Braves add OF, two pitchers to protected roster

Outfielder Matt Young and right-handers Randall Delgado and Cory Gearrin had their contracts purchased by the Braves on Friday, before the deadline for teams to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Young, 28, will get his first chance to make the major league team during spring training, where the versatile minor league veteran will compete for a bench job. He hit .300 with 33 doubles, five triples, three homers and a .380 on-base percentage for Triple-A Gwinnett, while leading the International League with 39 stolen bases.

For the second offseason in a row, Young has impressed in the Mexican winter league, batting .356 in 31 games for Navojoa before Friday.

Delgado, 20, is an elite prospect who went 7-12 with a 3.30 ERA in 28 starts last season for High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi. He had 162 strikeouts with 52 walks in 161 innings.

Gearrin, 24, was 3-5 with a 3.36 ERA and in a team-high 52 relief appearances for Gwinnett. The sidearmer from Chattanooga had 66 strikeouts in 80-1/3 innings.

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Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp

November 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

1st, are these surprise moves, DOB? Come check out our pork ribs and pulled pork sandwiches. On Collier Rd at Howell Mill.

SF Braves Fan

November 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

johhny balls

November 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

third miggas

patrocket

November 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

Don’t mix BBQ and seafood. That’s just wrong. Like something someone from NC would do.

Boro Boys

November 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

Not surprising moves, Young would have been taken almost surely in the Rule 5, and at the rate our outfield stability is going, it never hurts to have him close by.

Milt Famey

November 19th, 2010
5:43 pm

Love to see Young make the club as a backup in 2011. He also can play 2B and has good speed. You’ve got to pull for these journeymen who pay their dues in the minors.

Todd

November 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

DOB, is Bill Hall a possibility for a spot on the roster in 2011? He can play anywhere, has pop and can play CF…

JC Boscan III

November 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

I agree with Milt. Our team is soooooooooo plodding on the bases, having Matt Young and McLouth on the roster (assuming both can hit at least .250) would be a great asset now that we’ve added Uggla for power. I hope our new manager will do more than just play for the elusive 3-run homer. Fast baserunners put pressure on the pitcher and defense, and this is a GOOD thing that we have not enjoyed for many years….. Think of how dominating our pitching could be over 162 games IF we could CONSISTENTLY manufacture runs!!! (no more need to burn out Venters, Moylan and crew)…..

ChrisInPittsburgh

November 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

The Braves sent minor league outfielder Cody Johnson to the Yankees for cash considerations, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch (on Twitter). The 2006 first rounder batted .189/.269/.343 in 260 plate appearances at Double-A this year. Johnson, 22, hit 32 homers in 2009 and 26 homers in 2008, so he has some pop.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

Coach

November 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

Sounds like Wren is playing his cards right, and is pulling all of the stops. I have a pretty good feeling that we will be ok with the departure of Infante. Wren made a steal of a deal to get Uggla! I have no doubt that Wren will get an extention done to keep him. Sounds like we will be reaping the rewards of our minor league talent for years to come! Attendance is going to go up, which leads to more money coming in, and bigger contracts handed out. I have been a Braves fan my whole life, and I must say that I am pumped about the 2011 Braves team. After all, we have youth scattered all over the team starting with the manager. Fredi will bring new ideas, and a blue collar work ethic that the team has been missing for years, and over the course of the year the players will appreciate it.

Bama Brave

November 19th, 2010
6:01 pm

sounds like another trade comming soon!

JaxNCBravesFan

November 19th, 2010
6:10 pm

patrocket, know you can’t see my fingers but guess which one’s pointing your way…

Phil Karns

November 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

Who is not protected and can be selected in the Rule 5 this year? Anyone notable?

Paddy

November 19th, 2010
6:26 pm

patrocket, you can advertise your resturant as Bar-B-Que and Shrimp, you just can’t put them on the same plate. At least not in Georgia you can’t!

team matt young

November 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

exit matty D, enter matty Y…

Melky

November 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

I had BBQ and shrimp on the same plate.

old brave, retired

November 19th, 2010
6:47 pm

Love all the trades and moves. Is Delgado further along than Teheran, our minor league pitcher of the year? I would hate to lose Teheran, Vizcaino, or Delgado—-our future. Someone must know. I think I would expose Chipper (no one would take him), Derrick Lowe (too expensive) than lose any of our young pitching.

yogi2

November 19th, 2010
7:04 pm

ANY TEAM THAT WOULD PROTECT JORDAN SCHAFER IS NUTS..

ryan

November 19th, 2010
7:38 pm

I think the Braves could get in the Justin Upton sweepstakes .

BBQ Shrimp B Good

November 19th, 2010
7:45 pm

How versatile is young? What other postions can he play and how well can he play them?

Jeff

November 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

BBQ: Matt Young can play all three OF positions and second base. He’s probably best in center and left field. He’d be an upgrade to McLouth at any outfield position, IMHO. Young hasn’t played second base as much, but he’s not bad there, he’d do fine backing up second on occasion.

David O'Brien

November 19th, 2010
8:31 pm

Billy Jack’s BBQ: I might have to come by this weekend. You open Saturday-Sunday, I assume?

jmart

November 19th, 2010
8:54 pm

Young has paid his dues and deserves a chance. He has the potential to beat out McClouth in centerfield. If so he could lead off and create some havoc on the basepath. 39 steals last year – when was the last time the Braves had a player with a decent OBP as a bease stealing threat?

If he could lead off, Prado could bat second moving Heyward into an RBI spot in the order. Heyward could then bat 3rd on the days Chipper didn’t play, giving him some time to adjust to that spot in the order.

If Young can actually perform, then the Braves are set and still have all of their excellent prospects.

jmart

November 19th, 2010
9:01 pm

If McClouth is the centerfielder, then, to me, the best lineup is:

Prado
Jones
Heyward
Uggla
McCann
Gonzales
Freeman
McClouth

Joe

November 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

Matt Young is a great guy. He and my pal Doug Clark play in the Mexican Winter Leagues and are really great buds because of that league.

unbelievable

November 19th, 2010
11:33 pm

why did the braves have to protect Delgado? he was signed at 17 and has only been in the org for 3 yrs right? he wasnt eligible for other teams to claim him

coachrob1976

November 20th, 2010
1:39 am

jmart

November 19th, 2010
9:01 pm
If McClouth is the centerfielder, then, to me, the best lineup is:

Prado
Jones
Heyward
Uggla
McCann
Gonzales
Freeman
McClouth

Dude I know you said, “to me” but Chipper can’t and won’t EVER bat in the two spot. Fredi said he’s batting third and he just isn’t a two hole hitter. That spot is for some one who makes a lot of contact, granted he’s good at that. But it also requires a good bit of speed and will be a sacrafice guy in the NL. You need Chipper to swing the bat, not lay down a sac bunt or grounding out to the right side of the infield to move the runner along. Jones is a double waiting to happen. If anything he needs to move to the 5 or six hole.

Bring back Jim Donnan

November 20th, 2010
9:53 am

Even Bubba Blue and Forest Gump did not mix Bar B Q and shrimp

LWells2000

November 20th, 2010
10:07 am

If Schafer and McLouth deserve another chance, could it be confined to Spring Training only?

BBQ Shrimp B Good

November 20th, 2010
10:52 am

Hey Bring Back Donnan, you might want to recheck that. And if you ever tried the BBQ shrimp at Rays on the River you would have a different opinion!

stew

November 20th, 2010
11:41 am

If the two hole is to move the runner aka sacrifice, why did Jason bat ther all year? Jason better start hitting more home runs and driving in more runs (I know he was injured) or he’ll turn into Frenchy very soon. 18 and 72 ain’t gonna cut it especially with his inconsistent defense. We still need a centerfielder. BJ would fit nicely. Rasmus would be nicer but would cost too much. Why does everyone think Delgado, Teheran, and Vizcaino are our future. Wasn’t Vizcaino hurt most of the year? Time to dump the not so awesome aussie. Maybe he’s been drinking too many Fosters, and that’s why he can’t throw standing upright Submariners tend to hang their breaking ball. Matt Young is getting old and when push came to shove Brooks had his moments both offensively and unfortunately defensively.Is Edward Salcedo in our future for Chipper? I think he batted under .200. Who do we have other than Pastornicki projected as our SS? Do we have any other position player prospects that can impact our major league roster?

ohhhh...no

November 20th, 2010
12:24 pm

stew perhaps people think Teheran is our future as he is one, if not the best, right-handed prospect in baseball who has a ceiling so high you cant see it while his floor is still higher than others. Delgado is right behind him and would be the number 1 pitching prospect in most systems. Vizcaino is a little behind the others but can still develop into a 2-3 starter. Edward just played his first year of professional ball and has all the skills, he just needs work. I hope you were playing with the Heyward part; I actually hope you were playing about the entire post. Heyward was a 20 year old and put up an OBP of .390 something-a feat Jeff could never accomplish. His power will come and 72 RBI’s for someone hitting in the 2 spot for much of the year is good, especially when you consider he lost practically 2 months to an injured wrist.

ohhhh...no

November 20th, 2010
12:24 pm

I ment thumb on my above post.

justin1

November 20th, 2010
6:45 pm

DOB,
what are the odds the Braves make another big splash is the trade market this offseason?
I understand Uggla is the big righty bat we were looking for and I’m pretty happy with the trade, but our leadoff spot/CF isnt looking too promising.
I would absolutely love to see Andrew McCutchen batting leadoff playing CF. I mean could you imagine that lineup?!

justin1

November 20th, 2010
6:46 pm

McCutchen
Prado
Chipper
Uggla
McCann
Heyward
Freeman
Gonz

WOW

SwampWise

November 20th, 2010
7:59 pm

In Maddux’s heyday, NINTY percent of the people voted Maddux as the pitcher they would most want to start a must win game. If that isn’t dominating your era, I don’t know what is. SCORES of articles were written proclaiming Maddux as the greatest pitcher ever. It was proposed that they rename the Cy Young award the Greg Maddux award. His 1992-1998 collective ERA is the lowest since 1918 in the deadball era.

Paul Zuvella

November 20th, 2010
9:02 pm

Nice lineup Justin and I like like hitting Freeman ahead of Gonzo. Though he’ll never be the SS that I was.

jim

November 20th, 2010
11:27 pm

Why do so many people think McCutcheon is available, and could be had for something like McLouth + Vizcaino? The Pirates have put a lot of money into the draft the last two year and picked the 2 top HS pitchers in the draft. They are naot very likely trading away their franchise player yet again before he even reaches arbitration.

Jeff

November 21st, 2010
1:42 am

Speaking of Matt Young’s defense in the outfield (check out this great catch!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sHuak5sSq4

It’s just too bad Young wasn’t didn’t added to the 40 man this past Sept. He’d been such an upgrade to Melky, etc. We had a spot open too, but for some reason they waited till now to do so. Either way, better late than never!

David O'Brien

November 21st, 2010
1:48 am

I would absolutely love to see Andrew McCutchen batting leadoff playing CF. I mean could you imagine that lineup?! — justin1

No, I really can’t. Because I can’t imagine Pittsburgh trading him. No reason for them to do that.

Jeff

November 21st, 2010
2:07 am

Here’s another great catch by Matt Young (this time playing centerfield in the Mexican Winter League): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSPw_fV-pg&feature=related

Jeff

November 21st, 2010
2:12 am

DOB: I agree, I can’t see Pittsburgh trading McCutchen (outside of someone extremely overpaying in a trade).

Jeff

November 21st, 2010
2:18 am

Matt Young also had a great catch in Todd Redmond’s no-hitter game last season. There were a few great plays in that game, Young’s catch being one of better ones. Of course, that’s usually the case when someone pitches a no-hitter.

Bernie Marcus(Co-Founder of Home Depot)

November 21st, 2010
2:20 pm

I am interested in buying this team, I don’t really follow baseball but I see they have made some nice strides so far.
Arthur made a bet that I would never buy a sports team, lets see about that!

justin1

November 21st, 2010
7:12 pm

DOB,
The reason McCutchen came to mind is b/c MLB Network was talking about the possiblity of trading him for Justin Upton. Plus we all know the Bucs history of dealing their players. Really just wishful thinking on my part. But either way, we need to find a dynamic CF and go all in for him. (as long as it doesnt mean getting rid of Prado or Teheren). I still think we should try to land BJ Upton.
Im glad we got Uggla, esp for the price, but that takes away our one steal of the offseason, so to speak. Teams are unlikely to deal with us if they feel like theyre getting burned.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp

November 21st, 2010
7:40 pm

Yes, DOB, sorry for the late response, we are open 7 days a week and yes, you can talk baseball, college football and even politics.

Shrimp and Barbecue go great together. You all should stop by. Go Braves.

larry

November 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

I live in the Tampa area and see the Rays evey night, believe me you don’t want Upton.He’s moody, lazy and hit 239.

justin1

November 22nd, 2010
11:48 am

Larry, yeah thats my only real problem with him. I obviously dont know him personally so i cant speak on him as a person, but what ive seen from watching him play, he does seem pretty lazy.
Really what we need is a dynamic leadoff man, preferably playing CF so we can have Prado, a true 2hole hitter, in my opinion, batting where JHey batted last season. Jason batting 2nd makes absolutely no sense at all to me.

704_Brave

November 22nd, 2010
3:45 pm

Justin Upton plays for the D-Backs: Good player, would love to have him but it would take the farm to get him. BJ Upton – Rays: lazy and no thank you.

dogshungry4breggy

November 22nd, 2010
6:30 pm

Did someone mention BBQ

Yes please.. plus add the seafood for the missus and we have a winner

anonymous

November 22nd, 2010
7:19 pm

pretty minor aquirement
why dont we get carl crawford or someone else thats a 5 tool player

anonymous

November 22nd, 2010
7:20 pm

id be willing to get rid of uggla now to get crawford

curious

November 23rd, 2010
8:03 am

This kid looks very solid defensively and pretty darn good offensively. Sounds like a possible lead off hitter!

bravesgrl4life

November 23rd, 2010
9:40 am

Bacon-wrapped BBQ Shrimp – we make them at my house with Fresh Market’s house barbeque sauce. Delish!

westside shawty

November 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

i agree with moving heyward in the order. He is a great contact hitter who will hit for average and power, but that talent needs to be used for RBI’s and homers, plus a near .400 OBP should have uggla or B-mac bringing him home. i say he be moved to the 3 hole. chipper is still feared, but is getting older. he has had a phenominal career, and doesn’t have to prove anything. he should be moved to the 6 hole and has gonzo, freeman hitting him in. its most likely his last year and should let the young man heyward shine

westside shawty

November 23rd, 2010
3:57 pm

if mclouth can get back to form like he was in late september, then he can move to the 2 hole where he can use his speed in rbi situations, or perhaps leadoff an let a true hitter like prado be in the 2 hole. this would be a great lineup if all hitters were hitting stride

Mclouth(get a hit, walk, jus get on base)
Prado
Heyward
Uggla
McCann
Chipper
freeman
gonzo
pitcher

pretty good right?

CF

November 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

Any chance of landing Crawford this offseason?

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