Mather chooses free agency over Triple-A

SAN DIEGO — Joe Mather opted for free agency rather than be sent back to Triple-A by the Braves.

The backup corner outfielder/infielder was designated for assignment Sunday by the Braves. He chose free agency on Thursday after going through waivers without being claimed by another team.

Mather, 28, had the  right to choose free agency as a player who’d already been outrighted to the minor leagues once this season.

The Braves claimed him off waivers from St. Louis in November and hoped to use him as a backup first baseman and outfielder. But the out-of-options player was outrighted to the minors after having a poor spring training and going unclaimed on waivers.

(He had to clear waivers because he was out of minor-league options, which had been exhausted during his years with the Cardinals.)

Added to the Braves’ major league roster early in the season, Mather hit .213 with one homer, nine RBI and 23 strikeouts in 75 at-bats for Atlanta..

After going 7-for-12 with a homer and five RBIs in three games May 20-22 against the Angels at Anaheim, he was 3-for-42 with two RBIs in his last 21 games for the Braves.

When outfielder Nate McLouth came off the disabled list Sunday, the Braves opted to keep rookie Wilkin Ramirez as a backup and dropped Mather. They had 10 days to trade, release or put him on waivers.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez told Mather the Braves would like to retain him if he cleared waivers and was willing to return to Triple-A Gwinnett rather than become a free agent.

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Diff in memphis

June 24th, 2011
10:32 am

jason

June 24th, 2011
10:36 am

Cry baby and 2nd!

jason

June 24th, 2011
10:37 am

Wilken can be better than him i can just tell.

bruce

June 24th, 2011
10:38 am

I was hoping he would go to AAA and by getting regular at bats, get his hitting stroke back and then by doing so well force the Braves to bring him back up.

well Joe wadda ya know......

June 24th, 2011
10:46 am

you gave us 1 good game, thanks, goodbye, good luck

@bruce, why he is a AAAA player AT BEST!

Tomahawk Chop Music

June 24th, 2011
10:59 am

WAY off the subject. Does anyone else miss the “original” tomahawk chop music that they played in the early 90’s at the stadium? The recording WITHOUT the whistle. I was watching a playoff game that was recorded in ‘92 and heard the “chop music” in the backround and realized how much I miss it. BRING IT BACK!

Joe Mather

June 24th, 2011
11:06 am

I went free agent so I can sell my significant talents to the highest bidder. If Fredi thinks I’ll play AAA—he can stick it in his ear. I talked to FW and he insulted me by saying he thinks I’m a lifetime 215 hitter. I had trouble hitting cause I had to sit there day after day and watch Uggla bat. I found that very disorienting as he swings like a deranged animal. I’ll show them– I plan on getting up with Boras and then signing a big money contract with the Red Sox, Yankees or the Phillies.
I’m too good for Gwinnett.

bruce

June 24th, 2011
11:11 am

@ Joe: same rationale as Schafer… need lots of at bats after hand surgery recovery time to get it going again. Mather was good before the hand injury.

MattnAustin

June 24th, 2011
11:12 am

I love to hear good news…the guy is and has been washed-up!

longtime braves fan

June 24th, 2011
11:12 am

dave give us something to talk about I realize it is early in san diego but this page has the same news as yesterday

IlliniBrave

June 24th, 2011
11:16 am

George Martinez

June 24th, 2011
11:18 am

He’ll hit 35 home runs somewhere if he gets the chance…No question.

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:20 am

WE NEED MICHAEL BOURN!!!
Everyone seems to be in love with Schafer for some reason while failing to look at his numbers. The problem is we’ve been watching guys like McLouth patrolling CF for so long, we see someone come in playing good D and stealing a few bases and think he’s the future. Career numbers don’t lie, and it you take a look at Schafer’s, they’re not all impressive. Actually very unimpressive.
At each position (assuming Uggla picks it up and Chipper decides to focus on at-bats even when there are no RISP), with the exception of Gonzo, were stacked. The only real hole right now is CF. Bourn is reaching his prime and would be a huge force for us on the basepaths.

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:22 am

Honestly though, I would love to see what Jose Constanza could do if given the opportunity. He’s got such a fluid swing and makes great contact.

Anyone who doesn’t know who he is, look him up. We might have our own version of Jose Reyes or Michael Bourn right under our noses.

teyrt

June 24th, 2011
11:24 am

braves have traded for hunter pence and michael bourn

teyrt

June 24th, 2011
11:25 am

constanza is not on the 40 man roster,when are u morons gong to realize this?

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:26 am

about time we got oter color players here,goodbye schafer,nate,minor.

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:27 am

longtime braves fan

why dont u stfu

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:28 am

I want to see this lineup:
1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Mac
4.Heyward
5.Chipper
6.Uggla
7.Freeman
8.Gonzo

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:30 am

Stfu teyrt.
Nobody said he was on the 40 man. He should be though.

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:30 am

Joe Mather

why you cleared waivers,because no one wanted your sorry ass,now go get a real job,since your contract was no guarantee.

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:32 am

Dennis Reynolds
why dont u and Joe Mather go get a room.YOU STFU

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:33 am

Dennis Reynolds

R U THAT MENTAL?WE JUST GOT BOURN,AND PENCE.

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:33 am

Chipper no longer belongs in the 3 hole. He’s a very good hitter, but he’s not the guy to hit 3rd anymore. Problem is our manager has no balls to do what he wants to do and move him. I assume thats the case, but you never know with Fredi. He doesn’t know how to put together a lineup anyway.

Chipper really isn’t killing any rallies, but putting him in that spot really disrupts the flow of this offense which has potential to be great.

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:34 am

i love constanza

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:35 am

Chipper no longer belongs in the 3 hole. He’s a very good hitter, but he’s not the guy to hit 3rd anymore. Problem is our manager has no balls to do what he wants to do and move him. I assume thats the case, but you never know with Fredi. He doesn’t know how to put together a lineup anyway.

Chipper really isn’t killing any rallies, but putting him in that spot really disrupts the flow of this offense which has potential to be great

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:35 am

Lol you ppl are so dumb.
And where did you find this news about Pence AND Bourn?

telar

June 24th, 2011
11:36 am

im so glad we got pence now this team rocks

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:36 am

telar

June 24th, 2011
11:38 am

dennis
why r u posting this chit twice?u the one thats dumb and mental

Ralph

June 24th, 2011
11:40 am

They had a spot open on the 40 man roster before Wren went dumpster digging and pulled out another washed up pitcher.

telar

June 24th, 2011
11:41 am

this is not even news this was news last night,lol

ryan

June 24th, 2011
11:41 am

I have heard lot good things about Hunter Pence a solid hitter i am glad he is aboard Joe Mather sounds like a spoiled brat who does not want to work hard .

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:41 am

Illiterate f**ks

telar

June 24th, 2011
11:42 am

now we have pence im glad that minor kid is gone

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Who ever just started this Pense and Bourn rumor just got his money’s worth

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:45 am

I was hoping he would go to AAA and by getting regular at bats, get his hitting stroke back and then by doing so well force the Braves to bring him back up

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:45 am

Who ever just started this Pense and Bourn rumor just got his money’s worth

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:46 am

Is there an echo in here?

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:47 am

I have heard lot good things about Hunter Pence a solid hitter i am glad he is aboard Joe Mather sounds like a spoiled brat who does not want to work hard

telar

June 24th, 2011
11:48 am

the rumor as pence is as mental as u using a dead mans name skip caray,joe mather,please go to hosp. now meds r not working

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:49 am

Enter your comments here

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:50 am

get off your sister and u would know we traded for pence

Heisenberg

June 24th, 2011
11:50 am

Maybe Joey bombs plans to give Jim Riggleman a call to join the Nats and ……..wait – what was that?

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:50 am

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:50 am

How do you know I am not Skip Caray?? Zombies do exist…..

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:53 am

Someone at Delta is ruining such a great name. Dennis Reynolds. Thats the most badass name in the blog. Bastard.

tepper

June 24th, 2011
11:53 am

i just read it and still can’t beleve it good job,Mr.Wren

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:54 am

Theres only like 5 white ppl in that breakroom at Delta so it wont be hard to find out who it was.

telar

June 24th, 2011
11:55 am

I love Dennis’ view on the Braves

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:55 am

Someone at Delta is ruining such a great name. Dennis Reynolds. Thats the most badass name in the blog. Bastard

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:56 am

We just traded Brooks Conrad and Chief Knockahoma for Albert Pujols, great job Wren!!

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:56 am

Me too I think Constanza should get his shot. Dennis, do you think Schafer is the long term solution in CF?

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:57 am

We are going to give George Costanza a shot??

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:57 am

Of course not. You are so uninformed its crazy. Come on dude.

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:57 am

We just traded Brooks Conrad and Chief Knockahoma for Albert Pujols, great job Wren!!

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
11:58 am

We are going to give George Costanza a shot??

who dat

June 24th, 2011
11:59 am

You’re right. You’re always right I just try to get u mad. Ill go learn more about baseball and then comment. Im sorry for saying such moronic things in here.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Of course not. You are so uninformed its crazy. Come on dude

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

I love how everyone loves my name so much they’re hacking. The sad thing is you probably don’t know who Dennis Reynolds is.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

You’re right. You’re always right I just try to get u mad. Ill go learn more about baseball and then comment. Im sorry for saying such moronic things in here

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

love how everyone loves my name so much they’re hacking. The sad thing is you probably don’t know who Dennis Reynolds is

Dennis Reynolds

June 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

I have the best name in here and now everyone wants to hack it. I cant say Im surprised really. But if you’re going to be that lame you should at least use it to make funny quotes from time to time about the real Dennis Reynolds.

MattnAustin

June 24th, 2011
12:06 pm

Hey what’s this I hear about the AJC reporting that Medlen was moved to the 60 day DL? Did something else happen, or is this just because he had the setback a few weeks ago?

cornjolio

June 24th, 2011
12:07 pm

Pence & Bourn will look good in our outfield. I didn’t realize Houston wanted McLouth, Kawakami & Lowe that much.

Thank you Mr Wren for caring about the run-starved Braves fans !

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
12:13 pm

cornjolio, they just gave us Kawakami back….said don’t worry about it.

DC Brave

June 24th, 2011
12:13 pm

Billy Wagner we still need you!

Bobby Cox

June 24th, 2011
12:16 pm

Gee, Skip. I really liked the Mather kid. He could have been another Greg Norton or Corky Miller. We haven’t heard the last of him.

Mr Baseball

June 24th, 2011
12:19 pm

McLouth, Kawakami & Lowe: thats $30 million flushed down the rat hole this season !

McLouth has done little when he’s played; KK hasn’t pitched and Lowe is 3-5 with an ERA over 4.00

Somebody needs to be held accountable !

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
12:22 pm

And thats anothe reason why they are going nowhere mr. baseball

Blackberry Cobbler

June 24th, 2011
12:26 pm

The Braves roster is full of guys that can’t hit including Uggla, McOUT, Shafer, and Gonzalez.

Mather was just the most dispensible.

Bill

June 24th, 2011
12:28 pm

Glad Mather is gone.
Constanza and Young both same size, so Constanza don’t stand a chance. Braves and fans hate short players as Young was the butt of jokes on blog.Even with media ajc.

JC Boscan III

June 24th, 2011
12:33 pm

Here’s the test to determine whether this Skip Caray is real or a zombie: Skip, would you mind explaining the infield fly rule for the 545th time, as you did on your radio show….?!?

Fols

June 24th, 2011
12:34 pm

Who’s this Mather guy? Did he play for us?

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

MMMMMM Brains!!!!!

Remarkable

June 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

George Costanza. Wasn’t he on Seinfield?

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
12:38 pm

Great, Dennis is back having a seziure on this blog.

Mitchell

June 24th, 2011
12:40 pm

Really gonna miss him.

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Best of luck to him on the free agent market. You’d like his chances of signing with a new team if he didn’t suck, but he does.

Suck.

curt

June 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

why is everyone so in love with hunter pence he hasn’t done anything

Bill

June 24th, 2011
12:50 pm

not this Bill @ 12:38..someone doing a name job on everyone.

daniel buck

June 24th, 2011
12:52 pm

I would take Prince or Coco over Nate… He has had his chance to turn it around for 2 years… time 2 move on

adawg1

June 24th, 2011
1:00 pm

skip caray ur awsome lol

Frank Wren

June 24th, 2011
1:00 pm

Hunter Pence has 9 HRS, 51 RBIS & is hitting .321

He would not make a good fit with this Braves team; he doesn’t strike out enough.

He’d also command a hefty salary. We’ve got premier, well-paid athletes like McLouth , Kawakami, Lowe, Chipper & Uggly who are all having banner years.

Ronald Millsaps

June 24th, 2011
1:01 pm

We don’t need a trade. We might need a new hitting coach. We definitely need said hitting coach and our manager to step it up.

Fredi has done an admirable job, given his circumstances. Stepping in to replace a legend isn’t really easy, and Atlanta does have a strong record. He also has a bit of culture shock, I suppose, in going to a team with less power and speed, but he could’ve made more adjustments to this point.

Bobby was a better general manager than a manager. I didn’t care for his in-game strategies as much as his architecture in building a team. He has John Portman beaten in that category.

Owl Hunter

June 24th, 2011
1:03 pm

Nice to see that the blog is extra ignorant today.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:04 pm

Nice to see we have an owl hunter on this blog today…..didn’t know they existed

Owl Hunter

June 24th, 2011
1:05 pm

Knowledge is power.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:08 pm

Throwing Stars and good nunchuck skills are power as well

Owl Hunter

June 24th, 2011
1:09 pm

And I have none.

I think we should trade Jason Heyward. He’s hitting .200 and never even had a good year in the minor leagues. Let Conrad play RF everyday he’s clutch and Heyward isn’t.

1.Conrad
2.Hinske LF
3.Chipper
4.Freddie
5.Mac
6.Gonzalez
7.Nate
8.Uggla

MWC

June 24th, 2011
1:10 pm

who dat, It’s called Hooked on Phonics…..idiot.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:11 pm

Yeah…..we won’t be trading Heyward anytime soon.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:13 pm

Don’t respond to who dat…..plz. if you notice who dat has like 8 other names and likes repeating everything other people say just to annoy the ish out of others.

Ronald Millsaps

June 24th, 2011
1:14 pm

Give the “Skip Caray” stuff a rest.

I said before the year that the Braves should sign Lance Berkman. A former professor I talked baseball with–who thought he knew everything about the sport–thought I was off my rocker. Berkman’s the frontrunner for MVP now, and he’s good enough to lead the charge with Pujols out of the lineup. In fact, the Cardinals are better off with Pujols out than Berkman out as of right now.

This return to prominence is one of the greatest stories in baseball history, actually, and Atlanta could’ve signed him for what? One-tenth of Derek Lowe’s salary? Said return is another indictment against the Yankees’ claim to being the best franchise ever. If they’re so great, why did they do nothing at all, apparently, to help Berkman return to form? The area is to blame also. Up there, locals call for the guillotine if you don’t produce within 48 hours. Leaving New York for St. Louis, a real baseball city, is definitely a return to civilization, and being in the National League, which is the only league that promotes real baseball, is another factor.

Said professor, by the way, thinks Dale Murphy’s being two homers shy of 400 is a legitimate case against his Cooperstown bid. I don’t believe it. Worse, he thinks Andres Galarraga’s career home-run total is not necessarily high enough to get him in. I mentioned that he missed the 1999 season due to cancer and that if he hadn’t had that scenario, you probably could add 40 homers to his re’sume’, to which he replied, “If you didn’t do it, you didn’t do it.” (He got mad because I told him his argument was void of credibility and that one should focus more on a player’s average production than his cumulative production.)

Void of credibility, indeed.

Owl Hunter

June 24th, 2011
1:15 pm

Thanks for jacking my name, clown.

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:15 pm

Yeah I agree about trading Heyward. Hes not good at all. Conrad>Heyward

Owl Hunter

June 24th, 2011
1:16 pm

DOB

Are you really ok with the blog ending up like this?

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

what Skip Caray stuff Mr. could a would a should a?

David O'Brien

June 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

Ill have to deal with it later Im busy taking a measurement on Dan Ugglas biceps. Play nice, children.

(or go get lives)

Skip Caray

June 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

Owl Hunter

June 24th, 2011
1:18 pm

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