Posts for : November 2014

Random Ex-Brave: Kevin Millwood

As I said last Sunday, I hope to use this day during the offseason to touch on some of the ex-Braves who played both major and minor roles during the last 25 or so years along with their careers before and/or after their time in Atlanta. For more random Ex-Braves, click here. While it was clear that the Braves were no longer going to be among the highest spenders in the game following the AOL…

Reviewing Another Group of Minor League Signings

The Atlanta Braves remain active on the minor league free agent front. Because they own all but their high-A team, the Braves are routinely busy trying to add depth to their system. I’ve twice already went over minor league signings so far this offseason on the 12th and 18th. Chances are I’ll be doing this again right before or right after Thanksgiving. It’s important to note that the likelihood of any of these players inking…

A Look At the New 40-Man Roster Guys

Yesterday, I talked about the decision Wednesday to designate Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena for assignment. That decision was made, at least in part, so that the Braves could free up room on their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. For a quick primer on the upcoming Rule 5, check out Fangraphs’ explanation. Protecting young talent from the opportunistic general managers of other organizations is hugely important, though many who are protected one…

Quick Shots: Should Justin Upton have more value than Jason Heyward?

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Braves are at least considering dealing outfielder Justin Upton on the heels of Monday’s trade of fellow outfielder Jason Heyward. The kicker is that the Braves front office is pushing for a greater return than they got for Heyward. If one year of Heyward and two years or Jordan Walden bring back four years of Shelby Miller and a prospect capable of jumping from the…

See ya, Jonny and Ramiro!

It wasn’t much of a surprise when the Braves announced that both Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena had been designated for assignment late Wednesday evening. The Braves needed room on their 40 man roster for a slew of additions and I hope to look more into the names added this weekend. Before we get to that, though, let’s look at the now ex-Braves. Ramiro Pena (UPDATE: Pena was actually outright to Gwinnett instead of being…

Does Jon Lester Make Sense for the Braves?

The news was a little surprising, especially given the timing of what else transpired this week. Jon Lester, the long-time Red Sox and brief Oakland Athletic, will meet, or depending on when you read this, have met with the Atlanta Braves this week about a possible contract. Wait, but aren’t we rebuilding? Yeah, I thought so, too, but the Braves have been pretty open that the future is hardly set in stone. They could just…

Why I Love and Hate the Heyward Trade: A Second Look

At first glance, most trades would appear to have something you love and hate, but the more I considered that idea, the more I felt you either love or hate most player exchanges. Or you come away indifferent. You rarely can find love and hate in the same trade, but Monday’s blockbuster with the St. Louis Cardinals did bring out both emotions. I love that the Braves got something for Jason Heyward. The Braves could have…