Braves get journeyman outfielder from O’s

The Braves acquired veteran minor-league outfielder Jeff Fiorentino from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for an undisclosed amount of cash. He’ll go to Double-A Mississippi initially and be ready if needed at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Fiorentino, 28, spent parts of four seasons in the majors with Baltimore and Oakland, batting .270 with a .341 on-base percentage, five doubles, one home run, 21 RBIs and four stolen bases in 178 plate appearances.

He played 24 games for Baltimore in 2009 and spent 2010 in the Japanese League.

Fiorentino was at Double-A Bowie this season, batting .250 with a .358 OBP while playing mostly left field. He had two triples, two homers, 13 RBIs and three stolen bases in 20 games.

With the Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk affiliate in 2009, he hit .312 with a .387 OBP, 43 extra-base hits and 67 RBIs in 102 games, including five triples and 12 homers.

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joseph 7575

May 4th, 2011
10:48 am

LAG

May 4th, 2011
11:03 am

Huh. He had a good year at Norfolk in ‘09, so he ends up in the Land of the Rising Sun (still can’t name that country, huh, AJC monitors…) in ‘10? That explains a lot about the plight of the Orioles’ organization.

Organizational depth is never a bad thing though… so I’m ok with this trade.

The team of the 90s

May 4th, 2011
11:04 am

Promote this guy to the majors so we can finally get that bum Heyward out of the starting lineup

(sarcasm)

cs95

May 4th, 2011
11:06 am

is there a reason the braves are stockpiling OFs? are they losing faith in schafer or is this just common practice? over the last two seasons the braves have added: ed lucas, jose constanaza, wilson ramirez, Stefan Gartrell,Willie Cabrera and now this guy, to name a few.

bring back blauser

May 4th, 2011
11:13 am

make a deal with the yankees they need pitching send lowe there in exchange for gardener who needs a change of scenery. a good deal for both teams

Remarkable

May 4th, 2011
11:14 am

We’ll never see him in Atlanta. They must just need an outfielder in the minors.

Tami

May 4th, 2011
11:16 am

@CS95: Good question. I’m wondering also if maybe this is stockpiling OFs as trade leverage for other needs that may be needed in the season ahead.

LOL @ The team of the 90s. NOT that I’d ever endorse/approve any trade of Heyward. But for even just a second, can you even begin to dream of what the Braves could get if they did use him in a trade? Again…NO. I don’t want to lose him. Just dreaming for a sec.

MB

May 4th, 2011
11:17 am

I don’t understand why the blog will not accept a post that contains the name of the country that was just ravaged by the tsunami. It must be because the first three letters, if apart from the “a” and “n” at the end, spell a slur. So silly.

Jake

May 4th, 2011
11:17 am

@ cs95

Ed Lucas isn’t an outfielder, and Willie Cabrera has been with the organization for some time. I think all of this is due to a lack of upper level outfield prospects. Without legitimate OF prospects in AA/AAA, we’ve got to fill those spots with someone.

MVPrado

May 4th, 2011
11:17 am

Speaking of the Orioles, this might be the greatest shirt of all-time:

http://sportscrack.com/tees_buckyoujeter.html

If Fiorentino ever makes it down to Atlanta the Braves will be in big time trouble.

Lobosolo

May 4th, 2011
11:20 am

Good to know you’re ok with the trade, LAG. I’m sure your approval means a lot to the management…

Herschworld

May 4th, 2011
11:25 am

alright we got a guy who plays left field for a case of beer…this buds for you O’s

Jack Lill

May 4th, 2011
11:34 am

Still getting border line ball players, when they could have kept Diaz. Every move Wren makes just makes me want hin to retire that much sooner

[...] The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Jeff Fiorentino from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

space monkey

May 4th, 2011
11:41 am

Can’t we find somebody with some speed? What we need is a slap hitter with speed. This is the slowest team in the Majors and the game is now all about speed.

bring back blauser

May 4th, 2011
11:44 am

hey space monkey read my statement at 11:13

Day Man

May 4th, 2011
11:50 am

Another pointless move.

Day Man

May 4th, 2011
11:51 am

We need Brett Gardner.

Schafer and Viz for Gardner

LAG

May 4th, 2011
11:52 am

Lobosolo – Good to know you’re ok with the trade, LAG. I’m sure your approval means a lot to the management…

Har de har har.

Day Man

May 4th, 2011
11:52 am

Or Nate and Viz.

Throw in Schafer for the hell of it, he will never amount to anything in MLB. Look at his stats. I really dont see what all the hype is about.

Larry

May 4th, 2011
11:55 am

Does this mean the J-Schafe experiment might finally be over? Can’t we deal that kid somewhere? Just not the same without the juice.

free

May 4th, 2011
11:57 am

Nate AND Viz for Gardner? Don’t you think that’s a lot? I mean, shouldn’t we keep Nate for that Pujols trade?

Dunwoody_joe

May 4th, 2011
11:57 am

I can never really understand moves like this. It seem that the double AA level should be stocked with youngsters whom scouts perceive as having potential to step up to the bigs. Perhaps a young person with some good skills developing the rest of the package.

Why waste a roster spot for someone with little potential big league potential?

reckingball

May 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

reckingball

May 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

Dennis Reynolds

May 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

This organization gets alot of credit for its scouting and development, but obviously they have a hard time evaluating the players once theyre developed. Theyre still waiting of Schafer to make a huge splash while he hasnt his .300 since single A. Meanwhile youve got a guy like Jose Constanza hitting over .300 in AAA while stealing 35+ bags.

Whats going on here?

reckingball

May 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

reckingball

May 4th, 2011
12:06 pm

How is Shafer doing in the minors, does anyone here have any real info about him, or is this the usual, let’s trash someone comments?

K.C. Frenchy

May 4th, 2011
12:07 pm

This move is a non issue, but the Yanks do need pitching & we have that to make a deal, love Gardner but again hes a LH bat, although he would be a upgrade from McLouth, I thought everyone was wanting a RH bat to add in the outfield? Lowe is not gonna bring any interest at 37 & 15 mill per year, JJ will have to be sacrificed to bring in any real difference maker, with Beachy looking good & Medlen coming back, we should be all right if he has to go

DHD

May 4th, 2011
12:10 pm

Better order my World Series tickets now!!

Will Stockdale

May 4th, 2011
12:11 pm

Hey Ben, maybe you’ll get to like the Air Force.. zooming all over the sky and shouting ROGER and WILCO and everyrhing. Maybe it won’t be so bad.

Capt. Obvious

May 4th, 2011
12:11 pm

Wow! This is huge!

Was the Braves front office just bored this morning?

Brave 1

May 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

Money for a player beats talent for a player anyday – it’s all good.

bring back blauser

May 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

B I N G O k.c.frenchy

reckingball

May 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

Sometimes, I wonder why Frank Wren is sitting in the front office of the Braves, running the team, and why all of these people, commenting on these AJC Braves blogs, are sitting in front of a computer, making comments about how the Braves should be ran.

beebee

May 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

Memo to Braves Management: GET RID OF THE SQUEEZE! sheeesh!

Larry

May 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

J-Schafe’s last good year was in 2007 when he was in Rome and Myrtle Beach. I’m just saying it is time to move on. Got to be able to send him somewhere.

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

May 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

Hey whoever satrted this first crap, needs to get a life. L—-oser

GO BRAVES, LAST…

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

May 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

or started still Losing if you have to make yourself feel better about your miserable existence if you have to call yourself being first to post on a blog…Last

PLR, Go Braves, looking forward to the double header at 4:10

Speedy Gonzalez

May 4th, 2011
12:37 pm

Now IF it were Jeff Francouer, we’d have a story, hes only hitting .305, 6 bombs, 20+ rbi but since its Jeff nobody this is not even worth talking about

Larry

May 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

Larry,

In your last post above you totaled over 30 words. Stop being lazy and cute with the silly nickname abbreviations and type out the man’s first, last, or first and last, name. He and his parents would appreciate this.

“J-Schafe” How silly!

kudzu

May 4th, 2011
12:42 pm

“money for nothing, and the kicks for free”

BehindEnemyLines

May 4th, 2011
12:42 pm

Is this really that hard to understand? Soon enough: Mather gets released, Young comes back to ATL, and Schafer gets dealt somewhere for a low minors mid-level prospect. That leaves the G-Braves with only three OF’s on the roster so Fiorentino becomes their 4th.

Larry

May 4th, 2011
12:43 pm

I’ve been “first” several times on a few blogs and have never had the first desire to announce it. However, neither does it bother me that others do. I guess it only bothers those who are never first and are jealous.

kent

May 4th, 2011
12:43 pm

this should put us ‘over the top’.

Johnny Bravo

May 4th, 2011
12:45 pm

Why doesn’t the Braves’ farm system produce any good young outfielders?

Other than Jason & Frenchie (going back 5-6 years), I can’t think of anybody.

We always acquire career minor leaguers out of options that we eventually get rid of.

In 2012 I see Jordan Schafer given yet another shot to win the CF job in spring training.

Lets go get Andrew McCutchen or Lorenzo Cain or Jacoby Ellsbury !

TipYourCap

May 4th, 2011
12:52 pm

and this is news worthy? LOL….I’ll wait until i see the, “Braves acquire Colby Rasmus from cards for mcclouth and minor….

William

May 4th, 2011
12:52 pm

JJ and hanson is the future top of the rotation and you think that the yankees are not going to go for it when they are hurtung for top of the rotation pitchers for this year. they have the killer B’s down on the farm ready to come up and with JJ having an era of 1.15 You dangle lowe in front of them and you see how fast they will go for it

The Scout

May 4th, 2011
12:54 pm

in 92 at bats Jordan Schafer is hitting .272, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 4 stolen bases & and on OBP of .330.

He’s gotta do better than that at AAA to earn a promotion to Atlanta. He has cut down on the strikeouts, just 16 in 92 at bats, but that is still one in every 5.75 at bats. If he were a power hitter that would be good, but he’s supposed to be a contact hitter trying to get on base.

A .272 batting average @ AAA doesn’t mean he’ll hit that in the bigs.

We’ll see how he’s doing around July 1st.

Orestes de Smoothie

May 4th, 2011
12:54 pm

Seriously? Why is this even being reported? A feature on the Braves batboys would be more newsworthy. Dude’s mailing it in.

bring back blauser

May 4th, 2011
12:56 pm

hey johnny bravo those teams are not going to let those players go. look elsewhere

The Scout

May 4th, 2011
12:57 pm

The Yankees need pitching & would love to have Lowe. They could also afford the remainder of his contract.

The Braves need to be looking for a top 3rd base prospect to prepare for Chipper’s eventual retirement. The Braves organization is top heavy in pitchers but lack stud position players.

bring back blauser

May 4th, 2011
1:02 pm

hey scout have you seen this kid bowman in gwinnett. looked decent i spring training and plays a decent third base however noone has been watching him

Mark's for the Braves

May 4th, 2011
1:06 pm

What good was this move? We need to get someone who is ML ready if we’re making a move for an OF.

Eddie in bam

May 4th, 2011
1:06 pm

BehindEnemyLines is the closest. Giving Mather one last chance to produce then release him, then bring up another player(Constanza hopefully). Florentino is just a minors replacement.

bring back blauser

May 4th, 2011
1:08 pm

marks for the braves: door was knocked braves answered nothing lost

Jimmy

May 4th, 2011
1:13 pm

Any offer being considered to the Yankees should first be offered to the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays….with the understanding that if a deal can’t be made, we are then going to talk to NY. The other teams don’t want the Yankees getting any pitching help.

Lowe to the Blue Jays for Brent Lawrie – for instance.

Jimmy

May 4th, 2011
1:17 pm

Three hours to gametime. I need my Daily DOB (or Carroll).

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

Anybody on the blog going to the twinbill tonight?

The Scout

May 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

Should the Braves be 10 or more games out by the All Star game, Lowe should be dangled as trade bait to a contender.

With Teheran, Minor and Medlin on the near horizon, Lowe will be expendable and quite tradeable, unless he unravels between now & then.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

Anybody going to the game tonight?

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 4th, 2011
1:21 pm

?? can’t post

Don KeBallz

May 4th, 2011
1:25 pm

Schafer will play in the bigs just not in ATL, Matt Young heads back to ATL….Willie Cabrerra is done playing his way down to AA,,,I like Constanza a lot, plays with hustle !!

gcs

May 4th, 2011
1:27 pm

Oh goodie. Another bum to go with Joe Mather.

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Jimmy

May 4th, 2011
1:29 pm

Florentino is also a top shelf Spades player. Very important in the minors.

Jared

May 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

bye bye Mather…

Jimmy

May 4th, 2011
1:43 pm

Lineup has been posted. It’s the standard “Full Metal Jacket” with Nate in the 8 hole.

Bernard

May 4th, 2011
1:44 pm

The Scout

May 4th, 2011
1:51 pm

Shane Bowman is hitting .247 w/ 3 HRS & 5 RBIS at Gwinnett.

Not showing much promise so far.

Will Stockdale

May 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

Hey Ben, Maybe you’ll get to like the Air Force… Zooming all over the sky and shouting ROGER and WILCO and everything. Maybe it won’t be so bad.

Skeezix

May 4th, 2011
1:53 pm

Huh? I mean, I love to follow everything Braves but this guy isn’t gonna show up in A Town so is this newsworthy?

Skeezix

May 4th, 2011
1:55 pm

I’m sure the Phillies are shaking in their shoes from this trade.

Bill

May 4th, 2011
2:02 pm

No big deal on trade.
Now Win two today and Let’s Roll!

Frank Wren

May 4th, 2011
2:05 pm

Sorry guys.

With $43 million tied up this season in hasbeens like Lowe, Chipper, Kawakami & McLouth, I have to literally scrape the bottom of the barrel to find diamonds in the rough like Jeff Fiorentino and Joe Mather.

Once Lowe, Chipper, KK & McLousy are off the books, then I’ll have some real money to bring in some premier talent.

Conyers Braves Fan

May 4th, 2011
2:15 pm

Following is a typical comment that one of these many wantabe General Managers who thinks they know as much as Frank Wren:
Wow a blockbuster…way to go Frank (sarcasm) Truth is no one outside the Braves front office really knows why this trade was made.

Joe Smoe

May 4th, 2011
2:23 pm

Jordan Schafer while he has not been a high light in Gwinnett just yet, he has been hitting respectfully as of late. His BA is now at .272. Considering how bad his BA was last month… he is not in my opinion a throw away just yet imo, the season is still young. Atleast Jordan knows how to throw a ball.

chuck simon's barber shop

May 4th, 2011
2:30 pm

The Phils are quakers, not shakers, Skeez
Having Schafer @ Gwinnett isn’t costing much, I’d leave him there as there’s still a hope of development. I know I’m a broken record, give Wren 40 games to evaluate. McLouth’s been serviceable, and if team plays relatively mistake free ball, pitching will take them deep this year
Chuck

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

May 4th, 2011
2:41 pm

Billy Jack banned from blogging.

May 4th, 2011
2:42 pm

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Billy Jack banned from blogging.

May 4th, 2011
2:43 pm

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cornjolio

May 4th, 2011
3:08 pm

Frank Wren @ 2:05PM said:

“Sorry guys.

With $43 million tied up this season in hasbeens like Lowe, Chipper, Kawakami & McLouth, I have to literally scrape the bottom of the barrel to find diamonds in the rough like Jeff Fiorentino and Joe Mather.

Once Lowe, Chipper, KK & McLousy are off the books, then I’ll have some real money to bring in some premier talent”

Frank, that’s an understatement !

Phillies Phanatic

May 4th, 2011
3:13 pm

Looking forward to the next two weekends !

Instead of screaming poverty, you Braves’ fans should evaluate the money your GM is squandering in players over the hill (Lowe & Chipper) or who never made it up the hill (Kawakami & McLouth).

$43 million is a lot of money, or basically the entire Marlins payroll !

Teams like the Marlins, Rockies, Giants and Rays have shown the World Series can be reached with payrolls less than the Braves have. But then again, these teams played the fundamentals like sacrificing, stealing bases, etc., something the Braves haven’t done in years.

Phillies Phanatic

May 4th, 2011
3:22 pm

Braves (15-15) 31 HRS 116 RBIS .233 team AVG

Phils (19-9) 23 HRS 122 RBIS .260 team AVG

T for Texas

May 4th, 2011
3:36 pm

The journeyman OFer from Baltimore, much to my surprise, bats Left Handed.

T for Texas

May 4th, 2011
3:44 pm

I could always post more Tim Hudson on short rest stats if need be.

T for Texas

May 4th, 2011
3:47 pm

On short rest Huddy has an OPS+ of 89. On regular rest his OPS+ is 101.

prime time

May 4th, 2011
3:51 pm

Just got done running a line with my man otis nixon, and he is ready to make a comeback. Speed to burn. He can get down that white line faster than anyone I know.

The REAL Jeff F.

May 4th, 2011
3:54 pm

.315 avg., 7 bombs, 23 rbi, Im having a good year in KC, move J Hey to CF & I ll come back to play RF with my cannon arm for say maybe 5 mill per??? McOut will be gone next year, you’re gonna need a outfielder with a good arm & RH bat??? Just sayin…………………………..

T for Texas

May 4th, 2011
3:56 pm

In 5 career games against the Arizona DBacks Huddy has an OPS+ of 51, and an ERA of 1.54. I would love to see Huddy pitch to Arizona on short rest.

phil

May 4th, 2011
3:56 pm

Conyers Braves Fan

May 4th, 2011
2:15 pm
“Following is a typical comment that one of these many wantabe General Managers who thinks they know as much as Frank Wren:
Wow a blockbuster…way to go Frank (sarcasm) Truth is no one outside the Braves front office really knows why this trade was made.”

This guy is clearly a ball boy at best. We don’t even have to try to understand why the trade was made. It makes no difference why because the guy obviously can’t play.

That said, why did we make this trade? A momentary lapse of reason or good sense? Why not just trade a few three ring binders and $1,000.00 and bring BJ Surhoff back? Makes as much sense…

wjones

May 4th, 2011
4:03 pm

“The REAL Jeff F.

May 4th, 2011
3:54 pm

.315 avg., 7 bombs, 23 rbi, Im having a good year in KC, move J Hey to CF & I ll come back to play RF with my cannon arm for say maybe 5 mill per??? McOut will be gone next year, you’re gonna need a outfielder with a good arm & RH bat??? Just sayin…………………………..”

Frenchy, as you said, it’s May 4. When it’s August 4th, come back and we’ll talk. Bring your stats with you to the meeting…..

cornjolio

May 4th, 2011
4:11 pm

Frenchie always makes a good initial impression with a new team (Braves, Mets, Rangers & now the Royals). Lets wait & see what he’s doing come August.

Next season he’ll be making a good impression with his next team, the Pirates …

phil

May 4th, 2011
4:14 pm

probably true on good ole Frenchie, but his numbers look a bit better than the crap we have in the OF now….kidding about some of the “crap”…

Quicherbichin

May 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

actually Larry… It annoys me because that is all they say… if they said ”first” and then added a point about the article, fine… But if all they have to say is first…. Who gives a rip? It’s moronic… They make Joe Tess Fish House seem like a Rhodes Scholar.

jt

May 4th, 2011
4:39 pm

Just what we needed another so so player. Dont we have enough of them ????

The REAL Jeff F.

May 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

wjones: WHO are you??? What have you EVER done? Im making 2.5 this year, what you making, 25 grand??? lol you cant carry my jock, so get off this blog & go get a second 25 k job!!!!!! Moron couch potato

ray

May 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

Braves need to make these kind of deals becasue they rarely draft OFs in early rounds (except Heyward in 2007 and a few in 2010) When you are fixated and obsessed with great southern pitching propspects like Rasmus, de vall, Stovall , Jones and Evans, you end up with no OFs (and nothing much instead)
let’s not forget Boyer, Digby, and Bacot either.
Wren has a plan-self destruction

yogi

May 4th, 2011
7:04 pm

I realize this person is better than J.Schafer. Although he is not a major league prospect. Wilkin Ramerez, Matt Young and Jose Constanza are all much better than either one. The Braves should release Schafer and Brooks Conrad now. and bring up Ramerez.

rbrave

May 4th, 2011
7:51 pm

How does Uggla and Heyward get a free ride with you guys, and you always dog McClouth he has the third or fourth best avg on the team. But not a word about the other two zero’s. Not a McClouth fan just want to figure out the love for the golden boys Uggla and Heyward ?

Frankie

May 4th, 2011
8:02 pm

PLEASE, find a ballplayer that can play left that can bat right or switch hit. He needs to play 115 games playing left and backing up center and right. You know he will play 50 games in left while Prado backs up third. We have pitching find someone and we will have a chance….Maybe Quentin from the SOX or Rajai Davis from Oakland or Hart from the Brewers…….

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