Posts for : January 2015

Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitching

Though the season is 83 days away and the hyper-active Braves could possibly deal and/or sign a starter, which seems likely, I have to start the spring training previews some time so here we go. While they lacked the star power of past rotations, the Braves had a nice and productive starting staff in 2014. When compared to the rest of the league, the Braves had the fifth best ERA, the sixth lowest FIP, and…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 2005

As we all know, Atlanta’s 2005 team was the year of the Baby Braves, a group of young and talented individuals with the potential to not only become the faces of the Braves, but also lead them to their first title since 1995. However, within a handful of years, only one player was still running strong for the Braves. In today’s look back at Baseball America’s Top Ten, we revisit a list which included seven…

Random Ex-Brave: Jair Jurrjens

There was a time where the Braves witnessed the rise-and-fall of several starting pitchers. Their names are almost synonymous with a time when the Braves were just trying to contend for division titles and not much else. In slightly more than 300 innings, Chuck James went from not-really-a-prospect to internet-sensation-with-Chuck-Norris-related-memes to finally becoming the five-innings-and-get-the-pen-in guy. Eventually, he actually got worse. Another lefty, Horacio Ramirez, had a similar rise-and-fall that I profiled in this series…

Braves Add a Pair of Minor League Signings

The Atlanta Braves, who again own all but one of their minor league affiliates, have to be very active in the minor league free agent front. Not only for guys who can contribute this spring and maybe surprise some people, but also for guys who will fill out some rosters. On Saturday, we learned of two more additions, both with a major league callup in their past. First, there is right-hand hitting outfielder Joe Benson.…

Arbitration Preview: James Russell

Before the end of 2014, I took a look at Mike Minor, who represented, at the time, a third of a dwindling class or arbitration-eligible players the Braves had. At the beginning of the offseason, eight players could have been in line for a pay raise through arbitration, but the whirlwind offseason has led to many of them seeking employment elsewhere. Another player recently was moved in David Carpenter, leaving the Braves with only two…

Braves Keep Dealing, Get Young Lefty

It’s the offseason of turnover for the Atlanta Braves. While it was necessary following the disappointing 2014, this level of change has been shocking for an organization that has leaned on handing off power to hand-picked successors (Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez, even John Hart). Their most recent trade occurred Thursday when the Braves send a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels for an even younger minor leaguer. Let’s dive in. Left-hander Ricardo Sanchez is…

Braves Get a LOOGY!

On Wednesday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves announced that they had signed left-hander Josh Outman to a one-year deal. In addition to replacing Chasen Shreve, who they dealt to the Yankees, and provide cover for the impending trade and/or suckage of Luis Avilan, the Braves acquire a guy with a very suitable name for his job. Provided he does it. Oh, and Fredi Gonzalez uses him properly. Outman was originally drafted by the Phillies in 2005,…