Open thread, 5/15, Braves vs. Oscar Villarreals

May 15, 2013 // 17 Comments

Win today and the Braves can salvage a .500 road trip, which is all you can ask of a team returning from their second 10-day road trip in little over a month. Regardless, my confidence is waning. The Braves have been shut out six times already — nearly half as many times as they were blanked [...]

Head, heart divided on Prado deal

January 24, 2013 // 13 Comments

Do the intangibles matter? Do strikeouts not? Depends on your school of thought. I think they can both be true. Having a player who serves as an example for others by the way he plays the game is a plus — but it doesn’t compare with talent. Justin Upton could win an MVP this year. [...]

Justin Upton will be a Brave by Friday

January 23, 2013 // 16 Comments

There’s good reason to be optimistic. Scribes Rosenthal, Heyman and Olney all report the Braves have offered a “strong package” of players for Upton. DOB says the offer likely involves Teheran plus two-to-three additional prospects. Among the names bandied about: Gattis, Ahmed, [...]

Is Justin Upton to the Braves inevitable?

January 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

Atlanta lying in the weeds some in J.Upton conversations. If they got him, they’d be assured of at least 3 years of Upton/Upton/Heyward OF. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 12, 2013 Baseball scribes seem increasingly convinced that the D’backs star will end up in Atlanta. [...]

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