Posts for : December 2014

Howdy Jim!

Coming off his worst season in the majors, Jim Johnson is taking his talents to The Ted for 2015 after inking a one-year contract on Wednesday with the Braves. A former fifth round choice by the Orioles in 2001, Johnson led baseball in saves in 2012-13, but after a trade to Oakland last winter, the wheels came off. Johnson, who normally possesses great control, walked nearly 6 batters per nine innings last season while being…

Braves Seeking Heyward Without the All-Around Ability

According to Jon Heyman, the Atlanta Braves are considered one of the leaders to sign former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis this offseason. Obviously, there is no contract to speak of, but some projected Markakis to be in the $45M-$50M over four years range, an average salary of at least $11M. Some went to twitter to show their agreement. Some, like me, wondered just what in the wide world of sports is going on here?…

Embrace the Rebuild and Consider a Kimbrel Trade

It’s tempting when you have the best player at his position to want to keep him as long as possible. In football, if you have the best quarterback, you’ll pay him whatever he wants and hope his success will compensate for a lack of depth on defense. In baseball, if you have the best pitcher, you give him whatever he desires. After all, you cannot replace Clayton Kershaw. So, it is understandable that Craig Kimbrel…

Corbin Joseph: Stop-Gap Option?

For previous recaps on minor league signings, you can look at posts from November 12th, 18th, and 23rd. Sometimes, a guy basically flies under the radar. The signing of Corban Joseph wasn’t on the transactions page the Braves provide a few days ago, but someone must have updated it since then (along with added a couple of international guys I know nothing about). So, what do we know about Joseph? According to Carson Castulli of…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 1999

Last week, I started this series to look at each of the Baseball America Top 10 Prospects in the Braves system from 1998 to 2012. Why those arbitrary seasons? Because I said so, that’s why. Today, we are going to review a list like it’s 1999 mainly because that’s a the year we will devote our time to. Now, as we progress, in the case of many players, I won’t have much to write about…