Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

Quick Post: The Inconsistency of Julio Teheran

Julio Teheran has basically been an enigma from day one. Once the number one pitching prospect in all of baseball, Julio’s career can best be described as up and down. Since his first full season debut in 2013, here are his ERA/FIPs: 2013:  3.20/3.69 2014:   2.89/3.49 2015:  4.04/4.40 2016:   3.21/3.69 2017:  4.49/4.95   One year he’s an ace, the next he’s a back-of-the-rotation starter and everything in between. And we’ve all heard, read, and seen…

Christian Yelich or J.T. Realmuto?

While it’s been a slow, if not boring, off-season for baseball in general, it hasn’t been that for the Miami Marlins. It started with the sale of the team that finally allowed the franchise to separate itself from team owner Jeffrey Loria and bring in someone who wouldn’t embarrass the team on a daily bases. At least that was the plan. The new ownership, led by former Yankee great Derek Jeter, has had a remarkably…

Something Fun with Preston Tucker

If you have a life or friends or family of any kind, you may have missed it yesterday but Atlanta traded for OF Preston Tucker from the Houston Astros. The deal was for a PTBNL or cash considerations so I understand if the news didn’t exactly knock you off your feet but it did indeed happen. I have no idea how good a player Tucker is now or will be with Atlanta. He hit well…

Braves Need Another Outfielder?

The Braves made their first big move of the off-season on Saturday, trading Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 4 players. This trade had very little baseball function, though Brandon McCarthy is interesting, as this was mostly swapping short-term debt for shorter-term debt. In short, Atlanta added money to 2018 to free up money in 2019. If you’re looking for further breakdown of this deal, Tommy already has you covered. That’s not what…

Braves Free-Agent Shopping List

Free agency is a dangerous game. For players, it’s amazing. After 6 years or so of having your wages suppressed by artificial rules, you finally get to take your skills to the open market. For teams, it’s usually an exercise in trying not to step on a landmine. With the evolution of analytics and projection systems, baseball has become smarter in how they spend their money, so it’s not the free-for-all it used to be.…

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…