Posts for : 2015

TOT: Braves Give Bam Bam a Try

Transaction of Today…December 20, 1996…The Braves sign Hensley Meulens to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Before Andruw Jones and Randall Simon jumped from the small island of Curacao to the world of professional baseball, there was Hensley Meulens. Nicknamed Bam-Bam, Meulens first signed with the Yankees on Halloween, 1985, and immediately became part of the hype machine that is the Yankees minor league system. For his part, Meulens hardly needed…

TOT: Braves Makeover Infield Ahead of 1991 Season

Transaction of Today – December 18, 1990 – The Atlanta Braves signed Rafael Belliard as a free agent. Belliard receives $900,000 over two years. Shortly after John Schuerholz took over the Braves, two things became obvious. The Braves had some good pitching, but as Leo Mazzone said, they “had no one to catch the ball.” The most used infield used by the Braves in 1990 had David Justice at first base, Jeff Treadway at second,…

TOT: Tim Hudson’s Arrives at a Small Price

Transaction of Today…December 16, 2004 – The Atlanta Braves traded Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas to the Oakland Athletics for Tim Hudson. 2003 was the year things changed for the Braves. While they scored 907 runs, a modern franchise record, things weren’t great in Atlanta. John Schuerholz and company had tried to build a staff for the future by signing Paul Byrd and trading for Russ Ortiz and Mike Hampton to join Kevin…

TOT: Braves Find Their Veteran Leader for Young Rotation

Transactions of Today…December 15, 1989 – The Kansas City Royals traded Charlie Leibrandt and Rick Luecken to the Atlanta Braves for Jim Lemasters (minors) and Gerald Perry. Here’s how this deal was discussed. John Schuerholz: Hey Bobby, I need a DH that can also play first base and let George Brett DH on occasion to keep my best hitter fresh.  Bobby Cox: We got Gerald Perry, but he’s blocking some younger talent. Speaking of young…

Atlanta Braves Sign Jhoulys Chacin

You’d be hard pressed to find a team in baseball that hasn’t found players with more unique names than the Braves. They now have a Dansby, an Ender Inciarte, a Rutckyj, something called a Foltynewicz, an Ozhaino Albies, and still retain the services of Joey Terdoslavich. Now, you can add Jhoulys Chacin to the list. At least the Braves will lead the league in most letters used! Norm Hall | Getty Images Chacin was a quick…

TOT: Braves Trade for a Water Cooler Beater

I haven’t been doing a good job of keeping up-to-date with my work here at the blog, but I am hoping a few changes will help (and subsequently get more post going at my other blog). The offseason is tough to write about, but a series like this can help me stay engaged. Transactions of Today, or TOT because I am super awesome at acronyms, will look at one transaction a day. These posts won’t…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Neftali Feliz

During the season, Sundays are set aside to take a look at a prospect at random, but with the minor league season over, I wasn’t sure what to do for my Sunday article until this nugget of an idea came my way. How about we look at players who ranked in Baseball America’s Top 100 while part of the Braves’ organization, yet never appeared for the Braves? Over the next few months, I’ll take a…