Braves claim reliever off waivers from Mariners

The Braves claimed right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, hoping the move might pay off even half as nicely as their last waiver claim from Seattle.

Left-hander Eric O’Flaherty was a waiver claim from the Mariners in November 2008, and in two seasons with the Braves he’s gone 5-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 134 relief appearances.

Varvaro, 26, was dropped from the Mariners’ 40-man roster on Jan. 3, after posting an 11.25 ERA in four major league appearances in 2010, his only major league experience. He allowed six hits, six walks, five runs and two homers in four innings in those games.

In 50 appearances last season in Double-A and Triple-A, he had a 4.02 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 65 innings.

In five seasons in the minors, he was 12-28 with a 5.06 ERA in 151 games (48 starts) totaling 385 strikeouts and 223 walks in 364-1/3 innings.

A former collegiate standout at St. John’s, Varvaro was projected as a possible first-round draft pick before an elbow injury dropped his stock. He was selected in the 12th round in 2005 and required elbow surgery before throwing his first pitch in the minors for the Mariners.

94 comments Add your comment

bravesfan

January 13th, 2011
8:38 pm

Nothing to lose..great pick up.

Joe for 3

January 13th, 2011
8:41 pm

Huge pick up for the Braves. HUGE.

woohoo

January 13th, 2011
9:07 pm

I agree.. i think he might be the missing piece to defeat the Phillies and their stellar staff!! Kudos Frank, well done!

Joey P

January 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

LOL! You guys are hilarious!

Joey P

January 13th, 2011
9:20 pm

We still need a utility player another outfielder!

Kelly's Johnson

January 13th, 2011
9:25 pm

Hopefully, Varvaro will be starting the season in the minors.

A backup plan for centerfield would be nice. I don’t feel warm & fuzzy about McLouth & Schafer !

bucky oneil

January 13th, 2011
9:27 pm

DOB – Chris Knight and Blue Edmondson at Smithe’s on the 29th.

Any minor league stats on this cat?

justafan

January 13th, 2011
9:35 pm

Joey …read between the lines………….could turn out great.

Hope Young has super ST.

bucky oneil

January 13th, 2011
9:35 pm

Oh, there they are. Sorry, Dave.

para brave

January 13th, 2011
9:42 pm

Well what do we have to lose? BTW Hey Aubie fans kiss the franchise, rented mule goodbye. Next up death penalty.

Bryan G

January 13th, 2011
9:53 pm

Do you think we can trade him for Pujols?

Jeff

January 13th, 2011
9:54 pm

What is Frank Wren doing? We have a lot of pitcher all ready we need some bats(CF). So I one thing to said about this move… BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Joey M

January 13th, 2011
10:04 pm

He has a fastball that tops around 95-96 m.p.h. Anthony Varvaro could very well be a sleeper. He averaged over a strike out per inning in the minors. His “kryptonite” is the deadly Base on Balls. He gets his control, well, under control, he could be a solid set up guy. Than again, he could be Chris Reitsma all over again. We gave up nothing to get him so he can’t really hurt us.

the sham

January 13th, 2011
10:05 pm

I guess since all our BP will be last year’s Gwinnett team’s BP, we had to restock the Minor League BP somehow…

Just trying to find the silver lining here guys!

How long before pitchers and catchers report? Can’t come soon enough!

Joey M

January 13th, 2011
10:08 pm

There is a rumor linking Jermaine Dye to the Braves. Any teeth to this?

Atave

January 13th, 2011
10:12 pm

We didn’t pick Varvaro up “instead” of an OF or utility player he was available at low risk and we took a chance. One does not effect the other.

Bob the Blogger

January 13th, 2011
10:18 pm

The career 5 1/2 walks per 9 innings in the minors is pretty awful, but the Braves must have seen something they thought they could work with.

ray

January 13th, 2011
10:39 pm

do the Braves now have to drop Wagner from the 40 man roster to make room (Varvaro has been added) ?
if so, if they add an OF later, someone else will also have to be dropped from the 40 man roster.
Varvaro is no worse a gamble than Proctor.
they have too many middle relief righty pitchers on the 40 man.
maybe they see another Jason Marquis- a short right hander from Staten Island, NY

Kelly's Johnson

January 13th, 2011
10:39 pm

Frank Wren got whom for Rafael Soriano ?

STEELY DAN MAN

January 13th, 2011
10:53 pm

For some reason i’m starting to trust our GM ?

wjones

January 13th, 2011
11:48 pm

Uh, geniuses, Wren kinda knows about the need for a backup SS and CF. He’s mentioned it in several interviews. So, today’s waiver pickup doesn’t stop the Braves from looking at those positions, just like the extension of Uggla doesn’t preclude such future activity. You folks kill me. Wren seems to be several steps ahead of what most teams are doing, and you STILL want all the players to get signed TODAY. Funny stuff.

milesarcher33

January 14th, 2011
12:05 am

Can’t believe we got Varvaro!!!! WOW!!!!!! The Braves are cookin’!!

(excuse me while I take my tongue out of my cheek)

the brave falcon

January 14th, 2011
12:17 am

I don’t know why we seem content with mclouth starting the season in center. I know we owe him a lot of money, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to hand him the starting gig. I missed a lot of games at the end of last season, and a buddy of mine told me that nate picked it up towards the end. But still, am I missing something here? Why don’t we go after a stud cf right now? I think someone like ellsbury could do wonders for our squad.

BravesAndStuff

January 14th, 2011
1:43 am

pitchers know how to throw pitches to hitters. then stuff happens and hitters get out. then our hitters hit and we win games. but we need our pitchers to throw the ball. this guy seems like he has experience throwing the ball from the mound to the plate. this is needed on a baseball team, in my opinion. defensive strategy. lets go braves. you cant have enough guys that will stand there and get outs. dur dur.

remember that one time when we signed that guy and he didnt always throw the ball well? man that was a disaster. i sure hope we dont go through that again. oh, and i dont care for that one guy that makes too much money. he stinks in my book.

HOLY CRAP the offseason is boring. i just want to watch baseball again.

the brave falcon

January 14th, 2011
2:58 am

there’s always one pompous guy who’s too cool for school

Conyers Braves Fan

January 14th, 2011
4:14 am

Go easy folks. DOB is just reporting that a player was picked up off waivers. If he had not done his job, later on someone would be asking where this guy came from.

wjones

January 14th, 2011
6:23 am

Another funny thing. All the Ellsbury talk. I have yet to hear anywhere, other than from some blog posters on this board, that the Red Sox are even thinking of trading him. The Red Sox, like the Yankees, are in the GETTING business, not the GIVING business. But the real funny thing, is that if Ellsbury had been on the Braves last year, with his playing record, almost every poster who is screaming for us to get him would be screaming for the Braves to get rid of him and get us a REAL center fielder. You know, since he can’t stay on the field? At least that would be the mantra.

David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
6:38 am

Can’t believe we got Varvaro!!!! WOW!!!!!! The Braves are cookin’!!

(excuse me while I take my tongue out of my cheek)– milesarcher33

I will, if you’ll excuse me while I slap my sides in a fit of laughter. (Man, this ol’ offseason blog humor … it just never gets old.)

Alabama Jack

January 14th, 2011
6:44 am

Cheapskates won’t spend any money for big time players! Look at the Phillies roster compared to the braves…the braves are a joke!

ervin w

January 14th, 2011
7:32 am

How about an old friend..Willie Harris..he’s a very good utility player

Felix Millan

January 14th, 2011
8:42 am

at least it’s baseball news,any baseball news. I hate snow. I hate ice. The only good thing about winter is hearing ” pitchers and catchers report”. Please hurry.

stew

January 14th, 2011
8:44 am

Another reclamation project! Oh yeah! We got nothing to lose! Nothing ventured nothing gained! He’s got tremendous upside! He struck out a batter a inning in the minors! 12 ERA! 5 ERA in minors! He could be a sleeper! Anyone notice Soriano got 35 mill for 3 years? That’s almost 12 mill a year! We gave him away because he wanted 6 mill a year? And the Yankees are far apart from Andruw who’s looking for what 2 million? And the Braves won’t sign him cause he’ll break the budget? Uh, “I don’t like the smirk on his face when he strikes out!” You people out there are dumb! Strike outs only matter when there’s a runner on third with less than 2 outs. Batting average isn’t important run production is. Andruw produces runs. He lost weight! McLoser and Schafer haven’t done dick for 2 years! Sorry Charlie! Starkist only wants tuna that tastes good! What have you done for me lately? MattYoung? Lucky if he plays everyday to hit 5 homers in bigs! And he ain’t stealing 100 bases! SIGN ANDRUW!

SavannahSeer

January 14th, 2011
9:00 am

THE Anthony Varvaro????? We got “Vroom Vroom” Varvaro ??? This is the “find” of the off-season???? Obviously, another move by a laser focused Frank Wren, leaving no stone unturned.

DawgDad

January 14th, 2011
9:14 am

Think of this as a three-way swap for Kyle Farnsworth. That should placate even the most cynical Braves blogger.

The Grinch

January 14th, 2011
9:17 am

Now I remember why I quit coming here more often.

Kelly's Johnson

January 14th, 2011
9:21 am

And Frank Wren got whom for Rafael Soriano ?

Keith

January 14th, 2011
9:40 am

Thanks, DOB, for doing your job. :)

Now GO FALCONS!!!

Nova Scotia Steve

January 14th, 2011
9:42 am

Reading the comments following this transaction certainly made my morning!

The Braves now have 40 men on their active roster – another move and you’ll likely see that Wagner situation resolved expeditiously.

PS

Never read that Jermaine Dye rumor anywhere – can’t see how the Braves would ever be interested in a guy that has never played CF in his Major League career (reference??). Didn’t play at all in 2010 and is extremely poor defensively.

Not to mention his 2009 was…well…let’s just say he left a lot to be desired.

Dangling_Fury

January 14th, 2011
10:01 am

Does anyone know when individual game tickets go on sale?

The Big Neck Beard

January 14th, 2011
10:13 am

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

BravesFan27

January 14th, 2011
10:16 am

Frank Wren..Relieve us of our 5 years of suffering and give these bloggers something to cheer about. Bring us back Andrew Jones!! He is a free agent, we can probably get him real cheep, and He wouldn’t make our outfield production any worse than it was last year!

Ernest

January 14th, 2011
10:27 am

I agree with BravesFan27. If the price is right, we know the Andruw can at least provide solid defense.

David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
11:14 am

the reason why the Braves were able to add Varvaro without subtracting a player from the 40-man roster is because Jairo Asencio doesn’t count, for now. Asencio, who formerly pitched under the bogus name Luis Valdez, was reinstated after the season ended (he had been on the restricted list for all of the 2010 season after being stuck in the Dominican Republic because of visa issues).

Because he wasn’t reinstated until after the season, he doesn’t currently count on the 40-man. In other words, it’s like the Braves had a free spot on the roster. Which is good, since they are wasting one on Billy Wagner until his retirement papers go through and Braves can drop him from the roster. It’s at 40 right now, including Wagner.

don

January 14th, 2011
11:18 am

The Braves should sign Laynce Nix as a backup in the outfield.

Nova Scotia Steve

January 14th, 2011
11:22 am

Hey DOB: Are you covering the Braves in Seattle around the end of June???

I’m planning on going down – it’s quite close to where I’m at – be great to meet you and say hello!

Blackberry Cobbler

January 14th, 2011
11:31 am

The Braves just keep picking up losers and has-beens. Exept for Uggla, they’ve done nothing substantial. Same old Braves- build a team with duct tape and bailing wire and then wonder why you can’t compete.

Ted M

January 14th, 2011
11:38 am

Rafael Soriano got 3yrs & $35mil from the Yanks wow!

Ted M

January 14th, 2011
11:42 am

Don’t the Braves have to put him on the 25 man roster or give him back, I think, for $50k. Is that right DOB? If so does he really have a chance of making it?

Zing

January 14th, 2011
11:52 am

DOB:

I know you’ve checked in with Wren and Wag’s agent a number of times, but doesn’t it seem at least a bit… odd that Wags has taken SUCH a long time filing his retirement paperwork? Other players (John Smoltz for instance) take a long time filing for retirement, but that’s because they held out hope to perhaps play again–Wagner said he was done.

David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
11:54 am

Don’t the Braves have to put him on the 25 man roster or give him back, I think, for $50k. Is that right DOB? If so does he really have a chance of making it? — Ted M

No, you’re confusing it with the Rule 5 draft rules. If the Braves had acquired Varvaro via the Rule 5 draft, they’d have to keep him on 25-man roster all season or offer him back to Mariner at half the $50,000 claiming price. But since they got him off waivers, that’s not the case. Now he’s just another player in the Braves’ system.

By the way, this is the reason Frank Wren said Braves wouldn’t have protected lefty Scott Diamond from the Rule 5 draft even if they’d had a spot on the 40-man roster. Because even though they lost him to the Twins in that December draft, the Twins must keep Diamond on their 25-man roster all season, or offer him back to the Braves for $25,000.

The Braves figured then — and still do — that they have a better chance of getting Diamond back from Twins at some point after losing him in Rule 5 draft than they would’ve if they had protected him on 40-man roster before the draft, then needed to move him off 40-man to use the roster spot for another player later in the winter or during spring training. Because in the latter scenario, the Twins or another other team could just have claimed Diamond on waivers and sent him to the minors (he’s got all his minor league options).

Joshua

January 14th, 2011
11:58 am

We got Dan Uggla, but still people complain about Frank Wren? Surely you don’t think every acquisition is going to be an all star…Surely you don’t think that there is an endless pool of gold glove center fielders that bat .280 with 20+ HRs…How can so many people be so ignorant?

David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
12:00 pm

The Braves just keep picking up losers and has-beens. Exept for Uggla, they’ve done nothing substantial. Same old Braves- build a team with duct tape and bailing wire and then wonder why you can’t compete. — Blackberry Cobbler

I don’t think they wonder why they “can’t compete.” You wonder, perhaps, but they don’t. Because they (Braves players, coaches, team officials, etc.) were there — apparently you do not recall this — last season when their team led the division for three months and went to the playoffs as the NL wild card team, after finishing with the best record among non-division winners. Lost to the eventual World Series champion Giants in the playoffs. Any of this ring a bell with you, Blackberry Cobbler? No?

It really did happen. Trust us. It did. Which is why the Braves won’t wonder why they can’t compete. You do, but they do not. They were there. They did compete. Then they added a 30-homer hitter to their lineup this winter. So they just don’t share your pessimism.

Mark (another one)

January 14th, 2011
12:01 pm

This is one of those moves that rarely shows up down the road, but when they do its called a steal. Wren’s staff wants to take a (small) chance and see if they can correct something to make this guy effective. Why not? He’s about the age where maturity can kick in so maybe he will get it together. In the mean time, it didn’t cost the Braves much at all. This certainly won’t cause a raise in the ticket prices.

Wren has also brought in some young people to try as middle infielders and in CF. Also, remember that Heyward can play center, if needed. I don’t know what the thinking is on AJ, but as we get to spring training, I expect Wren to make another move. He will know more about Chipper’s knee, and teams will be trimming rosters. We won’t get a hot stud this way, but we have the power bats already with Prado, Heyward, McCann, Chipper, Uggla and possibly Freeman. Even Gonzales has power for a SS.

The question marks are CF and backups for the left side of the infield. McLouth, Shafer and Young are going to compete for center. As for a backup infielder, there is a long list.

As for Ellsbury, why would the Sox trade him? And if they are interested, who do they want? Wren isn’t going to give away the store for a a singles hitter who can steal.

Skeezix

January 14th, 2011
12:04 pm

On the surface it makes no sense, but FW/FG probably know something that we don’t that makes this make sense. He had real potential at one time and hopefully his more recent poor performance was due to recovering from elbow injury.

heartofdarkness

January 14th, 2011
12:08 pm

Those who are dismissive of a pitcher who throws 95-96 mph are unlikely to have ever hit against such velocity. The opportunity to pick up talent rarely makes an appointment with your secretary. If the Braves intend to use Varvaro like they did O’Flaherty at the beginning, then the coaches will have to get him to throw two pitches over the plate. Shouldn’t be impossible for an athlete who was once considered a first round prospect.

Skeezix

January 14th, 2011
12:08 pm

Dave (your 12:00 p.m. post): You are right on. Take away the untimely injuries to our starting third and second basemen and the Bravos very well may have won the division.

Ted M

January 14th, 2011
12:13 pm

That’s good news, that we get to develop this kid he could just need a couple of yrs to recover from his elbow surgeries.

I’ve convinced myself that Uggla is going to hit 40 homers for us. Turner field is much more homer friendly then his last park plus Uggla has already proved he can excelled at Turner field.

Will get 40 homers for Uggla.

David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
12:20 pm

Zing, in answer to your questions:

DOB, I know you’ve checked in with Wren and Wag’s agent a number of times, but doesn’t it seem at least a bit… odd that Wags has taken SUCH a long time filing his retirement paperwork?

Yes, it does.

Other players (John Smoltz for instance) take a long time filing for retirement, but that’s because they held out hope to perhaps play again–Wagner said he was done.

With players such as Smoltz, who to my knowledge still hasn’t filed retirement papers, it’s usually not an issue that fans care about for a simple reason: The player is no longer under contract and no longer on the 40-man roster. Wagner is, technically, still under contract because of the option that vested. It’s quite an unusual case in that most players don’t retire while still under contract, much less under contract for that much money.

yogi2

January 14th, 2011
12:33 pm

The Braves have two good outfield prospects in Matt Young and Jose Constanza.

Reality 4

January 14th, 2011
12:36 pm

I don’t know why some people are so upset about this move. I imagine a GM will go through a number of waivers every week. If he sees someone who can potentially help the team, then claim him. It’s just one part of his job. It isn’t like Wren was spending all of his time going through waivers – at the same time, he can’t be spending all of his time looking for another OF. He has to have a big picture in mind.

We will wait and see how this move turns out.

Smiling Jack

January 14th, 2011
12:42 pm

Spring training inches a mite closer! Wish it were coming like a freight train. Braves will have a fantastic year.

Always need pitching

January 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

I noticed a local AL player is available – Brandon Medders, who pitched for SF last year. The guy can sling, and is an experienced MR. Frank – take a look!

willie

January 14th, 2011
1:00 pm

Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels….does it really matter?

Lemke's Knuckler

January 14th, 2011
1:11 pm

I also think it’s odd Wagner hasn’t filed his retirement papers. Makes me wonder if he’s having doubts. Most people I know that retire think it’s a good idea until they actually do it, then they realize how bored they are.

Rodrigo Coutinho

January 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

Who was dropped from the braves roster? If you check, you will see 41 players. Was it Wagner?

David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
1:22 pm

Rodrigo, I answered that question at 11:14 a.m. I guess I should re-post this again every hour until further developments:

The reason why the Braves were able to add Varvaro without subtracting a player from the 40-man roster is because Jairo Asencio doesn’t count, for now. Asencio, who formerly pitched under the bogus name Luis Valdez, was reinstated after the season ended (he had been on the restricted list for all of the 2010 season after being stuck in the Dominican Republic because of visa issues).

Because he wasn’t reinstated until after the season, he doesn’t currently count on the 40-man. In other words, it’s like the Braves had a free spot on the roster. Which is good, since they are wasting one on Billy Wagner until his retirement papers go through and Braves can drop him from the roster. It’s at 40 right now, including Wagner.

bruce mac

January 14th, 2011
1:26 pm

The Brave Falcon, Stew and Blackberry continue to prove you do not have to know anything about baseball to buy a computer. Morons one and all.

Rupert

January 14th, 2011
1:32 pm

DOB, if this thing with Wagner, which I agree seemed odd at first andnow seems down right strange, continues to be unfinished and the clock keeps getting closer to reporting day, the next logical question is….would the Braves make one more push to get him to reconsider? It seems like it would throw their budget out of whack, but it would solidify one of probably two question marks this team has. I mean there has to be some resistance for him to file those papers because we all know he’ll have a guy do the paperwork and he just signs them. Not that big of deal, seems emotional.

ChillyMutt

January 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

For the love of god! What Jesse Chavez wasn’t available?

ChillyMutt

January 14th, 2011
1:41 pm

Have the Braves released Brooks Conrad yet?

gcs

January 14th, 2011
1:48 pm

Still need some outfielders, Wren.

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David O'Brien

January 14th, 2011
2:00 pm

ChillyMutt: Funny posts, man. Keep ‘em coming. We need comic relief at the end of this snow/ice nightmare of a week.

the brave falcon

January 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

bruce mac,

I’m a “moron” because I’m hoping for something better than mclouth in cf?

You must be taking this bloggosphere a little too seriously.

the brave falcon

January 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

And to those who raised the question of “how would we get a player like ellsbury from the sox?”, we have the chips in our farm system to go out and get a stud cf right now.

Dick Doss

January 14th, 2011
3:14 pm

yankees signed soriano for 3 years 35 million . the yankees now have 2 of the six relievers in baseball making over 10mil a year thats crazy

Zing

January 14th, 2011
3:20 pm

Thanks for the answers, DOB. And thanks for pointing out Wags’s situation as compared to Smoltz. I just wonder if maybe, now that he’s away from the game and at home, Wagner is thinking that perhaps he could give it one more go… would that put the Braves in a bind money-wise?

Poorbrave

January 14th, 2011
3:51 pm

Looking forward to seeing Nate, Young, Constanza and Schafer battle it out for the outfield. Really pulling for the young ones to make it.
DOB have you heard anything on Linebrink as to where he is working out.. etc. Hope I spelled his last name right?

Kentavo

January 14th, 2011
5:08 pm

I hope Wags does pull a Favre (well, not the texting his johnson to a sideline reporter bit).

Paddy

January 14th, 2011
5:26 pm

Jeff…….this was a waiver claim! How many starting outfielders do you think were out there on waivers at this time? IF THERE WAS SUCH AN ANIMAL, DON’T YOU THINK THE BRAVES WOULD HAVE CLAIMED HIM?. Think it thru, padner! Waivers are in reverse order of finish. The poorer teams didn’t claim that elusive starting outfielder either because there was not one available.

Chris

January 14th, 2011
5:49 pm

Many of you keep complaining that the Braves are not making any moves. Your impatience is amusing. Would you prefer our offseason resemble that of the Cleveland Indians? We added the 2nd best RH power bat in the NL and you are not happy?

Did you ever consider that Wren doesn’t want to make a rash move before he sees how Chipper looks in spring training? If he’s not ready, or if he decided he has to retire, don’t you think that DRAMATICALLY changes our plans? If he retires, that means Wren has a lot of payroll to play with and can add an impact bat for LF. If he’s healthy and producing, then Prado can stay in LF and we really only have to see if McLouth or Shaffer can handle CF. He needs to show patience based on our roster circumstances, not to appease you loons who think you know what’s best for the team.

SamIAm

January 14th, 2011
6:09 pm

Looks like we’ve been able to pick up a player who’s had arm problems, achieve a level of mediocrity, and consistently stay there. Hard to get too excited here. But, I’m hoping for a big surprise that we’ll be pleased with. If our whole staff ends up being 4-5+ ERA guys, we sure better beef up the bats.

Joey M

January 14th, 2011
6:22 pm

The Braves are being fiscally responsible. Is there any news here?

Mike10

January 14th, 2011
7:43 pm

What the hell is Frank doing stop worrying about pitchers get an outfield bat,I hope he does’nt think there done they still need another piece Uggla’s not going to solve all there problems.

Steve

January 14th, 2011
8:45 pm

No real bad part to this since he isn’t a Rule 5 protect or cash. Then again, you really shouldn’t claim a player off waivers unless you really think he can contribute. Simple fact is you might want to trade with that team later and some teams DO let it affect the way they view poaching teams. Given his pedigree he could turn it around, so I guess it might be worth it.

For those of you who keep saying the Braves are picking up a bunch of lesser players you need to do a reality check. There aren’t that many easily acquirable players out there we can afford. There just aren’t. The fact we got Uggla is more than what 25+ teams have done this off-season. It is a HUGE acquisition. Simply put, you cannot compare the Braves to the Northeast corridor teams. You just don’t have the payroll.

As for n OF bat, I am going to go on record saying I don’t think there is anything available in the FA pool better than what we have. While I do think Elsbury would have been a great addition, he is not a true CF. Rasmus is not available for anything reasonable, if at all, so let that go.

I fully believe McLouth will turn it around and have similar numbers to 2009, and possilby closer to 2008 than 2010. He had a great Sept/Oct and even his outs were screamers. He covers the ground well in the field and his arm is about average for CF’ers (though not nearly as good as we thought it was originally). He is a far cry above the current Andruw Jones defensively, and many of you were clamoring for the Braves to sign Andruw even if he only hits .200 because he defense is so good (to which I ask if you have watched game film of Andruw in the field since 2006).

I love what Frank Wren is doing. Picking up pieces we need and at the same time he is actually slowly rebuilding our farm system after it was plundered a few years back. Keep up the good work Frank.

nashvillewill

January 14th, 2011
8:55 pm

We had an icy week here too–schools out all week.
The Braves needs: a CF, a SS, a backup IF, a 1B, and possibly a 3B. So we pick up more pitching? Either Wren knows something I don’t or he is totally inept. Starting pitching will get you only so far and the Phils seem to have us trumped there. What the heck is going on?

Tomahawk

January 15th, 2011
12:42 am

Your assessment of the Braves’ needs is a tad pessimistic, nashvillewill. Although, I do agree we need a CF and a backup INF.

Mungo

January 16th, 2011
7:44 pm

Hang on nashvillewill…medical services are enroute. What do you mean the Brave’s need a Shortstop and 1st Baseman”. You best enjoy you hometown “Sounds” season tickets and leave the ML business to Wren and company.

Michael

January 17th, 2011
4:23 pm

Blackberry Cobbler got pwnt. haha

Francois

January 18th, 2011
1:49 am

Good god. I’m not Holden Caulfield, but you guys are dumb and phonies.

Varvaro could be a good pickup. Here’s why…

#1 – His minor league ERA is 5.06. But, there are two good reasons why that doesn’t matter. First, he was a starter until 2009. Second, that number is highly influenced by his 7.02 ERA in 2008 while starting a High Desert, which is an extreme hitters park.

#2 – Control could be a problem. Yet, he has strong strikeout ability. I wouldn’t say he has enough of a track record to say whether he has a true control problem. He was decent in 2010, but poor in 2009. If he could sustain his K-rate, then his control wouldn’t need to be Madduxesque.

#3 – We got him for free. Decent upside for nothing. The worse thing that happens is that he sucks in AAA. He could turn out to be a solid middle reliever.

Isadore Shines

January 18th, 2011
3:24 pm

I wonder if Yankee fans are on the New York blogs complaining about their team spending all that money, but missing out on the World Series. I can hear them now, “We should win it all every year! If only we had Frank Wren and the Braves management team, things would be different! ” lol

hangman

January 22nd, 2011
4:47 pm

Apparently, the Braves used the winter meeting as a VACATION! Everyone else seems to be cashing in on fairly good trades. The Braves…NILVILLE. Wren, explain this to season ticket holders and to the Brave nation. YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hangman

January 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

Did you ever consider that Wren doesn’t want to make a rash move before he sees how Chipper looks in spring training? Most of the time Chipper looks good in Florida.
(Coming off the sunny golf courses will do that for you!) Unfortunately, he has to play in Atlanta. By the time he plays less than a dozen games, he will be injured and on the bench. Mark your calenders fans. Chipper is a loser.

andersja

January 23rd, 2011
5:50 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me. The missing piece to defeat the Phillies?

andersja

January 23rd, 2011
5:53 pm

Chipper certainly isn’t a loser. His body is beaten up from playing so many innings at such a young age.

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