Braves continue search for LF, bench help

NASHVILLE – Reed Johnson could be back, but the Braves career of Matt Diaz appears to be over.

The Braves want to add two bench players – a right-handed hitter and a lefty – and hope that outfielder Johnson is one of them. The right-handed hitter had a .290 average and .337 OBP in 269 at-bats last season with the Cubs and Braves, including .413 as a pinch-hitter with a majors-leading 18 pinch hits.

Johnson hit .311 with a .798 OPS against left-handers, and general manager Frank Wren said the Braves have had discussions with Johnson’s agent.

“I think he’d like to come back, but I think he’s also at a point where he wants to just explore and see what opportunities are out there,” Wren said of the veteran, who came from Chicago in a July deadline trade along with Paul Maholm. “We’ve expressed an interest in bringing him back. He’s expressed an interest in coming back. But we’re just not there yet.”

Meanwhile, the Braves don’t plan to bring back Diaz, a popular outfielder whose production has dipped in recent seasons. He hit .222 with two homers and a .280 OBP in 108 at-bats in an injury-shortened 2012 season, including 5-for-26 (.192) as a pinch-hitter.

“As a right-handed [hitter], I think we would probably go with Reed, if we can get Reed back,” Wren said. “That would probably be our first choice, and then go from there.”

Mejia will get look

Longtime minor league first baseman Ernesto Mejia could get a shot at a backup first-base job with the Braves after being added to the 40-man roster and continuing his  power-hitting binge with an impressive showing in the Venuezuelan Winter League.

Mejia, 27, has hit .296 with 50 homers and 191 RBIs in the past two seasons in Double-A and Triple-A. He hit .329 with a .565 slugging percentage in 41 games in Venezuela before Tuesday, and was tied for the league lead in homers (10) and tied for second in RBIs (29).

He’s been selected to play in the Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela winter league All-Star game next week.

Wren and several of his top assistants are going this weekend to see Mejia and other Braves prospects in Latin winter leagues, including slugger Evan Gattis in Venezuela, and catcher Christian Bethancourt and pitchers Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado in the Dominican.

“That’s why we felt compelled to put him on the roster, because he just keeps progressing as a hitter,” Wren said of Mejia, who would likely have been taken by another team in this week’s Rule 5 draft if they hadn’t placed him in the 40-man protected roster.

“He’s really turned into a pretty feared hitter. In Triple-A he was really impressive, and now he’s repeated it down [in winter ball].”

The Braves didn’t try to re-sign Eric Hinske (who signed with Arizona on Tuesday) and don’t have an obvious choice for the backup first-base job behind Freddie Freeman. But Wren said he believed they could cover it with players in the organization, mentioning versatile Martin Prado and third baseman Juan Francisco along with Mejia, who’s played more than 700 games in the minors and none in the majors.

Bonifacio available again?

The Braves continued trade discussions Tuesday on the second day of the Winter Meetings as they continued their search for a left fielder, preferably one who can hit leadoff. They are believed to have at least inquired about possible trades for Arizona’s Justin Upton, Colorado’s Dexter Fowler, Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo and Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, among others.

The Braves were interested in speedster Emilio Bonifacio, before he got traded last month from Miami to Toronto. But until they got to the Winter Meetings, they didn’t know he might be made available again, this time by the Blue Jays.

Speaking in general terms and not naming specific players, Wren mentioned Tuesday “getting here and finding out that some teams are willing to talk about players that we had no idea [were available] three or four days ago.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez liked Bonifacio a lot when Gonzalez was Marlins manager, and if the Blue Jays decide to trade him the Braves might make an offer for Bonifacio, who could play left field and lead off (he’s experienced at all outfield positions, along with second base,  shortstop and third base).

The switch-hitter stole 30 bases in 33 attempts in 2012 despite playing just 64 games because of thumb and knee injuries. He batted .258 with a .330 on-base percentage, and four of his eight extra-base hits were triples.

Bonifacio, 27, had his best season in 2011, setting career highs in average (.296), OBP (.360), slugging percentage (.393), home runs (five), stolen bases (40), RBIs (36), runs (78) and games played (152), only the second time he played in as many as 75 games.

There might also be increased interest in Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury, now that Shane Victorino has signed with the Red Sox and made Ellsbury more expendable. However, Ellsbury is only one season away from free agency and represented by Scott Boras.

“Talked to a lot of the same clubs and continued in the same vein as [Monday],” Wren said, indicating nothing was imminent.

Mejia, by the way, is not a candidate for any outfield job, backup or otherwise. He had outfield experience earlier in his minor league career, the Braves don’t think the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder moves well enough to play the outfield in the majors.

“He’s in really good shape,” Braves assistant GM and farm director Bruce Manno said. “He’s really got himself firmed up and strong. But he’s not a runner. He’s better suited to playing either first base or DH.”

103 comments Add your comment

No Way

December 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

wag

December 4th, 2012
10:05 pm

go get coco crisp since we missed out an span and am i first

Wetdirt

December 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

Congrats — No Way.

least of the east

December 4th, 2012
10:12 pm

if the Braves can’t afford Ross, how can they afford Ellsbury unless they trade a veteran with a high salary also ? Ellsbury will be gone a year from now so he’s not worth that much.
they’d be better off joining chase for Ludwick as FA or going after Ichiro.
Braves have to overpay for many FAs to sign with them nowadays.
Gordon hits lefthanded so he’s not really what they need either. I think he was a former #1 overall pick so he’s going to be costly in a trade.

tmc

December 4th, 2012
10:17 pm

Matt Diaz shouldn’t have been on this team last year.
He had a good run w/ the Braves, but come on….
He was an automatic out in the lineup and a bat in the lineup a pitcher could point to and work around other batters.

Thanks for playing Matt, but you got ta go.

tmc

December 4th, 2012
10:17 pm

Matt Diaz shouldn’t have been on this team last year.
He had a good run w/ the Braves, but come on….
He was an automatic out in the lineup and a bat in the lineup a pitcher could point to and work around other batters.

Thanks for playing Matt, but you got ta go.

Dum-Bass

December 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Doesn’t matter much who the Braves add, drop, re-sign, etc. as long as the current manager is still at the helm next year nothing will change. He is in way over his head, and was lucky to get to the wildcard play-in game last year. He did just enough things right in the second half of the season to get to that point. Braves fans will once again accept mediocrity and probably end up with it as usual.
DYSMSOB’s (Different year, same manager, same ol’ Braves)

ricocarty21

December 4th, 2012
10:28 pm

I would like to see Josh Willingham in Atlanta. While he is not a speed burner he is a solid left fielder with a super hr bat. You could then let Prado lead off. He is a solid hitter and while not as fast as Bourne he has formidable speed with a better obp. The Twins would bite on a pitcher and Willingham’s salary is manageable. He is from Florence, AL. and wants to play in Atlanta. Could you imagine the power in the line up? You would have McCann,Upton,Uggla,Freeman,Heyward, and Willingham. The only 3 spots who would not have a chance at home run every time up would be short stop, third base and pitcher.

Spud

December 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

“Ellsbury is only one season away from free agency and represented by Scott Boras.”
Which means Ellsbury would be a one and done player here. If he doesn’t come very cheap, take a pass.

Ken Stallings

December 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

Not even a close contest in choosing between Reed Johnson and Matt Diaz.

However, the more pressing issue is that the Braves’ available options are shrinking fast to get that starting bat in left field. Victorino signed with the Red Sox and indications are the Phillies are discussing details for a trade with Arizona to land Justin Upton. They may be willing to trade a starting pitcher.

Reed Johnson is not the viable starting left fielder. The question is who the Braves can acquire who’d be better?

Ken Stallings

December 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

Not even a close contest in choosing between Reed Johnson and Matt Diaz.

However, the more pressing issue is that the Braves’ available options are shrinking fast to get that starting bat in left field. Victorino signed with the Red Sox and indications are the Phillies are discussing details for a trade with Arizona to land Justin Upton. They may be willing to trade a starting pitcher.

Reed Johnson is not the viable starting left fielder. The question is who the Braves can acquire who’d be better?

AdirondackDave

December 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

If FW can’t reel in Justin without giving up Simmons I’d be happy with the club as is, assuming Reed Johnson comes back. Giving Gattis and Meija a chance to show their stuff makes a lot of sense to me. Either or both could dent a lot of walls around the league. Simmons can lead off, at least until Ahmed is ready and that may be soon. The Ariz. Fall League didn’t seem to slow him down at all.

DOB — I remember you mentioning Meija’s defense is not his strong suit. Is Gattis good enough behind the plate to be a serious possibility there if Mac leaves?

Ken Stallings

December 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

This blog going into la la land and causing double posts is becoming very much irritating!

BUGGSEY

December 4th, 2012
11:01 pm

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Cali Brave fan

December 4th, 2012
11:23 pm

DOB why is there very little talk about Ichiro is he exspected to resign with the Yankees for a player with his skills theres not enough buzz.

Guzzie

December 4th, 2012
11:46 pm

Would the Braves be in at all on Jim Thome as the left-handed bench player ?

Spud

December 5th, 2012
12:14 am

Marlins just traded Escobar to the Rays! If Miami is still in the dump mode, who do they have that the Braves could use?

David O'Brien

December 5th, 2012
12:21 am

DOB why is there very little talk about Ichiro is he exspected to resign with the Yankees for a player with his skills theres not enough buzz — Cali Brave fan

Because the skills are in decline, despite the good late-season performance with the Yankees.

A.P

December 5th, 2012
12:23 am

DOB- Any truth to the Braves asking about Bonifacio?

southern son

December 5th, 2012
12:57 am

I am baffled at why Cody Ross isnt an Atlanta Brave by now . I guess Wren spent all his Nickles and Dimes on our new over paid and over rated Center Fielder we just got.

glorydays

December 5th, 2012
1:08 am

any chance Maddux joins the Braves org. as a pitching coach?

David O'Brien

December 5th, 2012
1:42 am

DOB- Any truth to the Braves asking about Bonifacio? A.P.

Yes. They were interested in him before he got traded away from Marlins, but didn’t know he might be available after that trade, until they got here to Winter Meetings. Still not clear if they’ll trade him.

Bobby's Cox

December 5th, 2012
1:45 am

There’s still a lot of options out there, and I’d think I’d be ok with any of them (Ellsbury, Choo, Gordon, Ichiro). Really can’t go wrong, even… if we have an injury prone guy, that would allow more AB’s for Reed Johnson or Gattis, or Francisco.

Bobby's Cox

December 5th, 2012
1:45 am

Bonifacio also!

lanier

December 5th, 2012
5:05 am

I want to see this Gattis guy. hope he makes the roster

damn baseball is a long time away

Infinite Poo

December 5th, 2012
5:53 am

I say bring back Bobby Cox, his epic boogers are better managers than Freddi G.

Mr Pitts

December 5th, 2012
7:16 am

“………is he exspected to resign with the Yankees…..”

I don’t think he should resign. Still has a little left in the tank.

sluggers

December 5th, 2012
7:17 am

Atlanta teams smh every year the same things happen ik the fans tired of seeing them loose so someway if they get justin ik they are trying to win. the fans ready to see the braves win so they need to do what ever it takes to make it happen.

Low OBPers

December 5th, 2012
7:31 am

@DOB – I’m stunned that Ichiro is not being considered – .283 BA/.307 OBP (which was low for him) would still put him in the top 3 on the Braves for 2012. a 2 yr deal for a guy who played all 162 last yr at age 38-39, doesn’t seem like to far of a stretch. We signed aging Garrett Anderson a few years back, why not gamble on Ichiro ??

I guess this pretty well signals that the Braves are going to try to get Reed Johnson back and likely platoon him and Constanza in left? I’m OK with that – the questions begs – are we going to just stuff the FA ($10-$14 million) in our back pocket and wait for trade deadline deals as Wren seemed to indicate in your article yesterday?

Also – If we see a platoon – where does that put Gattis – AAA ? Mejia can’t play OF and is a RH stick. Still need a LH bat of the bench to replace Hinske – is Fat Juan getting that job? Thanks.

iBall

December 5th, 2012
7:36 am

Nothing changing with this team as long as you have the same management. Let’s not get our hopes up. It is what it’s been!!

Really?

December 5th, 2012
7:48 am

Soooo… what’s up with Bourn? I don’t hear any scuttlebutt about people interested in him. What are the chances he’s back. I’m not as wild about him as I was up to the All-Star break, given his swoon the second half), but he’d be find in center and move BJ to left….

cornjolio

December 5th, 2012
7:55 am

LORENZO CAIN !

MikeY

December 5th, 2012
8:12 am

Mejia played LF when he first started in the minors in 2006. But I think he outgrew LF. Maybe he could play LF in an emergency.

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/g-braves-ernesto-mejia-fights-for-spot-in-majors/nQWkZ/

Samurai Squirrel

December 5th, 2012
8:36 am

Matt Diaz was only popular with opposing team’s pitchers.

Liver is good fried

December 5th, 2012
8:56 am

Please as long Frank wren no resign’s Mcloud back here we be fine….and beside He think of something like Nothing fla is back to Square zero build a new stadium and they will flee after owner do a Fire sale…..marlins in for 105 lost season replace Houston as bad NL team cause AL has houston astros a 106 game loser too…Well as long we find 3rd baseman who not choke wild card play off game get in series like…when some 3rd baseman in game 162 lost to same team after makin 2 errors n started Rocker’s down fall and we still be same win 95-67 get to play stlouis again but again we lose and this time fans toss joe simpson with beer on field and Booooo freddi out door!

Richard

December 5th, 2012
8:58 am

Mejia has got to be a trade chip. He has no future with this team because of Freeman and his great bat is rotting away in the minors. Braves need Gordon or Upton. Bonifacio is a 2 win player at best and below replacement level at worst. Ellsbury might be a good deal depending on what we give up; he was worth 8 wins in 2011. We could take him for a year and possibly give Gattis a chance in 2013.

Richard

December 5th, 2012
8:59 am

Wink

December 5th, 2012
8:59 am

“Mejia, by the way, is not a candidate for any outfield job, backup or otherwise. He had outfield experience earlier in his minor league career, the Braves don’t think the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder moves well enough to play the outfield in the majors.”

I have got to believe he moves better than Henske, who somehow played LF…just saying!

WTWIV

December 5th, 2012
9:00 am

Has anybody thought about Pastornicky playing left and leading off? He’s got wheels and good plate discipline and should have a good avg. and obp.

RWill

December 5th, 2012
9:14 am

DOB: Do you think the Royals would do a trade for Alex Gordon for Brandon Beachy and Nick Ahmed? Or Will Myers for those two plus Gattis?

Real Talk

December 5th, 2012
9:18 am

what is the fascination with Pastornicky in left leading off stuff!!! Also the Bonafacio to Braves trade is not one that will get too many people excited….I am thinking just stick with Prado at 3rd and Gattis in left and just be what we are always one or two pieces away because we just are too cheap now!!!!!

Weaseal

December 5th, 2012
9:20 am

The double post are the work of the new AJC ever DOB a victim damn computers

jbill

December 5th, 2012
9:25 am

Thank God Diaz is gone…and he!! no to Ellsbury..he stays hurt and will cost to much (prospects)for one year..and I hate Boras.
We still have not replaced Chipper……? It’s look sad.

jbill

December 5th, 2012
9:28 am

Whats all the love for Rev in LF ? Holy Cow!

jbill

December 5th, 2012
9:29 am

The AJC is still sloooooow!

Samurai Squirrel

December 5th, 2012
9:42 am

Why on Earth would we trade Beachy, Ahmed, AND Gattis for Alex Gordon? Ridiculous.

Rick C

December 5th, 2012
9:43 am

“Has anybody thought about Pastornicky playing left and leading off? He’s got wheels and good plate discipline and should have a good avg. and obp.”

He had a 287 OBP last year mostly batting 8th. Why would you expect it to be better batting 1st?

Carroll

December 5th, 2012
9:46 am

Bonafacio is a good option. Wish we had pursued him to play CF instead of blowing all that money on Upton.

RWill

December 5th, 2012
9:47 am

@Samurai Squirrel: Beachy is and always will be injury prone, Ahmed is blocked, and if you have either Gordon or Myers, Gattis has nowhere to play. And how I wrote it was all three for Myers. If they’d do Beachy and Ahmed or Beachy and Gattis only for Gordon, do that.

GRAPHITE

December 5th, 2012
9:49 am

Mad dog is making sack full’s dealing in another way.He won’t come out in the heat.

Terry

December 5th, 2012
9:50 am

Ernesto Meija will be a good choice and fit. I hope he does well. Watched him at Gwinnett all last year. He was by far their best position player. The Braves do not need to spend millions on has been free agents.

Don

December 5th, 2012
10:09 am

Be patient – It can’t be easy to find another hitter like Uggla and Upton – who hit below .250 and approach 200 Strike Outs – especially Upton who also has an On Base average below .300 and far worse hit .168 with no (ZERO) Home Runs agaisnt the best 1/3 of the Pitchers.

chc4

December 5th, 2012
10:15 am

I like Bonifacio.

chc4

December 5th, 2012
10:18 am

Ahmed is not an elite prospect. Neither is Gattis. Both of these guys are being overhyped by our fan base. If we could get Gordon in exchange for Delgado, Ahmed and Gattis we oughtta pull the trigger.

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December 5th, 2012
10:30 am

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jbill

December 5th, 2012
10:32 am

Thats to much for Gordon…
I do agree Braves sometimes over value their minor league players.

JHarber

December 5th, 2012
10:44 am

Casey McGee would be decent at third, might be a very decent signing on a minor league contract with ST invite.

Mike

December 5th, 2012
10:46 am

Yep, greatly over value the minor league players alot including the fans. Now we are talking to Reed Johnson, even know that we need a Everyday LFer but they are valued Simmons, Ahmed, Gattis and others. What would happen if this guys doesnt pan out then what?

Seattle Braves

December 5th, 2012
10:49 am

@DOB

Any updates on the Fowler or Gorden front?

[...] to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves have inquired about some fairly big names via trade, including Justin Upton, Dexter Fowler, Shin-Soo Choo and Alex [...]

Mike Root

December 5th, 2012
10:57 am

DOB, What about Curtis Granderson, heard he is available ???????

[...] Braves are seeking a pair of bench players, one right-handed hitter and one lefty, says David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Reed Johnson appears to be the team’s top target as a righty bat, though he’s still [...]

Arthur Redding, Jr.

December 5th, 2012
11:04 am

Bonifacio stole 30 bases in 33 attempts in just 64 games?

That’s some kind of speed. Braves could certainly make use of that.

Bipartisan

December 5th, 2012
11:07 am

Ernesto Mejia – another Pujols type in the making

Real Talk

December 5th, 2012
11:07 am

Maybe we can see if Brian Jordan has any juice left…he could do Pre-Game on TV jump over the outfield wall play left, then do postgame afterwards…just an idea FW!!! He should come as a great deal!!!

Real Talk

December 5th, 2012
11:10 am

Bonafacio sux!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O.J.

December 5th, 2012
11:41 am

Mike, Reed Johnson would be a bench player, give it a rest

Big B

December 5th, 2012
11:49 am

Dave,,, are you hearing ANYTHING regarding a possible 3-team deal with the Indians? Maybe getting Cabrera to AZ, a pitcher (or 3) to the Tribe, and Upton here to Atl? Please tell me that the trade isn’t dead!

Joe Nuxhall

December 5th, 2012
11:51 am

FW will find a warm body for LF and I believe the Braves will be better off than platooning our reserves. Bonifacio, Cain, Fowler, or Choo would all be good fits the team and are affordable. The 2013 Braves will be upgraded substantially from last year’s team.

Harold Butler

December 5th, 2012
12:07 pm

3 years with Upton and the braves will be one sorry team.Talk about a bad year take a good look at Uptons brother and Wren might want hin to.

Jeff Blauser

December 5th, 2012
12:14 pm

Im available

NORRIS CHUCK

December 5th, 2012
12:17 pm

Joe,

Thats good stuff. Im hoping they go with either of the mentioned players. I really like Choo and Bonificio, but like i said i really believe any of the 4 mentioned would get this team more speed which is something they are gonna need if they plan on beating the Nationals.

jose wales

December 5th, 2012
12:34 pm

jbill

December 5th, 2012
9:28 am
Whats all the love for Rev in LF ? Holy Cow!

It’s just one or two idiots!

Ralph

December 5th, 2012
12:36 pm

Probably Pastor’s mom and dad.

Jay Dubu

December 5th, 2012
12:44 pm

With the kind of cash being paid for sub-average players, Heyward and Freeman are going to get a truck load of money in a year or 2, so the Braves might want to sign them to deals like they did Mac.

Ralph

December 5th, 2012
12:48 pm

The “Early Bird Gets the Worm” and it is obvious Frank is not an early riser. If he can’t sign Reed how do we expect him to sign anything of value. I prefer Johnson in left field full time over anything Wren is looking at right now. Reed should have been signed to an extension before FA. Mejia should have been brought up in the Sept call up but wasn’t. Wren only has one way to save face and thats to bring home Stanton or Myers.

Seattle Braves

December 5th, 2012
12:53 pm

I guess there is nothing to report on the Braves front?

Wait. we sign Pangnozzi for catcher depth. WOW! Go Wren go!

We keep getting better by the minute!

Cant wait to see if we win the wildcard or not?

Braves are DUMB

December 5th, 2012
1:00 pm

5 years of Upton; 3 years left of Uggla.

You will play second fiddle to the Nationals for many years because of these moves !

Mr Pitts

December 5th, 2012
1:04 pm

What’s the WAR for Pagnozi?

Cobby Box

December 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

You haven’t asked for my opinion!

rainman34

December 5th, 2012
1:29 pm

Juan/Gattis now has 15 homers in 255 abs in the winter league. Nice power out of the eight hole.

A.P.

December 5th, 2012
1:38 pm

DOB- Any chance the Braves look at A. Soriano? If the Cubs ate half of the 36mil/2yrs hes owed, his production would look good for 9 mill a year. (Assuming he stays healthy and his numbers don’t greatly drop off as he nears 40).

SportyNuts

December 5th, 2012
1:51 pm

DOB, any idea whether or not Norichika Aoki is a possible trade candidate? The guy plays the game hard, and is a good defender with a strong arm.

He put up some really solid numbers last year.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/aokino01.shtml

jbill

December 5th, 2012
2:00 pm

I like Jose Wales he didn’t play….

We lost Bourn and Chipper…Upton took Bourn’s spot…Who will take CHIPPER’S SPOT in line up?
Constanza, Schafer, Johnson, Rev, and some of the low level player talked about????
We in deep sh*t if Wren and front office thinks were a better team than last year.
In order to get something of value you must give up something of value Mr Wren…get it done. Everyone is getting better while Wren fiddles and Atlanta burns.

henryaaron755

December 5th, 2012
2:37 pm

DOB, what about if we offer Francisco to the Yankees for Brett Gardner? Francisco can fill in for injured Arod and Gardner could be our LF and leadoff man.

Real Talk

December 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

@henryaaron maybe even throw Janish in the deal and we can get Jeter too!! I think we should probably just trade 2 Varsity Chili Dogs and an Orange Creme to the Marlins for Juan Carlos Stanton or maybe a case of cokes and moon pies to San Diego for Chase Headley….Lets go Frank get it done!!!

Trader Jack

December 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

an open-minded Frank Wren needs to meet with the Marlins and make all Braves’ players available in a trade in an effort to acquire Stanton.

SportyNuts

December 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

Juan Carlos Stanton?

Angel Eyes

December 5th, 2012
3:51 pm

Wren will never get Stanton. Reaons: 1: Not that smart. 2: Doesn’t want too 3 JUST WANTS TO LLAY GOLF.

A.P.

December 5th, 2012
4:10 pm

Hate to be that guy, but how nice would Andrus, Harrison, Feliz, and Salty be right now. We would be able to make just about any move we wanted to bolster our club.
- Double that package and you have arrived at what FL. would be asking for.

jbill

December 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

Amber how u doing?

jbill

December 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Even the blog is dead…

Rocky

December 5th, 2012
5:11 pm

We should swap Ellsbury for Paul Maholm. Two guys with expiring contracts. Its win-win. The braves have the pitching depth to do this. I’d also try and trade Dan Uggla(paying half his contract,because he can bat DH for the Jays) for Emelio Bonafacio.

Josh

December 5th, 2012
6:16 pm

Ellsbury would be great. BUT he’d be in the same boat as Bourn was this year as a Boras client. The positives are that he’s younger and has more power. The negatives are his health and his agent. I say he’d be worth the risk, though.

Playoffs!!!

December 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

Haven’t heard anything about Lylv Overbay—-does that mean the Braves are no longer interested in him as a bench player?

RWill

December 5th, 2012
9:24 pm

Do you guys realize the other team has to agree to the trade? Just LOL at getting Stanton and some of the other names mentioned. Wren can’t win. Some posts already complaining that he’s not smart enough to get Stanton, while others still complaining about missing the players we gave up for Teixeira, and others saying Simmons should be off limits…. You guys need to sober up or something.

cab

December 6th, 2012
10:45 am

Go get Ichirio and sign him to a 2 year deal. Stick him in left! he played well with the Yankees. 2013 Line Up
1. Ichirio
2. Prado
3. Hayward
4. Upton
5. Mccann
6. Freeman
7. Uggla
8. Simmions
9.Pitcher
7.

http://frivio.com/activity/p/174167/

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