Posts for : November 2014

Looking at the A’s/Braves Rumor

Shortly following the trade Oakland finalized Friday with the Toronto Blue Jays, rumors began to circulate that the A’s were also looking at acquiring both Justin Upton and Evan Gattis from the Braves. Obviously, this isn’t the first rumor we’ve heard on either player. The Mariners and Rangers are in the Upton sweepstakes while the Marlins are supposedly intrigued by adding Gattis. So, why not ship them together and attempt to bring back a monster…

Random Ex-Brave: Jeff Bennett

How bad was the Braves’ bullpen in 2008? Jeff Bennett appeared in 68 games out of the pen that year (plus four starts). Jeff Bennett has appeared in 179 games for his entire career. But I guess when you are signing the likes of a broken Julian Tavarez and Vladimir Nunez, plus using both Buddy Carlyle and Manny Acosta 40-some times, you probably have some serious issues when it comes to relief pitching. Bennett not…

Interesting Rule 5 Guys

The Rule 5 draft rarely hurts the team losing the player and rarely does much for the team gaining the player. The Atlanta Braves last drafted a player in the Rule 5 in 2011, picking up lefty Robert Fish from the Angels. While Fish was kept as the Angels weren’t that interested in getting him back for the second straight year (he was a Rule 5 choice the year before), the former sixth rounder never…

Favorite Braves List – Left Field

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons…

Forget the J.D. Drew trade. Try another Javy Vazquez/Boone Logan deal!

On December 4th, 2008, former Braves general manager packaged a collection of prospects centering around infielder Brent Lillibridge and catcher Tyler Flowers to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for young left-hander Boone Logan and starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. A little more than a year later, the Braves packaged both Logan and Vazquez together in a deal to go get young prospect Arodys Vizcaino along with all-around shithead Melky Cabrera and another lefty, Michael Dunn.…

Could the Braves Compete in 2015? Depends on Simba.

While there has been a lot of discussion given to the idea that the Braves are gearing up for a 2017 contention, I am left wondering how outlandish of an idea is it that Atlanta will compete as soon as next year? I mean, this team is only a year removed from 96 wins. Why are we resigning ourselves to the prospect of going through a quick two-year rebuild? Partly, this comes down to a…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 1998

This week, I am going to start the week with a new retrospective article series. Starting with 1998 and finishing with the 2012 edition, I will look at Baseball America’s fantastic Top Ten prospect series for the Atlanta Braves. Who were busts? Who were successes? Who is off to a new career in coaching? How many of the ten even got to the majors? How many stayed? Not sure about you readers, but I love…