3:41 pm June 29, 2011, by David O'Brien
June 30th, 20119:21 pm
June 30th, 20119:30 pm
According to ESPN, Mac has the largest lead of any position on the NL All-Star voting. I don’t think we have to worry about ballot stuffing this year
June 30th, 20119:32 pm
I guess VJ is teaching his GRE class any everybody else is waiting for him?
June 30th, 20119:33 pm
how far out is chipper?
June 30th, 20119:36 pm
We were eating dinner, but he’s leaving now.
Don’t know about Chipper- they were just talking about the projected starters and mentioned that about Mac
June 30th, 20119:40 pm
Thanks for the city rankings. I agree with it all, with the exception of Denver over Boston. Washinton D.C. and the Smithsonian/walking the mall is in the running too. Boston’s traffic was tough.
Spent 6 months working in downtown Chicago . I was surprised how lively downtown was, great restaurants, Octoberfest. etc. Born and raised in Toledo (near Tony Packo’s), Chicago’s vibrant downtown was a novelty.
McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;
cabravesfan Mac has the largest lead of any position on the NL All-Star voting.
Sweet and spicy chillie!! Who would have thought? I mean…’cause of the way the National media has ignored him and everything…Ya always think Mets and Fillies would get the biggest lead…
Looks like the Country isn’t so dumb after all!
June 30th, 20119:44 pm
Only one Phillie is projected to start, and no Mets
June 30th, 20119:48 pm
I also found it interesting that Freddie Freeman was 5th for First Basemen as of the 26th, behind Pujols, Fielder, Votto and Howard. Not bad company for the kid.
June 30th, 20119:50 pm
Now that the Red Sox have let me go, I cant wait to be in a Braves uniform.
It’s gonna be a long wait, Mike Cameron.
June 30th, 20119:54 pm
Not bad company for the kid.
For sure! Hopefully next year he’ll be even closer to the top! !
June 30th, 20119:57 pm
Freddie Freeman’s fan blogger couldn’t have a cool name like McFann because it’d just sound like he was giving away fans.
June 30th, 201110:03 pm
And hey, thanks for saying my name is cool!
June 30th, 201110:12 pm
so for all the people who yell ballgame/season early is to soon to say magic number is 78?
June 30th, 201110:14 pm
tiger – Thanks. The place isn’t worth anywhere vaguely close to a half mil – there’s only a tad over $100 thou left owed with interest and all on the loan. The difference in what is owed and what could logically be realized with the sale wouldn’t be terribly large – maybe $20-30 grand.
June 30th, 201110:18 pm
Teheran’s numbers for today…
“@GwinnettBraves1 #JulioTeheran day is done. 5.0 IP, 4H, 1R/ER, 4BB, 2K. 90 Pitches, 54 strikes. Leaves with a 3-1 lead after 5 1/2″
June 30th, 201110:20 pm
no,many are not vacant jeffrey
The Ghost of Greg Norton
June 30th, 201110:27 pm
This might have already been covered… but what’s up with the Yunel Escobar – Matt Diaz feud?
Anybody have any insight into what their relationship was like when they were both in the ATL?
June 30th, 201110:35 pm
The Blog was so intense and interesting today that I have no interest in goofing around.
Would the Braves have any interest in Greg Dobbs,Ricky Nolasco or Leo Nunez? I see no reason why but the 3 will all be available very shortly.
Nolee, I got off
The cam-train a couple of years ago. He was still playing well up through his 2009 season. He lost it fast when he got injured.
lew – not knowing details tough to offer advice but I can speak generally.
June 30th, 201110:36 pm
Previewing trade season in the NL Olney ESPN Insider
June, 30, 2011
The Dodgers’ owner has earned the focus and the scrutiny of his sport, and meanwhile, that entity once known as Dodger baseball is drifting along unnoticed, in a twisting river of events which are taking it out of reach of success.
It would make sense for the Dodgers to invest in their best young players — Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw — but they cannot, so long as a bankruptcy judge is musing over the players’ status as creditors.
The San Francisco Giants are poised to build around a future of Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, and the Rockies have invested more than $200 million in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. The Diamondbacks have a long-term deal in place with Justin Upton that runs through 2015, and Chris Young is under contract through 2013, with an option for 2014.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers baseball team is basically inert. While the list of retired players lined up to receive Frank McCourt’s money is impressive, here’s the list of the players signed into 2012 and beyond:
1. Ted Lilly, who will make $10.5 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013.
2. Chad Billingsley, in line to make salaries of $9 million, $11 million and $12 million over the next three seasons, with a club option for 2015.
3. Juan Uribe, signed through 2013, for $15 million over the next two seasons.
4. Matt Guerrier, who will make $7.5 million over the next two seasons.
Ethier and Kemp? They’ll be eligible for free agency in about 16 months, and at the moment, the folks who work for Frank McCourt — or Major League Baseball, we’re not quite sure which — are not in a position to make the eight-figure offers required to keep the two young stars.
And let’s just say that from a player’s perspective, the Dodgers might not be the most attractive team to play for, with the greatest chance of winning. The longer the franchise is dragged through courts, the less the baseball operations people can do to make the team better. For all we know, Ethier and Kemp may already be dreaming about playing for clubs capable of making payroll every two weeks. If they were already prepared to jump, you couldn’t blame them.
The Dodgers are in a holding pattern. Sources say that with the trade deadline now 31 days away, the front office is starting the process of gathering information and exchanging phone calls about some of their more tradable commodities. To date, no teams have called on veteran infielder Jamey Carroll, although that figures to change, given the needs elsewhere. Hiroki Kuroda has a partial no-trade clause, and in any event, the Dodgers are not teeming with pitching at Triple-A, and so Kuroda is needed for the team to compete as best it can over the next three months. Casey Blake is hitting .244 with four homers, and while he’s a respected veteran, the Dodgers would get so little in return for him — if anything — that it almost isn’t worthwhile to deal him. James Loney is becoming a strong candidate for a winter non-tender, given that his $4.875 million salary is bound to grow through arbitration and he currently has a .350 slugging percentage — two numbers that don’t add up to a lot of trade value.
No, the Dodgers will wait, which seems to be the theme of the moment in the trade market. Seventeen of the 30 teams are within four games of first place Thursday morning, and very few teams have indicated they are open for business. Talks are taking place and eventually, trades will be made, but it may take a while.
Here’s what’s happening with the rest of the NL teams, as the days to the trade deadline come off the calendar.
Mets: No team has called them about Jose Reyes, and assuming that some interest does develop, the Mets would require at least a Grade-A prospect and a solid Grade-B prospect — a steep price for a player who has already indicated an intention to test the free-agent market this fall. The Mets will listen on Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez, but keep in mind that moving either would require enormous financial concessions by the Mets; they’d have to kick in millions to complete trades of the pricey veterans.
And here’s something else to note: The Mets are four games out in the loss column in the wild-card race and playing well.
In a perfect world, writes Mike Vaccaro, the Mets would give Reyes a truckload of cash.
Phillies: They have checked around on the availability of right-handed hitters and relievers; rival executives presume they will be active before the trade deadline and will land proven veterans. With a team fully capable of winning the World Series, the Phillies are not going to allow nagging weaknesses to undermine the strengths of the team.
Troy Taormina/US Presswire
Hunter Pence is a candidate to be dealt between now and the trade deadline.
Astros: They will listen on veterans like Hunter Pence and Wandy Rodriguez, but the perception is that the asking prices will be very, very high. Keep in mind, all of their dealings will be monitored — but not directed — by the wary eyes of incoming owner Jim Crane.
Braves: Their evaluators are checking around for available bats, and the Braves are loaded with young pitching to deal.
Some rival executives have wondered if that pitching depth would allow Atlanta to consider a very bold move with a pitcher whose stock has reached its zenith — Jair Jurrjens, who is 10-3 with a 2.07 ERA and a midseason candidate for the Cy Young Award. If the Braves actually dangled Jurrjens in the market, they could put themselves in position to get an impact offensive position player in return.
Just to reiterate: All the discussion among rival evaluators about Jurrjens is pure speculation.
Nationals: They are looking to get a center fielder and have demonstrated interest in B.J. Upton in the past, although some rival executives think that Upton will be a borderline non-tender candidate this winter, given his hitting trend line. Upton’s year-by-year batting average: .300, .273, .241, .237, .223 (current).
On the other hand, Upton is on a pace for 24 homers and 40 steals, to go along with his strong defense. Upton is hot right now, having hit four homers in his past six games.
Padres: They have told teams they are ready to take offers on Heath Bell, who might be one of the very few difference-making players available, and the dominant Mike Adams, who is attractive to other teams because he would be under club control through next season. Other clubs expect that the Padres will demand a very high return for Adams, but much less so for Ryan Ludwick, who has posted mediocre offensive numbers while making $6.75 million.
Now that Ludwick has started playing well for the Padres, he might be shown the door, writes Tim Sullivan.
Rockies: They will wait a few more weeks before deciding whether to be buyers or sellers.
Giants: San Francisco continues to look for catching help, and the Giants’ best shot for an actual upgrade might be in a deal with Cincinnati for Ramon Hernandez — eventually. The Reds have some catching depth in their system and they are invested long-term in Ryan Hanigan, but the Giants would have to make it worthwhile for the Reds to break up their strong catching tandem.
Cardinals: St. Louis needs bullpen help and is viewed within the industry as one of the potential favorites to get Heath Bell. But if the Cards don’t get Bell, there will be plenty of lesser alternatives available sometime between now and Aug. 31.
Cubs: A team open for business, according to rival evaluators. While there are not teams banging on the door for the likes of Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano — two average players making superstar money — Jeff Baker and Kerry Wood are among the most coveted players in the trade market. Both are cheap (Baker is making $1.175 million and Wood $1.5 million), and both present useful skills (Baker can play multiple positions and kills left-handed pitching, and Wood misses bats and has experience). Wood would have to approve any trade. Executives with other teams view Carlos Pena as interesting because of his power, defense and leadership, but very risky because of the streaky nature of his production.
The Cubs will not be conducting a fire sale, says Jim Hendry.
Marlins: They are in a strange place, because the last thing that the Marlins want to do is to create a perception that they are selling off, again, as they prepare to move into a new park. Anibal Sanchez could be of interest to other teams, given his performance this year (6-1, 2.82), but the Marlins need him for their staff in 2012. Leo Nunez is positioned for a major salary upgrade this winter, after making $3.65 million this year; the time is right for Florida to move him, in what will be a flush market of relievers.
Pirates: They are poised to have their best season in almost two decades, so they will not be selling off. Rather, they will be looking for modest ways of improving their roster.
Brewers: After Milwaukee’s trades for Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, rival evaluators viewed the Brewers’ farm system as strip-mined. But with a half-season of minor league play completed, the Brewers have rebuilt some value in their farm system — and lest there be any doubt, they are trying to win this year. If a deal could help them win the division in 2012, they will consider it.
Reds: Their primary concern is starting pitching, but they will consider upgrades at shortstop and for left field, if available. Rival officials believe a Jose Reyes trade is a long shot, but if it did happen, Cincinnati GM Walt Jocketty is viewed by some of his peers as being the most likely to step up and have the aggressiveness required to make that kind of thing possible. If Edinson Volquez continues to throw as well as he did against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the Reds’ pitching holes might be plugged.
Diamondbacks: They are looking for bullpen upgrades, with Wood being near the top of their list.
We’ll take the early temperature of the AL teams tomorrow
June 30th, 201110:39 pm
In case you weren’t wanting to read that long article….
Braves: Their evaluators are checking around for available bats, and the Braves are loaded with young pitching to deal.
Just to reiterate: All the discussion among rival evaluators about Jurrjens is pure speculation
June 30th, 201110:46 pm
wow it is dead tonight…
June 30th, 201110:47 pm
You didn’t let Tom escape to his cave, did you??
June 30th, 201110:48 pm
didn’t I say that earlier…sorry took me a long time to read your other post
David from Athens, AL
June 30th, 201110:58 pm
June 30th, 201111:01 pm
Tiger – it was the Accounting Lessons that killed the blog. Some fell asleep but most went to do something more exciting like vacuuming.
June 30th, 201111:03 pm
kl – sorry I was just trying to make sure Lew got the right information
On the raze and rebuild with stimulus idea …
Had this been done in 2008, the unemployed construction industry could have been preserved. By knocking down inventory, home prices would have stabilized much sooner. As of 2011, they still haven’t. Once the market finds a bottom, it will start growing and a rebound of the construction industry would occur.
I was just putting this out there in response to the “things are so bad even a hurricane would be welcome” discussion. A “selective hurricane” to demolish empty houses might have eventually led to a rebound.
The idea that Nolie was describing (city council razing and immediately rebuilding) doesn’t help much of anybody. The problem is a glut of inventory. Reducing inventory and immediately rebuilding would not help.
June 30th, 201111:04 pm
when my other 1/2 can’t sleep she always says…can you tell me about one of your meetings today
June 30th, 201111:07 pm
ABW sure it helps somebody-the same people who got rich financing the initial buildout. But this will quickly turn into a political discussion so I’ll shut up.
June 30th, 201111:08 pm
It’s hard to believe that we’re 31 days from the trade deadline.
Looking to the remainder of this year and next year, the Braves are going to have to fill CF and SS. I doubt that they exercise the option on McNate. I’m not sure about Gonzo’s contract, but I thought he was free after 2011.
Schafer looks like he might round into a fourth outfielder by 2012, but I don’t think it would be wise to pencil him in as your starter.
I thought I had heard rumblings that Pastornicky might be ready by 2013 for SS.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Trader Frank pull off a deal that filled one or both of those holes for the next couple of years.
June 30th, 201111:10 pm
can anyone who has espn insider post the rest of this?
olney did a piece on nl trade market
tiger297 … I surely don’t want to get into a political discussion. However, with the blog being so dead right now, we might could fill two pages with politics, religion, and Mets baseball before anyone caught on.
June 30th, 201111:11 pm
“The two guys who are more likely to be playing elsewhere next year are Hudson and Lowe. Just the way it works.” Gil
Lowe? Maybe. Or perhaps…. likely.
Hudson? Sorry bud. He’s a 10/5 player who took less money than he could have gotten on the open market, and has his family rooted in Atlanta now. Hudson isn’t going anywhere until the contract runs out unless HE approaches the Braves about being traded.
June 30th, 201111:13 pm
Once the market finds a bottom, it will start growing and a rebound of the construction industry would occur.
No rebound is coming until you don’t have up to10% of the homes in America vacant and available far cheaper than new ones can be built. I’m not backing that up with any stats but if a guy can buy a house and move in for $300,000 he’s not going to build one to move in for $500,000.
I’m not sure what’s going to happen to the building industry but I do know it will not be the same when people go back to work. And one major point – Illegal aliens will not be building your next new house.
Hugo Z Hackenbush
June 30th, 201111:14 pm
Do you ever get the feeling that people don’t read posts that appear before theirs?
some folks are born silver spoon in hand
Lord, don’t they help themselves. O!
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yeh.
June 30th, 201111:17 pm
hugo: dont really care to sift back through all of it thank you though you could have just said scroll up and thats all it takes welcome to the blog glad to have you
June 30th, 201111:18 pm
KL … when the market reaches bottom (in terms of prices) there will be a rebound. In that case, there is no comparable inventory at $300,000 to compete with the $500,000 builder.
Alas, because of the ridiculous, unsustainable boom from the late ninety’s to 2008, there is so much inventory that it might take another four or five years to use it up.
June 30th, 201111:19 pm
it’s already been posted just a bit above Bravofan ▲
Hugo Z Hackenbush
June 30th, 2011
I didn’t read this post.
June 30th, 201111:20 pm
Hudson isn’t going anywhere ’cause he could never sell his house.
June 30th, 201111:21 pm
yeah pretty sure Huddy stays
June 30th, 201111:22 pm
nolee: thanks I appreciate that!!
anyone headed to the TED tomorrow night??
ops sorry, previous page now Bravofan ▲
June 30th, 201111:23 pm
good, I see you found it
I wont be a happy camper if we trade JJ
cabravesfan, June 30th, 2011, 10:47 pm … “You didn’t let Tom escape to his cave, did you??”
I have this image of a train wrecking (on the way to the dog house) with Tom (Harrison Ford) O’Hawke busting loose and going on the lam (but he ain’t no sheep).
Abee, I didn’t read it either, what did I say?
June 30th, 201111:25 pm
AB – that was the point I was trying to make, but didn’t do it very well. Your point about 4 to 5 years to use up the available inventory is what makes everything make sense. And until that 4 to 5 year period is up, new home construction will be far less than what we’ve known.
June 30th, 201111:26 pm
we’d have to get a pretty big return, though all winter long a lot of folks talked about trading him. though his value would have been pretty low at that point with a poor 2010 and coming off injuries.
I can see why some think of trading him now at a high point though, he has always kinda out performed his peripherals and he has had a bit of an injury history.
Hugo Z Hackenbush, June 30th, 2011, 11:23 pm … “Abee, I didn’t read it either, what did I say?”
Whatever it was, I bet it was profound.
June 30th, 201111:28 pm
my fear is if we move JJ I just do NOT want a repeat of the Texiera and want another rental that was bull crap and I would do anything to have elvis andrus right now!!!
I bet it was profound. ABW
like “The plural of anecdotes is not data.”
June 30th, 201111:29 pm
Anyone see Matt Diaz of Pirates TAKE OUT Yunel Escobar today on a DP ground ball….
Escobar was SO MAD he threw a FIT in the dugout..
It was a HARD but very CLEAN play by Matty
June 30th, 201111:32 pm
here is the escobar and diaz video
escobar is a tool
well Elvis hits like crap in one of the better hitters parks and has a terrible OPS+ so they are welcome to him IMO and always have been. He would do even worse in the Ted.
Feliz on the other hand would allow Everyday Jonny to get a day off once in a while.. maybe even become Everyotherday Jonny……
June 30th, 201111:34 pm
n8-yeah he ain’t leaving kenteska
June 30th, 201111:37 pm
wow those were some pretty nasty slides…and I’m a matty d fan
I agree Escobar is a TOOL but don’t think he punched Matty D there….Just throwing, or trying, the ball
June 30th, 201111:38 pm
Thanks for the video bravofan and Bravo to Matt D for playing the game hard and by the rules. There will be some repercussions about Escobar hitting Diaz in the ribs with the ball.
Thank goodness Escobar is someone else’s problem.
June 30th, 201111:40 pm
UNC – not sure where he planned to throw the ball from that angle. but there are much nastier things he could have done than that.
June 30th, 201111:41 pm
no problem keylargo glad to do it
I enjoyed the review of Escobar’s antics. Wish he had done something like that when Toronto played Atlanta, just so we could be reminded of why he was traded.
Doesn’t the shortstop normally leap above the player coming into second? Why was Escobar standing on the base when Matty got to the bag?
June 30th, 201111:42 pm
seen teheran tonight in louisville looked great should be ready in 2012
June 30th, 201111:46 pm
ABW – normally if the throw is that late yes. I would say 1st time he wasn’t expecting that hard of a slide and 2nd time he was looking for him…I’m surprised he didn’t do a knee first hop the 2nd time
June 30th, 201111:51 pm
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June 30th, 201111:53 pm
ummm what is that?
June 30th, 201111:54 pm
Brave4life-1995 all over again?
June 30th, 201111:57 pm
I would trade JJ fro Matt Kemp
but Dodger will not go for it
July 1st, 201112:01 am
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July 1st, 201112:07 am
just checking in, what no lou vales vs. nolee?
July 1st, 201112:09 am
so let me get this staight, earl is lou vales? so who is george?
July 1st, 201112:10 am
so where is haggard?
July 1st, 201112:12 am
so dont laugh if frenchy makes the all star team.
it is between him and butler. the royals dont have a worthy pitching canidate.
they have to have one player.
June 30th, 2011
Make sure these folks get appropriate advice from their CPA or an attorney. Do not pass along blog advice. It may be accurate, it might not be.
July 1st, 201112:14 am
uga – man haggard hasn’t been on here in a while…would love to see frenchy at the all star game
Why is it required for every team to send one player to the All Star Game? Is it so no one gets their feelings hurt?
July 1st, 201112:17 am
tiger you are gulf coast guy?
July 1st, 201112:20 am
Haha. Matt diaz is once again my favorite player after seeing him knock yesco in the grind twice in three days. Go matty D
trey, there was a time that our all star rep was greg olson (catcher)
for baseball’s sake i agree one player from every team.
lived on the coast for 5-6 years I’m in atlanta burbs now
July 1st, 201112:23 am
ugabrave – somebody today said they lived in New Smyrna Beach. Can’t remember who but it was day time today.
July 1st, 201112:24 am
uga-brave, I don’t believe it. If the player’s not that good then they have no place in the All Star game. Hell, could you imagine a whole pitching staff of Kenshin Kawakami?
July 1st, 201112:26 am
for all those that bitch about the all star game it is the best of the three majors.
the pro bowl, the nba all star thing.
i would rather watch jeter (deserving or not) face halladay.
all stars earn it over their time in the league.
July 1st, 201112:27 am
uga, not always. McLouth isn’t of All Star caliber, but he unfortunately made it once.
I’m as big of a Yunel supporter as there is, but, damn, that’s one troubled dude.
July 1st, 201112:28 am
Not every team has a player worthy of making it in.
July 1st, 201112:29 am
key, it was not me, but my family has and still owns property there.
July 1st, 201112:30 am
trey, so did bruce bennedict.
July 1st, 201112:31 am
uga – several folks on here are from the redneck riviera
key – reality aren’t you pretty much gulf side as well LOL
Ugabrave – it was Scrub21
July 1st, 201112:32 am
uga-brave, yes, and Bruce Benedict struck out, too.
July 1st, 201112:33 am
trey, mike remmlinger made an all star game.
July 1st, 201112:34 am
I mean, people do strike out, but he wasn’t worthy of being in the All-Star game. It only needs to be the best of the best and shouldn’t include the charity cases.
July 1st, 201112:35 am
McLouth isn’t of All Star caliber, but he unfortunately made it once. Trey
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