Ten Braves become free agents

Ten Braves were among the 137 major leaguer players who became free agents on Monday, the day after the World Series ended. The Braves had the most free agents in the National League and were second in the majors behind the Yankees’ 12.

Free agents can negotiate and sign with any club beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

For the Braves, the free-agent list included Jeff Baker, Miguel Batista, Michael Bourn, Matt Diaz, Chad Durbin, Eric Hinske, Reed Johnson, Lyle Overbay, David Ross and Ben Sheets, who announced he was retiring at the end of the 2012 season.

The Braves are expected to re-sign backup catcher Ross, and also are believed to have interest in bringing back reliever Durbin and outfielder Johnson. The Braves have said since the beginning of the 2012 season that they’d like to re-sign Bourn, but the center fielder and leadoff man, who is represented by powerful agent Scott Boras, could be deemed too expensive by the Braves.

In addition, four other Braves are eligible for free agency pending 2013 options on their contracts: Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Brian McCann and Chipper Jones, who has retired. The Braves have until Wednesday to decline or exercise those options.

The Braves are expected to pick up the options on starting pitchers Hudson ($9 million) and Maholm ($6.5 million), while the status of former six-time All-Star catcher McCann is uncertain. The team holds a $12 million option on the contract of McCann, who had shoulder surgery after the season and is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2013 season.

Before he got hurt this summer, it was viewed as all but a foregone conclusion the Braves would exercise the 2013 option on McCann, then decide later whether to pursue a long-term extension. But the surgery to repair a torn labrum seems to have complicated the issue in regards to the 2013 option, and team officials have not commented on his status since the surgery.

Gold Glove award finalists

Bourn is one of four Braves finalists for National League Gold Glove Awards, along with right fielder Jason Heyward, first baseman Freddie Freeman and Martin Prado, who played five different positions in 2012 but was nominated at left field, where he made 111 starts.

Winners will be announced during a 9:30 p.m. show Tuesday on ESPN2. There were three finalists at each position except shortstop, where four were named.

Heyward already win the  2012 Fielding Bible Award recognizing him as the best defensive right fielder in the major leagues based on statistical analysis. He’s up against Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the Gold Glove, as selected through voting by major league managers and coaches.

Cincinnati led the majors with six finalists, while the Braves were second in the NL with four.

156 comments Add your comment

Chi Town

October 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
11:17 am

Good to hear the Braves want to bring back Durbin, the cornerstone of our bullpen.

Obee

October 29th, 2012
11:17 am

Sounding a lot less certain about McCann.

MikeY

October 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Expect the Braves to make a qualifying offer to Bourn.

From the MLB site:

In order to receive Draft choice compensation for losing free agents, Major League teams will have to make a qualifying offer of at least $13.3 million.

Teams have until 5 p.m. ET on the fifth day after the World Series ends to make the offer; players have 48 hours after that to accept. MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association calculated the number based on the average of the 125 highest existing contracts as determined by average annual value.

If a player rejects the offer and signs with another team before the June Draft, his former club will receive an additional pick at the end of the first round. The signing club forfeits its first-round pick. Exception: If that pick is in the top 10, the signing club gives up its next highest pick.

Prior to this season, compensation was based on a system of classifying players as Type A or Type B based on their statistics the previous two seasons. That format had been used since 1981.

BravesFanInMaine

October 29th, 2012
11:24 am

Trying to get all my braves info before i lose power up here in Maine!!

The hole in Uggla'a bat

October 29th, 2012
11:31 am

Only way I’d keep McCann was if we could play him at 1b and we have freddie so do not re sign him. Ross can play everyday until kid is ready. Thats another 12 million to add.Do not overpay for Bourn. Baseball is changing and the days of 3 run homer are in the past. Gritty players that hit ball to right field, bunt, steal bases, and field the ball are what is winning championships. Gregor Blanco (former Brave), Cody Ross (SF pickup 2010), and M Scutaro (2012 SF pickup) are what is getting teams over the top. Braves still relied on McCann, Uggla, Chipper 3 run bomb. SF did not let a ball hit the ground during WSeries. you can win with pitching , defense, and timely hitting. Braves have not had timely hitting in years.

John A.

October 29th, 2012
11:32 am

Did anyone notice that Omar Infante (2nd base for the Tigers) had a creditable season as well as eries? He makes a lot less than Dan Uggla, but who cares he fell out of favor with Braves Upper Management. I suppose he didn’t command BIG BUCKS.

No Durbin!

October 29th, 2012
11:33 am

Please no home run derby Durbin!

JHarber

October 29th, 2012
11:33 am

Guys And Gals, The next two months will tell you if you have a GM or just a pretender. His decisions in that time period will affect the Braves for years to come.

Largo

October 29th, 2012
11:34 am

Remember when most people wanted to hang Wren (myself included) for picking up Durbin? It seemed like every time he entered a game he gave up a home run. Now, in my mind, he is definitely a keeper. He did a good job after all.

No Durbin!

October 29th, 2012
11:35 am

Yeah I miss Omar.

No Durbin!

October 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Ehh better options out in my mind.

No Durbin!

October 29th, 2012
11:41 am

Ehh better options out there in my mind.

Charlie Kerfeld

October 29th, 2012
11:49 am

Bourn is a dynamic player, but his career suggests he will strike out alot and hit 280 at best. If we can’t resign him, go after Victorino or Angel Pagan. Let McCann go, and put those $ to use elsewhere. Resign Ross, and add another catcher- won’t be difficult to match McCanns production. We’ll need a LF, since Prado is probably going to 3B Sad to say, but even all the right moves probly won’t matter since this team chokes in big games. Please prove me wrong!!.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
11:56 am

I hope Wren reads everyone’s suggestions so he knows what NOT to do. Rossy can’t play everyday and he admits that. Infante is not a better option than Uggla. Please keep McCann. Durbin isn’t that bad (3.10 out of the pen ain’t too shabby). Like the Cody Ross talk, though. I also think he’s a free agent.

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
11:57 am

Yes to Hudson, and Maholm. Bring back Durbin, Johnson and of course Ross.

No to Bourn (too much to pay for what he brings especially because he fades in August and September and is getting older). Much cheaper solutions in CF. Did anyone else feel that even though he stole a lot of bases he rarely stole one when we needed it most like in late and close situations?

I’ll bet the Braves pick up McCann and then hope they can trade him before the deadline to an AL team.

wesley

October 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

I’m suprised how many people are ready to let McCann go after a subpar season (with a torn labrum) To me its a no brainer, I believe he is still a cornerstone of the team!!

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
12:07 pm

I think Verlander has proven he can’t win THE BIG ONE. Got shelled in the all star game and in game 1 of the World Series. Think the Tigers are looking to trade him while they still can? Should the Braves be interested?

GRAPHITE

October 29th, 2012
12:08 pm

Better make peace with the Indians over the winter.The curse is still on………..

alex

October 29th, 2012
12:13 pm

how to get rid from hanson and of course uggla. Paul Janish 12 mil. cheaper with same average but much, much better defensive. have wren solve this i,ll consider him genius

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
12:14 pm

Wesley,

Don’t want to see Brian McCann go either but it seems his best payday opportunity will be in the AL. He can command a lot more money from a team that can DH him 2 to 4 times a week. Even if the Braves want to sign him it might not make sense to pay the catcher position $15 Million a year for a less than average defender who is slow and has had a history of debilitating eye problems not to mention coming off shoulder surgery and may eventually need knee surgery.

cdog

October 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

don”t waste time with michael “homerun hitter” bourne he’s a loser. let him walk.

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
12:21 pm

The days of paying for past performance are coming to a close in baseball. Look at A-Rods contract. Even the Yankees are going to regret that one. Cliff Lee is looking like he won’t be worth near the money the Phillies are committed to him for. We can’t pay Brian McCann out of loyalty and then expect to have the money to be competitive. Wren has to make business decisions not emotional decisions. It’s hard when you love the man more than the player he still is.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
12:25 pm

John A. .. ……. Why did you write Omar Infante fell out of favor with Braves upper management ?

It seems the philosophy is the Braves want to play like a softball team…… they got Uggla, because he hit home runs, and they do not value the type of offense the Giants have, which is built on contact and speed with the occasional long ball.

They do not value speed, or use speed wisely.. as in Bourne had a very low stolen base record in his only full year as a Brave. Note he led the league before becoming a Brave and had ONLY 42 stolen bases last year……quite a drop off.

Braves management made a huge mistake trading the speedy Blanco who is now a world champion, for Rick Ankiel…… Why….. because they valued the “Pop” in Ankiel’s bat over the contact hitter Blanco was, and is.

We saw Blanco did quite well for the Giants during their Championship run. Plus he is young and VERY Cheap making $480,000 this year.

Another of the huge mistakes WREN has made… he basically ruined the Chemistry the braves had in 2010.

Also anyone who reads this and states Wren is handicapped by the Braves owners is totally incorrect….. As the GM in Baltimore Wren built the most expensive team at the time in baseball with a huge payroll….and the Orioles failed to play .500 ball that year..subsequently Wren was fired !

BraveOne

October 29th, 2012
12:26 pm

I would like to see the Braves package a deal around a starting pitcher and go after Justin Upton. Arizona needs starting pitching and relief pitching as well. The Braves could put him in Left and move Prado to 3rd. Then the Braves could go after a CF. Heyward in Right and Upton that has the makings of being a solid outfield.

MfG

October 29th, 2012
12:31 pm

Bmac is too expensive for my taste. gotta be a better option! Sign Pagon for center field. keep Prado where he is, put fransisco at third.. I know, he strikes out wayyyyy toooooo much, but he has prodigious power!

Ralph

October 29th, 2012
12:34 pm

Cleveland took Lowe off our hands, maybe we could work the same deal with Uggla and Hanson.

Brave Hokie

October 29th, 2012
12:35 pm

I hope they all go away ~ heartless bumbling loser…

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
12:36 pm

BravesFanInNashville:

Why do you say that about Cliff Lee? He had a pretty great year if you don’t factor in wins and losses.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

Screw it. Just sign Hamilton. He’ll make the entire lineup better. You get what you pay for. Prado to 3rd. I’d even entertain (dare I say) signing Ichiro as a fourth OF/platoon role; starting him against righties in LF and playing Johnson against lefties.

Erin

October 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

I wont be surprised if McCann gets traded. I have been hearing of a lowering contract negotiation or a sign and trade with an AL team vie. Yankees, Rangers, or Blue Jays

kbb

October 29th, 2012
12:39 pm

7 of the lowest 10 rated World Series have come in the last decade. This seasons was the LOWEST OF ALL TIME. I will quote this in every post that every Jethro from Honeybooo Georgia spews that “nobody watches the NBA”

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
12:39 pm

Or instead of Ichiro, you could sign Juan Pierre. There’s value there and he and Johnson would be a good two-head monster in LF.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
12:43 pm

JuanFran at 3rd = not the answer.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
12:45 pm

And me saying that signing Hamilton is the answer is a joke. No player is worth $25 mil a year.

Virginia Brave Fan

October 29th, 2012
12:46 pm

I echo BraveOne’s thoughts – trade for Justin Upton and stick him in center. Move Martin to 3B and find a LF (Reed Johnson?). WE WANT JUSTIN UPTON!!!

Kentavo

October 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

I’m hoping FW is paying attention to two things when assembling the 2013 and beyond roster:
1. Hitters with a proven track record for hitting left-handed pitching.
2. Players with post-season success.

Infield Fly

October 29th, 2012
12:49 pm

Give Uggla away

As much of a letdown as D. Lowe, and arguably one of Wren’s worst mistakes.

The Truth....

October 29th, 2012
12:50 pm

This team needs a new identity and philosophy…too laid back waiting for the big home run. Not gonna happen with this bunch…too many guys just making a payday…don’t really care if they win the WS or not. Not their fault tho cause that’s the way the front office thinks….Just want to sell tickets and make some $$$….So enjoy!

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
12:51 pm

Think about what you just said. Trade for Justin Upton. Really? The rumors that the D-Backs want to deal him are unfounded and if you are the D-Backs, WHY THE HECK WOULD YOU TRADE A 25-YEAR-OLD SUPERSTAR WHO YOU HAVE LOCKED UP TILL 2016?

JNick

October 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

I wouldn’t be against Upton if he wouldn’t cost us much more than Tommy Hanson and a mid-level prospect – as long as we don’t have to give up Minor/Delgado/Gilmartin/Spruill (and I guess Teheran, but I’m not big on him). He had kind of a down year, seems to be burnt out in AZ.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

BTW, there is me “The Truth” providing rational commentary and some other “The Truth….” spouting nonsense. The team has an ID and everyone plays hard and cares. Idiot …

JHarber

October 29th, 2012
12:55 pm

The Truth 12:50——- I have never heard it said better

hmmmmm..........

October 29th, 2012
12:55 pm

I’d like to see the Braves make a run at Grienke, we need a dominate number one starter. They were interested before the deadline. The Braves could always go after a juan pierre he’d be a cheap bourn replacement and put up comparable numbers but he plays LF. I’d get Hanson a personal trainer this offseason or shop him and uggs.

TnJim

October 29th, 2012
1:00 pm

Did anyone notice Gregor Blanco in the World Series? Looked like a pretty decent option at left or center. Would need reliable bats at second and third, however.

hmmmmm..........

October 29th, 2012
1:00 pm

If the rumors are unfounded about Upton then why have they been out there for over a year. You trade because the team has no other talent so you stock up and start over

hmmmmm..........

October 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

If the rumors are unfounded about Upton then why have they been out there for over a year. You trade because the team has no other talent so you stock up and start over. The Reds traded Hamilton for Volquesz.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
1:03 pm

Medlen has proven himself as a number 1. Hanson is fat and dropping 25 lbs would do him some good. Minor and Maholm are solid. I like the Braves rotation. BTW, Grienke will be seeking about 5 years at $100 mil. That’s WAY to much.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
1:04 pm

I’d prefer them to look into a guy like Anibal Sanchez

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
1:04 pm

Bravos4LYFE….

The reason I said what I did about Cliff Lee is because of the length and money of the contract the Phillies are committed to. He had a losing season with Texas 2 years ago. He’s not the dominating pitcher you would expect from a $140 + Million dollar contract. Yes his ERA wasn’t bad this year but he needed a strong finish to end up 6-9 this year. No way he was worth the $21,500,000 the Phillies paid him last year. It’s only going to get worse as his contract increases as he gets older. He’s 34 now and will be 39 at the end of his contract when the Phillies will be paying him close to $25 Million.

The Phillies will regret that contract like the Yankees are regretting A-Rod’s. Also the Giants aren’t getting $136 Million dollars of value out of Zito either. Yes he won some key games but so did Bumgarner at league minimum. Just saying those large contracts usually end up backfiring and Clill Lee will be no exception.

JNick

October 29th, 2012
1:05 pm

For the last time, you’re not going to get anyone to take Uggla without the Braves paying $10 mil/season for the rest of his contract. We are FINALLY rid of every albatross on the books (Lowe, Kawakami, Jurrjens, McLouth) and not paying people to play for other teams/in the minors. We already have a full (if not over full) rotation we do not need Greinke at $18-20 mil a year. Makes no sense to pay someone that much (1/4 to 1/5 of our payroll) for someone who pitches every 5 days. Decline the option on McCann, offer him $6-8 mil for 2013 for a chance to prove his health/re-establish his value. Impact bat for LF/3B (one or the other, with Prado) and a CF (Span, Fowler, Pagan, etc)
Hanson already had a personal trainer last off-season, supposedly strengthening his shoulder to avoid surgery, and redoing his mechanics. Same result though…loss in velocity/command, still looks like he’s throwing darts…can’t hold runners. Show him the door.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
1:07 pm

hmmmm…… They’ve been rumors for two years about Upton. You’d think if AZ was that motivated to move him, they would’ve dont it already. And the Reds traded Hamilton before he was proven, though he did have a good season with them.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
1:09 pm

JNick — Well said. However, I think Span resigned with the Twins earlier this year.

The Truth

October 29th, 2012
1:11 pm

Span is signed through 2014 with a 2015 option.

Spud

October 29th, 2012
1:12 pm

Bourn is gone. He’ll be offered a lot and probably for too many years, so I can’t blame the Braves for letting him go. $15 to $20M for five or six years would be too long for a player that has speed as one of his primary assets. We all know that speed fades with age.

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
1:15 pm

JNick… like how you think…

Scott

October 29th, 2012
1:18 pm

Anybody writing that the Braves “choke every year” or something similar should be calling for the entire nucleus of the team to be blown up. Keep only the young talent, and send everybody else packing. Otherwise, you don’t really believe what you’re saying. They held the WC lead down the stretch with no problem this year. Then they lost one game against an experienced Cards team who just happened to be defending World Series champs.

If you feel like they always choke, you better back it up. Personally, I’ll evaluate the talent in individual cases to determine whether McCann and others should be back. I’m not going to base that on postseason disappointment (the last three years).

hmmmmm..........

October 29th, 2012
1:22 pm

Upton had a great season 2 years ago and was average this year. 1/2 a great season hardly qualifies has a dominate starter for years to come, that can be said for Medlen and Minor. If they could land grienke then trade Malohm or don’t pick up his option. The Braves wanted Grienke before the deadlie but wanted to lock him up.

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

BravesFanInNashville:

Forget 6-9. Wins and losses don’t tell you anything about his performance.

In 2012, Lee was 3rd in the NL in WAR, 9th in K/9 and 1st in BB/9 among all qualified starters. He had the highest K/BB ratio by 2.5, the lowest walk rate and the 6th highest strikeout rate. And if you’re into $/WAR, then, according to Fangraphs, he was worth $21.9M this season. The Philly offense was terrible for most of the year, and the bullpen lost several leads after Lee came out of games. Ignoring wins and losses, Lee had one of the best seasons of any NL starter.

BravesFanSince80s

October 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

could someone other than the DA above me explain how we’re rid of all the “albatross contracts” when we still have Ugly Dan for 3 more years?

StingerSplash

October 29th, 2012
1:27 pm

I just don’t see most of those guys coming back. Would love to keep Ross and maybe Durbin and maybe even Reed Johnson. CF is a priority but I don’t know if the Bourn Price Tag will be out of reach.
And if the banner ad at the top is correct, methinks the costumes worn by the young ladies (hey, they’re just trying to pay their tuition, that’s all) at The Cheetah may not matter much since they don’t, um, wear them, yeah, for, um, uh, long.
So I’m told.

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

Does that mean that he’ll be worth what his contract will pay him in his later 30s? Not necessarily. But at age 33/34 there have been no signs of decline.

RetiredSoldier

October 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

Resign Durbin, Johnson and of course Ross. Left field, trade Hanson, Tehran, any reliever besides the big three and a minor leaguer for a big right handed bat. Do your best to sign Bourn and if he is gone move Heyward to center.

Ted M

October 29th, 2012
1:31 pm

they gotta sign Reed Johnson, David Ross and pick up Hudson & Maholm so it sounds like the Braves are doing all the right thing.

I love Brian McCann but its time to let him go. Bourn is way overrated for the dollars.

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

Bravos4LYFE…

I think you make good points about Lee’s year. My point is that I’m glad the Braves aren’t committed to his contract as I don’t think he’ll prove to be worth the money over the length of the deal. Also I don’t think the Braves should pay Grienke or any other pitcher anything close to what Lee and Zito got.

Remember Lee had a losing record on a Texas team that scored ton’s of runs and went to the WS. He was younger then. I for one don’t believe his deal will be a value over the long run.

I respect and appreciate your point of view though.

BravesFanSince06

October 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

This cheap franchise has only managed two playoffs in it’s history, and both were wild cards that we lost in the first round. When is the fanbase gonna get sick of it? We’re all just enabling this low standard of performance. The lack of loyalty is sickining.

Dadgum.....

October 29th, 2012
1:41 pm

It appears to me that Atlanta will not pick up McCann’s option. Simply way too much to pay given the surgery with no assurances we can keep him longer term after 2013. We have way more pressing needs besides catcher. 3rd base is now our most pressing need. Need a huge trade for a bona fide 3rd baseman. Sandoval/Wright type if you will. Follow that with a CF free agent or trade. Obviously moving Uggla would be ideal then Prado could return to his best spot but the Braves would need to eat half his salary. I don’t think the Braves would part with both Uggla and McCann in the same year but one of them is gone. Simply too much money tied up in them and we have bigger needs for that money. Again, I will be shocked if McCann is picked up.

jbailz23

October 29th, 2012
1:41 pm

Why would we want Justin Upton? He’s had one good year, only hit .300 once in his life, he’s mediocre at best and going to ask for more money than he’s worth.

Ted M

October 29th, 2012
1:41 pm

I never thought of Ichiro…I’d take him for the right price.

Ted M

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

Who is the Braves best outfield prospect?

I think the Braves are gonna be even younger next year.

knockahomerx

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

GM Wrenn Please do list; 1. Pick up options on Hudson and Maholm for 1 year only. Young Guns replace them in 2014. 2. Do not sign check or pick up option for Brian McCann. I love Brian. I just would not sign the check for an injured, declining catcher with eyesight issues. 3. Tradeable players, Tommy Hanson can not hit 90 mph, Dan Uggla is defensive liability and has not and will not earn his check, Jair Jurrjens ???. 4. Decide on Bethancourt to ML 2013 or July or 2014. Sign a catcher, and sign Ross to 1 yr. 5. Prado to 2B after Uggla trade, Martins best position. 6. With trades, spending FA money wisely, sign young, hungry, athletic, hitters for 3B, CF,and LF. Bullpen and Bench should not be a problem. Fans and yourself need to see if our farm system young, hungry pitchers are ready to perform. Braves need to have a 2013 MLB Draft filled with SS, CF, C, 3B who are 300+ hitters, and 30+ homers athletes. GM Wrenn get the offseason moves right. The team can take off and with our youth has staying power. Build the Minors Teams and fill with future Braves. Go Braves. I love you guys.

Rick C

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

jbailz23, although I am not in favor of trading for Justin Upton, he already has a guaranteed contract for the next three seasons.

Peter

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

John A. .. ……. Why did you write Omar Infante fell out of favor with Braves upper management ?

It seems the philosophy is the Braves want to play like a softball team…… they got Uggla, because he hit home runs, and they do not value the type of offense the Giants have, which is built on contact and speed with the occasional long ball.

They do not value speed, or use speed wisely.. as in Bourne had a very low stolen base record in his only full year as a Brave. Note he led the league before becoming a Brave and had ONLY 42 stolen bases last year……quite a drop off.

Braves management made a huge mistake trading the speedy Blanco who is now a world champion, for Rick Ankiel…… Why….. because they valued the “Pop” in Ankiel’s bat over the contact hitter Blanco was, and is.

We saw Blanco did quite well for the Giants during their Championship run. Plus he is young and VERY Cheap making $480,000 this year.

Another of the huge mistakes WREN has made… he basically ruined the Chemistry the braves had in 2010.

Also anyone who reads this and states Wren is handicapped by the Braves owners is totally incorrect….. As the GM in Baltimore Wren built the most expensive team at the time in baseball with a huge payroll….and the Orioles failed to play .500 ball that year..subsequently Wren was fired !

Mark (another one)

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

Bring back McCann and resign Ross. That would cover catcher for 2013. Freeman, Uggla, Simmons and Prado are the starting infield with Franciso and Janish as backups. I’d move Prado into third because I believe his defense is strong at third and it’s harder to find. LF is not as difficult a hole to fill.

I don’t think the Braves will resign Bourn, and will need to find two outfielders to start next season. Pagan would be a great first choice but Wren has to find two. I don’t think the minors have anyone pushing themselves into this role right now with the possible exception of Cunningham.

I’d have Pastornicky learning the outfield to become a utility player. He has the speed and might be able to play some CF. I know they say Fransico can’t play the out field but I’d give him some practice in left.

This approach leaves us with two questionmarks in the field, LF and CF. Letting McCann leave now creates another hole as I don’t think the Braves have an everyday catcher to bring in.

I’d pick up the options of Hudson, Maholm and resign Durbin. I think that puts us in solid with our pitching.

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
1:47 pm

Wow, draft guys that are going to hit .300 with 30 homers? IT’S SO SIMPLE YOU GUYS.

AZBravoFan

October 29th, 2012
1:49 pm

J. Upton doesn’t hit that well away from Chase Field. I think it’s pretty obvious the types of players Wren should be looking at. We need guys that can put the bat on the ball. I love Michael Bourn, but when it came down to the Braves most crucial AB of the season, he couldn’t make contact. For all that cash, he needs to put it in play. Imagine if we had someone like Scutaro up in that situation? He swung and missed what, 14 times while with the Giants? Heck, we’ve got guys who can do that easily in a 3 game series.

Bravos4LYFE

October 29th, 2012
1:51 pm

Put the bat on the ball? Novel.

Rick C

October 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

knockahomerx, Uggla trade is not happening right now. The Braves have a limited payroll, and trading him would necessitate filling three spots in the lineup instead of two.

Guys like that in draft don’t just grow on trees dude. All the Braves can do is pick the best player available at each of their turns.

BravesFanSince06

October 29th, 2012
1:52 pm

Frank Wren needs to focus on pitching. Never in this team’s history have we had a stellar rotation top to bottom that could win games even when the offense was slumping.

Dadgum.....

October 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

Resigning Ross will be the first move Atlanta makes. They will then decline the McCann option and try to sign him to a three year deal until Bethancourt is ready. McCann will say thanks but no thanks and there you have it. Atlanta will bring in a cheaper Catcher to pair with Ross. That is how I see it going down.

teacher

October 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

Heyward already win the 2012 Fielding Bible Award. What kinda writing is this.

Dadgum.....

October 29th, 2012
1:55 pm

BTW…Infante did not fall out of favor with management. That is one trade Wren wishes he had a do-over.

BravesFanSince06

October 29th, 2012
1:56 pm

teacher:

Prolbalbly a tipo.

Person

October 29th, 2012
1:56 pm

I’ve not heard much about the potential that Jose Constanza could replace Bourn in center, or even have a spot on the team next year. Is that not an option? Seems like winning a batting title, even at the AAA level, would bode well for him. Good speed too.

Rick C

October 29th, 2012
1:57 pm

Peter, Bourn goes on his own most of the time, and given his SB numbers over the years I trust him to know when he’s comfortable. And he said that this season pitchers were paying more attention to him than ever. Even with his drop off from last year, he was still second in the NL in SB this season.

lol, trading Blanco cost the Braves’ chemistry? Just a laughable suggestion really. Yeah, he’s a WS winner now, but he hit 244/333/344 this year and only 235/339/412 in the postseason.

Rick C

October 29th, 2012
1:58 pm

Dadgum, why would they decline the option and then offer three years? That makes absolutely zero sense.

Rick C

October 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

Person, because he’s not a ML starter, pure and simple.

a fan

October 29th, 2012
2:16 pm

Alex: Check Janish OPB vs Uggla, not even close Wake up

braves10

October 29th, 2012
3:16 pm

Ross will be signed but cannot catch every day. Who do you get.

Puma

October 29th, 2012
3:35 pm

Prado deserves a gold glove for playing great D at 5 different positions, too bad there is not utility player GG

HAL

October 29th, 2012
3:55 pm

i have the off season figured just get both uptons and there 400ks per seson and malke all the ushers happy at turner

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
3:58 pm

Here are the career stat of 4 pitchers.

Pitcher 1) Career ERA. 3.93 (160 Wins 132 Losses) Whip 1.31
Pitcher 2) Career ERA. 3.59 (128 Wins 78 Losses) Whip 1.21
Pitcher 3) Career ERA 3.77 ( 91 Wins 78 Losses) Whip 1.25
Pitcher 4) Career ERA 3.42 (197 Wins 104 Losses Whip 1.24

Pitcher 1 is Barry Zito who is in a $136 Million dollar contract. He had 5 straight losing seasons before 2012 on a team that won 2 WS and has been a contender almost every year.

Pitcher 2 is Cliff Lee who is in a guaranteed $120 Million dollar contract that the Phillies has a 2016 buyout of $12.5 Million or else pay him $27.5 Million. So he gets paid at least $12.5 Million even if he doesn’t pitch in 2016. Since he was with Texas in 2010 his record is 27-23 including 1- 1/2 losing seasons.

Pitcher 3 is Zach Grienke who is only 13 games over .500 and shows signs of not being able to produce on a big stage. There is talk of him getting a $100 Million dollar plus deal.

Pitcher 4 is Tim Hudson who the Braves paid $9 Million the past two years and we have an option for 2013 at $9 Million as well. The last three seasons Tim has a record of 49-26 easily the best record of any of these 4 pitchers.

Frank Wren deserves a little credit for securing a contract like this. Dollar for dollar when it comes to the near elite or elite pitchers in the game Hudson’s contract has been a steal. Not only is he almost 100 wins over .500 for his career he’s been 23 games over .500 in his current contract the last 3 years. All for under $30 Million dollars. The Phillies will pay over twice that to Lee for less results and the Giants have been getting nowhere near the value the Braves have gotten.

Great job Frank Wren and many thanks to Tim Hudson for being the player and person he is.

Let’s stay away from big long term contracts especially to pitchers and certainly to players over 28 years old. THEY AREN’T WORTH IT. !!!

cory78

October 29th, 2012
3:59 pm

cut mccann, he’s going to take a year to regain any strength in that shoulder and he’s going to be an aging catcher in the National League with a future All-Star at first. The Braves are more concerned with sentimentality than winning though so I expect them to resign him. I’d let Bourn go as well, he’s going to be vastly overpaid by Philly anyway. We need somebody that knows how to take a walk every now and then. We should be able to find somebody cheaper that can strike out every at bat in September.

SpaceGal

October 29th, 2012
4:01 pm

IMO Bourn won’t be worth what he’ll cost. Don’t get me wrong, he was worth the trade & did great things for us. But he battled Uggla for the worst 2nd half hitting. He had career high in homers but became a strike-out specialist. And how many bunt for base hit attempts did he have? That speed..just put the ball in play. If we had a larger payroll his defense would certainly make it easier. I’d just rather lock up Freeman, JHey & Prado & go cheaper in center. But what do I know..I’m a girl.

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

SpaceGal… Girl or not I agree with you. Let’s lock up our core players and add complimentary pieces with smart deals.

KYBravos' fan

October 29th, 2012
4:13 pm

I agree pretty much with Kentavo. We have to have hitters with proven track records vs left-handed pitching. However, having guys who exhibit this ability to hit lefties don’t have to be hitters who have postseason hitting success. Some haven’t even seen the postseason and some have too small of a sample size vs southpaws. We just need good big league hitters who can put the ball in play. We already have 3 or 4 solid run producers. We need to put the ball in play more, or as Terry Francona says, “Keep the conveyor belt moving.” Then with a good staff and solid D, we can take next step. Pitch it, catch it, and move runners along with the occasional blast.

benchwarmer

October 29th, 2012
4:20 pm

I can see the logic of keeping McCann and of letting him go. If option is not used the Braves will likely not out bid for him. If he is really wanted best do the option. CF, 3rd, are priorities. can be done in different ways. Not thrilled with Hanson but he looks like our car to drive until he breaks. His upside is better than what would be offered in a trade.

benchwarmer

October 29th, 2012
4:22 pm

Oops forgot to add LF as priority need.

Ron

October 29th, 2012
4:40 pm

You pick-up McCann’s option and re-sign cheaper if possible. You also resign D. Ross, R. Johnson, Maholm and Durbin. Those contracts are not that much and will not find comparable anywhere else for the money. Several have said sign Hamiliton, Greinke, or Bourn for that matter. All will be way too expensive for what Atlanta needs to stay competitive. They would be nice to have but not reasonable. Go after a cheaper and almost as good player such as Victorino, Pagan, or trade for a Span, Revere or other for CF. Sign a C. Ross, Fowler, Bourjos, or trade for a Willingham, Upton or other for LF. Prado would be best served at 3rd base. Uggla would be difficult to trade as his contract is too much for production he has shown ( maybe Dodgers would take him…) and Braves would have to eat too much too again stay competitve. Line-up as I see it and players I would like to see as follows: 1) Victorino Switch hitter CF 2) Prado R 3rd 3) Heyward L RF 4) Willingham R LF 5) Freeman L 1st 6) McCann/Ross L or R C 7) Uggla R 2nd 8) Simmons R SS 9) Pitcher. Rotation: 1) Medlen 2) Minor 3) Hudson 4) Maholm 5) Hanson/Delgado/Tehran (depending on trade). Beachy back after All-Star break. Bullpen: Kimbrel, O’Flaherty, Venters, Durbin, Avilian, Gearrin,C. Martinez. Bench: D. Ross, Francisco, R. Johnson, Pastornicky, Player to be determined. Janish( Do not need a player off of bench hitting .185), Moylan, Hinske, Overbay, Baker not brought back. 2013 Braves!!

Matt

October 29th, 2012
4:55 pm

Trade McCann and Uggla to Texas for D.Murphy A(another Murphy in Atl), Kinsler and a young pitcher.

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