Posts for : August 2017

Transaction Tuesday: Swanson, Demeritte, Sanchez, Pena

Not a big week in transactions, though a few players hit the DL that was quite noteworthy. We also had a minor league trade and a player to be named later was finally named in the Brandon Phillips trade. Finally, there was a suspension for a minor league player. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover August 8 to August 14. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the midseason…

Yet Another Ronald Acuna/Andruw Jones Piece – But This One is Different!

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter I am on the record with this. I love Ronald Acuna. He makes my heart flutter. When he hits a home run, to quote Bowling for Soup, “all the wind blows and the angels sing.” He’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, he’s like pretzel bread, which as we all know, improves bread to another level. Ronald Acuna is hope and hope is good. But the Braves have,…

Finding the Braves a 3B

Through their run of 14 straight division titles spanning from 1991 to 2005, the Braves were known for dominant pitching. Regardless of what happened the year before or what happened in the off-season or free agency, it seemed Atlanta always had pitching. Having 3 Hall of Famers anchoring your rotation will, of course, help build that reputation but starting pitching wasn’t the only position Atlanta didn’t have to worry about for the better part of…

Braves Catching Turning Into a Strength

In the major leagues, few teams have had a better situation behind the plate than the Braves this season. With Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki, the Braves have a pair of players who have been productive all season long at the plate and in Flowers’ case, they have the game’s best framer. But both are over 30 and may not around when the Braves next make the playoffs. Today, let’s look at the minor league situation…

Putting Together a Justin Verlander Trade

The Detroit Tigers staring a full blown rebuild square in the face while the Atlanta Braves are 3 years into theirs and are looking for the finish line. The problem for the Tigers is they have some veteran players on big contracts they’d like to move to expedite that rebuild. The problem for the Braves is they don’t seem to have much interest in going with all kids for the upcoming seasons and are searching…

Hey Brandon, how ’bout a Retrospective Thank You?

Last week, the Braves, prompted by a promotion of Ozzie Albies to the bigs to become the everyday 2nd baseman, asked Brandon Phillips if he’d slide over to the hot corner to make room for the rookie. Needless to say the veteran was not happy when informed of the decision and made that known by silence.  Here’s the story, paraphrased by me and told by Jim Powell of Braves radio (read from bottom to top): Jim…

Transaction Tuesday: Ventura, Winkler, Wright, Ramos

What a busy, busy week for the Braves. Some of the moves, we reported on as they happened, but many more occurred as the Braves brought back a guy from the Mexican League, demoted a few underperforming pitchers, and continued to aggressively push rookie league players up a level. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover August 1 to August 7. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the midseason…