Teheran, Kawakami among Braves’ non-roster spring invitees

Top pitching prospect Julio Teheran and veteran Kenshin Kawakami are among 20 non-roster invitees to Braves spring training, the team announced Wednesday.

Teheran, who just turned 20 last week, is the Braves’ No. 1 prospect and has recently been ranked as one of the top 10 prospects in all of baseball by several publications. Arodys Vizcaino, another highly rated right-handed prospect, is also among the non-roster invitees.

The Braves are still trying to trade Kawakami, who went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA last season, lost his spot in the starting rotation, and was removed from the 40-man roster after the season. He’s owed about $6.7 million in the final year of his contract.

Others invitees included left-handed pitchers Yohan Flande and Brett Oberholtzer; right-handers Michael Broadway, Rodrigo Lopez and Jay Sborz; catchers Christian Bethancourt, J.C. Boscan, Wilkin Castillo, Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre; infielders Shawn Bowman, Ed Lucas and Tyler Pastornicky, and outfielders Brent Clevlen, Jose Constanza, Mycal Jones and Wilkin Ramirez.

Some on the list were signed as six-year minor league free agents earlier in the offseason, including Lucas, who could compete for a roster spot as a utility man.

Bethancourt is another bright prospect who’ll need more minor league seasoning. The Braves always invite a handful of extra catchers for the early part of spring training when there are a multitude of pitchers in camp.

None on the list figures to draw more attention early in camp than Teheran, who went 9-8 with a 2.59 ERA in 24 starts at three minor-league levels last season, and had 159 strikeouts with 40 walks in 142-2/3 innings.

Projected as a future staff ace, the Braves would like Teheran to spend another season in the minors. Braves general manager Frank Wren has mentioned the possibility of Teheran pitching in the majors as soon as the 2011 season, but probably only if the Braves had a rash of injuries at the big-league level.

Teheran’s only experience in the high minors was seven starts at Double-A Mississippi late last season. He was 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in those games, allowing 29 hits and 17 walks with 38 strikeouts in 40 innings.

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Bark Madley

February 2nd, 2011
4:43 pm

bruce

February 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Dave put link to this blog on tweeter before a link on the braves home page was placed… technology advances…

jus askin

February 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Hope Kawakami comes rededicated to being a major leagtue starter…if only to enhance his trading possibllities.

Lowcountry Brave

February 2nd, 2011
4:55 pm

I know I am going to get killed for this statement, but here it goes:

I am still convinced that Kawakami can be effective as a starter or at least a middle reliever. Despite his horrendous finish, the guy pitched FAIRLY WELL during the first half last year. I think the unfortunate lack of wins eventually got to him and it basically just “snowballed” from there. Of course, I am probably just hoping for the best since Wren will never get anyone to pick up a substantial portion of that contract.

The Living Legend

February 2nd, 2011
4:55 pm

It is cold up here in these Georgia Mountains, but keep the new blogs coming DOB, I can smell the start of the season!!!!!!!!!!

I would like to see Teheran stay in the minors another year myself, I think the starting pitching is the strength and we do not need to rush the guy (plus I would hate to have him get fatigued in Septemeber like Minor did). He needs to stretch that arm some and build up more innings this season.

I have not heard much about Ed Lucas, where did he come from? Think he can unseat Diory or Brooks? I really like Brooks’ bat off the bench, but maybe Lucas has a better bat?

mikey d

February 2nd, 2011
4:59 pm

I gotta agree with you yesterday DOB – we need a backup at SS. I just don’t see A. Gonz making it past 140 games or so. That is the one spot where OMar will be missed the most.

GT Alum

February 2nd, 2011
5:20 pm

Lowcountry Brave,

You’re actually not alone in that assessment. There’s a number of stat-heads who argue that KK was in many ways a victim of bad luck.

However, the Braves seem determined to have Minor in the rotation this year. KK might get a shot if Minor’s injured or has a horrible spring, but I would expect the only way KK gets starts for the Braves in 2011 is to show him off to other teams.

Also, the figures I have seen say the Braves are a couple million over last year’s budget. Wren has said several teams were willing to pay around $2M of KK’s salary. It sounds like he’s playing the waiting game to see if some team is willing to take on $3M+ once they get into ST and decide they don’t have enough pitching. In the end, though, he may have to take what he can get just to get the team back within budget.

GT Alum

February 2nd, 2011
5:24 pm

Well, you can’t go without any kind of back-up SS on the roster. Any player can sustain an injury at any time. With the roster we have now, our best option would be to move Prado to SS, which is his weakest position. And I think most people have seen enough of Diory to hope not to see him at the plate for the Braves anymore. Even if AGon plays every inning of every game, having to keep Diory on the roster basically takes away 1 bench bat.

alanfalcon

February 2nd, 2011
5:37 pm

Ain’t it great, baseball is on the way-comon Spring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iFrech

February 2nd, 2011
5:41 pm

when you say “non-roster”, you mean the 25- or the 40- man roster?

Braves82

February 2nd, 2011
5:42 pm

I really hope that Minor has a good spring and impresses. We need a lefty in the rotation, even if he is the fifth starter.

Frank Wren

February 2nd, 2011
5:57 pm

Yes, signing KK was a huge blunder. To clear the air–the only reason KK has been invited to Fla. is so I can hopefully get someone who is a bigger idiot than me to buy his contract.

JC Boscan III

February 2nd, 2011
6:04 pm

I will agree the 2 others, KK is not as bad as his record indicated during his 2 years with the Braves. He had terrible run support in 2010; in 2009, he outpitched and beat several top-notch pitchers. His biggest weakness seemed to be his pitch count. It would take him 100 pitches to get through 5 or, at best, 6 innings. For much of his time starting with the Braves, his actual numbers (innings, hits, earned runs, etc.) were not much different than Derek Lowe’s. But, Lowe had the best run support among Braves starters, and KK had the worst. Toward the end, perhaps a combination of frustration and inactivity led to him finishing weakly before going to AAA.

“Non-roster” means not on the 40-man roster, BTW. I’m not so sure, based on Minor’s last few starts in 2010, that he’s ready to be the 5th starter. Let’s hope so!! GO Braves – I’m tired of this stupid cold winter!!!

Tyler

February 2nd, 2011
6:21 pm

Why not the kid signed out of the Indy league? Dude should get a shot, no?

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Geezer

February 2nd, 2011
6:23 pm

Some one tie an anchor around KK’s neck and go ahead and throw him overboard before he infects all our young pitchers with his sorry stats.

O'flarity's water bottle

February 2nd, 2011
6:26 pm

KK has lost face! He has great stuff when he is “on”, but that is few in between.

O'flarity's water bottle

February 2nd, 2011
6:27 pm

JC Boscan III

February 2nd, 2011
6:04 pm

His biggest problem is control!

O'flarity's water bottle

February 2nd, 2011
6:28 pm

KK needs to be a bat boy!

O'flarity's water bottle

February 2nd, 2011
6:30 pm

DOB, what is your opinion of KK? Of what you have seen, could you send him out to pitch? Some people say it is because of his age. Saito is older then him and pitched better. So what gives?

ATL FAN

February 2nd, 2011
6:42 pm

LOL @ KK having bad luck… the guy is not a Major League pitcher, he had MANY MANY MANY instances to prove himself, only to pitch the same way every time… he has no STUFF to be a MLB pitcher

The Grinch

February 2nd, 2011
6:47 pm

The White Stripes broke up! Where, oh where will Jack White find another drummer? Does he have another sister somewhere he can marry, or does she play a different instrument?

JMar

February 2nd, 2011
6:55 pm

Do non-roster invites get paid much extra for being at spring training? Or does everyone just get the regular stipend?

Geezer

February 2nd, 2011
7:40 pm

KK should not be paid anything at all. He had to back up to the pay window all last year just to collect his check. He is a waste and a waste of spot in even having him a Spring Training! Go Home KK – nobody wants you or even wants to see you.

Big Muddy

February 2nd, 2011
7:58 pm

Would really like to see KK get an opportunity to go to either Seattle or LA-Oakland-San Francisco where there is a large Asian population. Culture is very very important to Japanese and the sense of failure is dramatic. He pitched well his first year and received zero run support. Have no idea if he has MLB stuff or not but Atlanta criticism has no doubt really effected him- fair or not.

Roja

February 2nd, 2011
8:40 pm

I agree that KK is not as bad as his record indicates. Why?? Because no one could be that bad!!!

jim

February 2nd, 2011
8:41 pm

“I’ve seen enough of Diory to know I don’t want to see him at the plate again.”
Actually we’ve seen very little of diory. He had a big pinch HR and very few other ABs last year, and played very irregularly in a brief callup the year before. We’ve seen very little of him in the field. He may not be adequate, but there isn’t enough evidence for the fans to know that yet.

Roja

February 2nd, 2011
8:42 pm

Maybe KK can be the first $8 million batting practice pitcher??? Can the guy make sushi?? Maybe an $8 million sushi chef??

ramblingman

February 2nd, 2011
9:00 pm

KK pitched some pretty good games against some excellent pitchers in his time with Atlanta. That is fact that is beyond debate. IMO, that fact alone negates the posts that KK is horrible, junk, worthless, blah, blah, blah.

The Grinch

February 2nd, 2011
9:40 pm

Agreed, ramblingman. I was hoping our city would treat an international guest with a little more class. Unfortunately, we represented about how we usually do.

Kentavo

February 2nd, 2011
10:23 pm

KK must have done something off the field; bad attitude or something. I’ve never seen the Braves treat a pitcher like this.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 2nd, 2011
10:28 pm

Jose Constanza? Is Arturo Vandelay going to be there too?

GT Alum

February 2nd, 2011
10:31 pm

jim -

It’s not his defense I’m worried about. He’s had nearly 100 major league ABs, and he hasn’t managed to put together an OPB over the Mendoza line. And that HR he had is 1 of 2 HRs he’s had in those ABs. If he makes the roster, he’ll be the last option off the bench, not likely to get more than those 85 ABs he got in 2009. We’re going to get little enough from SS having AGon start there. Maybe Diory has the ability to be a decent bench player, but I wouldn’t want to have to depend on him for an extended period, which we would have to if AGon goes down.

The Grinch

February 2nd, 2011
10:40 pm

I agree that Diory shouldn’t get a spot over a couple of these guys that are swiping bases right and left. We could use an insanely good pinch runner now that Bobby’s gone.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

February 2nd, 2011
11:56 pm

Can Greg Norton play shortstop?

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a Go!)

February 3rd, 2011
12:29 am

Bring back Scott Thorman!

count_schemula

February 3rd, 2011
3:39 am

“KK must have done something off the field; bad attitude or something. I’ve never seen the Braves treat a pitcher like this.”

I agree. Dave, get us some backstory. I heard he was a routine freak and that’s why he could not really pitch in relief. But there has to be more, he was really banished and we really have not seen that from the Braves.

The Grinch

February 3rd, 2011
3:58 am

We won’t know what really happened ’till McDowell’s tell all book in 2023.

Conyers Braves Fan

February 3rd, 2011
4:11 am

Iagree with others who commented that KK had some bad luck and was better than his stats indicate. He ate up a lot of innings in 2009 and did not get much run support in his starts in 2010.

Lemke's Knuckler

February 3rd, 2011
8:27 am

It doesn’t really matter what we think of Kawakami…there’s no place for him on this year’s squad. Too bad he wasn’t around in 2006-2008, he would have definitely been a better option than some of the arms the Braves were forced to use those years.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

February 3rd, 2011
8:43 am

Sure KK had bad luck, and at times, he pitched extremely well, particularly when he drew the other team’s “ace”; however, you know the saying, you make your own luck.

I wonder if the cultural adjustments to the USA and MLB became too much for him? I wish him the best and hope that things work out for the Braves (trading him) and for him (finding another home where he can pitch).

Fols

February 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

KK…turns your frown upside down this year….ends up with a contract extension.

Bob the Blogger

February 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

KK actually pitched pretty well his first year. His signing had some risk, but a lot of Japanese pitchers have made the transition to MLB successfully, and he had won the equivalent of the Cy Young, so I can’t fault Wren for the signing. I agree with previous posters, it looks like something happened between him and Braves management. I think he’s a better pitcher than we saw last year, and should rebound somewhat with another club.

Jimmie Foxxxxx

February 3rd, 2011
9:56 am

Wren’s insane,pray for rain!

beachcomber

February 3rd, 2011
10:02 am

It’s always exciting to see prospects like Bethancourt and Pastornicky in spring and with the only Braves game here in sunny Clearwater being a split squad, I’m sure we’ll see several of the prospects and hopefully the last year’s spring training legend – Jesus Sucre. Almost in single digits until pitchers and catchers!

TG from CA

February 3rd, 2011
10:26 am

“KK must have done something off the field; bad attitude or something. I’ve never seen the Braves treat a pitcher like this.”

Really? He gets paid 7 million a year. 7 MILLION! Most folks wont make that in a lifetime and then some. Someone treat me like that to do nothing

ArkyTech

February 3rd, 2011
10:47 am

When KK was taken out of the rotation he had a lower ERA than Hanson. Just saying….

Felix Millan

February 3rd, 2011
10:57 am

Hurry Springtime…..We need you.

David O'Brien

February 3rd, 2011
11:00 am

When KK was taken out of the rotation he had a lower ERA than Hanson. Just saying…. — ArkyTech

Kawakami was dropped from the rotation after his June 26 start. At that time, he was 1-9 with a 4.48 ERA in 15 starts, with a .271 opponents average, 28 walks and 57 strikeouts in 82-1/3 innings.

At that time, Hanson was 7-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 15 starts, with a .263 opponents’ average, 29 walks and 86 strikeouts in 86-1/3 innings.

You were, indeed, “just saying.”

ArkyTech

February 3rd, 2011
11:16 am

On June 27 KK’s ERA was 4.48 and Hanson’s was 4.50, so I stand by my comment.

Here’s link help for you: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/gamelog?playerId=30131 and http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/gamelog?playerId=30191

Hanson is in a completely different class from KK, but I get tired of the out of control rage against KK as if he’s the worst pitcher to ever put on a uniform.

Smiling Jack

February 3rd, 2011
11:34 am

DOB regarding your 11 am post. The stats you posted for KK and Hansen confirms at least two things to me: 1. Most bloggers don’t know the facts, nor a have clue, but only have an opinion; 2. One can prove most anything with stats. The main difference between KK and Hansen besides wins and losses was in the strikeouts. Hansen had 29 more in 4 more inning of work.

The losing record of KK seems to me to be more of team failing to score runs for him than his poor pitching. I say the fans need to give him a break. “I’m just saying.”

ijudgenot

February 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

The Bethancourt invite concerns me because Ross is signed as the backup catcher for the next 2 years, which may mean Bethancourt is being showcased for a possible trade. Hope Braves keep the kid for another year and see if he has the skills to be the next superstar catcher behind Mac.

ijudgenot

February 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

Every successful major league pitcher has an “out pitch” that they can throw to get a hitter out or pinpoint control like Glavine where you keep ball just off plate so hiiter eventually swings at it. KK has neither and therefore will not succeed in the major leagues.

ArkyTech

February 3rd, 2011
11:47 am

Smiling Jack, please see my post right after DOBs. Just saying. ;-D

David O'Brien

February 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

Hanson is in a completely different class from KK, but I get tired of the out of control rage against KK as if he’s the worst pitcher to ever put on a uniform. — ArkyTech

Agreed on the disproportionate and often-irrational anger directed at Kawakami. He actually pitched well more often than not in his first season with the Braves in 2009, and had unbelievably poor run support. Last year, he pitched decently at times in the first half of the season, again with team-worst run support. But then it seemed to snowball, he lost confidence, and it was apparent that he wasn’t going to get things turned around and was instead going in the opposite direction, putting the team behind early in his starts and making quick exits.

It just didn’t work, and the Braves and Kawakami need to turn the page, which is what I believe will happen before opening day. I think they’ll trade him and he’ll get a chance with another team.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
11:57 am

Living Legend:

Ed Lucas was a former eighth round pick by the Royals. He hit .307 with 13 homers last year in Triple-A. Picked him up as a minor league Free Agent this off-season.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
12:01 pm

He is also a notoriously bad SS defensively.

Ted M

February 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

I bet KK has a fairly decent season w/somebody.

smalltownbravesfan

February 3rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Braves going to have the most expensive #7 starter (Minor and Beachy 5&6) in the history of baseball in KK. note #8 when Medlen returns

FEAR

February 3rd, 2011
12:31 pm

DOB – Who do you think would take KK?

smalltownbravesfan

February 3rd, 2011
12:32 pm

I do agree that K K not as bad as some teams #5, so Wren may be able to trade him

FEAR

February 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

What dave said about KK was spot on. He wasnt Oliver Perez bad but he started to kinda give up. After so many outing with no support. He did pitch a hell of a game in Toronto in 09. Maybe we can trade him like dave said.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
12:37 pm

There were rumors floating around that the Pirates wanted Kawakami. I don’t know what happened in that deal. I believe money was one issue, as was the possibility of the Pirates moving Paul Maholm. The Orioles also floated around similar inetrest in Kawakami.

smalltownbravesfan

February 3rd, 2011
12:38 pm

Looking forward to seeing Teheran/Pastornicky/Vizcaino in spring training. the future looking brighter all the time

smalltownbravesfan

February 3rd, 2011
12:43 pm

just saw on MLB that sources indicating Pettite retiring so maybe the yankees may want KK

smalltownbravesfan

February 3rd, 2011
12:45 pm

Wren call Cashman KK to yankess and nothing to Braves. Yankees pay all of KK salary.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
12:52 pm

A very interesting statistic that involves run support, and this is not to down grade how well Lowe pitched in September last year either. In two seasons with Atlanta here is the comparison between Kawakami and Lowe.

Derek Lowe : 67 GS 31-22 4.33 ERA 387.4 IP 34 HR 124 BB 247 K’s

Kawakami: 41 GS 8-22 4.32 ERA 243.2 IP 25 HR 89 BB 164 K’s

The most interesting part is the ERA., and that is suppose to be the difference in our #1 the past two years and our #5 the past two years. If you can say anything it is KK has had the tail end of bad luck when it comes to run support.

The Living Legend

February 3rd, 2011
12:52 pm

I think KK would be serviceable for a number of teams as a starter. The main question will be how much the Braves have to pay of his salary. It was mentioned before that the amount the Braves have to pay may decrease as the spring schedule gets close to the end because teams will start thinking they need more pitching. We are all griping that Wren should move him, and he has tried to numerous times I am sure, but maybe it will be best to keep him another month to save money.

DOB,

Seems like a lot of catchers are invited this spring, is that an unusaully higher number? Or do teams do that so they can have more side throwing sessions and Ross and McCann do not have to stay behind the plate so much in spring? I know there are usually a couple of extras invites but I counted at least 7 coming to Spring Training when you count Brian and Ross

stew

February 3rd, 2011
12:53 pm

Correction I was talking about Lowe.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
12:55 pm

Lowe’s IP is actually 388.2. I forgot to break them into thirds when calculating them. I stand corrected.

smalltownbravesfan

February 3rd, 2011
1:00 pm

i am betting that Pastornicky beats out Hernandez for the back up SS position on the bench.

Heisenberg

February 3rd, 2011
1:31 pm

I initially believed KK was a victim of bad luck and poor run support. But then I noticed a pattern. He had developed a tendency to pitch just bad enough to lose. When going up against a quality pitcher, he would pitch well but give up big hits at the wrong time. Classic case was the game at SF in early 2010 where he went up against Lincicum (sp?). Braves actually had a lead and he throws a fat one to give it right back. So he leaves the game a run down and the talk is how he battled against the Cy Young winner. This is where statistical analysis is sometimes flawed.

Take Derek Lowe. He still can drive me nuts at times. But even though his stats are similar to KKs, he has a winning record. Why? Because he pitches just good enough to win. I will take just good enough to win over just bad enough to lose anytime and leave the statistical analysis to the geeks.

Daniel

February 3rd, 2011
1:58 pm

Dave- Just letting you know that the new Bright Eyes Album the People’s Key is being previewed on NPR. It is excellent. You should also check out a band called Yuck (sounds like early Sonic Youth with a touch more shoegaze.) Peace.

BTW: I have only heard I used to be a cop off the new DBT’s but I like the soul direction. Your lucky to already have a copy.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
2:09 pm

That’s why he is no longer in the rotation and Lowe is still the #1… Pretty good explanation Heisenberg. You can split statistics up to explain anything, but the truth is Lowe is a far better pitcher and a winner. In addition, I still believe Kawakami could pitch else where and have reasonable success.

Boston Braves

February 3rd, 2011
2:24 pm

KK to the Yanks for 3.5 million to be paid by the Bronx Bombers

Boston Braves

February 3rd, 2011
2:25 pm

The Yanks like our worn out pieces: See Javy Vasquez

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
3:05 pm

Boston Braves, you might be on to something,,, Seems your not the only one with that idea…

http://atlanta.sbnation.com/atlanta-braves/2011/2/3/1973014/making-the-case-for-kenshin-kawakami-to-the-yankees

ramblingman

February 3rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Even if NY won’t take KK, they will sign someone which will leave someone else just that much more desperate. Waiting is paying off for Wren.

Take that, naysayers. Go Braves.

beekay

February 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

I’ve been saying for months to hold onto KK through spring training….injuries to teams with weak rotations will drive up his price. If he can pitch decent in the grapefruit league I see no reason why someone won’t pick up half his tab.

TG from CA

February 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

“Wren call Cashman KK to yankess and nothing to Braves. Yankees pay all of KK salary.”

Yea…..the Yankees are going to pay him 7 million dollars. We just signed Lopez to a Minor league contract because he couldn’t get a major league contract with anyone, yet he puts up better numbers than KK. Yea…just call Cashman

Heisenberg

February 3rd, 2011
4:02 pm

In addition to pitching depth & insurance, I believe R Lopez is July trade bait to a fringe contender desperate for pitching. Nothing wrong with that signing.

Hammy the Brave

February 3rd, 2011
4:23 pm

C’Mon Man,

Are you saying non-roster utilityman Ed Lucas is notoriously bad defensively?

(C’Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
12:01 pm
He is also a notoriously bad SS defensively.)

If so, where are you getting that info specifically?
I’ve heard just the opposite, from Baseball America.
I really believe he’s the favorite to take Infante’s place, because he can play up to 5 positions(1B, b, SS, 2B, OF)

Love to hear back from you,

Hammy the Brave

Dent

February 3rd, 2011
4:24 pm

Did anyone read Buster Olney’s insider today? Was there something about Billy Wagner pitching in 2011? Anyone have a subscription?

Dent

February 3rd, 2011
4:27 pm

john

February 3rd, 2011
4:32 pm

KK-$7.000,000. === Jorge Cantu(Padres) -$850,000.

GM ight want to think about this ?

Cantu killed Braves over years and plays Two(3rd and 1st) of the Four( 1st,3rd, Backup SS and CF) questionable Positions

ramblingman

February 3rd, 2011
4:45 pm

Dent,

I don’t have a subscription but found via mlbtraderumors a link that Rosenthal discussed Wagner saying he is going to indeed retire but even if he did, he could reactivate after 60 days.

He also says a couple of Japanese teams are willing to pay at least half of KK’s salary but the Braves would get no player in return, and that NY might be interested in KK due to his record of pitching against AL East.

ramblingman

February 3rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Dent,

I don’t have a subscription but found via mlbtraderumors a Rosenthal piece where he says Wagner will submit retirement paperwork but even if he does he can be reinstated after 60 days.

Also, he says a couple of Japanese teams are willing pay at least half of KK’s salary but the Braves would get no players in return, and that NY might be interested in KK due to his decent pitching against AL East.

C'Mon Man

February 3rd, 2011
4:58 pm

Hammy the Braves,

Ed Lucas is indeed a very versatile player. He can play basically every position on the field except pitcher and catcher. (I would not doubt he could handle those) With versatility comes unfimiliarity with each position. His numbers aren’t impressive from a defensive standpoint because he as not been able to get comfortable at a single position. I was strictly stating his defense at “SS” was notoriously bad. He holds a career .948 fielding percentage at that particular position. Now don’t get me wrong I think he is an exceptional player and very well could be the next Omar Infante. After all, he is a career .286 hitter in the minors including .307 last season. And in his older age of 28, he has began to find some power numbers. A better option than Diory if you ask me., but then again that’s just my opinion.

ramblingman

February 3rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Dent,

Trying for a third time (posting is acting wierd today)

I don’t have a subscription but found a link via mlbtraderumors that has Rosenthal saying Wagner will submit paperwork but could be reinstated after 60 days.

Also, a couple of Japanese teams are willing to pay more than half of KK’s salary but the team would not get a player in return, and NY might be interested in KK.

rugburn

February 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

i’ve said all along that kk is not as bad as his record. bobby cox gave a way several of his better starts with his bullpen selection. he didn’t like kk so he didn’t seem to use wagner,venters or moylan in those games. but kk couldn’y often get through six and you know bobby. he would rather give away the game than to use someone out of their
“role”

David O'Brien

February 3rd, 2011
6:42 pm

Living Legend: The Braves always have this many catchers in camp for the first weeks, when there are so many pitchers and so many bullpens and batting-practice sessions to catch.

Frank Wren

February 4th, 2011
8:47 am

With Andy Petitte retiring, I expect a call from the Yankees inquiring about Derek Lowe. With Lowe coming off his great second half last season, maybe I can get the speedy Gardner for the outfield. By unloading Lowe’s remaining $30 million, I can use that money to get a slugger in 2012.

C'Mon Man

February 4th, 2011
9:26 am

I hope they don’t even think about moving Lowe after how he pitched in September.

count_schemula

February 4th, 2011
3:11 pm

McDowell claimed at the time that they found something in Lowe’s delivery and fixed it. So here’s hoping Sept was not a fluke. HE WAS ON IT.

snowball's chance

February 4th, 2011
6:53 pm

KRAMER in right, COSTANZA in center and newwwman in left.

rudy

February 5th, 2011
10:29 am

now that petite has retired, call the yankees about KK… they certainly have the money and the need!

Al

February 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

Why no mention of Medlen? How long is he going to be out? Don’t tell me we traded him and I completely missed it.

Bsizemore10

February 8th, 2011
4:12 pm

What is the likelihood of seriously trading KK? If there is a good chance what will we get for him? I know it would be nice to clear up some money for many of things people have mentioned here on this blog like a backup SS or CF. KK may have some good stuff but I don’t think we can sit around waiting for him to develop into what we thought he would be when we signed him for more than he is worth.

Caleb

February 10th, 2011
9:37 pm

No Randall Delgado?

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