Braves sign all their arb-eligibles and bring back Moylan

After signing reliever Eric O’Flaherty late Monday, then center fielder Michael Bourn and pitcher Jair Jurrjens on Tuesday, the Braves successfully avoided any arbitration hearings and tidied up the roster and payroll a month before spring training.

The Braves also agreed to terms later Tuesday with popular veteran reliever Peter Moylan, who’s coming off shoulder surgery and hopes to be ready by the early season.  He got a minor-league deal with an  invitation to spring training and $1 million on a prorated basis for time in the majors, plus incentives.

Braves general manager Frank Wren indicated there was a good chance no bigger moves would be made before pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 19 at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Braves haven’t made any big acquisitions since losing 20 of their final 30 games and missing a playoff berth on the final day of the season, but Wren believes the team will be improved if some players bounce back after disappointing seasons.

“We’ve felt all winter long that we have a foundation of a very good team,” he said, “and I think this is likely the team we not only got to spring training with but that we break camp with. We’ve talked about it before, how we have a good team; if it performs to its capability we’ll be in the running and we can make adjustments as we go along.”

Significant raises for the four arbitration-eligible players — Martin Prado was the first to sign on Friday – raised the Braves’ salary commitments to nearly $90 million for 2012, a few million below 2011 payroll.

The Braves have said they would keep the payroll the same or slightly higher, and Wren said they want to retain some payroll flexibility to make potential moves during the upcoming season. The Braves have not divulged a specific payroll limit.

“We plan to keep some margin to allow us to make some additions during the season, at the break,” Wren said. “We feel like we’re right where we want to be at this time of the year. It gives us flexibility to make moves.”

O’Flaherty, a left-handed setup man who led the majors with a 0.98 relief ERA, got a 178-percent raise to $2.49 million in his second year of arbitration.

He closed the season with 20 consecutive scoreless appearances and became the first reliever in major league history to post a sub-1.00 ERA in 70 or more appearances.  O’Flaherty had 78 appearances, tied for fifth-most in the majors.

Jair Jurrjens, in his second arbitration year, got a $5.5 million deal for ‘12, which also includes potential incentives of $25,000 each for 175 innings, 180, 190, 200, 210, and 215. He made $3.25 million in 2011, a season cut short by a right knee injury for the second year in a row.

Jurrjens went 13-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 23 starts, none after August. In four-plus seasons with Detroit and Atlanta, Jurrjens is 16-13 with a 4.25 ERA in 41 starts in August-September, and 34-20 with a 2.96 ERA in his other 74 starts.

Bourn, in his third and final year of arbitration, got a $2.45 million raise to $6.845 million. He hit .294 with a .349 on-base percentage and majors-leading 61 stolen bases for Houston and Atlanta.

After hitting .311 with a .368 OBP in his last 93 games with Houston through July 30, Bourn was traded and hit .278 with a .321 OBP  in 53 games for Atlanta. He hit .254 with a .295 OBP in 30 games for the skidding Braves after Aug. 25, though he did steal 14 bases in that stretch.

Bourn is eligible for free agency after the 2012 season and could be difficult to sign to a long-term extension. His agent is Scott Boras, who advises most clients to explore free agency when they get the right, rather than take a discount to stay with their current team before seeing what else is out there.

Prado got a raise from $3.1 million to $4.75 million in his second year of arbitration, despite slipping to a .260 average and .687 OPS in 2010. He hit .307 with an .809 OPS as an All-Star second baseman in 2010.

After missing 5-1/2 weeks last summer following staph-infection surgery on his right calf, Prado’s power and speed were diminished. He homered and drove in two runs  in his first game back July 15, then hit .244 with two homers in 238 at-bats over his next 55 games.

Moylan, a free agent after being non-tendered by the Braves last month, was offered a deal after the team was sure of its payroll situation and confident that his recovery was progressing.  He had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September.

The sidearmer made $2 million in 2011 and was limited to 13 appearances, missing most of the season while recovering from May back surgery followed by the shoulder problem that flared up three weeks after he came back from the disabled list.

Moylan pitched in 80 or more games in three of the previous four seasons for the Braves, coming back strong in 2009 after missing most of ’08 recovering from “Tommy John” elbow surgery.  During the 2009-2010 seasons he recorded a 2.90 ERA with 7.4  strikeouts per nine innings in 136 2/3 innings.

The Braves listened to trade offers for both Prado and Jurrjens this winter, but haven’t been intrigued enough to part with either. Prado is difficult for them to replace because he plays left field but also moves to third base whenever Chipper Jones, 40 in April, is out of the lineup.

Jurrjens was an All-Star in 2011, but other teams have concerns about the knee after he missed the important September stretch for the second year in a row. Jurrjens plans to pitch with a protective brace at the beginning of the 2012 season, and potential suitors will surely be watching.

Wren said it’s possible that veteran pitcher Tim Hudson won’t be fully recovered from back surgery before Opening Day, or the Braves might be cautious with him in spring training after observing how he handles early workouts. That’s made trading Jurrjens unappealing for anything less than a big return.

With Derek Lowe gone – the Braves are paying $10 million of his $15 million salary to pitch for Cleveland – the Braves will have a young rotation after Hudson. Jurrjens is easily the most experienced from among Tommy Hanson, Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor and rookie candidates Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado.

259 comments Add your comment

Tommy Boggs

January 17th, 2012
7:58 pm

Now sign Cody Ross, wave bye-bye to Matty Diaz

Talls

January 17th, 2012
8:02 pm

Talls

January 17th, 2012
8:02 pm

stared @ it and thought “This is weird no comments…oh i should write something!” =)

Tommy Boggs

January 17th, 2012
8:03 pm

I like Matty, but Ross is much better D and can play all 3 OF spots. Good chance he settles for 1 year deal.
P.S. I wouldn’t never say ‘FIRST’ !!

Tommy is a Fool

January 17th, 2012
8:05 pm

Why would anyone want to sign Cody Ross? You don’t pay FA prices for a replacement level player. Reacquiring Diaz was dumb but you don’t double down on the stupid.

Tommy is a Fool

January 17th, 2012
8:06 pm

Also Ross is terrible on D too

Dawg'88

January 17th, 2012
8:12 pm

Dave….what time do the Braves workout/practice during the 2 weeks before the Spring Training schedule gets underway?

Tommy Boggs

January 17th, 2012
8:22 pm

Ross will come cheap in a couple of weeks. It was a mistake to bring DIAZ back, but you want to keep him as fourth outfielder. Reality is for this team fourth outfielder may have to get 300Ab’s.
You want Diaz filling in for J-Hey in right? Who fills in for Bourn in CF? Matty no D?

AussieBrave

January 17th, 2012
8:22 pm

Hope Moylan earns a spot!

Bill

January 17th, 2012
8:27 pm

Just sign anybody and kiss Matty Diaz good-bye..When he came back last year the Braves took a nose dive!

Good to see everyone signed and ready to go.

Laughing out Loud

January 17th, 2012
8:30 pm

Frank Wren does his work. I hope the Braves bounce back as expected and that they have an outstanding year! Really outstanding would be to win the World Series! We can always hope so! Looking forward to some baseball!

Chop Chop

January 17th, 2012
8:33 pm

Dammit. Why the hell is Moylan back?

Dawgdad (The Original)

January 17th, 2012
8:43 pm

Matty had an off year, so did Heyward. There is a history of Matt coming through against lefties and the Braves need RH bats. Heyward is all POTENTIAL, no history. Give them both a chance.

Wren says be patient for PoTENTIAL moves. Based on past experience that probably means…. Move Hudson to the eighth spot in the order on days when he pitches.

Bill

January 17th, 2012
8:47 pm

Bring back Rick Ankiel for 1 year..cheap ..he can hit for power and play all three outfield positions. Maybe Ordonez for one year..he kills LH pitching. I always liked Betemit, bring him home. These should be cheap..damn better than our bench now.

don

January 17th, 2012
8:48 pm

No more moves needed. Let’s go with what is there.

Where's DOB/Carrol

January 17th, 2012
8:54 pm

Mitchell

January 17th, 2012
8:57 pm

I’m really just sick of how fiercely protective the Braves have been in holding on to their top young pitchers and how Frank Wren refused to even consider parting with any of them and yet the organization basically has no faith in their ability to take on every day roles as front end starters in place of Tim Hudson or Jair Jurrjens.

We just can’t possibly allow young Mike Minor, Delgado or Teheran to pitch important games for us down the stretch.

I mean, do you really want that? Can you imagine?

Derek Lowe, biggest game of the year, you’re our man. Go get ‘em!

If Tim Hudson isn’t ready to start opening day and Jair Jurrjens is still injured I would have no problems with a rotation of Tommy Hanson, Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran.

Who wouldn’t want those guys? You just have to let them pitch.

Steve

January 17th, 2012
8:58 pm

Come on Tommy. What’s with the Ross lovefest?

Matty D had a down year, but a full season back with the Braves and I think things will be better. Simply put, he is a solid RH bat and the Braves have VERY few. While Ross hits RH, his career splits are simply not very good against Lefties. So why even have him?

Also of note, as bad as Diaz was last year he still hit 23 points better than Ross!! He also hit .295 against lefties compared to Ross hitting .234. Sure, Ross is still able to hit but he also had .400 AB’s as opposed to Diaz getting spot AB’s. The last three times Diaz has had over 300 ab’s he actually hit in the low teens in homers every season.

Does that mean I want Diaz on this team? Not sure. But I darn sure don’t want to pay Ross decent money considering he isn’t much of an improvement. Last I heard Ross was asking for two years at over $4 million per year. Considering Giants fans can’t wait to run a former hero out of town I would say the Braves need to stay away until he comes down to 1-year at somewhere close to one million.

Joey M

January 17th, 2012
8:59 pm

As this team sits right now, I would like to stand pat. If Chipper goes down early, having flexibility will be necessary. The biggest argument will be do we trade for a third basemen or move Prado to third and trade for a left fielder.

[...] right-hander Peter Moylan last month, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two sides have agreed to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring [...]

O-me

January 17th, 2012
9:02 pm

8:54@ Where is Carroll & DOB…DOB reported signing on his other blog this evening..READ son!

BravesfaninWis

January 17th, 2012
9:03 pm

Frank Wren is a idiot. So lets say he doesn’t make any moves this year, this is how it should play out.

1. All the players that struggled last season (Heyward, and Prado most noticeable) turn it around and have good seasons respectively, then all is forgotten and Braves fans are happy again.

2. The team bombs and Frank Wren didn’t make any moves after the team had a huge collapse to end last season and miss the playoffs on the final day of the season, then he looks like a moron and DESERVES to be fired.

When a team has that big of a letdown to end the season knowing damn well all they had to do was win a few of those 20 games that they lost in the final 30 games and boom, they are in the playoffs, then the guy that is in charge (Frank Wren) should be held accountable. Not many times in any sport do you see that big of a collapse and a high end guy keeps his job. By not making any moves to improve your team and handing over the starting SS job to a unproven rookie that doesn’t have near the defense that Alex Gonzalez has, you are taking a HUGE risk, and a risk that shouldn’t go unnoticed if the team misses the playoffs again. If that happens, Wren, Gonzalez, and the entire staff need to be replaced sooner rather than later.

Bill

January 17th, 2012
9:06 pm

Steve he can’t play D.

Fredi's lineup card

January 17th, 2012
9:06 pm

1- Bourn
2- Prado
3- Uggla
4-McCann
5- Chipper
6-Freeman
7-Heyward
8-Pastornicky
9-Hudson, JJ, Hanson,Beachy, Minor, Medlen, Teheran, Delgado

Bullpen- O’Vent’Brell, Moylan
Bench- Hinske, Constanza, Wilson, Ross

Better than most.

san diego steve

January 17th, 2012
9:07 pm

I don’t think they can afford Cody Ross. That would be a lot of cash to pay a platoon player.

go-BRAVOS

January 17th, 2012
9:08 pm

No moves just hope that everybody plays as good as the back of their baseball card??? Didn’t Fredi do this all year long and we choked the season away. Standing pat and hoping and praying the offense will somehow start playing to their capabilities is a little nutty.
I’m sure once again the pitching staff will keep us in it for awhile until they implode like the last few years. Maybe the offense will show up this year but hoping and praying will not fix the problems.
Good job FW.

My Thought

January 17th, 2012
9:08 pm

White Sox just released Mark Teahean Have to pay his salary this year. I know we were interested in him before. GET HIM he can back up both corner spots infield and outfield !!

My Thought

January 17th, 2012
9:13 pm

Blue Jays not White Sox and Teahen my bad !!

Matt Diaz Fan

January 17th, 2012
9:26 pm

Matt Diaz = Hustle and Heart

Bill

January 17th, 2012
9:26 pm

9:06 line up–where is Diaz?

My Thought

January 17th, 2012
9:28 pm

Matt Diaz LF/RF costs salary Mark Teahen RF/LF/3B/1B costs nada Blue Jays have to pay salary can replace both Matt Diaz & Eric Henske (even tho I like him & Matt) and free up another roster spot !!

Nick P.

January 17th, 2012
9:35 pm

here we go again, another year where the Braves hope that if they dont spend more money things will somehow work out for the best! its justplain cheapness and way too much optimism withunporvenproductsthat we haope and beg might workout! I think the definition of stupid is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results! we have become like the Rangers of old, just hope enough fans show up for braves to make a little money, who cares if we win it all or makeit ot the playoffs, and BTW, great proven players, dontbother applying to the Braves, they dont believe in spending money for proven players, i mean look at two years ago, instead of getting a proven hitter and1st basemen, we got Gloss to come out of retirement, missing the year before, tried toteach him how to play first, instead of getting a legitplayer, this is what this storied franchise has dwindled down to, bunch of has beens, and never willbes, this time the entire east division has gotten stronger, so i predict a third or fourth place finish behind the Phillies, nationals and possibly Marlins, onlyone worst than us is the Mets!

afan

January 17th, 2012
9:35 pm

good point My Thought since Braves are cutting corners.
Diaz =joke and Henske slowed down alot last year.

Where's DOB/Carrol

January 17th, 2012
9:36 pm

glad to see I didn’t see the other blog…my faith in DOB/Carrol as the hardest working baseball journalists is restored!!!

chris

January 17th, 2012
9:37 pm

welcome to fourth place or worse braves in 2012…thank God for the Mets there will always be a cushion against the cellar with them in the division…..shaking head as to why we bring back the same team that went 10-20 in September and didn’t really hit a lick all year…we got rid of the best defensive shortstop and clubhouse favorite in Gonzo to take a chance on a rookie unproven and probably likely to struggle and fail to make a trade for a power outfielder to add some punch to a lineup that probably is going to continue to frustrate fans all season…WTG Frank,…this one’s on you mr. general manager…..enjoy the view from the bottom

My Thought

January 17th, 2012
9:38 pm

Thanks afan imagine what the money we pay Diaz & Henske could get us ?? Maybe Keppinger ?

Mitchell

January 17th, 2012
9:50 pm

I forgot about little Kris Medlen in the bullpen. Man, that’s a secret weapon right there not to mention his ability to spot start.

All the people on here who like to talk about the ’70s and ’80s seriously need to stop. It’s ridiculous.

When you know you have a bad team you’re not pulling your hair out at the end of the year. You just find guys to root for, who show promise and hope for the best. As bad as the Astros were last year, there’s almost no way they can do worse. They may not do much better but still.

We’ve had some pretty bad teams in recent years as some might recall. You don’t have to go back that far actually. 2008 comes to mind. That’s still nothing compared to being a Braves fan in 2012.

We really are lucky right now. I said it. This is a great team. As currently constructed the Braves have a chance to do something really special but anybody who’s been paying attention knows they aren’t go to.

They won’t. It’s proven. They are almost unmatched in their capicity to completely self-destruct in the clutch.

We should have reason to be excited about the Braves but there is no reason whatsoever to think 2012 won’t end just as bad if not worse than 2011. And that is no fun.

Seriously, if this team can’t at the very least win a wild card, there’s no excuse.

Somebody other than a hitting coach has to be fired.

I’m done.

Mitchell

January 17th, 2012
9:51 pm

Matt Diaz blows.

Bill

January 17th, 2012
10:01 pm

I really believe that Greg Walker and his Asst hitting coach will make a BIG BIG difference in this team and will be a big plus in clubhouse and dugout. The Man works all the time, he probably will sleep in clubhouse.

Johnny Diaz

January 17th, 2012
10:03 pm

Keep Diaz! The Braves punishment for letting him go last year was blowing the season at the end.

wins-by-a-link

January 17th, 2012
10:21 pm

I had hoped that Liberty Media would have sold the Braves during off season but so far no such luck, FW will continue to operate with limited budget and The Braves will continue to plod along eating the dust of the Phillies and Marlins not to mention the Nats (remember the team that knocked of out of Play-offs) At least the Mets haven’t improved, Maybe we can finish ahead of them.

Mo Better Bullpen

January 17th, 2012
10:40 pm

Does this mean we will have a Mo’ventbrel bullpen now?

phil

January 17th, 2012
10:58 pm

Great news.

The idiot covered in tatooes who has a good sense of humor is coming back to pitch 5 innings this year.

We’re destined for glory now!

Between him, Wayward, JJ, Hanson, Prado, Chipper and McFat, we’re all set for another injury-free, easy trip to the playoffs.

Nothing to it.

'Taggart, where's my froggy?'

January 17th, 2012
11:17 pm

Where’s Sonny Clusters? Somebody wake up Sonny Clusters….

BravesFanSince80's

January 17th, 2012
11:18 pm

I really do have to scratch my head at the comments I’ve seen from snotty folks who insist that most other teams have as many “ifs” on their roster as we do. maybe so, but I doubt it. other clubs who have this many “ifs” aren’t really expecting to be in it by the end of the year, now what does that tell you? I’ve been a fan of this team since I was a little kid sitting with my dad at games where we could be sitting practiclly in the first row by games end because everybody was gone by the seventh inning. I have lost interest in an increasing amount every year since Ted Turner sold the team and then JS took over and FW was hired and so on. In my younger days, even if the club wasn’t very good, there were players and aspects I could find to “get behind” so that baseball for a Braves fan could still be fun. Then we had the playoffs run and NOBODY has any business complaining about any of that. But this team, I just don’t know, there are several players I just flat out do not like. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t often care for the product that JS and FW put on the field these days. Wish some likeable players would come back to the Ted and porn scandal, super whiffing, no fielding second basemen along with hyped up 22 year old pseudo-super athletes with already failing bodies would get the hell out…

Largo

January 17th, 2012
11:21 pm

Same team, same result? The team that blew it last year gets another chance to blow it this year.

phil

January 17th, 2012
11:25 pm

Fire FG!!

And spare us another horrid year of watching Wayward flail around at the plate! I’m already getting sick at the thought of what’s to come from him.

At least Gonzo is gone, sparing us his brand of hacking…

Bill

January 17th, 2012
11:29 pm

Dear Johnny Diaz, The Braves blew the season after Diaz returned not before. Plus Diaz was a bust with Pirates.It was a joke to bring him back. Maybe just a good boy in clubhouse like Moylan. Braves place alot of value on that.

David O'Brien

January 17th, 2012
11:40 pm

Phil, have you met BravesFanSince80s? You guys really need to get together and commiserate.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

January 17th, 2012
11:52 pm

Yawn. Wake me when the Braves sign a major league hitter.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

January 17th, 2012
11:57 pm

Fredi’s lineup card: Better than most.
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Yep. Almost good enough to win a wildcard spot last year. Almost.

Tree rollins

January 18th, 2012
12:31 am

Let me see – now why do we have Frank Wren again? Oh yeah, so he can sit back in his rocking chair and do absolutely nothing in the offseason after a disappointing season. Meanwhile, we want to encourage you disappointed fans to buy season tickets again this year -please! I think it’s past time to bring Ted Turner and Stan Kasten back.

Tree rollins

January 18th, 2012
12:35 am

Meanwhile, I thought Fredi did a nice job of emulating Bobby this past year- except when the chips were down and we totally fell apart!!

Tree rollins

January 18th, 2012
12:43 am

Thrilled to see Chipper come back for his 35th season! And he says he’s going to try and go without his walker in the pre-season games. Frank Wren couldn’t have spent his money more wisely!

Tree rollins

January 18th, 2012
12:47 am

At least back when Jane Fonda was here there was something worth watching at the ‘tail end’ of the ballgames!

Mace224

January 18th, 2012
2:12 am

The Braves won with no-names like Blauser, Lemke, Olsen. There’s hope.

Stinger2

January 18th, 2012
4:34 am

Any item written about the off-season activity of the Braves front office should be entitled “Nothing to Report”.
Granted they signed the same arbitration eligible players
from the team that completely collapsed last September, but where is the improvement?

The Braves have not addressed their major weakness (lack of a legitimate RH hitting power outfielder). The Marlins
and Nats have made moves to be better. The Braves will
be fortunate to not ball behind these teams.

Mike Jay

January 18th, 2012
5:42 am

Wow, more negative nancies than usual in here. FW tried to make moves this offseason but the asking prices from potential suitors was absurd. I would think that after all the Texaria trade bashing around here you negative nancies would be applauding his patience. Of course that would mean you would have to say something positive about the team you ‘cheer’ for…God forbid. FW has proven in the past he WILL make moves to improve the team albeit in a fiscally responsible manner. The days of Turner emptying the bank are over and it is well past the time to get over it. The Braves were one of the best teams in baseball last year before the last month. So do we judge them soley on one bad stretch or look at the season as a whole? I prefer to llok at the whole season and what I saw was a team full of players having career bad years and yet they were right in it untill the very end. Was it a colossal flop? Sure but there is still a lot to be optimistic about…

Nobody in baseball thinks Heyward will have another year like the last.
Ditto Prado, he’s healthy now.
Freeman will only get better.
Full season with Bourne in the leadoff spot
A pitching staff that is absolutely loaded and is soo deep they could almost field 2 full quality rotations.

They have plenty of ammo to make a bold trade during the season and have proven they are willing to do such (just look at last year). I really juts don’t get the negativity, so much wasted energy.

Bart

January 18th, 2012
6:14 am

You gotta love the pitching depth and versatility of this team!
That being said. It will thin down only slightly when they acquire an outfielder. Just remember you have to over pay a little sometimes when you have a glaring need. I’d love to see an Omar Infante type. He is the King of versatility. I’d hate to feed the Marlins anymore pithing though.

Bart

January 18th, 2012
6:15 am

…oh, I wouldn’t count on any trade until near the end of Spring Training.

dap01

January 18th, 2012
6:27 am

Weak offseason, Wren!

Elmer

January 18th, 2012
6:43 am

yes, keep Matt Diaz

cmc

January 18th, 2012
7:12 am

Bravesfansince80’s,

Since you dislike this team so much, I suggest you “get the hell out” and find another team to follow and criticize. If you found a strap of $100 bills on the roadside, you would probably complain that they weren’t crisp enough. I’ve followed this team since the 70’s, and they have always gotten my support, 100 wins or 100 losses. That is what real fans do. Find another team with players that suit you. Got a feeling that may be a challenge.

Lobosolo

January 18th, 2012
8:16 am

Looks like phil has become more of a whiner with another year under his belt… call alexis, fast!!!! Binkies are on her… armchair idiots…. maybe it’s time for all of you whimpsters to move on to a sport you can handle… bocce and shuffleboard season should be cranking up soon… I know it’s like beating a dead horse, but there is still time before spring training to learn SOMETHING about the game, if (and we all know you will) you’re gonna be whining about it for the next year….

SavannahBravesFan

January 18th, 2012
8:44 am

Bart, you said “Just remember you have to over pay a little sometimes when you have a glaring need”. Yeah, the Braves did that before and how did that work out? Lowe, KK?

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
8:45 am

Let Moylan go back to Australia please…

Wren likes his line-up huh ? With a hole as big as Kansas in LF ? Unreal !

SavannahBravesFan

January 18th, 2012
8:46 am

I think the team can compete with who they have now, if there are no major injuries. That is a big IF though. There are plenty of “IF’s” in their lineups, but I have faith in them……as always!

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
8:47 am

Hey Mace, Braves also had Chipper,McGriff,Justice,Andruw,Smoltz,Maddux,Glavine back then to go with Blauser,Lemke,etc.

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
8:50 am

Braves question marks :

Chipper Jones : How long before he gets a nagging injury ?
Martin Prado : Was last year an abberation ?
Jason Heyward : Will be be a Hank Aaron or a Michael Tucker ? I say the latter.
Jair Jurrgens : Injury prone big time.
Tim Hudson : Off-season surgery. Will he be the same pitcher ?
Tyler Pastornicky : Is he MLB ready at SS ? If not not bat J.Wilson is not the answer.

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
8:53 am

Since the Braves like old reclamation pitching projects, go sign Charlie Hough,Don Sutton,Phil Niekro,and Dan Quisenberry. Remember Juan Berenguer,Alejandro Lopez,Donnie Moore,Mike Remlinger,etc. ?

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
8:54 am

At 8:50am, easy for me to say…

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Braves lost 20 of last 30 games with the VERY same team last year (minus AGonzo). No upgrades.

Bernie

January 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Same team same players who can’t hit. The other teams in the division have improved a lot so the Braves won’t come close to winning the division much less making the playoffs. Way to go Mr. Wren.Wonder what the Braves could get in a trade for you?

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

January 18th, 2012
8:59 am

very productive week. wren has been busy. knew some stuff would happen. have a feeling that we will see some other signings (although minor) to help our bench between now and first week of spring training.

look for me in the right field bleachers drinking beer with julio lugo.

Granny Da Tranny

January 18th, 2012
9:07 am

i guess since Moylan is a great clubhouse guy with a bad arm he deserves a shot ? I remember all the times he was brought in to get a ground ball out and let 2 runs score (of course the runs went on the previous pitcher’s era)….

Larvell Blanks

January 18th, 2012
9:09 am

Nobody in baseball thinks Heyward will have another year like the last.
Ditto Prado, he’s healthy now.
Freeman will only get better.
Full season with Bourne in the leadoff spot

I agree with all of that except the “Freeman will only get better” part. After Heyward’s sophomore slump, you can’t just assume straight-line progression from a good rookie year. It’s quite possible Freeman will slide back somewhat, although I hope not.

chc4

January 18th, 2012
9:10 am

So we basically bring the same team back that collapsed down the stretch while other teams in our division have improved. We will be a pretty good team but that’s it. You know what they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

bvillebaron

January 18th, 2012
9:16 am

Wow what a surprise to see all the doomsayers on here blasting Wren again. May I remind you that the Braves missed the playoffs by ONE, that is UNO game despite losing 20 of their last games. During that slide, neither Jurrjens or Hanson were available to pitch and for some reason that totally escapes me, the continued to parade Lowe out to pitch batting practice for the last month and a half of the season while Teheran, who dominated Triple A basically played catch with the bullpen catcher (if you want to blame Wren for anything, blame him for signing off on that managerial decision).McCann and Prado also faltered down the stretch due in large part to injuries.

The fact is that this team is currently better than it was at the end of last year if for no other reason than Lowe is gone and one of the young pitchers will take his place. PItching wins and in that regard they have 9 proven or top end propsects to fill out the 5 man rotation (Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens, Beachy, Minor, Teheran, Degaldo, Vizcaino and Medlen) and one of, if not the best,(and deepest) bullpens in the majors. They also will have Bourn for the entire season.

Of course the Braves could use an everyday right-handed hitting left fielder, but the options on the free agent market were overrated and overpriced. It makes no sense to make a panic trade just because the Marlins and Nationals made splashy off season moves. In that regard, I actually heard a caller on the MLB radio network call in and ask why the Braves didn’t trade Jurrjens and one of their premium pitching prospects for a left fielder and then say Seth Smith just got traded to Oakland. Naturally, the host told him that the Braves would be overpaying if they traded Jurrjens straight up for Smith, who is a 4th outfielder. As Wren reminds all of you, teams aren’t precluded from making trades until the trade deadline which is the end of July, not January 18th.

Michael G.

January 18th, 2012
9:18 am

How many more years must Braves fans be subjected to “ifs”? If this player performs, or that player performs. They haven’t! Why would they start now?

Philly isnt sitting there saying, “if our guys perform well…..”. They just go out and win. I’d like us to start doing that at some point instead of fading when playoff time rolls around.

Adam E

January 18th, 2012
9:20 am

Just redbox’D the movie Moneyball last night. I’m not sure if it’s about the 2001 A’s team or the 2012 Braves team. Ha!

reckingball

January 18th, 2012
9:24 am

GO BRAVES!!!

reckingball

January 18th, 2012
9:29 am

Why do these people complaining about the Braves subject themselves to what they describe, as the torture of being a Braves “fan”?
It is just a game.
If it made me as sick and angry as it does some of these folks, I would not follow it.

Fols

January 18th, 2012
9:34 am

I love Moylan! I think this team needs a few more tats not less!

He’s keeping Twitter awake.

Larry

January 18th, 2012
9:41 am

OK, but then what are we doing about the manager that piloted one of the great collapses in MLB history?

Answer: Just Tip Your Cap!

After 21 Years as a STH I didn’t buy a single ticket last year and I will not buy one this or any future years until this team moves on from the Goober manager era, hires a manager that is intelligent and strategically aggressive, and encourages the hypochondriac, Chippette, to spend more time on his Texas Ranch.

BravesFanSince80's

January 18th, 2012
9:47 am

CMC, opinions are like hiney-holes, everybody’s got one and they all stink, especially yours!

Tree rollins

January 18th, 2012
9:50 am

Same old team – just another year older (Chipper now wearing Depends in the field). Heyward taking young superstar lessons from Franceour. We did pay $10M to another team to take our oldest pitcher off our hands. I’m thinking if the Braves would have just paid me a fraction of that to stay home this year I would have snapped it up in an instant. Come to think of it – they don’t even need to pay me!

BravesFanSince80's

January 18th, 2012
9:50 am

Lobosolo, if you had a nickel for every time you typed “armchair idiots” you might have enough to spend your time somewhere else! Douche-bag…

BravesFanSince80's

January 18th, 2012
9:52 am

Tree to be fair they did unload a decent amount of the dead weight, there is a little to be said for the “addition by saubtraction” scenario, it just probably won’t be enough in a much better division this coming season vs last season…

Heathcliff Slocum

January 18th, 2012
9:54 am

Kudos to Mr. Wren for bringing Peter Moylan back. With a healthy Moylan in the pen all year, it’s very hard to imagine we would have fallen one game short of the playoffs.

Tree rollins

January 18th, 2012
9:56 am

Speaking of Chipper – I understand he’s veering away from the old Ozzie song this year at the plate – was hurting his ears. Says he’s thinking about using the piano-based theme song from the movie The Sting.

Fredi Gone zalez

January 18th, 2012
9:56 am

Finally some good news without music lyrics!

Larry

January 18th, 2012
9:58 am

Heathcliff,

Our Bullpen didn’t fail us; our manager who kept trotting out the over-matched Lowe in must win games and who kept penciling in free swinging hacks in key RBI positions in the lineup did!

PMC

January 18th, 2012
10:00 am

Sonny Jackson

January 18th, 2012
10:01 am

Why don’t we let them play for a while before you “fans’ start bashing the team? Also, back off on Diaz… the guy can play, so pipe down and let’s see what happens.

BravesFanSince80's

January 18th, 2012
10:02 am

unfortunately Peter Moylan is beginning to have too much in common with Mike Hampton

Bill

January 18th, 2012
10:03 am

Hell, I love the Music link and lyrics…..better than baseball because you can’t lose.

PMC

January 18th, 2012
10:03 am

Kris Medlen may be better than Tommy Hanson.

Bill

January 18th, 2012
10:03 am

agree on Pete Since 80’s….

BravesFanSince80's

January 18th, 2012
10:04 am

Diaz is a 34 yr old backup outfielder, he is what he is, not worth getting worked up over and lots of us still remember his horrific base-running blunder that pretty much eliminated us from playoff contention in ‘09

Bill

January 18th, 2012
10:07 am

Mr Jackson, No love for Diaz..you can always hire a cheerleader.

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