Braves acquire Wilson for middle infield

After trading for outfielder Matt Diaz Wednesday morning, adding a right-handed bat off the bench, the Braves acquired shortstop Jack Wilson from Seattle Wednesday night to shore up their middle infield.

They’d been looking for a solid backup for Alex Gonzalez at short and Dan Uggla at second, and they got a 33-year-old veteran and former All-Star for the Pirates. The Braves acquired Wilson along with cash considerations for a player to be named.

Wilson is on the disabled list with a bruised heel but has been cleared by doctors to play when he’s eligible on Saturday. Braves general manager Frank Wren had his special assistant Dick Balderson in Seattle Wednesday to watch Wilson go through his pre-game work and said he looked fine.

Wilson will be eligible for postseason play by virtue of being on the Braves roster as a disabled player before midnight Wednesday night. Since they won’t activate him until later in the week the Braves don’t have to make a corresponding move because rosters expand on Thursday.

“He gives us that middle infielder we’ve been looking for, backup and depth at both second and short and also can play third,” Wren said. “We all know what kind of gamer and athlete he is. We’re excited to get him because he really fits in well with the rest of our guys.”

Wilson has hit .249 in 62 games for Seattle this season, but has shown signs of improvement going 15-for-49 (.306) in his 15 games since the All-Star break. He has made 38 starts at second base this year for Seattle, 13 at shortstop and one at third base. Wilson, who bats right-handed, is a career .266 hitter with 61 homers and 422 RBIs.

Wilson spent more than eight seasons with the Pirates, making a name for himself with his defense at shortstop and when he won the Silver Slugger in 2004. Wren said he came highly recommended by Nate McLouth and Eric Hinske, who played with him with the Pirates.

Wilson is in the second year of a two-year $10 million contract and will become a free agent at the end of the season.

The Braves wanted to upgrade at backup shortstop position with a more consistent offensive producer – Julio Lugo is hitting .136 (6-for-44) in limited action.

“Jack is an exceptional middle infielder and we’re really excited to get him,” Wren said.

93 comments Add your comment

ernisTbass

August 31st, 2011
10:28 pm

thanks for recommending him Nate, now if you don’t mind he will be taking your spot on the playoff roster

NorCal Brave

August 31st, 2011
10:30 pm

Solid move; I assume Lugo will be dispatched ASAP? Good to have Matty back, as well, and Moylan next week! Carroll, is anybody with the Braves saying what’s up with Prado? Is he still hurting from his injury? He’s been a lengthy funk; nothing out of the infield the last two games.

iago's yoda

August 31st, 2011
10:31 pm

Frank W and co. are acting like they mean it.

BFC

August 31st, 2011
10:31 pm

PMC

August 31st, 2011
10:31 pm

Always liked Jack Wilson from a far. The guy is a gamer. Good fielder IIRC.

Love both of these moves. Should avoid some of the misgivings of last season if an injury should occur.

BFC

August 31st, 2011
10:32 pm

richbrave

August 31st, 2011
10:33 pm

Just go, LUGO.

hasta lavista seabass

August 31st, 2011
10:35 pm

was it me, or does Seabass look totally lost at the plate tonight….like hes resigned to be the ‘automatic out’ we have seen so often in these braves lineups? if wilsons defense is as good, i cant imagine why FG would continue with the obvious hole in lineup Seabass offers…

Sean

August 31st, 2011
10:35 pm

Good pick up for the Braves. A .266 hitter is a great addition. We can assume we’ll get solid production off the bench.

Totally agree Iago, I like the aggressiveness FW and co. have right now. They are successfully shoring up every little weakness we have. We are prepared to go full steam ahead.

Amber

August 31st, 2011
10:38 pm

Liking these moves! Now let’s take the Phillies DOWN!

beekiller

August 31st, 2011
10:40 pm

Aside from getting Diaz back, getting former Pirates usually doesn’t work out well. (see: Nate McClouth)

luvthosedawgs68

August 31st, 2011
10:41 pm

Excellent moves FW!! Basically needing some options from the right side of the plate. Obviously the other playoff teams know that facing lefty starters has been a huge weakness for the Bravos. Additionally, the defense that Wilson will bring will only be a plus! Love it!

Peter

August 31st, 2011
10:45 pm

We almost have a complete team right now. There is one question mark. Jurrjens or Hanson? Who fills that final rotation spot in the postseason? Three of our starters are pitching well. I see Hudson in Game 1, Lowe in Game 2, and Beachy in Game 3. So who is the fourth starter? Maybe one of the kids steps up in September. We might be able to get away with three starters in the Division series, but we need a fourth guy to at least go five innings and give us a chance to win it all.

Bourn
Prado
McCann
Uggla
Jones
Freeman
Heyward
Gonzalez

Ross
Hinske
Diaz
Constanza
Conrad
Wilson

Hudson
Lowe
Beachy
Jurrjens/Hanson/Minor/Other

Kimbrel
Venters
O’Flaherty
Moylan
Vizcaino
Sherrill
Hanson/Jurrjens/Minor/Martinez/Other

Of course with a month to go, this is all subject to change. LET’S GO BRAVES!!!

Atlanta Fan

August 31st, 2011
10:46 pm

The other shoe will fall when the players to be named are announced.

AdirondackDave

August 31st, 2011
10:48 pm

Fine move from where I sit (on my recliner with my laptop). Solid glove and maybe some offense. If he looks good, bet he gets consideration in ‘12.

Playoffs!!!

August 31st, 2011
10:56 pm

This also a good move because he can play third base if Chipper is hurt, and they can leave Prado in leftfield. Another righthanded bat we really need

Largo

August 31st, 2011
11:05 pm

I remember the days when the players and announcers use to say, “Something good always happens when Pradio is in the game.” Those days are long gone. He still lets the strikes go by and swings at the balls. Damn, doesn’t he ever look at himself on video to see how dumb that is? He’s not that great on defense either. Now, he’s just another player filling a uniform.

By the way, McCann is no bargain lately with the bat either. Of course, he never was on defense .

BRAVO_FAN 52

August 31st, 2011
11:10 pm

Day ohm FW you go boy

mac

August 31st, 2011
11:10 pm

1 huddy 2 hanson (he will come back to his old-self) 3 lowe 4 beachy… all we need out of these starters is 6 innings when we get to the postseason

DC Brave

August 31st, 2011
11:13 pm

Lugo is a pro….an intense guy who loves the game. If this means he has to move on, then best of luck Julio.

JackDennis

August 31st, 2011
11:29 pm

Largo: Are you huffing Mustard Gas?

buster brave

August 31st, 2011
11:30 pm

it’s about time we had a seinfeld/constanza reunion.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 31st, 2011
11:32 pm

Getting Wilson is a good move. No doubt Lugo will be gone soon.

VA BRAVEFAN

August 31st, 2011
11:37 pm

No move will be needed on the 25 man roster, because of the expanded roster. But something will need to be done on the 40 man roster, I guess they just move Mclouth to the 60 day dl.

Chris

August 31st, 2011
11:58 pm

Wow Largo, you sure are an IDIOT! I would venture to say there isn’t a GM in Baseball that wouldn’t trade their catcher for ours. About Prado, good players go through slumps. Two words for you, “Dan Uggla” enough said.

Largo

September 1st, 2011
12:11 am

Some of you bums wouldn’t know a good player if you saw one. Prado is more interested in how he looks at the plate shakin’ his bat than he is in gettin’ a hit. If other teams wanted McCann, it would not be for his defense. He is slow and clumsy and more of his throws land in center field than at second base.

David O'Brien

September 1st, 2011
12:17 am

Fredo, I was talking to players in the postgame clubhouse when that trade story “broke.” I feel crushed that you had to wait a few minutes to hear it here, after I got out of clubhouse and was permitted to use my phone again. Can you forgive us? Was your night ruined?

Joel

September 1st, 2011
12:28 am

You tell em Dave, way to put him in his place! <—–sarcasm

Sams

September 1st, 2011
12:29 am

I like your roster, Peter. Noticeably, you left out Linebrink, which I think is a good decision. I know his stats the entire year haven’t been bad, but I just don’t trust him on the mound. Luckily, having a right-handed Arodys Vizcaino on the mound has made his services somewhat…unnecessary.

I feel like the common theme with the Braves this year is that the offense has been streaky. I’d like to see more consistency – I am a big proponent of Seabass simply because the defense he gives you is one of a kind – but those outside sliders are completely unhittable for him and teams know this. Wilson might spell some relief from those pop-ups to first base, but I won’t be completely sold until I see the production from a dude who is coming off an injury.

invictus mon

September 1st, 2011
12:42 am

Glad Nate recommended him. That makes me feel so much better. I hope he breaks the streak of useless Pirates adding to the payroll. We’ll see! GO BRAVES!

I got gout

September 1st, 2011
12:44 am

What the **** is the obsession with the Pirates? Is this the only team that Frank can talk too? When has anything good come outta the Pirates organization since 1992? By god Frank will have Drebeck starting on Sunday. Jeez.
NO fear from other playoff teams. NONE.

banjovie

September 1st, 2011
1:16 am

BREAK OUT THE FLANNEL AND THE NIRVANA, THE BRAVES AREW BACK BABY!!!! Frank Wren is showing some testicular fortitude!!!!! I frankin’ love it!

Steve

September 1st, 2011
1:17 am

Pirates are killing us. Schafer is tearing it up as an Astro and will be better than Bourn at the same age (and cheap enough to use money to buy a FA later). Braves realized they made a mistake letting go of Diaz. Prado looks like a spazzoid at the plate, similar to Uggla earlier this year when he was twirling his bat at ludicrous speed before each pitch (he slowed that down considerably and voila). Hanson and Jurrgens haven’t been right since the break. Linebrink keeps throwing gas on the fire. Heyward looks more like Langerhans than Francouer. Hinske looks more like Tommy Boy at the plate than the savior he was last season.

And yet we are still a virtual lock for the wild-card. That is amazing to me. It really is.

Thank you Johnny, Craig, Freddi, Mr. CoNstanza, AGon (steady), McCann (best in the biz), Prado. Most importantly .. thank you Jordan for helping the idiotic Braves front office realize what a true leadoff hitter means to a team. You still have a lot of learning to do, but even in your youth you managed to changes the Braves philosophy and it is already paying huge dividends. We no longer wait around for the bomb .. we actually make runs now.

I got gout … no fear? Brewers … we won the season series. DBacks .. won that series also. Phillies … currently 6-6 with 6 games remaining. Your acid buildup is clouding your brain. While I don’t think playoff teams ever really ‘fear’ other teams, you can bet no one is excited to play the Braves.

Not my real alias

September 1st, 2011
1:21 am

Actually, didn’t we get La Roche back from the Pirates a few years ago? He had a pretty good second half after we got him.

Legend of Len Barker

September 1st, 2011
1:41 am

To paraphrase Skip Caray from years ago when a certain shortstop was playing in Houston:

Julio Lugo in his Yugo to go.

Steve?

September 1st, 2011
2:06 am

Steve…you just gave AGon props for being steady? LMAO. Wow. Wake the hell up. Schafer is not that great. You will see.

Scott

September 1st, 2011
3:36 am

People make the dumbest comments. Go a couple of games without a hit and you suck and need to go. smh.

Stinger2

September 1st, 2011
4:55 am

Scott: Comments come from opinions. Everybody has one just like we all have a nose and certain other body parts.
I guess we just have to tolerate each other.

BigdaddyJ

September 1st, 2011
6:28 am

Oh darn, we don’t have Ankiel to start in the playoffs? Good subtle pick ups by Frank Wren. Man, we need a starting pitcher the way JJ is going and Hanson hurt.

Let's Go

September 1st, 2011
6:53 am

Lugo, we hardly knew you. Good luck in retirement.

BRW

September 1st, 2011
6:59 am

Largo……………….=……………….Troll………………Don’t respond to his drivel and he will disappear.

Keith

September 1st, 2011
7:02 am

Wren has done it this year. I say he could be the GM of the year. :) GO bRAVES!

jerry

September 1st, 2011
7:02 am

This gives the Braves a very solid bench for the playoffs……….for a change.

yogi

September 1st, 2011
7:23 am

Diaz will help and we need a right handed bat. The best deal is Jack Wilson. He is a very good shortstop and will fit in great between Uggla and Chipper in the field and is a very good hitter.

gem

September 1st, 2011
7:37 am

If Lowe is #1 Or 3 starter, we are in trouble. Last night was the Nats not the Phillies. He still didn’t look dominate.

klmbbfan

September 1st, 2011
7:42 am

Some of you fans are spot on. Prado looks like a joke both in the field and at the plate. Jurrjens is done- he is too stupid to know how to pitch, leaves the ball up over the plate with every batter I am surprised his ERA is not double digits. With that offense there is no excuse they don’t average 5 or more runs per game, they need to be smarter at the plate and take good hacks when there in there. Heyward please leave the team I get embarressed watching you swing the bat- if that is major league material then I missed my calling.

jfreak13713

September 1st, 2011
8:01 am

Two really nice moves by a team trying to win in the playoffs! If, and I do mean IF Jurrjens and Hanson get their acts together over the next few weeks the Braves will be a hard out in the playoffs. However, if playoffs started today I don’t think the Braves would beat Brewers. Jurrjens and Hanson have pitched well this and previous seasons so we know they are good enough they just need snap out of their funk and Braves will be fine.

a fan

September 1st, 2011
8:06 am

kimbbfan; you have missed more than your calling, perhpas your senses.

P Rose

September 1st, 2011
8:15 am

Shane: So you’re Jack Wilson.
Jack Wilson: What’s that mean to you, Shane?
Shane: I’ve heard about you.
Jack Wilson: What have you heard, Shane?
Shane: I’ve heard that you’re a low-down Yankee liar.
Jack Wilson: Prove it.

Furman Bitcher

September 1st, 2011
8:27 am

I say start Wilson over that no good double play machine gonzo. At least get him in there 2 times a week and save us the frustration.

TeheranTime

September 1st, 2011
8:28 am

I like the moves. I still hope Jason Heyward is able to come around. This is a tough lineup IF Heyward can sniff his potential.

John A

September 1st, 2011
8:54 am

Hopefully Jack will show shades of his abilities when he was with Pittsburgh. At one point he was an outstanding SS. Anything he brings to the field is better than what we presently have. Trading Escobar to the Bluejays was not one of the smarter moves, and neither was the trade (Tex) that sent Elvis Andrus to Texas.

Can you imagine what our team would look like with Felize, Andrus, Harrison (Matt), along with our present corp of pitchers? I know Andrus is a SS, but he was in the deal for Tex. Salty was in that deal also. An awful lot of talent for

Spud

September 1st, 2011
8:54 am

Mookie is still playing? Cool!

Capt. Obvious

September 1st, 2011
9:06 am

Great pickup. Wilson is slick in the field. Good job Wren.

Heisenberg

September 1st, 2011
9:11 am

I like this move. Besides helping for rest of thsis year, if Wilson can demonstrate he can play effectively every day, with AGon contract up he could be the SS in 2012 while waiting for somone in Braves minor league system to show they are ready and able to take over,

arnyatt

September 1st, 2011
9:12 am

So now we have George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld on our roster. I smell a World Series title!!!

01HAWK

September 1st, 2011
9:18 am

Giants dumped 13.8 million by DUMPING Aaron Rowand and TEJADA.

Why can’t we DUMP LUGO,and McOUT ?

OH……………………………………..I almost forgot, we are owned by LIBERTY MEDIA…… MY BAD

SavannahBravesFan

September 1st, 2011
9:26 am

Why do people keep bringing up that freakin Tex trade? It is done and over with! We all know it was one of the worst trades in baseball. Stop bringing it up! What if…..what if…….what if

hawk TN

September 1st, 2011
9:32 am

you are right largo mcCan is about the worst defianceave catcher i have seen i don’t see why runners don’t try to steal of him every time they get on base–on a play at the plate he tries to make the tag before he catches the ball–and when and if he makes a play he looks awarkward as hell….

Lobosolo

September 1st, 2011
9:36 am

Wow, the idiots abound… Largo, klmbbfan, etc., etc., etc… Please, for once, will you non-fans let us know why you watch the Braves and moreso, why you call yourselves fans? Really, man… why do you asswipes even watch? Can one of you experts enlighten me on this? Largo? Puto? Moe, Curly, Larry? Why?

Remarkable

September 1st, 2011
9:46 am

Wilson will be eligible for postseason play by virtue of being on the Braves roster as a disabled player before midnight Wednesday night.

Hey, who is now available to be on the Post Season Roster? Looks like it’s quite a list with all the guys on the DL.

Sean

September 1st, 2011
10:08 am

Those who say that Jack Wilson probably won’t work out because he’s a Pirate…wow. Because Nate McClouth wasn’t a fantastic player, you’re going to assume that Wilson won’t be simply because he played for the Pirates?

Forget McCann being a bad defensive catcher, who cares either way? I’ll take the games he wins for us with his bat. How can you criticize an All-Star? Not to mention a multiple time All-Star…

About the Tex trade–hindsight is 20/20. Tex was one of the best players in the league at that time, and he still is. Of course we can go back and criticize, but we can’t tell the future at that time. You think if FW knew what would happen he would have made that trade? No. So quit criticizing.

Our team is set, I say we’ll beat the Phillies in the playoffs. Heck, we’ll even catch the Phils in the division. I’m ready to watch.

Savannah Seer

September 1st, 2011
10:09 am

Looks to me like we won’t be punished further by AGON at-bats in crucial situations late in games. We can now gladly pinch hit for him from either side (Hinske/Diaz) AND then ask Wilson to grab a glove and play SS. AGON just can’t hit, so maybe we can just ask him to go six innings, like our wounded starters! Gotta give it up for Frank Wren this time. Well done, Frankie!!

@Fredo

September 1st, 2011
10:17 am

Thanks DOB for deleting my original comment. And after following roster changes, transactions and trades with this club for a very long time, thanks for, apparently, being “in the players clubhouse” alot. Thanks for your concern of my night and the possible of it being ruined, though it was not. As usual, I found the breaking news elsewhere.

hawk TN

September 1st, 2011
10:23 am

@lobosole largo, puto ,moe ,curley and hawk TN tell it like it is the rest of you thugs are looking through rose colored glases

henry from TN

September 1st, 2011
10:39 am

Kimbrel rocks 41 and counting way to go derek and chipper….

jim

September 1st, 2011
10:53 am

When has anything good come out of Pittsburgh since 1992?

Denny Nagle, Aramis Ramirez to name two. Don’t look now, but the Pirates were competetive for the first half of the season, and have had two great drafts to add to the talent they have brought up recently.

Maybe now the Braves will do like the Giants ande dump Lugo and McLouth –
They basically have. They will be paying their salaries for the rest of the year whether they dress in baseball uniforms or street clothes. Neither will see any action in a meaningful situation, and neither will be on the post season roster.

Good point on Schafer earlier — If we look at his runs/game as a Brave vs Bourn’s runs/game as a Brave in what is now a comparable number of games, I think Schafer’s would be higher. At this stage Bourn is a better talent, but Schafer brought a swagger that no one else on the team (except Kimbrel) seems to have.

Doug

September 1st, 2011
11:00 am

I hope we can keep Diaz and Wilson on next seasons team also, both are still very dependable bench players. Both will help Atlanta the rest of this season and provide some needed rest for Gonzales and some right handed hitters so other teams slow down feeding us lefty pitching.

I think bringing up “THE TRADE” is a good idea….. maybe that insanity will never be repeated by a Braves GM.

O'flarity's water bottle

September 1st, 2011
11:08 am

P Rose

September 1st, 2011
8:15 am

That weird smell, the one your been smelling for hours, is a natural gas leak….

Kito

September 1st, 2011
11:29 am

I hope he will help the team.

Heisenberg

September 1st, 2011
11:33 am

Doug, Diaz has another year on his contract so unless he is traded in offseason, expect he will be back. I believe Wilson is FA after season ends, so bringing him back is not entirely under Braves control.

But myself and others are curious to know the names on the list of players to be named later.

Tom

September 1st, 2011
11:38 am

JasonH had better improve or he will find himself the 5th OF on our team. Too bad they did not send him to Gwinnett for some AB’s, it is too late now? Diaz and Constanza both give you more of a consistent threat at the plate! Diaz reminds me of Frenchy in earlier years, only difference is that Diaz can make contact with a bad pitch whereas Jeff could not! I remember someone once said about both,” they start swinging once they leave the dugout. “

Largo

September 1st, 2011
11:59 am

The reason McCann makes the all star team might be because he is the best of the worst.

Robin Of The Hood

September 1st, 2011
12:05 pm

Rosters expand to up to 40 men today so doubt Lugo gets released guys…just extra help til the playoffs start

TG from CA

September 1st, 2011
12:27 pm

Gotta figure with the addition of Diaz and Wilson, the 2 guys out of post season play will be Conrad and Lugo. Got to love this playoff bench! Ross, Heinske, Constanza, Diaz, Wilson. That is really strong!!

phil

September 1st, 2011
12:45 pm

Sean

August 31st, 2011
10:35 pm
Good pick up for the Braves. A .266 hitter is a great addition. We can assume we’ll get solid production off the bench.

Totally agree Iago, I like the aggressiveness FW and co. have right now. They are successfully shoring up every little weakness we have. We are prepared to go full steam ahead.
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Other than our suspect starting pitching and hitting that tanks for weeks at a time, we’re all set!

Pay those icebergs ahead no mind…

fuzzmeister

September 1st, 2011
12:45 pm

Largo- How did Diaz do last night? Ready to see him go?

phil

September 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

DC Brave

August 31st, 2011
11:13 pm
Lugo is a pro….an intense guy who loves the game. If this means he has to move on, then best of luck Julio.
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I’m a pro too….

I’m intense and love the game as well…

I can’t play baseball, however, and neither can Lugnut anymore….time to go but I join in the well wishes….

GT Alum

September 1st, 2011
12:55 pm

Wren didn’t make the Tex trade! JS did. Jeez, if you’re going to comment about that trade and our GMs, at least get your facts straight.

phil

September 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

Because Diaz only had 2 hits last night….

Fire FW…

GT Alum

September 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

As far as McCann goes, he’s hitting 286 with 22 HRs and an 860 OPS. Yeah, that’s rubbish. He’s going through a slump. It happens to every player. Deal with it, you drama queens.

Largo

September 1st, 2011
1:29 pm

fuzzmeister – you may have misunderstood what I meant on my original post. Can’t remember my exact wording but what I intended to convey was this: Fans being fans, the newness can fade quickly if Diaz doesn’t live up to their expectations. He is very popular in this house and will continue to be, however, I am like a lot of fans, that is, what have you done for the team today. We all hated to see him leave the braves before and are glad he is back. However, if he doesn’t click right away, the grumbling will began.

TOMY FOURNIER

September 1st, 2011
2:14 pm

Prado is flatout…and same others Atlantas players…like MC-CATCHER-TRUCK!!!!…I DON’T LIKE TO SEE THIS KIND OF TEAM IN THE PLAY-OFF SERIES…WILL BE A CIRCUS!!!!…AND WITH THAT FLAT-ROTATION…WHAT A JOKE???EVERYBODY CAN SAY WHAT EVER WANT…BUT AT THE END…TOMY WAS RIGHT…ALL YOU WILL SEE!!!!…AND BELIEVE ME, IF YOU WANT…I LOVE ATLANTA…BEGINNING WHEN THEY WAS THA BOSTON BRAVE,THEM MIILWAUKE BRAVES AND NOW ATLANTA BRAVES…THAT MY TEAM…BUT THE TRUE…IS THE TRUE…SORRY FOR THE “BLIND”!!!

fredo

September 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

Hey… someone stole my name… must change now… don’t want to be associated with a trouble maker…

O'flarity's water bottle

September 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

GT Alum

September 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

Whats your opinion of pual johnson, i think he sucks. He doeas good with what he gets and that says it all. That will not get you a CHAMPION!

Jack in Macon

September 1st, 2011
3:23 pm

Wren’s get ‘em ready for the playoffs. Too bad there are still Wren haters out there.

Gray

September 1st, 2011
4:20 pm

I was unaware the Bravos needed another outfielder and I am not sure they didn’t waste time and money, acquiring another middle infielder because both Gonzalez and Uggla seem to be doing fine!

Mike Schlossberg

September 1st, 2011
5:36 pm

Diaz is a professional hitter.He will be a big help.Wilson like Gonzalez is past his prime .250-.260 hitter.The Braves can do better.I miss Escobar who has hit close to .300 all year.I always liked him.Whats wrong with Jayson Heywood ?Major decline here.

Lemke's Knuckler

September 1st, 2011
6:10 pm

Nice upgrade over Lugo.

Just Saying...

September 1st, 2011
7:12 pm

Watched Wilson in Spring Training/Bradenton for years. Great move, and is our GM ever sending a message to anyone listening. Braves postseason prospects looks the best in what seems like forever.

BIOMASS

September 1st, 2011
9:38 pm

Wilson and Diaz??? Can’t get excited about those two. It’s looking like one and done again, with the sp problems.

Ron Hyatt

September 1st, 2011
10:01 pm

166 games this season. Bet on it.

Lou Piniella's cap

September 2nd, 2011
1:18 am

Pirates are killing us. Schafer is tearing it up as an Astro and will be better than Bourn at the same age (and cheap enough to use money to buy a FA later).
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Steve quit your b!+ch!ing on Schafer. Players don’t get traded for no reason, its either because you’re good and other team covet you or you aren’t cutting it with your current team and they’re ready to move and and get someone better than you. Schafer was in the latter category and the Braves need a proven product now and not a project that will take 2-3 years to develop. And Schafer may be better than Bourn at 28/29 due to the Astros being about as relevant in 5 years as the Pirates have been the last 18. There’s no pressure so he’ll succeed.

When has anything good come out of Pittsburgh since 1992?

Denny Nagle, Aramis Ramirez to name two. Don’t look now, but the Pirates were competetive for the first half of the season, and have had two great drafts to add to the talent they have brought up recently.
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Don’t forget about Jose Bautista too.

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