Bethancourt among five minor leaguers added to 40-man

The Braves have added five minor leaguers to their 40-man roster, including catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and right-handed pitchers Zeke Spruill, David Hale, Cory Rasmus and Aaron Northcraft.

Being added to the roster prevents them from being taken in the Rule 5 draft, which will be held Dec. 6 at the winter meetings. The Braves 40-man roster stands at 36.

Bethancourt, 21, is considered the Braves catcher of the future, with Brian McCann playing out the option year of his contract in 2013. Bethancourt hit .243 in 71 games for Double-A Mississippi before breaking a bone in his hand and missing the last month of the season. He has returned to form in the Dominican Winter League, where he is hitting .258 (8-for-31) in 12 games.

The Braves signed Gerald Laird as their backup catcher and replacement for David Ross but could turn to the strong-armed Bethancourt to help him fill in for McCann in early April. McCann is expected to miss at least the first couple of weeks of the season recovering from shoulder surgery.

Spruill, a former second round pick in 2008 from Marietta’s Kell High School, just completed the Arizona Fall League where he went 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA in seven games. He got 10 groundball outs in five strong innings his last time out. Spruill pitched for Double-A Mississippi last season going 9-11 with a 3.67 ERA in 27 starts.

Hale, 25, a native of Marietta, graduated from the Walker School and was drafted by the Braves in the third round in 2009 out of Princeton University. Hale went 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Mississippi last year.

Rasmus, the younger brother of Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus, was the Braves second overall pick in 2006, taken 38th overall in the supplemental round. He has battled injuries much of his career but pitched 50 games in relief last year for Mississippi, going 3-5 with a 3.68 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.

Northcraft, 22, a 10th round pick by the Braves in 2009, went 10-11 with a 3.98 ERA in 27 starts last year for Single-A Lynchburg. He struck out 160 batters in 151 2/3 innings while walking only 53 and holding opponents to a .247 batting average.

118 comments Add your comment

chipontheroad

November 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Carroll D O’B et al

jbill

November 20th, 2012
1:11 pm

Thanks for report Carroll..

Thanks for all you do DOB & Carroll…” Happy Thanksgiving”…..God Bless.

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
2:19 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Sorryjbill can’t really talk right now. Got in trouble for telling someone to shut up last nite. So I will shut up

NORRIS CHUCK

November 20th, 2012
2:21 pm

Tigers Release Ryan Raburn

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 20 at 12:15pm CST]

The Tigers announced that they released utility player Ryan Raburn. By releasing Raburn, a non-tender candidate, the Tigers open up a 40-man roster spot.

Raburn projected to earn $2.1MM through the arbitration process. However, after a season that saw him post a .171/.226/.254 batting line in 222 plate appearances, that salary seemed excessive. Raburn averaged 15 home runs per season from 2009-11 and owns a career batting line of .256/.311/.430. He played second base and both corner outfield positions in 2012.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#Fa7hTgcre9oCYHMp.99

Fastball

November 20th, 2012
3:26 pm

Please don’t sign BJ Upton.

confused

November 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

This rule 5 draft applies to all Minor Leaguers?What about Gilmartin,Nick Ahmed and Ernesto Mejia?Can they be taken?Can anybody explain this rule?

confused

November 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

This rule 5 draft applies to all Minor Leaguers?What about Gilmartin,Nick Ahmed and Ernesto Mejia?Can they be taken?Can anybody explain this rule?

Max Sizemore

November 20th, 2012
3:53 pm

Down here in Florida I have seen many Rays’ games, and aside from playing an above average center field, Upton won’t help much. Low OBA, strikes out a lot (and takes a large number of called third strikes), and my impression is that he is NOT good in the clubhouse. Terrific athlete, but won’t get near the same number of SBs with the Braves because he won’t bat high enough in the order and won’t be receiving the go-ahead from Joe Maddon any more. No, not worth it for HALF the money talked about.

Kevin

November 20th, 2012
3:59 pm

confused, Wikipedia has a pretty good description of the rule 5 draft, though in short a player is not eligible to be drafted by other teams if he has been in the farm system less than 4 years, if signed by age 20, and 5 years if signed by age 19. Therefore, our top draft picks from the last couple of years or so (i.e. Gilmartin, Terdoslavich, etc.) are safe.

Ron

November 20th, 2012
4:07 pm

I agree with most that the Braves should not go after B.J. Upton, do not like either brother for the amount of money it would take. I like Span or Fowler or Cain or Pagan for CF. Willingham seems the best choice for LF. My line-up: 1) Span CF 2) Prado 3rd 3) Heyward RF 4) Willingham LF 5) Freeman 1st 6) Uggla 2nd 7) McCann/Laird/Bethancourt C 8) Simmons SS 9) Pitcher. Rotation in order: 1) Medlen 2) Minor 3) Hudson 4) Maholm 5) Hanson/Delgado/Tehran/???. On players added to 40 man, if not mistaken, Mejia was already added to 40 man roster.

Mark (another one)

November 20th, 2012
4:07 pm

The rule 5 draft has some complicated rules. If a player has been in the minors for four or five years, they may be selectable by another team.

That selecting team has to have an open 40 man roster spot, and the player selected must be placed on the 40 man roster. He must also be on the regular season 25 man roster or be offered back to his original team.

Gilmartin was signed when he was over 19 and has not had four years in the minors. Not eligible. Ahmed, the same thing. Ernesto Mejia has eight years in the minors and is eligible unless the Braves put him on the 40 man roster.

Mark (another one)

November 20th, 2012
4:10 pm

Ernesto Mejia is on the 40 man roster so he is protected. See http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=atl

Kudzu

November 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

Lived in Tampa the past three years…please, Upton is not the answer in CF. And not to mention that he is a head-case…hot-head…and would be a general head-ache for this team…

Hopefully, Wren is just posturing…

hmmmmm..........

November 20th, 2012
4:27 pm

Im with Fastball and Kudzu on BJ!

cornjolio

November 20th, 2012
4:44 pm

PLEASE DO NOT SIGN B.J. UPTON !

WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER UGGLA !

Frank Wren

November 20th, 2012
4:45 pm

Matt Diaz in LF, Jordan Schafer in CF

Problem solved !

Play ball !

ryan

November 20th, 2012
4:46 pm

I agree no on BJ Upton would not mind Shane Victorino a little bit cheaper than Upton lot more productive to .

collegeballfan

November 20th, 2012
4:47 pm

I notice that Chipper Jones is not on the 40 man roster. Does this mean is really retired?

Braves' Nation

November 20th, 2012
4:49 pm

if any of the rumors are true, its shaping up to be one UGGLA season in 2013 !

Puma

November 20th, 2012
4:50 pm

Appreciate the Rule 5 draft explanations Mark and Kevin, one of those things I kind of knew how it worked but not exactly.

from the sports desk ...

November 20th, 2012
5:08 pm

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Phillies are considered the favorite to land B.J. Upton, the young center fielder from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Upton would fit the bill as a player the Phillies would want to invest in- he fills a position of need, would help the line up, and is still in his prime.

Upton batted .246 last season with the Rays while hitting 28 home runs to go along with 78 RBI’s. He had an on-base percentage of .298. His career average of .255 would be a welcome addition to a Phillies lineup that struggled last season. Upton would also bring some speed to the Phillies, something that they desperately need as the team continues to get older.

Upton would also fit well in the outfield. Combining Upton with Darin Ruff and Domonic Brown would give the Phillies an outfield that is young, has some power, and would hopefully be together for the next few years.

If the Phillies, who have already met with Upton, want to sign the center fielder they would be wise to do so soon.

Upton is also being pursued by the Atlanta Braves, a team the Phillies will have to compete with next season to make it back to the playoffs.

the truth...

November 20th, 2012
5:18 pm

thanks also for explaining it again for me……….I’ve gotten to the age where I have to have a reminder on lots of things every so often to “refresh” my memory….

and of course this Rule 5 thing is kinda like the “Super Two” status…..

Sure was easier in the 50’s and 60’s before free agency messed things up and made for the perpetual “revolving roster”…..

the truth...

November 20th, 2012
5:18 pm

thanks also for explaining it again for me……….I’ve gotten to the age where I have to have a reminder on lots of things every so often to “refresh” my memory….

and of course this Rule 5 thing is kinda like the “Super Two” status…..

Sure was easier in the 50’s and 60’s before free agency messed things up and made for the perpetual “revolving roster”…..

the truth...

November 20th, 2012
5:20 pm

sorry for the double post….

does anyone besides me get an “ieframe error” when waiting for the posts to be accepted?

Really?

November 20th, 2012
5:47 pm

Don’t you think that Wren is expressing interest in players other than Bourn to take away a bit of the power Boras, his agent, has in signing him somewhere?

No. 1 Braves Fan

November 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

I join the group of fans who are saying no to B.J. Upton. Too much money for someone
who strikes out so much and may not be a good fit in the Braves clubhouse.

Paddy

November 20th, 2012
5:53 pm

Puma….here is some additional info. Once taken in the rule #5 draft in the first round, you are on the 25 man roster. You must stay on the 25 man roster all season and can’t be optioned to a lower classification. If the team wants to send him down, he must fist be offered back to the original organiztion. If they decline, he can be sent down and the fee returned. I believe there are 6 rounds in the rule #5 draft; One AAA, one AA and three A rounds. The offer back rules apply to all rounds but with diminishing dollar amounts. Most teams pass in the first round unless they are at the top of the order and have a ML need. Traditionally, some teams never participate at any level of the draft.

cornjolio

November 20th, 2012
6:07 pm

“Don’t you think that Wren is expressing interest in players other than Bourn to take away a bit of the power Boras, his agent, has in signing him somewhere?”

Wren needs to find a way to improve this team in 2013 instead of worryiong about Scott Boras and his clients.

Chipper’s leadership is gone; Bourn’s speed & leadoff status is gone; & the best backup catcher in baseball, David Ross, is gone.

So far all we have to show for this offseason is a backup catcher that doesn’t hit and Jordan Schafer, fresh off a .210 batting average, a marijuana bust and a illegal substance suspension.

Frank Wren may be the biggest turkey in Atlanta this Thanksgiving !

from the sports desk ...

November 20th, 2012
6:07 pm

“Don’t you think that Wren is expressing interest in players other than Bourn to take away a bit of the power Boras, his agent, has in signing him somewhere?”

Wren needs to find a way to improve this team in 2013 instead of worryiong about Scott Boras and his clients.

Chipper’s leadership is gone; Bourn’s speed & leadoff status is gone; & the best backup catcher in baseball, David Ross, is gone.

So far all we have to show for this offseason is a backup catcher that doesn’t hit and Jordan Schafer, fresh off a .210 batting average, a marijuana bust and a illegal substance suspension.

Frank Wren may be the biggest turkey in Atlanta this Thanksgiving !

least of the east

November 20th, 2012
6:14 pm

no surprise that 4 of the 5 protected are pitchers. that’s about all the Braves have in the minors. their 40 man roster has only 4 OFs including Schafer.
that’s what hapepns when you draft pitchers early almost every draft (except 2010)
less decent prospects available now in Rule 5 draft. a few years ago they allowed teams to protect prospects for another year.
all of the 5 except Rasmus would likely have been claimed. after a bad showing in the AFL, Rasmus may have slipped through unclaimed, but wasn’t worth the gamble wiht mnay open spots on 40 man left.

Bubba Beans

November 20th, 2012
6:14 pm

Are the braves gonna re-sign Chad Durbin ?

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
6:24 pm

Mitch Williams of MLB Network Says Upton not a good fit in Atlanta,but is good fit in Philly. My aquestion is How do you determine whether or not it is a fit?

Nerdville

November 20th, 2012
6:25 pm

dave: in another article you said that the braves are still waiting on salcedo to flourish. we ardent braves fans are still waiting on frank “the idiot” wren to flourish.

Paddy

November 20th, 2012
6:30 pm

Amber Girl……..Since Bobby Cox is in part involved in this, it is a good bet he may have the swing vote. Nobody could run a clubhouse like Bobby. Once the choice is made either way, you will see Bobby’s input hgad an influence.

Nerdville

November 20th, 2012
6:44 pm

wren: accept the fact that you screwed up with ugly, cut him loose and eat the loss. the sanity of braves fans can’t handle another season of that dip whiffing away at the plate. have mercy on the fans. watching ugly pop up, flail away, strike out and hit weak ground balls for another entire season would be enough to drive us completely nuts.

Chipper Jones

November 20th, 2012
6:46 pm

Uggla is pathetic !

Man-UP, Dan !

Felix

November 20th, 2012
6:51 pm

Schafer, FW’s only signing so far, is a three time loser. Also, Jordan’s a two time convicted doper.

Great! Just great!

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
6:52 pm

@ Paddy I agree completely, But my question is: How do you determine that a player is a fit for a certain team?

jim

November 20th, 2012
7:06 pm

Amber,
Both teams need a power hitting RH bat, but Upton’s power plays better in Philly. The Braves need a leadoff hitter, the Philies have less of a need for one and Upton is not a good candidate to hit leadoff. The Braves already have a lot of Ks in their order, more than the Phillies so they do not need someone to duplicate Uggla. The Phillies have more payroll to absorb Upton.

Mainly the park in Philly plays better for Upton’s strengths.

the truth...

November 20th, 2012
7:14 pm

Fexix….lighten up on Schaefer….he’s a kid and unlike you is not perfect. You don’t know squat about what he was actually “guilty” of………pretty sure the Braves do and they don’t jump back into “doo” quickly….

example: Francouer and Escobar

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
7:21 pm

Thank you jim for answering my stupid question. Still trying to learn. Thank you

Reality

November 20th, 2012
7:35 pm

Jordan Schafer does not fit into the wholesome, family-friendly, whitebread image the Braves’ organization tries to project.

Not only that but the guy has done nothing since getting caught on the juice. Picking up a .210 hitter off the scrap heap does not sell tickets to Turner Field in 2013.

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
7:53 pm

What is this picking on Schaefer? Doesn’t everyonedeserve another chance?

Nail in the Road

November 20th, 2012
7:55 pm

Bethancourt will be the starting catcher by the end of 2013

Yuuup

November 20th, 2012
7:57 pm

Sign Swisher for LF and trade for Fowler to play CF and leadoff. That solves 3 problems right there. We get a switch hitting power hitter to play LF in Swisher, a very good defender in CF and a leadoff hitter in Fowler, and we solve the issue at 3rd base by moving Prado to the hot corner to “replace” Chipper.

The more I read and watch on BJ Upton, I say no thank you. We don’t need a guy making that much money who strikes out that much and has a low OBP. We already have something like that in Uggla right? Get it done Wren.

Chumper

November 20th, 2012
7:57 pm

……….looks like some of Jordan Schafer’s family has come to his defense.

wisher

November 20th, 2012
8:05 pm

Bob the Blogger

November 20th, 2012
8:06 pm

I think it’s great that the Phillies are interested in Upton. I would love to see them invest $15m per year for the next five years to get his 105 lifetime OPS+.

wisher

November 20th, 2012
8:12 pm

i think center field should come through trade not to thrilled with free agents, i dont want to give up delgado though unless it is a major bat like stanton , or similar type

Jay Dubu

November 20th, 2012
8:24 pm

Testing, 1-2-3, testing.

Beige Boy

November 20th, 2012
8:37 pm

No second chances in this life, creepy dude disguised as a special needs teenage girl. Creepy!

stew

November 20th, 2012
8:39 pm

Wil is the real deal.

Mark (another one)

November 20th, 2012
8:54 pm

I think Schafer should get an attorney to pursue people in blogs for slander. He has never been convicted as a doper. I am disappointed in his development, but there is no reason to lie about the guy.

Tommy Boggs

November 20th, 2012
9:19 pm

We need to sign Amber Girl to shoot the T-shirts from the top of the dugout between innings!

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
9:25 pm

I’ll take the job. Sure is a long way to travel.

Beige Boy

November 20th, 2012
9:26 pm

Amber Girl

November 20th, 2012
9:36 pm

Happy Thanksgiving everyone Seeya Go, Braves!!!

northbeach Scott

November 20th, 2012
10:08 pm

Double creepy

2hotscott

November 20th, 2012
11:00 pm

Trivia…

If the Braves do not sign a switchhitter to play LF or CF, it will be the first time since 1990, that a switchhitter was not in the everyday lineup.

cornholio

November 21st, 2012
6:25 am

Dan Uggla is a switch-hitter; he can’t hit righty or lefty !

Insider

November 21st, 2012
7:10 am

The Mets have made little progress so far in longterm contract talks with David Wright, but are also fielding trade proposals for the thirdbaseman.

Rumored to be in talks with the Mets is Braves’ GM Frank Wren which may be the reason Wren has yet to part with any of his young pitching prospects.

Stay tuned.

Tommy Boggs

November 21st, 2012
7:14 am

Insider, with dreams like that you must be sleeping well.

Braves' Nation

November 21st, 2012
7:41 am

If the Braves’ would eat part of Uggla’s contract, and assuming McCann is gone after 2013, why would it be impossible for the Braves to acquire David Wright? Don’t tell me that inter-divisional rivals don’t trade with each other; we know that isn’t true.

Paddy

November 21st, 2012
8:03 am

Amber girl…….that is a dificult question to answer. Managers are faced w/ keeping the team in a positive frame of mind. There are times that a team has an evil feel about it. It can be easy to find the culpit(s) or difficult to locate the problem. A mgr. will go to any length to rid his clubhouse of that evil. Signing a free agent is a crap shoot. Due process must rely heavy on the former organzation for input. If Bobby is involved you can be sure he is digging deep into Upton’s backround. Everybody in basball talks to Bobby! One bad dude can ruin a team, no matter the talent level on that team. It is a real BIG DEAL to get the right fit.

ramblingman

November 21st, 2012
8:35 am

A lot of these whiny complainers yakking about Schafer not being “the answer” are exactly the same people who were crying a ton in 2008 because the Braves had picked up a little known reliever from the Mariners scrap heap. We all remember the same complaints as always happens here. “Gee, great pickup, solves all our problems, now let’s pack it in, play ball!” We all remember all these same whiners complaining that Eric O’Flaherty was dumped by Seattle, so why would he do any good in Atlanta?

Gee, maybe the whiners should just shut up and wait to see what happens. Maybe….just maybe…the management of the Braves baseball club has more information than you and make better baseball decisions than you. Or, you can keep making outlandish declarations and being proven wrong most of the time. If anyone on the team listened to you whiners, we would have not had Chipper’s last year, Heyward would likely have been gone, there would have been no room for Simmons since they would have gone out and overpaid for someone like Furcal, and Beachy and Medlen would not have had a chance to show their oncoming greatness.

Go Braves.

ramblingman

November 21st, 2012
8:37 am

Oh, and let’s not forget the same whiners were complaining that Kimbrel could not handle the pressures of being a closer. After all, he was a rookie and had way too many walks.

Right?

Braves' Nation

November 21st, 2012
8:39 am

Why not David Wright in a Braves’ uniform?

With McCann, Hanson, Jurrjens etc off the payroll within a year or so, the money should be there UNLESS Wren ties up the payroll by adding a BJ Upton or other free agent that will hinder payroll flexibility and trade possibilities.

Getting rid of all or Uggla’s contract, in addition to cutting ties to McCann, oshould be an objective if the Braves’ want to create more options and opportunities to improve the roster after 2013..

Bud from WV

November 21st, 2012
8:42 am

keep schafer. give him another chance.

Amber Girl

November 21st, 2012
8:43 am

Good morning ( I think) everyone. Thank you Paddy for info. Everyone have a great day. I will be here if certain people would like to pick on me some more. I don’t know why they do but no problem . I am here to learn. Go Braves

Braves' Nation

November 21st, 2012
9:27 am

“keep schafer. give him another chance” – Bud from WV

How many chances does Schafer deserve? He had a chance in Houston, hit a whopping .210 and was released.

Maybe Raul Mondesi and Garret Anderson deserve another chance. Dion James and Rowland Office might be available.

ryan

November 21st, 2012
9:34 am

Peter Gammons reporting is the Braves and Rockies are talking about Dexter Fowler this might be cheaper than BJ Upton what do you guys think .

Just say'in

November 21st, 2012
10:05 am

Fowler, a local guy, doesn’t do well outside Coors’ Field.

PASS

cornjolio

November 21st, 2012
10:19 am

Dexter Fowler is 26 & bats righty.

Hit .300 in 2012; .332 at home; .262 away

10 of his 13 HRS were at Coors’ Field

In 454 at bats he struck out 128 times

That’s a lot K’s for a guy with only 13 HRS, most hit at Coors’ Field.

He only makes $2.3 million (in 2012)

Considering his age and pay he’d be a huge upgrade over Schafer. I would not
give up a top pitching prospect for him.

Phillie Phanatic

November 21st, 2012
10:24 am

I think giving Jordan Schafer another chance is quite the charitable & humanitarian thing to do. You people in Atlanta are most hospitable giving a junkie another chance to salvage a career that appears to be a sunken ship.

I’m touched!

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ryan

November 21st, 2012
11:57 am

Hey Phillie phanitic how did feel finishing at the bottom you spent all that money had nothing to show for it .

Felix

November 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

Huh? Schafer has never doped? In 2008 the league suspended him 50 days for taking HGH.

Phillie Phanatic

November 21st, 2012
12:18 pm

“Hey Phillie phanitic how did feel finishing at the bottom you spent all that money had nothing to show for it .” – ryan

The same way you’ll feel in 2013 and beyond !

No more Chipper. No more Bourn. How will you score any runs? Dan Uggla? (LMAO)

When I visit Atlanta to see the re-tooled Phillies in 2013 I’ll have numerous seating options at my disposal with all the empty seats at Turner Field posing as Braves’ fans.

ryan

November 21st, 2012
12:31 pm

Hey i agree that Phillie has the best fans in world and Atlanta not so much but the reason is we have a bad owner in Liberty media but we did better with what we had .

Phillie Phanatic

November 21st, 2012
12:49 pm

We are demanding of our sports’ teams, whether they win or lose. Last season was a mess but we still sell out every game and voice our discontent with the product put on the field.

When I visit Turner Field the fans act like they are at the mall. Dan Uggla strikes out with runners on base and its “Oh, well”, time for another hot dog or Coke. If your fans & local sports media were actually critical I suspect ownership would listen. If they don’t, hit them where it hurts, in the wallet. I suspect Liberty Media makes a tidy profit every year as long as management projects an image that the Braves are still a relevant force in baseball. Looking at the record, you haven’t won the division since 2005, and have not been to the World Series since 1999, 13 years ago.

The Braves are no longer relevant. I wish they were as it only makes the Phillies more apt to improve, and it would be good for baseball for the Braves to be relevant again.

Frank Wren

November 21st, 2012
12:57 pm

“The Braves are no longer relevant” – Phillie Phanatic

Not true !

Who won 14 consecutive division CHAMPIONSHIPS from 1991-2005 ?

Who won the World Series back in 1995 ?

Can’t argue with the facts.

Jay Puskenalis

November 21st, 2012
3:37 pm

Stanton, Fowler, and Haywood would make a formidable outfield. Fowler, Prado, Haywood, Stanton, Freeman Uggla, catcher, shortstop, pitcher.

Amber Girl

November 21st, 2012
3:43 pm

@Jay Puskenalis Wake-up Your’e dreaming.

Roja

November 21st, 2012
3:59 pm

Hey Phillie Phanatic, remember Len Dykstra?? How bout Darren DUI Daulton?? Next to them, Schafer is a choir boy

yogi

November 21st, 2012
7:46 pm

anyone know why Wren would proctect Schaffers on the 40 man roster. their is alot fo talent from rule 5 this year. Schaffer was released by the worst team in baseball and he has a severe drug addiction

Fillie phlegm

November 21st, 2012
10:00 pm

I believe Phillies still own the most losses in MLB history. Nice record. Worthy of such great fans. No class and no title in ‘13

Dum-Bass

November 22nd, 2012
12:32 am

Did they replace Fredi Gonzalez yet? If no, then everything else is totally irrelevant. DYSOB’s (different year, same old Braves)

David O'Brien

November 22nd, 2012
2:24 am

anyone know why Wren would proctect Schaffers on the 40 man roster. their is alot fo talent from rule 5 this year. Schaffer was released by the worst team in baseball and he has a severe drug addiction — yogi

When they claimed him on waivers, they had to put him on 40-man roster. He can be sent down to minors, but would first have to clear waivers. They’ll wait till spring training to see how he does.

Oh, and a “severe drug addiction,” huh? Really? He was busted for marijuana possession. That, in your estimation, constitutes a “severe drug addiction”?

yogi

November 22nd, 2012
7:04 am

Most fans remember that Scaffers was also suspended 50 games for a drug violation a few years ago. thea last year arrested for a drug problem. sounds like a severe problem to me. Some of our young players are still teenagers and do not need this bum as a roll model. I assure that the rule 5 draft could give you a better return on investment

Atlanta Brave

November 22nd, 2012
7:19 am

Good Morning just wanted to say ,I’m gald that Cory Rasmus is going to spring training.Loved watching those kids grow up.lots of talent.also I gald that we are giving some of our young catchers a chance to excell while big Mac. is out..and as for as adding a couple of outfielders..although Bourn is a good base runner and tracks balls down in outfield.He doesnt have a arm out there.most runners on third score on shallow flies to him.but most of the outfielders on the market have something liked that as well.I do like to see the presents of the longball but i also like the triples as well.It will clear the bases.lol.so from what i ve read from yaw I think i’d like to see Pagan,Span paired up with Hayward in the outfield.And if they wanted more power maybe Willingham..But if we had two more Prado’s I’d put one on each side of Hayward in center.

Paddy

November 22nd, 2012
8:33 am

yogi………there are very few gems ever uncovered in the rule # 5 draft. If a team does make a mistake and leave off a true talent, every team knows about it. Then only the team(s) at the very top of the draft list, Braves not included here, would have a chance to select this player. Most every team passes in the first round. Many years, no players are selected in the ML round. Most players are selected in the AA & A rounds. The rule # 5 draft is really not a big deal and never has been.

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NOT AN INSIDER, BUT KNOWS ALL

November 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

Greg Walker told Braves brass that Upton has a bad habit while swinging, and a bad habit of watching strike 3 go by. Walker felt like if Upton was open to a change and the price was right, he would be the right handed bat needed.

big russ

November 23rd, 2012
11:43 am

sign nick swisher and shane victortoro and problem is done…come frank wren do the right thing….according to harold reynolds and cal ripkan thats the fit for braves nuff said

Ken Stallings

November 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

The Rule 5 draft is a horrible situation in baseball. It harms small market teams that live and die through the draft and their farm system. It allows large market teams to poach the talent the small teams cannot reserve and yet if those prospects don’t work, the large market teams can use their payroll to skim off the top talent in the free agency market to make up for it.

But, the small market teams cannot protect all their talent and therefore without the money to overcome those losses through free agent acquisitions, the small market teams suddenly have a hole in their roster they cannot plug.

This is another case of baseball failing to follow common sense steps to maintain competitive advantage. What would be smart is to expand the roster from 40 to 50 players which would be enough for a small market team to protect all of their prospects with the promise to contribute to the major league roster in a few years. Then, when a team signs a free agent, their 50-man roster gets reduced by a man.

Ralph

November 23rd, 2012
4:28 pm

Good to see Wren is still awake, I was beginning to think he wa.s in hybrination

Paddy

November 23rd, 2012
4:57 pm

Ken Stallings..@ 12:48. You really have no idea about the rule # 5 draft and its intented effect. Teams don’t have a problem protecting and placing there best players on the 40 man roster. Most teams always have 1 or2 spots not filled. How does it cost small market teams at the expense of big market teams ML round=25,000 AAA round = 10,000 AA round = 5,000 A round = 3,000. If most ML teams pass on the ML round every year, what are they stealing from the small market teams, their folding chairs? The Yankees, a big market team, the Dodgers, a big market team, have never selected a playr in the ML round of the rule # 5 draft. Every year 3 or 4 teams don’t even show up for the draft. Not a clue, Ken, sorry!

Amber Girl

November 23rd, 2012
5:35 pm

Hi Paddy. I don’t have a clue on Rule5 Draft. What does it do? How does it affect the teams. Why should Braves worry? WHEN IS WREN GOING TO DO SOMETHING?

Farnsworthy

November 23rd, 2012
9:52 pm

Wren’s awake? How can one tell?

Strikeoutlookin.com

November 24th, 2012
12:54 am

Man, reading all these comments from “Braves” fans makes me embarrased to be a Braves fan…I had no idea we had so many qualified Major League ready scouts and GM’s trolling the AJC’s comments. Not to mention the board certified Doctors and Medical examiners, passing their theories on drug addiction and severe problems…… If most of you people put as much energy into Cheering for our team as you do complaining about it, that Douche Philly Phanatic wouldn’t be right.. Except about the best sports town crap. Philly fans are horrible. Makes me wonder if he has been to an Eagles or Sixers game lately. He can get great seats there too. Anytime….

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