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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Kevin Maitan is Braves’ primary target, compared to Chipper | www.myajc.com

Sixteen is a long way from the majors but Braves fans can still dream.

“My comparison when I talked to our people was Chipper Jones,” said Blakeley, an international scout for 30 years who previously worked for the Yankees. “Chipper until he hurt his legs could play short, could play third, could have played center. Chipper could have done anything Chipper wanted to do. Maitan reminds me a lot of Chipper Jones.

“Big time power from both sides, and does it easy. Bat whip. Loves to play, loves to compete.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 03:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, fantasy, international players

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Bobby Cox endorses Eddie Perez as MLB manager | MLB.com

Bobby likes Eddie.

“Eddie is really a plus on any team. He would be a plus managing someday,” Cox said. “He’s still got young kids in high school and the family. He’s such a big family guy, and it’s hard for him to leave Atlanta right now. But I think in a couple years, he’ll be able to do that or whatever. He’s Major League managerial material, for sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 09:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby cox, braves, eddie perez, managers

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Atlanta executives meet with two Florida Gators who might be draft candidates

Sources have told Scout.com that John Coppolella, Atlanta’s general manager, and Brian Bridges, Atlanta’s scouting director, recently met in Gainesville with Gators’ outfielder Buddy Reed and Florida left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk.

Coppolella has recently said the Braves would prefer to draft a college hitter with the third pick, which is not a surprise considering the large number of pitchers Atlanta took last year in the draft. The Braves took pitchers with 20 of their first 26 draft picks in 2015.

Rickey! doesn't think YR is a less terrible Sam Posted: February 03, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Braves interested in Cuban free agent Lazarito | MLB.com

The Braves are rumored to already have a big haul after July 1st, including Kevin Maitan. So, it will be interesting to see what they have going.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Joe Adcock newest addition to Miller Park Walk of Fame

from the article

Former Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock is the latest to be honored, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday.

The Coushatta, La., native played 10 of his 17 major-league seasons with the Braves, from 1953-‘62. He hit .285 with 239 home runs and 760 runs batted in over 1,207 games with the franchise.

He also accomplished several milestones while playing for the Braves, including recording the first base hit and scoring the first run in County Stadium history on April 14, 1953, and smashing four home runs to go along with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on July 31, 1954.

His 18 total bases in that game stood as a major-league record for a single game for 48 years.

Adcock was a member of the Braves team that went on to beat the New York Yankees in the 1957 World Series in seven games. His RBI single was the difference in a 1-0 Braves victory in Game 5.

He also broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium on May 26, 1959.

Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1,206), homers, RBI and total bases (2,164).

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 23, 2016 at 05:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adcock, braves, brewers

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stark:  The odd and troubling state of the National League

The Reds—“They’re in Houston mode, 100 percent. They tried it the other way. Now they’re the biggest example of doing it this way. They’re willing to do pretty much whatever has to be done.”...

Over and over, we heard executives of clubs on both sides of this divide say they think this approach was inspired by the success of the Astros. And why the heck not? They stripped down their payroll. They averaged 108 losses a year for three years. They became the first club in history to hold the first pick in the draft three years in a row. And then ... (ta-daaaa) ... they used all that mega-losing to catapult themselves from 111 losses to a playoff spot in just two years.

Oh, there were other reasons the Astros won, of course. But does anyone dispute that they analyzed this system, then did all they could to make it work? So have they plotted a course that has led the NL to this place, as other teams look for exactly the same edge?

TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 14, 2016 at 02:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, phillies, reds, tanking

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Braves bringing back veteran Kelly Johnson

Who says the Braves aren’t committed to winning?

The Braves are bringing back versatile veteran Kelly Johnson, who agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year, $2 million contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The deal was pending a physical.

Johnson, who’ll be 34 in February, hit .265 with 14 home runs in 335 plate appearances last season with the Braves and Mets, including 13 homers in 300 PAs against right-handers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kelly johnson

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Atlanta Braves should trade Freddie Freeman | MLB.com

At 26 Freeman is certainly too old to be part of a playoff contender in 2017 or 2018.

By comparison, the six years and $118.5 million remaining on Freeman’s deal looks like a bargain, and there are teams ready to win right now that could use a first baseman. There’s probably no better fit than the Astros, for example, who tentatively have Jon Singleton penciled in at the position and could offer a package including first baseman A.J. Reed, the 2015 Minor League Player of the Year who hit 34 homers, former top Draft pick Mark Appel and Singleton himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bethancourt, a cautionary tale about prospects, dealt to Padres | Jeff Schultz blog

So, he only has issues with his work ethic, offense, and defense. Other than that, he’s a good prospect.

His problem? Defense. The Braves could put up with offensive issues. (Bethancourt hit .327 with Triple-A Gwinnett but only .205 in 48 games and 155 at-bats in the big leagues last year.) But with a young pitching staff and an offensively challenged roster, they couldn’t afford his struggles behind the plate. He had four errors and eight passed balls during his brief time with the Braves and three errors and a passed ball in the minors.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said last July, “I don’t think he has embraced what it is he needs to do to sell out to his pitching staff, to drive the train.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, christian bethancourt, padres

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks know they will face criticism for Shelby Miller trade, but they don’t care ... winning now trumps worrying about complaints later | FOX Sports

Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will help the Braves better compete in 2016.

Think about it: The Braves traded one season of Jason Heyward for four of Miller, plus pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. They have turned that into Swanson, Blair, Inciarte and Jenkins — an undeniably strong haul for an outfielder who was entering his free-agent year.

The early reviews are in. The early reviews mean nothing. But once again, baseball people are looking at the D-backs and saying, “Huh?”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, shelby miller, trade, winter meetings

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

What happened to all that payroll money the Braves saved? | www.myajc.com

If you are going to stink, stink. This way you get a higher draft. Of course, don’t expect fans to buy into such a plan.

Braves general manager John Coppolella and president of baseball operations John Hart said payroll was affected by the increased spending or planned spending on foreign free agents and the June 2016 draft, when the Braves have the third overall pick — much higher than they picked in recent years and thus a higher signing bonus.

“First of all, what we have done — when we first began this, our objective was to clear the decks as much as possible for 2017,” Hart said of the teams’ rebuilding project. “The Chris Johnson deal was made with the idea that we’re going to clear the decks for ’17, where we didn’t want that $10 million sitting on our books. But in the short terms for 2016, we feel like we have enough to operate for where we are and what it is we want to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Friday, December 04, 2015

Padres, Angels, Dodgers Showing Most Interest In Utley

The Padres, Angels and Dodgers are showing the most interest in second baseman Chase Utley, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Utley has told friends that his preference is to play in his native California, Stark hears, adding that the Los Angeles area native now resides in northern California but still has family in the southern portion of the state.

Some believe that the Padres’ interest could be a precursor to a trade of some kind, Stark writes, as the team has internal second base options in the form of Jedd Gyorko and Jose Pirela. (Additionally, I’d list Cory Spangenberg, Yangervis Solarte and recently acquired Carlos Asuaje in that mix.) Given the depth of options the Padres have at second, the Utley connection is perhaps a bit surprising, but Stark nonetheless characterizes the team’s interest as “strong.”

The Angels, he notes, could look to use Utley both at second base and designated hitter next season depending on matchups. Johnny Giavotella manned second for most of the 2015 season in Anaheim while batting .272/.318/.375 and delivering suspect defense. Of course, Utley himself is coming off a mere .212/.286/.343 batting line between the Phillies and Dodgers. And, at 37 (later this month), it might not be wise to count on plus defense from the veteran, though metrics like Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved pegged him as only slightly below average and much preferred his work to that of the younger Giavotella.

Stark writes that the Dodgers could use Utley as a short-term stopgap to prospect Jose Peraza — a former Top 100 prospect with the Braves that debuted with the Dodgers in 2015 but received just 25 plate appearances in the Majors. Peraza has considerable speed, but his combined .293/.316/.378 line between the Triple-A affiliates for L.A. and Atlanta wasn’t as impressive as his work at the lower levels in the minors. Then again, he’s also still just 21 years of age, making him significantly younger than the bulk of his competition in Triple-A.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Dodgers have more interest in Utley than they do in Ben Zobrist, which would seem to mesh with the notion that a short-term bridge to Peraza is the preferred route for the team. An outside addition isn’t necessarily needed at all, thanks to the presence of Enrique Hernandez, although adding Utley in a stopgap capacity would allow the Dodgers to continue leveraging Hernandez’s versatility in somewhat of a super-utility capacity.

EvilBoWeevil Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, dodgers, padres, phillies, rumors

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Braves sign Gordon Beckham to 1-year, $1.25 MM deal

Its starting to come together, Braves fans.

Thee Atlanta Braves have made an addition to their infield today, and they’ve brought home a local product, to boot. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Braves have signed former Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $1.25 MM contract, with $500,000 in incentives.

Beckham was with the Chicago White Sox from 2009 until last season (with an extremely brief stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014 in there as well), and he finished the 2015 campaign with a slash line of .209/.275/.332 with 6 HRs, 63 wRC+, and a 0.3 fWAR. While those numbers aren’t exactly anything to get super-excited about, he did have a decent season defensively, and obviously the Braves are hoping that he’ll continue that trend when he gets a chance to play in the infield this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2015 at 12:58 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gordon beckham

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Shelby Miller market is hot; Luis Severino, Marcell Ozuna are linked - CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks and Giants are two more of the 20 or so teams that are said to have expressed interest in Miller. The Braves generally are seeking to upgrade their offense, though obviously in the case of Severino they are willing to look at young pitchers, as well.

One rival GM, while not denigrating the asking prices, said the Braves were “very aggressive” with their proposal.

While there’s no word of anything being close, no one’s exactly hanging up yet. Miller raised his value with a very nice year, and as a rival said, “The (Braves) made a very nice deal to get him.” That is true, as they also obtained Tyrell Jenkins in a two-for-two deal with the Cardinals for outfielder Jason Heyward, who is now a free agent, and Jordan Walden.

Now, the Braves are able to ask a lot for Miller because the price of pitching isn’t going down, even with several top starters free agents. The Braves can suggest that Miller is comparable or close to comparable to Jordan Zimmerman, who just got a $110-million, five-year deal rom the Tigers; by comparison, Miller should make less than $30 million via arbitration over the next three seasons. That represents a major savings.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, shelby miller, trade rumors

Friday, November 27, 2015

Why did Braves trade Andrelton Simmons? | Atlanta Braves blog

This is well worth reading.

Why make the trade now instead of waiting, at least until the Winter Meetings, to drive up the price?

“Take a team like the Angels. They have needs at second base, third base, left field, bullpen. And we felt these were their two best prospects.  If we wanted to wait until the Winter Meetings, there’s a good chance that they are gone and that we don’t get this sort of opportunity again. And that’s just one example. If there’s a good deal….

“We had a shot to trade a player this past season for a guy who’s now ranked as a top-50 prospect in the game, and that player (whom the Braves were going to trade) ended up getting hurt. And by the time we tried to make the trade, that prospect had shot up the charts and they wouldn’t even talk about the player.

“We made a strong run last year with the Yankees at (pitcher) Luis Severino, and we didn’t get the deal done last year, and now he’s off-limits this year. I mean, if you feel like you have a chance to get special talent, you can’t shy away from it. You’ve got to really jump at it and take that plunge. We were not sure that we could get these sorts of players, this was such a good opportunity for us that we wanted to seize it once it was available to us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, interview, john coppolella

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Braves sign veteran starter Bud Norris

This Bud’s for you.

The Braves signed veteran right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday, again following with their recent strategy of buying low on pitchers coming off injury or disappointing season.

In the case of Norris, it was a bad 2015 season in which he went 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA in 38 games (11 starts) for Baltimore and San Diego.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 11:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bud norris

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tigers get Cameron Maybin in trade with Braves | MLB.com

The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Ian Krol and pitching prospect Gabe Speier, it was announced on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tigers, trades

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Braves GM John Coppolella’s tone deafness is something to behold | HardballTalk

Losing is tough on fans. Film at 11.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

John Coppolella on Trading Andrelton Simmons | FanGraphs Baseball

“The New York Yankees made a run at Simmons last off-season so there was history and familiarity there with (Angels GM, and former Yankees assistant GM) Billy Eppler. Billy called me the first week of the off-season and asked about Simmons. I told him we would listen on anybody, but weren’t looking to trade Simmons.

“We spoke on and off for three weeks, sometimes on the phone and sometimes on text, where each party made offers that were ultimately declined by the other party. Billy and I met Tuesday night, one-on-one for over two hours, and got the ball to the one-yard line. The delays after Tuesday night on both side were more about ownership, etc.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

Monday, November 16, 2015

Braves CEO: “Baseball is not a widely profitable business” | HardballTalk

Franchise values wouldn’t be going up so much if teams weren’t profitable.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, economics

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Should Red Sox have traded prospects for starter instead of Kimbrel? | FOX Sports

A bunch of things here, including this gem.

Finally, the Mets are fairly adamant that they will not trade any of their young starting pitchers, but would it have made sense for them to trade right-hander Matt Harvey for the package that the Red Sox used to land Kimbrel?

Granted, the four prospects who went to the Padres are not yet close to the majors, but Margot could have been the Mets’ center fielder of the future, Guerra would have given them another shortstop prospect to go with Amed Rosario, and Asuaje and Allen would have been additional assets.

Both Harvey and Kimbrel are under club control for three more seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

The Atlanta Braves, Liberty Media, and Misplaced Anger

While it is true that the Atlanta Braves typically are in the middle of the pack in payroll dollars, the reality is that it isn’t Liberty Media holding payroll down (more in this later). The Braves’ payroll and operating budget are set by Braves’ longtime Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk. McGuirk and President John Schuerholz run the day-to-day business operations of the Braves, while President of Baseball Operations John Hart runs the day-to-day baseball operations. Liberty Media has virtually no involvement with the club; the team operates as a stand-alone entity, surviving or failing based on its own revenues generated.


Friday, November 13, 2015

How Did Previous Andrelton Simmons Age?

So, yes, history suggests that Andrelton Simmons is going to get worse defensively in Anaheim, and we shouldn’t expect him to continue putting up +20 UZRs for much longer. But that history also suggests that the same trends that take some value from his glove should add some back to his bat, and that overall, Simmons should be expected to remain roughly as valuable as he has been to this point in his career. And that’s pretty darn valuable.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 07:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, trades

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Say what you want about the Braves, but they are not afraid | Mark Bradley blog

Earlier speculation held that the Braves were talking with the Padres — yes, them again — about Simmons, and the Mets admitted they’d had similar discussions but the Braves had asked for Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom in return. (Good for the Braves, I say.) And I know a lot of you are upset that they’ve traded Simmons anywhere, but here’s where I say …

I love their audacity.

I’ve gotten to know John Coppolella, who’s the architect of this grand redesign, a little, and this I can tell you: The guy is fearless. (He’s also very, very bright.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves


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