Wren making bold moves; we pick Best CDs of ‘09

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NCmike

December 23rd, 2009
11:36 pm

I know he hasn’t played there much, but isn’t it hard to imagine Glaus playing SS? No range, but hard to hit one through the hole when the hole has been plugged. That is one big hombre…

TnBrian (just need one more solid bat)

December 23rd, 2009
11:37 pm

GTsteve, hahaha. You’re so damn funny, man. Let me guess, your wife left you because she was afraid of having a heart attack from laughing at all your jokes?

See the sarcasm because that wasn’t a very planned out joke, was it? I’ve even written better.

Andrew in PA

December 23rd, 2009
11:37 pm

Goldenglove002
with your payroll we are only at 85 with signing derosa for 6 mill? then why are we not going after bay or holliday..i think you numbers are wrong

The Bird and Indian

December 23rd, 2009
11:38 pm

I find it hilarious that his name was banned. But he just keeps trying. :)

.P.a.u.l .L.e.n.t.z

December 23rd, 2009
11:39 pm

The Bird and Indian………did you really think that it would be that easy to get rid of me?

Roman Gal

December 23rd, 2009
11:39 pm

I’d also prefer to see Melky accidentally locked in the supply closet in Orlando and forgotten there in for the remainder of 2010

Well, if the blog’ll spring for my bond when I get locked up, I’m in!

Topher24

December 23rd, 2009
11:40 pm

So what happens with the other “7MM”? If you add up all the committed contracts and approximate salaries for Moylan and pre-arb. folks, you get around 83MM, which really leaves about 10-12MM to spend, but hey, the payroll’s been disputed all winter, right?

Who else does FW decide to bring in? Super insurance plan Mark DeRosa? Hope he hits like he used to Jermaine Dye? X-man Nady? And if any of those guys are brought in, what of Melk Man? Super Utility OF? Trade bait for even more bullpen depth????

Oh so very interesting…. and frustrating!!

Braves fans: Hey, Mr. Wren, we think the Braves need a 30 HR/100 RBI guy…
Wren: Oh yeah, me too. We’re on that.
Braves fans: We have some great suggestions! Adrian Gonzalez…
Wren: Too expensive… in terms of prospects.
Braves fans: Adam Dunn…
Wren: Too slow… looks like my grandma.
Braves fans: Jason Bay
Wren: We wanted to trade for him, but now he wants too much money as a FA
Braves fans: Matt Holliday
Wren: We’re in an effing recession!!!

PTBNL

December 23rd, 2009
11:41 pm

A Bomb, if I remember correctly Lidge did not blow a save in 2008. Not what most would call “crappy”.

Roman Gal

December 23rd, 2009
11:41 pm

He’s played in front of big crowds and faced the pressure

Lots of players play with pressure, but not all of them play well.

Roman Gal

December 23rd, 2009
11:42 pm

did you really think that it would be that easy to get rid of me?

One could only hope…

Kenny J

December 23rd, 2009
11:42 pm

I’m good with Wren. Aggressive, always looking for ways to improve this team: whether right now; 3 years down the road; and in the middle of any given season. He’s still got enough money and trade bait left to pull a left fielder out of the hat by spring training. I wouldn’t be surprised to see unexpected people go if the return is right, for example McClouth and the new Yankee phenom pitcher, Vizcaino. Not predicting that, but Frank’s up to something. He may see Melky in center, Diaz in right (with Hayward in the wings) and who knowswho in left — but probably someone good. All I am saying is Wren never quits trying to make your Bravos better — including an error or two (of commission) along the way. And did anyone notice Glaus is a third baseman? Chipper is old and fragile, and we need a pennant-type third baseman in September. Good insurance gamble for $2 Million, don’t you think? We’ll know more on August 1st y’all. Stay tuned, and thanks Frank.

The A Bomb

December 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

PTBNL — Was referring to last year for Lidge. Thanks for clarifying.

Blake

December 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

DOB, I hope the Braves listen to you and sign Nady for left field and as insurance at 1B for Glaus. Then they can use a Cabrera/Schafer and M. Diaz platoon in right until they get past the deadline for arbitration requirement(like they did with Hanson) and call Heyward up to play right. Then with Diaz, Cabrera, Infante on the bench the Braves will have a pretty balanced team assuming Chipper gets back on track and Glaus stays healthy and performs well.

I am mixed on the Glaus signing, I am more positive since Bobby Cox apparently wanted him and this isn’t another one of Frank’s big ideas. Glaus’s power numbers look pretty good. However, I am a little concerned about the batting average. He hit .262 or worse in every season except 2000 and 2008. Those of us who remember Andruw Jones remember that .250 20-30HR and 90+RBI can be frustrating to watch. And it appears he strikes out about about 150 times a year as opposed to the 120-130 a year for Andruw. Just FYI, I am not saying we should have brought Andruw back I am just drawing the comparison to the type of player Glaus appears to be.

MaineBrave

December 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

lol P.a.u.l .L.e.n.t.z >>>>>>>

Dude is pure comedy

The A Bomb

December 23rd, 2009
11:44 pm

I guess now people have to become M.O.R.O.N.S.

SC Ace

December 23rd, 2009
11:45 pm

Wren has earned the benefit of the doubt. I like him, even if I don’t always agree with everything (but who the heck am I anyway?)

P'cola Brave

December 23rd, 2009
11:45 pm

I don’t understand why everyone is so upset with the moves for Melky and Glaus. We’ve gained to solid major league players. Melky brings more athleticism and Glaus the potential for 25+ HR. I know Glaus is injury prone but hes one year removed from playing 150 games. Sometimes you have to take risks to reap rewards. If they sign another versatile player such as Dero, Nady or trade for Uggla then this team will compete with the others night in and night out.

Purdue Thomas

December 23rd, 2009
11:47 pm

I think people do fail to realize the economics of signing Hudson and offering arb to Soriano.

He obviously made the right choice with Soriano because I believe most sane baseball folks would value Chavez greater than the nothing we would have gotten with no arb offer.

When he signed Hudson (who for his career has been better than Vaz)
at a below market deal he knew he was also adding whatever return he got from Lowe or Vaz for free. We in essense traded:

Vazquez (1yr) and Logan
for
Hudson (3+1yrs) Vizcaino, Dunn and Melky

…in a nearly cost neutral swap. If you value one year of Vaz about the same as Hudson and his three to four we pretty much traded Logan for Vizcaino, Dunn, and Melky. When you look at the whole picture you can see how fantastic this deal was.

Paul Lentz

December 23rd, 2009
11:52 pm

DOB, what was your email from Frank Wren about? I missed it. He said he is working on something small? Did you ask financialy where the Braves were at?

StingerSplash

December 23rd, 2009
11:52 pm

OK, DOB, you want to hear your pic with Billy Joe Shaver was cool, you got it.
It’s way cool.
Buddy of mine saw Billy Joe Shaver in Chattavegas a few months ago. Said he put on a great show, even at his advanced age (Billy Joe’s, not my buddy’s).

The Bird and Indian

December 23rd, 2009
11:53 pm

I am not a winner

AdirondackDave

December 23rd, 2009
11:54 pm

Blake — Re-look those strikeout numbers for Glaus. Since his first few years he seems to have brought them down to more reasonable levels.

Runnin

December 23rd, 2009
11:54 pm

Wren is doing a commendable job. And I hear he has a Blackberry that works underwater.

From off the Cancus coast:
Wren’s wife: “Frank, look at that beautiful school of fish!”
GM Wren: “That’s wonderful honey. Here. Hold my spear gun while I make this trade.”

And before I forget, DOB is a better writer than Mark Bowman. I’ve done the research. It’s not even close.

Roman Gal

December 23rd, 2009
11:54 pm

I inadvertently sent an e-mail to a middle-aged Arab man, on dialysis, living in a cave somewhere in Pakistan. Tom O’Hawke

I hope he doesn’t have pet bears and a bad case of temper-tantrums.

Tom O'Hawke

December 23rd, 2009
11:55 pm

Roman Gal, you made contact! tsk, tsk, and tsk.

OK, boil some water and throw your keyboard in it for 10 minutes. Wash your hands in nearly scalding water for at least 5 minutes. If you have rubbing alcohol, thoroughly cleanse everything you’ve touched since the contact. As far as your mouse goes ….. I’m afraid you must flush it down the toilet and buy a new one.
Please don’t make this mistake again!

bravefaninok

December 23rd, 2009
11:56 pm

I truly believe Frank Wren has done an outstanding job.Improving the Braves Long Term(keeping the top level talent that was here when he became GM and adding ).And Improving the current team without raping the Farm. I hated losing Javy but I understand the move.D Lowe may be slightly over paid but my money says he will be motivated and have a great 2010.

benchwarmer

December 23rd, 2009
11:56 pm

Pitching looks good. Bullpen looks good. Position players have several ifs that are worrisome; age health.. Outfield overall looks good but lacks pop. It is my opinion that the Braves need to find somewhere for Diaz to play everyday. The man can just plain hit. One of those natural badball hitters that comes along only once in a while. As a pitcher you’re always asking what have I got that he can’t hit. Oh yeah,FW is a keeper. I like the way he works past just this year into the future.

Tom O'Hawke

December 23rd, 2009
11:56 pm

(man, talk about your bad timing) :)

Roman Gal

December 23rd, 2009
11:58 pm

Please don’t make this mistake again! Tom O’Hawke

Contact with whom?!? WAIT! I don’t have any rubbing alcohol! Will peroxide do?

PTBNL

December 23rd, 2009
11:58 pm

How many of you have ever pitched a baseball game or two?

It seems that the vast majority of the bloggers can not raise their hand. There is almost no regard for defense on this blog. There is so much calling “foul” when a good pitcher is traded or leaves, but there is no real concern for a pitcher if you have no concern for defense. Defense makes a pitcher better.

No matter, let’s just get Uggla…. he has “pop” (once every 10 games or so).

P’cola, tell me again how Uggla is “another versatile player”? Do you just throw players wherever you want them to go…. no skills needed to play the “field”? Hmmm

You want good pitchers? Get a good defense. Pitchers will like that. Ask Glavin, Smoltz, and Maddog.

Andrew in PA

December 23rd, 2009
11:59 pm

what could be smaller then 0 homers and 2 rbi last year?

David O'Brien

December 24th, 2009
12:01 am

Kyle S: Definitely close. I like that album a lot. Just a little too pop for me. But it’s very good.

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:01 am

PTBNL — You obviously didn’t see the thousands of LOAF ANDERSON posts last season. Had nothing to do with offense.

Good Grief

December 24th, 2009
12:02 am

So would you say that we’re still doing more building for the future instead of present. While it seems we’re at least building with the idea of competing it seems like we’re building to win championships for the future. I don’t know if we’ll be any better than we were last year with the way the team is being put together.

PTBNL

December 24th, 2009
12:04 am

Purdue Thomas, I might have already posted too much tonight, but I wanted (and have been wanting) to tell you that I have appreciated your posts. Thanks for your contributions.

MZ

December 24th, 2009
12:05 am

DOB ——-
And Collective Soul’s latest release? Had to have been up there, huh?

Bravesfan54

December 24th, 2009
12:05 am

DOB: I believe Frank Wren very much to be an able replacement for John Shuerholz. The Vasquez for Cabrera plus futures plus cash, was astute. We had a surplus of pitching, and couldn’t unload Lowe. (Lowe, obviously, at this EARLY juncture, perhaps a mistake.) Cabrera is less “a fourth outfielder”, while not quiet a starter, IMV. He clearly has hitting positives, and has enthusiasm. All in all, a very good move. (Lowe’s history vs. Vaquez supports this – but, damn, I hated losing Vazz, and am not excited about Melky – if I tell the truth!)

Troy Glaus is a good gamble. Nobody else on this blog will say it – and I fully understand why you won’t endorse it (it’s a subtle thing!), but I couldn’t help but notice that Troy’s position is 3B. CJ’s continued ownership of third is the ‘third rail’ of Braves’ bloggers. I – no fool – no both his numbers and his contributions – and, am I to be faulted because I see the sun coming down low on his career, whilst he still has a twilight? (Please, please don’t respond that he had no 4 and 5 threats behind him – I’ll concede that, but his “feets failed him, big time, at third”). Anyhow, FW is brilliant. Read between the lines.

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:06 am

“Contact with whom?!?”
RG, the “banned one”. The one with all those periods running around his moniker. Ycccchhh!

“I hope he doesn’t have pet bears and a bad case of temper-tantrums”
RG, I didn’t stick around long enough to reply to him, but I’m thinkin’ ….. uh-huh

” Will peroxide do?”
I hope so, for your sake.

P'cola Brave

December 24th, 2009
12:06 am

PTBNL

If you would read and comprehend the post before running your mouth you’d realize you can’t sign a guy who is under contract already in Uggla. So therefore I wasn’t considering him versatile.

As far as pitched games, yes I’ve done it, multiple times. I know the value of defense. Its not like these guys boot balls all the time but tell me what good defense is when you can’t score? The Braves defense is fine. Adding Uggla at second or LF isn’t going to ruin their playoff chances. Not adding enough offense will. Face it the days of Pitching and defense don’t prevail the way they use to. With the way Cox coaches offensively we have to have homerun threats in the lineup and Uggla is that.

PTBNL

December 24th, 2009
12:08 am

A Bomb, that may be true, but where were the posts that spoke of Kotch’s value to the team because of his very good defense? And why are people not thinking of defense now? To complain about it after the season starts is too late. And you might want to notice that people did not like “loaf” before the season even started. So, yes, they will complain about anything they can find wrong with him, just as they did with Kotch. I don’t put a lot of stock in the talk about “loaf”….. especially when the same one’s want Uggla! lol

Anyway, I am outa here.

Blake

December 24th, 2009
12:11 am

AdirondackDave, 2007 and 2008 he had 107 and 108 strikeouts respectively. His entire career before that when he has played 100+ games he has had approx. 130-160 strikeouts.

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:12 am

Well, PTBNL — If you’re still around, here goes….

I HATE DAN UGGLA. I think he makes too many errors, has slow footwork around the bag and strikes out way too much. He would not be a good addition to our club despite his power.

Coach B

December 24th, 2009
12:14 am

I not sure why everyone has changed their tone today but I think Wren has blown it lately!!! DOB must be deleting the negative comments…LOL. Wren made some good moves before this year, (though I couldn’t understand all the extra pitching he signed last year), it was a knee jerk reaction to all the injuries the year before. We should have signed a big hitting outfielder like Dunn and taken the chance on one of our 5th pitchers working out. 5th pitchers aren’t that valuable anyway.
I can’t understand the moves at the end of last year and now this year. I was ticked when he gave up on Francour for someone he non-tendered this year. Soriano surprised Wren, then he jumped at the first possible move. When Lowe was untradeable for anything in return, he knee jerked again and dumped the best pitcher we had just as the available top pitchers were thinning out. Top pitching is always in demand, and the more scarce it comes, the more likely you will get a good return. (Just like last year when we overpaid for Lowe to save face, since we publicly lost out on all the top pitching). Not saying that we were going to get overpaid for Soriano or Vasquez, but had we not rushed to sell, we would have been better off. We definitely got underpaid!!!
Bottom line is, we are weaker pitching wise in 2010, not any stronger hitting wise, and all we got is a prospect with a high ceiling, (not like we haven’t had one of those before that never turned out), prospects are exactly that. Prospects, everyone has some that are highly projectable, only a few of them ever reach that projection. It is a projection indicating full development of their raw tools. How soon we forget the baby braves and how we were going to win another 14 titles in a row with them. Only one has reached his potential 5 years later. Now we are already counting our chicks before they hatch going into 2010 worse off than we were last year with one new highly projectable prospect in return. I for one, I see little to get excited about going into this year, (worse off than last year), and only one more projectable player to count on 3 to 5 years from now. WOW, way to go Wren!!!!

Venice Jim

December 24th, 2009
12:14 am

Tom – signing off out here – see you tomorrow!

brian

December 24th, 2009
12:14 am

I would rather have Cody Ross than Dan Uggla (or Melky for that matter)

TnBrian (just need one more solid bat)

December 24th, 2009
12:14 am

I hope GTsteve was a ferquent blogger using another name because I sounded like a d*** to him. Not that I should bash on a frequent blogger, just sayin cause he’d ve be a new one. Sorry GTsteve.

UNCBrave

December 24th, 2009
12:15 am

DOB,

On the last blog, you mentioned the possibility of OF Adam Dunn. He would be an OF and insurance policy if Glaus can’t play 1st…

Do you see the BRAVES going after DUNN?

TexasBrave

December 24th, 2009
12:15 am

I would give Wren an overall B+ in my grade book. Although I believe the Smoltz and Glavine situations could have been handled with more tact, they were the right moves. Still question moving Vasquez to the Yankees for only Melky and Dunn. Yes I understand he got a great prospect in return and MAY help us down the line, but I would have liked to see him get something more in return for Javy. Surely there would have been better offers out there for Vasquez’s services if he had waited a little while longer. After all there is still two months left until pitchers and catchers start.

Then with the reportedly 9 mil he saved by trading Javy he goes out and gets a garage sale player like Glaus. Now Glaus COULD turn out to be a gold mine for us, but he had all this money to go out and get a true power hitting first baseman. Why not do that rather than take a chance that Glaus is going to get it going for us?

Again every move in previous years has worked for the betterment of the Braves thus far, so I am inclined to give Wren the benifit of the doubt.

Lastly there is something I still can’t get my head wrapped around. DOB you said that Wren could still go out and get another (major or bench?)player either in the outfield, 1st or 2nd base. That would mean that there would have to be an odd man out, right? I understand that Diaz can platoon so an outfielder could be had, but wouldn’t that block Heyward unless someone is traded? I also thought Prado was going to play second, yes he could move over to 1st but does that mean Glaus will ride the pine or does Prado go back to the bench?

The only needs that I can see that Wren still needs is bench players. Right now we only have Infante and Ross with minor players Hernandez, Blanco or Jones.

Roman Gal

December 24th, 2009
12:15 am

the “banned one”.

Ah, I’m sorry! I didn’t refer to him by name except in the comment where I was insulting him…that has to count for something, right?

PTBNL

December 24th, 2009
12:16 am

Kind of hard to run one’s mouth on a blog.

However, your sentence structure could have been read either way. The thought of versatile player was expressed and could have easily been carried over into Uggla, especially the way people take short cuts on blogs. Your differentiation seemed to me to be that the first two were signings and Uggla was a trade, but that they all were versatile. But I can see now how you could have meant it the other way as well.

Good night.

cabravesfan

December 24th, 2009
12:16 am

Tom-

Merry Christmas and good night to you :)

Justin

December 24th, 2009
12:16 am

Where’s the Reigning Sound’s “Love and Curses” among these releases? These Memphis-by-way-of-Asheville sounds surely should find their way somewhere near O’Brien’s ear. Great, underrated Memphis music.

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:17 am

“How many of you have ever pitched a baseball game or two?

It seems that the vast majority of the bloggers can not raise their hand”PTBNL

C’mon, guys. That’s the Dentz-man for sure. I’m thinking his acronym stands for, “Paul The Banned Nincompoop Lentz”.

David O'Brien

December 24th, 2009
12:17 am

Coach B: Let me assure you I haven’t deleted a single post regarding Wren. If there are obscenities, filter catches some posts. But there aren’t any in there right now about him.

This might be a little different audience that you’d find on another blog, Coach B. People here tend to be a bit more savvy and analytical about this stuff. (Alright, no comments from the peanut gallery.)

Andrew in PA

December 24th, 2009
12:18 am

If the Braves could get Dunn,wow. If Glaus stays healthy your talking about adding 60-70 homers with those two guys. Braves would have some serious pop,and strikeouts.

Blake

December 24th, 2009
12:18 am

I think the Braves should pass on Uggla. I think Braves would be better off with DeRosa or Nady. Someone who will hit .280-.300 20+ HR and drive in some runs with consistency at the bottom of the order. Uggla rarely hits better that the .240-.260 range not to mention he strikeout about 160 times a year and he would (hopefully) be playing out of position in LF since his defense is worse than Prado’s at 2B.

The Bird and Indian

December 24th, 2009
12:19 am

Paul: Eventually they are going to find a way to shut down your IP Address from posting. I guess that’s what you would call it, but I’m no technical guru at all.

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:19 am

Goodnight Jim and LAdy, see you tomorrow

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:20 am

Do you see the BRAVES going after DUNN?

UNCBrave — Let’s hope the Braves are not DUNN.

George from NC

December 24th, 2009
12:20 am

Savvy huh?

C’mon DOB, I only started posting yesterday but thanks!

unbelievable

December 24th, 2009
12:21 am

still possible targets….Nady, Dunn, Derosa, Cuddyer, Crawford, Damon, Uggla and it still seems that we have the funds to bring any of those guys in

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

“…that has to count for something, right?”

RG, there’s an outside shot we can still save your mouse. :P

George from NC

December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

Anyone else watching the U of A/NC State game…quite possibly the worst game i’ve seen all year…

Oh, how the mighty have fallen in Tuscon…

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

Oh, man — PTBNL was L.E.N.T.Z.!

I feel like a M.O.R.O.N.!

P'cola Brave

December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

DOB

Has there been any more news on the Nady front? Out of everyone available I think hes the best fit. Though the others wouldn’t bother me.

The Grinch

December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

Howdy, all. I’ve said all along Wren’s been doing a fine job considering his budgetary limitations, and I stand by that. We’ve weakened the rotation a bit which I’m not too happy about, but it’s still one of the best in baseball 1-5 if Hudson stays healthy. We’ve accumulated valuable trade pieces or future team talent (however you want to look at it), and improved on LaRoche at about a 5th of his salary.

Also, let us not forget the dead weight that’s gone. Even if we’d made no moves at all, we wouldn’t have KJ, Frenchy, Schaeffer and Norton killing half our season. Remember, this team was driving in runs like crazy after the all star break. If Heyward does well, Glaus at least equals Roach and we still add someone like Uggla, there’s no reason we can’t get some post season action going on.

unbelievable

December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

Uggla’s stats vs LH and his away splits are awful. Scary bad

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:23 am

unbelievable — your list is unbelievable.

Mitchie-san

December 24th, 2009
12:23 am

HAHA, I’ve been on the old blog, trying to catch up. I made it to page 73 before I realized there was a new blog.

Anyway, Mele Kalikimaka, DOB. Have fun in Whistler and thanks for your hard work.

TnBrian (just need one more solid bat)

December 24th, 2009
12:25 am

brian, I’d rather have Cody Ross to, but I’ve read where Fla. doesn’t want to trade him or Cantu.

George from NC

December 24th, 2009
12:25 am

One question… why are some frustrated with the Glaus signing yet want Nady? Last time I checked Nady played maybe 3 games last year and didn’t have NEAR the numbers Glaus did in ‘08

.P.a.u.l .L.e.n.t.z

December 24th, 2009
12:25 am

The Bird and Indian………….what makes you think that I have only one IP address?

jeffrey d

December 24th, 2009
12:27 am

what makes you think that I have only one IP address?

Because most normal people do

PTBNL

December 24th, 2009
12:27 am

Tom O, You have not been around here very long, have you? …. very wrong. Guess again.

BehindEnemyLines

December 24th, 2009
12:28 am

What I really think of the job Wren has done can’t be printed in a family newspaper … err, blog.

Suffice to say that I wouldn’t want him drafting talent in a Saturday morning rec league, much less a major league team. He may very well be the most over matched GM in baseball at this point.

BravesfaninWis

December 24th, 2009
12:29 am

When Glaus played SS that was at the beginning of his career and he was like 50 pounds lighter. That would be closely compared to Troy Tulowitzki in Colorado, a tall and big SS.

.P.a.u.l .L.e.n.t.z

December 24th, 2009
12:29 am

The A Bomb……….unlike some on here, I only post using my name. I dont posting under anyone else’s name or come up with anonymous names. You should know that by now.

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:29 am

P.A.U.L. L.E.N.T.Z……an escaped blogger…. can he escape the AJC blog police??????

Oh boy, this is going to be like a car chase on a blog! WOW!

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:30 am

Well Lentz, with your “fugitive” status I really didn’t know.

I guess I’m not a M.O.R.O.N.

jeffrey d

December 24th, 2009
12:30 am

Oh boy, this is going to be like a car chase on a blog! WOW!

I think it’s more like trying to catch Bin Laden

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:32 am

He’s heading for the caves above San Francisco Bay!!!!!!!!!!

jeffrey d

December 24th, 2009
12:32 am

BravesfaninWis

December 24th, 2009
12:33 am

DOB,

Did the Braves just covet Cabrera more, or did the Yankees flat out deny the Braves getting Swisher? Don’t you think that Swisher would be a better overall fit in Atlanta considering he has more power and that is what the Braves lacked? I would rather have had Swisher in that deal, and I am sure most fans agree with that. I think realistically it could have been pulled off. Even if that meant we didn’t get one or both of the prospects that we did, and they still got Javy and Boone. I really believe though that Javy straight up for Swisher would have been a fair enough trade.

George from NC

December 24th, 2009
12:33 am

BehindEnemyLines, great movie but what has Wren done that’s been horrible for this franchise?

Sure, im not thrilled with the Vazquez deal quite yet but we did get 2 very good prospects and a CF who could develop fairly well in the NL. Glaus is a GREAT signing for the price we paid. The last time the guy was healthy (’08) he played 151 games with 27 homers and 99 RBI’s… I like my chances with him in the middle of the lineup for the price we paid.

George from NC

December 24th, 2009
12:34 am

Supposedly Girardi has a huge man crush on Swisher so i’m pretty sure that’s why we couldn’t land Swisher.

Plus, Melky’s cheaper

TnBrian (just need one more solid bat)

December 24th, 2009
12:34 am

With Uggla out there for the taking & Atlanta defintely having the pieces to get him without draining their system, you have to think they haven’t gotten him is because of his poor defense & maybe the fact he’s said he wouldn’t change positions. But, like what was said yesterday by Rosenthal I believe, once he were to see how much better Prado is at 2nd than him he might have a change of heart.

jeffrey d

December 24th, 2009
12:35 am

Swisher’s a career .240s hitter. His 20-something homeruns won’t make up for that.

BravesfaninWis

December 24th, 2009
12:36 am

I would have preferred Swisher to Cabrera myself, but if Glaus stays healthy and puts up great numbers, having a high average hitter like Cabrera with great defense will be a welcome addition to this team. I guess time will tell though.

.P.a.u.l .L.e.n.t.z

December 24th, 2009
12:39 am

The A Bomb………If Troy Glaus can show that he is healthy AND can hit like the old Troy Glaus……he could be the biggest bargain of the year and end up winning the Comeback Player of the Year award.

Or……..he will be a complete bust (whether injured or struggles at the plate).

Or he will be like Garrett Anderson, hits in spurts but plays bad defense.

I hope that he can rebound. He’s young enough (33 years old) that it isnt a stretch to assume that he has a number of decent years left in him.

However, expecting him to step right in and produce in the clean-up spot might be a reach.

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:40 am

“unlike some on here, I only post using my name. I dont posting under anyone else’s name or come up with anonymous names. You should know that by now.” (the period man)

Yes, you’re right! We should know by now about your honesty because …………………………..why is that again?

P'cola Brave

December 24th, 2009
12:42 am

I don’t think Glaus defense will be a real problem. If I remember correctly wasn’t he a gold glove caliber third baseman. The transition over won’t be difficult and if hes good with his glove at all he’ll be able to make the transition smoothly.

bravemandan

December 24th, 2009
12:42 am

bravefaninok

I too think Lowe will have a good year in 2010 and am also from OK.

Knox Harrington

December 24th, 2009
12:43 am

nice to see The Flaming Lips’ Embryonic getting some love!

FranktheFalcon

December 24th, 2009
12:43 am

Frank Wren is a good baseball man because he learned from the best, John Scheurholz, but he needs more tact and more finesse. He would never make it as a professional poker player because he is too easy to read. He wants to play “hard ball” all the time, but you can’t do that in all situations. In my opinion, he was not tactful enough, nor sensitive enough in dealing with both John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. He needs to show respect to get respect! For instance, right now he should communicate more with Adam LaRoche and his agent. Adam is great friends with Chipper and loves the Braves. Adam had a great second half for the Braves and the Braves fans really like Adam LaRoche. I know that baseball is a business, but you are dealing with humans who have feelings. Mr. Wren, see if you can’t communicate better and use a little more tact, please! Bobby Cox makes the tough decisions, but players love him. John Scheurholtz made the tough decisions, but baseball people respected him and love what he did for the Braves. At this point, I don’t see the compassion and sensitivity from you. You can do it AND be HIGHLY SUCCESSFULL. Don’t go ALL IN on every hand or you will eventually LOSE! People know deep down whether you honestly care about them or not. Please think about being more tactful and compassionate! GO BRAVES!!!

David O'Brien

December 24th, 2009
12:45 am

Those asking about Dunn (still): No, I think the Braves got the only Dunn they’ll be getting anytime soon. The lefty Mike Dunn from Yankees. Not looking for a 1B anymore….

Justin: I haven’t heard the Reigning Sound, but your description sounds as if it’s something I’d like. I’ll look for it.

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:45 am

Ha, ha, Dentz reminds me of that game the Braves had against the Mets, years ago. Bobby Valentine got thrown out, but returned to the dugout with a disguise. Remember that? He had a mustache taped on! When I see Dentz’s alias’ now, all I can picture is Valentine with that electrical tape mustache. Still trying to sneak in. :D

The A Bomb

December 24th, 2009
12:45 am

Like I said before — we’ve gone from a guaranteed 90-win team 48 hours ago to a team that needs a red-phone hotline to Dr. James Andrews.

Too many question marks. We just signed a guy to play 1B who’s basically never played there. We don’t have time for learning curves.

Just watch Chipper’s consistent low throws across the diamond. They might be an adventure this coming season.

David O'Brien

December 24th, 2009
12:46 am

TexasBrave: When I said another player who could play 1B, I didn’t mean as his primary position, but rather as insurance in case Glaus doesn’t hold up. A guy like Nady, for instance.

Tom O'Hawke

December 24th, 2009
12:48 am

“Tom O, You have not been around here very long, have you? …. very wrong. Guess again.”

PTBNL, yeah, you have an honest-looking moniker, my mistake. 80

MaineBrave

December 24th, 2009
12:48 am

DOB

Why has nobody Mentioned Jermaine Dye? He’s 35, his legs are worn but he did hit 26+ hrs last year and a good 90 rbi if i remember correctly. Another threat like him in our line-up would be tremendous.

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