4:44 pm July 31, 2010, by David O'Brien
July 31st, 20108:23 pm
NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT.
July 31st, 20108:28 pm
Blanco, 4th outfielder, means starter if injury, we gave up to much, why didn’t they trade mcclouth instead of Blanco, because no one wants him. send him back to pittsburg. Fawnsworth, is threw, no more in his arm. he was the pits when he was with the yankees.
July 31st, 20108:30 pm
I seem to recall that there was some doping questions associated with Ankiel some years ago.
July 31st, 20108:35 pm
some of you “baseball fans” just don’t get it! Ankiel is an upgrade over any other option we’ve had in centerfield this year. I’ve watched most of the Braves games this year and Blanco is really a below average centerfielder. He continually takes bad routes to balls in the gap, doesn’t hustle to balls hit in front of him and has a really weak arm. Ankiel gets injured by hustling to everything and trying to catch everything. He has a cannon for an arm, and at .261 on a terrible team, he will be an immediate upgrade in the offense at the 7th or 8th spot. Blanco never really understood how to use his speed and even when he was sent down, he had started to come back to his normal meager offensive numbers. The Braves made a move to improve in two areas of the team, centerfield and the back end of the bullpen. I say, job well done!
This trade is a win no matter what – Jesse Chavez is gone.
I was hoping for something bigger, but I’ll take what we got.
July 31st, 20108:37 pm
I would comment on this trade but testifying has me at a loss for words—plus I have to run cause I’m meeting with Damon Evans and two of his associates. College athletics is so rewarding.
July 31st, 20108:41 pm
A 4th outfielder, a bum reliever and a prospect that was a throw in on the Esco deal and people are upset? We got a flame throwing right hander and an outfielder that has power and an arm for that crummy package….Great deal! Go Nats.Beat Phils!
UGA Bail Bonds
July 31st, 20108:44 pm
Maybe TP can turn Ankiel into a .300 hitter.
July 31st, 20108:59 pm
Enter your comments here
Anyone take a guess at the new lineup?
Where will Ankiel bat?
July 31st, 20109:01 pm
Lets see, two more future all starts to add to the “Franks is an idiot” list. Wait and see. Ankiel isn’t a pimple on the buttox of a good hitting outfielder. Farnsworth is good but the Braves cannot afford to pick up the option. Therefore, he will pitch 10 innnings in his last two months as a Brave. Thanks for nothing Frank.
Home of the Braves
July 31st, 20109:03 pm
If you ignore the 1/23 slide Ankiel went into when he was trying to play hurt, he’s actually hit .333 in 69 at bats this year. And he’d have an OBP of .389.
I’m not expecting that out of him, but people who think he’s not an improvement are being ridiculous. We got rid of Chavez, we got a legitimate reliever, we got a power hitting OF who’s capable of playing CF (honestly, he was probably the only one we could’ve gotten who fits that bill)), and we got 2 guys who are reasonably priced.
And to top it off, we gave up nothing of real value to our team now or our future.
This was a great move for the Braves.
Bill in VA
July 31st, 20109:04 pm
Your 7:09 is the best post I’ve ever seen on here!!!! It gets an attaboy from me!
July 31st, 20109:09 pm
I don’t get this love fest with Blanco. He is at best a 4 th outfielder. He was horrible last year and spent the entire year in AAA. Chavez has been horrible this year, the only real loss is Collins. It appears he has truly nasty stuff and will pitch in the majors. Fortunately the Braves have several lefty relief pitchers in the system and shouldn’t miss this young man.
Ankiel is not the answer to our CF problem but should be able to contribute. Farnsworth will be used in short relief and provide some help to a depleted relief corp. This was not the trade we were hoping for but I believe the team is better today than it was yesterday. I just don’t think it was enough. Right now it is questionable if this team will make the playoffs.
July 31st, 20109:21 pm
The key to this team is GLAUS But his knees are so bad he cant hit.
The simple solution is to either sit him and try him at pinch hiting now and then, or putting him on th DL, and call up Freeman. Freeman might nopt be ready for full time MLB, but he would probably be good in the short run. Another upside to this would be some exposure to some major league pitching.
Will the braves do this—NO—why not—-bercause it makes sense.
July 31st, 20109:30 pm
Dumb Ass trade. Who did you get for Blanco? Did you see Melky’s throw from the outfield today? Should have been Melky and something, a bat or ball, somebody to help
Wayne stuck in AL
July 31st, 20109:36 pm
Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic (sigh)…
July 31st, 20109:44 pm
I would imagine this for the lineup tomorrow:
Glaus 1b (should be DLed or shot)
Great trade IMO…Ankiel has come back from the DL strong and should hit 10 hr or better down the stretch and Farnsworth has solidified the pen by protecting the back end…
AND more so, we gave up NOTHING
July 31st, 20109:52 pm
Any chance the Braves might give hometown boy Hermida a look. It wasn’t too long ago that he was a top prospect with the Marlins and the Red Sox finally gave up on him.
July 31st, 20109:54 pm
i am glad there are all of you people out there that think you know something about baseball. Blanco a star give me a break.
July 31st, 20109:59 pm
Damn, they broke up the Venezuelan mafia – Blanco, Prado, Infante, Gonzales. That stinks! You can’t break up the mafia!
July 31st, 201010:01 pm
Not sure about this one. Ankeil has a shaky history and doesn’t seem to stack up well against Blanco. Chavez for Farnsworth COULD work out, but Farnsworth might have hurt himself earlier this week (ribs?), so could be a bust. It all rests on Willie Taveras…
Fan since 1977
July 31st, 201010:08 pm
Good to get Farnsworth back and dump Chavez, rest is a wash. Ankiel is not a power bat but does play good D. And he has to hit better than McLouth.
I hope therefore this is the beginning of a lefty-righty platoon at 1st with Glaus and Hinske. Neither are everyday players anymore so a platoon would improve their productivity, especially Glaus’s. Booby is blind if he continues to write Glaus’ name on the lineup card every day.
How great is Infante? Steps in for Prado and goes 3 for 5 like we didn’t miss a beat in the leadoff spot.
July 31st, 201010:14 pm
Glad thet got Farnsworth back and dumped Chavez, rest of trade is a wash, hopes this leads to a platoon at first with Hinske/Glaus.
July 31st, 201010:17 pm
Someone thinks TP can turn Ankiel into a .300 hitter…LOL…TP has never, I repeat never turned anybody into a .300 hitter.
July 31st, 201010:20 pm
The move is good because of this: Frank Wren and the Braves brass did not want to aggresively pursue a bat that would cause us to lose one of our top prospects. So instead, they acquired a terrific reliever and a guy who should at least be an upgrade over our current CF’ers.
Since we couldn’t add the big bat, we added a huge arm and are poised to truly limit games to six innings. If we are up 3-2 going into the seventh, Farnsworth/Venters/Saito/Wagner is a pretty stellar combo to throw at any team.
Bob Horner had a big fro
July 31st, 201010:39 pm
Honestly, guys, Ankiel has been a solid hitter for the past few years. The problem with him will be if he doesn’t stay healthy. If he does, it is a very good offensive pick-up. The view from the bullpen on this trade is a big thumbs up. PLUS we did not mortgage the future. The Phillies gave up a lot of future talent in their deal, and we have improved our club overall from where it was pre-All Star break.
July 31st, 201010:55 pm
We made a bad trade with the Escobar-Gonzalez deal. Even without looking at individual statistics, the Blue Jays and the Braves are going in opposite directions.
This trade was about stopping the bleeding. Blanco was one of the few highlights we had when he was called up. Now the Braves ship him out and we get a player who was injured most of the year and a pitcher who is known to be unable to pitch in big games. This really didn’t make us much better.
Wasn’t our bullpen our strong suit?
July 31st, 201011:01 pm
Not exactly the blockbuster move I was hoping for but we didnt give too much up and the possible positive return is high. I would have rather given up Melky than Blanco however.
July 31st, 201011:02 pm
Ya’ll got to give Ankiel a chance, I think you will be impressed, When healthy! Would have rather seen them give up Mclouth than Blanco, but it should work out, Also, Farnsworth is much much better than Chavez.
July 31st, 201011:06 pm
I once tweaked my left hammy grabbing my right hammy.
July 31st, 201011:18 pm
It’s amusing, I guess, how people focus on the game Farnsworth allegedly blew in Houston in ‘05. Find a replay of the game on the internet and count how many outs he threw in that fateful inning. A couple misplays, a horrible call by that fat toad Eric Cooper gave Houston six outs. Even Rivera can’t shut down a team that gets six outs. Good pick ups although getting Willingham would have been a better fix.
July 31st, 201011:41 pm
i taught wren everything that he knows.
July 31st, 201011:43 pm
oh yes, ankiel is heading back to the starting rotation.
July 31st, 201011:47 pm
Mr Farnsworth Yes, Yes, WOOoo HOOoo
August 1st, 201012:06 am
This trade was decent however this is NOT the trade to put us over the hump and really let bobby go out with a bang….WREN are u kidding me???? We needed a POWER bat mainly vs LEFT HANDED PITCHING…everybody so excited about ankiel dont set your hopes to high…he does have some pop in his bat however hes just like half of the braves hitters where he CANT DO A DAMN THING VS LEFTIES….176 avg in his limited time this year…Im sorry but this just simply doesnt do it for me…Wren this team needed some pop to the lineup and you brought us a 32 yr old who was good in 2008 but its 2010 now…and this braves team minus matt diaz still cant hit lefties..Everybody needs to pray ASAP that Glaus starts playing just HALF as good as he did awhile back…ill pull for us no matter what Im just pissed that this is all Frank Wren and our FO could do to make sure this team was loaded with weapons for a deep post season run… for this team….ill try and keep my hopes up but it is hard with those phillies right on our ass…
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August 1st, 201012:13 am
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August 1st, 201012:25 am
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I would’ve trade Melky Cabrera instead of Gregor Blanco. At least Blanco played with heart when he was called up this year. Melky…. well, lets look at Saturday’s game @ Cincy… Case closed.
Maybe the Yanks & Braves can call do-overs and we get Javy Vasquez back.
August 1st, 201012:27 am
Ankiel will play every day. 28 home run guy will not sit. He played everyday in ST Louis and in Kansas city.
August 1st, 201012:31 am
Remember people can’t trade someone if they don’t fit with a team as KC was looking to get younger not older or take on very expense contracts. GM made the best move he can. I watched Ankiel when I lived in Central play often.
August 1st, 201012:57 am
With all the talk about Farnsworth and Ankiel, I think the biggest pick up will eventually be Ramirez form the Tigers. The kid is 6′2″ 200 lbs with speed like Heyward and has shown he can hit with power. Next year the new manager will have him as a possible candidate for left field.
August 1st, 20101:29 am
Always love to see guys like Melky throw the ball into right field costing us runs to lose the game while sitting in the field with teammates laughing about it afterwards.
August 1st, 20101:58 am
Should have traded one of those wonderful pitching prospects we have for Bautista. Not a single pitcher in the minors is leading the league in HR’s. We needed a canon and he got us a water pistol.
August 1st, 20102:10 am
Welcome Home Kyle!
August 1st, 20102:15 am
Obviously this is not a sexy trade in which a bopper is brought in but it is a nice deal for the Braves who don’t beat people into submission anyway. Ankiel a Bobby Cox type of guy and will do nicely for the Braves. Farnsworth is an upgrade from Jesse “the Blower” Chavez who had maybe three good outings this season. I remember 2005 and he came in at a good time when the team still had Dan “Killer” Kolb who was horrid and Chris reisma before he was hurt.
Also folks remember that a month from now there could be some people that slip through the waiver wire for the taking.
so cal Brave
August 1st, 20102:18 am
@PHIL: if the blue jays would have taken ONE of our top pitching prospects for Bautista, he would be a Brave right now… but they were asking for 1 major leaguer and 2 top prospects! That meant Medlen, PLUS Minor PLUS Schaefer or Freeman cuz they wanted at least 1 position player.
August 1st, 20102:51 am
@Bruce Mac: two more future all-stars!!! you can’t be serious!!! that’s the most idiotic rant I’ve read today… thanks for the laugh… we gave up a AAAA back up outfielder with no power and average defense (although he is a good team mate and will be missed), a second rate relief pitcher with little upside (chavez) and a 5′7″ 150lbs lefty that will be a very good reliever in the majors at best…
August 1st, 20105:15 am
I struggled with this for a while, but I think I like the move. Our minor league outfield is getting cluttered, and with a platoon at seemingly every position, so is our bench. The main thing that concerns me is that the Braves keep getting progressively older at each position. I liked Blanco for some reason that I can’t exactly pin down, but I think it’s that I could always depend on him to come in and play at least well enough not to lose the game for us. I worry about the aging outfield and the health of Ankiel. I think our bullpen got better today, and I think the price was appropriate.
On a different note, I have to wonder if parting with one of our minor league arms would be such a big deal. I may be way out of bounds here, but I think we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or 7 young, quality arms in our system and in the bigs. I’m counting JJ, Hanson, Medlen, Minor, Delgado, Teheran, and Vizcaino. Correct me if I’m wrong, but we only need a total of 5 guys for the rotation. That means that not all of these guys will make the rotation, so in the end you have a surplus. That’s never a bad thing, but one of these guys could net a big return if we sell high. Lord knows we need some right handed bats and a third baseman sometime in the near future. If we play our cards right, we should be able to get what we need for what we have. Outside of our pitchers and Freeman, the farm system doesn’t look so bright. Wren has made us an aging team, and without minor league studs to fill in those positions, it might be a while before the Braves are in serious contention.
August 1st, 20105:22 am
Can we please give Hinske some more playing time at first? Glauss looks like his knees are killing him. He needs a rest!
August 1st, 20105:54 am
The reason the braves are going nowhere is because Bobby continues to leave pitchers in games to long. It has happened for 20 years. It was obvious JJ needed to come out yesterday but when he finally did it was to late. If they don’t put someone else at first base it won’t matter anyway.
August 1st, 20105:59 am
Stupid trade for a team that needs a special player for the playoffs. The Braves make these for the season trades and get kicked in the playoffs. We were so happy to get rid of Farnsworth the first time and ankiel is the outfield version of Len Barker. How are we stronger with this trade? Are Glaus and Melkie still regulars; is Chipper still imitating a bull fighter at third?
August 1st, 20106:00 am
Mistermak, The only rest that will help Glauss is in peace for his career.
August 1st, 20106:17 am
Let’s see …. *fans* are constantly ripping a future Hall-of-Fame player for having a low average, no pop, and whose main threat on offense is a base on balls (their opinion) and demanding that he retire or be benched while bemoaning the trade of a back-up who has a low career average, no pop, and whose main threat on offense is a base on balls.
That sounds about right.
August 1st, 20106:59 am
I’m still trying to make sense of the desperation needed in the pen. Yes Saito has struggled, he is 40 and has declined the last couple of years, and Eric will be healthy in a couple of weeks. So there was a need for another relief pitcher when your five deep? Sure Chavez stunk. He was a panic pick up when Soriano suprised us. The need was for a pitcher that could go out in the 6th inning or take over during a blow out game. I’m still saying Marek should have gotten the call or given up nothing for Qualls. As far as the outfield situation, I agree that Edmonds would have been a nice fit. Probably could have been had for the well known player to be named later. I still say we need to sign Blaylock to fill in at the corners. If Glaus doesn’t get to rest his knees he’ll bat .200 the rest of the year.
The reality of this team is they had a good push for a few weeks. Everything played out right. They’re under .500 since the break. There are no true power hitters other than Heyward and possibly McCann. Two .300 hitters and one sits on the bench. This team is built on pitching and a ton of .250 hitters that can’t seem to drive in a run. It would be nice for the glory at the end of the year and I believe they have done more so far then many expected to start the season but reality is the slide has started and it’s not finished yet.
This team is handcuffed by money restraints but sending Nate somewhere and eating his salary is better than him hanging around Atl. A change is needed. Wish I knew if Wren made that suggestion to KC before Blanco was offered up.
Has anyone other than me noticed all of our minor league teams, other than the Rookie teams, are well below .500? Take a look at our first picks from ‘04 to present. Two have done well.
And whoever the next manager is please have the pitcher stand up for himself or another team mate when you get plunked. Two days in a row? In the pie hole guys!
August 1st, 20107:01 am
Also if anyone is excited about the kid we got from Detroit, look at his numbers. He’s hitting .230 and has never hit in the minors. Can’t see him going anywhere.
August 1st, 20107:28 am
If the Braves got nobody for Chavez, I would of still been happy.
And, farmer, I’m not calling Ankiel a “power bat”, but a dinger every 25 at bats is probably better than anybody on the Braves.
August 1st, 20107:29 am
August 1st, 20107:35 am
To look at these mid season trades a little harder, Wren will have traded Escobar, Reyes, Collins, Chavez, and Blanco for a AA second baseman who’s currently hitting .224. Everyone aquired could walk at seasons end. Better hope for a rabbit in the hat.
August 1st, 20107:43 am
Message to Wren the Wrecker: Forget the buying list, what you have at this point is a selling list. Start with Mr. Hee-Haw out in the field.
August 1st, 20107:53 am
Why does Cox keep sending Glaus out there and sitting Diaz? Play Diaz (our hottest hitter) in LF and play Hinske at 1st so that Glaus (our coldest hitter who is not healthy) can sit.
DOB: Does anyone in the organization see this?
August 1st, 20108:07 am
Farmer , I remember , the last time Farnsworth was with us and the game you were talking about . Chipper dropped a pop up or he gets out with no runs. He was best closer we’ve had since Smoltz . We got into this big game because we had him down the stretch . It would have been nice today if he were in there in the 7th . hopefully he can get the job done . This appears to be a good trade for Wren .
old school fan
August 1st, 20108:11 am
I am glad to see that we are trying to stay in first place. Ankiel is a hard nose player with more experience than Blanco and that will probable payoff. We were not going to get a markee player anyway, so I think we did pretty good in the outfield trade. Farns was a no brainer, another veteran big arm can only help our starters who can’t seem to get through 6 without dropping out. Besides this is Wrens first chance to power up at the deadline, and I think he has done good so far.
August 1st, 20108:40 am
old school you are right . wren is doing what he can to keep us in front of philly withoutgiving up alot of good young arms. I still say may not be done need one righty then ok
August 1st, 20108:58 am
Basically, it’s Blanco and Chavez for Farnsworth; Ankiel and Ramirez are wildcards.
Overall, I think its a win-win for both clubs. We get immediate relief for our relievers (I’m sure Venters is clapping!) and at worst, we have another option at CF. At best, we have found a new, everyday CF and Melky can get some rest (from part time duty???). If Ankiel stays healthy I think we’ll look back and see this as a pretty savvy move when there were very few trade options out there. Does anyone else remember seeing Ankiel’s name being kicked around???
Definitely not a blockbuster deal but no one expected that (with the exception of some of the idiots on this blog wanting to package McClouth and KK for Pujols!)
August 1st, 20109:09 am
To top it off, $1 million ($500K each) is all that is needed to buy out both Farnsworth and Ankiel if they turn out to be busts so we aren’t saddled to them like McClouth & KK.
August 1st, 20109:16 am
CHIPPER…31 IS NOT A KID! I’LL MISS GREGOR. HE ALWAYS PRODUCED. SHOULDA SENT MCOUT OUTTA HERE!
Algenis(New York City)
August 1st, 20109:39 am
I like the trade. As much as it hurts me I really liked Blanco. He, I believe, was starting to come to his own but lets be realistic, he was not going to be the future CF for this team. Akiel is sort of an upgrade but not by much. Chavez stinks and I am glad to see him go. Fans have been saying that Farnworth should not be trusted in critical situations, thats true but who said he”s closing? he will probably pitch in the 7 or 8th inning at best. I like this trade, a lttle
August 1st, 201010:01 am
Come on people.. I hear everyone dogging Farnsworth because he gave up 1 home run in a critical situation 5 years ago??? Are you all that shallow??
Farnsworth is an outstanding pickup and not sorry to see Jessie leave. He’ll help out tremendously. As far as Ankiel is concerned, I’ll have to wait and see, especially since he’s coming off several years of being injured. Regardless, don’t think we gave up anything of worth. Sometimes the little moves are the most important. I’m sure Wren was doing all he good to bring a power bat to Atlanta but not at the expense of giving up too much talent. The Braves won’t make the same mistake they made when the dealt for Teixeira and lost a whole lot of talent in the process..Bobby knows he’s not that important and wouldn’t approve such a deal even if it gave them a better chance in the post season
Brave New World
August 1st, 201010:27 am
This is a good trade, but certainly not a blockbuster – it didn’t need to be. The Braves did not give up any player that was a big part of their future plans. They got an immediate upgrade over Chavez and a solid outfielder with some pop. With their solid pitching, the 2010 Braves need to score 4-5 runs per game and they will win most of their games.
What’s the point of bolstering the bullpen when Booby leaves starters in too long anyway? Wren should have traded for a manager to make in game decisions for Booby.
For whatever reason the organization didn’t like Blanco that much despite his consistent production when given an opportunity. The Braves also took a while to come around on Prado and still seem to not understand what they have in Infante, so I’m not sure they saw the whole picture with Blanco. Or, simply Blanco may not have been one of Booby and Larry’s guys.
Glad though that Wren didn’t make some short term blockbuster that would have weakened the team in the long run. What’s the point if Booby is going to hit Glaus in the 5 hole every night? Getting Booby to make the correct game day decisions is worth more than any trade could do.
August 1st, 201010:33 am
The blind squirrel metaphor applies again, but Wren still hasn’t found the nut.
August 1st, 201011:12 am
I think this trade is nothing but horse-$hit.
Wren, IMHO, in fact FAILED to address this team’s most glaring needs– another power bat and more starting pitching. The bullpen is fine, the starting pitching is very suspect, and Ankiel is a carrer 260 hitter with no power.
Stupid, stupid moves.
August 1st, 201011:15 am
Isn’t it ironic that the picture the AJC uses for the blog is one of Yost on the mound taking Farnsworth out of the game?
August 1st, 201012:33 pm
Anyone who says this trade doesn’t improve the Braves, that Blanco was better, is just simply baseball-stupid.
August 1st, 201012:58 pm
I liked Blanco, but he was sitting in Gwinnett and is probably out of options soon. Collins had no spot available in Atlanta for a while. So overall the Braves are better than they were on Friday, and did not give up a major prospect.
August 1st, 20101:05 pm
August 1st, 20104:40 pm
Escobar went 1 for 5 today…1 RBI, 1 run scored. I still think of him as an Atlanta Brave, despite the media’s portrayal of him.
The only difference in Braves personnel since the All-Star Break has been the removal of Escobar and addition of Gonzalez. Is the losing streak just a coincidence? I doubt it. I hope the Braves can recover.
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