Veteran Lopez provides more rotation depth (updated)

The Braves already had more starting pitchers than could fit into a rotation, and they added more depth Monday by signing veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lopez, 35, was 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA for Arizona last season in his first full season since ligament-transplant elbow surgery.

General manager Frank Wren said rookies Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy remain the primary candidates for the fifth spot in a starting rotation that features returners Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens.

The Braves also owe veteran Kenshin Kawakami $6.7 million in 2011, but are trying to trade him before the season.

“He pitched pretty well last year at times,” Wren said of Lopez. “He’s a veteran guy. We’ll give him a chance to compete for a spot in the spring and see how it plays out.”

Lopez led the Diamondbacks with 200 innings pitched, issued only 57 walks, and had 15 quality starts in 33 games, tied with Ian Kennedy for the team lead.

Now for the bad news: He led the National League in losses, led the majors in home runs allowed (37) and homers allowed per nine innings (1.67), and was tied for third-most hits allowed per nine innings (10.22) among NL starters.

He got a split contract from Atlanta that will pay a prorated portion of about $900,000 for time spent on the major league roster. He chose the Braves over similar offers from the New York Mets and Colorado.

Lopez has been praised by former teammates for his work habits and attitude.

“He has great [mental] makeup, and he’s prepared to go to the minor leagues if that’s what happens,” Wren said.

In nine seasons with Baltimore, Philadelphia, Colorado and Arizona, Lopez has a 75-82 record and 4.85 ERA in 227 games including 199 starts.

He went 29-21 with a 4.31 ERA during the 2004-2005 seasons for the Orioles, but is just 24-39 with a 5.29 ERA and .294 opponents’ average since then. After returning from elbow surgery in 2009, he’s 10-17 with a 5.09 ERA in 40 games (38 starts).

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sidslidkid

January 31st, 2011
7:59 pm

I don’t get this move. Maybe if KK was gone, but whatever… I don’t think he’ll ever start a game in a Braves uniform.

DH

January 31st, 2011
8:07 pm

First. depth never hurts

wayn-o

January 31st, 2011
8:10 pm

if the braves pick up every pitching option, then it will be easier to get rid of Kawakami

richbrave

January 31st, 2011
8:14 pm

richbrave

My take on BRAVES thinking in regard to RODRIGO LOPEZ:

Starting off the season, AAA SP is pretty thin. None of REDMOND, GUSTAFSON, ORTEGANO, REYNOSO looked that great last season, or in winter ball. And the one best up and comer we had was lost in the rule 5 – DIAMOND. We need proven depth down on the farm in AAA temporarily. And there’s always…….well maybe the kinks are finally worked out of his arm after three years of rehab and work [ineffective work primarily]. Let’s take a chance. Maybe something’s there we can use right now.

joekill

January 31st, 2011
8:29 pm

this is crazy the bravos have minor and terhan and delgado and beach watts the deal

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

January 31st, 2011
8:33 pm

Wayno, great insight. Takes another arm off of an already thin pitching market. Also, you can always assume that AT LEAST one of your 5 starters will go down at some point or need an extra turn’s rest.

Of course, we have Medlin coming back at the end of the year, but this seems a typical low risk; high reward move by Frank Wren that could yield great results.

Tomahawk

January 31st, 2011
8:49 pm

This has “AAA innings eater” written all over it. That could be useful in that it would take some stress off of the AAA bullpen. However, I can’t possibly imagine anyone in the front office actually expects to use this guy in the bigs next year.

Tomahawk

January 31st, 2011
8:59 pm

“this seems a typical low risk; high reward”

How exactly could Lopez bring a “high reward”? Yes, “low risk, high reward” is a common phrase used to describe some contracts in baseball, but that does not mean that it automatically applies to anyone stashed in AAA and getting paid nothing. Just because you have a minimal commitment to a player does not mean there’s a possibility of a “high reward”. Lopez is a bad pitcher. He doesn’t walk many people, but he’s a bad pitcher and there’s no way to gloss that over.

northbeach Scott

January 31st, 2011
9:05 pm

Look for Scott Diamond to rejoin the Braves when he does not make the Twins’ 25-man roster. If he does not stay on the Twins’ 25-man roster all season, as a Rule 5 pick, the Twins must offer him back to the Braves for half the fee or $25k. Additionally, he does not have to be added to the Braves roster, they can just send him to Gwinnett. He would be some nice extra SP depth.

Good, inexpensive SP depth move by the Braves to sign Rodrigo. Lopez was in the Braves’ system Aug-Sep 2008, so the Braves must like his work ethic and clubhouse fit and vice-versa.

I like the idea of putting some pressure on Minor and Beachy to step it up a notch in ST. If they are not ready for prime time, Lopez could buy those two some time in Gwinnett. Surely among Minor, Beachy, and Lopez we can get enough decent #5 starts at least until either Teheran is ready (and delay his arb clock and keep him from Super 2 status) or Medlen returns in Aug/Sep from TJ surgery.

May Kawakami enjoy the fine culture of Pearl, Mississippi this summer. May he never throw another regular season pitch for the Atlanta Braves. Love to see him in the Mets starting rotation.

dap01

January 31st, 2011
9:06 pm

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
9:08 pm

Tomahawk: there’s something to be said for having a guy who had 200 innings and 15 quality starts last season. Nobody said Braves would rely on him or expect him to make rotation, but it’s better to be able to turn to a guy like that in a pinch at midseason than to roll the dice on a rookie who’s not ready or minor league journeyman that the team doesn’t have confidence in. He’s depth, that’s all.

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
9:10 pm

this is crazy the bravos have minor and terhan and delgado and beach watts the deal — joekill

The last thing the Braves want to do is rush Teheran or Delgado to the majors before the team’s confident they are ready. They’re too valuable for the long-term to thrust them in as emergency stop-gaps if there’s a rash of injuries this season.

Tomahawk

January 31st, 2011
9:22 pm

DOB, I think we’re making the same point. I was trying to hit on his value as an innings eater, but since we already Lowe and Huddy (and plenty of arms as it is in the rotation), it seems like it makes the most sense for him to be providing bulk innings at AAA, where he can be making sure that there isn’t too great of a workload on our young, developing arms. I guess I should’ve been more clear.

Either way, he’s still a bad pitcher. I don’t think we should be confusing durability with talent.

sidslidkid

January 31st, 2011
9:30 pm

“The last thing the Braves want to do is rush Teheran or Delgado to the majors before the team’s confident they are ready.” – DOB

I completely agree with that, but we have KK, Beachy, Minor, and eventually/hopefully Medlen. If Wren does move Kawakami then this move makes since. Until then, Lopez will be an insurance policy that has such a low percent chance of being cashed in that I don’t see any real value in his signing. Maybe he has some value to Gwinnett… and it’s not like we spent a fortune on him.

O' Brien's Brain

January 31st, 2011
10:03 pm

I can’t believe the people I hear whining about this move. I like it.
If Lopez pitches well in Spring training, he is a valuable trade candidate.
Same thing if he is in the minors and pitches well. Teams are always looking
for pitching.
Good move!

ajj

January 31st, 2011
10:11 pm

I just don’t get why if he had similar offers from other teams why would he go to the team that needs him thee least, especially at his age. Could him and his agent have been told that there might be two spots in the rotation will be open for beachy minor and him to compete for ad lowe or jj are going to be traded?

Bravesfan54

January 31st, 2011
10:27 pm

We are going to eat a significant portion of Kawakami’s salary this year, and yet spend money on a pitcher with stats that are south of KK’s. I don’t understand this.

Hokie P. Clisters

January 31st, 2011
10:42 pm

I like the move. Frank’s getting a veteran pitcher that has a great work ethic and “mental” makeup. Sounds like a really good mentor for Teheran and/or Delgado at AA/AAA plus fill out as a 5th emergency starter….and yes Delgado (and possibly Teheran) could easily be at Gwinnett by late spring barring any physical setbacks.

Chop Chop

January 31st, 2011
11:12 pm

I hope Teheran and Delgado tear their elbows apart just so people will shut up about them.

daniel buck

January 31st, 2011
11:40 pm

Hey Chop Chop, Shut your face punk

Runnin

January 31st, 2011
11:43 pm

I like the trade. You know Lopez is going to be significantly better after his first full year following his surgery. He won’t be needed unless we have 2 pitchers get hurt, but if it gets to him, you’ve got a highly motivated, healthy veteran pitcher to step in to hold down the 5th spot. He’s depth or trade bait. Just a smart move all around.

FYI

February 1st, 2011
12:38 am

They’re not going to get a lot in return for KK, so they might as well have kept him on the team.

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
1:43 am

I completely agree with that, but we have KK, Beachy, Minor, and eventually/hopefully Medlen. sidslidkid

They will likely trade KK before opening day, and Medlen isn’t expected back until late August or September. That would leave one guy — Beachy or Minor — as a sixth starter the Braves feel comfortable running out there as a fill-in in case of injury.

They wanted to get a proven veteran and affordable innings-eater for depth. They think they got precisely that with Lopez.

Joe in Qatar

February 1st, 2011
7:28 am

Hey “Chop Chop”, wishing career threatening injuries on two young men? Wow, aren’t you just a shining example of @$$H01e.

Jim H.

February 1st, 2011
7:44 am

you can never have too much pitching

Arthur Redding, Jr.

February 1st, 2011
8:06 am

Good explanation of the move, Dave.

It seems that one of the Braves’ priorities thi s off-season has been adding depth throughout the organization, both position players and pitchers. These moves have strengthed the organization up and down. 162 games is a long season and the Braves need sollid replacements to deal with the wear and tear.

Jeff

February 1st, 2011
8:53 am

I’m okay with depth minor league signings like this one. But I still say what Arizona is doing with Micah Owings made better sense for us.

I also would rather have Owings over Proctor on a Major League deal.

Steve McP

February 1st, 2011
9:15 am

He’s cheap, he sounds like the kind of guy who will mentor the young guys and give them a feel of what it is like pitching day in day out in the majors and if there are injuries he will be able to come in and start a couple of games, without having to throw one of the youngsters in before they are ready.

HUH???

February 1st, 2011
9:43 am

I don’t understand this at all. At best he will pitch in Gwinnett BUT he will take up a roster spot for one of our younger pitchers. I don’t think he will ever be in an Atlanta Braves uniform.

Shake Tiller

February 1st, 2011
10:11 am

Why did the Braves quite on KK? He has been treated differently than other players. He does not seem to be a malcontent like Jorge Sosa.

chief pitchanono

February 1st, 2011
10:26 am

Just food for thought here, but i’m wondering if the Yanks get really desperate for starting pitching and happen to offer the Braves a chance at getting rid of D.Lowe’s salary and say maybe another impact player for the outfield. Hmmmmmmm? Not that this guy would start in place of D.Lowe, but the extra depth would make since. Just something to think about.

wrong doing

February 1st, 2011
10:36 am

Come on give KK a break. I’ve never seen the Braves treat a player so badly. I believe he deserves a chance in spring training like everyone else. If he turns things around then it makes his trade value much higher. Right now they’re going to get very little for him and have to eat the majority of his contract. What purpose does that serve? I would think he has a better chance of turning things around than Chipper Jones. GOOOOOOOOOOO BRAVES.

EW

February 1st, 2011
10:37 am

Wait…so we are going to try to trade the expensive guy…which we won’t…and give a 35 year old guy throwing MEAT a chance to compete for a spot?

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
10:37 am

I believe this was just a deal to teach the young guys some work ethic. Rodrigo is a good person and hard worker.

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
10:39 am

I firmly dont believe the “My arm is tired” from Minor flew very well with the Braves organization coming down a pennant race.

RC

February 1st, 2011
10:41 am

Has everyone already forgotten 2008, when we lost Hudson, Glavine, Smoltz, and Hampton (suprise) to injury?

This is stictly an “if stuff happens” move. It prevents us from having the 2011 version of Jorge Campillo be 2nd on the team in innings pitched.

Building depth is something the Braves have gotten very good at during Wren’s tenure, and without depth there is no way the 2010 Braves would have made the postseason. Thing happen, players get hurt. It’s simply due dilligence to have contingency plans ready when they do.

wrong doing

February 1st, 2011
10:42 am

Shake Tiller I’m with you. The way the Braves are treating KK you would think he was Milton Bradley or some other malcontent. This Lopez dude has never been successfull according to his career stats. Give KK a chance and don’t just give him away.

The Living Legend

February 1st, 2011
10:52 am

Of course you can never have too much pitching. A blister pops up on Lowe’s hand in June, you bring in Lopez to spot start. I am guessing that he can go back and forth a few times and no one would probably claim him if he was out of options.

As for Minor and his “tiredness” I can tell you it did not sit well with Cox, Bobby did not even know it until the media asked him about it. It was a pennant run, he needed to suck it up and help his team. They are all tired in September, how you respond to the tiredness is the difference between mediocreness and greatness. Lopez is a great insurance policy, and warm bodies are needed in AAA. I also agree that Scott Diamond may be back in the Braves organization this April, if he makes the Twins out of camp, it will be shocking.

As for the KK fans, I really have nothing to say but it was a bad mistake and while a part of baseball (see Mike Hampton), is something you would want to rid yourself of if you can.

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
10:58 am

Yeah still can’t believe the Braves let Diamond slip from their grasp… 24 year old lefty with nothing but minor league success… Shame, shame…

bhall

February 1st, 2011
11:06 am

Ha! Webb? That’s who the Phillies got? Oh yeah? Try on a little Rodrigo Lopez, Philadelphia. Watch out!

Kentavo

February 1st, 2011
11:09 am

Good move; other teams have made similar moves; i.e. Yankees signing Garcia; so the whiners need to see this for what it is.

gcs

February 1st, 2011
12:04 pm

His record may stink but at least his ERA is high.
;)

.

ramblingman

February 1st, 2011
12:32 pm

The best thing about this move is that it illustrates that there are some who will whine about any move, no matter how minor.

Complaints that the team did not sign Millwood to the same contract in 4…3…2…1…

The Living Legend

February 1st, 2011
12:46 pm

While we are playing GM, I say we sign Willy Aybar……………just saying.

stew

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

DOB
Minor league journeyman the team doesn’t have confidence? Do you think the team could have confidence in Lopez? 200 innings at a 5 ERA in reality is a lot of innings giving up a lot of runs. Why are we always trying to find lightning in a bottle? We piss away all this money on scrubs (Lopez, Sherill, Proctor, and Linebrink) because they’re clubhouse guys or because we’re too afraid of rushing a more talented rookie and fracturing his confidence THE ROOKIES GOTTA BREAK THEIR CHERRIES SOMETIME AND IT’S ALL PART OF GROWING UP.I AM SICK AND TIRED OF US GOING AFTER RECLAMATION PROJECTS IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING A MORE TALENTED ROOKIE. I’D RATHER SEE THE ROOKIE FAIL AND LEARN FROM HIS FAILURE THAN SEE THE SCRUB FAIL. AT LEAST WITH THE ROOKIE THERE’S A CHANCE HE’LL SUCCEED.

ramblingman

February 1st, 2011
1:18 pm

Okay, Stew, let’s hear which rookies you want on the staff to take the places of Lopez, Sherrill, Proctor and Linebrink.

Oh, and as for all of the money you say the team will “piss away” – a rough calculation shows the four of them will make roughly $3 Million over rookies…combined. That’s an average of $750K per player. In MLB terms, that’s not pissing, it’s dribbling.

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
1:21 pm

Minor league journeyman the team doesn’t have confidence? Do you think the team could have confidence in Lopez? — Stew

They just pursued and signed him, didn’t they?

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
1:25 pm

While we are playing GM, I say we sign Willy Aybar……………just saying. — The Living Legend

Personally, I think they need a backup shortstop a lot worse than a backup corner infielder. They’re all set at the corner spots. But if Alex Gonzalez’s knee is sore and he needs a few games off, right now you’re talking Diory, Brooks C. or Ed Lucas? That’s where I think the Braves need a little help.

urban redneck

February 1st, 2011
1:40 pm

maybe wren just took another potential “starter” off the market so he can get more money for KK. good move.

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
1:41 pm

Dave are you not satisfied with Diory or Brooks? hahaha Keep in mind Aybar was once on the Braves roster prior to a suspension, and he can basically play every position on the field. Just Saying…

The Living Legend

February 1st, 2011
1:46 pm

DOB,

Who do you suggest (either a current free agent or someone rumored to be on the block) for a SS backup? Brooks cannot get it done there, I would have said that before his game against the Giants, I see no viable SS on the roster other than Gonzo. Orlando Cabrera? His price would be too high to sign for this role.

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

C’Mon Man: Aybar has played almost no shortstop in his entire major league career. He’s not a shortstop.

Trickster

February 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

I think Wren is one of those guys that rides by a junkyard and buys the 1974 El Camino rust bucket with no axles,steering wheel,or engine and thinks “I can still get something out this car”.

Trickster

February 1st, 2011
2:03 pm

A pitcher with a 5.00 era ??? Hilarious !

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

Neither is Diory from what I see, but it’s an upgrade just to have a guy as versatile as Aybar. Example: Omar Infante… Just ask Charlie Manuel. Although, Diory does play a respectable glove in the field, the guy clearly cannot hit himself out of a wet paper sack. I am not saying Aybar is the answer. If it were me id have a guy like a Cristian Guzman (whom is still Unemployed) and likely to accept a minor league offer at this point in time. Not to mention he is a switch hitter with some speed.

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
2:08 pm

Did I also mention SS is the most difficult position to fill in the big leagues. So this debate can go many ways.

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

The Living Legend

February 1st, 2011
2:11 pm

OOOOOOOOOO, Guzman would be a good fit. I like it.

Chuck

February 1st, 2011
2:13 pm

Seems like a good move, and good explanations of it on the board. so many think that every move has to be for a starter to help the organization. This move is like buying a cheap insurance policy at 1/4 the price – some definite payoff, but hardly any investment.

W-L

February 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

DOB,

Anything on Jurrgens? I haven’t heard anything since his knee surgery back in October. Is he ready to go? ‘Best shape of his life’?

Need JJ to come back with a 2009 effort.

Skeezix

February 1st, 2011
2:21 pm

Don’t get this move at all. The Braves have great arms in the minors that they can use to plug holes. But then, most times, I can’t figure out what FW is really thinking. Sometimes it appears as though he signs folks just cause he has the authority to do it–not cause it’s necessary or makes sense.

Skeezix

February 1st, 2011
2:29 pm

The signing of K.K. and McLouth was bad enough but here it’s almost grapefruit season and we’re still stuck with them—these are examples of why I still don’t trust FW’s judgement. Why JS does I haven’t a clue. But I will say that FW has done better over the last 10 months.

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
2:32 pm

A pitcher with a 5.00 era ??? Hilarious ! — Trickster

You mean like this “hilarities” from the 2010 season: A.J. Burnett (5.26 ERA), Paul Maholm (5.10 ERA), Jeremy Bonderman (5.53 ERA), Kyle Davies (5.34 ERA), James Shields (5.18 ERA), and Milwaukee’s 12-9 Chris Narveson (4.99 ERA)? The Phillies’ Joe Blanton (4.82 ERA) and Kyle Kendrick (4.73) were also fairly close to your standard of pitching humor, Trickster.

C'Mon Man

February 1st, 2011
2:34 pm

Yeah and I still think the Braves should have tried harder to pull the Maholm for Kawakami deal.

moboman

February 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

I like the signing. Many pitchers come back stronger the second year post surgery than the first. Low risk deal. Potential reward if someone gets injured. As said before, by taking him off the market, it moves KK one step up the trade ladder for teams looking around. Nothing wrong with having an extra playing card in the deck, even if it turns out to be a joker.

Sweet Old Buck

February 1st, 2011
2:41 pm

I read a article this morning that Tommy Hanson was in the best shape of his career. When was the last time that anyone wrote that about Chipper?

moboman

February 1st, 2011
2:43 pm

Hanson needs to work on his mechanics and start putting more body in his delivery. He’s all arm. Not gonna last that way.

W-L

February 1st, 2011
3:23 pm

Sweet Old Buck,

Really? He’s 38 coming off of a major knee surgery. I think Chipper will be the first to admit that the days of peak fitness/performance are now behind him. Dude will be in the best shape he can get himself into…does it each year. Guy is a ‘Gamer’ and isn’t going to want to not be prepared to have a good year.

Chuck

February 1st, 2011
3:26 pm

I’m only old enough to know the Bobby Cox management style (seeing it on a regular basis) – and before that it rarely mattered how it was managed. Will be interesting to see the differences in Freddy’s style and bullpen management. I know I always enjoyed when Bobby got thrown out and Freddy would take over in the old days. :-)

Chuck

February 1st, 2011
3:29 pm

Anyone think KK’s treatment means never getting another player from over there?

ramblingman

February 1st, 2011
3:53 pm

ramblingman

February 1st, 2011
3:58 pm

FW is the type to drive by a junk yard and see a 1992 Taurus that needs a paint job and some engine work and thinks, hey, I’ve already got 4 very decent cars that run well, as well as several others that aren’t too bad, but this one could be okay with some minor work. Either I get some mileage out of it saving wear and tear on my other cars, or I can trade it later for an iPod. Either way, it hardly cost me anything so it’s no big deal.

– FIFY, trickster

A poster who treats this as a major signing and proceeds to bash it? Hilarious!

MZ

February 1st, 2011
4:04 pm

DOB —–
Saw 127 Hours this weekend … is Aron Ralston not one of the toughest guys on the face of the Earth??
I know Best Actor will probably go to Firth, but Franco makes a case for there to be co-Best Actors this year, I feel

Fish Bisch

February 1st, 2011
4:16 pm

Lopez’s ERA will go down now that he will have the luxury of pitching in front of a stout defense. Not!

NickB

February 1st, 2011
4:25 pm

I swear some of you people on here think being a GM is like playing a video game…..
KK, pitched better than his record sure, but struggled all the same. He costs over $6mill. Lopez, pitched about as well as KK but gives up more HR’s… He costs a pro-rated portion of $900,000 for every day he is on the mlb roster! (that’s like $5,200 a game or so). If we trade KK, and eat $2.5 mill of his salary and by some odd streak of bad luck for the rotation Lopez has to pitch 6 games this year (2 callups for 3 starts each) that means he would have gotten around $170,000 of MLB payroll to do the SAME JOB KK WOULD BE DOING! In other words FW will have saved the team a net of $3.4mill that could be used at the deadline….. See how this works?

Look folks, odds are, we won’t see Lopez in a big league uniform this season. Odds are he either gets cut in spring training or wallows in Gwinnett and helps out a few youngsters. He could potentially end up in on a deadline deal if some team is desperate for a 5th starter come July….. But to think he’s actually going to be a part of the Braves rotation next year in anything other than an emergency role is silly. To get bent out of shape over this is really silly!

ramblingman

February 1st, 2011
4:35 pm

You can go now, fish. We all get it that you are no Braves fan.

buh bye

Fish Bisch

February 1st, 2011
4:50 pm

Why would I be following the Braves if I weren’t a fan?! I just speak the truth that you fail to see since you are on the koolaide.

Mark (another one)

February 1st, 2011
6:11 pm

DOB – Do Hicks or Lucas represent some insurance at SS? I know they are listed as 3rd basemen but I thought they had some SS experience as well. I believe I have watched Hicks at SS in Rome. I am concerned about going with Diory as the backup middle infielder as he has not shown he can hit at the major league level.

NickB

February 1st, 2011
6:21 pm

Not that he’s ever going to be a starter quality hitter. But Diory could probably at least be a stopgap and make some plays on defense to cover his hitting probs… But then again 100 PA’s isn’t the largest sample size in the world. Barring a season ending injury, we won’t have to see him at SS for more than a 2 week stretch. If there was a major injury to Gonzo, I reckon it would be trade time.

NickB

February 1st, 2011
6:22 pm

FiscBisch….. What truth? That we got a cheap starting pitcher who is about league average for 5th starters and is probably going to either get cut or stew in AAA as an emergency backup plan? How is this a bad thing? You havn’t convinced me

Braves_fan_RSD

February 1st, 2011
6:54 pm

Would love the braves to go after Orlando Cabrera for our super utility player. Not as good a hitter as Infante, but a better fielder. Could back up 2nd, SS, and 3rd.

Was looking over teams that he could be full time starter for and Pittsburgh and Kansas City are the only two probables I see.

Of all the contenders, that could use a back up I just don’t see a place he would get more playing time than Atlanta.

He made 2.02M last season and had a down year offensively, could possibly be had in the one million range, so not overly expensive either.

DOB is Cabrera even on the braves radar?

old timer

February 1st, 2011
8:01 pm

First.

This is a good signing. First year back often is a bad year, and this was not a horrible one. If one of the young guys works out as the 5th starter, Lopez can maybe the long man out of the pen.

Go Pack Go!

K.C. Frenchy

February 1st, 2011
10:05 pm

Manny & Damon sign with the Rays! What a joke, sucking them for their last dollars, time to retire guys its over!!!!

Trickster

February 1st, 2011
11:51 pm

What’s your point DOB listing those 4.50 to 5.00 era pitchers ? I wouldn’t sign any of them either. But Frankie boy would…
Braves have pitchers ready to pitch in MLB. What’s the difference in Teheran pitching in Atlanta or Triple A ? Will he throw different in MLB ? If high schoolers can go straight into NBA (LeBron,Garnett,Kobe,etc.) Why can’t a AA pitcher pitch in MLB ?
Wait, your gonna tell me he needs to be brought along slowly because he might not develop right if he fails in MLB at a young age. Garbage excuses. Let Teheran pitch this year in Atlanta.

NickB

February 2nd, 2011
4:56 am

Trickster……. Because this team is trying to contend and if you have LOOKED AT HIS STATS!!! Teheran has struggled when he has gone to new leagues. He needs to spend some time in AAA facing higher quality ,older hitters who won’t miss any trash he throws up there. They will park it into the seats.
Using the NBA as an analogy to baseball is beyond retarded. NBA players don’t have to throw a basketball hard…. They don;t have to throw a slider or learn a changeup that can’t be spotted by an MLB hitter…. They have to dribble, shoot and play defense. Heck the only thing in sports that gives hitting a baseball a run for it’s money in diffculty is pitching one! It takes coaching and talent and time on tools to develop properly. Sure there are once in a generation superstars who develop early and are ready to go. But those are rare (and often end up injured young because they don’t learn good mechanics , see Strasburg)….. Garbage excuses huh? Something tells me you never threw a competitive pitch in you life. It’s hard, even at the high school level.

ramblingman

February 2nd, 2011
7:38 am

“Why would I be following the Braves if I weren’t a fan?! I just speak the truth that you fail to see since you are on the koolaide.”

I have not seen nor heard evidence of you following the Braves. All I ever see is you bashing them on this site. Every one of your posts are attacks and slams on the team. That leads easily to the conclusion that you are a flamer, a basher, a whiner. As such, I consider you a loser.

If supporting the team means I am on the koolade, pour me another cup.

Go Braves.

Heisenberg

February 2nd, 2011
1:20 pm

R Lopez = mid-season trade bait. Find a fringe contender desperate for pitching down the stretch and get a couple low minor league prospects.

Naf Sevarb

February 5th, 2011
8:46 am

This is really a non story folks. So what? The Braves sign an innings eater that will probably be in Gwinnett in 2011 for a possible emergency start here and there and maybe never.

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