Posts for : November 2016

Braves Continue to Shoot for the Stars

On the first day of the 2015 calendar year, the Atlanta Braves packaged a pair of useful arms in David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve to acquire Manny Banuelos. A little more than a week later, the Braves sent pitcher Nate Hyatt and third baseman Kyle Kubitza to the Angels. Both players who could have potentially helped a bad Braves team in 2015, but the Braves wanted young left-hander Ricardo Sanchez. Both trades – and there…

TOT: Braves Trade Underappreciated Joe Adcock

No Attribution via Wikipedia Commons November 27, 1962 – The Milwaukee Braves traded Joe Adcock and Jack Curtis to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, Don Dillard and Frank Funk. The Cleveland Indians sent Ty Cline (March 18, 1963) to the Milwaukee Braves to complete the trade. It is criminal how little love Joe Adcock receives from the Braves franchise. It’s also understandable because he played with Eddie Mathews and Hank…

A 5-Pack of Minor League Signings

The Braves have signed a lot of free agents to this point. Oh, sure, you know all about R.A. Dickey (shameless plug), Bartolo Colon (even more shameless plug), and Sean Rodriguez (I have no shame), but the majority of players the Braves have signed won’t be profiled in your season preview nor will they likely even play in SunTrust Park. I’m talking about minor league free agents and if you aren’t aware, I’ve been keeping…

Braves Get Ahead of the Black Friday Rush, Add Sean Rodriguez

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Thanksgiving is a time for family. It’s a time for giving, well, thanks. It’s also a time to apparently sign super utility players because, well, when really is a better time? Yes, in a bit of a surprise, the Braves have lured Sean Rodriguez to Atlanta for $11.5 million dollars ($5M annual salary plus $1.5M signing bonus). The salary total will double Rodriguez’s pay from last…

Braves Searching for Catcher Help, but Options are Thin

Tyler Flowers (By Editosaurus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) For so many years, the Braves were absolutely loaded at catcher. Javy Lopez arrived in 1994 and for a dozen years, he was one of the best catchers in baseball. After a brief intermission where Johnny Estrada looked alright, the Braves handed the reigns over to Brian McCann for nine years. Behind the plate, the Braves made other teams green with envy as they tried…

TOT – That Month Hoyt Wilhelm was a Boston Brave

Baseball Digest, August 1959, via Wikipedia Commons Transaction of Today…November 20, 1947: The New York Giants drafted Hoyt Wilhelm from the Boston Braves in the 1947 minor league draft. For about a month, the Boston Braves had the rights to a prospect who was going against the grain by living and dying with a knuckleball. The prevailing wisdom was that only old pitchers trying to extend their career a few years tinkered with a knuckleball…

2016 Player Reviews: Vizcaino, Whalen, Winkler, Wisler, Withrow

I started this series on October 3 and it has finally reached its conclusion. Welcome to the final edition of 2016 Player Reviews, brought to you by stubbornness and procrastination. I was going to do two more posts, but remembered that the Braves did me a solid by dropping Ryan Weber so I only had five players left to review and decided to supersize things so I can move on to other pressing concerns. Thanks…