DOB video: What next for Braves?

CineSport’s Noah Coslov asks the AJC’s David O’Brien which areas the Braves should focus on as they look to improve the roster for 2012.



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Al

October 17th, 2011
3:02 pm

Need a new manager.

El Bravo

October 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

DOB, do you know if Kevin Seitzer (batting coach Royals) is an option for the Braves BC job? He has done fairly impressive work with limited talent in KC…

El Bravo

October 17th, 2011
3:19 pm

Also, if they get a solid left fielder could they move Prado to short until Pastornicky is ready? He has played there before in Venezuela, the Minors and the Majors (albeit only a handful of games at the Majors) and he is fairly decent with the glove (no gold glove but decent).

Chris White

October 17th, 2011
3:29 pm

Short is not a strong position for Prado. I like him in a platoon at second, first, and third. Other than that, get a strong hitting left fielder. Gonzo will be fine at short for another year or until the “pastor” is ready

STRETCH

October 17th, 2011
3:36 pm

LF with some boom in his bat. Pick up another utility guy off the bench that can get on base and cause havoc. Prado to utility role. Trade Lowe, Diaz and Conrad to anybody that bites!

urban redneck

October 17th, 2011
3:39 pm

pastornicky is only temporary as well. we have two better shortstops in the minors.

let prado be our backup infielder. trade jj for a left fielder.

Chief Noc-A Homa

October 17th, 2011
3:39 pm

according to the braves announcers they had the best ss in the game

Andre "Pulpwood" Smith

October 17th, 2011
3:41 pm

DOB- Are those posters on the ceiling? It looks like you’re in some demented dentist’s office.

Z J

October 17th, 2011
3:42 pm

I don’t buy this argument that Prado can’t play SS. He plays first, second, third and left…but god forbid, he can’t play short. No buy it.

Frediot

October 17th, 2011
3:46 pm

Needing a new manger? Whys? I is da bestest at IBBing and buntz and thats the most biggest parts of being a manger.

bobby c

October 17th, 2011
3:48 pm

I wonder if they can deal JJ or Hanson to CWS for Ramirez and Lasting MIllidege

Brave New World

October 17th, 2011
3:58 pm

Need a corner outfielder with speed (20-30 steals) and/or power (20-30 home runs, 80-100 rbi). Need to decide on shortstop (I’d love to see us sign Jimmy Rollins). Also need to make Prado starting 3rd baseman and count on Chipper for 200-300 AB’s.

ScottBravesFan

October 17th, 2011
4:01 pm

Bring in Josh Willingham to be the left fielder. Move Prado back to a utility role. Put Lowe in the bullpen, because no one is going to take him at that salary, bring Pendleton back as hitting coach, led the league in OBP in 2010. And it would be nice to get rid of Fredi Gonzalez who is a horrible manager and does everything strictly by the book. Not to mention his bunting fetish.

Elmer

October 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

yes, Willigham to left, big bat!!

Z J

October 17th, 2011
5:02 pm

Trade JJ to the Dodgers for Andre Eithier.

Necromancer

October 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

I say trade Liberty Media to Abu Dhabi for some extra cash!!! :D

Lost Cause

October 17th, 2011
5:14 pm

Prado should return to being super sub and go out and find a left fielder. Play Prado 4-5 days a week giving everyone on the infield 1-2 days off a week (i.e. Chipper two days). Now that would be a bench.

There will be no Rollins or Reyes or anybody unless Lowe can be “un-Loweded”.

JoeBrave

October 17th, 2011
5:31 pm

Jeez! folks Pastornicky is a brick glove he is trade fodder, stop believing the pr hype machine!

JoeBrave

October 17th, 2011
5:32 pm

more than likely you will see Eduardo Nunez at ss

JoeBrave

October 17th, 2011
5:32 pm

Prado? really? LMBO!

Astro Joe

October 17th, 2011
5:45 pm

Braves also need a bonafide ace, someone who can actually pitch a full 7 innings as a minimun standard (not a max effort like Huddy). As long as the other playoff teams have 2 better starting pitchers than anyone we trot out there, we won’t be in a position to do a whole lot more than watch snother disappointing playoff series. A “deep” pitching rotation is only meaningful if you have a true ace at the top. Having 7 number 2-4 pitchers isn’t going to cut it in the post-season.

adam

October 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

trade jason heyward, jurjjens, and vizciano or delgado for eithier and kershaw!

Nerdbucket Moylan

October 17th, 2011
5:54 pm

Would love to get Ethier. Would only be for 1 year unless we can sign him to an extension. This is the left fielder that we have needed since sheffield departed for the yanks. if we could be assured that tommy hanson will be healthy then we should check with the dodgers on a package for ethier centered around jurrjens. Hanson’s health is a huge ?, though. Rotator cuff tears, even if small, are serious stuff. Right now, our rotation and lineup are question marks until jair and tommy can prove their health.

Line Drive

October 17th, 2011
6:05 pm

nobody wants Heyward…..he can’t play. you won’t be able to trade Jurrjens either. Everybody knows he lights it up before the All star Break and then sucks in August and September or breaks down. Hanson’s throwing motion will run him out of baseball in about 2 years, the braves are stuck with him until his next breakdown

Felix

October 17th, 2011
6:12 pm

WREN: GET SOME BATS!!!! DUH.

Gordon

October 17th, 2011
6:13 pm

Pretty much all Shortstops in the minors are brick gloves, that’s why they are in the minors and to also improve with the bat Mickey Mantle was a SS, Robin Yount also. If you can hit teams will find a place for you. Field conditions are better in majors and that along with another year under your belt marks for improvement. Look up some of the best SS in baseball minor league fielding stats and the numbers are real ugly. I am a firm believer in show me that you cant compete at this level and that is what spring training is for. Pastornicky is 30-40 steals fast and and he has a great bat. The kid is a born baseball player.

Felix

October 17th, 2011
6:16 pm

Maybe our Braves hitters are just stupid. So I hope the Braves are watching the playoff games ( like last night’s) and have learned that it is perfectly okay to score more than 2 runs a game.

Gordon

October 17th, 2011
6:20 pm

Prince Fielder is the worst hitter in baseball. He went 0-4 last night. He is a stupid hitter

Ryan's Dad

October 17th, 2011
6:22 pm

I loved seeing the Braves bring some speed to the team for the first time in a long time. For two years in a row our team has limped into the final games. Injuries to Wagner,Prado and Jones in 2010 and then the incredible slump of September 2011. Because of that, I would love to see the Braves take offers for anyone on the team and try and trade laterally. Individually, our players seem to have what it takes, so maybe if you get players with similar traits, the chemistry will be better and we can be proud of our team in October instead of stopping in August!

bravesfanforever

October 17th, 2011
6:26 pm

Wow, that made up interview was incredibly enlightening. I don’t think we know any more today than we did yesterday. Oh well, guess we’ve got to keep the fans searching for any kind of news whether it means anything or not. Let’s get this World Series over with and work on making some good trades and get this team back on track. Wow, 2011 was a complete disaster in any number of ways.

Gordon

October 17th, 2011
6:30 pm

The Red Sox and the Phillies need to completely switch out their players. Red Sox slumped as bad as Braves and Phillies were eliminated from the first round faster than you could say Fran Wren find a SS. The best teams are not in the playoffs and the best teams are not in the World Series. Want to know who is in the World Series? The teams that are the hottest and playing the best baseball are in the World Series, and not the best overall teams. A week from now the Pirates or the Nationals could beat the Rangers or Cardinals in a short series.

TeheranTime

October 17th, 2011
6:39 pm

JJ and who else for Ethier? You don’t get Ethier straight up for JJ. I would like to see Atlanta acquire some pop in the lineup in the outfield and acquire a speedy shortstop. Any of those out there? I know. I know. Jose Reyes won’t likely sign with Atlanta but you could have a pretty good lineup with a bat in LF, a speedy SS and you have to hope Jason Heyward bounces back. I would like to think he will.

Preston Thompson

October 17th, 2011
6:39 pm

Lonedrive. You hit it dead on. Your entire statement is right on. Never in your brightest days will you ever see Heywood be the hero. While the Brave are making a pitch for players, I like that Morrison fellow. I think he in Fla. No, on second thought the Braves would ruin him. Never mind.

But for sure get a manager, not a stump with a knot on it.

TeheranTime

October 17th, 2011
6:40 pm

Adam, teams would start listening if you talked JJ and Vizcaino. Heyward isn’t going to make anyone’s ears perk up.

bobbymahlon

October 17th, 2011
6:42 pm

Don’t give up on Prado remember he was the all star second baseman in 2010. Give the guy a chance after coming off injuries and playing first,third and left field. He never knew from one night to the next where he would be playing, many times two positions. He is never going to be the power hitter people want in left field but given a chance to play left and hitting like he did the past three years he will hit 300 with 15 homers and 70 runs batted in. Even with the terrible year he had last year hitting 260 with what 12 or 13 homers that is still better than some other players that you people love.
As far as Willingham goes his career averages are around 260 with 21 homers and 72 runs batted in. That tells me you people are willing to settle with a player who is a little above average hitting wise and a so so fielder. I feel like Charlie Manual if we are going to get someone get a player who is going to make a difference like he did with Hunter Pence.

Nerdbucket Moylan

October 17th, 2011
6:47 pm

preston, love your thought on logan morrison. unfortunately, i doubt management sees him as a prototypical personality. maybe if he were more like grumpyface at ss and swung for the fences and got angry after K’ing yet again…..

bobbymahlon

October 17th, 2011
6:48 pm

You might as well start working on trades for JJ and Tommy Hansen as they are Boras players and management will not work with Boras. I for one can’t blame them for over paying his players.

Stupid Suggestions

October 17th, 2011
6:51 pm

McLouth can play left, Diaz in right. Bring back Lugo to play SS. Lowe and Kawakame as # 1 & 2 starters. We will be unstoppable! Oh, and Rafael Belliard as hitting coach.

Bill Dozer

October 17th, 2011
6:53 pm

Chief Noc-a-homa…at one point or another in the season, the Braves had the best player at EVERY position–according to the Braves announcers. I wish they would replace those glorified cheerleaders with some real announcers next season. Braves fans deserve better.

bozz

October 17th, 2011
6:53 pm

Holy crap, such ridiculous ideas around here. There is absolutely no chance the Dodgers will part with Ethier, especially for JJ and a filler. We’re not getting Reyes because we don’t have the money. We’re not getting Fielder because we don’t need a 1B. Why on earth would you put Prado back on the bench after he has one slightly down year by his standards when he is one of the best pure hitters on the team?

Seriously, some of these ideas make me believe that they’re concocted by 12-year-olds.

bobby c

October 17th, 2011
6:58 pm

I say trade Minor Hanson and Hicks to the Red Soxs for Connor Jackson Mike Aviles and John Lester. Use Jackson as our LF and uses Aviles as out shortstop.

Stupid Suggestions

October 17th, 2011
7:01 pm

If the Phillies add Verlander and Sabathia to their current rotation of Lee, Hamels, Halladay, Oswalt, and Worley they will be unstoppable next year!

stew

October 17th, 2011
7:03 pm

We started this year with five starters. Then Lowe proved last September was fluke. They could have gotten a deal for him with the Tigers, but for some reason they felt they needed him. JJ and Hanson were a waste as well. Then Gonzo decided nobody could pitch 5 innings.

Great Scott #13

October 17th, 2011
7:16 pm

The Braves need a Power Hitter, in LF. And why not hire B Mac’s Dad as hitting coach?

That dude

October 17th, 2011
7:20 pm

Diddo Bozz. Some of these ideas are ridiculous. J.J. and Hanson are on the hook for 2 more years. J.J. will be eligible for arbitration in a year or so. We have all the pitching we need. We have all the bats we need. What we don’t have is a capable manager. We got a very good player in Bourn but the team really didn’t improve much. Fire Fredi now and get a guy in there that manages baseball and not with sabermetrics!

Tony

October 17th, 2011
7:28 pm

Over all the Braves have some problems that can be fixed and small changes to be made. For one our young Pitchers are ready due to the amount of innings pitched this year. My Preferred rotation would be, Hudson, Jurjens Hanson, Degaldo and Minor. I know Lowe is under contract for 1 more year I might try to trade him for whatever you can get although it would be hard because of the size of his contract or just eat and release. Jason will be fine if given the proper instructions (I could make him a 280 to 300 hitter and have him cut down on his strike outs) I know you wonder who I am, but seriously I could help him. Otherwise the Braves need a proven hitting coach. and maybe strengthen the Bench a little. The Problem with Fredi is that he is to much like Bobby, he is afraid to force his players to bunt in situation that are needed when pending on the hitter he is hoping for a home run. Baseball is baseball and to be successful you have to have your big sticks bunt when it is needed.

nick p

October 17th, 2011
7:31 pm

during our slide i wrote a comment about this is bad for a while simply because at 6 of the 8 positions players are entrenched: 1b-freeman, 2-base, uggle, 3-base chipper, left field-prado due to chipper still here, center-bourne, right field-heyward, that only leaves shortstop, id ont think braves will give up on heyward, bourne should get an extension even though i wish he would attempt at bunts or fake bunts more often, prado mightbe tradeable, but he willbe given one more year, we can only hope chipper retires at end of next year, 14 million for a part time hitter with diminished numbers, catcher mccann aint going anywhere even though i feel he is abit over-rated especially defensively lets too many balls get away and cant really throw runners out, uggle is in for five years, freeman the only good thing about last year willbe back, so what does that really leave? shortstop and unfortunately we are back to pre-steroid era in production outof that area if rollins and reyes are considered the best at those positions, i really dont see an impactful change coming our way, especially if we still work with the same old budget!

TeheranTime

October 17th, 2011
7:49 pm

Stupid Suggestions, I think Disney Channel has a good show on for you right now….

Rilo

October 17th, 2011
8:05 pm

Trade EVERYONE and go and get everyone on the NL All-star team… and do it for under 40 million in case anyone gets hurt. That should take care of it.

Steve

October 17th, 2011
9:20 pm

You absolutely do not want Prado playing short. PERIOD. We would be better off moving Chipper to short and letting Prado play third.

I like some of the other ideas .. Rollins especially, but the reality is that the Free Agent market is underwhelming and will be overpriced. We need to cut loose on a couple of our young arms and bring in a younger talent that we can control cheaply for a couple of years.

I also have no problems with letting Constanza play against righties in LF, sign Rollins and letting Prado become a super sub/platoon guy in left.

Willingham is only slightly better defensively in the outfield than Adam Dunn and most of his HR’s come in garbage time which is why he is always available. He has never been clutch.

old timer

October 17th, 2011
9:35 pm

The Braves are close. Need to sign Bourn long-term. I like having Chipper on the team for another year but it’s too bad he is making so much money for a team that has payroll issues. Lowe is going to hurt us for another year, too. So we need to stand pat, make Lowe a reliever since he’s untradeable, play Chipper part time and basically stand pat. Improvement will come with young pitchers stepping up and Heyward will be a lot better next year. Trust me on that. He is going to be a star. Freeman will also get better. He always has at every level. We can go another season with Gonzales at short. The important thing there is defense. With $32 million going to Lowe and Chipper, we have to wait another year to make a significant move or two. But we have great pitching and will contend.

Tom

October 17th, 2011
9:50 pm

I’d like some starting pitching that 6+ innings per start. longer they go, less wear and tear on o’ventabrel

ray

October 17th, 2011
10:12 pm

I agree it’s time to look for deals (trades) for either Hanson and/or Jurgens. they won’t be here much longer. no more letting guys walk w/o any compensation-won’t offer arbitration.
also time for a new owner , new manager and new GM. need to draft guys based on ability not just college players based on signability
getting rid of the hitting coach is just a token gesture.
Feliz, Andrus and Harrison didn’t look too bad did they ?
even great minds like JS turn senile at some age.

truth2

October 17th, 2011
10:19 pm

Preach on brother! Frank Wren and management could care less what the fans wish. All you good fans on blog making trades and suggestions on what Braves need and JS, FW, BC and Fredi at home asleep or drunk somewhere….pray liberty sells.
Fans care more than management..same for Gov’t..on care about themselves.

truth2

October 17th, 2011
10:21 pm

ole timer, that bs is getting old.

Playoffs!!!

October 17th, 2011
10:26 pm

Astro Joe @5:45—–I agree with you 110 percent. We do not have a true ace, and we need one badly. Hudson has never been an ace here (maybe in Oakland) At best he is a very good #2.
The Mariners are going nowhere. They need to rebuild. What will they take for Feliz Hernandez? Jurrgens, Minor and a minor leaguer maybe??

TK

October 17th, 2011
10:27 pm

“Having 7 number 2-4 pitchers isn’t going to cut it in the post-season.”

Unless you want to make it to the World Series like the Rangers and Cards. Is Wilson or Carpenter a true number 1? How many tue number ones are there in baseball? 5-10? Verlander, Halladay, Lee, Kershaw, Linceum, Felix, Weaver, Sabathia.

Having pitching depth is crucial even if you dont have an ace. If JJ and Hanson stayed healthy last year, you have to think the Braves would have won the wildcard. And then, as the Cards prove, you never know what is going to happen once you get in.

cut lowe

October 17th, 2011
10:29 pm

cut your losses release lowe and get some more sticks in the ;lineup to drive in runs

Apathetic Andy

October 17th, 2011
10:40 pm

- Trade JJ for one of the two corner outfielders we need who can drive in runs
- Resign Michael Bourn
- Send Lowe to the glue factory
- Teach Fredi the difference between a player in a slump and a player who is washed up
- Convince Fredi to release player who is washed up and not continue to put them in the lineup
- Come to realization that just like Aaron, Murphy, Glavine, Smoltz, and Maddux – Chipper is not going to be able to carry the team.

PS. For the love of all that’s holy, drop the idea that Terry Pendleton was ever a good hitting coach, he was never as good as what some people seem to misremember.

Gonzo didn’t knock in many runs, but saved runs with his defense, therefore a wash. Why not find a SS that will give us an advantage, not a wash. Reyes, Rollins, and so on are going to be to expensive.

chip per

October 17th, 2011
10:51 pm

Enter your comments here

truth2

October 17th, 2011
10:51 pm

not bad andy

phil

October 17th, 2011
10:53 pm

Fire FG…

Release Wayward….

A good start right there.

RC in the ATL

October 17th, 2011
10:58 pm

DOB…what do you think of Moe’s BBQ at 14th and State Street?

Web Masters

October 17th, 2011
11:52 pm

“Need a new manager.” Came in here to say this, but Done in One.

Ronaldus Hyattus

October 17th, 2011
11:54 pm

Athletes who renew their contracts re-sign with their teams (note the hyphen). If they were to resign they would do the opposite—leave.

Nevada Roy

October 18th, 2011
12:00 am

This may be crazy and he may be not interested in returning to the Braves but it’s my understanding that Jeff Francoeur has a mutual option for 2012 with the Royals so I assume he could decline it for something better. He has a different agent and in 2011 posted: 153 games; 601 ABs; 20 HRs; 87 RBIs; BA .285 (.302 against LH pitchers); OBA .329; OPS .805. This suggests he has learned the strike-zone or the American League hasn’t figured him out yet which is unlikely as his second half BA was .310. His arm is more accurate than Heyward who could be moved to LF with Prado getting a lot of time at 3B-1B-2B where he is more comfortable.

Double play

October 18th, 2011
12:04 am

Royals have two young players I would try to get that would 1.Get us a SS. 2. get a outfielder that can play.3.Both have speed . 4.They would be cheap on budget 5. leaving enough $$ to put on other needs. Oh, the names, Alcides Escobar hit 254 with 4 homers 46 rbi’s and swipe 26 bases plays SS and Lorenzo Cain OF, need I say more.
Just my 2 cent worth.

cbCHIP

October 18th, 2011
12:04 am

Dad, can you believe these crazy bloggers wanna “platoon” Prado? Son, they’re bloggers!!! Enjoy your offseason.

Double play

October 18th, 2011
12:13 am

Nevada thats like marrying your x..old stuff.

Double play

October 18th, 2011
12:15 am

cbchip..no just trade him.

Nemesis

October 18th, 2011
12:20 am

Get Josh Willingham, Re-sign Bourn, Re-sign Wilson, Hinske and Diaz, hire Dave Magaden for hitting coach. Prado to super utility(3b, 2b, 1b). Lowe to bullpen.

CF Bourn
3b Chipper
C Mac
2b Uggla
1b Freeman
LF Willingham
RF Heyward
SS Gonzalez

Bench – Hinske, Ross, Prado, Wilson, Diaz

Hudson
Hanson
Jurrjens
Beachy
Minor

jb

October 18th, 2011
12:35 am

Should have got Josh W instead of Diaz to start with. Let Wilson, Heinske go. Diaz has another year on his contract. Add Conrad to the terminate list, get a new bench with more upside.

mikeinla

October 18th, 2011
1:15 am

Im really surprised no one’s mentioned Michael Cuddyer. Dude’s good for 20 hr and can play lf, rf, first, 3rd, and second

Gray Mule

October 18th, 2011
6:18 am

Once upon a time – - – As all really good stories start:

I remember when there was 6 teams in the national league and 8 in the american league.

Near the end of the season the owners of the last place teams in each league got their
heads together and “almost” pulled off the biggest trade ever. They were going to swap
their entire 25 man roster to the other team. There was a breakdown somewhere and it
didn’t happen.

Everyone is talking trade. Suppose the Red Sox, who died late in the season, offered
to trade their entire 25 man roster to Atlanta for their 25 man roster. Both teams went
down with a whimper, didn’t they.

Both teams would keep their farm hands.

Who gets the short end of the stick in this swap??

Gray Mule

Gray Mule

October 18th, 2011
6:19 am

Oops. 8 teams in each league – - – My bad typo.

Packer Ed

October 18th, 2011
6:31 am

Folks, if a Championship is the ultimate goal, the Braves need more to cash each year to operate with and if more cash is needed, The Braves first need a new owner that has a big ego and wants to win. BRAVES NEED A NEW OWNER, ask Santa Claus

A new owner would force accoutability with guys like Schuerholz, Wren, Gonzales, etc.

Bob the Blogger

October 18th, 2011
7:05 am

At some point, the Braves are going to have to trade one of their premier pitchers for a premier hitter. They just have so much starting pitching depth and so few runs being scored. Prado is a good player, but he doesn’t have a lot of speed, power, or a good OBP – not enough of any of those skills to take up the LF spot on a weak hitting team.

SS is the other problem. Fredi says he doesn’t care if Alex G. doesn’t hit at all the way he plays defense, but if you’re down by a run with runners on second and third with two outs, and Alex G. is up, you care if he hits. He’s 1/9 of the lineup like everyone else. The problem this winter is lack of good, reasonably priced free agents.

Bob the Blogger

October 18th, 2011
7:17 am

One thing that puzzled me this year was the lack of use of Hinske. He didn’t hit that well, but he wasn’t used enough to get in a groove. With Heyward’s struggles, Hinske could have been used a lot more. If Hinske is not going to get playing time when both Heyward and Prado are struggling, when will he ever get any playing time? Once Diaz arrived, he pretty much sat on the bench as well.

Don Waddell

October 18th, 2011
7:36 am

Hire me. I’ll immediately implement my “five-year plan” and after 12 years of mediocrity (and that’s being kind to myself), I’ll have raked in millions in salary; decimated the roster, missed on almost every draft pick (no matter how high), and the team will move to Canada. Everybody wins!

Jonron

October 18th, 2011
7:50 am

If the Indians don’t pick up Sizemore’s $10M option, I’d say take a flyer on him to play LF. Less pressure on his knees in left and if he’s 90 percent of himself, he’d be the perfect #2 hitter in with his power and speed if healthy. Prado can still be a super sub and give Sizemore an occasional rest and play four to five times a week between 3B, LF, 2B and 1B, giving Freeman a day off when face a tough lefty.

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
7:55 am

still suprised at some of the stupidity, EVERYONE: we can’t trade JJ or Hanson right now and expect to get anything we NEED for either of them because of the “liability” tag both placed on themselves this year, come on!

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
7:56 am

I’m not going out on a limb and sayinng neither will be traded at some point, just stop expecting Andre Eithier or somebody that big in return, it just isn’t gonna happen!

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
7:58 am

Bob, the national league scouting report finally caught up to Hinske, i.e. don’t throw him a fastball if he gets ahead of you in the count:)

Arkie

October 18th, 2011
8:01 am

John and Frank, we are challenging both of you to make our BRAVES a better team. Free up some money – pay Chipper his last year over 3 to 4 years. I read a lot of good names written for immediate help. Both of you know the needs the same as we – power OF help, ace pitcher, third base man with power and a good glove. Chipper is good for a few games a week, but can not be counted on. Mark DeRossa would be a good fit for utility help. Either fix the problems or remain the problem. Either way you two collect your fat salaries and make excuses. You will have to trade talent, so to be the best we want the best. Get her Done!

old scout

October 18th, 2011
8:10 am

I’m not sure why bloggers think all of the other teams in the majors are just sitting there waiting to trade their best players to the Braves for some of their cast-offs. Must be a result of fantasy leagues. Most of the proposed trades are pure fantasy.

Jonron

October 18th, 2011
8:11 am

If the Indians don’t pick up Sizemore’s $10M option, I’d say take a flyer on him to play LF. Less pressure on his knees in left and if he’s 90 percent of himself, he’d be the perfect #2 hitter with his power and speed if healthy. Prado can still be a super sub and give Sizemore an occasional rest and play four to five times a week between 3B, LF, 2B and 1B, giving Freeman a day off when facing a tough lefty.

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
8:12 am

old scout: I agree completely!

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
8:15 am

Jonron, Freeman hits lefty pitching pretty well for a young kid, he had something like a .260 avg against lefties most of the season I think

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
8:20 am

I don’t buy into the “resting players” theory anyway, players like Freeman and Heyward OUGHT to play every inning of every game until their body says they can’t!

Jonron

October 18th, 2011
8:31 am

But I’d still take a chance on Sizemore. Don’t have to trade anyone for him if him option isn’t picked up. If healthy he brings power, speed, hits for average and plays great defense.

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
8:33 am

what if we don’t have the money to pay him? payroll has steadily gone down ya know…

Jonron

October 18th, 2011
8:36 am

He should come cheap. Because of his injuries a one yr deal to prove he’s healthy at $5-6M is realistic.

George T.

October 18th, 2011
8:37 am

Many thoughts on this blog; some good, some not so good and some really dumb. However, without a change at the top; ie: field manager and GM there will be no improvement regardless of the changes made. Fredi and Frank seem to be good guys, just not capable of leading the organization and team.

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
8:45 am

well that was kinda my point Jonron, you say 5-6 million is cheap, but we may not have even that to spend, that’s what I was saying. Liberty Media is gonna be a pain this year unless they can unload the team pretty quick because we lose our tax write-off status going into next season, changing their viewpoint of the team drastically. Wren said we’d have a little more money, but I’ll believe that when I see it…

SavannahBravesFan

October 18th, 2011
8:47 am

Agree with TK @10:27, you don’t need a true ace to make it or win the World Series. Look at the Phils! They have two, maybe 3, so called “number 1″ starters and looked where they ended up. The Yankees have an “ace” and where are they? The Tigers “ace”? You just need good quality pitching up and down the roster and a team that can hit. It is all about momentum when it comes to the playoffs.

BravesFanSince80's

October 18th, 2011
8:51 am

momentum comes from the top down, one place where we are sadly lacking

Fastball

October 18th, 2011
9:39 am

Replace Frank Wren and Fredi Gonzales.

ChillyMutt

October 18th, 2011
10:03 am

T J
Shortstop is MUCH different than second or third base.

Bro

October 18th, 2011
10:14 am

Prado–needs to adjust attitude. Play baseball and quit complaining. Need another good power hitter-young one that will be there awhile. Need another player that can catch and play first or third or even the outfield. Got to care more than two catchers. Need another established good starter about 5 years younger than Hudson-our only real starter at this time. Trade some of those pitchers that the Braves think are so good (JJ, Hanson, and one other) and get something in return. Other teams do it all the time. Average pitching and good hitting gets you to the playoffs and the world series. If the Braves can’t make this kind of a deal–get a new GM. Redsox are making some moves.

Mako

October 18th, 2011
10:36 am

A new 3rd Baseman, Dump the Chumper, trade Heyward while somebody is still dumb enough to think they can fix him…bad stance and swing at strikes, move Prado back to 2nd and just pay Ugly to go away…make Gonzo Fredi understand that it’s allowable to let starters pitch into the 7th, 8th and the 9th innings and not use the bullpin every single night. Better yet….Dump Slipper, trade Heyward (before he becomes to wayward), just get rid of Ugly Uggla, do not bring Diaz back and get a new Manager…let Gonzo Fredi go!!!!!!!!!!!!

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