Posts for : February 2014

Simmons Gets a Seven-Year Itch

So, on Tuesday, I wrote that I did not think the likelihood was strong that Andrelton Simmons and the Braves would come to an agreement on an extension that both felt benefited each side.  I ended the article by saying this. Though…I didn’t think Craig Kimbrel would get an extension so tomorrow, we might know about an extension for Simmons. In my defense, it came two days later. For those living under a rock, Simmons inked a…

See ya, Mat!

I love low-risk, post-hype sleeper guys.  Mat Gamel was one of those guys.  A former top prospect for the Brewers organization, Gamel first reached the majors in 2008 at the age of 22.  He would get his first extended taste of the majors the following season, slashing .242/.338/.422 in 148 PA.  Unfortunately for Gamel, that has been the most plate appearances he has ever received in the majors. While he has never hit that well…

My Buddy!

This is how bad the Braves pitching was in 2007. Chuck James, Kyle Davies, Jo-Jo Reyes, Lance Cormier, and Mark Redman made a combined 71 starts.  Those five suck.  I don’t mean to demean their efforts, but damn, they were awful.  Redman only made five starts and do you realize how bad those five starts were?  Worthless bugger gave up 29 runs.  Oh, I won’t cheat you, Mark.  Only 28 of them were earned. Something…

Is Andrelton’s Extension Coming Soon?

Suddenly, Atlanta is the home of contract extensions.  After committing over $200M to four players, Atlanta has avoided the year-to-year arbitration process with some of the core of their team and if you are to believe the many articles released recently, the Braves are not done.  After all, only two pitchers are signed past 2014.  The left side of the infield is currently not signed after 2014, either.  For some reason, the Braves have a…

A Look Back: 2008 Draft

Before my second daughter’s birth, I began a series that analyzed the impact, or lack thereof, of the recent amateur draft classes for the Atlanta Braves organization.  Beginning with the 2012 draft, I followed the outcomes of four different years.  If you would like to look back at those articles, you can do so by clicking one of the following links:  2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. Today, let’s continue it with the fifth addition to…

It’s Okay to Not Love the Kimbrel Extension

Twitter exploded a few hours ago as the first news was reported by Mark Bowman, AtlantaBraves.com beat reporter.  Apparently, there could be news of a Craig Kimbrel extension.  Coming on the heels of recent extensions to three different cornerstones of the Braves, this news was still surprising considering the huge gap in arbitration figures the team and Kimbrel had (about $2.5M apart).  But shortly after Bowman’s leak, the news became official.  Kimbrel receives at least…

Contract Extensions Galore!

I took a few weeks off to welcome our daughter Riley into the world and the Braves suddenly become the Rays.  How strange.  John Hart joined the Braves front office this offseason so that may have something to do with it.  Hart’s Cleveland Indians famously gave out a number of extensions to their young stars during the mid-90’s. Jason Heyward – 2 years, $13.3 million There was talk awhile back that Heyward had refused an…