 version of the White Bear….

Offseason off to uninspiring start, but it could be worse

We’re not expecting any big moves, but if FW doesn’t lock up any of the young core and ship Dan Uggla elsewhere, this offseason will be an abject failure. As bad as the offseason following the ’96 season — unlikely.  That winter started off pretty uneventful: Greg McMichael was traded for Paul Byrd, Smoltzie was…

The first of many Uggla trade proposals

To trade Dan Uggla, the Braves will either have to eat most of his remaining contract ($18 to $20 million of the $26 mil he’s still owed) or package him with affordable, attractive talent. Bad options, but retaining Uggla is a worse one. PROPOSAL Uggla, Kris Medlen and David Hale  to Toronto for R.A. Dickey,…