Posts for : February 2015

Did the Braves Waste a Chance with Beachy?

Brandon Beachy finally found a home for the 2015 season, signing a one year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will pay the former Braves righty $2.75M in 2015. Also included is an one-year option for between $3M and $6M depending on the amount of innings Beachy is able to pitch this season. He’s not expected to be ready by April, but should be back on the mound at some point this year. Some…

Favorite Braves List – Backup Catcher

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles…

The Braves Might Struggle, but here are 4 Reasons 2015 Won’t Be So Bad (About.com)

In today’s article at my second writing home, About Sports, I search for the reasons that 2015 won’t be so bad for fans even if the Braves lose 90 or so games as many projections suggest they will. After all, we have players like Michael Foltynewicz, Christian Bethancourt, and others to both watch for and look for their moments of flash amid what understandably will be a learn-on-the-job season if they are in the majors.…

Does Jackie Bradley Jr. Make Sense for the Braves?

There has been a lot of buzz recently that the Braves have an interest, sometimes called strong, in Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. David O’Brien tweets that the interest was early this offseason, implying that the Braves have backed off. If that latter part is true, this might be the case of someone high up in the Braves front office liking Bradley and wanting to see if Boston had soured enough for the Braves to…

Service Time: Explaining One of Baseball’s Nuances

Why would the Braves wait on bringing up Jose Peraza if he shows he belongs in the spring? Why can’t a team send a guy down for one day to hold off his arbitration for another year? Why is Mike Minor arbitration eligible for the second of four times this year when most players only get three? In my most recent column at About.com, I look at one of the more confusing things in baseball…

Spring Training Preview: Outfield

Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen / Catcher & Infield The Atlanta Braves have invested at least $48M into the outfield this offseason to go with an additional $46.35M that was already on the books. Regardless, many believe that this might be one of the worst outfields in baseball. Too bad money can’t buy talent. Well, it should, but apparently, it doesn’t. Welcome to the last pre-spring training preview for the pre-Braves. While there are…

Spring Training Battle: 5th Starter (About.com)

The Braves uber-busy offseason has left the fifth starter position still unresolved, but with a wide-open competition for the spot. The Braves could go with a veteran like Wandy Rodriguez or Eric Stults to simply provide stability at the bottom of the rotation while the young hurlers develop in the minors. Or maybe they should go with one of the young guys like Manny Banuelos or Michael Foltynewicz and see what they have. And don’t…