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Monday, February 20, 2017

Rio Ruiz arrives at Braves camp with new body | MLB.com

Maybe a picture of the new version would be a nice touch.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, rio ruiz

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Braves close to trade for Brandon Phillips | MLB.com

Biggest hurdle is probably Phillips no trade clause. Of course, if they tell him he’ll be a bench player if he stays might incentivize him to accept the deal.

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Neither club has confirmed the report.

It’s not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in a potential trade. The report cautioned that while an agreement is close, there are still hurdles to clear before it’s completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, braves, reds, trade rumors

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sean Rodriguez in serious car wreck; wife, children hospitalized

Hoping for quick healing.

Rodriguez, 31, who signed a two-year free-agent contract in November, was driving an SUV that police said was T-boned by a stolen police cruiser in an accident before 2 p.m. Saturday that killed the driver of the stolen car and left Rodriguez’s wife, Giselle, and two young children with unspecified injuries that required hospitalization, Miami TV station WSVN reported.

Rodriguez apparently escaped signficant injury, while Giselle was listed in fair condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center and the children were in serious condition at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean rodriguez

Atlanta Braves confirm player, family involved in West Miami-Dade crash

The Atlanta Braves have confirmed one of the team’s new players, Miami native and infielder Sean John Rodriguez, his wife Giselle and their two young children were inside the black Chevy Suburban that was T-boned by the cruiser, near Southwest 99th Street and Coral Way, in West Miami-Dade, Saturday, at around 1:45 p.m.

Team officials said Rodriguez, 31, was behind the wheel of the SUV. He was not hurt.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: January 30, 2017 at 01:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean rodriguez

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Braves say Cobb County owes $14 million more for stadium it is already paying for

In a sign that we are truly living in a world with alternate facts, a Major League Baseball team owned by Liberty Media Company—which is in turn owned by John C. Malone, who is worth an estimated $7.7 billion—claims that it is owed an additional $14 million by taxpayers for the construction of a stadium that the public is already financing to the tune of at least $350 million. The Braves paid $280 million upfront and will add an additional $92 million over the life of the 30-year deal. The kicker? The Braves have already paid for most of the $14 million it says the county is on the hook for. They just want to be reimbursed.

The Braves are requesting reimbursement for a list of five projects; the county responded with a memo that detailed $69.5 million in public financing for transportation projects. In the memo, county transportation director Jim Wilgus noted “we feel this satisfies Cobb County’s transportation improvement contribution.” The Braves, however, say the $14 million outstanding should not count toward the $69.5 already paid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadiums

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Braves zero in on Sarasota County for spring training

After a two-year search, the Braves may have found their new spring-training home.

Officials in Sarasota County, Fla., announced Tuesday that the Braves have entered into exclusive negotiations to build a facility in the southwest Florida city of North Port.

If terms are agreed upon and approved, the Braves will move their spring base from Disney World to Sarasota County as soon as 2019.

“Hopefully this thing goes forward, the county commissioners vote on it, and off we go,” Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Tuesday.

“We have a really positive view of how the county is looking at this opportunity,” Schuerholz said. “I don’t believe there will be any large level of concern that it wouldn’t be approved, but we don’t know until they confer and decide. But we’re optimistic.”

“The best part, was when we were paid money.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sarasota, spring training

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Why did the Mariners trade touted pitching prospect Luiz Gohara?

Gohara followed his breakout 2016 season at Class A by indeed throwing extremely well in the AFL, striking out 19 in 11 2/3 innings. Some scouts look at his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and see a young CC Sabathia.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, luiz gohara, mariners

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Brandon Phillips blocked a trade from Cincinnati to Atlanta, sources say

Why even bother?

Yet, the relationship between Phillips and the club will only grow more uncomfortable if he continues balking at proposed trades.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, reds

Friday, December 30, 2016

Pipeline Inbox: Comparing Swanson to Jeter | MLB.com

Somewhere out there is a New York writer ready to make this quote, “Dansby Swanson, I watched Derek Jeter. I knew Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter was a friend of mine. Dansby Swanson, you’re no Derek Jeter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, derek jeter, yankees

Friday, December 23, 2016

Heyman: Ender Inciarte Agrees To 5-year Extension With Braves

Sources report to FanRag Sports that Ender Inciarte has been inked to a five-year extension worth just over $30 million. The deal will take the 26-year-old outfielder through all four arbitration years as a super-two player, plus one year of free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Jose Quintana doesn’t do it for Braves the way Chris Sale did

The Sox were also asking too much for Quintana, at least from the Braves’ perspective. While they were in the market for a true No. 1 starter, Quintana wasn’t the dominant, indisputable “ace” that Sale was, and the Braves don’t feel compelled to give up multiple top prospects — including elite pitching prospects – to get Quintana.

“It comes down to needs and wants,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said. “We don’t have needs in starting pitching. Do we want a No. 1 starter, is Chris Sale a No. 1 starter? Yes. Do we want Jose Quintana? I don’t think Jose Quintana is Chris Sale. Is he an extra year of control (under contract four more years instead of Sale’s three)? Yes. Who’s to say one of our young kids can’t turn into Jose Quintana? Or Chris Sale.”

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said, “You start jumping into the deeper water, we’re not going to get that kind of guy (without giving up elite prospects). Plus, with this market out there there’s clubs that are more desperate that we are now for a starter, will pay a bigger price.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jose quintana, trades, white sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dansby Swanson hitting in 2-hole is how Braves manager’s leaning

Hope in Atlanta.

“Absolutely,” Snitker said Wednesday during the manager’s media session at the Winter Meetings. “I think Dansby can pretty much handle anything we throw at him after what I witnessed.”

Snitker reiterated what he’d said late in the season – he’s leaning toward batting Swanson in the 2-hole in 2017, Ender Inciarte and ahead of sluggers Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

Friday, December 02, 2016

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia

Despite Garcia’s 2016 struggles, he’ll bring to the Braves a career 3.57 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 56.5 percent ground-ball rate in 896 innings as a Major Leaguer. Shoulder injuries have limited him throughout his career, and he missed time with a groin strain as well in 2016, but he’s averaged 151 innings in 2015-16 and made a total of 50 starts in that time.

salvomania Posted: December 02, 2016 at 02:52 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, jaime garcia

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Atlanta Braves sought Dobbins runway access for team charter flights

The Atlanta Braves explored using the runway at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta earlier this year for the team’s charter flights, a spokesperson for the base confirmed.

Landing at Dobbins would have spared the team having to commute between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to SunTrust Park on game days, when traffic could be worse than usual.

“The Atlanta Braves made an initial inquiry into the feasibility of airfield use at Dobbins Air Reserve Base earlier this year,” Capt. Meredith Kirchoff wrote in an email. “The partnership was not pursued as the runway at Dobbins ARB is not currently designated by the Air Force for joint use by private or commercial entities.”

Kirchoff wrote that the Air Force supports public-private partnerships “when appropriate and mutually beneficial,” and Dobbins enjoys strong community relationships throughout the Atlanta area.

The discussions regarding potential use of the Dobbins airfield took place in January and April, she wrote.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

As Atlanta Braves search for new spring training home, donations flow to key Florida state senators

Drain the swamp!

The Atlanta Braves still don’t know where in Florida they will move their spring training operations in 2019, but that is not stopping them from sending campaign donations to key state legislators who could help them with stadium financing when they do find a new home.

Earlier this month, the Braves gave $1,000 to a political committee run by new Senate Appropriations chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. That is just months after the team sent $1,000 donations each to new Senate President Joe Negron and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, who will run the Senate Rules Committee.

The Braves are in a bit of a spring training stadium limbo. Their 20 year lease to train at the Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando ends in 2017. The team and Disney are working on a one year extension to cover 2018 while they search for a new home. Team officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this year that with spring training teams for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals moving out of Osceola and Brevard County respectively, the team is left with few teams close to play regularly, putting them on longer bus rides to Florida west coast or southeast Florida where more teams are now clustered.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, field of schemes, politics, spring training

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Braves steal Sean Rodriguez - Beyond the Box Score

Ronnie Socash like Sean Rodrigues. He really likes him.

Moving forward to 2017, the Braves secured someone they could plug in at second base and immediately see top-level production. Through the adjustments he made in his swing, Rodriguez could be considered a 20 home run threat for at least 2017. If he continues to provide the above-average defense he’s known for, Rodriguez could provide the type of value that will make him the free agent bargain of the offseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, sean rodriguez

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Next move for Braves in busy offseason? | MLB.com

More Braves info.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Too much for two old pitchers? The Braves actually got a bargain | Mark Bradley blog

How long can Bartolo keep going?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves, r.a. dickey

Heyman - Braves Join Sale Derby White Sox Seem Serious This Time

They have the pieces. Will they want to pull the trigger to get it done?

he Braves’ top young player is shortstop Dansby Swanson, but the White Sox have a very good young shortstop in Tim Anderson, and the Braves have many more good young players, so perhaps they could do it without Swanson. The Braves have other fine infield prospects (Ozzie Albies, Rio Ruiz, Austin Riley, Kevin Maitan and Travis Demeritte) plus a stash of young pitchers (Sean Newcomb, Mike Soroka, Ian Anderson, Touki Toussaint, Max Fried, Joey Wentz, Kyle Muller, Lucas Sims) that could form the basis of a big deal

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, chris sale, white sox

Friday, November 11, 2016

Braves reportedly sign former Mets hurler Bartolo Colon

40-year olds are the new market inefficiency!

The Atlanta Braves are wasting no time in filling the openings they have in their starting rotation. Just one day after they signed veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the Braves have reportedly done the same thing with veteran New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon, pending a physical….

Colon made 33 starts in 2016, pitching to a 3.43 ERA and coming just short of 200 innings. Jon Heyman says the Mets are “disappointed” they couldn’t reach a deal with Colon, but they probably weren’t willing to pay that much to keep Colon for one more year. (Though they certainly think that spending $13 million on one year of Jay Bruce in 2017 is worth it.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 11, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Braves sign R.A. Dickey | MLB.com

Both parties satisfied their wishes on Thursday, when Dickey agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal that includes an $8 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for the 2018 season. The 42-year-old former National League Cy Young Award winner will now have a chance to extend his career while playing just a few hours away from his family residence in Nashville, Tenn.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, r.a. dickey

Georgia State receives approval to buy Turner Field

Sounds like a good plan.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: November 10, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadiums

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Baseball Prospectus | 2017 Prospects: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects

There is a new sheriff in town. Ranking Ronald Acuna number 2, Ozzie Albies number 3, and Kevin Maitan at number 8 is quite confusing to me. It will be interesting to see how the other lists play out.

2. Ronald Acuna, CF
DOB: 12/18/1997
Height/Weight: 6’0” 180 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: Signed out of Venezuela in 2014 for $100,000
Previous Ranking(s): N/A
2016 Stats: .311/.387/.432, 4 HR, 14 SB in 40 games at Low-A Rome

The Good: Flashes all five tools with quick-twitch ability at an up-the-middle position. Despite average size, there’s plus power and even more raw because of explosive hands and lower half. Also shows advanced tracking and pitch recognition for age and above-average to plus speed.

The Bad: Center field defense remains more projection than results, and his future in center isn’t guaranteed. Swing can get slightly long from high hands and long stride that affects his bat plane at times and leaves the future hit tool around a low 50. Could be a moment-of-truth period with his swing in the upper levels that requires an adjustment.

The Irrelevant: Acuna Matata, roughly translated, means “no worries, I’m going to hit 10 straight bombs in batting practice.”

The Role:

OFP 70—All-star center fielder
Likely 55—Above-average outfielder

The Risks: Acuna suffered a torn thumb ligament but recovered well late in the season, so the injury appears to be past him. The main question is his future defensive home. His value could take a slight hit with a move off center, but many believe he’ll be able to stick up the middle. His swing could also be exposed a little against advanced pitching, but his tracking skills should serve him well. —David Lee

Major league ETA: 2019

Ben Carsley’s Fantasy Take: We’re two players in and I’m already pouring cold water all over your prospect flames. Look, I get it. Acuna’s power/speed/athleticism combo gives him an OF1 ceiling, and OF1s win leagues. Plus, you have to get in early on players like Acuna or you’re not going to get in on them at all. Just be mindful of how long it’s going to take Acuna to get to the majors, how little playing time he has under his belt, and how far his hit tool has to go. The ceiling here makes Acuna a very good fantasy prospect, but his value is capped by a long lead time and a low floor.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

John Coppolella and Braves ready to take next step in rebuild | Atlanta Braves blog

The free agent market is more like a flea market this season.

“We should be players, whether it’s in the free agent or trade market, we should be players,” Coppolella said. “Because we will have money to spend.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, john coppolella

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