John Hart may never make a better trade

April 5, 2015 // 15 Comments

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 [...]

#Braves should pass on Charlie Blackmon

January 17, 2015 // 6 Comments

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 [...]

Conjuring up a Gattis to Royals trade

November 19, 2014 // 9 Comments

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 [...]

Trading B.J.: Seattle

October 12, 2014 // 8 Comments

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 [...]

Seth Smith’s available, and FW needs to pounce

June 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

The first of many Uggla trade proposals

October 13, 2013 // 17 Comments

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 [...]

Nate McLouth may not be through haunting us

September 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

If the Braves draw the Pirates in the NLDS, Charlie Morton would likely get the start in a Game 4, behind some combination of Liriano, Burnett and Gerrit Cole. While Morton had done little to impress before this year, the former Braves farmhand — traded along with All-Star Jeff Locke for [...]

Scouring the OF market

August 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

There are options, and with Schafer and Gattis regressing and B.J. a non-factor, there’s no debating the need. Some possibilities, in order of preference (all of the players on this list are in the last year of their contracts, unless otherwise noted): Will Venable. Max’s son is having [...]

Braves claim middle IF w/ lower BA than BJ

August 21, 2013 // 3 Comments

Elliot Johnson, claimed off KC’s DFA list, is no Elliott Maddox. Or Ramiro Pena. But he’ll be asked to fill Pena’s role for the Bravos, joining the team in St. Louis tomorrow, according to Carroll Rogers. Johnson has been awful this year, compiling a .458 OPS in 173 ABs. The [...]

Braves acquire Scott Downs

July 29, 2013 // 3 Comments

Nice pick-up by FW. Downs is a veteran lefty who, in his prime, was an AL-version of Eric O’Flaherty, though he’s not quite at that level these days. The 37-year-old has averaged 8.7 H, 3.5 BB and 6.9 K’s per 9 IP over his career, virtually identical to EOF’s numbers. Downs [...]

Don’t be surprised if the Braves acquire …

July 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

Ervin Santana. Before the recent series against the Royals Fredi talked about how the Braves had previously tried to trade for the Kansas City right-handers, who’s been quite good in 2012. Santana is available but the price will be steep, say insiders. With Huddy done for the year, it’s [...]

Joba rank

July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

According to the New York Post, the Braves are interested in acquiring oft-injured Joba Chamberlain. Why? Once considered the team’s seventh-inning specialist, Chamberlain appears to have lost his spot. He’s been usurped by right-handers Preston Claiborne and Shawn Kelley. “Somehow, we have [...]

Where’s Randall Delgado?

May 14, 2013 // 4 Comments

He’s at Reno, pitching horribly. Randall has 0 wins and a 9.09 ERA in 8 starts with a 1.933 WHIP. As for the other prospects shipped to Arizona: *Zeke Spruill has struggled since his promotion from Double-A Mobile, striking out only 6 in 18 IP. *Don’t expect Nick Ahmed to get promoted [...]

JV to Detroit?

March 6, 2013 // 7 Comments

The Tigers need a closer. The Braves need to unload Dan Uggla’s onerous contract. So how ’bout this: JV and Uggla for Phil Coke and Omar Infante, with the Braves agreeing to pay a portion of Uggla’s contract. Detroit would receive more talent but a larger financial burden. They [...]
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