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Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Some insight into what the Braves are thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: July 15, 2018 at 04:41 PM (#5710309)
So many words and so little said
   2. bfan Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:05 AM (#5710434)
The problem (nice one to have) is that the Braves contending this year was a complete surprise, I think. They are built (or so they say) to really start competing in 2019 (Albies and Acuna would be 21; Swanson 25; Freeman still at a good age; Reilly up and ready, with money to go buy someone really good for the line-up), when the bucket-loads of young pitching also is ready. They do not want to do anything this year to mess that up, so the question of giving up a good young prospect for a rental this year is a tough one. They have to say they are prepared to take on salary and a rental, but they do not want to take their eye off of the prize, when their window opens next year.
   3. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:48 AM (#5710443)
So many words and so little said


What would you prefer, he send you a list of his calls and texts for the last six weeks, personally?
   4. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:09 AM (#5710449)
Seems to me that is always the problem. The team always contends before expected and everybody is hesitant to make moves to win now.

The Nationals, the cubs, and now the Braves. The thing is is flags fly forever and if you think you’re going to compete next year and you’re in the thick of it now then your time is now. Make moves because you’re going to needing to and will be making moves in he offseason. Now you don’t have to give up next years starting SS and #2 SP for three months of an ace but you can certainly trade some future for a player that has some time left on their contract.
   5. Zonk just has affection for alumni Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:54 AM (#5710458)
They do not want to do anything this year to mess that up, so the question of giving up a good young prospect for a rental this year is a tough one. They have to say they are prepared to take on salary and a rental, but they do not want to take their eye off of the prize, when their window opens next year.


They've got like four legit top 100 SP prospects - in addition to probably the same number of guys whose prospect sheen has worn off, but might still have some value (Fried, Wisler, Sims, etc). That's on top of a rotation whose three best pitchers are all under 30.

Hey - as another NL contender fan, I hope they don't - but I think they'd be stupid not to pull the trigger for a rental who fits a on the left side of the IF.

Sure, you gotta pick the right guys to move - but based on the sheen-lost prior wave that looks like it had some misses, pitching prospects are sometimes best used as chits. So - decide which of the Soroka/Wright/Gohara/Anderson/Allard is you favorite, put him off limits - and let the O's pick two of 'em.

   6. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM (#5710478)
They've got like four legit top 100 SP prospects - in addition to probably the same number of guys whose prospect sheen has worn off, but might still have some value (Fried, Wisler, Sims, etc). That's on top of a rotation whose three best pitchers are all under 30.


The month long "WHO WILL BE TRADED AT THE DEADLINE!" reporting is literally my least favorite thing about baseball, but yes. The Braves should be looking to flip some of their stockpile of young arms for players to help them immediately. They shouldn't package up Ian Anderson, Ronald Acuna and Christian Pache for two months of a reliever, but management are not morons. Personally, I just want to get through August so we can end this endless stream of "team X reportedly increased their offer for Machado over night!" It's all just empty, vapid bullshit. When a deal gets done, report it. Don't "report" the gossip about who might be talking to Jenny behind Roberto's back now that she's back from summer camp.
   7. wjones Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:09 AM (#5710514)
The month long "WHO WILL BE TRADED AT THE DEADLINE!" reporting is literally my least favorite thing about baseball, but yes. The Braves should be looking to flip some of their stockpile of young arms for players to help them immediately. They shouldn't package up Ian Anderson, Ronald Acuna and Christian Pache for two months of a reliever, but management are not morons. Personally, I just want to get through August so we can end this endless stream of "team X reportedly increased their offer for Machado over night!" It's all just empty, vapid bullshit. When a deal gets done, report it. Don't "report" the gossip about who might be talking to Jenny behind Roberto's back now that she's back from summer camp.

I couldn't agree more! Another offshoot from all this crap is that it gets repeated so many times that a rumor that may not have had any truth whatsoever doesn't happen, and a certain section of the fanbase is 'outraged' that the GM couldn't pull the trigger on a deal he had no intention of ever making.
   8. dlf Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:18 AM (#5710519)
They are built (or so they say) to really start competing in 2019 ... Reilly up and ready


I've been to a few of Gwinnett games since Reilly was promoted and, via the luck of the draw he (a) didn't play in one and (b) in the others had nothing but very routine plays. What do the scouts say about his defense? His body, particularly his legs, looks a little thick and as he ages, I could see him growing out of third fairly quickly, but no nothing of his fielding to date.
   9. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 12:02 PM (#5710557)
So is it safe to say that Anthopoulos is one of the better executives in the game? I've been trying to tell people this for a while, and I feel like I get blank stares every time. But his track record is good, and the Blue Jays made a huge blunder in getting rid of him.
   10. jmurph Posted: July 16, 2018 at 12:10 PM (#5710564)
So is it safe to say that Anthopoulos is one of the better executives in the game? I've been trying to tell people this for a while, and I feel like I get blank stares every time. But his track record is good, and the Blue Jays made a huge blunder in getting rid of him.

But they got to hire Mark Shapiro! Who has accomplished... things, I guess!
   11. bfan Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:04 PM (#5710598)
So is it safe to say that Anthopoulos is one of the better executives in the game?


as it relates to his Braves tenure, he has to actually do something of consequence, first. Riding the nice timing at the end of a rebuild and the incredible luck of having Albies and Acuna get served up is only going to work as "his magic touch" for so long. I have heard somewhere that one true sign of a great GM is being able to build a cheap and effective bullpen. So far, he does not get an "A" in that category.
   12. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: July 16, 2018 at 02:37 PM (#5710656)
I disagree with The Duke in #1. He said all he could legally say, but gave us enough clues to fill in the blanks

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