Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

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…

The 3B Candidate No One is Talking About

The Braves need a third baseman. Everyone knows the Braves need 3B because we all keep talking about how the Braves need a 3B. I’ve written about it. We as a blog wrote about it. Others have written about it and the general consensus is, Atlanta needs an external solution for 3B. At least in the short term. Some people are high on Austin Riley as a prospect, and even though I’m not necessarily one…

Braves Arbitration and Non-Tender Primer

Alex Anthopoulos’ first couple weeks on the job have mostly been about getting acquainted with a brand new organization and building his baseball ops department they way he wants it. But now it’s time for some roster moves. As it often does in baseball, the calendar somewhat dictates when moves are made. This week is the non-tender deadline for arbitration eligible players. Basically, any arbitration players the team doesn’t plan on tendering a contract too…

Are the Reactions to Yesterday Overblown?

Before yesterday happened, I mentioned to Tommy and Ryan that I really didn’t think what was happening to Atlanta was all that terrible and I thought I could make a compelling case they are actually better off in the long run. I even started writing said post. Then yesterday happened and I almost deleted the thing from my hard drive. If you somehow missed it, Braves lost 13 players, a 3rd round pick and basically…