12:55 pm October 19, 2010, by David O'Brien
October 20th, 201010:02 am
the braves batting average will go up as a whole 25 or 30 points sense t p is gone
October 20th, 201010:03 am
“I just don’t get it???”: Regarding your 9:50 a.m. comment, the reason you don’t get it is because you don’t understand how the baseball offseason works. Teams don’t release everyone the minute the season’s over because there are deadlines that teams tend to observe for a variety of reasons, most of them involving money. Things such as hanging onto some free agents so that you can get compensatory draft picks by offering them arbitration before they sign elsewhere; or hanging onto this or that guy because there might be some trade value, either alone or as part of a package as a way to unload some salary; or keeping a guy a little longer because it cost a team nothing to keep him on the roster after the season, since the player’s already been paid his full salary.
Oh, and you don’t get it because you choose to ignore why a team would not want to release a player owed more than $7 million (McLouth, because he’s a pretty good chunk of their projected $90 mill-or-so payroll, and they can’t really afford to pay him to go play for another team, when that team would only have to pay him the minimum MLB salary while the Braves keep paying him that money they owe.
That’s why you “just don’t get it,” in your words. Also, you apparently don’t notice that 26 other teams aren’t releasing players en masse right now, either, either that or you notice and don’t get it why they aren’t.
t p ruined a. j. frinchy and was well on his to ruining jey hey
G. Tampa Bedwetter
October 20th, 201010:04 am
I don’t get it ………… Frenchy, had a better BA, RBI Total & HR’s than Heyward. Plus he is 10 times the outfielder. But everyone blames Frenchy. True, he needs to grow up, but he is still a better player.
On the other hand losing Pendleton should increase team batting average by a score of points.
I just don't get it???
What we need is a real lead off man and solid cf, when Gregor Blanco was playing CF, we were the BEST TEAM in BASEBALL, Trade Frank Wren for Blanco.
October 20th, 201010:10 am
DOB chill dude, I’m just being sarcastic.
Other than owing McLouth $7 milllion, I want you to defend keeping any of the players???
October 20th, 201010:12 am
Bring back Frenchy in left and trade for Blanco in cf and we’ll be just fine as long as we lose the guys who do not belong here!
October 20th, 201010:13 am
These decisions were no brainers. Tougher ones are coming like what to do with Brooks Conrad, but the big one is Chipper Jones. What if at his age he can’t come back or his career is over. Do we go after a power hitting third baseman if any are available. the price will be mighty high but necessary. — Lou
Lou, regarding the tough decisions you say are coming. Wren said last week that Conrad would be back in spring training, and also said the Braves are operating under the assumption that Chipper will be back. They really don’t have much choice in the latter. Because as long as they owe him $28 millon over next two seasons ($13 mill salaries plus $1 mill each year as part of his $3 mill signing bonus), they can’t afford to go out and get another — as you suggest — high-priced, power-hitting third baseman. Because if they get such a third baseman and Chipper makes it back this spring, they still must pay Chipper $14 million, which is more than 15 percent of the team payroll. If he doesn’t make it back or decides he isn’t going to keep trying to make it back, then they’ll either have to adjust and fill from within the system, or make a move and try to get another 3B after Chipper comes to such a conclusion.
October 20th, 201010:14 am
Still waiting DOB, go ahead and defend Ankiel, Conrad, and Lee.
There was a reason Lee was waived and every other team in baseball passed on him.
October 20th, 201010:18 am
I just don’t get it: So if you’re just being sarcastic, why do I need to defend keeping any of them? But just to explain one situation, you said dump Lee now. So what if he’s a free agent that will bring the Braves compensatory draft picks if they offer him arbitration, after they see what the market is for Lee and are certain enough he’s got multi-year offers and wouldn’t take the Braves’ arb offer? Should they just forego that possibility now, in order to satisfy fans such as yourself who want to see him dumped immediately, for whatever reason said fans want that done? What is gained by releasing him now?
October 20th, 201010:26 am
I’m a guy with an MBA and I just don’t get how WREN can say with a straight face that the Braves are subtracting these salaries
7.5 mil for Wagner
3.5 mil for Saito
3.2 mil for Melky
2 mil for Glaus
4.5 mil combined for Lee/Ankiel/Farnsworth (roughly)
for a total of around 17.5 – 20 million dollars off the payroll AND YET the Braves can’t afford either WERTH or CRAWFORD?
Even with arbitration increases the Braves should have 15- 17 mil to spend and ENOUGH with the “insurance” premiums BULL…what is paying equal dollar for dollar?
3 moves to fix the Braves that he should be able to do
Sign Crawford and put him in CF
sign Cody Ross and put him in LF allowing Diaz/Hinske to be on the bench
sign Andruw Jones for the league minimum for some right handed fill in power off the bench
October 20th, 201010:27 am
DOB did you not hear what I said, there is no market for Lee, he WAS RELEASED, EVERY TEAM PASSED ON HIM???
I’ll make a bet, the only way Lee is on a roster next year is if we release him and someone claims him for nothing!
Sorry about the hit and run , but gotta get back to work.
October 20th, 201010:48 am
Why would nobody have any interest in signing Lee?
2x All Star 3x Gold glove
2009: which is LAST year- .306 35 hr and 111rbi
He has already said he was playing hurt all year and still put up serviceable major league numbers. Since when is there no market for such a guy? Remember when we gave Glaus a 2 mil contract to play a position he wasnt familiar with? the year after he played 14 games?
I don’t agree that Lee is washed up. I thought his defense was very good. I was disappointed in his offense, but then I learned that he was injured (back & thumb) most of the time. He showed flashes of offense in September when I think he was getting healthy. Also, he has character. I think he will have exchange value for the Braves.
October 20th, 201010:58 am
Big whoop… we get rid of two under performing players, plenty more where they came from. I wonder what we will do with the money we save? Sign a big name first baseman? No… we will have fragile Freddy Freeman at first base next year with his 24 big league at bats and .122 average. Will we sign a big name outfielder… again.. doubtful, I am sure will just bring roid Jordan Shafer back and stick him and his .220 average out there along with Nate “MclOUTth”. Until this organization has a fundamental shift away from trying to make zeros into heroes and actually goes out and signs big name free agents in the off season, the division series will be as far as they can go.
October 20th, 201011:18 am
Okay we got rid of Melky and Saito….next on the list is Ankiel and Diaz…they must go….we are stuck with McLouth. The purge continues hopefully….probably have to wait until certain dates because of contract stipulations….oh and Farnsworth needs to go as well. After that we can look at trading a couple of players that still have market value
October 20th, 201011:32 am
All these posts about signing Werth or Crawford? These guys are looking for big paydays. Signing guys to long term contracts almost nevers turns out well. Look at Texas. Bunch of young players including 3 ex-Braves knocking the old Yankees around. We are stuck with McLousy and Kawakami due to guaranteed contracts. Lowe was impressive down the stretch, but 15 million a year pitcher he is not. Trading away our best talent for short term hasn’t worked almost everytime I can remember. What works is trading away old talent like Doyle Anderson for John Smoltz.
October 20th, 201011:34 am
Chipper (no matter what) is probably not going to walk away from the 14 million per year for the next two years. (And in truth, you cannot really blame him – most players would not – the Braves made the contract with him and he is probably going to stay on and take the money. And the Braves will in effect just about be forced to play him because they cannot afford other options, having to pay his salary.
As great a hitter as he was in the past, – at best, he will probably be no better than he was the last two years – which was not very productive – and after the injury and being a year older, he may even be significantly worse.
Even more significant, his defense has barely been adequate – and now after the injury and being a year older, it is probably going to be worse.
Of course, this 14 million takes a hige bite out of the salary budget.
We wil lprobably ask Barry Bonds if he has on more year in him. We will get some more cut rate, bargain , basement, low rent players for 1st base and the outfield. You all know it. Just accept it and move on.
October 20th, 201011:40 am
In the words of Chipper, “I have already made my money” referring to he is not going to hang on for the money. Assuming Chipper is not a 14MM player anymore, do you think he may consider deferring his money (to a time after Liberty gets rid of the team) and use that cash for the next couple of years?
October 20th, 201012:47 pm
It was good to see JC Boscan get to the bigs this season. If his realease will get him up to be the second guy on another team, I say “go for it.” Don’t know if he could make another major league debut at his age, but he’s earned the chance to try if that was he wants……..most importantly, whatever the Braves want.
Domo arigato and sayanora to Saito, he served us well.
As far as MelkDud goes, bye and word to your mother. We’ll know who to hit to when we see you again in the outfield.
October 20th, 201012:50 pm
Speaking of Barry Bonds, notice how svelte and normal-looking he was off the juice? Getting in pre-courtroom shape, I guess.
Atlanta braves fan of south
October 20th, 20101:03 pm
I thought the baby braves was the future of the team in 2005 ? A lot of them are on other teams Wilson Betemit, Pete Orr, Ryan Langerhans, Jeff Francoeu Kyle Davies …There all on other teams . I thought they was the future . I thought THEY was the ones that was the future of the Atlanta Braves .
That goes to show people . The future is never reality until its proven to work .
October 20th, 20101:32 pm
That is two of many more who should go. There are only four position players worth keeping. McCann. Hayward,Prado and Infante. The pick ups since Frank Wren took over are horrible.
Good bye Bobbie and take Chipper and Terry with you. No more bunting in the fifth inning against the Phillies. Remember that Freddie and good luck.
The team has no on field leaders and I think the team lacked focus.
October 20th, 20101:37 pm
Interesting…i’m kinda sad by this? First Braves game I see live in the new Twins ball park and he hit one of those 4 homeruns! lol
Then again I saw Conrad’s suicide squeeze and loved him right up until the 3 error game that may have costed us an entire playoff series (or more).
October 20th, 20101:45 pm
Enter your comments here
October 20th, 20101:51 pm
Enter your comments here. Is restructuring Chipper’s contract, with his consent,a possibility, in order to give Wren more wiggle room to afford to hire who we need ?
October 20th, 20101:57 pm
DOB did you not hear what I said, there is no market for Lee, he WAS RELEASED, EVERY TEAM PASSED ON HIM??? — I just don’t get it
What are you talking about? Lee was not released, he cleared waivers when Cubs tested waiver wire with him the way they and most teams do with almost every player on the roster. He had already turned down a trade to the Angels a few weeks earlier, before the no-waiver trade deadline. Teams knew what it would take to get him, and that he would reject most trades anyway.
The Braves put most of their roster through waivers, testing the waters. Most teams do the same. And since those waivers are revocable, you never hear about most guys if they’re claimed and the team doesn’t work out a deal and just pulls the player back off waivers.
Nothing personal, but you really should read up on waivers, etc., if you’re going to make these from-the-hip proclamations.
And while you’re at it, check into he ins and outs of free agency, Type A and Type B free agents, and how teams that lose such free agents receive compensatory draft picks, provided they offered arbitration to those free agents or they were signed by another team before the deadline to make such arb offers. Derrek Lee is projected to be a Type B free agent, but could possibly be Type A. Either way, he’ll bring the Braves draft-pick compensation if they offer him arb and he signs elsewhere.
Here’s the link to a list of projected Type A/Type B free agents. Lee has the same “score” as Adam Dunn on this list: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/10/type-a-and-b-free-agents.html
So tell me again, why should the Braves dump Lee today? What exactly would that accomplish? Or do you believe no team is going to sign Lee as a free agent?
Until you do bone up on some of these rules and info, your arguments aren’t very relevant (or accurate).
October 20th, 20102:05 pm
I think the best thing the braves can do is look at the past . Get Andrew Jones back sign him for 1 year let him hit about 30 or more home runs . Get chipper jones back healthy have him hit 34 or more home runs . I bet Both could have a average of over 310 if they both are healthy . They both work hard for the hits . I would also like to see the Braves Trade for a 103 MPH closer .
I have Updated my dream Lineup for 2011
A closer ….. give John rocker 1 more ride
1st Derek Lee
2n Un known
3rd Chipper Jones
Center Andrew Jones
Left Johnny Damon
Hitting coach…….. David justice
bench Coach ……. Jeff Blauser
I am still trying to make the best roster I can think of . this is my views .
October 20th, 20102:13 pm
Melky…..the man who was such a defensibe gem that he let the Cincinnati player circle the bases while he threw the ball from the centerfield warning track to the right field foul line! Then, you have McClouth….a man who has to take several hops when he fields a grounder to the outfield as though trying to figure out which base to throw is more difficult than a Rubik’s Cube!
October 20th, 20102:19 pm
Well Atlanta needs infield and outfield help I was not impressed with really no one except Mccain first base till third base is open we need players who first and first can hit and play there position’s the Braves can not make any errors in 2011 if they are real in 2011 we need hitting and solid defense what I like about Texesa is that they play to win not freezing up runing all the way home that is baseball so yes the Braves got a 157 days to work out a winable plan to make it to the next level and keep it real with us the paying fan. That is what is going on right now.
October 20th, 20102:24 pm
CHIPPER better be our 3rd baseman next year. Put Infante wherever the hell you want. He is a hitting machine and can play anywhere. Chipper’s got one last year in him.
October 20th, 20102:41 pm
How about this…
Trade JJ, Dunn and Shafer for Matt Kemp
Sign Javier Vazquez
Sign Andruw Jones
Try to trade Kawakami for anything as long as someone eats half the salary
Chipper (Good OBP and base runner)
Kemp (28 homers and 89 RBIS in a down year)
McLouth/Andruw Jones (this could be a productive 20+ Homer LF combo)
Kimbrel (Make him the every day closer. I HATE the closer by committee thing)
Vet from free agent pool
What do you guys think? All 4 aspects look pretty well rounded to me and this seems doable.
Fan since 1977
October 20th, 20103:11 pm
Not a bad suggestion. I might dangle just JJ and Shafer to the Dodgers. They may have payroll issues witht he owners getting divorced, and both JJ and Shafer would be cheap. We need to give Dunn a chance to pan out. He has great stuff and throws hard. And he’s a lefty. He came in the Vasquez deal, and I’d hate to see that deal net nothing.
Vasquez showed his true colors this season, I don’t want him back.
Don’t want Andruw back. We got his best years.
Why don’t you want Diaz back? Have you seen his career numbers against lefties? If you can get Kemp to play CF, then Diaz and McLouth can platoon in LF.
Absolutely agree about Kimbrell. I posted earlier, it’s time. He is the only one on the staff who can hit 100, and if he works on his location (or better yet, just aim down the middle and get movement on that heater), he’s the man. He needs a slider like Wagner or a change up like Medlen. Venters is the set up man, he can enter 80 games if he has to.
Agree re-sign Hinske, he and Conrad on the bench is fantastic.
Good luck on the Kemp deal.
October 20th, 20103:43 pm
OT: DOB… Elizabeth Cook is scheduled to perform in our house concert series Oct. 8, 2011. If the Braves aren’t in the playoffs, perhaps you can join us.
We had Amy Speace a couple of weeks ago. Great songwriter with amazing chops. David Olney, with Sergio Webb on guitar, performed in early September. We have the awesome Jimmy LaFave in November.
“Art will always be Art.” – Goethe
October 20th, 20103:49 pm
What about the Teixeira trade. That was another GREAT one for the Braves. Let’s see, we gave up who??? The starting shortstop and GREAT leadoff hitter for the Texas Rangers? Fire Frank Wren NOW!
Sweet Old Buck
October 20th, 20103:55 pm
To those of you who want Chipper back – explain how an injury prone, 39 year old who has to rehab a serious knee can be an every day player. We need his $13,000,000.00 to get a right handed hitting left fielder. With that we can live with McClouth in center.
October 20th, 20104:05 pm
Frank Wren did not make the Tex deal.
October 20th, 20104:26 pm
Brian… GREAt lead off hitter? Andrus is a good player, but don’t kid yourself.
32 SB 15 CS – That’s not too good.
Average .265 OBP .342 Slugging .301 OPS.643
Sorry, but he doesn’t scream GREAT lead off hitter. Escobar’s three years prior to last year were WAY better offensively than Andrus. I actually wish we’d have kept him a year longer to see if he could have straightend out the butterflies in his head.
Would I take Andrus right now, heck yeah. Is he some all star calibur player? Not yet, no. Though he has a lot of potiential
October 20th, 20104:37 pm
Bowman, I’d have loved to have seen her in that intimate setting. But Eddie’s probably isn’t much bigger, right? Seeing her there tonight. Can’t wait. You going?
I don't want to get it!!!
October 20th, 20104:38 pm
DOB – Facts and rational thoughts are not welcome here. This isn’t the MENSA blog. We want knee-jerk, uninformed opinions so we can bash the people who have given us winning baseball for nearly all of the past 20 years.
Seriously, thanks for all the good info and for educating those of us who want to take time to think and deal with reality.
Ready for Fredi
October 20th, 20104:59 pm
I don’t think there is an affordable power hitting outfielder that can be obtained without giving up Jurrjens, and I think trading JJ would be a huge mistake. Our pitching was very good this year but look what happened at the end. There is no such thing as too many good pitchers, and I see JJ having a big year in 2011.
So, rather than overpaying for a player who would essentially be not much of an upgrade over what we have, let’s turn to the 1991 model that Schuerholz used to turn a pretty good team on the rise into a World Series team. Strengthen the defense, especially in the infield and center field. Freeman will be solid with the glove at first, Prado is strong at second, Gonzalez is above average at short (but I would certainly listen to any potential trade offers) and Chipper will be at third if his knee heals. We can’t do anything about that, but he is like having a coach on the field, which makes up for some of the lack of defense. Here is where the approach is different – go get Nyjer Morgan to play center field. His defense is incredible. The pitchers will love it and he will have a similar effect as Andruw had in his prime. He kind of went nuts temporarily this season, but he doesn’t have a history of stuff like that and from what I have heard, he has been a good guy throughout his career. Playing for the Pirates and the Nats would probably make anybody snap eventually. Then put Infante in left and go play ball. Morgan will give us a legitimate base stealing threat and great defense and I think there will be enough offense to go with the strong pitching and defense. The offense was pretty good for most of the season until everybody got hurt and this move would only improve that while also upgrading the defense.
Harold R. Griffin
October 20th, 20105:23 pm
You have mentioned two or three players that need to go. Diaz and Hinsky needs to stay. Melky and McClouth. We have players in the minor leagues that could play as good as these two. They will be contending next Spring. I do not know what Lee wants to do. Claus would make a good bench man. He can still hit. Just does not have the body. Might be good for two games a month. But I have hopes for the Braves.
It is a shame that their disabled list had to fill up at the close of the season.
October 20th, 20105:37 pm
Who are the Braves going to get, to hit the weak grounders to 2nd, in key scoring opportunities, now that Melky is gone?
October 20th, 20105:38 pm
IF MELKY WAS BAD AN “UNDERPERFORMING” I WONDER WHAT THE DEAL WILL BE WITH DIAZ, ANKEIL,MCLOUTH….
I GOT TWO NAMES FOR ATLANTA, ADAM DUNN AND NOT OR AND CARL CRAWFORD…THEN THEY ARE IN BUSINESS
October 20th, 20105:39 pm
YES TEXAS DID WIN OVER THE BRAVES ON THE TEXEIRA TRADE..NO DOUBT…YOU MUST BE ON CRACK NOT TO REALIZE THAT.
October 20th, 20106:00 pm
The Braves are not going to sign Andrew Jones or Francoeur. Andrew is not nearly as good in the outfield as he was and he only had a couple of decent years at the plate. Francouer swings at as much or more garbage as Ankiel who know one (or very few) on this board wants to see back.
For all the frustration of watching players swing at bad pitches this year and people on this board complanining about it, why would anyone want two poster boys for that very thing?
I disagree with the fact the D Lee should be gone. It is apparent that few here know of Lee’s history and his stats. It is probable that Freeman is going to struggle in the majors, as most rookies do.
Given the right situation (money and his agreeing to it), I would think D Lee would a great platoon player at first while Freeman gets used to hitting at the major league level.
October 20th, 20106:30 pm
As an attorney, let me tell you what this is the perfect time for. Which reminds me of a former law partner. When he was told not to end sentences in a proposition, he responded: “OK, let me tell you what this is the perfect time for, a**hole.”
But I digress. This is a perfect time for Chipper’s agent, and Frank Wren, and the insurance company covering Chipper’s potential inability to play due to injury, to sit down together, and place the 28 million dollar problem in the middle of the conference table, and stare at it. And then carve it up. The Braves could end up with perhaps an additional 9 million this year and 9 million next year to put into player salaries. But this opportunity exists only as long as the risk of loss exists for all parties. So prompt action in bringing the parties together is needed. All you would hear is Chipper’s agent issuing a press release that he is retiring due to his career ending injury.
I would volunteer my services, but I’m a complete dumba** country lawyer who doesn’t know squat.
“preposition,” not “proposition.”
October 20th, 20106:36 pm
Frenchy, had a better BA, RBI Total & HR’s than Heyward. Plus he is 10 times the outfielder. But everyone blames Frenchy. True, he needs to grow up, but he is still a better player.
Please take the time to look up some advanced hitting stats so you can know how ludicrous your last sentence is.
October 20th, 20107:15 pm
The Braves need talent at every position except Infante, Prado, Gonzales and McCann/Ross who should handle the infield. Is Freeman ready for 1st base or is someone needed there ? I don’t know that he is ready.
The entire outfield is horrendous.
October 20th, 20107:24 pm
Do the Braves need another RFer.?
October 20th, 20107:33 pm
A playoff sample for Franceour is too small just like a larger sample of him hitting .340 for the Rangers this year. If we got him and Andruw with them hitting .230 and .250 approximantely we would not scare anybody but still better than the outfield we had this year. The defense of these two plus Heyward would be top quality. The other thing that concerns me is Andruw tends to be a loafer something that Gonzales would not put up with.
October 20th, 20108:02 pm
“I don’t get it ………… Frenchy, had a better BA, RBI Total & HR’s than Heyward. Plus he is 10 times the outfielder. But everyone blames Frenchy. True, he needs to grow up, but he is still a better player.”
October 20th, 20108:08 pm
YES!!!! YES!!!!! YES!!!!! MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!!! The worst acquisition in Braves history, MEEKLY (aka Fat @$$ ) Cabrera is outta’ here!!!!! Bobby Cox’s adopted son is gone!!!!! Words cannot express how happy I am to see this ridiculous excuse of a baseball player gone. Whoever ends up with him………my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you….And to Joe Simpson and Chip Caray……share a box of Kleenex….MEEKLY, who both of you inexplicably raved about, is no longer a Brave! BOO HOO HOO!!!!!
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October 20th, 20109:37 pm
McLost? His CF was horrible this year-send him ANYWHERE (if he can find it)!
Ray Parker Jr.
October 21st, 201012:12 am
Hope this is a sign that Fredi wants to go with a younger team than what Bobby liked to have around.
October 21st, 201010:29 am
Some of you folks don’t know how good Matt Diaz is and could be because the overrated manager never let him play more than a little at a time, he’s an ecxellent outfielder. Chipper himself said Diaz was the best hitter on the team in the last spring camp. Ulike Cabrera and McLost who were run out there everyday no matter how much they stunk. You want to know how insane Cox became over the last couple of years, in the last game with the Giants McCann got on in the ninth and Cox pinch ran for him using another catcher who doesn’t run that well either I mean they are catchers. He had useless McLost sitting on the bench, he may have actually contributed something. I need for someone to let me know if the team is on the hook for anymore of McLost’s salary. Is his contract up or not, he has no trade value. Front office wise up about signing one hit wonders or trading for them. This is how it’s been going ,oh he was an allstar a couple of years ago lets trade for him maybe he can recapture some of that ability. If your going to spend your budget away get something of value in return. What could the Braves have really gotten for Vasguez in a deal with some other team?
October 21st, 201012:31 pm
Look Smart @10:29. McClouth has already been used as a pinch runner earlier in the game.
October 21st, 20101:04 pm
if we have haystack in right and frency in left better tell ed magnum to extend the backstop or some fans going to get killed lol
October 21st, 20104:21 pm
Dammit! Melky’s gone?? When runners were in scoring position and he was up to bat, he allowed me to go to the fridge or toilet. Well, at least I still got Ankiel…and McLouth…and Lee…and…
October 21st, 20106:28 pm
think of it this way if ya get jaon werth as a free agent and jenifer utley fallows him to hot lanta maybe we can sighn chase next winter and the year after that the fat firdst baseman lol
October 21st, 20106:41 pm
why fire frank wren for a trade js made lol i dont think wren was even involved in the tex deal in any compasity lol
Julio's Taco Stand
October 22nd, 20102:42 pm
Can I apply for some federal assistance now that Melky is leaving us? I will be out of business by Christmas.
October 23rd, 20106:48 pm
I can solve this problem easy$$$$$$$
Ted + Jane=Me
October 23rd, 20106:49 pm
I will be back$$
October 24th, 20101:10 am
For those talking about the value of Diaz, consider his .290 OBP. His arm and defense are below MLB level, he is a pinch hitter at best.
October 26th, 20102:07 pm
The outfoeld is not the Braves only problem to fix to make the World Series in 11. Catcher is the only solid position and without some quick fixes that position will open up after next year. What about 3 Base, at best Chipper will help out for 90 games. Half way tthrough 10, SS got a better attitude but weaker arm and bat. 2 Base could be solid but need utility infielder for the injuries. 1 Base is wide open, trades over the last couple years have sent the best to other teams. Heyward is sold, but the other 2 position will have to be filled. Looks like large rebuild is needed if Frank Wren wants to compete again. Keeping the old hitting coach hurts the Braves from improving what they need.
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