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Friday, December 19, 2014

Trading Justin Upton means the Braves are in full rebuilding mode | Mark Bradley blog

Another report says:

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs.

Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, justin upton

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Braves’ patient approach on historic streak unmatched | MLB.com

Out of those 14 postseason appearances, however, the Braves won only one World Series, something that has hung over the franchise, and something that Schuerholz admits is his biggest disappointment in 47 years of professional baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2014 at 06:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Braves To Sign Alberto Callaspo

Second base??? *hearty laughter; wipes away tear from eye* No, seriously, where?

The Braves have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo pending physical…

His .223/.290/.290 slash over 451 plate appearances [in 2014] was obviously well below-average. But Callaspo has produced at an average to slightly-above-average clip in recent seasons, and Atlanta may have cause to believe that he’ll return to that level.

Presumably, Callaspo would have the inside track to take over at second for Atlanta. He also represents an option at third, where he has spent some time, either as a platoon mate or replacement for Chris Johnson if the incumbent is dealt away.

The District Attorney Posted: December 09, 2014 at 02:58 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alberto callaspo, braves, free agents, transactions

Monday, December 08, 2014

Baseball America: Cuban Outfielder Dian Toscano Agrees To Sign With Braves

Playing for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, Toscano batted .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 2012-13, his last season in Cuba. The year before, Toscano hit .287/.438/.380 with 35 walks and 16 strikeouts. He hit just three home runs that year and never showed much power in Cuba, though he’s in significantly better shape and has increased his strength since leaving Cuba.

He was a left fielder for Villa Clara, and he’s expected to stay there in pro ball because of his lack of arm strength, though he runs well enough that he could see some time in center field.

Anybody want to take a swipe at what this guy might become?

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: December 08, 2014 at 06:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cuban free agents, prospects

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Full Count » Sources: Dodgers have serious interest in Jon Lester, poised for potential late negotiating push

One industry source was under the impression that the Dodgers had already entered the bidding with an offer to Lester, while another characterized the Dodgers as poised to play a role similar to the one made by the Yankees in December 2008, when New York swooped in late to sign Mark Teixeira away from other interested bidders with a high bid of eight years and $180 million. A third noted of the Dodgers’ potential interest that Lester, “could help any team looking to win championships,” the unquestioned bar for a Los Angeles team that is after its first title since 1988.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, yankees

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Braves To Sign Nick Markakis

I was kidding about Kimbrel, but seriously, someone ain’t gonna make it to Cobb County.

The Braves have agreed to a four-year deal with free agent outfielder Nick Markakis, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter. He will be guaranteed $44MM in the pact, per Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link).

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:24 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, nick markakis, transactions

Braves Sign Jim Johnson

Guess they realize they should trade Kimbrel.

The Braves announced that they have signed former Orioles closer Jim Johnson to a one-year, Major League contract (Twitter link)...

The 2012 All-Star lost his closing gig to Sean Doolittle early in the 2014 season and never appeared comfortable in green and gold. He posted a 7.14 ERA with 6.3 K/9, 5.1 BB/9 and a typically strong ground-ball rate of 56.8 percent. After being designated for assignment and ultimately released, Johnson latched on with the Tigers but didn’t fare much better, allowing 10 runs in 13 innings with a 14-to-12 K/BB ratio…

Johnson’s base salary will be $1.6MM, and he can earn up to $900K worth of incentives, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, jim johnson, transactions

If the Braves are indeed rebuilding, Kimbrel should go | Mark Bradley blog

If you’re truly rebuilding, you’re not planning on winning many games. If you’re not going to win many games, you don’t need the best closer in the business. As great as he is, Kimbrel would be a luxury a fourth-place team cannot afford.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, craig kimbrel

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Braves shopping Justin Upton at a steep price | New York Post

Nevertheless, the interest in Upton is described by a person familiar with the talks as significant — the Astros, Rangers and others have inquired — and an executive from another team flatly said, “Justin Upton will be moved.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, justin upton

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Monday, November 17, 2014

Braves, Cardinals Trade Jason Heyward For Shelby Miller

Must have been disappointed in Heyward’s MVP showing.

The Cardinals have acquired right fielder Jason Heyward and right-hander Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for righty Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins, the teams announced.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cubs Acquire Tommy La Stella

This is a super-weird one in terms of team strengths and weaknesses, if nothing else.

The Cubs have announced they have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Braves for right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. The two teams also swapped international bonus slots: the Cubs receiving the Braves’ number four international signing bonus slot in exchange for their slot numbers two, three and four.

The District Attorney Posted: November 16, 2014 at 04:45 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: arodys vizcaino, braves, cubs, tommy la stella, trades, transactions

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Coors Field experience is what Braves want to emulate | www.myajc.com

How bad did the Rockies screw over taxpayers? Aren’t the Braves already ahead of them?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2014 at 09:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, ballparks, braves, screwing taxpayers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Braves appear to be rebuilding, aiming toward 2017 | www.myajc.com

It’s tough having just enough talent to be competitive when you realize some of those players keeping you competitive will be gone at the end of the year. You get faced with the choice of either taking a step back now, so that you will hopefully shorten the period to rebound, or hanging tough with patches, which buries you when things collapse (see the Phillies).  Granted, the Yankees were able to patch through such a problem for the last few years. Of course, they are now paying the price.

What we’re able to do in the starting pitching market, that is going to, I think, fully engage us as to what we do in 2015, if we want to come back with a somewhat intact ballclub,” Hart said. “And then obviously if we can’t do that, there’s other options that we’ll certainly examine.”

Those other options would be of the “R” word variety. Rebuild. They could take a step or two back for 2015, but keep enough talent perhaps have a shot at a .500 record and wild-card contention, if things fall right. Or go for an overhaul by trading both corner outfielders and Gattis, perhaps even getting a team to take center fielder B.J. Upton off their hands by making him a prerequisite in a deal for another player, although that still seems overly optimistic.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Monday, November 10, 2014

Despite last offseason’s results, expect Ervin Santana to reject qualifying offer again | FOX Sports

OK, where is Santana going to end up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ervin santana

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Jason Heyward talks possible contract extension with the Braves - Talking Chop

I’m sure Braves fans would love to have him around for a few more years.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 07:22 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jason heyward

Monday, November 03, 2014

Santana expected to get qualifying offer from Braves | braves.com

The qualifying offers have started.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 06:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ervin santana, free agents, qualifying offers

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Supreme Court sets hearings for stadium challengers | www.myajc.com

Just say no to tax dollars for sports stadiums.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium financing, stadiums

Braves hire disciplined Seitzer as new hitting coach | braves.com

“In talking to him a few times, [Seitzer] came across as a guy who had a good plan,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s organized and detailed. He’s worked with different kinds of hitters. He has his own mindset or skill, and that’s that he wants to keep the ball in the middle of the diamond. I think he was the perfect fit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hitting coaches

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations

Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Braves, signing a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season, which would be the Braves’ first season in their new ballpark just under construction in Cobb County.

The team will still presumably replace fired general manager Frank Wren with another person who’ll report to Hart. Current assistant general manager John Coppolella, 36, is believed to be a frontrunner for that position, an arrangement that would allow “Coppy” to, in effect, be groomed on the job while Hart is there to oversee operations.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gm meetings

Friday, October 17, 2014

Is Jason Heyward the Red Sox’ biggest trade target? - Over the Monster

Heyward is a great defensive rightfielder. Although he hit OK vs. LHP in 2013, for his career he’s been a much better hitter against RHP (.281/.374/.466) than LHP (.221/.301/.349). He would definitely fit the line-up which is getting far too right-handed dominant. 

What makes it that much more impressive is that Jason Heyward turned 25 in August. As it stands, Heyward is a fine player, just maybe not the best fit for a Red Sox team with Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo lined up to play the more challenging defensive positions in the outfield. It’s not hard to draw parallels between Heyward and the ghost of outfields past in Carl Crawford. Crawford brought a track record of good-not-great offense and top-flight defense where the Red Sox didn’t really need it to the table, and much the same can be said for Heyward.

But with Crawford, that was the finished product. His potential for improvement from his age 28 to his age 30 season (a concept which, in retrospect, is both hilarious and depressing) was certainly not going to offset the decline as he reached the second half of his contract in Boston. But for Heyward…For Heyward the All-Star level play he’s shown thus far is the foundation to build on.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Schuerholz on report of Hart declining GM job: “Not accurate” | www.ajc.com

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position.
“At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz said in an email to the AJC on Wednesday in response to a question about the report, which cited unnamed sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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