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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Braves - Acquired Moises Hernandez

Atlanta Braves - Acquired P Moises Hernandez from the Baltimore Orioles as compensation for the hiring of Leo Mazzone.

The Orioles do in fact give the Braves compensation for hiring Mazzone, but the compensation is on the level one would expect for 3 offseason weeks of a pitching coach’s services.  Names like Nick Markakis had been rumored and I’d suggest that anyone who thought Angelos would give up a top prospect and one of his personal favorite players just to sign Leo Mazzone early should probably check into a methadone clinic.  And if they’re clean, maybe it’s time to take up a heroin habit.

I wouldn’t call Hernandez a complete non-prospect as he sports a 95 MPH fastball and control of the non-horrible variety.  He’ll probably be converted to relief and may even have a career someday, but more likely than not, Felix’s big brother will play the role Jesus Martinez did a decade ago - a minor league guy that’s related to much richer, more successful people (though Hernandez is named after the stone tablet dude rather than the transubstantiation guy).

Dan Szymborski Posted: October 23, 2005 at 01:24 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Barnaby Jones Posted: October 23, 2005 at 02:12 PM (#1699105)
The stone tablet dude had a wicked slider.
   2. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: October 23, 2005 at 06:30 PM (#1699505)
Hernandez may not look like much right now, but give him a few months with Leo and...(sigh)...It's going to take some serious de-programming for us Braves fans to curtail that particular reflexive thought.
   3. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: October 23, 2005 at 08:09 PM (#1699723)
There's another guy named Moises? I wonder if he's also a hand-peer.
   4. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: October 24, 2005 at 01:09 AM (#1700305)
Well, Leo was leaving anyway, so even minor league filler is something. The big question is, who replaces Leo? I think it's likely to be Bruce Dal Canton, although I've also heard Willis (the AA pitching coach) mentioned as a possibility.

The smaller question is, is this the beginning of the end for Bobby Cox? He's not young, and losing his right-hand man might lessen his enthusiasm for staying around. Especially if what everyone keeps expecting finally happens, and the string is broken. Will Bobby feel like rebuilding? Or was 2005 the rebuilding season?
   5. Johnny Tuttle Posted: October 25, 2005 at 09:06 PM (#1703744)
I hope it's not insulting to Cox to suggest that he might just see how these youngsters continue to develop before deciding on his staying with the team.
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 28, 2005 at 12:15 AM (#1708754)
Dan, you are thinking of Moses, not Moises. This does not seem like proper compensation for Mazzone, but the Braves might as well take this since Mazzone could just leave as a free agent in a couple weeks leaving the Braves with no compensation.

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