Posts for : 2014

Random Ex-Brave: Paul Byrd

Baseball is full of guys like Eddie Harris from the classic, Major League. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, go see it. It’s probably in a bargain bin somewhere. Or steal it from your friend. Whatever the case, it’s a must-watch. Harris, played by Colonel Oats, is a pitcher just trying to hold on to a career for a few more years. Maybe he once was blessed with great natural movement, but…

Edge-rton: You Think You Don’t Know Him

On Friday, Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs did a chat with fans of minor league baseball. One of the questions asked about guys from the 2014 draft who have seen their stock improve since beginning their major league career. One statement stood out to me. “…ATL LOVES the early returns on 9th rounder Jordan Edgerton.” Jordan who? The 2014 draft may go down as the best under Frank Wren. Youngsters like Braxton Davidson, Garrett Fulenchek, Max…

See ya, Ervin!

On Thursday, former Braves right-hander and joy to follow on Twitter, Ervin Santana, agreed to a four year contract with the Minnesota Twins. He will earn $55M with the possibility of getting another $14M as part of a conditional vesting option for a fifth season. It’s a strange continuation of what we have seen this offseason. Only a few years ago, pitchers like Santana (good innings eaters, but not anchors of the rotation) would be…

Howdy Daniel and Steven, See ya J.R!

The Rule 5 draft was completed on Thursday and the Braves were unusually busy, taking a player in each the major league and AAA portions, while losing a former top prospect. First, we say good bye (tentatively) to J.R. Graham. A fourth rounder in 2011 out of Santa Clara University, Graham was one of those guys that Frank Wren and his scouting team were hoping could just stay healthy. In his first full season, 2012,…

Winter Meetings: That’s A Wrap

The winter meetings ended Thursday with a little news for the Braves as they picked up one righty in the Rule 5 draft while losing another. Outside of that and the signing of Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and all-around “meh” Alberto Callaspo, the Braves had a fairly quiet four days. At least, it was quiet on actual press releases – the kind that often are done to announce a signing or trade. While many teams,…

Howdy Alberto!

Switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo, who has been in the majors for nine years now, will spend at least some of his tenth season with the Braves. And he’s exceedingly average in almost everything he does. It’s the Winter of Meh. Callaspo broke into the bigs with the 2006 Diamondbacks as a utility guy and would play that role until his second year in Kansas City, 2009. Oddly, he hit zero homers in about 435 PA before…

The Oddest Winter Meetings in Braves History

Yesterday, baseball kicked off its yearly winter meetings as general managers and officials from all 30 teams met in San Diego, along with agents and assorted players looking to get signed. It’s at the winter meetings where a month of conversation goes from the theoretical to reality or where the need to make a quick deal can be struck. It’s an exciting time or was the MLB Network hype machine about this week not enough…