Bourn ain’t happening

FW says the Braves haven’t shut the door on Michael Bourn, but that doesn’t mean anything has changed. What did you want him to say, Bourn can’t come back even if he wanted to? The Braves have roughly $8 million to spend and Liberty has shown little flexibility with payroll. In a market where Shane Victorino…

Why are the Rockies so stubborn?

The Braves have what they need, and Colorado has Dexter Fowler, the lead-off hitting outfielder who would complete a formidable line-up. The Rockies are desperate for pitching and could use a corner infielder. How many homers do you think Juan Francisco would hit playing half his games in Coors? More than Colorado’s projected corner infielders…

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…

Braves targeting B.J.

According to Bowman, they hoped to sign Justin’s older brother and Torii Hunter, who went to Detroit instead. B.J. Upton is still available and no free agent has more potential. He’s not quite as fast as Bourn, or as good defensively, but he’s above average. Offensively, he’s a mixed bag. His 28 HR in 2012…