Posts for : December 2017

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (3/9)

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…

2018 25-Man + Payroll

We’re going to keep a running tally of the 25-man roster and payroll as the off-season goes along. As moves are made, we’ll update them here. We’ll also keep track of 2018 projections as they come out in the next few weeks. The 25-man roster listed here isn’t a prediction of what the final roster will be but the most logical choices based on who’s currently in the organization. *MLB minimum salary for 2018 has…

What if Atlanta Needed to Add an Outfielder?

All off-season we’ve been discussing ideas on how to get Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis off this roster. Because their cost exceeds their value, this is obviously a tricky exercise. We came up with elaborate trade ideas, we crowd-sourced it to you guys for you to come up with solutions, we sent money, we included prospects, or sometimes, we adhered to the sunk-cost principle and said just cut them. I’ve frankly had about all I…

MLB Contracts on Santa’s Naughty List

Many of us Braves fans feel as though our team is the only team stuck with seemingly dead-end contracts. Holy guacamole, that is not the case at all. While Matt Kemp‘s $42.5 million and Nick Markakis‘s $11 million seem detrimental to our team, there are teams out there that have it much worse. I started this little project for myself as I thought it’s a valuable exercise when trying to find potential matches in trades…

A Year In the Life: Brooks Conrad, 2010

(This new series focuses on one season of a player’s career. Let us know if you like it or have any suggestions about another player and year to explore.) It was the kind of moment you think up in your backyard as a kid. Granted, in your fantasy, it’s Game 7 of the World Series and there are two outs, but this situation was just about as close to reality as that fantasy gets. Francisco…

WOW’s Top 10 Relief Prospects

.Today, we finish our collection of the best prospects in the minors. It’s been a long road to this point with over 75 prospects ranked as part of this exercise. We hope these lists have helped you understand what positions are deep and what positions need some added talent. That last part has proved especially important after penalties thinned positions such as second base and shortstop. Our last list is focused on the bullpen. While…

Atlanta Looking for a Shortstop?

Are the Braves willing to move on from Dansby Swanson? Probably not, but they are doing their due diligence according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Such news is certainly shocking considering how the Braves seemed set to open 2018 with Ozzie Albies and Swanson beginning, what was assumed to be, the first of many full seasons together up the middle. Has General Manager Alex Anthopoulos already decided that the Braves don’t really have…