Posts for : December 2014

Born in Georgia? The Braves Would Like to Sign You

We heard – over and over – after the Braves signed outfielder Nick Markakis to a contract, it would represent a “homecoming” of sorts for Markakis. Though he wasn’t born in Georgia, Markakis would relocate to the area with his family and attend both high school and college in the Peach State. Recently, if Jon Heyman is to believed, the Braves have also been exploring another homecoming, this time with Georgia native Stephen Drew. Brother…

Reviewing BA’s Top 10: 2000

I began this series two weeks ago to take a look back at 15 years of Baseball America’s Top Ten Prospects for the Braves organization. The idea is that, since we are seeing many of these kinds of lists released, it’s important to note just how many become notable major league players and how many bust. After all, why get disappointed with how the current list looks when its value is actually low? For previous…

Random Ex-Brave: Mark DeRosa

Well, this one ought to help my female demographics. A former quarterback at the Pennsylvania University, Mark DeRosa made the most of a limited skill set to earn almost $30M over his playing career in the major leagues. Unfortunately, his best years came after he washed out in Atlanta, but DeRo made his mark on the Braves with his hard-nosed style and plus, the ladies thought he was quite the looker. Picked in the seventh…

Spending Big on the Free Agent Market with John Hart

Clearly, after inking Nick Markakis to a four year, $44M contract, the Atlanta Braves are hoping John Hart has a great deal more success giving out long term commitments and the money they require than his predecessor, Frank Wren. The later was ridiculed for signings that blew up in his face, notably including the likes of Derek Lowe, Kenshin Kawakami, Dan Uggla, and B.J. Upton. The first three on the list didn’t finish their deals…

Howdy Michael!

Lost with all of the talk about the other recent signings, the Braves added a right-hand flamethrower out of Camden, South Carolina in the form of Michael Kohn. He joins other minor league signings this offseason and will receive an invite to spring training. Kohn, which makes me want to have a Star Trek moment and scream it, is a 28 year-old who has spent his entire career in the Angels organization before being told by…

Meh…

Let’s start with this indisputable fact. The decision the Braves faced wasn’t to keep Jason Heyward and get a compensation draft choice vs. getting Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, and signing Nick Markakis. This makes John Hart‘s decision-making look better, but lumping Markakis into that isn’t fair. Both deals should be looked at separately for what they do for the club. Theoretically, you can make the argument that they should be tied together because without trading…

Sacrificing Value for Financial Freedom

No other sport seems to experience the phenomenon known as a salary dump like baseball. With no salary cap, exchanging large salaries becomes much more doable. With a cap, everything has to fit just right. Third and fourth teams get involved so that the cap remains pristine. But even when that happens, the other team often has to take on salary in one form or another. In baseball, teams have more freedom. In the past…