Braves agree to terms with first-round pick Gilmartin – updated

The Braves have signed first round pick Sean Gilmartin, the left-hander from Florida State and the 28th overall pick in the June draft, the club announced Friday.

Gilmartin signed for $1.13 million, right at the slot recommendation for the No. 28 overall pick. He reported Friday to the Braves complex in Orlando to begin a throwing program.

“I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to sign,” Gilmartin said.it’s been my lifelong goal, ever since I can remember. “The first time I picked up a baseball, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to play professional baseball, not just professional baseball but major league baseball as well. It’s just another step to me achieving my goal of being a Major League baseball player and playing in the major leagues for 15-plus years.”

Gilmartin visited Turner Field during the Braves’ most recent homestand.

The 6-2, 195-pounder from Moorpark, Calif. was first-team All-ACC for Florida State and has been their front-line starter for three seasons. Gilmartin went 12-1 with a 1.83 ERA to tie for the ACC lead in the wins this past season as a junior. He struck out 122 and walked only 20 in 113 1/3 innings.

“Sean is quality left-handed pitcher with great makeup and an excellent selection of pitches,” Braves director of scouting Tony DeMacio said in a statement.  “We think he’ll move fast through our system and we are real happy to reach an agreement. Sean is certainly a great addition to the Braves family.”

97 comments Add your comment

kev

July 14th, 2011
11:30 pm

Joseph

July 14th, 2011
11:34 pm

Sounds good. Now it is time to get to work kid. Prove it on the field and get yourself ready. Make us all proud of you very soon. Congratulations.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

July 14th, 2011
11:35 pm

Good news for the Bravos. Now if they would only lower the beer prices

Bill

July 14th, 2011
11:40 pm

Thanks for up-date Carroll. I read a report on USA Sports that said Braves CEO expects him to move through farm system fast. Thats great.

NCBravesFan

July 15th, 2011
12:01 am

This is a good thing, I am glad to see it happen.

jason

July 15th, 2011
12:03 am

I would want him to be a reliever.

jj

July 15th, 2011
12:06 am

Enter your comments here

jason

July 15th, 2011
12:07 am

Waive Proctor. If it wasn’t for him, we would be 1/2 game back from the phillies.

Joseph

July 15th, 2011
12:17 am

@jason……..;yes you are 100% correct…….Proctor is the weakest reliever we have….no question. But the one game you refer to was the first one when it was in extra innings……YES PROCTOR IS THE WEAKEST REALIEVER WE HAVE…….but I just think that in extra-innings against the “best record in the majors” and should have won it in regulation…….I think we can still hang with them.

I would like to see Proctor replaced, but with who? Today, I mean. Who in the minors do you trust in that exact situation? I know saying that will infer several of guys in the minors that are not on the 40 man roster. I know that the first thing we need is bullpen help. And hope Moylan comes back healthy, all signs are pointing to him being such as that. But within a week I am hoping for another arm in the pen. I just think that blaming him for that 1 game……..I repeat……1GAME is a little harsh. It was extra’s and we should have won in regulation, but it didn’t happen.

Hopefully our offense improves on the positive signs they have shown past 2 weeks and can gain a game this weekend.

jj

July 15th, 2011
12:18 am

Welcome Mr Gilmartin to The Brave Family.Although the Braves were off tonite,I enjoyed the hilites on espn.Two of my favorite ex-Braves were shown having a good nite.I am talking about Andruw Jones,who is still hitting them out the park with The Bronk Bombers and Y.Escabor who is still pickin and hitting in Canada.Just think of what Andruw could be doing as our extra OF and right-handed bat off the bench and he wanted to return,but he was not Glav!And that awful trade the Braves made this time last year still piss me off.Gonzo for Escabor was stupid and Cox sure screwed our new manager with that trade.Thanks Bobby,and LETS GO BRAVES

Joseph

July 15th, 2011
12:32 am

@jj…dude way off base. First off……..Escobar was traded away for 1 reason and 1 reason alone……..HIS DANG ATTITUDE. He refused to do the little things. Did you watch him while he was here? A weaker hitting and fielding version of Hanley Ramirez. The entire organization got tired of his attitude and went out and got the best defensive SS in the game. Gonzo’s bat is weak, but I seem to remember him hitting 20+ HRs in that TINY stadium in Canada. Hmmm. Maybe that is a reason for some inflated numbers. No can’t be. Cox screwed the Braves, you are so correct. Did you not pay attention during the series when Toronto was here? On National TV? National broadcasters that hate the braves, even stated that Toronto had to have a meeting with Escobar and tell him to be quiet and stop show-boating or else. Same crap he refused to do here. Wrong there sir.

On Andruw…..Dude, really? What kind of numbers does he have this year? Real numbers….HE IS BATTING 0.211….OBP IS ONLY 0.290. That is a reliable bat? Come on man. The man is the best CF ever period. No question. 10 Gold Gloves and should have been more. Youngest man to ever hit a HR in a WS and youngest to ever hit 2HR in a WS game. Dude was a stud. Yet he always showed up overweight and out of shape every single Spring Training. YOU REALLY WANT THAT ATTITUDE ON THIS TEAM???????

milo

July 15th, 2011
12:48 am

I think one of the reasons we struggle vs the Phillies is we have no left handed starter. Howard, Utley, Ibanez, rollins, victorino, brown… they know they will be facing rh pitching for 4 days. I know 2 of them are switch hitters but they both hit better from the left side. We need to bring Minor up and alternate starts with Beachy or something. Im not sure.

milo

July 15th, 2011
12:49 am

Oh and if Melky wouldnt have ate his way out of Atlanta, I would take those stats this year in CF.

jj

July 15th, 2011
12:51 am

Hey Joseph,you are right about some things,but with Escabor,the two previous years when he was your most productive hitter that caused Cox to move him down in the order from 2 to 6 to cover for some of the big boys that were not driving in runs everything was fine,but when he had a bad first half and Cox ,who is always looking for homerun hitters saw Gonzo had hit 20hrs and he jumped.For two years prior YE was your mvp.And as for as Andruw is concerned,he is better than what you got and if he is good enough for The Yankees,he is good for me and no matter their shortcomings,they are two of MY favorites and that small park in Canada might help with hrs but not that 292 avg.Oh yeah Andruw did not cost The Bombers but 500thou. GO BRAVES .

Joseph

July 15th, 2011
1:04 am

JJ……Let’s get 1 thing straight……Cox hasn’t been the GM since 1990. He doesn’t make trades…..yes he has input…no doubt….but Schieholtz is the man that made the trades until his assistant Wren took over. So blaming Cox is wrong period. Did you look at the rest of the roster that 1 year Escobar was moved from 2-6? That was the “baby braves” year. They were begging for consistant offense. Give me just 1 year, JUST 1 YEAR…..where Escobar was an MVP of any team? He refused to run after balls period. He would not hustle period. That is totally against everything this organization was built on in the 90s. At least Uggla while struggling (yet is starting to get going lately) he still hustles and plays every single play hard. “:,he is better than what you got and if he is good enough for The Yankees,he is good for me ”

He is better than Hinske? He is better than Conrad (who is a switch hitter I remind you and can still play defense, not great but average). When was the last time AJ played defense? He is overweight and out of shape. He is nothing but a DH today.

And your comment of Toronto helping with HRs doesn’t help with avg……is wrong……..HRs are hits and count toward avg….and if you watch games in Toronto they also hit more balls off the wall (which are not caught, like most AL stadiums) which also are hits.

Dude….I love your passion, but with all due respect you lost me with this 1 sentence………….

AZBravoFan

July 15th, 2011
1:28 am

OK Milo, so in 2 of 3 games against the Phils 2 of our right handed starters gave up 1 and 2 runs respectively. The other was D. Lowe who we all know is worthless on a hot muggy afternoon. You really think Minor would have done that much better. If we line up our top 3 (JJ, Hanson, Hudson in my book) vs. their top three in any series, it’s going to be a crapshoot every night. And if you want to go 4 deep, I think Beachy can hang with Oswalt and certainly with Kendrick or Worly, or Blanton. And if it’s a cool night in Philly in October….I’ll even take my chances with D. Lowe as well. Just need to get these guys some runs!

TampaDAWG

July 15th, 2011
2:04 am

I wouldn’t bring Minor up to rotate with Beachy, I think I’d rather see Minor pitch than Lowe, its bad when a sinker ball pitcher can’t make is 88mph fastball sink. The Phillies who haven’t been hitting had him in trouble every inning except for one. Can’t wait for Delgado, Viscaiono, Teheran, Minor to be ready and can’t wait for Medlan to be healthy. Still think we need to somehow add a RH bat.

jj

July 15th, 2011
2:22 am

Joseph,you the man and I will not say any thing else about the trade and why I would like Andruw on my team,but I will finish by saying once again,”these are two of my favorites”and that’s that.I enjoyed seeing them on espn tonite and GO BRAVES.

Brave New World

July 15th, 2011
6:06 am

What’s gotten into Melky Cabrera this year? Check his stats. If he had done this in Atlanta last year, he’d be our centerfielder for years to come. He’s a switch hitter with speed, power, arm, and now average. And he’s only 26.

tim

July 15th, 2011
6:42 am

glad he’s signed wish him well just wish he was from anywhere besides FSU go gators

Chopdawg

July 15th, 2011
7:07 am

Where’s Gilmartin gonna play?

Let's Go

July 15th, 2011
7:21 am

Brave New World @ 6:06
What’s gotten into Melky Cabrera? I think the answer would be the best manager of ex-Brave coaches, Ned Yost. I like Fredi Gonzalez but Ned’s the man. His firey attitude which carries over to his players sometimes get’s in the way when he deals with the front office and that was his downfall with the Brewers.

dap01

July 15th, 2011
7:25 am

When Melky was in ATL, he was an overweight OF with no speed, power or defense.

SothGaBraves

July 15th, 2011
7:32 am

@chopdawg well since he went 12-1 with a 1.83 era i think he will be our new left handed SS!

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
7:48 am

Melky: He is playing in KC , there is NO pressure.

Even Franceour is doing good after being terrible in Atlanta, Mets then Rangers

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

July 15th, 2011
8:37 am

Let’s Go July 15th, 2011 7:21 am
Brave New World @ 6:06
What’s gotten into Melky Cabrera? I think the answer would be the best manager of ex-Brave coaches, Ned Yost. I like Fredi Gonzalez but Ned’s the man. His firey attitude which carries over to his players sometimes get’s in the way when he deals with the front office and that was his downfall with the Brewers.

Yes, “Let’s Go” Ned’s fiery attitude has propelled the Royals to the worst record in the American League, while laid back Fredi’s underachievers have one of the best records in baseball – there goes another brilliant theory.

Old Brave, retired

July 15th, 2011
8:55 am

The trade for Gonzo and Escobar, we also got someone else. Another infielder, Poternaski (spelling). Doing well in minors. And Esco is a Hanley Ramirez type headache without the tools of Hanley. Good riddance. You will never win with Esco at short.

jebstuart

July 15th, 2011
8:55 am

Trade rumor fodder

From the Clarion (Jackson, MS)

M-Braves starter Arodys Vizcaino pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven but did not return to the mound for the fourth due, the team said, to being on a pitch count.
Only 51 pitches

Trade coming????????????

Jon

July 15th, 2011
9:04 am

No trade, hr threw in the futures game, so they probably had him on a short leash.

braveshoo

July 15th, 2011
9:13 am

Please do not any dumb trades. Vizcaino should be in our bullpen now and Proctor gone. Imagine having another reliever who throws 98-100 mph. Thats better than any trade you could make.

who me

July 15th, 2011
9:26 am

jj…AJ had two homers last night..just for you.

phil

July 15th, 2011
9:28 am

Lol at Ned Yost and his fire….

Go actually win some games…

bill

July 15th, 2011
9:30 am

great to sign another young pitcher but at best he will not help us for the next three years. Proctor is our weakest pitcher but who is a real upgrade? He got hit hard by the Phillies but so did Lowe. Baseball is a a full roster game. Eventually everybody’s weaknesses intersect with a must win situation. Cabrera drives in Bream and does nothing else before or after in his short MLB career.. Was it Cabrera the great or a bad reliever or fate? I don’t know. Fans in Pittsburgh saw my Braves’ hat and everyone of them mentioned Cabrera and Bream even 20 years later. Atlanta has to have the two players who can win a world series game on their own. Atlanta has had that occasionally in a Justice and Glavine but they were woefully lacking that star who could win at all costs. We are a team of Ron Gant and Andres Gallaraga. Great in the regular season but a fast .100 average in the playoffs.The Yankees had Paul O’neal who was moved in Right Field by Don Zimmer and limped to barely make a game saving catch and hit a home run to beat us on two bad wheels We had Lonnie Smith with two good wheels and a real bad brain. I still think we have a good 162 game team but I fear we will not have the guy who can pitch a one hit complete series game or get the last out in a tied extra inning game or get the big hit when we are behind in the 7th game’s last inning. Unfortunately we will not get one by trade. I thought we had one in Heyward and hopefully time will prove that correct.

phil

July 15th, 2011
9:30 am

who me

July 15th, 2011
9:26 am
“jj…AJ had two homers last night..just for you.”

Yep…he did indeed…in a 16-7 loss.

The guy looks pretty much in shape. I wouldn’t mind having him back frankly, as long as we could then again dump him if he becomes a drag….

Boonie27

July 15th, 2011
9:30 am

Now we can trade Minor for a RH bat…

bill

July 15th, 2011
9:37 am

Ned did a great job for a couple of years in Milwaukee but who can work for BUD?

Jack in Macon

July 15th, 2011
9:57 am

I hear the pain many of you are expressing in your comments.

Not sold on Minor. I agree with those that say we need a lefty in the rotation especially against the Phillies but I see Minor as a 6 inning, 3.9 to 4+ run guy on average. He needs more development. Also, I just don’t see the Braves moving Lowe out of the rotation. The guy is just being paid too much. That matters in the minds of major league management (not mutually exclusive of the Braves).

Agree we need to get Proctor the hell (can I write that?) out of Dodge, but the option needs to be reliable and consistent… Not a change just for change sake.

Agree we need a RH bat, but many of you are going to be disappointed because the best we will be able to do is get a utility guy. Our personnel just does match up for a big trade involving a everyday player.

phil

July 15th, 2011
9:57 am

I prefer an outright release of Minorleague myself….

phil

July 15th, 2011
9:59 am

Call me a loon but I’m not so sure that it isn’t worth a try to bring Andruw back and see what might happen….maybe very little but physically, he looks pretty good right now and he’s only 34….and cheap….

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who me

July 15th, 2011
10:29 am

Not crazy about AJ but you might be right phil. It would only cost $250,000 for rest of season plus what the NNY would want for him.

stanco

July 15th, 2011
10:32 am

@ bill, 9:30 am I so agree about the heart and desire…and ability to perform at crunch time…whether teams of the last 20 years or the current team. Other than Smoltz and Chipper I can’t think of any others I would have wanted at money time. So true on having a 162 game team. How many times did we wilt in the post season because of not having that “1″ bat or “1″ relief pitcher. I would have traded all those division flags for a few more teams that truly had the bats and the pitching to have won another World Series (not the just the hope/wish that management had when they traded the farm for Tex). As much as I loved Bobby Cox, the team took his demeanor into the post season (no fire or passion, no killer instinct) and IMO he was out coached in the playoffs and World Series too many times. Sorry to look back instead of forward…..I truly like what we have going. I think we are one year….and a few bats away…from having another team to make a consistent run at a few World Series

freshd

July 15th, 2011
10:45 am

Hope the Braves are scouting a young righthanded outfielder name Victor Roache who will be a junior in 2012. He plays for Ga. Southern and he hit .326, 30hr, and 84 rbi in 62 games using the new aluminum bats. Remember the name.

phil

July 15th, 2011
10:52 am

Victor Roache is vastly overrated…

stanco

July 15th, 2011
10:53 am

@ freshed. I have seen Roache play. The kid is a stud and I would not be surprised if he isn’t a star one day in MLB. Nautral ability and such a sweet swing. Unforuntately he will probably be a top 10 pic.

bfred

July 15th, 2011
11:07 am

Jack in Macon -

I have to disagree. We are overloaded with young arms and a struggling/rebuilding team will almost certainly trade a high-quality everyday guy for a couple of strong young pitchers. So I think our personnel stack up very well with what a trade partner would want. Pitching will always be at a premium.

I agree with stanco that we are only going to get better. The Phils are a veteran team top to bottom, while our best players are a bunch of kids. Things could not be set up any better for the Braves, even if we do trade away a couple of pitchers. There’s simply no room for all of them anyway.

Bitter "ROUGE BOOSTER"

July 15th, 2011
11:12 am

what’s this got to do with collage football?????????????——your baseball trolls sux==hahahahah

carking

July 15th, 2011
11:20 am

onley reporting braves among others would love to trade for beltran.would temp solve centerfield and big rh bat

carking

July 15th, 2011
11:29 am

beltran would play left til or IF chipper returns then move to center.giving up one of a surplus of prospects is worth this move . balance in lineup pushes us past anyone in east. time to make this move!

who me

July 15th, 2011
11:38 am

Not worth a 2 months rental..price is to high

bfred

July 15th, 2011
11:47 am

Beltran would have to be a sign and trade. I’m for using the currency we have but only for multi-year solutions.

David O'Brien

July 15th, 2011
11:48 am

That was all Carroll on the Gilmartin signing. Fine job.

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
11:51 am

please stop making trade suggestions

only people in position to make a trade is Frank Wren/Braves management.

bfred

July 15th, 2011
11:51 am

Except I don’t know how I feel about dealing quality prospects within the division (actually I do – badly), and I can’t imagine the Mets are keen to admit they’re not only sellers, but to the hated Braves no less.

Granted the dude’s a beast – scroll down…

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/7/29/1595061/carlos-beltran-has-a-tersely

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

July 15th, 2011
12:04 pm

BB: It is “humorous” to read all the stupid trade suggestions that fellow posters come up with. Like any GM in MLB would do some of them.

GOing to the game tonight. Hope it stays cool, but the sun comes out.

Kentavo

July 15th, 2011
12:16 pm

I am for promoting young arms for help in the bullpen and ending the Proctologist’s tenure; As for hitters, though, I think we need to look for a proven bat, doesn’t have to be an everyday guy, but a Hinkse-like RH who can contribute and not give away at-bats like the youngsters.
I want a guy with playoff experience – I don’t want anymore of these guys who played well on bad teams (McClouth, Uggla, Gonzo) but can’t cut it in a pennant race.
I’d say Johnny Damon if he was a righty, but hell if TB wants to get rid of him, take him anyway even though he’s left-handed, he could help. Think of the difference Mike Deveraux made in ‘95.

northbeach Scott

July 15th, 2011
12:21 pm

I was in Toronto and saw the 6/30 Pirates/Blue Jays game. Yunel seemed very proud of himself and was doing his usual immature antics (i.e. writing in the dirt with his bat, sh*t-eating smirk, exaggerating on fielding plays, etc. He hit a HR and had a total of 3 hits, but the local fans were muttering about him in the stands near me.

Mark my words, at 29, being a douche bag is not pretty or funny. Yunel will surely wear out his welcome in Toronto by next July. Look for him to be dealt if the Jays are out of it in mid-2012.

To h*ll with you, Yunel with your $10m arm and $0.10 head.

bobby cerasuolo

July 15th, 2011
12:33 pm

I am still not giving up on Stubbs bc the guy can be traded for with the right amount of prospects like Minor or Delgado or both along with Alex Gonzalez Cory Harrlichak and Schafer for Stubbs Homer Bailey Miguel Cario and Paul Janish.

EDIMGIAFAD

July 15th, 2011
12:36 pm

Fine, get rid of Proctor but please send Uggla with him. Those two are the albatrosses that the Braves can do with out – if they want to win this year.

Trapped Behind the Phillies Lines

July 15th, 2011
12:42 pm

I agree Kentavo…Johnny Damon would be a good option if he’s available. Left handed or not, the guy has the playoff experience and has many at bats facing the American Lead arms (including the Doc and Cliff Lee)and he is hitting .279/9HRS/41RBI with a .756OPS

Damon vs. Doc

AB H Avg OBP SLG OPS
97 33 .340 .407 .505 .913

Steve

July 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

Struggle against the Phillies? We are 6-6 this year against them. That is not what I call struggling considering they have the best record in baseball and a payroll that is significantly higher than the Braves.

I also don’t agree entirely on the LHP thing. Let’s face it, some LHP’s (particularly off-speed pitchers) actually fare worse against LH batters than RH’ers. While I will agree that in general LHP’s might help, the fact is I would rather have better RHP’ers than go out of our way to acquire an average lefty thnking the matchups will favor us. The cold reality is that there are precious few dominant LHP’ers and they cost a fortune in salary or in trade .. usually far more than their true worth.

Uggla is coming around and Proctor is fine. We need a RH bat off the bench like nobodies business. In fact, I would say that is why we have just a .500 record against the Phils as we can’t hit their LHP’ing at all. Get rid of Uggla and they will just laugh about our lineup.

Damon is overpriced and would likely not come cheaply. No way I would give up a top prospect for him at this stage of his career.

Andruw Jones is useless to us because we have no DH spot. His defense is so far below standard now that it’s become a joke.

I am REALLY starting to like the Hunter Pence idea though. Dude can flat out play defense. He hits better than I would like to give him credit for given how terrible that swing is. He runs better than anyone on this team other than Schafer. And .. he has proven he can play LF. Trade for Pence and stick him in as a starter at one of the two corner OF spots and let McLouth/Heyward/Schafer share time at the other spots. Or better yet, send Heyward down for a month to light a fire under him. I mean, we sent Francouer down with BETTER stats .. so why not send Heyward down to get his swing and more importantly his SWAGGER back.

Oh .. and by the way Jason. Stop with the ridiculous sitting in a chair stance. You are going over the top with it this year when I compare it to a couple of swings they show you taking last year. Let that nonsense go as it is not helping you.

ray

July 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

so Gilmartin and his agent wasted 5 weeks haggling over .02 million ? Braves shouldn’t have drafted him to start with according to BA who had him ranked 48th. also, we needed a position player more and there were a few still available ( Mahtook and Bradley)..
that extra .02 million may have put Braves over budget.
wait until the Yanks, Red Sox, Pirates, Blue Jays among others sign loads of draft picks for excessive bonuses at the 8/15 deadline while the Braves watch. Braves have signed only 1 HS draft pick so far -they cost too much !

Capt. Obvious

July 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

Bill

July 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

Padres say They expect to trade Ludwick…..
Oakland is taking callers for Willingham…..
Mets want a top prospect for Beltran….
Twins may take offers for Cuddyer & Young….
BRAVES listering to Lowe offers but not trying to trade him….
Astros need 4 very good prospects for Pence….
Tigers looking for pitchers….may call Braves
Frenchy has ask not to be traded….

This is all Rumors from Trade Rumors Insider.

jj

July 15th, 2011
1:48 pm

Hey NorthbeachScott,they might be tired of Escabor in Toronto but they just gave him a new contract worth a few million.That is not bad for a guy that is not wanted!Imagine that for a 0.01%head.LOL.GO BRAVES

What is Dan Uggla Thinking?

July 15th, 2011
1:49 pm

I have been real disappointed with Proctor’s performance in the first half of the season.

Ghostrider

July 15th, 2011
1:50 pm

@jason

Agree 100% … Proctor is pathetic

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
1:53 pm

Baseball contracts should be similar to NFL.

dont produce we release you. Most “top” players work hard their contract year to get a big payday.

Then they lose their work ethic, etc.

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
1:54 pm

Best trade offer:

JJ, Hudson and Hanson for Pujols. Get it done

DawgDad

July 15th, 2011
1:58 pm

Deep breath everyone. Last year Wren picked up Derrek Lee and Kyle Farnsworth; the Braves have assets to bring in a RH bat and other bench/bullpen pieces this year, too. Even a Mike Sweeny type would help off the bench; a Hunter Pence or Carlos Beltran would likely put the Braves in the World Series.

I don’t see either guy as more than a 70-game rental; Boras will almost certainly put Beltran on the market and Pence would be a fool not to test the waters. Unless Chipper retires the Braves can’t talk to either of them about a contract.

bfred

July 15th, 2011
2:00 pm

Yeah but jj think how much more Esco would be worth (and better he would be) if he could get his head screwed on straight.

Pence would be awesome but he is developing into one of the premier outfielders in the NL so I’m not surprised the Astros would want the boat for him. He, Bourn and Wandy Rodriguez are the only real bright spots for that team. There are a couple of young guys (Chris Johnson, Keppinger) who may pan out but they can’t count on it, and their farm system is the joke of MLB. They need more than we’re going to give.

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
2:01 pm

I remember last years some Braves fans were stoked about D. Lee. He was TERRIBLE

Getting a player before the deadline does not guarantee success. Leave the team as is.

once Heyward, Uggla hit and Prado comes back. We are SET

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
2:03 pm

Pence and Beltran will make Braves WS contender? lol Didnt people say the same when we traded for Tex? how did that work out?

Beltran is overrated and Pence would not be able to handle the pressure.

bfred

July 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

What, you guys don’t want to take on Carlos Lee’s NINETEEN MILLION DOLLAR (makes Dr. Evil gesture) contract? I think Pence would do fine with a little protection. Right now the guy’s an island on that team.

Joshua

July 15th, 2011
2:24 pm

Bruce Bochy, you could not be more incorrect. First of all, Lee was a worthy acquisition just because of his defense at first, regardless of his hitting. Secondly, he carried the team at the end of the season and in the NLDS offensively. So be quiet.

DawgDad

July 15th, 2011
2:31 pm

I say flat “no” to Johnny Damon; Nate McLouth’s production and defense are a better option in left field behind this pitching staff and with the Braves playing so many low-scoring games. This team does NOT need another left-handed bat, not to mention another Garrett Anderson type (or worse) defensively in left field.

Who is overrating Beltran? He would be the best hitter on the Braves, with a possible argument from McCann. Willing to consider other options, but come on, Beltran is an All-Star caliber outfielder who can still play at that level.

Bruce Bochy

July 15th, 2011
2:41 pm

Dawgdad,

Give away top prospects that will probably face us for years for a rental?

Glad you dont run the Braves

Bill

July 15th, 2011
2:44 pm

Dawgdad@1:58
Pence is arb eligible 2011….free agent in 2014..get your facts right. we would have him till 2014. He is friends with McCann and would love playing in Atlanta.

Bruce Bochy@2:03
What a joke. Where do you get your info…lol

Bill

July 15th, 2011
2:46 pm

Give a prospect but if Beltran walks Braves would get a top pick because Beltran is type A player… so make the deal are what ever?

Come on Man

July 15th, 2011
2:46 pm

who cares! let’s talk about issues that mean something to the people. this is why our country is a mess. we care more about baseball.

Mason

July 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

Rasmus has potential upside, but seems to have the off the field issues that the Braves organization avoids. Damon is interesting because the Rays are still in the hunt. I know the Braves took a look at Damon before a few years back but I just can’t see Wren sending any prospects off for an over the hill, medicore left handed bat, even if he does have extensive playoff experiance.
Best case trade in my opinion; Send a prospect or two for “the Praying Mantis” Hunter Pence. I mean, even as ugly as Pence is, he still pulled a Playmate. Impressive…
Seriously though, he is a power/speed guy that would make our line up a scary one come playoff time. Imagine this line up-
1. Prado R
2. Heyward L
3. Chipper S
4. McCann L
5. Uggla R
6. Freeman L
7. Pence R
8. Gonzalez R

Obviously Freddie G could use variations of this. But add that line up with a strong bench, strong bullpen, and strong starting staff and the Braves are a dangerous team. Our pitching can stay with the Phillies but we NEED more offense. Thoughts?

Hopefully the price for him will be right.

bravesgrl4life

July 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

Hey there, Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack’s! Good to see you again.

Bill

July 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

ugly? have you looked at JS..lol

Bill

July 15th, 2011
2:59 pm

come on man, did you just realize that..where you been man?

Piedmont Blues

July 15th, 2011
3:06 pm

Beltran won’t bring a draft pick if the Braves sign him and let him walk; the Mets wrote a no-arbitration clause in his contract. So he really would be a rental for the Braves or whoever else got him.

Rio Bravos

July 15th, 2011
3:07 pm

Arriba………that’s right………..the only way to go in the standings….UP!

Wren A Player

July 15th, 2011
3:09 pm

Lets see…….Who can I rent for a few months??????????????

Yankee Dog

July 15th, 2011
3:13 pm

Why not send Lowe to the Yanks for Gardner?That way the Brave’s will have 2 leadoff hitters who can steal 2nd or 3rd but can’t get seem to get on 1st base!

Chopper Jones

July 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

Hey I am available.The Yankees will give me up for Beachy or Teheran!I can still chop a few hits out of the infield!

DawgDad

July 15th, 2011
3:21 pm

“Dawgdad@1:58
Pence is arb eligible 2011….free agent in 2014..get your facts right.”

I stand corrected; read the profile wrong. On that basis, it could take TWO prospects to get him, and I’d do the deal in a heartbeat. I would probably ask the Astros to take a salary off the Braves payroll, either McLouth or Lowe, and take a bullpen arm in return.

Bill

July 15th, 2011
3:51 pm

Piedmont Blues..you may be right… but I read that last week on espn insider. Just shows they don’t know everything. Where can we find it?

Bill

July 15th, 2011
3:53 pm

Dawgdad, I’d tske Pence in a heart beat if we could get him without giving up top pitching.

bfred

July 15th, 2011
4:03 pm

Trust me guys, I live out in Houston now and there is no way the Astros are giving up Pence without multiple top prospects. It would not just be a salary dump / abritration avoidance for them. He’s become a five-tool player. Just not going to happen.

My concern with the guy is if he ever gets into a prolonged slump no one will be able to figure out how to help him out of it. He has the craziest mechanics I’ve ever seen, batting and throwing, but they seem to work for him. It would be like trying to rebuild a custom engine.

Jeff

July 15th, 2011
4:16 pm

63 year Braves fan

July 15th, 2011
6:50 pm

Astros need young pitching. Trade Shafer, Minor, & Delgado for Pence. He would put the Braves over
the top.

Jeff

July 15th, 2011
6:51 pm

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