1:21 pm November 30, 2012, by David O'Brien
December 1st, 201211:00 pm
Yea I’m not sold on gordan yet…think I’d rather have Bonifacio over him.
December 1st, 201211:02 pm
Golden Sombreros. Totally agree about the pitching the Braves had and the rest of the talent being just “good enough” .. Also Smoltz was by far the most successful in the post season of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz because he was a power pitcher. Even though Glavine won the most important post season game ever for the Braves 1-0 and “Thank You Tommy for that”, he and Maddux didn’t pitch lights out like some of the real horses that could put a team on it’s back and win a game when it counted most. I remember Glavine starting out almost every year 3-0 because the hitters didn’t have their timing yet. Later in the year he had more of a challenge because he couldn’t throw the ball by hitters like Smoltz, Clemens, Shilling and so forth. We were blessed to win all those divisions in a row and Andruw Jones was around for 10 of those and his defense in CF contributed greatly to the success of those pitchers. I remember countless nights Andruw would turn in a highlight reel play with 2 runners on base to end and inning. Most other CF’ers would have not gotten to most of those balls and it’s a different inning.
December 1st, 201211:03 pm
Really I think BJ Upton will be fine. We don’t have a choice but to give him a chance. I agree with Sombrero. He has been around awhile. Maybe our hitting coach can help.
If we could get just Headley we would really be ok. It would just mean we’d have to suffer through another year with Uggla!
ybring back blauser
December 1st, 201211:07 pm
I prefer Bonifacio over Gordon, I say go get him if he is cheap enough, after all he can play second third short and outfield
would love to have bono but no way they trade him.
I know and I agree. I wish we could reverse that trade and get Infante back.
December 1st, 201211:09 pm
Egg Zackly Nashville….Seems like everyone thinks we just go get a veteran player or a no name player and we magically turn into the 90’s braves again. News Flsah….we don’t have that pitching staff right now….our pitching is decent, but no where near that good. We also have some nice complimentary players, but we LACK that super star that this team so desperately needs. Look I’m not saying J-Upton is the next K-Griffey or Pujols or whomever….but he or someone like him would be the closest thing we could get for our team as currenty constructed with being owned by Lackluster Media. I’ll take those chances over the gamble on tire salesman any day of the week.
December 1st, 201211:10 pm
rainman34… I think I like all of that if it could work out except I don’t love trading Simmons because I think he could have the same effect as Andruw Jones in CF all those years for the Braves. His defense is that special IMHO. What if we could trade for another SS the D-Backs would take through a 3 team trade?
I like infante but his numbers are not all that great I think playing every day does not suit him well.
December 1st, 201211:12 pm
thats what i talked about early this week and got killed for it because it would take trading most of our top prospects to do so.
Good point rainman. Hadn’t thought of that but you are right.
December 1st, 201211:13 pm
my gut tell me that Wren will be allowed to spend some money on this team because I feel that Liberty Media will sell this team this year, seeing as they can sell now and not have to pay taxes on the sale, they will probably sell now before Obama tries to get that rule changed, and Liberty will want a good to excellent to entice more buyers to look into purchasing team for more money
Maybe thats Ugglas problem too. He plays too many games and we need to let him do moe bench curls
December 1st, 201211:15 pm
I heard maybe 3 way trade . KC, Ariz, and Atl. Dont know players or circumstances. But again JUST RUMOR.
December 1st, 201211:17 pm
I love simmons as much as anyone but upton is 25 with massive power even though he only hit 17 this year. Put him on the same team as his brother and see what they can do then. Trust me you never want to get outdone by your brother lol. The hardest thing to find in baseball is power the bad thing is next woud be a great all around short stop and simmons may be that if and thats a big if his bat gets to that point.
December 1st, 201211:18 pm
Well I’ve been saying it for a while now….I wouldn’t be surprised at ALL to see a 3 way trade involving….Asdrubal Cabrerea….Alcides Escobar….etc. for J-Upton or someone else of significance while keeping Simmons which everyone covets.
December 1st, 201211:20 pm
Amber Girl…. Let’s hope it involves bringing us Justin Upton without having to give up Simmons.
December 1st, 201211:22 pm
would be a escobar from kc but they would want minor and delgado at least. then you would have to trade teheran with escobar and maybe more. Also ahmed would go to kc
I agree rainman I hope you are right. Sombrero. I dont know who was involved i just heard the teams. You maybe right.
December 1st, 201211:23 pm
Been a great day. Time well spent with the family.
Just wish Murray would have spiked the ball and gotten 2 shots at the endzone – oh well
Night all and say those prayers and have a great day at church tomorrow!
December 1st, 201211:25 pm
Golden Sombreros….. I think that would be a win for everyone as the D-Backs get a SS and the Braves end up with a young RH bat that could be a superstar AND we keep Simmons..
If that happens I’d say Frank Wren has had the best offseason by any GM so far this year..
December 1st, 201211:30 pm
Yea I hope he could pull something off like that. If not then maybe the only way would be some sort of trade with Simmons for J-Upton straight upish (1 other player?) and then replace SS with a bonafacio type or someone who is decent. Like everyone says you have to give something to get something. I’d personally like to keep Simmons, but I think it’s a little premature to annoint him for half of last season. I remember when Attitude Escobar was fist came up and everyone including their mother was saying the same thing about him. The following year he underperformedand the rest is history. I know Simmons supposedly has a better attitude, but unfortunately attitudes don’t count on the stat sheet as much as we want them to.
December 1st, 201211:37 pm
I watched Escobar play here for years. In fact, I’ve seen Sonny Jackson, Jeff Blouser, Furcal, Belliard, Renteria…play SS here and Simmons made plays last year during his limited time before his injury that none of those other guys ever dreamed of making.
Anyone that suggest trading him looses all credibility in anyhting else you post. ALL CREDIBILITY
December 1st, 201211:38 pm
Now I’m really off to bed. Night all
December 1st, 201211:39 pm
everyone seems to forget that we probably have the second best fielding shortstop in baseball as a backup to Simmons, he gets knocked because his bat is not that strong, but trading Simmons for Upton would not be a bad deal at all, Janish played a hell of a game for us last year while Simmons was out, and Janish did come through in the clutch in a few instances last year, at least he was not a strikeout batter
December 1st, 201211:47 pm
Golden Sombreros… true about Escobar but there are some really respected people in baseball that think Simmons is already the best defensive SS in the game and are heaping the same kind of defensive accolades on him that Andruw Jones got early in his career. There is a reason the Braves don’t want to trade Simmons and I think it’s because they know it would be harder to replace him especially considering he’s really cheap for 4 or 5 more years than it would be to find someone of Upton’s abilities. I’d rather they trade Teheran for Wil Myers because he’d be cheap for enough time to allow us to lock up Heyward, Freeman and Prado. Just a question but would you trade Simmons for Justin Upton straight up?
December 1st, 201211:53 pm
Mark I agree.. We’ve never had a SS to come close to Simmons abilities.. The ONLY defensive player we’ve ever had to compare to him was Andruw in CF and that was something of beauty to watch. Teams win with pitching and defense up the middle why would we trade the best defensive SS in the game when it’s that much of premium? Makes no sense especially for a corner OF that could be replaced with many other acceptable solutions.
December 2nd, 201212:04 am
I would be very content with this lineup in 13
that should put the Braves in the running
December 2nd, 201212:19 am
Look….I’m not advocating trading Simmons. I simply said it was a possible avenue to get J-Upton. I respect the opinions of people in the business, but I’m sorry I will not label Simmons as the next coming of Cal Ripken or whomever people wish to label him similar to. He needs to PROVE it first. However, I do see something special in the kid or at least it appears there is. I would definitely get a 3 way trade involved to get Upton so we could keep Simmons, but I’m also cool with other possibilities if it means our ball club is in a better position to win more games for the LONG term. I guess what I’m saying is I’m open to all scenarios until they don’t make sense for the Bravos.
December 2nd, 201212:23 am
I say no to Victorino and Schafer has already proven to be over hyped. If we want to make a BIG impact then we need a BIG Impact Player. I dont see Victorino as that type. I think he was a nice complimentary player on a winning team. Nothing more. I want to see something that invigorates fans not just all the die hards.
December 2nd, 201212:29 am
And someone PLEASE get the people down at the TED to amp up/change up how they get the crowd involved with the chop. It’s so lackluster it’s ridiculous. I remember going to the games in the early 90’s and Fulton County stadium would be ROARING with the chant and he Ohhhh ohhh Ohhh etc. It doesn’t have the same umpph anymore. I’m not saying we should get some idiot that constantly hits an oversized drum like hte Indians have at their stadium, but SOMETHING that makes it more fun. We need to get the Braves fans into the games the way the Falcons fans were creating all that noise against the Saints on Thursday. The kind of hype that keeps people doing the chant all inning long. These people make million dollar decisions and they can’t even figure out how to make it more fun or applicable to get the crowd more hyped up for man than 1 out.
December 2nd, 20127:10 am
If Arizona wanted any of those mentioned ss they would have traded J-Upton for them. Think people think. Ariz wants a big package deal like we sent to Rangers for Teixiera which also included a ss Elvis Andrus. Ariz. wants Simmons, Minor, Beachy and Delgado. Upton is not worth it. His contract runs out in two years.
December 2nd, 20128:17 am
Hey DOB; Has Frank left for nashville yet?
December 2nd, 20128:19 am
BFIN; You think you could sneak in the winter meetings?
Leadoff is important, justin would be great but Frank Wren can’t lose his head and overpay.
Simmons is great but Janis plays great defense and can hit 8th. I hope FW gets someone no one has thought about.
Has Ichiro signed yet? Could he be a good addition for a couple of years or atleast until Gattis is ready?
December 2nd, 20129:12 am
“What’s interesting about Amber Girl is that she signs off around 7:30 to 8:00 most nights to go to sleep but that’s mid-day in New South Wales.”
I noticed that the first time she signed off with the New South Wales schtik. Funny stuff.
Fan since 1977
December 2nd, 20129:29 am
All that $$$ for Upton??? They couln’t get Bourn for that? Or do they just not deal with Boras?
bring back blauser
December 2nd, 20129:35 am
you cannot negotiate with Boras
he goes from team to team auctioning his players
December 2nd, 20129:45 am
Mark, you’re wrong about the spike. Same play call after a spike still would have resulted in the same situation because it was a tipped ball. Once the ball was caught in bounds, time was going to expire.
December 2nd, 201212:43 pm
Here is different name – what about Andy Dirks for LF/Leadoff spot for the Braves? He is a young LF with a nice speed and a nice bat. Detroit has a glut of OFs and could use a lot of relief pitching help.
Perhaps Dirks for EOF ?
LF – Dirks
3B – Prado
RF – Heyward
CF – Upton
1B – Freeman
2B – Uggla
C – McCann
SS – Simmons
NO MORE FREDI
December 2nd, 20121:39 pm
You idiot bloggers need to bow down to me. I called this in September! Was hoping to get someone in LF but another arm won’t hurt. Funny how “stupid” I was to think Braves would get rid of Hansen. I am 99% right on this blog so suck it haters!
December 2nd, 20121:40 pm
Would have been nice to spike it, huddle up and think it through better. We were panicking, hurrying around and the spike would have made it 2nd and goal with 10 plus seconds. That was the thing to do and you see it done all the time in college and pros.
That said, it was the heat of the moment and Murray was trying to make a play to win the game. After the game Richt backed his QB which is what he should have done. He is a fine man and I hope he stays at UGA a long time
December 2nd, 20121:43 pm
Would someone tell me about this Carpenter we got off waivers. Why did we need him?
December 2nd, 20121:57 pm
@Hokie; I just checked out Andy Dirks stats; Man, very intriguing, he puts the bat on the ball, good Diggs Hokie.
December 2nd, 20121:59 pm
I’d make a move for Andy Dirks. one reliever for ‘em (christian martinez).
December 2nd, 20122:06 pm
Don’t know much about this Carpenter guy, I guess they want to give him a look see, I looked him up earlier, ain’t done much, High ERA. Mabey St.Louis would like em’, they got a thing for Carpenters, got 2 or 3 of em’ on the roster already, must be a family. Mabey that’s why we may have a thing for Uptons, if we get li’l upton in here, we could say, get you’re Heyward degree from Upton University in the outfield, lol.
December 2nd, 20122:13 pm
lol That is Ok but didn’t answer question.
December 2nd, 20122:22 pm
Maybe this Carpenter is here to move Chipper’s locker.
December 2nd, 20122:38 pm
Word in Philly has Willingham coming to ATL
December 2nd, 20122:42 pm
Wren is not going to trade Simmons. He will become the new Wizard of Oz. Younger version of Ozzie Smith.
December 2nd, 20122:50 pm
Where did you see that skeeter? I just looked on Twins Trade rumors and they say Willingham not going anywhere.
December 2nd, 20123:35 pm
How about David Murphy-OF from the Rangers for LF? He’s affordable(5m/6M) and a lifetime batting average of .285.
December 2nd, 20123:38 pm
Mr. Pitts..must agree. She is 14 and don’t know much–likes ice cream–don’t like school–sounds funny to me. She seems to know more than she lets on. In old South Wales good night…lol
December 2nd, 20124:00 pm
What about Stanton? Would it take a ton to get him?
December 2nd, 20124:02 pm
a ton and a half especially being in same division
December 2nd, 20124:05 pm
but it would be for prospects Miami wants no payroll
December 2nd, 20124:10 pm
Bowman said on MLB today..Wren was after a lead-off hitter. I believe he is also after power.
Also heard rumor from Blue Jays that Rajai Davis could be traded. He had 46 steals last year second in AL.Thats all I know about him except he hits R .
Wren has a plan..we’ll see soon.
El Oso Blanco
I don’t really think we need a leadoff, I think we should go after either J.Upton (try to make a 3 team deal) or C. Headley. Both cases our farm system will get hit but I think is worth the risk since they’re both under control for the next couple of years.
LF J Upton or 3B Headley
CF BJ Upton
December 2nd, 20124:11 pm
We would probably have to deplete farm system. I don’t think worth it.
December 2nd, 20124:16 pm
J Upton are S Headley would make alot of fans happy.
December 2nd, 20124:18 pm
If we are going for a leadoff guy i think our best options are Gordon from KC, Dirks (like previously mention or Gardner who might be available depending on who the yanks sign.
If a free agent I’d take Swisher are Pagan..if not to $$$
December 2nd, 20124:20 pm
I agree jbill but would Wren deplete farm system? Maybe.
December 2nd, 20124:26 pm
@Angel Eyes; You’re question about Carpenter? There’s probably not a good reason Wren signs him, unless he’s going to AA or somewhere in the Minors. There probably holding him for the Cardinals.
don’t believe he would go after both..maybe justin
December 2nd, 20124:28 pm
i would like a speedster that makes contact, Ichiro would be ok with me
December 2nd, 20124:35 pm
Remember the old Ketchup commercial, (back in the 70’s, & part of early 80’s), might’ve been Heinz(?) ketchup, the song goes; “Anticipation, it’s making me wait”, jingle, then the ketchup was so slow & thick, or so thick, wouldn’t come out of the bottle, msde my food cold wait’n for that sucker, or was it the other brand name? Somebody throw me a bone here, help me out, if you were around back then. But that old jingle – Anticipation, it’s making me wait, is what these winter meetings remind me of.
December 2nd, 20124:43 pm
Wow! Wren’s bein’ aggressive w/ the hand he’s dealt. I like it,Question; Can we finagle these costs later on in hopes to keep our core of young talent? Mabe will cross that road when we get to it.
December 2nd, 20124:50 pm
jbill I would love J Upton. Actually I think he is better than B.J. IMO.
December 2nd, 20124:53 pm
I think Liberty Media wants to bolster the team, because it is my belief that they want to sell fast, while they can sell the team tax free, I am pretty certain that Oblamer wants to take that deduction, and I feel they want to offload before the tax law is changed and they have to pay tax on the sell
December 2nd, 20124:55 pm
@jbill; I’m sitt’n here just a squirm’n like a Bermese racoon’ wonder’n what kind of schemes Uncle Frank is gonna conjure up durin’ these here meet’ns in nashville. The Anticipation, The Drama, Deal or No Deal, Let’s Make A Deal, The Price is Right, know when to hold ‘em, know when to Fold’em, know when to walk away, know when to run. You got to count you’re money, sitt’n at the table, when the deal’ns done, at these winter meet’ns uncle frank.
December 2nd, 20125:04 pm
bring back blauser; I wish they would, good Lord, I wish they would. Any one here have an Idea who would be a new realistic owner if that would happen, ya’ll think Arthur Blank could handle our Bravos & the ATL Birds? He was think’n about it a few yrs. ago, but someth’n scared him off from the Bravos. I know it’s alot to ask but Arthur would love to make some champions here, he sure is try’n w/ the Birds.
December 2nd, 20125:06 pm
@74bravesjersey I thought maybe Carpenter would be 5th starter, but with bad #’s I doubt it. Maybe build new stadium?
Hey DOB; any thoughts?
Mark Cuban wants a major league franchise, no objections here for him buying the team
December 2nd, 20125:09 pm
Very well could be Angel, ain’t no tell’n, could be.
Blanks was not scared off, Liberty was part of Warner and took the Braves as part of their buyout, as far as I can remember Blanks was in there wanting the team till the bitter end
December 2nd, 20125:16 pm
@bbblauser; Mark Cuban would be awesome, but he turned down a petition from Bravo fans few years ago. Word got to him that atl fans wanted him to buy the braves, & he appreciated the fans request, but politely refused & said he was lookin’ to own a struggling franchise that was in hardship & take ‘em to the top. But I think other owners have something against him, or Bud selig does & somehow blocks him from buying a team.
December 2nd, 20125:17 pm
he was in the final bidding for the Dodgers
December 2nd, 20125:18 pm
Is there another shot for Arthur to buy the franchise?
December 2nd, 20125:19 pm
Cuban wanted the Dodgers right? not Blank.
and also the Rangers
December 2nd, 20125:21 pm
yes Cuban wanted Dodgers and Rangers
December 2nd, 20125:23 pm
Like you said earlier, due to this new oblamer tax law, Liberty Media would want to sell quickly, u think Arthur would gibe it a nother shot for our Bravos, & get the fan base out of the misery of Liberty media?
Blanks and Terwillger will both probably be still interested in buying Braves
December 2nd, 20125:24 pm
x-cuse the fumble fingers in my typing, I get in a hurry to respond.
December 2nd, 20125:26 pm
Excuse my ignorance, who is Terwillger? Is that Blanks old Home Depot runn’n partner?
December 2nd, 20125:30 pm
Dang! I’m makin’ all these excuses at cha’ & even spelled it two different ways. But cool dialogue, you got the diggs my man, this is blogg’n alright.
December 2nd, 20125:35 pm
terwillger owns real estate and owned the wnba team here for a while local
December 2nd, 20125:37 pm
Hey bbblauser; I wish they would, partner up buy’n our bravos, & atlanta would be free, the fans wouldn’t feel hijacked about there baseball team. Arthur would have the right people in place, the right players in place. The right Coach in place, he had to go through some growing pains w/ the birds, but he’s determined for them to get to the superbowl. He’s a very passionate man, he even said he loves Baseball more than football, & he loves football.
December 2nd, 20125:39 pm
he does not need partners, he has the money to buy all stock, so can Cuban
December 2nd, 20125:41 pm
Hey DOB; any thoughts? — 74bravesjersey
Yeah, got a lot of thoughts about a lot of things. Anything in particular?
Mas Tacos Por Favor, the Mexican joint we ate at in East Nashville on Saturday, is as good as any Mexican food I’ve had anywhere, including Texas and Southern California.
There, that’s one thought.
December 2nd, 20125:46 pm
DOB:- Awesome, boy, I could go for some rancheros right now, I bet they gots all kinds of good eats up there. You hav’n a blast hitt’n the scenes yet?
December 2nd, 20125:47 pm
bbblauser; that’s what our bravos need.
December 2nd, 20125:53 pm
DOB: nashville has alot of activity, what time meetings start tomorrow?
December 2nd, 20125:54 pm
if we get surprised by Wren signing Hamilton, then you know they are about to sell
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