Braves’ meetings focus: Moving K.K., fine-tuning bench

ORLANDO – Even before baseball’s winter meetings officially began, agent Scott Boras and executives of a National League East team met with the media Sunday afternoon to announce a big free-agent signing.

It went without saying that team wasn’t the Braves.

Not so much because they are averse to signing big free agents – though the Braves don’t do it often – but because they’ve already filled their priority needs this offseason.

“It’s a very different place to be than we’ve been in the last few years,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, who spent a big part of last year’s meetings at Indianapolis trying to trade closer Rafael Soriano after Soriano accepted the team’s arbitration offer.

Two years ago at the meetings in Las Vegas, Wren spent much of his waking hours negotiating with the agents of free-agent starting pitchers including A.J. Burnett.

At this year’s meetings at the Dolphin Resort at Disneyworld, it could be the Happiest Place on Earth for Braves officials if they can just trade starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami without eating most of $6.7 million he’s owed in the last year of his contract.

These meetings will be about other teams making moves like the one Washington made Sunday, signing Boras client Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract.

As for the Braves, they have already done most of what they set out to do this winter.

After trading for slugging second baseman Uggla last month, re-signing free agent Eric Hinske on Thursday and trading for reliever Scott Linebrink on Friday, Wren and the Braves are to the fine-tuning part of their winter program.

The schedule for the GM and his assistants won’t be as hectic as in recent winter meetings, when the Braves could’ve used a revolving door at their suite for the volume of meetings they had with other teams.

It’s not entirely about trying to trade Kawakami. The Braves will also try to add more bench depth. An ideal add might be a player with experience in the middle infield and center field, in case center fielder Nate McLouth struggles and Jordan Schafer has any more problems with the wrist fracture that’s slowed him for two seasons.

Wren will also consider other deals that could come up unexpectedly.

“We’re still going to have conversations about Kawakami and working through how all that’s going to shake out,” Wren said. “I don’t know the answer to that right now.

“And we’re also looking at maybe incrementally improving our club in other areas. We’re going to be open-minded. I don’t see other really big moves right now, but you never know. We’ll be engaged and talking to teams. It’ll still be a productive [winter] meetings.”

Moving Kawakami is a priority. It won’t be easy, without paying more of his remaining salary than the Braves have done to move a player.

Five Japanese teams expressed interest in Kawakami this winter, and at least one might’ve paid close to half of his 2011 salary. But Kawakami can refuse being sold to an overseas team, and told the Braves he wants to stay in the United States to prove he can succeed in the majors.

So the Braves will continue trying to find a suitor here for the 35-year-old right-hander, who was 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA in 2010. He’s made about $16 million in two years and won eight games (8-22) for Atlanta.

– by David O’Brien, Braves blog

127 comments Add your comment

Brad in AL

December 5th, 2010
7:32 pm

Chuck

December 5th, 2010
7:33 pm

tyler nj brave

December 5th, 2010
7:34 pm

unfortunate werth is staying in the division…

Kyle

December 5th, 2010
7:39 pm

He is not werth that money

gd from nz

December 5th, 2010
7:40 pm

All very well signing the high profile free agent bat, but the quality of the pitching is still going to determine how successful the season is isn’t it? $18m per year still buys a few decent pitchers these days doesn’t it? Strasburg can’t pitch every day…

Adam

December 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

i want greinke

Go Braves

December 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

KK really is a burden. He really is keeping us from taking that next step. I feel we have a good team set up for next year but if we had KK’s money back we could do so much more.

Supes

December 5th, 2010
7:46 pm

KK wants to “prove he can pitch in america”??? I guess the last 12 months was a fluke…Man what an ego…can’t believe Wren got stuck with that contract just like we did with McOut…both sounded like good ideas at first but now we can’t unload either one of those guys.

IOPBRAVE

December 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

nats will never be any good- werthdoes not replace dunn- kawakami has more experience than minor/ beachy- if we can’t get a good return on him – might as well hang on to him

zach

December 5th, 2010
7:53 pm

Darnell McDonald

@fauxfrankwren

December 5th, 2010
7:55 pm

I’ll be at the bar contemplating what sweater to wear tomorrow.

Chuck

December 5th, 2010
7:56 pm

The Werth signing will end up being one of the worst of all time. Before being dropped into the Philly lineup a couple of years ago, he was a platoon player. There is no way he is “worth” 18 million a year. He had all kinds of protection in that Philly lineup. Werth rarely saw anything but fastballs. He will now get a steady diet of off-speed pitches.

Robert

December 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Maybe the Braves can trade McOut and KK to KC for Greinke. That would help the Braves, and KC still isn’t going anywhere. We need a center fielder. Get Francouer back and move J Hey to CF.

tbravefan

December 5th, 2010
7:58 pm

Last season I’d have taken a sushi dinner and a bottle of sake for KK… oh yeah, not much as changed on that front. I don’t think the Braves can come out ahead on this one. However, Kudos to Wren for giving me something to look forward to in 2011…Big E and his awesome tats and at bats!!!

N Nine

December 5th, 2010
8:00 pm

Since Wren’s got a small checklist this winter, he should call old buddy Dayton regarding a JJ++ for Grienke.. Just saying ^^

If we aren’t improving the outfield anymore, lets trade for a winner and get rid of another Boras client.

♥♥Grienke♥♥

You know Dayton would listen to us, he loves to trade for Braves players.

jed

December 5th, 2010
8:01 pm

somebody’s going to trade for KK. it might be spring training before it happens, but it will happen. at 2-3 million, he’s a very solid 4th or 5th starter. he proved that in 2009. the braves have done a poor job of handling that situation.

GTSteve

December 5th, 2010
8:03 pm

I agree that signing will bite the Nats in the butt later…I have never been impressed

jason

December 5th, 2010
8:07 pm

if i were wren i would have a meeting with arizona saying if they can deal justin upton here for some prospects and KK

N Nine

December 5th, 2010
8:07 pm

Wow, Adrian is a Red Sox!!!

BravesFanChris26

December 5th, 2010
8:07 pm

Red Sox has ACQUIRED Adrian Gonzalez. It’s a done deal and a press conference tomorrow.

Tom

December 5th, 2010
8:09 pm

I would love to see the Braves add Brendan Ryan for their utility infielder.

jason

December 5th, 2010
8:09 pm

signing jayson werth to a seven year deal was the same move where the hawks signed joe johnson to a six year deal

willy

December 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

if we can unload KK, sign Bill Hall!!!!!!!!!!

davidsonrva

December 5th, 2010
8:15 pm

did somebody say Francouer?

LOL

hmmmm.......

December 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

hate to say but i’d rather have frenchy in cf than mcout maybe they could platoon

ryan

December 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

Who are the Braves looking at because there has not been a lot buzz since the Uggla trade it has been Dodgers , Yankees , and Red Sox as usual with most buzz .

NORRIS

December 5th, 2010
8:26 pm

anyone that thinks we are set if fooling themselves. Once chipper is not able to play and Prado goes to 3rd we will once again have the worst outfield in the majors. We have no one to play left everyday if Prado goes to third and until someone teaches Mclouth how to stop golf swinging we are no different.

NORRIS

December 5th, 2010
8:27 pm

I would feel more secure with this team if we picked up someone who could play outfield every day if we had to have them.
Example: Podsednik

AdirondackDave

December 5th, 2010
8:28 pm

The Werth contract may be the worst since Hampton. Seven years at his age, going on 32… They can reasonably expect 3 good years and significant deterioration after that. Must be something in the DC water.

Tommy T

December 5th, 2010
8:29 pm

DOB:

A philsophical question. Is it more important to you as a journalist to break a story at the risk of accuracy or to confirm your info and risk being beaten to the punch? It seems that most reporters these days, especially those in the national media, care more aout being first than being right.

TS

December 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

“in case center fielder Nate McLouth …”

But seriously, what are the odds of that?!

TS

December 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

Oops, left off the most important part of the quote.

“in case center fielder Nate McLouth struggles”

But seriously, what are the odds of that?!

Fredi's Fu Manchu

December 5th, 2010
8:41 pm

Ben just got b$%#@ slapped.

Bob the Blogger

December 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

Wow, $18 million per year for seven years for a player who will be 32 next year and has had two seasons with 500 PA. Scott Boras could sell fleas to a dog kennel.

Chop It Up All-Star

December 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

DOB, I’d love your take on that Werth contract with the Nationals; seems to me that it’s a classic case of overpaying for a guy that’s talented, but I’m not quite sure he’s a franchise changer.

I’m happy because the Phillies, at least today, are weaker, and as currently constituted really left handed.

davidsonrva

December 5th, 2010
8:42 pm

Nats should have at least had a solid rotation built up before signing Werth for that long. They are still years out from being a formidable opponent in the NL east. Although I like their odds better than the Mutts right now.

AdirondackDave

December 5th, 2010
8:48 pm

Frank Wren is wisely keeping his cards close to his vest this year. Saying that their major needs have been accomplished makes it clear to other clubs that they are not desperate. However, when FW says “you never know” about another major deal I get the sense that a significant centerfield or pitching upgrade is possible.

I’m not hopeful at all about McLouth but Schafer is a talented kid and if that wrist holds up he could be a big-time asset in center. His defense and speed could really strengthen the club. And Matt Young will get a good long look too, I’m sure.

darrin

December 5th, 2010
8:59 pm

If they happen to move Kawakami or not what is the chances of them maybe going after Greinke. I hopes its a good chance but well just have to see I think Wren has something up his sleeve.

Axis Of Anus

December 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

Braves better trade for a CF. Send KK,Medlen,& Nate sorryazz to somebody for a top CF.

Axis Of Anus

December 5th, 2010
9:05 pm

Axis to Wren : You need to get a real CF. You currently have a .186 (s)hitter with shaky defense. You made a bad move trading for Nate. Suck it up and move on.

Axis Of Anus

December 5th, 2010
9:09 pm

Shamus is a great wrestler. He’s a really white dude. He makes Uncle Fester on The Munsters look black.

An Adult

December 5th, 2010
9:13 pm

Axis of Anus… stop smoking crack (no pun intended).. KK no one wants, Medlen fresh off of surgery and McClouth who is erratic at best for a top CF…. maybe if 6th graders are trading baseball cards. You have to give something to get something. Put the pipe down.

Axis Of Anus

December 5th, 2010
9:16 pm

Medlen IS something. You stop Medlen in my business. Pun intended.

gd from nz

December 5th, 2010
9:23 pm

…and now they are talking 8 years $167m for Adrian Gonzales. OK I guess the red sox can afford it, but the trend seems to be for very long term contracts (ok tell me I know nothing, because we are only talking about 3, 7yrs+ contracts recently but you’ve got to be shaking in your boots if you are a mid-small market team having to offer a 7 yr contract to compete. What if the player craps out after 2-3 or the contract turns into a Mike Hampton contract, talk about taking on risk.

DOB is this 7yrs+ contract a trend or just a few guys milking it because of a lack of top notch free agents this year?

Axis Of Anus

December 5th, 2010
9:24 pm

Maybe the GM of that team will be drunk and trade for Nate ?

gd from nz

December 5th, 2010
9:25 pm

Wonder what Dan Uggla is thinking right about now after those Tulo, Werth, Gonzales contracts….

M10

December 5th, 2010
9:35 pm

I hope the braves don’t think just adding Uggla is going to win the division there still a player away particularly an outfielder away and there not doing anything.

Popcorn Arm McOut

December 5th, 2010
9:36 pm

Either drunk or retarded…

MBfromTN

December 5th, 2010
9:51 pm

Go get us a lead off hitter, someone with some speed and a good OBP. I like the Elsbury kid from Boston and I could live with Podsednik(his wife is smoking!). we are not going to lead the league in HR’s so we need to manufacture runs and a good leadoff guy is something we have been missing since Furcal left us!

Ian

December 5th, 2010
9:55 pm

Its amazing at the number of little hints Frank Wren drops in almost general conversation. “But you never know”, I think when he said that, Zack Greinke is in his head in a Braves uniform. And poking his head around the corner is Nick Swisher or Matt Kemp.

Yippee Ti-Yi-Yo

December 5th, 2010
10:03 pm

Hope you right Ian.

trade Schafer in a package with KK & Nate….for bag of balls.
Forget about Frenchy and AJ returning. We don’t need re-runs.
If your not going after HALL then let Matt Young have the spot.

In Fredi I Trust

December 5th, 2010
10:08 pm

The Nationals are the MLB’s version of the Detroit Lions. They both always find a way to lose despite always getting great draft picks, they both go out and get players that they believe will significantly help their team (or should) and they both are better then what their records indicate.

As a Braves fan, I am much more worried about the Nationals then I am the Marlins or Mets. The Nats will be a very solid team in a season or two.

Yippee Ti-Yi-Yo

December 5th, 2010
10:12 pm

Nationals also getting a new park..I too believe they will be better that Marlins and Mets in another year are two.

In Fredi I Trust

December 5th, 2010
10:12 pm

I agree with whoever said that the Braves are crazy if they think that adding Uggla alone will win the Braves the division. While they were only 6 games behind the Phillies without Uggla, I still think they need to add another piece in order to be true contenders to take over the division.

Taking Werth off the Phillies and adding Uggla to the Braves certainly helps that cause, but it would be nice to get either that one defender/hitter or shutdown pitcher that will get the Braves over the hump and actually convince everyone that they are in this for the taking.

In Fredi I Trust

December 5th, 2010
10:13 pm

The Nationals already have their new ballpark, I think you are thinking of the Marlins.

Yippee Ti-Yi-Yo

December 5th, 2010
10:16 pm

ga gator

December 5th, 2010
10:17 pm

To bad the Braves can’t train Kawakame to be a Kamakazee pilot.

Yippee Ti-Yi-Yo

December 5th, 2010
10:18 pm

They tried by not getting him any runs…but it didn’t work.

Leonard Parent

December 5th, 2010
10:19 pm

Way too much money. Should package JJ with KK and see where it leads. We’d even eat some of KK’s salary!

Yippee Ti-Yi-Yo

December 5th, 2010
10:26 pm

MLB is live at winter meetings..Dire-TV 213

Sam The Swami

December 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

I love the Uggla trade but I’m still very, very concerned about the lack of power in this line up. Is there anyone, outside of Uggla, that you can HONESTLY say that you’re confident will hit 20 HRs?

This line up is still very light hitting. From Chipper (if he can make it back) to Heyward to Freeman and McCann, 20 HRs isn’t a lock. That’s a big concern in my book.

I don’t know what to do but I think it has to be on Wren’s mind. Thoughts?

ryan c

December 5th, 2010
10:39 pm

sam, the braves could easily have a lineup where 6 people hit 15 home runs, heyward hits 25, and uggla hits 30. that’s pretty powerful.

ryan c

December 5th, 2010
10:40 pm

@10:17
DOB, please delete that. That is a tasteless, disgraceful post.

ryan

December 5th, 2010
11:04 pm

I would like the Braves to at least go after Justin Upton i know there no way we can afford Crawford but Upton could be more in our price range why is everyone so high on Zack Grienke didn’t he have a bad year last year .

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

December 5th, 2010
11:43 pm

I wonder if Kwakami would like a west coast team better (i.e. culturely and closer to home) and if he might be a better fit for say San Diego, LA Angels or Seattle?

wjones

December 6th, 2010
12:12 am

“Axis Of Anus

December 5th, 2010
9:02 pm
Braves better trade for a CF. Send KK,Medlen,& Nate sorryazz to somebody for a top CF.”

So this is your trade bait to land a “top CF”? Let’s examine this package for a moment:

1. A pitcher who won 1 game last year and lost his place in the rotation. We owe him $6.6 million for next year and are desperately and publicly trying to give him to someone, anyone.

2. A pitcher who just underwent TJ surgery and will miss all of next season.

3. A CF who we will owe over $6 million to next year, who failed to crack .200. and who suddenly quit throwing to bases.

This is our package to land a “top CF”? OK……………………………..

wjones

December 6th, 2010
12:12 am

Enter your comments here

Richie

December 6th, 2010
12:16 am

I would love to add Greinke to the staff. Hudson and Lowe, are still effective but getting up there. It would be nice to have him along with Hanson, Minor, Medlen and/or Jurrjens

David O'Brien

December 6th, 2010
12:24 am

gd from nz: Werth and Crawford are free agents at opportune time. In a more crowded OF field of free agents, Werth wouldn’t get 7 yrs.

Richie

December 6th, 2010
12:25 am

It would make sense to see if you can get Greinke. The Braves would be the favorite in the NL East at least

Richie

December 6th, 2010
12:26 am

DOB, do you think the Braves should make a run at Greinke? Even with the staff as currently constructed

So Cal Brave

December 6th, 2010
1:53 am

Please stop with the Greinke talk. He would cost a lot of young talent to get him and he’s got a frigile psyche, not sure he could handle pitching in a playoff atmosphere.

So Cal Brave

December 6th, 2010
2:13 am

KK would be a decent pitcher with the right team, he had a respectable ERA at Turner field, Dodger stadium, Petco park, City Field, Wrigley, and I bet he would do good at big stadiums such as Target field, Safeco, and Kauffman stadium. With starting pitching being kinda scarce, I’m sure someone will trade for him. I just hope we don’t have to pay more than 1/2 his salary.

good point

December 6th, 2010
3:15 am

anyone that thinks we are set is fooling themselves. Once chipper is not able to play and Prado goes to 3rd we will once again have the worst outfield in the majors. I would feel more secure with this team if we picked up someone who could play outfield every day. for example, podsednik. NORRIS

Bill M.

December 6th, 2010
7:46 am

I have a feeling a big trade is going to happen this week. How about KK,JJ, Nate and two mid level prospects for Greinke & Gordon. That way the Braves could afford Greinke.

Shamrock Lucky

December 6th, 2010
7:50 am

Jiminy cricket, I do say that anyone who thinks the Royals would trade the young whipper snapper phenom pitcher Zack Grienke is holding a bong and puffing.

Shamrock Lucky

December 6th, 2010
7:51 am

Go Irish ! Notre Dame is # 1 !!!

hAL

December 6th, 2010
8:11 am

we also have a hole uin right field worse then when frenchy patrolled it of course thats not a popular thought but happens to be true the vanuntef roy canidate hit about 3 balls hard alll year getting everyone excited mind i dont think he had to do one thing too accomplish that all we nned is upton and him both overthrowning cutofff men yea that willl really improve the defence at least if nate eats the ball the runner just gets the base hes going too not two or threee extra like every time hatstack airmails the whole infield some one should tell him ya throw the ball in the dugout after the third out lol

Cecil34

December 6th, 2010
8:16 am

We will need a full time left fielder once Chipper craps out and Prado must move to third.

Hinske ain’t it.

Wren better be proactive in dealing with that situation because there is a very high probability of this event becoming a reality.

Mark it down…

Frank Wren

December 6th, 2010
8:20 am

I am responsible to make deals that will help our ball club. I admit I have made a few mistakes, but have also negotiated some good ones.
Reading the suggestions on this blog shows me how uneducated most of you are regarding the business of baseball management and trading. Some of you seem to think that other teams will jump at the chance to trade their good players for someone another team is trying to unload. It does not work that way folks. All GMs are interested in trades that will improve their teams and have to be careful that what they get in return will do that. It’s not as easy as some of you seem to think.

No one knows better than me that we need one or two players to add to our lineup and I’m working on getting them. Things are much harder in the real world than in the imaginary world.

Bob the Blogger

December 6th, 2010
8:21 am

I’m always amazed at the people who honestly think that a team can bundle up all of its expensive dead weight and trade it for a great player in his prime. Seriously, if you were a GM and had a great CF, would you trade him for KK and Nate? And just why would you do that?

Uknowme

December 6th, 2010
8:28 am

The new manager, along with an upcoming trade by the gm, will put a very good Braves team on the field next season. Look for it!

BRAVOS FOR LIFE

December 6th, 2010
8:30 am

Thanks

Nationals are idiots.

Braves will never be able to sign a FA now. Braves already have trouble signing FAs to a long contract. Now players will use the Werth contract as leverage. A 31-32 year old with 2 good seasons at 18 million?

Good Bye Uggla, Heyward

td523

December 6th, 2010
8:42 am

Schafer will be the center fielder- he is finally healthy. He will win the job again in spring training.

BRAVOS FOR LIFE

December 6th, 2010
8:43 am

Some of the people on this blog are idiots

Kk and McOut for Grienke? lol

It took Infante and Mike Dunn to get UGGLA and it was steal.

Grienke is worth 2-3 prospects and maybe a young reliever from the big league squad

Some of you live in a fantasy world

Bravesfan

December 6th, 2010
8:49 am

As an experienced GM, I recommend trying this out:

A couple prospects (maybe even one of the chosen ones) and McLouth for an above average CF (not an All-Star but someone who can put up decent numbers)
Jurrjens can go if we can get Grienke somehow. Hopefully Lowe will pitch like Lowe ala playoffs rather than the Lowe we are used to seeing.

DoninAcworth

December 6th, 2010
8:58 am

Re: KK: I always like it when a player wants to prove he is a winner. The almost always have a better season. Think about it…I hated him and his starts last year…but, that said, he is highly motivated. I just don’t think the Bravos are going to give him a chance. Parhaps KK could meet with someone like Smoltz or Glavin and talk about his pitching plan problems???

John in NY

December 6th, 2010
9:04 am

Good Point…I agree! Would like to see the Braves go after Ellsbury but that may not happen now that Werth is off the board

Heisenberg

December 6th, 2010
9:06 am

Willie Aybar cold be a nice fit at the right price for the Omar Infante super-sub role. Switch hitter with solid defense at multiple positions.

Jason

December 6th, 2010
9:15 am

Speaking of OF free agents…any rumors on what Frenchy is doing/where he may sign (if anywhere)?

Iceman

December 6th, 2010
9:15 am

For the love of humanity and the fans…PLEASE get rid of Kawakami!

Heisenberg

December 6th, 2010
9:19 am

While it is true the Phillies have a left handed heavy lineup, the Braves only have 1 potential left handed starter and traded a left handed reliever in the Uggla deal. I doubt they are overly concerned considering Matt Diaz is there for the taking.

The signing of Werth by the Nats could make Mike Morse available. Depending on what they do at 1B. I think Morse looks like a player who just needs a chance to play everyday.

ramblingman

December 6th, 2010
9:20 am

Okay for all of you who are proposing the Braves send KK, McLouth and a couple of middle prospects for Greinke, would you make the following trades?

Cubs send Alphonso Soriano, Zambrano, and one or two midlevel prospects to the Braves for Hanson.

Or how about the Mets sending Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez with a midlevel prospect to the Braves for McCann?

Let’s hear it. Would you do those?

Heisenberg

December 6th, 2010
9:22 am

OMG! Let us go get Olly Perez just for that lefty Philly lineup! ….NOT!

NY BRAVES FAN

December 6th, 2010
9:25 am

This could be a very quiet or it could be a very exciting week for the Braves.
Should the Yankees sign Carl Crawford, they could look to trade Swisher and or Brett Gardner. How does Brett Gardner sound for the top of the Braves lineup?
Would be a lot easier to obtain then Ellsbury

braveshoo

December 6th, 2010
9:26 am

After the Red Sox got Gonzalez, the Yankees will need to make a move to keep up. I think they will go all out to get Lee. If he stays with Texas, the Yanks will still need a frontline starter. In addition, if they get Crawford, they will have an abundance of outfielders. Either way, I think we can then make a trade for Brett Gardner to play CF for us. If we offer JJ, I think we can get the Yanks to take McClouth as part of the deal if we pay 1/2 his salary. We then have a very good, young CF who costs us 425,000 to bat leadoff and steal bases. Our offense is stronger and our defense up the middle should be stronger with Gardner in CF. We save 3m from McClouth’s contract, and 3m we will owe JJ in arbitration. Our strarters then become Hudson, Hanson, Lowe, Minor and Beachy. By July1, I think Tehran and/or Delgado will be ready, and hopefully Medlin by Sept.
With the Phillies having lost Werth, I think this sets us up well to overtake the Phillies this year, and it sets us up well in the future as well, because Gardner is a young player we can control for 4 years, and JJ is already getting to his arbitration years now. Our eventual rotation will be Hanson, Tehran, Delgado, Minor and Beachy/ Medlin in 2 years.

NY BRAVES FAN

December 6th, 2010
9:27 am

The Rockies are looking at Frenchy.
As for the comment about Willy Aybar, does anyone remember when the Braves had to dump him because he disappeared a few years ago? No chance the Braves will get him

braveshoo

December 6th, 2010
9:32 am

With the 6m we save from the moves I recommended above, we can sign Diaz and Hall, and have money for a mid-year deal if necessary. This will really shore up our bench, especially when Chipper is out, and Prado has to move to 3rd.

mushcreek

December 6th, 2010
9:45 am

With the signing of Jason Werth by the Nats, does this increase the probability that the Nats would be willing to deal Josh Willingham?
Who would be the best fit for the Braves: J WIllingham, J Ellsbury or Bill Hall?
Who would be most affordable: Willingham, Ellsbury or Hall?

daBraves860

December 6th, 2010
9:45 am

PLEASE do not bring back Frenchy!! he still has the same bad approach at hitting. Uncoachable! we don’t need a player like him.

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