John Kruk attempts to reason why you don't want your best pitcher in the game at the most crucial time...
Ozzie Guillen is an idiot. He sticks his foot in his mouth more than any politician. His most recent stroke of genius? Admiring Fidel Castro. I found his apology particularly entertaining: "I will apologize if I hurt somebody's feelings, or I hurt somebody's thought," Ozzie, I'm not sure how you hurt one's thought, but thanks for the conditional apology. Apparently, you don't think you did anything wrong, but you want to apologize for people thinking you did.
The SF Giants have just signed Matt Cain to a 5 year deal with $112.5M guaranteed. I think this pretty much puts Hanson out of reach for us. Thanks, San Fran...
I was all for trading Prado during the off-season, but right now, I'm not sure I like this move. We get a decent haul back in prospects (from what I've read about them), but unless FW has something bigger lined up, I'm not a fan of this move. Details on the prospects in the link.
This is why we chop in Braves' country!
ESPN's MLB front page currently has 3 stories and a video about Jason Heyward. The link above is about how Greg Walker needs to fix Heyward. http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/20907/whats-next-for-jason-heyward This one attempts to explain why Heyward was bad last season http://insider.espn.go.com/fantasy/blog/_/name/karabell_eric_baseball/id/7578328/atlanta-braves-jason-heyward-poised-bounce-back-injury-plagued-2011-season And the last on is a fantasy spin on Heyward. I really wish ESPN would stop ignoring the Braves!
The Cubs have traded Big Z to the Marlins. I love this. I can't wait to see the Braves hitters light him up over and over again. Maybe instead of knocking him out of the rest of the season they can knock him out of baseball permanently. Oh, the Marlins gave up Volstad for him...seems like they lose this deal in a big way to me - although, they are only paying $2.5M of Z's $18M salary...
Gregg Maddux is joining his brother in Texas. Dang-it, I was hoping his next stop would be in Atlanta.
The Braves are in search of an outfielder -- specifically one that bats right-handed -- so Morosi wonders if Delmon Young is a player that works for the Braves, potentially tying to the two clubs into a swap.This came from ESPN.com's Trade Rumors section (Insider). http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/features/rumors/_/id/11487/display/comment Apparently, the rumor swirling around is Prado for Delmon Young...interesting...
Tell Freddie I don't care if everyone thinks he looks doofy I think he's adorable. Tell Jason Heyward I want my 20 bucks back I spent on his shirt! Ask Uggla if in two weeks your friend can feel his biceps..just for a few seconds..that's ME . just to be clear.. Be nice to Alex. Tell Prado to smile a little more. Sometimes I don't feel like he's happy. He needs to be happy. Don't touch Cantstandyas bat. ew. Don't weird out Bmac by screaming like a girl if you see him up close. Tell Brandon Beachy he is a beautiful beautiful man.... GO BRAVES!There were my marching orders given to me today by a friend of mine, as I was preparing to head to Philly
What a great story this is! Ok, I know this should probably be a fanshot, but hey, we all know that nobody reads those! :D Here's a quick summary of the video in the link below: Darla...
Much has been made of Atlanta's need for a bat -- with Carlos Beltran one prominent name often thrown into that conversation -- but as ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tells Rumor Central, for Atlanta to be able to acquire a bat, they may need to move some salary. One obvious name: Derek Lowe. Lowe's deal pays him $15 million this year, and the same next, so whoever grabs him will be taking on some cost. But Lowe is also famously dependable, having thrown no less than 193.2 innings in a season since 2001, and he's also known as a solid postseason pitcher. The Braves, as we know, have a lot of in-house fixes in place. Mike Minor could come up, as could future ace option Julio Teheran, who has destroyed minor league hitting. The Braves aren't actively shopping Lowe, Crasnick notes, but they are listening.http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/features/rumors This tells me a couple of things. 1. The Braves are actively looking for a bat, not just passively looking to make a minor upgrade, as most of us assumed. 2. Teams are actually calling about Derek Lowe. I think any contender would love to have him, but it's just a matter of how much are they willing to pay him? I would think that the more salary we hold on to, the better hitter we could land.
Moylan is interviewed by ESPN's Steve Berthiaume. Here's a teaser: SB: Let's get right to it with the most critical question: How long have you been dressing in women's clothes? PM: I'd be lying if I said that was a first. I did it once before for a laugh. I can say that this time got a little more attn. SB: Ha! What as the other time? PM: It was actually for my clubs presentation night back home in Australia. About 13 years ago. FYI I looked better this time SB: Your fiancée got a lot of attention, too! How is she handling it? PM: shes a woman. Is there such a thing as to much attention? She loved it. It just proved what I have been telling her for eva SB: What have you been telling her? PM: that she is smokin!!!
It's sad, but at least he is still alive. I hope Heap doesn't dwell on this for too long.
Wagner told the press on Saturday that he is indeed retiring, although, he didn't address why he hasn't filed his paperwork, or why he is still on the Brave's 40-man roster. This is getting a bit weirder now - he insists he is retiring, he isn't at the Spring Training site, and yet, the paperwork is not filed and he is still taking up a roster spot...
This probably belongs in the Rosterbation thread, but I figured I'd stick it here since nobody reads Fanshots anyway. I like very much the idea of Michael Young being traded to us. He would provide depth for the IF and can play SS in a pinch - I would like him to be on the team more than some of our other B/U IF options, but I highly doubt he would be accepting of a bench role. Although, odds are he would start a fair amount of games at 3B... What do you all think?
"Left-handed closer Billy Wagner planned to retire after the 2010 season, and apparently still intends to do so. But Ken Rosenthal reports that the 39-year-old has yet to send in his retirement paperwork to the league. Wagner remains on the Braves' 40-man roster, too, and if he decided to pitch for one more year, the Braves hold a $6.5 million option on him. Wagner would join a young bullpen led by Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters, and would team up with fellow southpaws Eric O'Flaherty and George Sherrill in what could turn out to be among the league's stingiest bullpens. Wagner, however, could be bought out for just $250,000, which would allow him to shop his services to the highest bidder. Free agency could land him somewhere closer to where he grew up in Virginia, such as the Washington Nationals or Baltimore Orioles. Most signs still point to retirement, but like our mantra here at Rumor Central states, until it's confirmed, it's just a rumor. Stay tuned." This may just be February baseball rumorville as usual, but it is indeed interesting that Wags hasn't dropped the paperwork yet. FW is smart to keep him on the 40-man...you know, just in case....
From this article on ESPN today: http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=olney_buster&id=6076120 NL Success rates for pitchers who threw sliders: #1. Johnny Venters - BAA: .074, SLGA:...
Tips of the hat all around: "The ball that Prado hit, he's got to be the greatest hitter ever," Hammel said. "It was a great pitch. I don't know how you hit 95 at the eyes, especially when I just went there. You've got to be expecting curveball there, so I tip my cap. I was shocked." "We were calling a sinker in but he kept his hands in nice and did the only thing you could do with it and drive it up the middle," McCann said. "A 96-mph sinker, going for a double play there. Tip your hat."http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=300823127
Hawpe, already on waivers, is to be released by the Rox to make room for a pitcher for their BP.Thoughts? Personally, I think he would be a great option for LF. Let's face it, Hinske has fallen off quite a bit of late. With Heyward still battling through "nagging" injuries, Diaz may see some time in RF. Either way, Hawpe would be a nice bat to add for the home-stretch.
So, I was sitting here pondering the great things in life, and naturally, my mind turned to these Atlanta Braves. One of the keys to the Braves' offense has been the resurgance of the...
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Here's a quote: What I hear is the Mets are trying to locate a pitcher (probably a reliever) who is overpriced and not having a particularly strong season, but who their scouts like and pluck him for little to no prospect in return. I love Omar Minaya.
You'd better be able to knock Frank Wren's socks off if you want any of our young stud pitchers. Wren said "there are some guys that we are just not going to trade." Teams have been calling, but Wren has been denying.
Greg (Atlanta) Are the Braves good enough to get to the Series with their current roster or do they need another outfield bat? Joe Morgan (11:18 AM) The Braves do need another bat, although they are good enough to make a run because of their pitching staff. They would have a better chance if they could come up with another bat. You can't expect Troy Glaus to keep driving in runs, or Heyward to stay healthy, or Chipper Jones to get healthy.Joe Morgan's latest and greatest. I specifically would like to point out that we cannot expect Troy Glaus to continue to drive in runs. I guess we'd better go get Prince Fielder - who Joe likened to Albert Pujols earlier in his chat. Seriously, how does that man stay employed?
Best Left Side (Third and short): Atlanta Braves (+29) Yunel Escobar has been a defensive machine this season, saving 21 runs on his own. The problem for the Braves is that Escobar has since be traded. Alex Gonzalez, his replacement, should be able to pick up most that slack.http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/insider/news/story?id=5386472 Believe it or not, Chipper is actually playing some pretty good D over at the hot corner this year. I hope Alex Gonzalez' D is as advertised, because Yunel sure was one hell of a defender - mental lapses and all.
The trade market is heating up -- the deadline just over two weeks away -- and we've already looked at the prospects with the highest trade values. But three squads that are enjoying success in the majors -- the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals -- have very little on the farm to help swing a deal. This is obviously a problem for all three teams, as they're locked in competitive races with the likes of the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds; if you look at that link above, almost all of those squads have the necessary prospects to help make a trade. Let's look at the situations in Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis more closely to see why they lack the potential trade chips. Atlanta Braves: Imbalanced, inflexible The Braves don't have a particularly bad system, but it's headlined by top-of-the-line pitching prospects who aren't going anywhere. Righty Julio Teheran is in the conversation for the top right-hander in the minors and, before he got hurt, Arodys Vizcaino was close to joining the discussion as well. Along with Randall Delgado, the Braves see the trio as future rotation fixtures; with them off the table, Atlanta has few chips left. Its top position prospect, Triple-A first baseman Freddie Freeman, is lined up to assume the big-league job next year. The drop-off from there is quite deep. Toolsy shortstop Mychal Jones could generate some interest, but not the kind that is going to get anything big in return. Another long shot is once highly rated outfielder Jordan Schafer, who is doing nothing at Triple-A this year except producing ugly scouting reports; he could be an extra player in a deal with a team willing to take a chance. As disastrous as the Mark Teixeira deal was for Atlanta -- both in terms of how much they gave the Texas Rangers to get him and what little they gained in sending him away -- one player received in the package from Anaheim is starting to create some buzz among scouts. Originally signed in 2005 by the Angels as a draft-and-follow, righty Stephen Marek has been rejuvenated as a reliever and boasts a miniscule 0.69 ERA in 37 appearances split between Double- and Triple-A. His fastball has been up to 96 mph this year and his breaking ball is a plus power pitch. He's close to the big leagues and, if the Braves don't want to bring him up, others teams might.From Kevin Goldstein WTF?????????
And we think Minor is too much to give up...the Brewers have asked the Giants for either Bumgarner or Jonathan Sanchez. If that is the asking price, Minor probably wouldn't be enough by himself to land Hart.
"Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has decided not to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Heyward Heyward has been hampered by a deep bone bruise on his left thumb for nearly two months. Heyward, who was voted to start for the National League by fans, had a cast removed from his hand on July 4 and said he had hoped to participate in the Midsummer Classic. That came less than a week after Heyward admitted he wouldn't try to play in the game. Heyward joins Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau as the latest to drop out of next week's interleague showdown. Buster Olney is a senior MLB writer for ESPN The Magazine. The Associated Press contributed to this report." In my opinion, this is a good thing! Heyward needs to take his time with this. We don't need him on the field right away, and I would rather him not come back until his body is fully and completely ready. Rushing back just to participate in the AS Game should have never even been an option.
im just sayin they shouldnt have traded for texieria and kept andrus traded salty for like a good hitter not a texieriaNot to open this argument up again, but I saw this post today on Facebook, and just had to share.
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