Braves’ 2013 spring training will start earlier

Braves pitchers and catchers will report to spring training earlier than usual Feb. 11 and open the Grapefruit League schedule Feb. 22 against the American League League champion Detroit Tigers in a home game at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

It’s the earliest spring-training game ever for the Braves. Across the majors, spring training is earlier this year to accommodate the World Baseball Classic in March, being played for the first time since 2009. The Braves open their Grapefruit League schedule with back-to-back home games against the Tigers and Yankees Feb. 22-23, then travel to Bradenton, Fla., to face the Pirates on Feb. 24.

The Braves play 18 home games at Champion Stadium including four night games against Washington (March 1 and March 21), Detroit (March 7), and the Yankees (March 16).

Braves pitchers and catchers have their first workout Feb. 12. Other position players are due to report Feb. 14, and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 15. There are three off days in the schedule this spring, two more than usual, and the Braves finish their Grapefruit League scheduled March 29 against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., before traveling to Pearl, Miss., for a March 30 game vs. Braves prospects and minor leaguers.

The Braves open the regular season April 1 at home against Philadelphia.

BRAVES SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

February

22-Tigers at Disney 1:05 p.m.

23-Yankees at Disney 1:05 p.m.

24-Pirates at Bradenton 1:05 p.m.

25-Marlins at Disney 1:05 p.m.

26-Nationals at Disney 1:05 p.m.

27-Tigers at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.

28-Phillies at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.

March

1-Nationals at Disney 6:05 p.m.

2-Astros at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.

3-Tigers at Disney 1:05 p.m.

4-Mets at Port St. Lucie 1:05 p.m.

5-Yankees at Tampa 1:05 p.m.

6-off

7-Tigers at Disney 6:05 p.m.

8-Blue Jays at Disney 1:05 p.m. SS

8-Astros at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m. SS

9-Yankees at Tampa 1:05 p.m.

10-Marlins at Disney 1:05 p.m.

11-Nationals at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

12-Cardinals at Disney 1:05 p.m.

13-Marlins at Jupiter 7:05 p.m.

14-Cardinals at Jupiter 1:05 p.m.

15-Mets at Disney 1:05 p.m.

16-Yankees at Disney 5:05 p.m.

17-Mets at Port St. Lucie 1:05 p.m.

18-Phillies at Disney 1:05 p.m.

19-off

20-Pirates at Disney 1:05 p.m.

21-Nationals at Disney 6:05 p.m.

22-Phillies at Clearwater 1:05 p.m.

23-Astros at Disney 1:05 p.m. SS

23-Blue Jays at Dunedin 1:05 p.m. SS

24-Nationals at Viera 1:05 p.m.

25-Mets at Disney 1:05 p.m.

26-Tigers at Lakeland 1:05 p.m.

27-off

28-Astros at Disney 1:05 p.m.

29-Astros at Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.;

30-Mississippi Braves at Pearl, Miss. 3:05 p.m.

Notes: SS-indicates split squad games; times are Eastern and subject to change; TV, radio games will be announced at a later date.

102 comments Add your comment

CJ

November 13th, 2012
5:19 pm

Still not soon enough. Can’t wait for some Braves baseball.

snoopy

November 13th, 2012
5:45 pm

ill take the first

Negative Creep

November 13th, 2012
6:03 pm

Lets start next season off right…sign Dunn NOW!!!!!

Doom and Gloom

November 13th, 2012
6:37 pm

Oh yeah, after the rollercoaster way the hitters and pitchers performed last season, they need to start training today!!!! Now that David Ross is gone, I’m sure I will be on here much earlier than usual this year.

The Scout

November 13th, 2012
6:43 pm

Jordan Schafer will look good in spring training and win the CF job.

By June 1st he’ll be down to .200

Nostradamus

November 13th, 2012
6:50 pm

DOB will have an article in spring training how Dan Uggla has been working with the Braves’ hitting instructors and how he’s turned the corner, and ready for a big season.

JHarber

November 13th, 2012
7:17 pm

Check out MLB network, Block buster trade Bluejays and Marlins. Yunel back in NL east

George_George

November 13th, 2012
7:23 pm

The Scout

November 13th, 2012
6:43 pm
Jordan Schafer will look good in spring training and win the CF job.

By June 1st he’ll be down to .200
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Sad but most likely true. I like the kid.

wallypip

November 13th, 2012
7:25 pm

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Amber Girl

November 13th, 2012
7:55 pm

Good eve4ning everyone. Why are braves interested in Cody Rodd? What happened to Denard Span?

Gamecock Brave

November 13th, 2012
8:08 pm

Spring Training should begin after New Year’s so the Braves will be ready for the season

urban redneck

November 13th, 2012
8:09 pm

howdy AG. braves are interested in cody ross as a left fielder. denard span is a center fielder. they need both a left fielder and a center fielder. this allows prado to go to third base. if francisco cabrera looks good, he may get third base…………but 99% of us armchair managers don’t think it will happen.

plus don’t get too caught up in any of the trade/free agent RUMORS you see on the internet. i read the same article about cody ross. most of these deals never go down the way people predict.

Amber Girl

November 13th, 2012
8:17 pm

@Mr urban redneck. IMO that would be a good outfield. Who is going to be our back-up catcher In your opinion?

hit a single

November 13th, 2012
8:22 pm

Can’t wait! Nothing like spring training. I sure wish the Braves would go after Jeff Keppinger for a role type player. He can play any of the infield positions and could play the outfield. Bottom line is that he is a situation type hitter the Braves need.

urban redneck

November 13th, 2012
8:28 pm

AG, you are correct. that would be a grrrrrreat outfield.

no telling who the backup will be. honestly it will probably some one that has been in the majors as long as you have been alive. seriously. they are not going to want to pay over a million dollars for this year, probably less. whoever it is will not be as good of a backup as david ross. i’m still bitter about that if u can’t tell.

Inquiring Mind

November 13th, 2012
8:28 pm

What is the Braves’ infatuation with Jordan Schafer ? Does he have photos of Frank Wren in the shower ?

Frank Wren

November 13th, 2012
8:30 pm

Give us your old, broken down, slow of foot, and most importantly, CHEAP !

Amber Girl

November 13th, 2012
8:36 pm

@Mr urban redneck I too am very upset about losing Ross. Maybe dsomebody live Olivio or Shoppach, or Treanor. If Wren doesn’t have time to take care of his hair, I will give him hairspray where he can do his job. Is it Ok to call you Mr?

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Amber Girl

November 13th, 2012
8:53 pm

It is sleepy time Good nite all from New South Wales Go Braves!!!

Yuuup

November 13th, 2012
8:56 pm

Wow that trade between the Marlins and Jays is something. It would have been cool to get Bonifacio, but now that Stanton is mad as hell, Wren should call the Marlins and see what it would take to get him in a Braves uni.

VON TRAPP

November 13th, 2012
8:58 pm

To ve das vaseball should be year round with 1 week off after das World Series. Ve more vaseball ve more happys ve be

Felix

November 13th, 2012
9:00 pm

Toronto pulls off a huge deal. The clock keeps ticking and Spring training starts Feb. 22. Old ‘bottom of the barrel scraping’ Frank Wren will probably not get a deal done by then. Of course in 4-6 weeks all the top talent will be gone. But you can figure that by April he will sign about 3 or 4 retreads like he always does.

Teddy B

November 13th, 2012
9:17 pm

Looks like we are trying to rebuild that 2010 team with Freddie Freeman replacing Glaus. This time it might work out a lot better though.

TDub

November 13th, 2012
11:28 pm

So… Marlins. WTF?

The hole in Dan Uggla's glove

November 13th, 2012
11:35 pm

I can’t wait to suck in 2013. 200+ k’s

mid wicket

November 14th, 2012
2:15 am

Amber, where in New South Wales are you ?

LAC

November 14th, 2012
2:35 am

Not looking forward to the new fact… LOSING ! This team has nothing, getting older, NO solid hitting, no leadoff man, TERRIBLE 2nd baseman and worst GM in baseball.

I see Braves winning between 69-76 this coming season, and losing on the field and in the seats !!!

TDub

November 14th, 2012
4:23 am

I see the Parade of Misery has started early this year.

dean

November 14th, 2012
5:50 am

Urban, Francisco Cabrera? I got an early morning chuckle out of that. But I know who you mean.
Under 90 days ’til the fun begins!

Bill M.

November 14th, 2012
6:03 am

Why can’t the Braves make a trade like the Marlins & Bluejays??? Send McCann, Uggla & Hanson on their way. Wren go get Stanton.

Frank Wren

November 14th, 2012
7:41 am

Juan Francisco on 3B and Jordan Schafer in CF; with a healthy Brian McCann behind the plate. Juan & Jordan are working with our hitting instructors and Brian will be ready to return to All Star form.

This team is set for the 2013 campaign !

VON TRAPP

November 14th, 2012
7:45 am

Ve more vaseball ,ve more I likes…………………..All year round is best for all.

dick whiskey

November 14th, 2012
7:55 am

who cares, i hate baseball,bunch of millionaires playing a sleep inducing ballgame

Catchers

November 14th, 2012
8:15 am

This is a good thing. Especially if Bethancourt, Gattis, and maybe Teheran will start the season in Atlanta. If the braves don’t sign another fielder it could give other prospects a chance to prove their worth. i.e. Todd Cunningham or others

what you eat for breakfast?

November 14th, 2012
8:19 am

I am looking more towards next October to see if we can finally advance more than just to a play in game.

Frank Wren

November 14th, 2012
8:33 am

Trade Dan Uggla?

You are surely joking !

Dan Uggla was the NL All Star second baseman.

With Chipper retired Dan will be looked upon for his leadership and the example he sets on the field and at the plate.

old scout

November 14th, 2012
8:44 am

How can pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12? The Braves have no catcher. Guess the pitchers will have to catch each other…or maybe Eddie Perez is making a comeback.

Tim

November 14th, 2012
8:55 am

Gattis will play catcher and LF for the Braves. Do not be surprised if he makes the roster this year. He may not start this year but he will make the roster.

As for CF, Schafer will not be the everyday CF unless a miracle comes along and makes him a .300 hitter by opening day. I think Wren trades Teheren and Gilmartin to the Twins for Span. That is the CF he wants and I believe that happens.

Prado is the 3B unless a deal can be made for someone else. However, I don’t see anyone Wren will go after in a trade. Francisco is only the 3B if he can prove he wants it. That means he has to show up in shape, hit for power and average (.275 or higher). His defense must improve as well.

LF is the key to everything. I believe Wren has targeted someone for left field but has yet to mention him. Personally, I think it just may be Upton from the Diamondbacks. I think Wren knows he can put together the pieces to do a deal for him.

It will be interesting.

ALJ

November 14th, 2012
9:11 am

I would only trade the top pitching prospects if it would pry Stanton from Miami.

New Scout

November 14th, 2012
9:20 am

Tim,

Gattis won’t make the team as a backup; he’ll be playing everyday, likely in the minors.

Braves’ young pitching is what teams want; and I don’t see two trades occurring as you suggest. One may happen, not two. That would be a lot of young arms to trade off

How about Lorenzo Cain iof the Royals in CF? He’s 26, has speed, good glove, bats righty & is a GA native.

Bob the Blogger

November 14th, 2012
9:42 am

The Braves must get a catcher by spring training, otherwise the ball will go all the way to the backstop.

cornjolio

November 14th, 2012
9:52 am

I’ve been touting Lorenzo Cain for 2 years.

Frank, get on the phone w/Dayton Moore & gitter done !

Ken Stallings

November 14th, 2012
11:57 am

Seems Jeff Loria is willing to trade any player on his roster for a bag of bats and a box of balls! As much as we complain about developments with the Braves, there is a whole other universe surrounding the Miami Marlins organization and Jeff Loria is head puppeteer of the mess.

I cannot see anyone in Miami having any value in their season tickets any longer!

Ken Stallings

November 14th, 2012
12:02 pm

BTW: It seems the market is shaping up about where I thought it would be. The normally big players in the market aren’t likely to pony up huge dollars for the free agents on this year’s list. I still think the Braves can sign Hamilton or Bourn for a lot less than what their respective agents are publicly asking for. Due to lack of teams holding out big money, this is shaping up to be a buyers market.

The Phillies are already over leveraged with contracts. The Marlins are in fire sale mode. The Yankees are on record as staying pat with their roster. The Angels are spent out, and the Tigers just completed their roster by getting Torii Hunter. The only team with the traditional deep pockets looking to revamp their roster are the Boston Red Sox. That hurt the Braves with losing David Ross.

But, the overall lack of buyers this year may help the Braves get a lot more done with their money that previous years would have offered.

Yuuup

November 14th, 2012
12:05 pm

I wish for just once, the Braves front office would make a splash signing or trade early rather than late. You know what the free agents are asking for, you have the money to spend, and you have the prospects to use in a trade. So with so many holes to fill, and the means to address them, my question is simple, what in the f’n hell are you waiting for? Are you waiting for them to sign with other teams? Are you waiting for your targets to get traded to other teams? Are you doing this so when you miss out you can tell the fans that you tried? Maybe Liberty Media will lower the payroll to 80 million next year so the excuses will stop.

Yuuup

November 14th, 2012
12:10 pm

Dick Whiskey,

If you hate baseball then why are you on a baseball blog?

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
12:12 pm

good afternoon Yuuup. Do we have catcher yet?

David O'Brien

November 14th, 2012
12:17 pm

I wish for just once, the Braves front office would make a splash signing or trade early rather than late. — Yuuup

You mean like they did just two years ago, when the Dan Uggla trade was the big splash at the GM meetings and the first big trade of the offseason? (Nevermind what Uggla’s done then, fact of the matter the trade was viewed as a very big one at the time, the Braves getting a 30-homer a year second baseman, the most homers by any his position to start a career.)

That was 2010. It was a big splash. At the GM meetings last week, people still talked about it when discussing why we were all covering the GM meetings, how nothing big usually happened at the meetings but that the Uggla trade in 2010 was the you-never-know justification for some writers to travel to the meetings. Just in case another such trade went down.

Tennisbrave

November 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

Frank Wren better start trying to get some players to hit the ball or spring training won’t make any difference. Maybe he has forgotten that “the chipper” has retired.

BlondAlto

November 14th, 2012
12:41 pm

Thanks as always for the VERY informative blogs, one of our family’s favorite parts of the AJC. We’ve followed the Braves thru thick and thin; we can remember when there were only TWO thousand fans at the game. When we moved to Atlanta in the 80s, and asked “how can we get Braves tickets, peopld owuld ask “Why would you want to?!” How far we’ve come and hopefully this will be the year that will find us at the TED in November! I just wish the Braves would have their Spring Training elsewhere. For anyone who doesn’t have small children, Disney is NOT a pleasant place to watch them, and really considering school isn’t out til May, I wonder how many children benefit. DISNEY benefits, of course. But It’s a nightmare location for some of us. anyway please keep those blogs coming. We really count on them, both kn-season and out.

Mark (another one)

November 14th, 2012
12:46 pm

I don’t understand the rush. Show patience. Wren knows the needs and is working the issues. Sometimes the moves don’t work as well as hoped (Uggla) but that isn’t due to stupidity or effort. Predicting the future is hard.

I like Juan Francisco having to prove himself as a backup to the corner infield positions. Some pop on the bench is valuable. He has not shown yet that he is an everyday player. He needs to show he cares and develop some consistency.

I like Span in CF, Prado at 3rd, and we need right handed power in LF. We also need a good backup catcher who can work with our pitchers and cover the load early in the season. We also need some bench depth in the outfield. (Franciso and Jannish cover the infield).

One question I have for next year is Pastornicky. He isn’t the SS of the future for the Braves but he can play infield. I would also bet he oculd play outfield. He was know for his hitting as a SS but I wonder if he can develop into an Infante type player.

Reality

November 14th, 2012
1:00 pm

Juan Francisco is a butcher in the field; he should be DHing in the AL, along with McCann.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
1:04 pm

@Mark I do have patience, but by the time Wren plays around everybody is gone except the dumpster guys. Maybe he likes them.

a fan

November 14th, 2012
1:51 pm

LAC What rock did you crawl under from? 69-76 wins! I propose a wager I give you $1000 if they don’t win more then 76 you pay me $100 for every win over 76 ie last year 94 wins wold earn me $1800. Put your money where your mouth or what other body part you spoke from.

Bill M.

November 14th, 2012
2:17 pm

The Tigers sign Hunter for 2 yrs.–26M. Glad Wren didn’t get in on him. They will come up with somebody, hope it’s not Cody Ross.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
2:37 pm

We need a LF-Ross. CF-Span. Catcher Treanor. Lets get it done Wren. Quit playing with your pretty hair and do it.

No Flag Since Lemke

November 14th, 2012
2:41 pm

Thank you Tigers for taking a late thirties outfielder off the market. What we need is not another Mondesi or Anderson.

Yuuup

November 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

DOB,

I hear ya on that. I guess I should have said more what I meant. The Braves are notorious for waiting things out, mostly because of payroll restraints. This year they have all kinds of holes to fill (Uggla) potentially being one of them down the road, but the thing that changes is they have a lot of money to spend to finally pick up a big time free agent, but they are doing nothing. I don’t know how other fans think, but for me, if the Braves went out and targeted a player, and signed him quickly, I would think they were more committed to winning. Not saying they don’t want to win, but after having a 90 + win season and bowing out again like they did, they should be doing everything they can to make the fans happy IMO. Losing guys like Chipper, Ross, and Bourn are huge blows to this team, and the longer the Braves wait to fill those voids, the worse off they will be next season IMO.

Ron

November 14th, 2012
3:03 pm

The Braves just might get Saltamachia from the Red Sox now and I think we would be happy to get him. Knowing Wren he will sign McClouth for CF and lead-off and Jason Bay for LF, I can see it happening. If I was the GM of the Braves the line-up I would have next year would be as follows: 1) Span CF 2) Prado 3rd 3) Heyward RF 4) Willingham LF 5) Freeman 1st 6) Uggla 2nd 7) Saltamachia C (until McCann back, Gattis as back-up) 8) Simmons SS 9) Pitcher. Rotation in order : Medlen, Minor, Hudson, Maholm, Gilmartin/J.R. Graham. Tehran, Delgado, Hanson, Jurrijens all gone by trade or released. Beachy back at mid-season and takes over 2nd spot, Minor and others move down a spot. Whoever is 5th then back to minors or bullpen. Bullpen: Kimbrel, Venters, O’Flaherty, Avilian, Gearrin, C. Martinez, Durbin. Bench; Francisco, Salty, Mejia, Schafer, Pastornicky. Janish too low batting avg. to take space on bench. Then Bench may change as trades or players earn their way on roster at Spring Training. I would think the catcher situation should be remedied immediately as they report first. 2013 Bravos!!

cornjolio

November 14th, 2012
3:13 pm

“The Braves just might get Saltamachia from the Red Sox now and I think we would be happy to get him. Knowing Wren he will sign McClouth for CF and lead-off and Jason Bay for LF, I can see it happening.”

Be careful what you ask for ! (LMAO)

Salty hit about .220 last season & can’t throw anybody out, just like McCann. He’d fit right in.

Ryan Langerhans was spotted at Turner Field yesterday in Frank’s office.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
4:03 pm

just saw where looks like Cody Ross will be Phillie…. Wren quit playing with your hair and do something.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
4:03 pm

just saw where looks like Cody Ross will be Phillie…. Wren quit playing with your hair and do something.

GT Alum

November 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

Ken Stallings -

I’m with ya. Any of the folks who like to complain about this team should try being Marlins fans for a few years. They’d remember their time as Braves fans as “the good old days”.

Darkcow

November 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

What is it with this team trying to get ALL of the former Marlins scrubs? Given, Uggla was good in his days in Florida, but Ross is a very average player on the back end of his career. Fredi is probably the luckiest manager in the game today, and very likely only got the job because he is good friends with Bobby.

Cody Ross SHOULD NOT BE SIGNED!! I’m realistic when it comes to free agent signings. I know what our payroll situation looks like. But I know we can do much better than Ross. I would honestly rather have Melky back.

This is maddening.
Idk if we have anything that the DBacks would be interested in (seeing as how they’re apparently in the market for a 3B or SS), but I would imagine they would at least entertain a trade featuring a package of Salcedo, Teheran, Ahmed. Now those guys are all top 10 prospects, but if there is any corner outfielder worth that, Upton is the guy.
It’s time to win. Not sit around and drool over our collection of prized prospects that may or may not become impact players one day. The time is now.

1. Span
2. Prado
3. Heyward
4. Upton
5. Freeman
6. Suckla
7. Mac/Yorvit
8. Simmons

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
4:21 pm

@darkcrow…That’s OK. At least he would be doing something. He is waiting until everyone is gone. He got an extension and more money so why should he care, JUST DO SOPMETING. He needs a LF. Heneeds A CF HE needs a back up catcher. 3 spots. Got the money. DO SOMETHING NOW!!!

JHarber

November 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

Amber— someone will have to hold his hand to show him the way.

Darkcow

November 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

You just want him to do something now because you’re anxious. That’s no way to be.

Think, type.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

@JHarber I Have offered hairspray. I have offered a kiss. Now i am saying I will hold his hand. DO SOMETHING NOW!!! they are going to be all gone. DO IT NOW!!!

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

@darkcfrow. The other teams must be anxious because they are DOING SOMETHING.

CPK

November 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

With the Marlins fire sale, The Braves should trade for Stanton

Frank Wren

November 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

“Ross is a very average player on the back end of his career.” – Darkcow

That’s the kind of player we like !

Since Garrett Anderson and Troy Glaus aren’t around, pickings are slim.

CPK

November 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

With the Marlins fire sale, The Braves should trade for Stanton

CPK

November 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

With the Marlins fire sale, The Braves should trade for Stanton

Darkcow

November 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

You’re right. Let’s be the Marlins.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
5:07 pm

YEA why not trade everybody. Use AAA for season. That would plese Wren, because then he doesn’ have to DO ANYTHING!

David O'Brien

November 14th, 2012
5:25 pm

Ahmed had a pair of triples in his first two ABs today in Fall League game. Finishing on a strong note.

Nail in the Road

November 14th, 2012
5:54 pm

good thing spring training is starting early, after that last game they need to start learning to play defense again …why can’t Arthur Blank take over this team…..either guys like McCann or Uggla would produce or they would be traded

Billy Marlin

November 14th, 2012
5:56 pm

We have TWO World Championships in just 20 seasons.

How many have you had in Atlanta since 1966 ?

Nail in the Road

November 14th, 2012
5:59 pm

With Chipper retired Dan will be looked upon for his leadership and the example he sets on the field and at the plate.

***

the only place he will be leading them is to the weight room

Reality

November 14th, 2012
6:01 pm

“With Chipper retired Dan will be looked upon for his leadership and the example he sets on the field and at the plate.”

Dan will lead them to the bottom half of the division, just above the Mets & Marlins

Darkcow

November 14th, 2012
6:13 pm

Dan Uggla sucks.

I sincerely hope you are reading this, Dan. You are a complete waste of money.

Makes me love Prado so much more. Not only is he a better 2nd baseman and all-around player than Dan, but he knew he was, moved to left field, let a complete loser take the position he loves, and didn’t complain ONCE. Love that guy.

And for the record, Prado could turn himself into a .220 hitter who hits 30 bombs a year if he wanted to. But why do that when you can get .300 and STILL rack up XBH?

Sad that we don’t have more players like him. Frank insists on overpaying for the long ball. Must arouse him to see that ball fly over the fence or something.

WREN, STOP TRYING TO TURN OUR TEAM INTO THE MARLINS!!! THEY WERE SCRUBS THERE AND CONTINUE TO BE SCRUBS IN ATLANTA!!

SAY NO TO CODY ROSS!!

Inappropriate Commenter

November 14th, 2012
6:23 pm

Mike Stanton makes my balls sweat.

cornjolio

November 14th, 2012
6:39 pm

“And for the record, Prado could turn himself into a .220 hitter who hits 30 bombs a year if he wanted to” – Darkcow

My money would be closer to .250

I want a team of Prado’s

I cried when Infante was traded for the Popeye wannabe

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
6:43 pm

@Darkcrow Don’t worry about Wren getting Ross. Won’y happen. He doesn’t want to so he will do NOTHING!!!

cornjolio

November 14th, 2012
7:03 pm

If Uggla hit .220 & had 45 homers I could swallow that.

He didn’t hit half that amount

Nerdville

November 14th, 2012
7:08 pm

wren’s incompetence is glaring. he has known that chipper was likely to retire for two years. he knew for sure cj was retiring nearly a year ago. yet here we sit after all that time with no backup/replacement.

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
7:20 pm

@Nerdville Hi Where did you come from. You are absolutely right. We have a GM that all; he wants is his money. He don’t care about winning unless it is a hair contest.

Darkcow

November 14th, 2012
7:28 pm

When Wren signed Uggla I said the same thing. If he were hitting 45 homers a year, then even as his production regresses, he would probably still give you around 30 or so. But with him already past his prime, I had a feeling these were the type of numbers we were in store for.

I’ve repeatedly backed Wren because I truly believe he is a smart baseball man, but I am losing faith in him recently. He really, in my opinion, needs to go get a true corner outfield threat that will compliment our core group of guys for years to come. That guy is Justin Upton.
I say this not looking at the numbers and how much it would take to be able to keep Heyward, Upton, Freeman and Simmons down the road, but that’s not my job. All I can hope for is that Wren is already on it..

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
7:33 pm

Don’t worry. He’s not. Golf tomorrow. Hair contest Friday. Then more Golf. No signings no trades. Because he will do NOTHING…

Amber Girl

November 14th, 2012
7:44 pm

@Darkcow I have to go it is my sleepy time. Wake me up if stupid does something. Never mind I know I will get a good nite sleep because he does NOTHING. Good nite from New South Wales.

Ralph

November 14th, 2012
8:11 pm

Cross Troy Hunter off the list as Wren continues to dig through the 30 dumpsters around the nation, soon there will be no good free agents left and Frank will still be digging.

Nerdville

November 14th, 2012
9:01 pm

braves nation: have you finally figured out that frank wren is not a gm who can build a team that can get the braves to a ws? here we are with no ready replacement for cj after all this time (2 years). three years of weak offense and still no improvement and apparently no specific players that he is targeting–it appears to be a random event. we got pitching, all we need is offense and he can’t even do that. he lets ross get away. just dumb. pitchers were comfortable with ross and when he played we had solid defense and offense from him. now here we are with no identified ready replacement for ross. just stupka.

Yuuup

November 14th, 2012
9:22 pm

Just saw on MLB Trade Rumors that the Braves are targeting B.J. Upton. It also said that the Braves had visions of signing both Upton and Torii Hunter this offseason. Ok, not saying that I wanted the Braves to sign Hunter because his age and injury history are definitely a concern, but if its true that the Braves had those visions, then what in the hell are they waiting for?

If Upton is their biggest target, then why isn’t he signed yet? The Braves have the money to spend, why isn’t he a Brave then? If they had visions of signing both Upton and Hunter, why not sign Upton and Ross? Or maybe trade for Denard Spahn of the Twins and sign Upton to play LF?

The fact that I am trying to make here is that the Braves always sit idly by and wait for stuff to happen instead of taking charge and making things happen. I am glad they didn’t sign Hunter, but that is a classic example on why the Braves always seem to get bottom feeders instead of stars. They sit on their hands and wait until other teams sign their “supposed” targets.

So nothing was said on the interest with Hunter, but a few hours after he signs with the Tigers, all of a sudden the Braves had visions of signing him. What now, you going to lose out on Upton as well because you may not want to pay the guy a couple million dollars more over 4-5 years? Maybe just sit back and watch one of your division rivals sign him then, that would be ideal wouldn’t it?

Forgive me if I seem a little upset, but the Braves way of approaching the off season and free agency is very old.

Yuuup

November 14th, 2012
9:22 pm

Just saw on MLB Trade Rumors that the Braves are targeting B.J. Upton. It also said that the Braves had visions of signing both Upton and Torii Hunter this offseason. Ok, not saying that I wanted the Braves to sign Hunter because his age and injury history are definitely a concern, but if its true that the Braves had those visions, then what in the hell are they waiting for?

If Upton is their biggest target, then why isn’t he signed yet? The Braves have the money to spend, why isn’t he a Brave then? If they had visions of signing both Upton and Hunter, why not sign Upton and Ross? Or maybe trade for Denard Spahn of the Twins and sign Upton to play LF?

The fact that I am trying to make here is that the Braves always sit idly by and wait for stuff to happen instead of taking charge and making things happen. I am glad they didn’t sign Hunter, but that is a classic example on why the Braves always seem to get bottom feeders instead of stars. They sit on their hands and wait until other teams sign their “supposed” targets.

So nothing was said on the interest with Hunter, but a few hours after he signs with the Tigers, all of a sudden the Braves had visions of signing him. What now, you going to lose out on Upton as well because you may not want to pay the guy a couple million dollars more over 4-5 years? Maybe just sit back and watch one of your division rivals sign him then, that would be ideal wouldn’t it?

Forgive me if I seem a little upset, but the Braves way of approaching the off season and free agency is very old.

a fan

November 15th, 2012
6:51 am

Yuuup we don’t want Upton I have watched him for years with the Rays,bad attitude the antithesis of Prado.

Yuuup

November 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Looks like the Braves are close to signing Gerald Laird as the backup catcher. Career .244 hitter and throws out 27% of baserunners. Is this not a step backwards from Ross?

Also, A-Fan,

I haven’t watched BJ Upton play all that much, so not really sure about his habits as a player. I guess I was just trying to make a point on why the Braves always lose out on players.

Amber Girl

November 15th, 2012
10:49 am

@Yuuup Another dumpster signing.

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