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Braves Find a Taker for Matt Kemp

Braves Find a Taker for Matt Kemp

Not to say “I told you guys” but, well, “I told you guys.” In a deal that was shocking at first glance and downright bizarre, Alex Anthopoulos worked with his old friends in Los Angeles to pull off a mega-deal between the Braves and Dodgers. On one hand, the Dodgers get under the luxury-tax threshold and open up some spots on their roster. On the other hand, the Braves get rid of Matt Kemp. So,…

Atlanta’s Quiet Offseason Got You Down?

Atlanta’s Quiet Offseason Got You Down?

“Do something!” “Wake up!” “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?” The 2017 winter meetings have come and went. Atlanta Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos did a few interviews, Brian Snitker talked about analytics, and the Braves did a couple of things in the Rule 5 draft. That. Was. It. Rumored interest in Chris Archer, Adam Duvall, and Christian Yelich didn’t lead to an exciting deal for people like me to analyze for 1,500 words. Other teams were…

Braves Select Pitcher & Two Others in Rule 5 Draft

Braves Select Pitcher & Two Others in Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 Draft was completed today and the Braves, who have been very quiet during these winter meetings, did make a few picks while losing a player in the process. The player Atlanta lost was Joseph Odom, a five-year minor league vet who the Braves selected in the 13th round of the 2013 draft. He went to the Mariners in the minor league portion of the draft so he won’t have to be kept…

A Year in the Life: J.D. Drew, 2004

A Year in the Life: J.D. Drew, 2004

Fangraphs’ version of WAR doesn’t tell the whole story, but it gives us a nice and easy snapshot of a player’s value. With that in mind, what three Braves outfielders account for the top five best seasons according to fWAR in franchise history? You’d quickly guess Hank Aaron and with good reason. He had three of the top five seasons, including his 1961 campaign that saw him post a 8.9 fWAR. Two more seasons left.…

Is Chris Archer the Ace the Braves Should Focus On?

Is Chris Archer the Ace the Braves Should Focus On?

The Braves need an ace! This is complicated because there is no universal idea of what an “ace” actually is. Is it the game’s absolute elite pitchers? Is it the top thirty starters (one for each team)? What is it? Is it like pornography and you just know what you see it? Whatever it is, according to many fans, the Braves need one because what they have isn’t quite satisfying. Julio Teheran is coming off…

Braves Free-Agent Shopping List

Braves Free-Agent Shopping List

Free agency is a dangerous game. For players, it’s amazing. After 6 years or so of having your wages suppressed by artificial rules, you finally get to take your skills to the open market. For teams, it’s usually an exercise in trying not to step on a landmine. With the evolution of analytics and projection systems, baseball has become smarter in how they spend their money, so it’s not the free-for-all it used to be.…

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (3/9)

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (3/9)

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…