Posts for : November 2014

More Minor League Depth Signings

Last Wednesday, I did a look at free agent signings, almost all of the minor league variety, that the Braves have finalized so far. Let’s look again at some of the new names you might not know of. If you’re curious, BaseballAmerica.com does a superb job of tracking this information here, though I did stumble onto another name not mentioned at that link. RHP Justin Jackson – 25 years old – Formerly of the Toronto…

Irrational Knee-Jerk Reaction: Heyward/Walden for Shelby Miller/Some Other Guy

….. ………… …………………….. Why? It’s not that I don’t understand the nature of the business. Jason Heyward was a pending free agent after 2015. Add on top of that was the fact that his case was fairly unusual. His value was built largely on all-around talent. 21.4 fWAR through five years despite a .429 SLG and .345 wOBA is unusual, but Heyward’s base-running and defense helped make him a far more valuable player. It’s also…

Braves Get Rid of a Nasty Case of TLS

This little trade from Sunday was a weird one. The Braves send 2B Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs for former Braves prospect, right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. Also involved is a needlessly complicated international bonus slot money exchange. Suffice it to say, out of this trade, the Braves get an additional $830,000 to spend on international free agents during the 2014-15 signing period, which we are roughly half-way through. This represented a monster change in…

Random Ex-Brave: Horacio Ramirez

Sundays during the season, I randomly report on a minor league baseball player in the Braves system. However, I find that a little ridiculous during the offseason, but I still like the idea of discussing a random ballplayer. So, let’s go back through the last 25 years or so and look at random Braves, both important and not. Today: Not All That Important. I mean…Horacio Ramirez! Or HoRam. Or Chuck James before Chuck James. Or…

Frenchy Goes Philly

How absolutely perfect is it that Jeff Francoeur is now a Phillie? After all, the Phillies are an organization that is not expected to finish with a winning record, yet they will pay three players at least $23M next year. This is the same organization that refused to truly entertain the idea of trading Chase Utley last year when his value was at his highest. And while Frank Wren is circling job ads in the…

See ya Kyle, Howdy Zach!

I guess the writing was on the wall. I mean, this was what should be expected when your dad gets fired and trashed in the local media by “unnamed sources,” your uncle also gets fired, and your skillset wasn’t too notable. Yet, it was kind of depressing that Kyle Wren was traded Friday to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hand pitcher Zach Quintana and not only because it spared us the potential hilarious awkwardness of Wren…

Finding a Home for B.J. Upton

It’s no secret that B.J. Upton‘s time in Atlanta has been thoroughly disappointing. When Frank Wren and the Braves signed Upton, the thinking was that his skill set would be less likely to regress as quickly as other center fielders such as Michael Bourn or Shane Victorino. And that second part was solid thinking because Victorino has been limited to a 152 games the last two seasons while Bourn has stolen nine fewer bases since…