Braves release Saito, Cabrera

The Braves released underperforming outfielder Melky Cabrera and 40-year-old reliever Takashi Saito, not wasting any time making a couple of offseason moves that had been expected.

Saito was a key member of the Braves’ strong bullpen, posting 2.83 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 54 innings after signing a one-year contract last winter. The Japanese veteran missed most of the final month of the season with recurring shoulder soreness, but has said he might continue pitching.

Although he doesn’t have the six years of major league service normally required for free agency, his contract stipulated that Saito be released after the 2010 season, Braves general manager Frank Wren said.

The Braves signed Saito to be their primary setup man and backup closer to Billy Wagner. Saito was used almost exclusively as a setup man, and manager Bobby Cox adjusted his pitching pattern at midseason to give him more rest between appearances after Saito had shoulder soreness before the All-Star break.

Wagner retired after the season, and the Braves could have rookies Craig Kimbrel and left-hander Jonny Venters in the closer and setup roles next season. Wren said last week he might sign an experienced veteran to help out in the bullpen, but also indicated the Braves could go with what they have for key relief roles.

Cabrera, 26, hit .255 with a career-low four homers, 47 RBIs and a .317 on-base percentage in 147 games (458 at-bats) for the Braves, who got him from the New York Yankees last winter as part of the trade  for pitcher Javier Vazquez. He played some at all three outfield positions,  though not particularly well at any.

If the Braves had kept him,  the arbitration-eligible Cabrera could have expected a raise from the $3.1 million he made in 2010. Wren said Tuesday that the Braves always viewed at Cabrera as a one-year player for them, and the team released him to create room on its roster.

The Braves got Cabrera, lefty reliever Mike Dunn and top pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino from the Yankees in the deal for Javier Vazquez, who went 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA in a disappointing 2010 season for New York. Vazquez was the Braves’ ace in 2009, going 15-10 with a career-best 2.87 ERA.

Lefty reliever Boone Logan was the other Brave sent to the Yankees in that five-player trade.

The Braves have also dropped  backup catcher J.C. Boscan from the major league roster. The journeyman made his big-league debut in September at age 30. He could be re-signed to a minor league deal by the Braves.

470 comments Add your comment

MattyRoss

October 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

And yet, somehow, the Braves were still overwhelming winners in the Vazquez trade.

SR

October 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Good riddance! One down and a few more losers to go before they imrpove MLB’s worst outfield. Don’t let the door hit your arses on the way out, Ankiel, Mclouth, Diaz etc. Pathetic.

TommyJack

October 19th, 2010
1:04 pm

Got to be an affordable R.H., power hitting outfielder out there somewhere. or 2.

StottsEra

October 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

MattyRoss are you being sarcastic or serious?

ISH

October 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

Melky, we hardly knew ye… good riddance.

Brad Morse

October 19th, 2010
1:08 pm

It’d be nice to get a productive outfielder via trade, there are not many via free agency that are financially sound for the Braves payroll.

bob

October 19th, 2010
1:09 pm

Personally, I would like to see Frenchy return and play left field. He has had some troubles over the last two years and his confidence is shaken and his swing out of whack, but I still think that in the right setting he is good for a 250 average and 18 homers with above average defense. And, the price could be right.

I would like to see some speed (real speed) in center…perhaps 40+ stolen bases. Neither Ankiel nor Mclouth are the answer and with Schafer still attempting to find his game without HGH he is still too much of a risk.

Bobby Cox

October 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

Melky hit the ball hard. He played great. He’s a good kid.

shmoe

October 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

no more first pitch grounders to 3rd with risp and the game on the line? please….don’t take that away!!!!

PH

October 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

don’t hate on Diaz. He was a good outfielder. Bobby’s love of using Melky is what hurt Diaz when he returned from his injury because of inconsistent playing time.

MJC

October 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

Watching Melky try to run down anything hit to the outfield was painful. Dude looked like he was running underwater.

SR

October 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

Good one Bobby Cox! And if not for those 4 K’s, he would have had a couple of doubles and homers!

Bigwheel

October 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

Hey Dave. Any reasons we jumped the gun on melk? I figured he was going to be non tendered, but it sounds like frank and co have something up their sleeves. Thoughts??

GSU Eagle 91

October 19th, 2010
1:14 pm

I’m just glad we don’t have to watch the Braves attempt to hit Cliff Lee or Roy Halliday…
Some improvement in the OF is a must or we will go nowhere in 2011.

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
1:15 pm

Maybe some of us should furnish all of the Braves HGH for a few years. Make up for those playoff and WS losses to roiding teams: Yankees, Yankees, Blue Jays, Twins, Cards, Astros, Marlins.

Bama Brave

October 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

Now we can get some one to catch the ball and hit.

Bryan G.

October 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

Without Melky, who will we have to hit balls that are pounded into the dirt in front of home plate?

I think that Ed Mangin requested that Melky be released for the good of the dirt in front of home plate. I doubt it could have survived another year of Melky’s 35 hop groundballs.

gordonguy

October 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

Vasquez: 2009 15-10, 2010 10-10. ERA 2009 2.87, 2010 5.32. SO 2009 238, 2010 121. Mind you, these numbers are far better than Kawakami. But if the Braves had not been able to score runs for him, as they were not able to for Kawakami, what would the result have been? No Cabrera booster here, just pointing out the facts.

Chad

October 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

Wow, Melky’s only 26? He played like he was 46 and at the end of his career. Good luck finding a new contract when teams can pull up someone out of triple A and get the same results paying the league minimum.

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

We’ll get a stud outfielder . . . . . . . . the day after Chipper retires.

bulldog bubba

October 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Keep Diaz and Heyward.Let the others go,go,go,gone!!!Even though he is obviously not an everyday player Diaz has been good off the bench.I really hope we don’t sign Andruw Jones.What about Jim Thome will he be available?

Goodbye Melky!

October 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

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I Miss Ted Turner

October 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Good riddance, Melky.

GT

October 19th, 2010
1:19 pm

Heyward is starting to show some of the same problems as Frenchy did, except his ball selection is better. He has that loopy swing that can’t hit the pitch on the hands. Can you coach over that or is it something in the DNA? Both those guys are tall, wonder if that is part of the problem. I don’t think we need Frenchy back. Like to get an infielder.

tt

October 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

ARE YOU KIDDING, SOME ONE SAID THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE FRENCHY RETURN TO THE BRAVES….OMG! NO WAY! MILKY WAS SO OUT OF SHAPE HE COULDNT EVEN BEND OVER FOR A GROUND BALL, WHEN ARE THE OTHERS LEAVING…AINT KEE ILL, MCLOUSY, GONZALERRA ss, DLEE, DIAZ, SEND UM ON THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

Mark (another one)

October 19th, 2010
1:21 pm

Dunn and Vizciano were the value in the Vazquez trade. Melky played hard but his value was not straight up for Vazquez and Logan. Dunn gave us 19 innings this year allowing 4 runs with 27 Ks. He is about 25 years old and spent most of the year in AAA. Vizciano was 9-4 in 17 minor league (A) starts with a sub 3 ERA. And Vazquez has dropped out of site.

Suicidaire

October 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

Melky took some of the weakest swings i’ve ever seen. When he popped out to the opposite field on a 2-0 count in the NLDS, he was gone in my mind.

What a waste of space…

tt

October 19th, 2010
1:22 pm

THE BRAVES MGT,. DOES NOT NEED TO LOAD THIS TEAM DOWN WITH OVER PAID PLAYERS FROM OTHER TEAMS WHO ARE READY TO RETIRE, ATLANTA USED TO BE THE RETIREMENT HOME OF MLB MANY YEARS AGO, I FEEL ASSURED, WREN, FREDI G AND BOBBY WILL BRING IN FRESH TALENT!

Supes

October 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

matty ross, you smarta&&

We got Mike Dunn…a flame throwing lefty with nothing but time/potential in the future (b/c you can get guys who came up in the 8th and throw 95-96 in every corner)

On top of that we got Vizcaino who projects to be a fine major league starter.

What did the Yankees get? Oh yeah…Vazquez is what…not even in the starting rotation.

Just damn…just b/c Melky was a bust (overall) for the Braves.

Braves stole FSU chant

October 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

@ SadDawg: And the Braves weren’t “roided out” also ? Typical Braves fan.

bulldog bubba

October 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

If Frenchy comes back then we might as well sign Norton to play 1st base.

Floyd

October 19th, 2010
1:23 pm

Whew….I’m all for players getting all they can get, but when a season like the one Melky just had merits a raise from $3.1 million per year then something is badly out of whack.

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
1:24 pm

Headline I saw: “Fonda, Turner reunite to save the planet… ”
*****************************
I vote the “mouth of the south” and “Hanoi Jane” reunite to save the Braves . . .

Scott

October 19th, 2010
1:24 pm

Pretty sad that a .255 avg and a .317 obp could end up getting you a raise. This is a major problem with baseball.

TruthSeeker

October 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

I actually didn’t mind Melky, I just felt he was miscast as a starter. I think he’s a fine fourth or fifth outfielder. Good glove, versatile, and a decent enough hitter in a backup role. I hope he can catch on somewhere that’s a better fit for him than Atlanta was.

Now that Melky is gone, I wouldn’t mind seeing us try to move Diaz either. I like Diaz, but I think we’ve been so committed to playing him in a platoon role that it’s prevented us from going out and pursuing an everyday left fielder. Aside from Heyward, I think we need to start over with this outfield. It’ll be tough because of McLouth’s immovable salary, but hopefully we still see a big shakeup.

tt

October 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

CABRERRA WOULD GET UP TO BAT, THE PITCHER OBVIOUSLY HAVING PROBS, HECK HE WOULD SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH, HIM AND GONZALEZ…AWFUL APPROACH TO HITTING……(COAHCHING TOO, SHOULD OF MADE SURE HITTERS WERE TAKING TILL A STRIKE WAS THROWN.!)

Wes

October 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

We don’t have to watch Melky hit routine grounders anymore. AWESOME!!

jim

October 19th, 2010
1:26 pm

Why is it that I never hear that Infante is an option in the outfield. Are we just going to sit an all-star on the bench and let him spot play on the infield every now and then. Just name him the starting center fielder and go after a power hitting left fielder.

curtis jones

October 19th, 2010
1:29 pm

Melky applied for a job as a pizza delivery guy, but flunked the audition. The pizza was eaten by the time he got to the customer’s house.

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
1:29 pm

Braves stole FSU chant,

You ever watch Braves games in our 14 year run? Our players always hit about .100 points UNDER their career averages in playoffs. If they took drugs, it must have been sleeping pills!

Duncan

October 19th, 2010
1:29 pm

MattyRoss

Braves also got Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino in the deal. Those two guys were the targets of the trade, especially Vizcaino, a top pitching prospect. To act as though we traded Javy Vazquez straight up for Melky or that Melky was the prize of the trade is just pure ignorance.

bulldog bubba

October 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

We need a hitting coach that will tell our hitters not to swing at the third pitch.Almost everytime we stand in the box the pitcher throws two strikes and we stand there and watch them go by,so what does the pitcher do, he throws a ball low and outside and we swing at it.We let them do it to us every time.

Mark (another one)

October 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

I agree with Jim, except that we are probably going to find no one that wants to eat McLouth’s salary, including the Braves. That means you probably have McLouth, Infante and Heyward as the outfield. If McLouth comes around, that could be a good outfield. The real point is Infante has shown he is an everyday offensive player who needs a position.

If we can get some power in left, McLouth might be a good 4th outfielder. He can play all three positions and has good speed. He needs to separate his offense from his defense so his offensive struggles don’t cause his defense to suffer. Being a 4th outfielder might also take some pressure off, and revitalize his game. The real stroke of luck will be finding a power hitter for left.

Kirk

October 19th, 2010
1:35 pm

I know it so much fun to trash talk, but really, this team did so great with so many injuries I sit here and think. “If only.”

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
1:36 pm

Give it up Duncan. You are right. I’ve tried explaining this a dozen times since the trade, and still some dufus still refers to the trade as Melky for Vazquez. We got Vicaino, who was the Yankees’ top pitching prospect at the time, as well as Dunn, who is gonna be great.

MELKY was the throw-in.

MWC

October 19th, 2010
1:36 pm

Good. Sooner the better.

Gunther

October 19th, 2010
1:37 pm

Bulldog,

Jim Thome in the OF? You serious?

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
1:38 pm

Who knows, Nate might find his game now with a new hitting coach coming in.

Cecil34

October 19th, 2010
1:39 pm

More headlines I would like to see:

Glaus Released…

Derrick Lee signed by (insert any team but Braves here)…..

McClouth Retires….

Ankiel Shipped to (insert any team but Braves here)…..

Chipper Retires….

Braves get Andrus in swap for Gonzalez…

Ok, the last one was a dream sequence……

clay

October 19th, 2010
1:41 pm

Chipper just needs to go ahead and retire and be our hitting coach. I want that, hell I think everyone wants that. Prado can stay at third and infante can stay at second with diaz and hinske platooning left field. We are stuck with Mcclouth for next year and we have our future in Jason Heyward in right. I think we should def keep hinske though because he was a huge part of our bench and everyone that watched the braves this year knows that.

dean

October 19th, 2010
1:42 pm

“Cabrera could have expected a raise…”?

Huh? Are you kidding me? Oh, that’s right. Union man. Never mind.

southern hope

October 19th, 2010
1:45 pm

Am I the only person among us who hasn’t moved on emotionally? Man, I love it that Braves are a stove-top team…lots of action in the off-season….but, dang it, that should have been us being creamed by the Phillies the other night….I’m just not ready to accept that we’re out of the playoffs.

iTiSi

October 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

Wonder what would have happened if the Braves had Cody Ross in the playoffs. Seems to be working pretty well for the Giants.

Gunther

October 19th, 2010
1:46 pm

I honestly think Nate can get it back together, we should go after Pence for left field!

SR

October 19th, 2010
1:48 pm

Interesting portion of a story written by John Shea, writer for the San Francisco Chronicle describing the Phillies approach in facing Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants in Sunday’s game. Note the reference to (and the difference in) the Braves’ approach. Not a Pendleton hater but I won’t miss him to be sure.

“One night after Tim Lincecum outdueled Roy Halladay in what was to be the Mother of All Pitching Duels, Roy Oswalt bettered them both Sunday, lasting eight innings and surrendering one run and three hits.

Sanchez wasn’t so fortunate, facing a lineup that was far more patient than Atlanta’s in Game 3 of the Division Series. The Braves chased most everything Sanchez threw near the plate, especially his sliders, and he struck out 11 and walked just one in 7 1/2 innings.

The story was different in Philly, where Charlie Manuel reminded his hitters beforehand that Sanchez led the league in walks and was susceptible to a high pitch count with a bit of plate discipline.

One night after the Giants carried out a game plan of aggressive hitting against Halladay, the Phillies did the opposite and made Sanchez work. The lefty struck out the side in a hitless first inning but required 35 pitches to get through it. Long plate appearances made Sanchez labor and assured the Giants’ bullpen would be active.

Manuel wasn’t hiding his strategy, saying before the game, “We’ve got to make him throw the ball over the plate. He’s got a real hard slider, and it’s a late-breaker. If you watch his games, the hitters chase – especially when he gets ahead of them. They chase his slider a lot, down and out of the strike zone. At times, he can get wild. He’ll walk some guys, usually around four or five. Maybe even more.”

In many ways, that was the old Sanchez. On Sunday, he walked three. To his credit, he rebounded from a sloppy start and lasted into the seventh – one batter too long, it turned out. Through six, Sanchez had surrendered two runs (one earned) and four hits. Manager Bruce Bochy let him start the seventh, and Oswalt – of all people – singled on Sanchez’s 100th pitch.

Bochy immediately summoned the bullpen, but the four-run rally was underway. Four pitchers threw in the inning, which was highlighted by Jimmy Rollins’ three-run double off Santiago Casilla.

Maybe it would have been a better ending for Sanchez if the Phillies were more free-swinging like the Braves, but several Philly hitters said the goal was to not do Sanchez any favors.

“You make him throw strikes, and when he throws ‘em, hit ‘em,” Placido Polanco said. “When he threw that slider, we tried to lay off it.”

Frankie Knuckles

October 19th, 2010
1:48 pm

IF I TYPE IN ALL CAPS, WILL IT MAKE ME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE?

wilson

October 19th, 2010
1:51 pm

The Braves did not steal the FSU chant. It was brought here by former FSU player Deion Sanders during the 1991 season.

Jesse Stone

October 19th, 2010
1:52 pm

Won’t be surprised if Wren asks the Mariners about Milton Bradley. The Mariners just hired Eric Wedge. He and Eric Wedge hate each other.

BravesFan

October 19th, 2010
1:54 pm

Heyward’s issue like Frenchy is a crappy hitting coach, which the Braves have dealt with. Heyward would be good to give Chipper a call this winter for some instruction.

bruce mac

October 19th, 2010
1:57 pm

I assume most of you were either watching your reruns this summer or another Braves team in a different league. No way we can proceed with the current lineup without signing a big time outfielder. Anybody that thinks Melky was an adequate defensive player is just plain blind or stupid. Ankiel, Farnsworth, Lee, and Francour are gone and forgotten. If Chipper doesn’t return, neither will the playoffs. You people wanting him to retire are idiots.

bulldog bubba

October 19th, 2010
1:58 pm

Forgive me Gunther. I did not realize Thome could not play the field anymore.GuesS he is better suited for DH.

GloryDays

October 19th, 2010
2:00 pm

I’d have a tough time being the GM letting Ankiel go, same with Diaz and McOut because they are good guys and there aren’t that many of them. I know this is stupid but I would like to see them do well and do it for us. I know we want keep all three. Probably McOut is in because of contract, Ankiel is out and Diaz depending on what moves can be made.

David O'Brien

October 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

Won’t be surprised if Wren asks the Mariners about Milton Bradley — Jesse Stone

Milton Bradley, who hit .205 with a .292 OBP and 17 extra-base hits in 278 at-bats last season at age 32? And hit .257 with a .775 OPS in 473 at-bats the previous season? And has caused more headaches per season than anyone this side of Manny Ramirez? That Milton Bradley?

Sure, why not. Teams should be lining up to acquire that gem.

rme

October 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

Good start for the Braves. You’d like to think the front office can sit down and build on the core but in todays world it is so hard with all the ridiculous salaries, etc. Interesting how Cabrara had a bad season but he would get a raise on his $3m salary. Doesn’t make much sense. I am confident we will have another exciting team this next year. In my opinion, play the young guys. Freeman needs to start at first and let Lee go. Shore up the outfield with players who not only can catch but also get to the ball. Pitching will be ok. Plenty of talent to pick from and you know the Braves will not trade away their pitching. My major issue is with Gonzales. He needs to become a team player and quit complaining at the umpires calls. I watched him swing at some of the worst pitches it was funny and sad at the same time. Also, the grounder he hit to the shortstop in the playoffs when he didn’t run it out. The shortstop bobbled the ball and Gonzales could have been safe if he had run it out. Attitude!! Should have been removed from the game immediately.

GloryDays

October 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

Cabrera is fat. I have no patience for that.

Braint

October 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

People don’t like the idea of Frenchy in LF after watching Melky’s .255, 4HR, .317 OBO? Frenchy would be an upgrade regardless how you feel about him. He’d give you the .255 avg but hit atleast 15-20 HR and drive in 75 RBI. Better than ANY of our OF’s this year including heyward. Sign him on the cheap and put him in LF. Or go after Aubrey Huff and put him in LF and then to 1B when Freddie needs a rest.

Braint

October 19th, 2010
2:02 pm

“OBP” oops, not OBO

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
2:03 pm

Attention, you fellow blind, stupid, idiot posters!

We have a genius in the house!

Chris

October 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

Somebody needs to talk Edgar Martinez into being the Braves’ hitting coach. That guy was a GREAT hitter.

StingerSplash

October 19th, 2010
2:07 pm

The Vazquez trade wasn’t nearly as bad as the Teixeira trade in which the Braves gave up a starting shortstop, a now dominating closer, another hard throwing lefty, some beach front property in Florida, five acres on West Paces Ferry, the rights to the Beatles song collection and then got a somebody still mired in the minors when they spun Tex to the Halos.
Brilliant!

Larry M

October 19th, 2010
2:07 pm

I admit I was one of the nabobs who questioned the Vazquez trade last year and I admit that I was wrong. It worked out best for the Braves in the end. Melky – yeah, I never thought he would amount to more than a warm body in the OF and that is what he was. But Dunn was pretty valuable and will be valuable next year. Vizcaino may be a front-line starter in a couple of years after Lowe and maybe also Hudson are retired.

Unknown Hinson

October 19th, 2010
2:07 pm

Good riddance Melky, I knew you would suck when we got you and sure enough you did. Can we not get anymore has been Yankee players? That said, good 1st moves today.

bulldog bubba

October 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

Frenchy has hit 11,15,13 homeruns in the last 3 years.We don’t need him period.Another free swinger off the bench.Nope.Nada.

GloryDays

October 19th, 2010
2:09 pm

How serious is the Chippy in coming back? He is no star at 3rd anymore, unfortunately his performance is now far below average at 3rd after a HOF career. Hopefully he just says he is coming back for insurance purposes so the Braves can collect most of his salary from the insurer and use it to help get another 3rd baseman. Does this make sense?

GloryDays

October 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

I still haven’t gotten over the Jermaine Dye trade much less the Tex trade. Hell, I still have gotten over the Len Barker/Brett Butler trade of my childhood.

Dirt

October 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

Maybe the Mariners and Brave can swap saleries in Mclouth and Bradley and we will get a little more power!!

GloryDays

October 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Much rather have McOut.

Mutts

October 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

This is actually a good sign. No offense, Melky…no offense.

b

October 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Does anyone ever get a pay cut in baseball any more?
If Melky played in the fifties, he’d be reduced.
I guess that means when Nate’s contract is up, he’ll be due for a raise.
I was watching baseball’s goldena age and they said Maris was MVP in 60 and 61, but couldn’t get a raise either year from his $100,000 because Mantle didn’t ask for one. Wow, how times have changed.

bass stringerfish

October 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Heywood should go to Mcann’s father.

Go Bravos

October 19th, 2010
2:13 pm

Can we please go after Carl Crawfor Hard!!!!!!!!!!! Please for the love of god can we get a speedster who also hits for average and has a lil pop??? I don’t care about the Tigers or Yanks or Red Sox that might go after him. Lets show him why the Braves are the best choice!!! Get it done Wren!!!!!!

P'cola Brave

October 19th, 2010
2:14 pm

I wouldn’t mind Frenchy at the right price. But he alone can’t be the offensive replacement. He still places good defense with the occassional pop. Face it. Hes still better than most our other OF’ers.

Alex

October 19th, 2010
2:14 pm

DOB, have you heard any whispers of people questioning Melky’s work ethic since he’s moved south? He had a banner year in NY last year, then gets traded and seemingly lets himself go. I mean, you could see if from your couch.

Any whispers?

Ava Crowder's Butt

October 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Not sayin’ Chipper wouldn’t make a fantastic hitting coach but really, where is anything to suggest he would? How many really good,HOF type hitters or pitchers for that matter have gone on to become great coaches? I realize not needing the payday would factor in but if a great career was the only determining factor why aren’t Tony Gwynn and/or George Brett coaching hitters or Smoltz or Clemens coaching pitchers? O.K. maybe it’d be difficult to coach from the Federal Pen but Smoltz or Glavine? I have no idea whether Pendleton was a good hitting coach or not. This team projected to being below average in hitting and fielding before the season started and pretty much lived up to it but does that mean they weren’t coached up or just didn’t have the talent? I would suggest the latter but who really knows?

P'cola Brave

October 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Go Bravos.

They’ll go after Werth and Crawford right after Lowe and Chipper are gone. There ain’t no money for it. It aint gonna happen. May as well start looking at the second tier FA like the rest of us.

RK

October 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Cabrera? Told ya so.

Bama Brave

October 19th, 2010
2:16 pm

no its a GREAT sign. maybe we might get some good outfielders!

Space Monkey

October 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

Good riddance, Melky. You are living proof that anybody can hit in the Yankees’ lower lineup. You are a loser fat pig. Bye bye.

Screw Milton

October 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

Milton Bradley is the last guy we need, you guys are dumb.

There is going to be some decent options vis trade sometime this offseason. Hopefully Wren goes after a proven started and stop d*cking around with platoon guys(Melky, Diaz, Ankiel). These types of players don’t workout in everyday roles. If you take all of their 3-4 mil salaries and spend it on 1 good starter you could get something.

When is the last time this team had a solid Outfielder that was a threat at the plate?

Chris from the Rock

October 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

Best news in a while!

ward

October 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

at first i thought we should keep milky,but if he;s not going to hit or perform,than i think it was the right move. diaz should be the next one moved,because he didn;t much for the whole year. i like the moves so far.wren seems to be doing fine as for now. Go!!!! Braves!!!!

P'cola Brave

October 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

Ava Crowder

Glavine is feeling out all the different positions to decide what he wants to do. Hes said before he’d consider being a pitching coach. Gwynn is the HC at a University. Most players aren’t interested in coming back. Chipper has said hes interested in being a hitting coach and would probably good at it. Managers typically seem to be catchers. You can tell which guys are bound to be coaches one day. Eddie Perez, Alex Cora, Joe Girardi, etc.

David

October 19th, 2010
2:19 pm

If the Braves want to be better, they need to steal players away from teams like the Yankees and Phillies do? And do not give me that () they have more money than us ()!!!

RK

October 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

Melky didn’t hit for the Yankees, either…

Ron

October 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

I must agree that Melky needed to go. I really think that the Braves should clear all their outfielders except Heyward, who has limitless potential but did poorly himself for long stretches. The Braves just don’t have any real hitting to speak of. Outfielders must hit, period. They dont have to hit 300, but if they dont they need to hit with some power. Conrad had a good year with clutch pinch hitting, but his awful defense means that they cannot possibly play him in the field.

They had a great outcome with pitching this year, even with key injuries. Wagner and Saito were awesome, and now they are both gone. Hanson was far better last year than this, we can only hope that he recovers. Only Hudson showed that he was top drawer through the whole season, though I have to admit that Lowe really put it together at the end. Pitching needs some adjustments, but it should be ok.

I really think that they need to go with Freeman at first and get rid of Lee. Keep Prado, Infante, Heyward, McCann, Ross for sure and hope Chipper makes it back. Hinske was a good pinch hitter. The rest of the guys can be replaced. They do not HIT. Braves need to face that they have the worst imaginable hitting and do something about it.

Steve

October 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

I just hope that we can find a way to keep Hinske!

curtis jones

October 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

Good move on Melky, 3 months late. All you folks who want Chipper back so badly in 2011: did you see him (try to) play the past two years? Did you see him struggle to swing the bat? Did you see his incredible lack of range at 3rd base?

If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then by all means bring him back. But while we’re lining up players for their past glory, let’s bring back Aaron, Niekro and Murph too.

Screw Milton

October 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

There is no “getting rid” of lee, he is a FA and the Braves wont even attemp to sign him.

GT Boro

October 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

Jason Werth? Too expensive? Not fast enough for center? How about Heyward to center?

Ava Crowder's Butt

October 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

P’cola, I get what you’re saying but what makes you think Chipper or Glavine would be good coaches? I think being a great coach takes an entirely different personality than being a great manager but what makes you think they would be good? Again, not sayin’ they wouldn’t, just wonderin’ why you think that.

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