Posts for : 2017

Braves Trade Mallex, Get Stud Left-Hander

Twice this offseason, the Atlanta Braves have grouped major-league ready assets for higher-ceiling prospects. On Wednesday, they did it a third time as they acquired lefthanders Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows for right-handed reliever Shae Simmons and speedy outfielder Mallex Smith. The latter spent all of two minutes with the Mariners before being re-packaged in a deal to Tampa Bay. The two minutes might be a bit hyperbolic. Much like the trades that saw the…

Ian Krol – One Hit Wonder or Diamond in the Rough?

N. Markakis and I. Krol / By Staff Sgt. Jason Duhr [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When the Braves acquired left-hander Ian Krol from the Detroit Tigers last winter, fans were not that impressed. The player he was traded for, Cameron Maybin, had been a fan favorite during the 2015 season and many felt that he was worth more than a lefty reliever with less-than-studly totals in the majors. Maybin’s value was at its highest around…

TOT – Beaneaters Get One of Baseball’s Most Vulgar Characters

Transaction of Today…January 10, 1890 – The Boston Beaneaters purchased Tommy Tucker from the Baltimore Orioles for $3,000. Born in Massachusetts, Tommy Tucker’s numbers don’t stand out much outside of ranking third in baseball history with getting hit by a pitch (272 total). Nevertheless, “Foghorn” had a 13-year career in which he left a lasting impression on many people – quite often in a negative way. Tucker originally appeared with the Baltimore Orioles in the…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #50-#41

The Atlanta Braves system is ridiculously stacked. Oh, sure, some have argued that most of its elite talent is at A-ball or lower. They aren’t wrong, but that doesn’t change how much talent the Braves have now. Considering how many prospects the team has added since the winter of 2014-15, the turnaround has been astounding. The front office, scouting department, and development team have outdone themselves. Last week, I gave you five names I like,…

TOT – Braves Give Up on Mike Kelly

Transaction of Today…January 9, 1996 – The Atlanta Braves traded Mike Kelly to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later and Chad Fox. The Cincinnati Reds sent Ray King (June 11, 1996) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade. The year 1991 was the sixth straight season the Atlanta Braves had a draft pick in the top six selections. The previous five only gave the Braves one true cornerstone in Chipper…

TOT – Braves Say Goodbye to Crandall, but Add Alou

Transaction of Today…January 8, 1964 – The San Francisco Giants traded a player to be named later, Felipe Alou, Ed Bailey and Billy Hoeft to the Milwaukee Braves for Del Crandall, Bob Hendley and Bob Shaw. The San Francisco Giants sent Ernie Bowman (January 8, 1964) to the Milwaukee Braves to complete the trade. Del Crandall is one of the truly underappreciated members of the good Milwaukee Braves teams of the late 50’s. A true…

5-pack of Minor League Signings

With things simmering down as far as player acquisitions go, it is probably a good time to finish off the remaining reviews for minor league free agents that have been added to the Braves this offseason. This is the fourth edition of these reviews and each of those links can be found at the bottom of this article. As always, you can see an updated list of comings-and-goings for minor league free agents. Alay Lago,…