Braves add pitchers Abreu, Cordier to roster

The Braves purchased the contracts of pitchers Juan Abreu and Erik Cordier and added the right-handers to the 40-man roster on Friday. Both would’ve become six-year free agents if not added to the roster.

Abreu, 25, was 4-2 with 12 saves and a 4.35 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Class-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi, with 62 strikeouts in 60 innings. He walked 30 and allowed seven home runs.

Originally signed by the Kansas City, Abreu spent four seasons in the Royals minor league organization before signing as a free agent with the Braves in November 2009.

Cordier, 24, was 12-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 games (23 starts) for Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. He had 117 strikeouts in 143-2/3 combined innings, and allowed just three homers and 123 hits. But Cordier battled command problems at times, evident in 76 walks.

At Myrtle Beach in 2009, Cordier had 88 strikeouts with 74 walks in 121 innings over 25 games, all starts.

Another former Royals minor leaguer, Cordier came to the Braves in a March 2007 trade for shortstop Tony Pena Jr. He missed the 2007 season and part of 2008 after “Tommy  John” elbow surgery.

125 comments Add your comment

Bama Brave

November 5th, 2010
5:13 pm

yo

November 5th, 2010
5:17 pm

hipdawg

November 5th, 2010
5:22 pm

glad to see the braves making a big splash as usual.come on and sign a real player and not some washed up retread.

doubledawg

November 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

Typical AJC reporting. Put a misleading headline (sure, you didn’t want us to think it was Bobby Abreu) and get the cheap clicks.

Bama Brave

November 5th, 2010
5:25 pm

I agree 100% hipdawg

Hit A Single

November 5th, 2010
5:30 pm

We need a stick. Think back to Fred McGriff and what he meant.

Line Drive

November 5th, 2010
5:33 pm

What’s the organization see in Cordier that makes them fearful of losing him to free agency?

jerry

November 5th, 2010
5:36 pm

If the Royals didn’t want them………………how bad could they be?

BravesFan

November 5th, 2010
5:38 pm

The Braves are just teasing us right now…………..they are going to add a serious bat/outfielder…right?

RaleighDawg

November 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

Who cares ? Without at least one and preferably two vastly improved bats, the Braves will be watching another World Series from home.

David O'Brien

November 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

hipdawg: This was a procedural move, the kind that teams across baseball have to make right now because of rules and deadlines regarding 6-year free agents, and another deadline soon to add other players to roster that must be protected from Rule 5 draft.

Teams can’t even sign free agents other than their own until Sunday, and there probably won’t be a flurry of signings right away by any teams. But don’t let the actual rules of free agency stand in the way of your rant.

David O'Brien

November 5th, 2010
5:42 pm

Who cares ? Without at least one and preferably two vastly improved bats, the Braves will be watching another World Series from home. — RaleighDawg

Well, they would have plenty of good company. I mean, 28 of 30 teams watch the World Series from home each season. The Yankees have watched six of the past seven World Series from home, while spending well over a billion dollars on player payroll during that period.

BoroBall3

November 5th, 2010
5:42 pm

Did they need to drop anybody from the 40-man in return?

Randal Patrick McMurphy

November 5th, 2010
5:46 pm

A really big, off-season …

VP

November 5th, 2010
5:46 pm

>>> Did they need to drop anybody from the 40-man in return?

We cleared a whole bunch of room on our roster with Wagner, Cabrera, Saito, Lee and Glaus leaving. So i am sure they didn’t have to drop anybody.

David O'Brien

November 5th, 2010
5:47 pm

BoroBall3: No, there was room on roster with spots recently created by free agents, options not exercised, retired (Wagner), etc.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

November 5th, 2010
5:50 pm

Good points DOB in rebuttal to Ralieghdawg and Hipdawg.

JEM

November 5th, 2010
5:50 pm

You tell’em, DOB!

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

November 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

DOB, aside from Freddie Freeman, who is the next minor leaguer you anticipate making a splash out of nowhere come spring training?

Roja

November 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

Not sure what a PowerHitter in the outfielder would get us a Workd Series Championship. Look what Josh Hamilton did in the World Series — he batted a whopping .100

steve

November 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

I wonder why fans panic over the lack of activity when the teams cannot do much until after Sunday. we have plenty of good young pitchers that could get us a good outfield hitter and because the Giants won it with pitching I would have to think that a lot of clubs will be ready to sacrifice a good hitter for a J.Jurjens or Beachy, lets just make sure we end up getting someone good instead of another Milky .

benchwarmer

November 5th, 2010
5:52 pm

Wheee! It’s dullsville season and the blog beasts are hungry and ready to kill something!

BoroBall3

November 5th, 2010
5:52 pm

Good, I was hoping that was case and that we didnt need to drop a prospect like Gary Lee Hyde in AAA

Braves 2011

November 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

why take a chance of losing young pitchers when you have the roster spots?

BoroBall3

November 5th, 2010
5:56 pm

well i know they added players to the 40-man roster recently and didnt know how many spots were left on the 40-man.

Savannahfan

November 5th, 2010
5:56 pm

Wow, that’s news???
I hope they are just trade bait.I am looking forward to a new manager. No more post season games where a Tom Glavine is allowed to give up 5+ runs before being pulled simply because “he is a veteran”.
Cox never seemed to figure out that post season umpires are the best of the lot. That’s why Tommy didn’t get that strike call when the ball was just off the plate. I know this goes back a ways but man, we blew some great chances to win another world series due to Cox’s stubbornness .

David O'Brien

November 5th, 2010
6:00 pm

Benchwarmer: It’s silly, isn’t it? A few folks here just want to moan and complain, without thinking too hard. They don’t care that there are actual rules, deadlines and such regarding how teams go about offseason roster-building. I guess every time the Braves do a simple procedural move, we can expect that group to wail about why the team put this guy or that guy on the 40-man roster instead of trading for Adrian Gonzalez or signing Carl Crawford.

Fortunately, the vast majority of our regulars understand that notable trades in baseball rarely occur in early November. By the way, in recent years how many significant free agents have switched teams in the first weeks of November? I don’t expect the Braves to be real active in the free-agent market, but even if they are, they wouldn’t be signing guys right now. No team is, unless re-signing its own free agents.

Ray

November 5th, 2010
6:08 pm

Dave, I think HS guys from the 2006 draft now have to be protected or be exposed to the Rule 5 draft in Dec. Is Cory Rasmus (brother of Colby) going to be added as he has recovered fairly well from shoulder problems and had a solid injury-free year . ?
I assume the Barves have given up on Cody Johnson with his endless striekouts and will not protect him.

steve

November 5th, 2010
6:18 pm

72-90, last place in NL East… fragile freddie freeman .218 6 hr , 45 RBI before being (hopefully) released. Jordan Schafer back in outfield, .220 5 hr 29 RBI before being released. I just don’t understand the mentality of this team ( more like it’s owners)… now i know this story is a non-story but I promise everyone that this team will do NOTHING to improve itself in the off season. They won’t even talk to Jason Werth in the off season… what a joke.

Not Sure....

November 5th, 2010
6:21 pm

that the Braves will add the righthanded bat we all agree we need in LF. If they do, where do you play Omar? I have him pegged for Left, as we need his bat in the lineup as much as possible.

DD795

November 5th, 2010
6:34 pm

Need to trade both while we can get something for them.

Trey - 6

November 5th, 2010
6:39 pm

Wow, when I saw Abreu I was thinking of Bobby Abreu.

Trey - 6

November 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

I don’t know why I thought that, but it’s nice to see us doing a little bit, even though we won’t see anything big yet.

Bobby Dicks (Braves former Manager)

November 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

Was it you DOB or was it Matt Stewart that once said; “Tiger Woods will WIN the Masters, but NOT this year”. Then of course Tiger won his first masters that year. LMAO!

BravesAC

November 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Glad to see the Braves keep Cordier(sp?). He was a high draft choice by KC who hurt his arm and needed surgery. That’s why the Braves were able to get a good prospect for a Tony Pena Jr. (and the Braves were right…isn’t TP Jr trying pitching now with his good arm/good field/no stick label proving accurate?)
Cordier is now two years removed from surgery, young, throws hard, had good results in AA, AAA….of course he’s worthy of a spot on the 40 man.

BravesAC

November 5th, 2010
6:46 pm

Steve-
Darkened room, cold towel on your forehead…all will seem better after a nap Big Guy!

Farnsworth

November 5th, 2010
6:46 pm

Free Eric Hinske now!

Skeezix

November 5th, 2010
6:52 pm

1. How many days until Spring training? I am already experiencing withdrawal symptoms. I ain’t a big NFL fan.
2. This team is close to being very good and all it needs is a stick in the OF to complete them.

wjones

November 5th, 2010
7:02 pm

“steve

November 5th, 2010
6:18 pm
72-90, last place in NL East… fragile freddie freeman .218 6 hr , 45 RBI before being (hopefully) released. Jordan Schafer back in outfield, .220 5 hr 29 RBI before being released. I just don’t understand the mentality of this team ( more like it’s owners)… now i know this story is a non-story but I promise everyone that this team will do NOTHING to improve itself in the off season. They won’t even talk to Jason Werth in the off season… what a joke.”

Freeman released…seriously? You’re kind of embarassing yourself, even on this blog.

Conrad for Gold Glove

November 5th, 2010
7:09 pm

“72-90, last place in NL East… fragile freddie freeman .218 6 hr , 45 RBI before being (hopefully) released. Jordan Schafer back in outfield, .220 5 hr 29 RBI before being released. I just don’t understand the mentality of this team ( more like it’s owners)… now i know this story is a non-story but I promise everyone that this team will do NOTHING to improve itself in the off season. They won’t even talk to Jason Werth in the off season… what a joke.”

Haha, idiot

RC

November 5th, 2010
7:15 pm

Great news…hope next year is better too

Bravesfan54

November 5th, 2010
7:18 pm

Dave – how long must they keep these 2 on the 40-man? I just don’t see them as “40 man calibre” over the next twelve months. Is there any significant committment involved with this decision. They are young, and perhaps I’ve short-shrifted them, but I kinda feel that I’ve have reasonable statistical instincts, their age, numbers, minor league history just didn’t strike me as “40 man” worthy – unless there is a permissible ‘off ramp’. Your thoughts appreciated (as always, why else would be on the blog on a Friday night- don’t answer that!!!)

JB

November 5th, 2010
7:21 pm

D.O.B. thanks for the patience with these idiots. Rules who needs rules.
I had a friend growing up in NY that was a Met fan who would constantly say hey i have a great idea lets trade backup second baseman Tim Tuffle to the Yankees for Don Mattingly. The Yankees need a second baseman and the Mets needed a first baseman. How about this Conrad for Pujols…yea that’s the ticket

My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek.

Bravesfan54

November 5th, 2010
7:22 pm

I don’t understand draft rules, but I’m wondering if the 40 man at this point represent the only 40 players unavailable to be drafted, and that after the draft, they can be released or otherwise disposed of (i.e. the off-ramp I was wondering about?)

Did I figure it out, Dave :>)?

.Mike S

November 5th, 2010
7:23 pm

Well, I do want to read about at least one signing between now and Sunday DOB. I want to read Eric Hinske re-signed to one year contract! MAKE IT SO! ;-)

David O'Brien

November 5th, 2010
7:28 pm

Well, I do want to read about at least one signing between now and Sunday DOB. I want to read Eric Hinske re-signed to one year contract! MAKE IT SO — Mike S

Mike S: What if Eric Hinske wants to at least see what other teams might offer before accepting a possible deal with Braves? (and I don’t know that they’ve even made him one). What if you were in his position, at his age, and thought you might possibly get a two-year offer from some team, or a one-year offer worth an extra half-mill or so? Would you just take a one-year deal right now regardless of the price, before even waiting a bit to see if other teams might make significantly better offers and you might not have to sign yet another one-year deal and hope all goes well and you don’t get hurt next season?

Bravesfan54

November 5th, 2010
7:30 pm

Steve – you obviously missed one of the more memorable (non-pennant) seasons of this team. Their w-l record – given their talent and the injuries they endured – mark last year’s team as special. Lot’s of ups and downs and dissappointments, but they did so much with (what in the end turned out to be) so little. This team inspired me. Find something good and positive in your life. It’ll make a difference.

wiki

November 5th, 2010
7:34 pm

DOB….anything good going on this weekend? Not going to any college football games this weekend, just hanging out at the Dunwoody homestead.

The Nature Boy is afraid of DOB

November 5th, 2010
8:10 pm

you should feel honored….we just need a healthy Chipper and a bat….I doubt we can afford Werth…sidenote..what if McClouth is McClouth next yr..?? just sayin…the Giants weren’t much better than the Bravos…

ps..the wife has my TV on lifetime…I’m in love w/ Kerri Russel…(when does baseball start..??)

Taylor

November 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

A lot of idiots on here, not sure what to say

bass stringerfish

November 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

Really people? Are you guys the same ones that were bitching a week or so ago about Andrus and Feliz being on Texas’ roster opposed to ours? Did you see their stats at the time of the trade? Not earth shatter were they? Did you see what won us all our titles and what just won the Giants theirs? Did you ever look at John Smoltz’ minor league record when we acquired him? Free Agency? Do ya’ll even read the news? The Braves are not going to be players any way, so why are you even “waiting” for news? There won’t be any. We’ll get Maggie Ordenyez (sic) from Detroit and we’ll hear the moan and groan about how he missed half a season and how old he is…he’s better banged up than what we have… if this is all you have going in your life than to just be fringe fans that don’t grasp reality then go get a dog…nice work DOB…and by the way, why being upset about the “tease” signing the “other” Abreu. Shows how much some folks know, talk about a liability in the field now…

TiminSmyrna

November 5th, 2010
8:28 pm

For those of you asking about Spring Training it starts in February with the first game on February 27th. And I’ll be there for the first time in over a decade. Thank you Cobb County for the new modified school calendar!

Taylor

November 5th, 2010
8:29 pm

Braves aren’t getting Mags

Good point Dave...

November 5th, 2010
8:34 pm

Dollars do not equal a WS win..

However, Pittsburgh did come close either.

ajc pariah

November 5th, 2010
8:45 pm

Pump the bellows dude.While last I checked none were moderated more,I do admire your baseball acumen.For your sake it is a shame for you to have to educate while blogdicating your columns.

gabuldawg

November 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

DOB, I have been reading several Braves blogs and all they want to see is a grandslam in free agency. All I keep hearing is Crawford or Werth or let’s just hang it up. I don’t see us getting in the bidding wars for either of those guys. There are plenty of decent ball players that we can pick up and stay within our salary boundaries and still be competitive. We are bringing back all of our major pieces except closer so as long as we get at least one good OF and a couple of solid bench players, there is no reason we can’t return to the playoffs again. Unfortunately, the injury bug bit us this year late in the season and it crippled us. Especially not having a legit 3B when Chipper and Prado went down and then losing our Closer in the playoffs. Other than that, I think we had a real shot at beating the Giants and who knows what might have happened. Unfortunately, most of these bloggers want the huge move and we just aren’t going to make it.

fslusser seminole 58

November 5th, 2010
9:10 pm

I think we did alot with what we had and continued even when things went bad with our key losses. I predict a better yuear next year. Go Braves!!!

AdirondackDave

November 5th, 2010
10:23 pm

I’d love to see Crawford or Werth in a Braves uniform but it just doesn’t seem to be realistic unless Chipper’s contract is re-worked or Lowe is traded. Either of these is probably unlikely but maybe Lowe will generate serious interest this year. Just two years left on his contract and not many guys have won more games than he has in the last 10 years (or last 2 for that matter.) If I were the Yanks or another contender needing a dependable winner, who, other than Lee, is better? And if I were the Braves I’d definitely consider trading Lowe and resigning Javy Vasquez (sp) who re-found his National League comfort zone with the Braves.

Richard Dawson

November 5th, 2010
10:24 pm

Woo-Hoo! Real Exciting! Let’s see if we can get Nick Esasky, Bruce Sutter, and Andy Messersmith!

Richard Dawson

November 5th, 2010
10:26 pm

bass stringerfish – you are a true nut job. Andrus’ and Feliz’s stats at the time of the trade? They were minor leaguers, NJ. With lots of upside. That panned out. JS really screwed up his last 4-5 seasons. Sure would love to have Adam Wainwright back.

Oklahoma Brave

November 5th, 2010
10:57 pm

Been a while, adirondack Dave, I totally agree with your post about signing javy. I can’t believe all the idiot posts about transactions less than a week after the ws. Wren is a great gm and is building a winner!!!!!! Yes it may be a slow process but he’s doing it right with tight payroll. I’d prefer a team that is a perenial playoff team than one that makes it every 5 years. Let chipper have his year and we’ll see. In 2013 we’ll have close to 30 mil off the books just by chip and Lowe. You stupid posters make me sick!!!

DOB, my Huskers are looking good with Martinez running crazy. I hope you haven’t given up ob turner gill. He’ll be a he’ll of a coach if given some time. OU sucks!!!

sanityplease

November 5th, 2010
11:00 pm

I love fans on this site, they think they could be a gm. “Why don’t the braves just trade Mclouth for Josh Hamilton.” Guys, it is not that easy.

Horner's Corner

November 5th, 2010
11:39 pm

Matt Murton!!!

Just Wanna Say

November 6th, 2010
12:18 am

DOB, thank you for shutting some of these people up.

lance

November 6th, 2010
12:50 am

the braves are gonna trade for a big time bat not sign one. watch and see

Wal Mart Braves

November 6th, 2010
1:40 am

New manager. Same crap. Looks like another off season of blockbuster signings! Can we please sell this team to someone who gives a turd? We are a tax write off to Liberty Media.

ward

November 6th, 2010
2:29 am

how about a lead off hitter with speed. coco crisp, mcClutchen would be good.the lead off position is the most important position.since kenny loften: the Braves haven’t made it to the world series yet! and can’t make it to the post season either. lead off guy’s,set the table for your offense. Go!!! Braves!!!! trust me on this one….

Joe in Qatar

November 6th, 2010
4:58 am

“Roja @ 5:51 — “Look what Josh Hamilton did in the World Series — he batted a whopping .100″

The key point there is because of Hamilton’s power, the Rangers and Hamilton at least had an opportunity to hit .100 in the World Series.

daddydog

November 6th, 2010
11:07 am

I also looked to see if it was Bobby.

stew

November 6th, 2010
11:30 am

RYAN BRAUN RYAN BRAUN RYAN BRAUN HE CAN BE HAD FOR THE RIGHT PRICE AND HE CHANGES OUR LINEUP.

Bill

November 6th, 2010
11:35 am

Thanks DOB..No matter what the Braves do someone will bitch. Just keep the news coming and thanks again for your great job.

Justafan

November 6th, 2010
11:40 am

Would love to see BJ Upton in CF for Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know I’m just dreaming.

David O'Brien

November 6th, 2010
12:01 pm

Stew, what makes you think Ryan Braun “can be had for the right price?” I haven’t seen or heard anything to suggest the Brewers would trade him. He’s the face of their franchise.

jay

November 6th, 2010
12:04 pm

These players are i the Braves’ mi nor league system…It’s not like they went out and “got” them….Read!

Big Man

November 6th, 2010
12:06 pm

very misleading headline…….

jim

November 6th, 2010
12:13 pm

Why do people on this blog keep thinking McCutcheon is even a possibility for being our CF next year? Why would the Pirates consider trading him at all, even for Freeman or Teheran + additional top propsect(s)? They are certainly not going to take McLouth back in exchange. The Pirates selected the 2 top HS pitchers in the draft this year. They have McCutcheon, Alvarez, and Walker just reaching the ML, and they have the top pick in next year’s draft. They are not going to start breaking up this nucleus before it has a chance to develop and excite their fan base.

David O'Brien

November 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

Jim: Agreed. I don’t think Pittsburgh is any more likely to trade McCutcheon this winter than, say, Milwaukee is to trade Braun.

jim

November 6th, 2010
1:02 pm

DOB,

Speaking of draft. Were there any voices in the Braves’ organization arguing for Mike Trout last year when the team had the 7th pick? Since the kid played in the Northeast, teams had fewer opportunities to see him play high school ball, but he did not come with an inflated bonus demand, signed for a reasonable amount shortly after the draft, and took off almost immediately in rookie ball. One year later he is the top prospect in the Minor Leagues. Surely with that much talent a good scout would see it even in limited opportunities.
Minor may develop into a productive starting pitcher (possibly better than Wheeler picked one slot earlier), but an outfield featuring Heyward and Trout for the 2012 team would turn the biggest current weakness into an area of strength. Given the Braves’ need for position players, was there any push for Trout, and, if not, should this lead to serious assessment of the scouting department?

RichieRich86

November 6th, 2010
3:25 pm

Man I’m dying here! I hate the offseason!!! We need Blogs DOB Blogs!!!!! Go Braves Spring Training can’t get here soon enough!! Go Braves!!!!

RaleighDawg

November 6th, 2010
3:38 pm

Apparently only posts that agree with Davey and laud his skill stick around…truth hurts, huh ?

ward

November 6th, 2010
4:45 pm

is it possilble for the Braves to get matt kemp, and crawford? Go!!! Braves!!!

hAL

November 6th, 2010
4:50 pm

yea an outfields of haystack and trout would feature a fish and an overrated b;lob lol

wjones

November 6th, 2010
5:45 pm

“hAL

November 6th, 2010
4:50 pm
yea an outfields of haystack and trout would feature a fish and an overrated b;lob lol:

Guess you’re still an idiot. lol

Piedmont Blues

November 6th, 2010
6:43 pm

RaleighDawg,

Truth? You can’t handle the truth!

bass stringerfish

November 6th, 2010
7:13 pm

Richard Dawson…not a nut job…been following this pretty close for 30 some odd years…and at the time we got Bruce Sutter, it was the best Free Agent signing we could have gotten for our team…However, thank you. In your attempt to beret an opinion, you made my point exactly…Abreu and Cordier…have exactly the same looking upside as Andrus and Feliz…will it pan out? who knows, but their minor leauge stats say they have an opportunity to do something…just like Andrus and Feliz…but minor league stats are just that…minor league…are you a better judge of talent? Don’t think so…hind sight is 20/20…its all over baseball…we have a few Andrus/Feliz’s in our system too because of GM trades that will come back to be one sided…where is Vasquez now??? Where did Dunn finish 2010?

Keith

November 6th, 2010
7:59 pm

DOB, thanks for the reporting. Some readers, doubledawg, prove their ignorance. Any baseball fan knows Bobbie Abreu is not a pithcer. So i’m glad you are writing the article DOB and not that idiot.

NORRIS

November 6th, 2010
10:41 pm

Dont know what is going to happen but one thing is certain.
They need somebody that can hit!!

benchwarmer

November 6th, 2010
10:42 pm

I see one guy at least has started the trade Lowe merry go round. Geez looeeez the guy just finished a great second half. Not to mention that he is a reliable innings eater. Not to mention he has one of the best overall records in recent years. Not to mention he still is owed a pot of money that few probably will want to pay. It is my view that a staff of reasonably good sinkerball pitchers and some good defense will take your team a long way. There just aren’t enough Smoltzs to go around and they cost to much.

intellibird

November 7th, 2010
12:01 am

Lets make an offer for Jeter. He’s a winner and would fill a spot perfectly on our Braves. Let the idiots up north throw money at Cliff Lee, Texeira, and other fly by night types. We can build on bedrock.

DawgDad

November 7th, 2010
3:12 am

Keeping things in perspective, 2010 was a great season to be a Braves fan. Lots of exciting baseball, with all the walk off wins and a playoff appearance one of the most exciting teams to follow in the majors. The team battled hard despite being clearly outmanned at the end.

Realistically, the job of the GM is to keep the team competitive year in, year out, and take a shot when the team has a chance to go all the way. All this has to be done within budget. The Braves were probably one Matt Holliday type free agent short this year, and are still in essentially the same position heading in to next year. The owners are either going to fork over for a big-bat outfielder or they aren’t, otherwise I expect Wren to do pretty much what he did last year, scour the retreads for a possible bargain.

beachcomber

November 7th, 2010
7:01 am

Thank you DOB for any news you can provide on our Braves. My local paper today had about three column inches devoted to baseball – if you exempt Mark Topkin’s column which is nothing but Rays. It’s a bleak time of year for the baseball fan – thanks for filling the void.

Mungo

November 7th, 2010
7:46 am

I just looked at a old “Game Day” that was piled on my desk. Look at Christian Martinez team photo and please tell me there is some kind of typo on his roster data.

6ft.1in 160 lbs.
You have got to be joking!!!!!!!!!!!! He looks like one of “Chino Cadahia’s Pet’s”.

boston braves

November 7th, 2010
7:48 am

Come to the 1st Atlanta Braves Fantasy Camp!

2011 Atlanta Braves Fantasy Camp 1/25/-1/30/2011 @ ESPN’s Wide World of Sports
For more information go to http://www.braves.com/fantasycamp or email Fantasycamp@braves.com or call 1-404-614-1526

Please mention promo code: Bravesfan to receive a free Braves T-shirt to the first 10 Braves fans who register!

StrrBuc

November 7th, 2010
8:36 am

The Braves got to sign a big bat. What are they thinking, Chipper Jones will be healthy and provide them with the offense they need. Haha good luck, he’s done and even if he wasn’t he’ll be on the DL not long after the all star break. What happened to his retirement talks?

Bravissimo

November 7th, 2010
10:04 am

DOB…thought Id change the subject…Knowing your love of BBQ,I was wondering if you cook it yourself on occaision and how you prepare it.
Keep up the good work and I too cant wait for spring training.

Dean

November 7th, 2010
10:19 am

Most of these people have no idea how the procedures work. I have a different question as well DOB. You recommended a phosphorecent album a few months back. Which one was it? I saw them live before they left Athens and loved it but wasn’t sure which album I needed to purchase.

varoadrunner

November 7th, 2010
11:34 am

IS THERE A FULL MOON??
I can’t believe the attitudes on here today, including DOB’s. Complain complain complain – that’s all there is on the blog today. And DOB, why not lose just a bit of your sarcasm. Not sure if you think you are speaking to punks (and apparently many fall into that category) but not all of us.

Come on guys – the Braves did GREAT in 2010. Let’s face it – INJURIES did us in and that’s baseball. We were very competitive untill Chipper, Medlin, Prado, Glaus, JJJ, etc went down.

Wren did an admirable job building a winner last year. Let’s let it play out without condemning the 2011 Braves while still in 2010. There’s a lot of potential on the team today – could we win a championship with the team as it is, but give Wren time. As DOB pointed out, very few significant moves happen in November. Just taking care of the in’s and out’s of the baseball business now. Give em time.

And DOB, Please ease up just a bit.

Gwinnett Fred

November 7th, 2010
3:18 pm

Folks ure wear their emotions on their sleeves during the offseason it seems.

I suppose DOB has to earn his keep, even if it means updating something 99.9% of Braves fans could care less about. But it isn’t his fault something roster-worthy doesn’t happen weekly between November and February.

You folks bitching & moaning – you DO realize we have a 5-2 NFL team, an undefeated NBA team and an above .500 NHL team actually playing right now don’t you??? I’m sure there is life outside the damn Braves!

David O'Brien

November 7th, 2010
3:49 pm

I suppose DOB has to earn his keep, even if it means updating something 99.9% of Braves fans could care less about. But it isn’t his fault something roster-worthy doesn’t happen weekly between November and February. Gwinnett Fred

Actually, if I was “going through the motions,” as one bitter commenter suggested I was doing, I would simply have filed one sentence for our print editions, or made sure we were running the transactions wire and that it was in there. My bosses would not have been upset if that’s how I chose to treat it, and it’s how it would have been treated in the past.

However, we have a segment of Braves fans who do care about moves like this, and the expanded blog is a forum where we can provide some context and detail for small moves that those fans care plenty about. It’s for those fans that we provide the info. If, as you suggest, 99.9 percent don’t care, here’s an idea: Don’t read it. Seriously, don’t bother reading it, if you don’t care about 40-man roster moves that aren’t of immediate, significant impact. If the headline causes you to glance at it, then after the first sentence it should be clear it’s not something you’re interested in, so stop there.

And if you do read it, if you read all of it and wish you hadn’t, then why in the world would you then want to compound the presumed waste of your precious time by following up with an angry, usually pointless blog missive directed at me, as some sort of response? Really, it feels that important that you need to do that?

An average person might wonder, what’s the point of reading it, not deeming it worthy of your attention, but then whining and moaning in a blog comment? Granted, we do realize this is only a very small segment of our commenters. And more importantly, I think from the tone of past comments from those in that niche group (via the IP address thing), that it’s what they get enjoyment out of doing here — complaining. Being angry.

Maybe they see people having too much fun or discourse here, or just too many blog comments, and it irks them. Who knows? So we take that into account as we read those particular vitriol-tinged comments. And also, we do want to thank them for the page views.

Bill

November 7th, 2010
4:26 pm

Keep’em coming DOB, no hate here. Anything you got I love to get on Braves, BBQ, Music, Motorecycles, Women its all good. Thanks for doing a great job.
Some people hate their Mother so let the smart A@@’s bitch.

Add your comment