3:59 pm July 29, 2011, by David O'Brien
July 29th, 20115:18 pm
News flash: Costanza starts in CF for Braves tonight! Kramer could not be reached for comment.
I think I may be on the Bourne bandwagon also. I liked Quentin, was never too high on Pence and Upton, and please just say NO to Ludwick and Willingham. From all that I have read I think I like Bourne the best for this team.
Tomorrow is not promised…the time is now!
Sounds like the Stros are like the Padres with the potential Peavy deal a few years back. Ended up not getting anything by attempting to milk the Braves for all they were worth.
July 29th, 20115:19 pm
Either go for a huge player or don’t give up too much. Just need someone to get hot. Don’t care if its Ludwick, Willingham, etc.
Cody Ross in 2010 with the Marlins, SF reg season after release, and playoffs.
Rowsdower. I agree with you 100%. We’d have a power hitting outfielder with speeed who is would join McCann as the only other .300 hitter in our lineup.
Bobby…… Where would Will play? Sure he’d be okay at a corner spot in a platoon sit. But right now and for the next 10 days or so, we have no starting caliber CF’er. Also, cost is the biggest thing with me. While we won’t have to give up a top prospect for Will, they will want someone in out top 15. And to me Clemens, Simmons, Hoover, ect. have more value than a rental that’s not a game changer. Will is a decent player, but he’s not the get over the hump type player. If we can’t get a guy we need ( CF’er), just sit tight on those specs. They will have more value in the off-season, it’s a seller’s market right now. FW doesn’t need to panic.
July 29th, 20115:20 pm
Chipper Jones acknowledged the team could use another bat but he cautioned against players being distracted by the trade talk.
“I’m confident that we’ll do something,” he said. “What it is? I don’t know. To what magnitude? I don’t know. I’m pretty confident we’ll better our ballclub in the next couple of days. But the guys in here need to worry about the Florida Marlins [the next opponent]. And we’re confident we can win games with what we’ve got. So everybody’s kind of been instructed to stay tunneled in on what our goal is every day and not worry about Frank Wren’s job.”
When asked if he believed the team needs to make a trade, Jones responded, “I’m not going to alienate my current teammates. All teams can probably benefit from an injection of new blood when it’s a quality player. But we don’t have 60-plus wins for nothing. We’re a pretty good ballclub. We do it our way. As long as we pitch, we’re going to win. If we don’t pitch, we’re going to struggle.”
With Braves falling like flies, shouldn’t the Braves consider standing pat?
Does no good to try to get help when you don’t have a lineup for the acquision to help!
curtisjones – i thought he was yankees property! we made a deal afterall.
Rowsdower-Did you not read what Houston turned down from Phillies? Pence is not worth the bounty required by Houston!
Per Buster Olney: ” as of 515 an executive said the Phillies have no intention of including Dominic Brown in a trade for Hunter Pence”
July 29th, 20115:21 pm
Am I the only one who thinks Jordan Schafer is terrible?
Andrew in PA
As of 5:15 p.m., NL source says the Phillies have no intention of putting Domonic Brown in a deal for Pence
July 29th, 20115:22 pm
The only problem with Bourne is you just add ANOTHER left handed bat.
McLouth’s lower ab strain occured on his throw to the cutoff man last night, we’re told. Someone in clubhouse said they thought he’d been playing with a sports hernia for a while. Anyway, back on the 15-day DL for McLouth, and now Constanza is leading off in his major league debut at age 27.
ahahhaahahha – did you have to mention Glaus – I had completely blocked it from my brain that he ever even played for Braves. Dang, it was painful watching him
July 29th, 20115:23 pm
It will be something like Connor Jackson and Grant Balfour from Oakland for prospects.
dob – thanks for the update on Nate.
Constanza is leading off in his major league debut at age 27.
So, apparently this guy isn’t good.
July 29th, 20115:24 pm
Constanza 3-4 with 2 triples and three steals. 5 RS in a big win
McCann, McLouth, Schafer on DL, Chipper still banged up and Heyward struggling still. Wren needs to make a move very soon or we might let other teams catch us in the wild card.
mclouth out, mccann out, schafer out, chipper out….braves will make a significant move in the next 48 hours.
July 29th, 20115:25 pm
SB75-Willingham could start in LF when Prado plays 3B. He could spell Heyward. He could even spell Freeman on rare occasion. I doubt he would cost top 15 prospect, but who knows.
I just think he is much better option than Ludwick. That was my original point.
I agree that CF should be priority: Byrd, Fowler, Upton.
vabravesfan – greatings and salutations from the commonwealth.
Now Nate oh well he won’t be missed.
Ron Gant on MLB said, BJ Upton would be a perfect fit for Braves. Said his average was low but everything else was a plus.Best defense Cf in league, cannon for arm,power and speed.5 star player. Coming to Braves would be what the Dr. ordered for him to show his talent.would be a 30-30 player.Forget the past the kid can play and he is cheaper and you have him for 2 years.
Thats all Ron Gant’s take on Upton..he should know better than sportwriters and bloggers…
July 29th, 20115:26 pm
Acquire Bourn and another smaller right handed bat? (Reed Johnson)
i meant “greetings”
“As long as we pitch, we’re going to win. If we don’t pitch, we’re going to struggle” – Chipper Jones
Wow. In other words, ‘We are not a good offense and we have no intention or desire in trying to become a better offense.’
Minor,Beachy, Schafer, and a 2nd tier prospect for Matt Kemp or you are just coming up with a band-aid. Dodgers have financial trouble and nobody is calling about Kemp, what dummie GM’s. I bet that is the last minute salary dump the Yankees are sitting around waiting on and I don’t blame them. I would call them Saturday night and offer Minor, Beachy, Schafer, and a 2nd tier prospect for Kemp so no one else can get in on it, take it or leave it.
Ive been calling for Constanza to get his shot for MONTHS!!! So glad he’s getting a shot and I commend Fredi for batting him leadoff and not 8th!
I hope he does well enough to stick around for the rest of the season or more. Schafer is severely overrated and Nates days are all but done in ATL.
If Constanza can do what he did in AAA all this time, we don’t need Bourn.
July 29th, 20115:27 pm
Have the Braves tried stretching before the games? These guys are so fragile.
Willingham and ludwick not worth a prospect..both rental..2 months they gone.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’d trade Minor for Quentin in a flash
JC from DR! (You gotta tip your cap to ____)
ahahhaahahha – did you have to mention Glaus – I had completely blocked it from my brain that he ever even played for Braves. Dang, it was painful watching him
It wasn’t painful during the month of may, or was it?
N8 how in the world can you even think to compare this team to the ‘95 world series champions. Seriously what are you thinking?
Oh wait nevermind
July 29th, 20115:28 pm
McClouth to the DL! Schafer already on the DL…espn said we called up the Gwinett CF….thinking Bourn or Upton would be a better choice.
@bobby – I did see what the Astros turned down. The Phillies are trying to get him on the cheap. They won’t deal Brown or Worley. The Braves have the pieces that the Astros want. The Braves have a bounty of young pitchers. If Pence were a half year rental, I wouldn’t do it. He isn’t. He is a good player in his prime with 2 more years of control. What’s not to love? Did I mention we would also be keeping him from the hated Phillies?
Ron Gant on MLB said, BJ Upton would be a perfect fit for Braves.
You’re taking Ron Gant’s analysis seriously? He is the worst.
Rotomeister-Why not mention that Pence is on pace for only 17 HR’s this year? Or that he is only slightly above average away from Houston’s bandbox? Braves should steer clear of Houston’s asking price!
July 29th, 20115:29 pm
Minor and a package for Pence is a small price to pay for a young OF entering his prime. Would be nice to lock him up and have the corners manned by Heyward and Pence. Along with Freeman and McCann, that is a heck of core to build around..Frankie Baybeee-Do It, Do It..Do it I tell yah…
.Best defense Cf in league,
Gant said that huh? he might be one of the best if he hustled on any kind of a regular basis.
he has been pretty mediocre the last three years especially going deep
July 29th, 20115:30 pm
Constanza hit .312 w/ .361 OBP, 7 extra-base hits (4 triples, 1 HR), 23 steals in 363 at-bats and 86 gms at Triple-A Gwinnett. I am certain I’ve never seen a hitter with twice as many triples (4) as doubles (2), like Constanza had at Triple-A
“PUMA” in few words……. 2010 >>>>NO GLAUS=NO PLAY-OFFS
REMEMBER MAY AND JUNE
I agree with Ron Gant 100%…..BJ Upton is the answer
Hicks has much more upside value than Diory.
Byrd and Infante!!
July 29th, 20115:31 pm
Some of the tools are going to crash this blog when we don’t acquire Pence.
Michael Bourn and Reed Johnson is all this team needs to do. Both guys are having good seasons and fit our needs more than bums like Ludwick and Willingham. Am I the only one who sees this? Pence is too expensive and Quentin doesn’t fit our scheme.
noli – how many walks? cause 3 steals with 1 single and 2 triples is pretty incredible
Constanza is going to be our Bourn. We are in desperate need of a high OBP guy with legit speed and I think we have him finally. Been hoping he’d get the call for months now! Cant wait for game time!
Saban – great call.
Bourn is what we need. If the Braves decide to give Schafer another chance, they could trade Bourn in the offseason.
get Reed Johnson to help out Heyward in a platoon and could also platoon with Hinske when Prado is at 3B.
I would give Minor for Bourn and if it took more consider Clemens and then a third tier prospect.
Bourn will get on base and his speed will lead to fastballs and possibly a distracted pitcher when Prado, Chipper, McCann, etc come to bat
July 29th, 20115:32 pm
So, the Braves call up a 27 year old and people get excited. A 21 year old who came in 2nd in rookie of the year votings the previous year is not putting up the numbers the fans want him to and people call for him to get traded or demoted. I swear we need some type of filter system for dumb arse fans
I can see it now…if Constanza plays for a while, his name will be “Can’t Stand Ya” on this blog.
Don’t forget that without Lowe in September we don’t make the playoffs. Wren is not the joke most clowns on here make him out to be.
I’m keeping up with all the MLB trade talk, and NFL Free Agency. Pretty exciting day and weekend ahead.
And we can report that Constanza has arrived. Just got to ballpark, hugging some fellow players at batting cage. Wearing No. 17
Would probably rather have Span than Bourn assuming Houston would ask for the moon, like for Pence.
Nick Saban, you are not alone in your assessment of Schafer. I don’t understand the love affair many seem to have with him. You look at his stats and see he had 1 1/2 good seasons in the minors and that could be contributed to his use of PEDs.
He may be a nice guy and give good interviews but he is not a major leaguer yet, at least with the bat. He strikes out too much, walks too little and has a low OBP for a leadoff hitter. That is not my idea of a quality leadoff batter. His stats are a matter of record.
July 29th, 20115:33 pm
gonna steal home, not once but twice, tiger. guy is the cat’s meow. or maybe the tiger’s roar
Constanza? Where’s Gregor Blanco when we need him? LOL
July 29th, 20115:34 pm
Constanza is ready for The Contest.
Loved Gant as a player, probably my favorite back in the day, we used to call him pipes in my family because of his huge arms.
This is hilarious how the blog has absolutely blown up….DOB must be loving it.
I agree with just about everything DOB put in the blog. Ludwick makes no sense at all unless he comes dirt cheap after striking out on the bigger targets.
LOVE the idea of Bourne but not sure if they will even deal him. Any of Bourne, Quentin or Pence will make me happy as a Braves fan.
July 29th, 20115:35 pm
so nearly every single hit george constanza has is a single? i guess thats not terrible as he is leading off… but this kid obviously has ZERO pop.
Braves need bull pend help. Need to get rid of Lowe. Need either a LF or 3B. Need a SS. Need a CF. Need a RF if the flash in the pan is indeed that out there. Basically, Braves will be lucky to hold on to the wild card. They cannot even beat the Pirates. And forget it, the Pirates are the Pirates. Not the Red Sox.
“Constanza? Where’s Gregor Blanco when we need him? LOL”
Wow, my thoughts exactly! Sounds like Gregor!
Most MLB players reach their prime at the age of 27. Though, he’s obviously not proven at the ML level, he’s been tearing up AAA pitching for years. Lets just hope he doesn’t try to do too much and he can be the catalyst that Schafer and McLouth haven’t been.
Lew – How long has Y Escobar been in the majors, I don’t think it’s as long as Upton by any means but I do think there is always a chance for someone to make a new start. The kid has loads of talent, maybe he’s suffering from Schaferitis and can’t remember how to let his speed make him great.
July 29th, 20115:36 pm
nolie – ok you jogged my memory on a kid anecdote sure lots of folks hate them and I’m so…wait I meant I don’t care
I’m an LSU alum and his mom’s family are UK alums…when he was little (barely speaking) we taught him to roar for the tigers and meow for the wildcats
Ppl comparing him to Blanco have never seen this guy play and probably never even looked at his numbers. He is very good. Just hope it translates in the bigs
my #17 jersey is now available at braves.com. or you can pick one up at a mall near you!
yeah Ron was a good little player, but along with Joe and Brian constitutes 3 of the more stupid ex-Jock announcers on the same team JMO of course
Michael Bourn doesnt have nearly as much value as Hunter Pence, Im sure the Braves could work a deal out for him, The problem I see is that other teams might pay more.
1. Constanza CF
2. Prado 3B
3. Freeman 1B
4. Uggla 2B
5. Hinske LF
6. Ross C
7. Heyward RF
8. Gonzalez SS
9. Beachy RH
July 29th, 20115:37 pm
Wren is going to bleed the Astros demands down and he’s gonna pull the trigger. The Astros need young talent. The Phillies aren’t willing to give it up. The Braves have it in spades. Something will get done. Pence is a good enough athlete to play CF. Constanza’s stay in the ATL will be short.
Fab-Five Fredi. Agreed. Pay the price for Pence. The middle of that order would look terrific especially when/if Heyward shows up.
Kurkjan just said that Phillies and Braves have made offer and he doesn’t see a deal happen but also added and something could happen and teams can’t give up and it will come down to the wire.
Bobby……. My comment was more so on when the Braves got healthy. I just don’t see him as a diff maker or sending any current Braves starter to the bench on the regular basis.
July 29th, 20115:38 pm
Did you see guys that i not so crazy….My prediction the other day is going to happen…
I couldn’t agree with you more. Jordan Schafer was a mediocre minor league player… I don’t get why the Braves and their fans think he’s gonna be something special at the major league level. He’d make an alright #8 hitter… but for a lead-off guy he really sucks.
“Just like last year when it was literally a last minute trade for Ankiel/Farnsworth.”
Imagine standing in line for a week and a half thru 100 degree heat and torrential downpours to get a peek at what’s behind the curtain
And then they pull up the curtain and what do you see – a BIG donkey with the number 6 on his uniform. HEEEEEEEE- hawwwww
July 29th, 20115:39 pm
MLB Network just published their viewer poll.
Question: Which team NEEDS to make a move the most this weekend?
Guess who finished first?
THIS DUDE IS WAYYYY MORE DESERVING OF A SHOT THAN SCHAFER!
I would never wish for a player to be injured, but Ill admit, I was kinda hoping that a scenario like this would play out where both Schafer and McLouth were on the shelf. Thats the only way the Braves would’ve ever given him a shot. It also helps Matt Young isn’t hitting right now.
A PERFECT STORM!!!!!
JB…… So glad Gant said that. I said it a month ago on another blog and was told I was crazy. BJ can flat out go get the ball and you better not try and run on him! A change of venue is what he needs.
Mid Town Joe
Good thing we let Matty Diaz go last year, huh?
I’m excited to see ‘tony in the pen tonight…see if he can start his move towards my favorites tonight
Bravofan: that’s the most trade news on here in the past few hours
July 29th, 20115:40 pm
Agreed noliee, just didn’t want to say anything negative about Ron, seems like such a nice guy, but not the sharpest. Although I have come to appreciate Joe more and more, now if they could just get rid of Chip, drives me nuts when he does that stupid laugh or raises his voice 5 octaves for a fly ball that he continues to mistake for a home run.
I like Constanza and have pushed for him getting a chance, but players with so little pop often do not translate well to the majors. Hope he is one who does.
DOB-I think the reason Constanza was not called up earlier was to due his inability to STRIKE OUT all the time. His OBP was far too high for this team..His being on base would have clogged the sight lines for certain batters..Fredi warmed up to the idea of having him on the roster, though..more chances for Heyward and others to work on rolling over ground balls and hitting into DP’s…
July 29th, 20115:41 pm
Rowsdower/rotomeister: Check Pence’s road splits. He is not worth the money the next two years. Much less the prospects he takes to acquire.
Andrew in PA: I could live with that.
Chipper still pinch-hit only, might be back in lineup this weekend
July 29th, 20115:42 pm
Didn’t we let Diaz go to make room for Mather? Diaz begged to stay…made no sense.
Wren is a dumb A@@!!!!!!! wouldnt add Minor in deal for Pence. What an idiot
Sorry to see McLouth hurt, but I’m sorrier that he’s even still on the roster. He should have been released after his girly-girl tantrum that got him ejected from Tuesday’s marathon game…with almost no players left on the bench. The fact that Braves management allowed him to remain on the roster is embarrassing.
The Constanza move requires a 40 man roster move. WHo’s being moved off the 40 man roster?
Someone mentioned that 97 of Constanza’s 104 hits are singles. He has good speed, and can turn those singles into doubles with a SB. Then maybe the next hitter can get a single, on which he’d be able to score from 2nd.
Mid Town Joe: Pirates are looking for a bat as well. Just saying.
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