12:15 pm December 9, 2009, by David O'Brien
December 14th, 20091:43 am
So I check the blog comments to see if anything happened in the world of Braves since this afternoon and DOB springs the ‘new-blog-in-t-minus-15-minutes’ trick on me? Now I have to stay up another 20 minutes to read it…
But seriously it’s perfectly fine. Thanks for being up at somewhat ridiculous hours Good Sir O’Brien.
December 14th, 20091:45 am
The more we all discuss the prospects of a Derek Lowe trade, the more I think that maybe we are going in the wrong direction. IF, we could trade Lowe and get rid of all his salary and not get anything in return, then it would be worth it. If we could trade him and get a very useful piece ( prospect or veteran) and only pay $3 million tops, it would be Worth it. But, If we have to pay $5 Mill of his salary and get nothing but the extra $10 per year it would save us, that’s the breaking point and it’s either time to trade Vazquez or keep them both.
The payroll as it is, has about $8 left in it. Go out and sign either Nady or Delgado for $7 mill and with the last $1 mill sign Garko and Brian Anderson. They both hit lefties well and could give Schafer(Anderson) a rest against tough lefthanders, while Diaz does the same for Heyward. Garko could sort of semi platoon with Delgado against lefties or just pinch hit if it’s Nady that signs.
So, you Have :
Nady or Delgado
Kawakami pitches out of the pen.
NOW, here is the important part: if , the Braves do not stay in the race approaching the trade deadline, THAT will be the time to unload.
Trade Lowe (Teams in contention will be willing to take his salary then, if he is pitching decently)
Get some very good prospects in return, Cut payroll( By $34 million for next year)
Next year Schafer and Heyward will have a full year under their belt. The Braves will have money to spend. Sign Free agents Carl Crawford and Jason Werth, bring up Freddie Freeman.
This team would be built to win with speed at the top(Crawford and Werth), Power in the Middle(Heyward,Chipper, McCann) and a mix of RBI’s (Escobar), all around hitting(Freeman) and situational hitting(Prado). The starting pitching would be extremely good or great depending on Medlin fulfilling his potential.
There would still be enough money for a very good bench and bullpen!
December 14th, 20091:54 am
We can only assume what LaRoche wants. I agree with you that he wants as many years as possible, but there may not be that market for him. Who would sign him to that? I’m not saying no team would, but I just don’t know who would, off the top of my head. Meanwhile, he likes Atlanta, and his best buddy is Chipper. It’s not a given that Freeman is going to be ready for MLB next year, or any year, for that matter. As far as what Wren can spend? Do any of us really know? This is a multi-billion dollar corporation. What they tell us they can spend, and what they really can spend, may be like night and day. I don’t know. I’m just sayin’….
I really think if Wren offers a decent $ figure to LaRoche, if he can, for maybe 2 years, that he may possibly accept it. Usually, when a team wants to attract a FA, they offer 1 more year than they really want him for, at least so they say.
December 14th, 20092:06 am
Tom O’Hawke, it’s been reported that LaRoche wants three years in excess of 30 million. Whether or not this happens is anybody’s guess.
December 14th, 20092:08 am
I see that nobody is responding to this blog anymore. Y’all are waiting for the new one, aren’t you? Well, let me tell you, when this blog sets the record for the most postings, what post is going to the most important? The last one here, for the record, or the first one on a never to be remembered blog?
December 14th, 20092:12 am
i agree, tom. LAST!!!!
Is this the longest blog ever? Since pagination began we have been up in some pretty high numbers.
December 14th, 20092:14 am
Perhaps more remarkable is that on a dull week in December we have posted over 1000 entries a day! Just think what is going to happen when something is actually happening in Braves World.
December 14th, 20092:15 am
Night Ninja, I like LaRoche. However, with this economy, and his first half to second half splits, I just can’t see him getting that. That doesn’t mean he won’t. I’ve been wrong before, many times. I just think that seems a tad excessive, even for MLB.
December 14th, 20092:18 am
jed, ha ha, I see you agree with me.
December 14th, 20092:25 am
New blog arriving within 15 minutes. …. DOB, 1:34am
Has anyone else noticed, Dave can write his butt off, but he sucks with a clock?
December 14th, 20092:26 am
you know what might be interesting is an interview with kelly johnson after the braves finally cut him loose. he’s obviously got to have a lot of emotions regarding atlanta, as i’ve never seen fan support like this for a player. it’d be interesting to hear his thoughts on that, as well as his thoughts on the support cox gave him during his struggles. plus, i’d like to hear the real story on his injury last year and how he felt that affected his performance. count me among those relieved when prado finally took over 2b last year, but kelly seems a very likable person–his response to being benched last year was incredibly impressive–and i certainly wish him the best. i think he could rebound in the right environment and wonder what his perspective is on his future. i just re-read the story on him being dropped and there were no quotes from him there. anyway, could make for a really interesting read.
December 14th, 20092:27 am
Yes, NEW BLOGGAGE at 2:30 a.m. Is anyone awake? I hope so.
December 14th, 20092:28 am
tom, your post snapped me out of my complacence. as god is it my witness, i must be last!
December 14th, 20092:30 am
2:30am blog! DOB is a hard worker! and a damn fine beat writer!
December 14th, 20094:16 am
It must be tough when The Bear stuffs your stupid words down your throat. Is that what you meant to say? You promised to get off this board forever if we proved you wrong and again you lied as you always seem to do.
You have proved you are a fool and you go to great lengths to show us why we should think that.
You will learn someday to be careful about jumping my case. I don’t involve myself in anything I can’t prove. I have never been much for opinions on blogs like this. And I sure as hell don’t make ignorant statements like you made when you said that all players who play a single day in the majors draw the major league minimum forever afterward. That was about the dumbest thing I have seen on this blog and that is saying a lot. And you were ignorant enough to say you were 99% certain you were right. What a dumbarse.
I warned you not to make a fool of yourself and you typically ignored that also. You really are stupid.THE BEAR Illegitimi non carborundum
LMFAO! I was referring to the Chicago Bears, the “s” key always gets stuck on my laptop, and my father gets really aggressive and pissed when the Bears are losing. But thanks for the kind words.
Also, hear is what I said about the bet:
I’d be willing to wager that your wrong. If I right, you can’t post here for a whole year, If I’m wrong, I won’t post here for 3 years.
And you can’t post under the name “Laul Pentz” either.
And I’m 110% serious.
And he said:
Jurrjens4NLCY………..while I’m pretty sure I’m right, I’m not willing to wager on it.
So there was no bet, only a proposed bet.
December 16th, 200912:17 am
What do ya’ll think about the Braves trading Lowe for Juan Rivera and Kendry Morales??? If the Braves will throw in a prospect or two and eat some of the contract, then this deal might be done. The good thing is we would get a young 1st and a fairly young OF who can hit for some power, not to mention getting rid of Lowe.
December 22nd, 200910:15 am
Wake up AJC. 15 minutes ago ESPN reported Braves traded there best pitcher to Yankees for an average outfielder.
a legjobb rulett stratégia
January 3rd, 201010:50 am
Damn, that sound’s so easy if you think about it.
January 28th, 201011:04 am
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