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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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Braves near naming Brian Snitker manager | braves.com

As the Braves near the end of their managerial search, a Major League source said it looks like Brian Snitker will remain in the role he handled on an interim basis this year.

The Braves are expected to announce their decision within the next few days, at a time that does not conflict with Major League Baseball’s postseason schedule. But as they near the completion of this selection process, it looks like Snitker has maintained the early advantage he had on the two external candidates—Bud Black and Ron Washington.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian snitker, managers

Friday, October 07, 2016

Hart: Braves’ rebuild is going faster than expected | www.myajc.com

Which is why it was a big deal, in the first weeks after Wren’s ouster, to promote Brian Bridges to scouting director and bring back Roy Clark, who’d left for the Nationals. Coppolella’s vision includes “wave after wave of prospects” coming through the system: “I believe in waves,” he says, “not windows.” And Swanson, the tip of Wave 1, was as good as advertised.

Let’s be clear. The Braves aren’t yet where they need to be. But, as Hart said, “to where we are from where we’ve come” has taken barely two years. They’re not just on track. They’re burning it up.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Deadspin: I covered the Braves for a newspaper that didn’t exist

“When my sportswriter friend asked me, back in September of 2000, if I wanted to join him at an Atlanta Braves game that he was working, my first thought was, “That sounds fun!” When he suggested that I use an outdated photographer’s pass he had in his possession, issued for a different game vs. a different team, never mind that I was a real estate broker and not a member of the media in any way, shape, or form, my next thought was, “Does Turner Field have a jail cell?”

This wasn’t the first time I went somewhere I wasn’t supposed to go—when I was a teenager, I snuck into Georgia Tech’s football locker room by blending in with a group of recruits I saw waiting outside after a game. But when you get older, you presumably get wiser, and you start to think more about the potential consequences of getting caught. But I had been a Braves fan for most of my life, and this was an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look that few fans ever get to experience.”

Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: October 05, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, goofballery, media

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Braves’ instructional league led by young arms | MLB.com

The next big thing.

Maitan looks like he belongs

Perhaps one of the biggest storylines at instructs for the Braves is the arrival of international signee Kevin Maitan. The top player on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list, Maitan signed with the Braves for $4.25 million in July. The 16-year-old shortstop phenom is joined by others from this past signing period as playing in the United States for the first time.
“You look at these guys and they’re basically sophomores in high school,” Scheuerholz said. “They’re big, physical, they are baseball rats.”

Maitan stands out more than most. Schuerholz saw Maitan work out in the Dominican last year and wanted to withhold judgment until seeing him, not wanting the advanced buzz to color his evaluation. What he saw surpassed whatever expectations he was trying to hold back.

“You have your guard up, you don’t know the actual truth until you lay eyes on him,” Schuerholz said. “When I did, he could’ve fit right into a Double- or Triple-A batting practice. It’s now power, this guy is going to be a special player. He’s already gained weight in a good way, he’s gotten stronger, but it hasn’t hurt his agility and footwork. We’ll give him every opportunity to stay at short.”

The group of teenagers had been getting hundreds of reps in the Dominican prior to coming to Florida for instructs to help prepare them on the field. The month they are in Lake Buena Vista will help them acclimate to their surroundings so when they come for their first Spring Training, they won’t be too overwhelmed. They’ll also get to play in games—the instructional league schedule starts on Monday—something they are itching to do after a long time on the showcase circuit and in workout mode.
“They’re champing at the bit to play in games,” Schuerholz said. “That’s how guys get better, getting them that game experience. You can’t replicate that in practice. The sooner we can do that with them, the better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run—convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes’ drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

... Inciarte had a first step of -0.73 seconds on the play, which means he was actually moving before the crack of the bat. He reached a top speed of 19.2 mph and covered 104 feet.

Ender Inciarte can see into the future.

Brian White Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte, mets

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Braves’ Freddie Freeman reaches 500 RBIs | MLB.com

“I didn’t really think [hitting 30 homers] would happen, especially after the start [of the season] and obviously coming off an injury. You don’t know how it’s going to hold up,” Freeman said. “Just to stay healthy for a whole year is a big enough accomplishment for me. It just eases everything for me going forward into my career.”

Having just celebrated his 27th birthday on Monday, Freeman is surging into what might be his prime with the confidence he has gained while hitting .334/.434/.632 with 21 home runs over his past 82 games. In essentially half a season, he has nearly bested the career-best homer total (23) he carried into 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What I’ll never forget about baseball’s return to New York after 9/11 | FOX Sports

Fifteen years later, I know I was silly to be upset about the debate over when play should resume. The debate was appropriate. Baseball had to return at some point. But at the time, it was difficult to see things clearly, to remove the emotion from the moment.

The sadness was overwhelming. I remember welling up with tears several times a day after the attacks, for no particular reason. I well up even now thinking about those days, and I’m sure many of you do the same. But when I flash back to that night — to Diana Ross and to Liza Minielli, to Piazza and to Valentine — I can’t get the images out of my head, the eccentric manager in particular.

Baseball came back, and we were better for it.

Sing, Bobby V, sing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, september 11th, yankees

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hector Olivera found guilty of assault, sentenced to jail

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in a Virginia courtroom and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail on Thursday.

Olivera appeared before an Arlington County (Va) General District Court judge, who presided over, issued the guilty verdict and levied the sentence on the assault charge in a bench trial. Olivera was sentenced to 90 days in jail, although the judge suspended 80 days of that sentence, according to court records.

Olivera hasn’t appeared in a major league game since his April arrest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2016 at 06:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, domestic assault, hector olivera, police blotter

Friday, September 09, 2016

Braves fans ask about Rio Ruiz, third basemen | MLB.com

What more does Inciarte have to do to reach the “right arm” status like Freddie Freeman and Teheran in the eyes of general manager John Coppolella?
—Mason L., College Park, Ga.

Let’s see, Inciarte has established himself as an NL Gold Glove Award favorite, and he’s also proven to be a legit top-of-the-lineup catalyst while positioning himself to possibly produce the best post All-Star break batting average in Braves history. He’s 25 years old, under control through the end of the 2020 season and still a season away from making big money via arbitration-eligible status.

With the go-ahead run at third, Ender Inciarte hustles on a line drive to make a great running catch to end the 7th inning

Given that the Padres and D-backs are probably no longer willing to accept Coppolella’s calls, I don’t see how he would receive the ridiculous offer he would need to be tempted to trade Inciarte, who stands as a significant reason why Atlanta’s offense has proven to be so much more efficient during the season’s second half.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, notes

Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault - BaseballAmerica.com

Hector Olivera, the former Dodgers and Braves prospect, was found guilty on Thursday of misdemeanor domestic assault stemming from an incident at an Arlington, Va., hotel in April. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Eighty of those days were suspended, however, meaning he will serve just 10 days before being released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, hector olivera, padres

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