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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Brandon McCarthy seeks to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

“If I’m on the training table today, nobody’s going to come talk to you. Nobody cares how long you’ve been around; you have to be out there, you have to be with them, you have to be pitching. They have to know that you’re going through the same things that they’re going through. Being available, being healthy is a big part of it, and I don’t have enough of a person to come out the other way, where you can just lead through any situation.

“I’ve got to be functional, I’ve got to be active.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, braves

Monday, January 29, 2018

Alex Anthopolous forced to move slowly with Braves’ roster changes

“We’re the Atlanta Braves,” he said. “The major league team is what runs this whole place. Let’s be real. We’re not here to be ranked No. 1 in Baseball America.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 04:42 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Braves send Matt Kemp to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, more major-leaguers | CBS Sports

Atlanta Braves
✔ @Braves

The #Braves & Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy & Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez & cash considerations in exchange for OF Matt Kemp. Details:

11:40 AM - Dec 16, 2017


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Alex Anthopoulos bringing high-level analytics approach to Braves

“It was eye-opening for me,” Anthopoulos said of the Dodgers’ use of analytics and as much data as available, boiled down for players to consume if they so chose. “Look, it’s not a panacea for anything. You still need great players and obviously Los Angeles has great players and great acquisitions. Most of all, this stuff, it’s up to the players. Chris Taylor made a lot of great changes in L.A.; he made those changes. He wanted to do that, he had a willingness to do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Friday, December 08, 2017

Heyman | The Upshot Of The Braves Penalties

A good rundown by Heyman.

2. THE 13 PLAYERS LET GO
All of these players will receive a fresh start and some an undeserved monetary boost since presumably at least a few were complicit in the shenanigans. Some are highly regarded and will turn out to be pretty good, so this definitely hurt the franchise (as do future penalties). Many believe infielder Kevin Maitan might need just that, as he didn’t perform to the level of his $4.25 million bonus.

The allegation was that the Braves agreed with him at 14, then hid him, and as one rival evaluator said, it’s not worth breaking that age rule as it’s impossible to tell who’s going to turn out at age 14. As of today, the jury’s out on Maitan, who has since signed with the Angels for an extra $2.2 million, as Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported (his $6.45 million total will be more than any future young international prospects will presumably receive under the new rules that limit teams to $5.75 million total per year).

“He’s not that good,” one rival evaluator said, though others still think highly of Maitan, who is good enough to shoot to the top of the Angels’ new prospect list.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Where The Former Braves Prospects Are Signing | BaseballAmerica.com

Maitan signs with the Angels.

Kevin Maitan, ss – Angels, $2.2 million (Braves bonus: $4.25 million)

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2017 at 03:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

BA: Most Players Skipped MLB’s Workout For Former Braves Prospects

Of the 12 players, just three—outfielders Antonio Sucre and Brandol Mezquita and shortstop Angel Rojas—were at the workout, which was at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. According to multiple sources, several players did not show up to the workout because they are in the middle of their offseason and felt that MLB did not give them sufficient time to prepare themselves to be showcased for clubs.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What’s next for Maitan and other former Braves | MLB.com

Maitan’s stock has clearly dropped. It will be interesting to see whether teams will wait for Otani to sign

By going back into the international amateur free agent pool, teams will have to use their bonus pools for such players to sign Maitan or any of the others. Since the signing period began back in July, millions of dollars have already been spent, so teams will be somewhat limited. The top five teams in terms of remaining pools, as of Tuesday, are:
Texas Rangers, $3.535 million
New York Yankees, $3.5 million
Minnesota Twins, $3.245 million
Pittsburgh Pirates, $2,2266,750
San Francisco Giants, $1,835,000

The Giants, like 11 other teams, are limited after going over their pool last year and can only offer any individual player $300,000, which would likely keep them out of any potential Maitan sweepstakes. The Mariners ($1,557,500) and the Marlins ($1.49 million) are the only other organizations with seven-figure bonus pools remaining that aren’t capped at $300K per player.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2017 at 06:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sources: MLB hammers Atlanta Braves, declaring 12 minor league players free agents

More like sledgehammers the Braves. I was going to excerpt the punishments but I’d have to include too much of the article.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, international free agents

Friday, November 17, 2017

The story of Alex Anthopoulos: From tragedy to prodigy to Braves GM

“Pursue things that you have a passion for,” he said. “Then have humility. That’s the two things I think, in any walk of life, will take you incredibly far. Having a passion for what you’re going to go after, having that humility to get better, to learn, to want to work with people and have people want to work with you. Those are the two most important things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2017 at 03:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves, general managers

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Braves will lose prospects, and possibly a lot more, for violating international market rules

Stinks having Rosenthal behind the pay wall.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is still deciding the penalties the Atlanta Braves will receive for violating rules in the international market. Those penalties, however, will definitely include the loss of prospects the team signed out of Latin America, according to major-league sources.

Any players the Braves lose become free agents subject to international bonus pools, sources said. The procedure will be the same as it was for the five Latin American prospects that baseball took from the Boston Red Sox on July 1, 2016, for circumventing international rules—the players kept their initial signing bonuses, each of which was $300,000, then became eligible to sign with other clubs.

Manfred has yet to decide which players the Braves will forfeit, sources said. The biggest potential loss is shortstop Kevin Maitan, whom the Braves signed for $4.25 million on July 2, 2016. Maitan, 17, is the Braves’ No. 5 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, a switch-hitter who has drawn comparisons to Chipper Jones, Miguel Cabrera, and Miguel Sano.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Monday, November 13, 2017

Alex Anthopoulos to be next GM of Atlanta Braves, report says

Anthopoulos was the general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays between 2009 and 2015. He is credited for leading the team to the 2015 World Series playoffs and its first 90-win season since 1993.

For the last two years, the 40-year-old Montrealer has been working as the vice-president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he landed after refusing to continue with the Jays in 2015.

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bravesway, everybodydoesit

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Rowland’s Office: Braves Looking at Retreads for GM

Apparently not very brave thinking in Atlanta.

At a time when the game is skewing young, the Braves remain stuck in the past. The fact that Jim Hendry is a candidate for GM or president of baseball ops or whatever says it all. The other five retreads vying for the job don’t inspire much confidence, either, with one possible exception.

fra paolo Posted: November 08, 2017 at 12:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general manager

Sunday, October 29, 2017

AJC: Royals Say No to Braves’ GM Approach

No Moore.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed a report by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Braves were denied permission to interview Moore, who signed a Royals contract extension of undisclosed length.

But there is a belief among some observers that the Royals might be positioning themselves for possible concessions from the Braves to allow Moore to interview and/or leave. And it’s possible that Moore might also be waiting for some assurances about the Braves situation and his potential role if he were to join them.h in February 2016 and has to have permission before he can interview with another team.

fra paolo Posted: October 29, 2017 at 08:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general manager, general managers, royals

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Former Braves employee comes to defense of John Coppolella | Atlanta Braves blog

Here is part of the email from the former Brave employee. Again, it was sent to me unsolicited.

My name is (name omitted by request)…. Just something I wanted to get off my chest about Coppy that hasn’t been mentioned by anyone’s sources, as it doesn’t relate to his firing.

In all of the criticism he has received for his conduct, which I won’t try to defend or even address as I don’t know nearly enough about them to have an opinion, I thought people should know how good Coppy was to people like me. There are hundreds of people out there who have wanted to get into baseball operations and sent emails to Coppy asking for advice, and each one has a thorough reply from him, with specific suggestions tailored to that person’s background, along inspirational words of encouragement. He took the time to send me an email that was over two full pages long that addressed every little question I had. I’ve run into several other people with similar stories, and am sure there are plenty others who have had email exchanges similar to ours. When I was scouting for the Braves, we had to send an email report to (various Braves officials) after finishing our coverage of a given affiliate, with a one sentence blurb on each player from that team who we thought could play in the MLB. Without fail, within an hour of sending that email, Coppy sent an email back saying thanks, asking about your family, making the extra effort to know how appreciative he was of your hard work.

Fairly or unfairly, the coverage of the scandal has painted Coppy as this heartless cheater, but to kids like me who just loved the game and wanted more than anything to be a part of it, he was a godsend. I don’t know if this info has any utility to you whatsoever, but I just wanted someone in the media to know that as much turmoil there may have been in the front office, as much as he may have pissed off other GM’s, and as egregious as his violations may have been, there is not a doubt in my mind that he is a genuinely good person, and I am confident there are plenty of others out there who would say the same thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, john coppolella

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scandal surrounding the Atlanta Braves is creating more questions | The Telegraph

The allegations include tampering charges, inappropriate conduct with international prospects and the bundling of international signing bonuses. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported this past week the Braves’ breach of rules violations are “unprecedented in scope.”

Sources have told The Telegraph that Major League Baseball continues to be surprised at how many potential violations are being discovered. Numerous calls, from agents, scouts and other teams, have been made to the Major League Baseball office with additional allegations since the news broke of the investigation.

Word is that Coppolella was offered a financial buyout of severance from the Braves and turned it down this past week and that he has hired an attorney with lawsuits possibly coming. I asked several scouts if they had ever heard of a fired executive being offered a severance, especially after being let go for these type allegations. All were amazed that Coppolella would be offered a financial package after being forced to resign.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2017 at 10:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Atlanta Braves are looking for a new general manager after John Coppolella resigned Monday. | The Telegraph

McGuirk is a little more than Shanks suggests.

Instead, Liberty has allowed Terry McGuirk, a longtime Braves executive who is not considered a baseball man, to have the final say. He, in turn, gave John Hart and Coppolella keys to the car, which has now resulted in an embarrassing conflict.

Coppolella is gone, and Hart should be, too. Hart worked side-by-side with Coppolella throughout the past three years, so to think he had no knowledge of the alleged violations is unrealistic. Plus, Hart deserves equal blame in creating an unhealthy culture in the organization.

Hart’s respect with other executives and scouts eroded throughout the season. Instead of being a role model for Coppolella, Hart allowed Coppolella to run the organization and make changes at will. Many were amazed Hart could not get off the golf course long enough to make sure someone was there to watch over Coppolella.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 10:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Heyman | Braves front office of Schuerholz and Hart at odds

People with ties to the team say they believe Schuerholz would love to bring in Dayton Moore, and have Moore, a longtime Braves executive before he went to Kansas City, groom Schuerholz’s son Jonathan, who runs the farm system for the Braves.

I am as certain of this happening - Dayton Moore replaces John Hart, John Schuerholz Jr is promoted up from farm director to be “groomed” for the GM position - as I was that Fredi Gonzalez would replace Bobby Cox.

 


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Braves’ John Hart talks about John Coppolella | MLB.com

With Coppolella gone, Hart now must oversee and handle more of the daily responsibilities in a front office full of new faces.
“We won’t miss a beat going forward,” Hart said while trying to remain optimistic during the early stages of an unenviable development.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone | Mark Bradley blog

The international player market is a murky place. (Scout Gordon Blakeley, an old pro on the international scene, also resigned Monday.) Everyone had the Venezuelan teenager Kevin Maitan ticketed to sign with the Braves long before he was eligible to sign with any team; sure enough, Maitan signed with the Braves in July 2016 and is regarded, at age 17, as one of the 10 best prospects in what has become the sport’s No. 1 farm system. That farm system would never have gone from fallow to bountiful without some serious pushing. Monday’s resignation suggests that Coppolella pushed too hard.

Even when he was a front-office guy without a seat at the grown-up table,

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, john coppolella

Monday, October 02, 2017

Coppolella resigns as Braves’ GM

Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned from his position, the Braves announced on Monday afternoon.

The resignation came as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market, the Braves’ statement said.

Most of the stories are still updating, so there’s not a lot in this link.  More info is on twitter, from people like Passan and Rosenthal:


Monday, September 25, 2017

The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change | Mark Bradley blog

How next year won’t be like this year: “I think we’re going to see a younger team. We’ve got arguably the best prospect in the game (outfielder Ronald Acuna) pushing his way up to Atlanta. He’s going to be given every opportunity in spring training. When he’s ready, nobody’s going to stand in his way. I said the same thing about Ozzie Albies this spring, and it’s the same way. You saw where we moved Brandon Phillips to third base. We will move other people to make way for this young player because he is that special.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Friday, September 08, 2017

Braves prospect Acuna Pipeline Hitter of Year | MLB.com

This kids looks pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Placing 19-Year-Old Ronald Acuna’s Season In Context | BaseballAmerica.com

Some good comps. Delmon Young is there to remind us prospect numbers don’t always translate into MLB numbers.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Moore: Age is just a number for Niekro and Moyer

Phil Niekro: The sparks is still there!

“Oh, yeah. I threw my last [Major League] pitch when I was 48, but I could have gone another year or two,” Niekro said, recalling his final season in 1987. It began with the Cleveland Indians, but he was traded near the end of the season to the pennant-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays.

After two rough starts, then-Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick released Niekro and told Toronto reporters that he thought Niekro’s career was over.

“Since I have total respect for [Gillick], and also out of fairness to myself, I just took his word and decided that maybe he knew more about myself than I did, and that maybe he sees something that I don’t see, so I went by his words,” said Niekro, who made one final start with Atlanta that season. “After I retired, the next Spring Training, I got the fever. Then the next Spring Training after that, I got the fever.”

In fact, Niekro still has the fever.

Said Niekro, chuckling, but only a little, “I still feel like I can get guys out in the big leagues right now. My arm feels as good now as it did when I retired.”

...“I’ll throw some BP down there, so my arm is no problem,” Niekro said. “To stick around a long time, it’s a discipline thing for a player, where you have to stay healthy. You also have to be fortunate, just to spend any time in the big leagues. I’ve got no squabbles about anything. I just kick myself in the butt for not hanging around for another year or two.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history

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