Braves have moved aggressively in offseason

ORLANDO – The Braves moved quickly this offseason to address glaring needs, and general manager Frank Wren was pleased with the results as baseball’s winter meetings concluded Thursday.

“The sooner you can make the moves you need to make, the better it is for everyone,” he said. “That’s because the sooner you can narrow your focus to smaller pieces or whatever, the better it is for your team.”

Here’s how the Braves put the plan in motion.

– First, they addressed a power deficiency by trading for second baseman Dan Uggla on Nov. 16, baseball’s first significant trade of the winter. The Braves hope to sign him to a long-term contract extension relatively soon.

To get Uggla, they traded All-Star utility man Omar Infante and young left-hander Mike Dunn, denting the bench and bullpen.

Uggla averaged nearly 31 homers and 93 RBIs in five seasons for Florida, and the Braves said All-Star second baseman Martin Prado would move to left field. Prado will switch to third base if Chipper Jones, recovering from knee surgery, has any setbacks.

Braves outfielders hit the fewest homers (40) in the National League. The team ranked 20th in the majors in homers (139) and 18th in slugging percentage (.401). They believe Prado in left and a healthy Jason Heyward in right will help change that, but also need center fielder Nate McLouth to rebound from a dismal 2009 season.

The Braves don’t have a certain replacement if McLouth falls on his face again, but they have options in-house and are working to acquire another. Wren wouldn’t say whom they might add, but the Braves are in trade discussions with at least one other team.

– The Braves re-signed outfielder-first baseman Eric Hinske on Dec. 2, making sure they didn’t lose another key member of their bench. He’s their best left-handed pinch-hitter.

That move was important to teammates, who said Hinske’s leadership and hard-nosed approach were instrumental in their strong clubhouse chemistry in 2010.

– The Braves traded for veteran reliever Scott Linebrink from the White Sox on Dec. 3. The right-hander isn’t the dominant setup man he was a few years ago, but remains a solid reliever with an superb reputation as a teammate.

Wren spoke to people about Linebrink and decided he was well-suited to help fill a void left by Billy Wagner’s retirement. Not Wagner’s closer role, but another part “Wags” played last season: Influential veteran.

Pitching coach Roger McDowell said Wagner’s confidence-building mentoring was important for young relievers Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Dunn. So, Wren made it a priority to find one who could continue in that vein.

For finishing games, the Braves believe Kimbrel and Venters have the talent and enough seasoning to handle closing and setup roles vacated by Wagner and Takashi Saito, lost to free agency.

– The Braves signed a better-than-usual crop of minor league free agents including infielder Ed Lucas, 27, who hit .286 with a .362 on-base percentage in seven seasons in the Royals organization. He hit a career-high 13 homers in 99 games in 2010 at Triple-A, and the Braves believe he’ll compete for a utility infield/backup shortstop role.

Another minor-league free agent, Jose Constanza, hit .319 with eight triples, a .373 OBP and 34 stolen bases in 2010 for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. If the Braves don’t trade for another center fielder, Constanza, 28, could compete with Jordan Schafer and others for a backup job.

– On Wednesday, the Braves agreed to terms with  lefty reliever George Sherrill on a one-year, $1.2 million deal. That deal was to be finalized after Sherrill had a physical Thursday.

Sherrill gives the Braves a third left-hander to go with Venters and Eric O’Flaherty. He’s another veteran with a reputation for strong character, something the Braves seem to be emphasizing more than ever.

“We like our bullpen,” Wren said. “We’ve got some veterans, we’ve got some guys that have pitched in the back end of the game. We’ve got a good mix. I think we’re in good shape.”

250 comments Add your comment

VP

December 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

Somehow i hope Wren can work his magic and get us a decent bat without too much of a cost. Santa i want somebody to take Mclouth and his contract please for Christmas.

bboyd3301

December 9th, 2010
3:49 pm

at this point it looks as though the only major move we will make from here on is getting rid of kenshin kawakami. whatever it takes to do that, i hope we get it done!

T-Bone

December 9th, 2010
3:56 pm

My Christmas list:
1. McLouth to rebound and have great season, offensively and defensively
2. Schafer to become the player he seemed destined to be a year or so ago
3. Frank Wren to work a little Christmas magic and find an above average left fielder with some pop
4. Freddie Freeman to become the second coming of Mark Grace
5. Jason Heyward to become the second coming of Hank Aaron

JMAYNE

December 9th, 2010
3:59 pm

Sox got Crawford. Time for FW to go get Ellsbury. He solves every one of the braves’ problems. Give them Beachy and another low level prospect. Imagine a Braves lineup of:

Ellsbury 8- L
Prado 7- R
Heyward 9- L
Uggla 4- R
McCann 2- L
Chipper 5- S
Gonzo 6- R
Freeman 3- L

Lot of balance, speed. Looks like a way better lineup than the braves had last year and it could rival the phillies. Ellsbury vs. Rollins. Heyward vs. Howard. Uggla vs. Utley. Go get ellsbury!

DCBravosFan

December 9th, 2010
3:59 pm

Still need another bat in the outfield. Colby Rasmus or similar would be awesome (But that is obvious, huh?). I love the dude to pieces, but we all know that Chipper will get hurt again this year, causing Prado to have to play third. We def need another starter-ready OF. I hope that Schafe is ready to play, but I don’t know that we can just plug him in and expect top results. I really get the feeling that his (or McClouth’s) best case scenario is .260, 8-10 homers, 20-25 doubles, 65-75 RBI. Is that going to be enough in a revamped NL East?

DCBravosFan

December 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

Ellsbury would be tremendous acquisition. With Crawford now there, and the emergence of some of their outfielders, any thoughts on what it would take to get the BoSox to let him go?

rainman34

December 9th, 2010
4:02 pm

the braves should wait until spring training to see if teams have injuries to fill before they trade kk and pay most of his contract. I say let him pitch at AA maybe show he can help someone. I love the moves the braves have made so far. Our bull pen should be as good or better that last year. Kimbril is going to have a great year and lets hope bobby didnt kill venters. Still would love an improvement in center but we cant have everything we are not the sox or yanks.

Santa Claus

December 9th, 2010
4:04 pm

T-Bone, That might be the biggest wish list I’ve ever seen.

The Insider

December 9th, 2010
4:05 pm

Braves are in trade discussions with the Red Sox for Jacoby Ellsbury. Talks involve Beachy, Bethancourt, Young, and Marek. Not sure if all will be included or are just being discussed. More to come!

raleighbravefan

December 9th, 2010
4:07 pm

You Ellsbury fans are assuming he will be and will stay healthy. That’s a BIG assumption.

Willy

December 9th, 2010
4:07 pm

Willy

December 9th, 2010
4:08 pm

Dear Santa Clause,
Please let the Braves trade for Ellsbury!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chris

December 9th, 2010
4:09 pm

this just in: The Insider has just been renamed as The Outsider

Tyler

December 9th, 2010
4:09 pm

The Insider,

Come off. You getting this from your Mom’s basement?

raleighbravefan

December 9th, 2010
4:09 pm

Insider – Where did you get this “information”? I’m not saying you made it up, but…

I’ll believe it when I see it.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
4:10 pm

Does kenshin know how good he was in 2010? He was dishonorable to his family and to the braves. He has no face. さようなら!不名誉な!

DOB Fan

December 9th, 2010
4:12 pm

Dave,
In your opinion should we be hoping to aquire Ellsbury or Cain to be our 2011 CF? Which guy do you like better? I know very little about Cain. Thanks in advance for responding.

Boonie

December 9th, 2010
4:14 pm

Cain or Tabata would be fine with me.

JoeFan

December 9th, 2010
4:15 pm

The Braves have question marks throughout. If Chipper goes down, who plays left? Who is going to play CF? Will Heyward progress or regress? is Freeman the answer at 1B? Is Gonzalez the answer at SS? Looks more like Swiss cheese than a solid team.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

December 9th, 2010
4:15 pm

NOT FIRST.

Very good analysis. Thanks DOB. Remember we have great brisket and superb pulled pork.
Any word on where Jamie Moyer is going to land? Frenchy caught on with the Brave’s farm team — KC Royals. Sorta like getting paid zillions to play on a AAA team.

Michael from Macon

December 9th, 2010
4:28 pm

I’d rather trade Miner

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
4:32 pm

Jamie Moyer ?

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

Why not go for what we have for cf? McClouth, Shafner, Young, we have millions there. Why spend the money there?

Willy

December 9th, 2010
4:38 pm

DOB,
Is Jacoby Ellsbury a serious option? Or should we be focusing on Carlos Gomez?

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
4:40 pm

Willy

December 9th, 2010
4:42 pm

Say Chipper gets hurt, mclouth struggles. Martin prado will assume the 3B position. That leaves to very weak spots in the outfield. (even weaker than last year)

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
4:45 pm

@willy, The braves have accuire high prospective AAA players 3 of the four player are OF, two of which, top ten draft picks.

ramblingman

December 9th, 2010
4:46 pm

We have three bodies to vye for CF. We have a LF, his name is Prado. I know some of you are declaring his season over already, but you are reaching.

Good grief we go through this every day. Calm down. Breathe. Let the team they’ve assembled at least get to Florida before you condemn them.

And for goodness sake – the posts about “what happens if this happens and then that happens and then this guy gets hurt and this guy plays bad and the sun falls out of the sky and dogs mate with cats…and…and…”

If everything goes wrong for the Braves this year, then they will have a bad year. There are never enough roster spots and money to plan for everything going wrong.

ramblingman

December 9th, 2010
4:47 pm

That should be “declaring Chipper’s season over”

DTC

December 9th, 2010
4:55 pm

Uh, T-Bone? You forgot Kawakami. May he become the pitcher we hoped he would be.

Piedmont Blues

December 9th, 2010
5:12 pm

Wren has had a terrific winter, and it’s still (technically) fall.

Wonder if he’ll kick the tires on Mike Cameron? He’d be a bit pricey, of course, but would probably not cost much in talent to acquire and could start in any of the OF positions if needed.

ramblingman

December 9th, 2010
5:17 pm

Said it before, will say it again.

Heyward is in RF. Prado is in LF. McLouth, Schafer and Young are vying for CF. At least one of them is bound to step up and grab the spot. Hinske is a 4th/5th OF. Mather (if he sticks) can also play OF.

I don’t see any need for any more OF’s until they see in ST how everyone is doing. Now, if Wren pulls something out of the hat, so much the better, but I am not going to go around clamoring for the urgent need for an OF.

Conyers Braves Fan

December 9th, 2010
5:21 pm

DOB: The term you used “aggressive” is appropriate if you mean the sheer number of moves the Braves made but they have done nothing to improve their greatest weeakness
which is the absense of a solid outfielder who can drive in 90-100 runs and hit 25 to 30 home runs. The players they have now Shaefer/McLouth, etc. will not fill this void.

Tyler

December 9th, 2010
5:22 pm

DOB,

You can’t drop a:
The Braves don’t have a certain replacement if McLouth falls on his face again, but they have options in-house and are working to acquire another. Wren wouldn’t say whom they might add, but the Braves are in trade discussions with at least one other team.

Without some speculation.

You thinking they are talking about a Kawakami/Beachy/Schafer or Young for McCuthchen? How about..Mike Cameron or Ellsbury from BoSox.

What are your thoughts?

UcantCLA

December 9th, 2010
5:33 pm

You want a cheap back up for Nate? Jim Edmonds can play anywhere out there and still has a decent bat, ohh and plays for the league min.

FJ10

December 9th, 2010
5:37 pm

Crawford is playing LF and Ellsbury is playing CF. It’s not like he’s available because of Crawford.

Mark (another one)

December 9th, 2010
5:44 pm

I’m excited for spring training to begin, and to see the new players. ramblingman covered the outfield, and I agree with him. My concerns for this year are Chipper’s health and a reserve SS. I haven’t seen anyone behind Gonzales who can handle the defense and hit.

Long term we need to find someone to play third when Chipper retires. I don’t hear much about left side infielders with power in our minor league system.

C from Marietta

December 9th, 2010
5:59 pm

Red Sox are trading Elisbury. Bet it will be a Cain or Gomez.

.Mike S

December 9th, 2010
6:06 pm

@Conyers Braves Fan – the Braves filled that need with UGGLA, he averages 31 HR and 100 RBIU a season. If they had gone out and gotten a LF, Prado would be playing 2B. They got a 2B, Prado is now the LF. THEY FILLED THE NEED. Is that hard to understand.

The wild card as always is Chipper’s health. If he goes down, then Prado will need to move to 3rd and Shafer/McClouth etc will need to step up.

GT Alum

December 9th, 2010
6:09 pm

Brewers are apparently asking for the moon for Cain. Since Wren isn’t really open to trading our young pitching, I don’t see Cain coming to Atlanta. Plus, the Braves are talking about someone to fill in for McLouth if necessary, not someone to take the job from him. If someone like Cain was coming here, I would think it would be to start.

LTBF

December 9th, 2010
6:13 pm

Think Wren has done a good job so far in off season, Wish Wags would come back.

JMAYNE

December 9th, 2010
6:18 pm

The reason you get Ellsbury is becaus he steals 50 bases a yar, is a prototypical leadoff hitter, and plays a great center field. Huh? Sounds like the 3 things the braves needs.

Steve

December 9th, 2010
6:19 pm

FJ10 – The Sox were interested in moving Elsbury BEFORE they even got Crawford. Here are the reasons why:

Cameron – CF. They have big money in Cameron and he should be ready by Spring. They are stuck with him for good or bad, similiar to the Braves and McClouth.

Drew – RF. Still under contract for one more year.

Elsbury – LF. Coming off injury and probably the one outfielder that might be worth someonthing in trade.

Kalish – The new young stud in the OF. Played well during Elsbury’s absence. He is THE REASON that Boston was ‘listening’ to talks about Elsbury.

Nava – Same age as Elsbury and 4th OF at best. Very little trade value, but is a cheap backup option for a team with overpriced players everywhere.

Josh Reddick – Drew’s replacement come 2012.

The Red Sox OF situation even BEFORE they got Crawford was like the Braves pitching situation. They have great depth, with a mix of veteran players and many young players waiting for a chance. The easiest major league ready piece they can move and get something in return is Elsbury, similar to Jurrgens for the Braves.

sheeesh

December 9th, 2010
6:23 pm

Ed Lucas. Hilarious. This dude could not even crack the Royals roster, which basically tops out as “AAAA” talent for the most part. No way the Braves should realistically expect him to make their roster based on talent. He’s nothing more than AAA filler. If he is on the Braves 25 man roster for a significant portion of the season, it better be because he has a spectacular glove. But I don’t see any mention of his defensive prowess.

It appears that the depth of the bench is going to take a huge hit due to financial constraints. I hope the starters can stay healthy.

Richard Denson

December 9th, 2010
6:28 pm

Dear Santa Claus(Frank Wren),
Please re-sign Derrek Lee!

Poorbrave

December 9th, 2010
6:29 pm

Got to agree Steve. Ellsburg is worth kicking a couple tires for. What would the Braves line up be with Ell’s leading off and 60 are more SB in 2011. He can other teams pitcher frick out……..

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
6:30 pm

Jim Edmonds ? Kinda washed up here.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
6:33 pm

Poorbrave

December 9th, 2010
6:29 pm
Got to agree Steve. Ellsburg is worth kicking a couple tires for. What would the Braves line up be with Ell’s leading off and 60 are more SB in 2011. He can other teams pitcher frick out……..

You need to get out of fantasy land. The brave do not steal bases.

K.C. Frenchy

December 9th, 2010
6:35 pm

Why the love fest for Ellsbury?? Dude hit ,190 last year, is LH, & can run. We already have 2 guys in McOut & Shafer that can hit below .200, are LH & have speed. We need to add a RH bat that can steal, play defense, & hit at least .250, Ellsbury is not proven & very overrated! Ugga Ugga Go Bravos

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
6:40 pm

Shafer needs to have a chance to play. Chipper says he’s in great shape. Everyone in sports has had to prove themselves.

Duh Frenchy

December 9th, 2010
6:45 pm

Ellsbury is a career .291 avg, averages 63 swipes per year, led the AL in triples in 2009, and has a .350 OBP. Sounds like a solid leadoff man to me KC Frenchy

Duh Frenchy

December 9th, 2010
6:46 pm

Also, he’s not a free agent until 2014

DOB Fan

December 9th, 2010
6:48 pm

Look do you want me to end all the Ellsbury love???? His agent is Scott Boras…next…let’s move on!

Uknowme

December 9th, 2010
6:51 pm

If Mr. Wren listened to the blog experts he would not have any idea of what to do to help the team. But he, of course, does not have the expertise or baseball knowledge that these bloggers think they have.

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

December 9th, 2010
6:52 pm

df thats sounds great, but the braves do not steal bases, so whats your point?

NORRIS

December 9th, 2010
6:53 pm

there have been no real reports of us talking to the redsox about ellsbury so why do we even discuss it?

ReddJonn68

December 9th, 2010
6:53 pm

Ellsbury will still command a huge contract for his services, after what these trigger happy teams have done during the winter meetings. Another 50-50 choice for Wren, do we go after damaged goods?

NORRIS

December 9th, 2010
6:59 pm

ellsbury is not even a rumor. It is just something someone posted on this blog.

K.C. Frenchy

December 9th, 2010
7:02 pm

Duh like I said, he hit .190 last year, McOut was also an all star with 20+ bombs & over 90 rbi for Pittsburgh, look at him now! What we wouldnt give for those numbers from him now, could you imagine IF he does come back to the player he was, that would be awesome!!!

BRAVES FANATICUS

December 9th, 2010
7:02 pm

Ellsbury missed most of last season due to a rib injury. Look at his previous two seasons; he was HEALTHY.

He’s recently been deemed 100% healthy. Of course, he would be subject to a physical before a trade became official.

This would be the icing on the cake for Frank Wren, and spell the end for clowns like Schafer & McLouth.

With Ellsbury & Prado at the top of the lineup, the whole Braves’ lineup would feast !

Bud Wiser

December 9th, 2010
7:05 pm

Aw man, not Infante, not Dunn????

Infante’s value was immeasurable, and a washed up Chipper Jones in ‘11 will dramatize the loss.

Dunn may have had the best young power arm on the staff.

I get that same itchy feeling I had when they traded Brett Butler to the (gag) Cleveland Indians for Len Barfer, I mean Barker.

BRAVES FANATICUS

December 9th, 2010
7:05 pm

McLouth has been on the slide since the Braves acquired him in 2009. Schafer has done NOTHING in the minors since getting suspended for HGH use. He hit .201 for three different minor league teams in 2010.

Give up the fantasy & lets get a real centerfielder !

bp

December 9th, 2010
7:21 pm

The Braves have to be kidding about starting McOut.They have to be looking elsewhere or praying that Schaefer comes around.

Edurson

December 9th, 2010
7:22 pm

Jacoby Ellsbury or comparable outfielder..make it happen Frank Wren

ReddJonn68

December 9th, 2010
7:31 pm

I like what Bobby Cox did while in charge, but we were one of the most boring teams I have ever watched in the playoffs. I hope Fredi provides some instant pep to this squad. If we are looking for some great OF to fall in our laps, we are mistaken. If we can get an OF who steal some bases & play D, we have something. The speedy-power guys are being overpaid, be patient Wren.

Willy

December 9th, 2010
7:39 pm

Alright I look at it this way. I dont think it would be a bad idea to get another CF whether it be Ellsbury, Cain, or Gomez. But if we dont I still believe that Nate Mclouth could return to 2008 form, or Jordan Schafer could show the promise he had when he was a Top 20 Prospect in the whole MLB

Willy

December 9th, 2010
7:42 pm

Im I the only one who has 100% confidence in Wren

Willy

December 9th, 2010
7:42 pm

rugburn

December 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

we have pitching and with a couple of issues, we have hitting (potentially). we have no defense. outside of freddy, we have no one who would be considered above average. chipper, gonzo, and uggla is not tinkers to evers to chance. more like stinker to never a chance with no range.

the iron hammer

December 9th, 2010
8:12 pm

chances are we could get mike cameron for very little maybe even mclouth straight up. Not much of a shot at ellsbury. Cameron will be moved to the benc with jd drew, carl and ellsbury playing in the outfield. Yes, he’s on the older side, but he’s still productive 15-20 bombs with a 260 average and a great glove. Light years better than what we had last year

Sam The Swami

December 9th, 2010
8:12 pm

Cheers to Wren for all of the moves thus far. This line up really has major holes though. Outside of Uggla, there isn’t one person you can confidently say will hit 20 HRs. That was our problem last year and it’s still our problem. Uggla helps, but this offense is still littered with guys with limited “pop”.

I don’t know what the fix is, but something has to give. Keep up the great work Frank. Please, keep it up!

Willy

December 9th, 2010
8:18 pm

@ Sam the Swami, pretty sure i would bank on Mcann and Heyward hittin 20 bombs this year

JASon

December 9th, 2010
8:24 pm

These offseason moves are great and all. But at some point, you can’t just keep shuffling the deck every year. At some point, you need to develop the players you have.

GT Alum

December 9th, 2010
8:25 pm

Sam the Swami -

I’m confident McCann will hit 20 barring major injuries (he hit 18 the one year he didn’t hit at least 20), and I’m pretty confident Heyward will hit 20, barring major injury. That should be enough with the number of guys we have that can get on base close to 40% of the time, especially since none of them are just weak singles hitters.

TNScott

December 9th, 2010
8:25 pm

One problem no one has mentioned regarding Ellsbury – other than the obvious injury issues – is the learning curve involved of an American League player having to learn the pitchers in the National League. It took Tex about a month and a half to get used to different pitching. I would look within the league first or at least go after someone who has at least played a year in the Senior Circuit unless it some All-Star talent .

GT Alum

December 9th, 2010
8:32 pm

JASon -

Not sure what you mean by developing the players you have. McCann is homegrown talent, Heyward is homegrown talent, as are Freeman, Hanson, Venters, Kimbrel, Prado, and at least 1 of Minor and Beachy should make the rotation. Medlen won’t contribute much this year, but he’s homegrown. And we’ve got guys like Marek, Schafer, Vizcaino, Delgado and Teheran on the farm, some of whom will contribute this year, and some of whom will contribute in the future.

Frankly, I think the Braves have been doing a good job of mixing talent from the farm with FA and trade acquisitions since Wren took over.

BrandonC

December 9th, 2010
8:34 pm

Ellsbury at the top of our lineup would be perfect.

DaveFromDallas(NC)

December 9th, 2010
9:19 pm

Elsbury is going nowhere. Why would Boston sign a player the caliber of Crawford only to weaken their lineup by trading one of its brightest young stars. Cameron would be the odd man out.

Don

December 9th, 2010
9:34 pm

DaveFromDallas – Exactly. The Red Sox are not stupid and would eat Mike Cameron’s contract w/o batting an eye. They keep Elsbury for the exact reason you dreamers are saying that the Braves need him unless they know something you do not. The only way they trade him is if he is still hurt or they have reason to believe that he will get easily hurt again because of the previous injury.

ramblingman

December 9th, 2010
9:47 pm

It is absolutely hilarious that there are posters on here who will condemn Schafer based solely on his last two years, completely ignoring the fact that he was injured, and then will turn around and proclaim Ellsbury as the answer and defend his last year by reminding everyone he was injured. I wonder if they can recognize the irony.

steve

December 9th, 2010
9:51 pm

Fragile Freddie Freeman .220 5 HRs 19 RBIs before being demoted, Jordan Schafer .235 2 HRs 20 RBIS before being released, Nate McClouth .195 9 HRs 30 RBIs before hopefully being traded… Braves 79-83 4th place in NL East.

NORRIS

December 9th, 2010
9:56 pm

steve: Freeman is a beast. he will do well.
schafer will never make it to the bigs so he wont have to be released.
mclouth will have to play better. we have a hitting coach now that will help the kid. besides he cant play any worse than he did last year.
the braves will once again come in second. because chipper will be out more than he plays and prado will have to play third and that will leave us with a nobody in left.

NORRIS

December 9th, 2010
10:01 pm

Wren said today
in the next day or so we will have some things finalized that will make us a better team.
Wonder what that is?

Michael

December 9th, 2010
10:15 pm

Strange that everybody forgets that Crawford is a LEFT FIELDER. The Red Sox outfield will be Crawford, Ellisbury, Drew.

ramblingman

December 9th, 2010
10:17 pm

Don’t forget to come back here, “steve”, around the All Star break and let’s review your predictions.

okay?

David O'Brien

December 9th, 2010
10:19 pm

DOB: The term you used “aggressive” is appropriate if you mean the sheer number of moves the Braves made but they have done nothing to improve their greatest weeakness
which is the absense of a solid outfielder who can drive in 90-100 runs and hit 25 to 30 home runs.

For the 100th time: How can it possibly make any difference whether the Braves added a 30-homer, 90-RBI man in the outfield or at 2B? In other words, why would it be different if Dan Uggla was a left fielder and the Braves kept Prado at 2B? Answer: It wouldn’t. So think about it, and please explain to me why it matters why the 30-homer, 90-RBI man that the Braves added to their lineup plays 2B instead of the outfield. Do they get extra credit for him driving in the runs as an outfielder instead of as a second baseman? They added a consistent 30-homer, 90-RBI man to their lineup, and moved Prado to the outfield.

So I ask again: Why does it matter to the offense whether Uggla was a left fielder or a second baseman?

David O'Brien

December 9th, 2010
10:22 pm

Willy: Braves aren’t interested in Carlos Gomez. Heard that yesterday.

Michael

December 9th, 2010
10:22 pm

For those of us with a sane mind…it doesn’t matter.

Mutts

December 9th, 2010
10:23 pm

ramblingman: You are being far too gracious – “steve” is a moron, so who cares about his inane prediction?

In Fredi I Trust

December 9th, 2010
10:36 pm

I agree with DOB on that why does it matter if we added a OF that hits 30 HR’s and drives in around 100 RBI’s, or we acquired a 2B that hits those numbers and we move an allstar to the OF?

Truth is, we got ourselves a power threat to play 2B and we moved an allstar to LF and replaced Cabrera/Diaz with Prado. LF is upgraded offensively and perhaps defensively, and 2B is upgraded offensively. I don’t see a problem with this at all.

The one place on the field I am concerned about is CF where McLouth is as big of a ? as any one player on any one team. If McLouth can rebound and perform like he did the season we got him from the Pirates, then that will be great. If he performs like he did last season, we will be hurting.

With that said, there is no way the Braves aren’t going to start him. He is to pricey to ride the pine, and he is to pricey to trade. The Braves are in a tough situation with him and everyone knows it. I hope he can rebound, but the odds aren’t there.

K.C. Frenchy

December 9th, 2010
10:51 pm

Schafer has been hurt the last 2 years, lets see what he can do this year if he is healthy, but Chipper & McOut are BIG ??? & i dont feel good about a 38 yr old 3rd baseman that is always dinged up

Lester Miles

December 9th, 2010
11:00 pm

Don’t trade our young talent for an outfielder with no power. Cain is not the answer. Anyway, didn’t he slay his brother?

Poorbrave

December 9th, 2010
11:00 pm

Mr Bradley 70, I know they don’t…thats why they need someone that does. But thanks for your knowlege on the subject. I’m sure your point is always right. Oh, I didn’t say get anybody..I said kick a couple tires..see I trust Wrens judgement.

Poorbrave

December 9th, 2010
11:04 pm

Norris, it was a rumor on espn insider. (you have to pay to get it). just saying….

Poorbrave

December 9th, 2010
11:11 pm

another thing , what the Braves did in past is just that. We have a new Boss in town. Fredi is not a wait and see mgr…the game will be alot more exciting I sure. Thats my 2 cents worth. Have at you pro’s.

ATL_Bama

December 9th, 2010
11:23 pm

DOB, how awesome is Carl Crawford going to be with his mad skills in LF at Fenway? I can see him now using all that speed to turn around, take two steps, and field the ball off the monster. Kinda a waste of that part of his game if you ask me.

J-Man

December 9th, 2010
11:31 pm

What kind of moves will be made if McClouth has a similar year to the last or actually year and a half. We have NO insurance at the present time. Schafer has prover that he can’t even hit AA pitching…….look up his Minor League numbers from last year if you don’t believe me. I love this team at every position except for CF. And it is only fair that we openly question this. What kind of move will we make if we have a CF hitting .202 with 4 HR and 16 RBIs at the All-Star break. Anyone please chyme in because I’d like someone to logically explain to me how this team will reach the levels they want to reach with this glaring problem.

Sportsradio PD

December 10th, 2010
12:11 am

DOB, love your analysis and inside info, but the reason Prado needs to be at 2nd is because Uggla is a liability on defense, we haven’t forgotton the sad plays at 2nd & 3rd in the play-offs have we? Honestly, you know more than I ever will about the Braves and their needs, but…just sayin

David O'Brien

December 10th, 2010
12:27 am

DOB, love your analysis and inside info, but the reason Prado needs to be at 2nd is because Uggla is a liability on defense, we haven’t forgotton the sad plays at 2nd & 3rd in the play-offs have we? Honestly, you know more than I ever will about the Braves and their needs, but…just sayin — Sportsradio PD

Sportsradio PD: That has NOTHING to do with what he was talking about, the point I was making with the guy. Because he was talking strictly about the lineup, about the need to add big offense, and stating that the Braves hadn’t addressed their major need of adding a big power hitter to the outfield. And that whole line of reasoning is flawed. Because whether Uggla is a 2B or LF, whether Prado is at LF or 2B, it does’t matter in terms of what it means to the lineup. Does. Not. Matter.

The net effect is adding a 30-homer, 90-RBI hitter to the lineup, whether he was added as an outfielder or second baseman. And since the Braves did it without losing Prado, the addition was the same as adding a 30-homer, 90 RBI left fielder. Or do you not agree with that point? The “sad plays” at second and third in the playoffs? Please. Conrad’s bout with the yips has nothing to do with this.

Uggla is not Brooks Conrad. And if the Braves added him in LF and kept Prado at 2B, the Braves would have the same defense they’ve had the past few years and the addition of a 30-homer, 90 RBI in place of whatever measly production they got in LF.

Ernest

December 10th, 2010
12:47 am

These blog GMs are hilarious with their trade suggestions. Many seems to forget that each side needs to perceive it will be ‘win win’ regarding the players involved.

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