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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Braves - Released Martin

Atlanta Braves - Released P Tom Martin; purchased the contract of P John Foster.

Well, I didn’t expect Martin to be given up that quickly, but I’m not a fan of him.  Unlike my previous speculation, John Foster is the replacement instead of Frank Brooks, but I still wouldn’t be surprised to see Brooks on the team this season.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 17, 2005 at 12:06 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: April 17, 2005 at 12:50 AM (#1263295)
John Norman Foster!

So, where was he playing in 2004?
   2. NTNgod Posted: April 17, 2005 at 12:55 AM (#1263310)
The disabled list.
   3. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: April 17, 2005 at 02:13 AM (#1263533)
Was Atlanta's plan all along to just keep Martin until Foster was ready?
   4. Old Matt Posted: April 17, 2005 at 02:20 AM (#1263536)
I'm sure the Mets have room for a fourth ineffective lefty.
   5. Drewdat Posted: April 17, 2005 at 04:07 AM (#1263696)
I think the plan was, "Try and get by, Martin's making 900K from us". Of course, he got blasted in his 2 or 3 outings, and I'm sure the scouts/Leo didn't see anything left, at which point it's better just to have the roster spot, even at the expense of 900K.

I like the creativity and decisiveness shown so far by the Braves' brass. Surely they'll find a spot for Andy Marte.

Best of luck to Tom Martin. Hopefully he can latch on somewhere and return to average.
   6. "Andruw for HoF" sure died down Posted: April 17, 2005 at 07:38 AM (#1264050)
Martin was really good for the Dodgers in 03, and then just blew up. Not a bad option to stash away in AAA.
   7. J.C. Bradbury Posted: April 17, 2005 at 01:15 PM (#1264126)
Martin's problem is that he misunderstood that Chicks dig the longball commercial. The Martin trade last year was a bad move by JS. Rarely is he influenced by one year of meidocre numbers from a pitchers park. I hope the scout that pulled this one is fired. The Braves will end up paying Martin nearly $1.5 mil for less than 20 innings of work. Now the pen is a mess with no good cheap options out there.
   8. "Andruw for HoF" sure died down Posted: April 17, 2005 at 04:27 PM (#1264200)
JCB - the Dodgers are covering some of Martin's salary.

Braves just picked up Brooks, who should be useful in the pen at least as a LOOGY.
   9. Drewdat Posted: April 18, 2005 at 01:00 AM (#1265301)
That 20 innings/1.5 million counts last year after the deadline, as well.

Brooks has gotta get to the pen first. He's still in Richmond, while the Braves called up John Foster to be the LHRP.
   10. joshtothemaxx Posted: April 18, 2005 at 02:53 AM (#1265686)
Danny Kolb's 10th inning in this Sunday Night Game is truly atrocious. 2 walks, an error, and then a defensive miscue that will go as a single. Pathetic.
   11. StopBooingAbreu Posted: April 20, 2005 at 05:27 AM (#1272421)
In reference to Kolb, I was above the bullpen when he was warming up for that game, and he was all over the place. I was surprised his outing went as well as it did actually.

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