Sheets vs. Hamels to open pivotal series vs. Phillies

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

So the clock is ticking louder the closer we get to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, and while the Braves continue to pursue pitching help, they’ll send a guy to the mound tonight who’s been a pretty good acquisition this month already.

Ben Sheets makes his third start for the Braves tonight in the series opener against the Phillies, and he’s yet to give up a run. Sheets pitched six shutout innings to win each of his first two starts with the Braves, first against the Mets, then against the Nationals, and he’ll take aim tonight against the Phillies.

A former Gold Medal winner in 2000 games pitches for Braves as 2012 Olympics open tonight in London. Courtesy of Braves

A former Gold Medal winner in 2000 games pitches for Braves as 2012 Olympics open tonight in London. Courtesy of Braves

He’s facing Cole Hamels, who makes his first start tonight since signing his six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies on Wednesday. Imagine Hamels is pretty motivated to have a good showing tonight.

And that would go for the entire Phillies team. Usually it’s the Braves with a lot riding on a series with the Phillies – and it’s not like this isn’t important for the home team – but the Phillies may use this weekend’s series to determine if they should sell a few key pieces like Shane Victorino and/or Hunter Pence before Tuesday’s deadline. Victorino and Joe Blanton might be traded either way since both are free agents at the end of the season.

The Phillies come in hot, winners of four in a row and eight of their past 11. They’ve won four straight games in their final at-bat, including walk-offs in the three of them. But then again, three of those wins came against the Brewers whose bullpen has been pretty abysmal. The Brewers lead the majors with 19 blown saves, one more than the Rockies’ 18.

Hamels gave up five runs on 10 hits in his last start against the Giants, including three home runs allowed. But he still got cheered walking off the field by Phillies fans, who knew there was a chance the Phillies might trade him. market.

“It really showed me something,” Hamels told the Philly media…., and then added this. “At the end of the day, good game or bad game, you realize that there was a sellout watching every move that you played and talking about every move and can’t wait for the next one. The 250 straight sellouts in something pretty impressive.”

But overall, Hamels is pitching well. He’s gone 2-1 with a 3.02 ERA in six starts since mid-June. He’s walked 14, struck out 39, and before Saturday had given up only three home runs in five starts.

Mike Minor and Blanton face each other Saturday night, then Tim Hudson faces Roy Halladay on Sunday afternoon. The Braves haven’t seen Halladay since May, before he needed two months off to rest a sore shoulder.

The Braves have 10 games in this homestand against sub .500 teams with the last-place Phillies, second-to-last place Marlins and majors-last-place Astros coming into town. The Nationals (59-39) have won seven in a row to match the Yankees with the best record in baseball. So the Braves can’t afford to overlook anybody.

Trade watch

Zack Greinke is scheduled to make his next start Sunday, and while the Brewers might want to complete a trade before then, it seems to be becoming more of a seller’s market for him, which doesn’t bode well for the Braves. They have been in the mix of teams pursuing him, but with the price on Josh Johnson reportedly steep, and the Phillies making it clear Cliff Lee is not on the market, the Rangers, Angels and Braves could all be vying for the same pitchers.

I’m told the Rangers have the most to offer in a Greinke deal if they decide to go all in there. The Braves have indicated they don’t want to give up multiple prospects for a two-month rental, and while they were willing to trade Randall Delgado for Dempster, giving up one of their top pitching prospects (Delgado or Julio Teheran) plus another prospect for Greinke, who is unlikely now to negotiate a long-term deal in the process, is not something the Braves seem prepared to do.

The Braves weren’t interested in Matt Garza but now that his sore triceps muscle will likely push back his next start past the deadline, other teams like the Dodgers who were pursuing him will have to look elsewhere. Might the Dodgers up their ante for Dempster now?

I know the Braves have kept an eye on James Shields, but the Rays are likely to wait and see how Evan Longoria is after his rehab assignment (he plays tonight in Gwinnett, after going 0-for-3 with a walk against Delgado and the Gwinnett Braves last night) before they decide whether to trade Shields, and when and if they do, the price could be high – multiple prospects.

The Braves are in need of bullpen help as well, though if Jonny Venters continues like he has since his return from the DL (three scoreless innings, one hit, no walks, four strikeouts), he could give them the equivalent of a deadline acquisition.

The Braves have promoted first-round pick Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A Gwinnett. From what I’m told this isn’t about the left-hander making an immediate impact at the major league level but to give him a chance to have a month of Triple-A experience under his belt heading into next season.

OK, lineup and more from the ballpark shortly.

Braves lineup:

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado LF

3. Jason Heyward RF

4. Chipper Jones 3B

5. Freddie Freeman 1B

6. Brian McCann C

7. Dan Uggla 2B

8. Paul Janish SS

9. Ben Sheets

1,562 comments Add your comment

McCmann_AquaHoss

July 27th, 2012
3:02 pm

It’s trade bloggage time homes

Venice Jim

July 27th, 2012
3:03 pm

Thanks, DOB!

Venice Jim

July 27th, 2012
3:04 pm

Oops – Thanks, CARROLL! :oops:

Stanley

July 27th, 2012
3:04 pm

Can Of Corn

July 27th, 2012
3:05 pm

Ben is our Greinke!

Stanley

July 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

Or not! I still think that Medlin is a better option for the rotation than a two month rental that will cost us one or more of our young pitchers.

UNCBrave

July 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

The Braves are not going after Greinke…NO surprise…I feel SORRY for Chipper Jones

“The Braves may not have announced on anybody’s radio show that they’ve moved on with Zack Greinke, the way they did for Ryan Dempster, but they are telling teams that they’re turning their focus away from the rotation and are shopping more for bullpen and bench pieces. That would be an indication they have no interest in dealing Julio Teheran for a rental player. It’s also an indication that they will have a tough time convincing themselves they can re-sign Greinke in the wake of the Cole Hamels contract.”

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8205386/mlb-chase-headley-top-position-player-available

VP

July 27th, 2012
3:14 pm

No need to feel sorry for Chipper. I love him as much everyone but we can’t mortgage the next 5 years for two months. The price of Greinke and Dempster is way too much.

UNCBrave

July 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

Since when do you sign a guy who is 4 days removed and DFA for organizational depth? DFA of less than 10 days requires you to deal with the team that DFA’ed him. More than 10 days then he’s free to sign with anyone. I can see the Braves signing him with only two intentions. One, immediately join the Braves pen. Or two, go to the minors to work on something and call up soon.

Maybe the Braves are going after RH Hairston….But Batista sucks…He’s an older version of Manny Acosta

evan

July 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

Everyone knows Greinke is going to get +20mill a year like Hamels did and the Braves flat out cant afford it. They would have too many eggs in one basket. Shows what a great value Tim Hudson is.

Sons of Rick Matula

July 27th, 2012
3:15 pm

ESPN reporting the Braves have signed Miggy Bats! Miguel Bautista, journeyman RH released by the Mets. The Mets had the worst (or nearly worst) BP in MLB and they let this guy go.

The buzz is that he takes Medlen’s spot who goes into the rotation. (unless Greinke falls in Wren’s lap).

Miggy Bats! Get xcited.

UNCBrave

July 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

The buzz is that he takes Medlen’s spot who goes into the rotation. (unless Greinke falls in Wren’s lap).

Delgado in the BP would’ve been better than Batista..He stinks

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

Thanks for the info Shaun and ncbravesfan

I’m so ready for this series. Stick a fork in those Phils, maybe then some people will believe they’re done. ;)

Weaseal

July 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

Ben Working Man Sheets ….

B_F 54

July 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

Yes fork the Phills

DS1

July 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

I’d still go after Chase Headley. How about dealing Hanson for Headley, then go after King Felix with 2-3 prospects. (only 1 of the big 3 prospect pitchers though)

Where’s nolie?

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

theonlybravesfan This.

whats that all about? ive been seeing you do that….its weird.

It’s kinda my way of agreeing with a post, kinda like how T’Hawkin has his Co-Sign!!!!

Brian from SC

July 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

The buzz is that he takes Medlen’s spot who goes into the rotation.

Got a link for that buzz?

Memphis

July 27th, 2012
3:21 pm

DS1,
In Felix you’ have to give up more than you would for Grienke, Dempster, etc… Probably would take Teheran, Delgado and Salcedo/Terdo

BraveDan

July 27th, 2012
3:22 pm

I love the way McCann has played lately, but it’s probably realisticly the best time to trade him and maximize his worth. The money tagged for him could better be used on pitching and/or re-upping Bourne.

njbraves

July 27th, 2012
3:22 pm

Hanson won’t be traded and King Felix isn’t available. You guys live in a fantasy world.

Jerry

July 27th, 2012
3:22 pm

Great! If the Braves have moved away from mortgaging their future just to have a better chance to make the playoffs this year, then I am happy. Don’t agree with Batista at all, but don’t even know if he’s gonna be part of the bullpen as of yet. Still, it seems that Medlen will be joining the rotation and that ‘ll be a plus. Hopefully Wren will address the bench in an effective manner and not get a dud or two as it appears he has done with Batista. I still have no idea why that move was made. Anyway, I can accept not going to the playoffs if it means we have better options next year and beyond.

DS1

July 27th, 2012
3:22 pm

Memphis

I’d offer them one of Teheran/Delgado, Salcedo and Bethancourt; and call it a day.

Sons of Rick Matula

July 27th, 2012
3:22 pm

We once had “Spahn & Sain and pray for rain.”

In 2012, it’s “Huddy & Sheets and sell you seats.”

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

Where’s nolie?

Dunno…. been wondering for 3 days now, I’m getting real worried.

Brian from SC

July 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

If the Dodgers have moved on from Dempster as well, and the Cubs are wary of the risk of offering him a qualifying contract, the asking price for him may be significantly reduced now.

Yellow Submarine Knuckle Dragger

July 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

“The Braves have promoted first-round pick Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A Gwinnett. From what I’m told this isn’t about the left-hander making an immediate impact at the major league level but to give him a chance to have a month of Triple-A experience under his belt heading into next season.”

Yeah so Wren can use his late year performance at Gwinnett as red meat for the fans in the off-season. Wren can rave about him and tell everyone he’s a threat to make the rotation and that the Braves have a wealth of starters……. just like they did going into this season so they don’t need to look for help for the rotation. How did that work out this season?

Sons of Rick Matula

July 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

CORRECTION:

We once had “Spahn & Sain and pray for rain.”

In 2012, it’s “Huddy & Sheets and sell your seats.”

DS1

July 27th, 2012
3:24 pm

njbraves

Probably right.

But I’d still make a play for Headley. I like what he brings to the team.

And I’d also see if the Cubbies would cut loose Jeff Baker for a middling prospect.

Frankie

July 27th, 2012
3:24 pm

If the plan is now to improve the bench and bullpen and move Meds to start, OMG start getting ready for football season sportsfans.

Possibly could squeak in the playoffs, but dat be it. No way this rotation makes it out of NLDS.
Can’t say I blame Wren for not giving up the house for Greinke.
Dempster is the only piece that made sense, hope they revisit.

Oh yeah, get Scott Hairston.

Frankie

July 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

“In 2012, it’s “Huddy & Sheets and sell your seats”

Not bad. Let’s see what Big Ben brings the next couple of starts before we annoint him as a big game guy.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

July 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

This 2012 Bravos squad is better than the sum total of it’s parts. Which is why they are winning in spite of their questionable starting pitching, anemic bench and their disappointing 2nd baseman.

That said, I’m thinking they won’t be able to pick up another starter before the deadline. Not without seriously damaging their minor league depth, which I really believe to be a mistake.

Our Atlanta Braves are a middle of the pack franchise with little room for error. Wren and company have already made too many this year. So selling the future for what is at best, running with the bulls in the playoffs while getting stampeded in the end.

DS1

July 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

Brian from SC

I’d go back to the Cubbies and offer Spruill or Gilmartin and 1 other lower level infielder for Dempster and Jeff Baker.

njbraves

July 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

Seattle would laugh at an offer of Teheran/Delgado, Bethencourt, and Salcedo.

Jepster38

July 27th, 2012
3:27 pm

Gilmartin to Gwinnett maybe hurried a bit for more than one reason.

If this “dumpster fire” rotation gets any worse, I wouldn’t doubt he could get the call before September 1st!

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:27 pm

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:27 pm

Hanson for Headley is not a good trade.

Headley is a high .260 something hitter with 12 to 15 HRs and maybe 70 RBI’s. I know his OPB is good, but you can find guys like Headley.

Hanson is a double figures win pitcher, not the ace we wanted but we can count on him to be a solid 12 to 15 W guy, and thosse guys are not easily replaced. And you pay for doouble digit win guys in FA, even a 12 to 15 W guy who has a high ERA. You pay 8 to 10 mil per yr for mid tier pitchers and the price is going higher.

Hanson would require a better return than Headley.

We already have Prado for third who is better than Headley

phil

July 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

Huddy and Sheets and sell your seats….

THAT IS HILARIOUS!!

Meanwhile, our idea of improvement is to sign a 41 year old, worn out, broken down, finished bum. Correct?

Oh well….

Frankie

July 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

“Anyway, I can accept not going to the playoffs if it means we have better options next year and beyond.”

Cub fan huh?

Ward

July 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

I wonder if a trade will happen at all now?

MikeY

July 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

DS1, I agree. we should get more than Dempster. I like Dempster, Baker, and Shawn Camp for Delgado.

I actually think Gilmartin has more upside than Teheran, Delgado, or Minor.

birddawgbill

July 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Sheets has been very good. However I’m interested in seeing how his arm responds after 5 or 6 starts. Would love to see ZG in atlanta but if it doesn’t happen its not the end of the world. Minor has shown improvement, Delgado looked good in his start. I think as long as JJ doesn’t pitch again the starters will be fine. Hanson showed some increased velocity his last start. Which may have ledt to wildness. I think maybe he is just now getting all his strength back from the shoulder injury. And I wonder if Tehrans problem might be mostly disappointment. With all the struggles with the starters maybe he thinks he should have gotten a chance. He didn’t pitch bad in his one outing and then Freddie pulled him at the first sign of trouble. I still think he should have left him in to see Howe he responded. If it comes to it put Medlen in the rotation. And why not if you do that go to a 6 man rotation. With Huddys age Hansons shoulder Sheets elbow and the youth not used to pitching as many innings why not. Remember Delgados best start came on long rest and afterward he talked about how good he felt with the extra rest. Plus maybe their arms are stronger and they can go deeper into games.

Brian from SC

July 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Hanson for Headley is not a good trade.

Yeah, for the Padres. If the Braves offered Hanson for Headley, the Padres GM might have a heart attack from the laughter.

Frankie

July 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

If we are going cheap, get Freddy Garcia from the Yanks and keep Meds in bullpen. Take old Freddy over JJ.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

BraveDan it’s probably realisticly the best time to trade him

“Best” and “trade” should never be used in the same sentence with BMac’s name unless there’s a “not” in there somewhere…

PHILLY PHAN

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

DS1

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Next season, if we can’t sign Bourn I’d be curious about Young or Bourjos as replacements, knowing that they’d be in for their D primarily. Both plays good CF defense, and have probably been dropped from favor with their present teams.

Let’s see if Sheets is the real deal tonight.

Bo Graves!

Jerry

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

I really do hope the Braves are giving up on the whole Greinke thing. It’s not that I wouldn’t pay $20+million to get a stud pitcher, but he has to be a stud. It would do it for a King Felix, David Price, Verlander, Halladay, Cliff Lee, Hamels, etc., but not for someone like Greinke. Maybe he has the tools to be a stud pitcher like the ones I mentioned, but I’m not convinced. He has not won more than 16 games in a season yet and he’s only won that many twice in 9 seasons. Only once has he had an ERA under 3.44. Sorry, but I wouldn’t pay him that much money for what he could do. He has to prove it first and be consistant with it.

ncbravesfan90

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Woah!!! Per Jayson Stark:

The Cubs are offering to absorb all but $2MM of Alfonso Soriano’s contract, Stark writes. The left fielder earns $18MM per season through 2014 and the Cubs might take it all on for the right prospect.

Memphis

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Tonight has the feeling of the ultimate David vs Goliath matchup……..144 Million Dollar Cole Hamels against Minor league Free Agent, out of the game of baseball for 2 years Ben Sheets. If Sheets can beat Hamels tonight, we may not need to make another move.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Yes, I hope nolie is OK!!… :(

PHILLY PHAN

July 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

BRAVES ARE NOT TRADING GUYS…UNDERSTAND THAT PLZ…NO FUN THIS TRADELINE

Efrim

July 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

The Braves have indicated they don’t want to give up multiple prospects for a two-month rental, and while they were willing to trade Randall Delgado for Dempster, giving up one of their top pitching prospects (Delgado or Julio Teheran) plus another prospect for Greinke, who is unlikely now to negotiate a long-term deal in the process, is not something the Braves seem prepared to do.

Strange, as I feel like adding a prospect to Delgado would be something, or should be something that they are willing to do for a pitcher of Greinke’s calibur when they were going to do it for Dempster. I just think they aren’t trading Julio Teheran for a 2 month rental and that makes sense.

Brian from SC

July 27th, 2012
3:32 pm

Tonight’s lineup is the recent standard, used for the fifth time this season.

The only other lineup this year to be used more than 4 times was:
Bourn/Prado/Freeman/McCann/Uggla/Jones/Heyward/Pastornicky
Which was used 8 times.

ChattTownBrian

July 27th, 2012
3:32 pm

I said yesterday to be warned. Very possible they forget the rotation and focus on the pen and bench. Welp … that’s what they’re doing.

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

The Braves do have pitching prospect depth, but its too bad they are too cheep to sign anyone of any signifigance past the rental period.

I am telling you one thing that all this talk is PR posturing, in the end the Braves are going to spend squat. It is what it is, I do not believe that Frank has the alleged flexibility to go after the “name”.

Long term, we might be better off, cause Delgado and Minor are showing signs of growth. They might be quite good as early as next year, so the holding pattern might not be so bad.

And do not blame Wren, the cheapness is driven above his level. Wren and Fredi are good baseball people and good guys.

DAP

July 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

DS1 I’d still go after Chase Headley

i think my idea of getting headley and street is the best idea anyone has thought of yet. im not just being biased either. ;-)

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:34 pm

Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin
#Braves lineup (vs PHI/Hamels): Bourn 8, Prado 7, Heyward 9, Jones 5, Freeman 3, McCann 2, Uggla 4, Janish 6, Sheets 1

Brian from SC

July 27th, 2012
3:34 pm

Chase Headley would require a king’s ransom…perhaps Teheran and Delgado, plus.

Jerry

July 27th, 2012
3:34 pm

I’m anxious to see what Sheets does against the Phillies tonight. The Phils are on a roll now and this will be a good test for Sheets. Hoping for the best.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

July 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

Per MLBTRADERUMORS.COM:

The Braves have agreed to sign Miguel Batista, David Lennon of Newsday reports (on Twitter). The Mets released the 41-year-old right-hander yesterday after designating him for assignment.

Batista posted a 4.82 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 46 2/3 innings for the Mets this year, including five starts. Batista joined the Mets last summer on a minor league deal and signed another with the club in January. The 18-year veteran has a 4.49 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in his career.

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

“Yeah, for the Padres. If the Braves offered Hanson for Headley, the Padres GM might have a heart attack from the laughter.”

Are you serious???? Headley is an average player and we have a better guy for third in Marteen.

Ward

July 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

The question who will Wren get? Could Wren decide to go after a bat? I’m baffled again…….

Jerry

July 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

I said yesterday to be warned. Very possible they forget the rotation and focus on the pen and bench. Welp … that’s what they’re doing.

And that’s what I’ve been saying they should do.

Bama Brave

July 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

We Dont Need Chase Headley Unless He Can Pitch!

ChattTownBrian

July 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

Guarantee Chipper will be bummed out if no acuisition is made to upgrade the rotation. That’s twice now that we know of that he’s gone off about how poor the rotation has been and something needs to be done.

Patrick

July 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

This is such BullSh**…..

I wouldn’t be surprised if they Braves turn in a lackluster series just because of demoralization. Going from thinking that you have landed a huge piece to help for your playoff push and now, not only has that player turned you down, but it seems as if your front office has given up in trying to make any serious deal to strengthen the team.

It pisses me off and I hope it pisses off the rest of the Braves fan base. Especially the fan base in Georgia. I hope that attendance really starts to tank, showing the front office that they won’t support them if they don’t do anything to show the fans that they are seriously committed to winning and putting a product out on the field that is worth paying hard earned money for.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

Strange, as I feel like adding a prospect to Delgado would be something, or should be something that they are willing to do for a pitcher of Greinke’s calibur when they were going to do it for Dempster.

This. Has me very confused… maybe FW is posturing…

Jerry

July 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

Chase Headley would require a king’s ransom…perhaps Teheran and Delgado, plus.

That is so funny!

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

Some around here carry on about Headley like he is George Brett, Ron Santo or Mike Schmidt.

He is an okay player but come on, I’d rather keep my starting pitching potential.

PHILLY PHAN

July 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

LET’S SEE THAT GUY SHEETS…AGAINST THE 144 MIL MAN.

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

Patrick — I am not upset cause I expected this from the corporate shirts.

Until this corporation is gone that is the way its going to be, but this team can still be in the post season. Maybe not win anything is post seson but we have been down that road before.

Ward

July 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

This all coold be a smoke screen to throw everyone off too. Wren is still be very hushed about every thing?

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

July 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

I’m betting that Batista replaces Medlen who will be inserted into the rotation. At least I’m hoping this to be the scenario…….

1.Huddy

2. Sheets

3.Hanson

4. Minor

5. Medlen

Leaving Delgado as the sixth man, and the injured Jurrjens permanently in triple A.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

“Best” and “trade” should never be used in the same sentence with BMac’s name unless ….

It’s 2013 and the Braves are at least 10 games out of the playoffs at the break. ;) Even then, it’d be iffy. I’d have to get a massive haul to agree to it.

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

Brian from SC –

Would you trade Marteen for Headley?????? Just curious.

ChattTownBrian

July 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

I will say I never thought for a second they’d jump through hoops for Chipper because it’s his last year. They tried to get that big starter and I do feel they had CJ in mind doing this, but it’s a business and he will be long gone soon. They owe him nothing in the end but a ceremony and some gifts. They aren’t risking their asses for him or any other ball player. Business thing.

Ward

July 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

All I can say is unbelieveable………..Remain clam, and things will work out.

PHILLY PHAN

July 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

AN OK PLAYER IS OK FOR AN OK TEAM DISGUSTED…

UNCBrave

July 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Frank Wren stinks….

*Braves ERA is 14th in NL

*Sheets may not hold up for the rest of the year

*Jurrjens is DONE

*Minor and Delgado are up and down

*Hanson is STRUGGLING

So what does Frank Wren do??? NOTHING! He gets Batista and puts Medlen in the rotation…RIDIDCULOUS

I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU CHIPPER JONES!!

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

UNCBrave
July 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

The Braves are not going after Greinke…NO surprise…I feel SORRY for Chipper Jones

“The Braves may not have announced on anybody’s radio show that they’ve moved on with Zack Greinke, the way they did for Ryan Dempster, but they are telling teams that they’re turning their focus away from the rotation and are shopping more for bullpen and bench pieces. That would be an indication they have no interest in dealing Julio Teheran for a rental player. It’s also an indication that they will have a tough time convincing themselves they can re-sign Greinke in the wake of the Cole Hamels contract.”

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I’m glad to hear that. Frank Wren is being wise here. Don’t give away the best pitching prospect in the organization for a guy who will be here for only 2 months. I would rather not make the playoffs this year. I get sick every time I see one of those players we gave up in the Texeira trade in the All Star game each year. Man, we sure could have used Matt Harrison right now. Thanks John Shuerholtz. With Chipper’s and Derrick Lowe’s contract up after this year go after Greinke in the off season.

Disgusted

July 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Could the Braves just DFA Jurjjens and just dump the contract?????

Some other team;s scouts might like some of his work when he has pitched decently, he is done here but the change of scenery could help him, maybe.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Talking Chop ‏@gondeee
As Sean Gilmartin moves up to AAA, he’ll have a traveling partner: @PeterMoylan also moves from AA to AAA. Getting close!

Moylan getting closer, hopefully he’ll be ready and effective.

PHILLY PHAN

July 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

BATISTA IS GOING TO GET SHEEEEELLLLLEEEEDDDD BY THE MLB TEAMS….HE WILL PLAY ONLY WHEN YOU GUYS ARE UP OR DOWN BY 7 OR MORE…

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

Talking Chop ‏@gondeee
The Braves also signed infielder Rusty Ryal, & assigned him to Gwinnett. He played 09-10 w/ ARZ. Spent last year in Japan.

Adding pieces to Gwinnett, what’s up Frank?

phil

July 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

Still no nolie? That’s not like him to go away for days with no word or someone to report on his well being…

I hope he’s good too.

So if you see this, give a shout out at least!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

TOBF It’s 2013 and the Braves are at least 10 games out of the playoffs at the break.

So?……

:mrgreen:

Braveone

July 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

From the previous blog which had 4,924 comments, Efrim led the way with 278 posts. There were 382 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 Efrim 278
2 TheOnlyBravesFan 164
3 CraZy 146
4 Brian from SC 132
5 TennesseePaul 131
6 Lew 116
7 nolie 108
8 Venice Jim 106
9 MFin04 99
10 Jerry 94
11 ncscoots 93
12 Ward 83
13 Jeff R 79
14 phil 79
15 Arkansas Transplant 71
16 Pace 70
17 Frankie 68
18 ChattTownBrian 67
19 ACE 63
20 ncbravesfan90 57
21 Shaun 56
22 Woody Woodward 55
23 David O’Brien 52
24 HooRah 52
25 Bat Masterson 48

Shaun

July 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

I’d be okay with the Braves getting Headley and keeping Prado in left next season. Either way the Braves are going to have to find a position player to fill either left or third next season. Obviously it would depend on the asking price for Headley but I wouldn’t hesitate simply because the Braves have Prado. I don’t know that the Braves would do that. But if Headley were to somehow be available to them at a reasonable price, in terms of players, I don’t think they should hesitate just because they have Prado.

Headley is better than an average player. He’s been in Petco his whole career so it may not look that way. But he’s quite good.

PHILLY PHAN

July 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

ALL THE TEMAS NOT NAMED BRAVES ARE LOOKING TO ADD STAR PLAYERS…DODGERS, ANGELS, NATS, PHILLIES…LOL

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

Who is Batista?

Ward

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Let’s all be cool, and don’t panic. Plenty of time left, so we will just have to trust in Wren.

DAP

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

disgusted Headley is an average player and we have a better guy for third in Marteen.

no he is not an average player, and until this season he was a full time LFer.

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Could the Braves just DFA Jurjjens and just dump the contract?????

Some other team;s scouts might like some of his work when he has pitched decently, he is done here but the change of scenery could help him, maybe.

I wouldn’t dump him now …. Imagine if the Nats picked him up for the stretch drive and he does decently…

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Philly Phan, The Phillies are not adding anyone. They signed their own pitcher and now are talking about dumping their aging players and starting over.

Ward

July 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

Philly Phan – Your momma wants you home now……..

TheOnlyBravesFan

July 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

So?……

So trade BMac for stretch drive of 2013 and resign him for 4/5 years that offseason if the Yanks don’t keep/sign him! :mrgreen:

(just funnin)

flange1

July 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

I beleive if the Braves either trade and sign Greinke or sign him in the offseason, the team will look like this

Cf – Constanza
Lf – Prado
Rf – Heyward
1B- Freeman
2B – Uggla
SS – Simmons
3B- Francisco
C – McCann

This is not the line up that I hope the Braves will start 2013.

CrαZy

July 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

It kinda surprised me that the Mets aren’t trying to cash in on Dickeys success? Who knows if he’s going to keep it up in the future! I’d try to deal him for a few prospects if I was them.
Not that I’d want him here I’m just saying!!

kerryb

July 27th, 2012
3:49 pm

Phillie Phan, your team is 15 games out of first and totally irrelevant. Why are you on a Braves blog try to talk trash like a moron?

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