Acosta cut, drops roster to 37

37 – number on camp roster after Manny Acosta was cut

The right-handed reliever was optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett on Saturday.

Manager Bobby Cox said the Braves would make more cuts Sunday and/or Monday as they whittle the roster to 25 before opening day.

Acosta allowed five hits, four runs and four walks in three innings over his last three spring appearances, and his good arm and 10 strikeouts (in seven innings) this spring weren’t enough for the Braves to consider keeping him on the opening-day roster.

He issued three walks in his final spring appearance Thursday against Pittsburgh, and took the loss in that gave after blowing a save in his previous appearance.

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Meatlake

March 27th, 2010
6:46 pm

sidslidkid

March 27th, 2010
6:47 pm

Acosta was an easy cut… he wore his welcome out pretty quick. He’s got to earn his spot all over again.

andy

March 27th, 2010
7:00 pm

Jesse chavez should be next after his horrid spring. Its gonna be great having proctor down in the pen!

rick11p

March 27th, 2010
7:02 pm

Please tell me that no strike throwin’, no out gettin’ Vazquez isnt hanging around still (I know the good one is gone)

David O'Brien

March 27th, 2010
7:11 pm

Rick11p, you want we should just guess who you’re talking about? There’s another Vazquez on the team? You talking about the Maryland shooting guard or the Yankees pitcher?

5.7 Hemi Owner

March 27th, 2010
7:37 pm

DOB,

I believe he is thinking about Chavez, not Vazquez. :)

Geezer

March 27th, 2010
7:41 pm

Dave, what’s your perspective on how the final bullpen slots will fill out?

JDUB

March 27th, 2010
8:21 pm

My eyes were widened with this headline. “Acosta Cut”. However, I realized he was just moving to AAA. He needs to be given his papers. His attititude stinks, and so does his fastball.

reallygroovy7777

March 27th, 2010
9:58 pm

they should cut the whole team, and use the aaa team they will fare just as well with the phillies.

Amber

March 27th, 2010
10:44 pm

Thank goodness! I agree that Chavez should go next.

Ray

March 27th, 2010
10:47 pm

Chavez would have been sent down a long time ago, but they don’t want to advertise what a horrid deal they made for Soriano. All their glowing reports on Chavez must have been a mirage.

stew

March 27th, 2010
11:15 pm

I think Chavez should stick. I remember a game I saw him pitch against the Braves last year. I was very impressed with his heat. Proctor is coming off a couple of injury plagued year. He has not pitched that well this spring either. I am concerned about Yunel. If he goes down, does Infante get the nod?

Steve

March 28th, 2010
2:00 am

Forget the heat, without movement Chavez is a batting average pitcher. Maybe he has been working on some other pitches, but if not, he needs to go. I don’t mind admitting the Braves got taken by Soriano, because the original move of tendering him was a good one. I guess maybe the Braves should have realized he would accept given the crummy market, but the reality is Soriano isn’t worth what he got in the tender, much less a second round pick. I can’t fault the Braves, other teams for not signing the anti-clutch closer, or Soriano for accepting. It’s was just a no win situation. If the Braves don’t tender him the fans here go ballistic anyhow.

So, let’s close the door on Soriano and option Chavez.

Steve

March 28th, 2010
2:00 am

Err .. Batting ‘practice’ pitcher.

George "Boston Brave" Spitz

March 28th, 2010
4:46 am

I like previously optioned left hander Mariano Gomez. He constantly pitched strikes and had a 1.99 ERA at Gwinett in 2009.. Hope they give him another opportunity.

moosedog

March 28th, 2010
9:00 am

reallygroovy7777……………you’re an idiot !

northbeach Scott

March 28th, 2010
11:15 am

It seems likely that Proctor will get two weeks or so down in Gwinnett to build up some arm strength so that he does not struggle like Moylan did in April 09. This will also have the effect of enabling the Braves to control his contract through 2011.

Seems like a great way to give Chavez a shot early and if he cannot shake off his ST woes then he can be optioned in mid-April and Proctor brought up. Remember, Protor is not on the 40 man, so someone will be dropped when he joins.

Look for the Braves to do the same with Jo-Jo the dog-faced boy. Keep him up instead of Venters (who is actually on the 40 man) to give him one last shot with the Braves as a middle reliever/swing man to go along with Medlen. If Jo-Jo screws up then option him and bring up Ventors.

Although Kimbrel probably deserves to make the team out of ST, he is not on the 40 man and would probably get better experience closing in Gwinnett until we see how Chavez, Jo-Jo, Proctor and Ventors do in the majors. Seems a waste to have him the last guy of the ATL bullpen.

John A.

March 28th, 2010
12:06 pm

I think we will regret letting Vasquez go to the Yankees

rick11p

March 28th, 2010
1:22 pm

DUH…..Yeah I meant Chavez. What’s that old canard about opening your mouth and removing all doubt??

LWells2000

March 28th, 2010
1:48 pm

Cutting Acosta…even with no replacement…would strengthen the team; as long as he stays cut.

usnavyvolfaninva

March 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

rick11p…
it’s okay, we all make mistakes.

RJBDAWGS

March 29th, 2010
11:39 am

Hopefully injuries won’t force us to bring Manny “Icostya the win” back up to the bigs this year. For being able to throw mid 90’s the guy is garbage. He can’t locate his pitches and he went to the school of Kolb/Reitsma when it comes to closing/middle relief. I’d rather see Bobby Dews get the nod in the 8th.

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