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Taking the Bait

Recently, MLB Trade Rumors spoke of trade bait for the many contenders, specifically saying that the Braves only had one notable guy who would grab the attention of other General Managers.  In the article, Marc Hulet contends that “the Braves haven’t really made the amateur draft a priority in recent years and that has hurt the organization’s depth.”  I find that fairly absurd.  Recent graduates from the amateur draft to the major leagues include Alex…

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Are Innings a Concern?

You can’t avoid it.  From people harping on how inning limits are an absurd waste of time from other people warning of increased innings on young pitchers leading to worrisome injuries, there is no way to skate past talking about how many innings the young starters are throwing. For some, the concern is minimal.  After all, Tim Hudson is no longer a young man and being on pace for 198 innings after 179 last year…

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Two Birds, One Stone

Frank Wren has shown a willingness to deal, deal, and deal some more at the deadline.  Twice since being named general manager of the Braves, he has pulled off what is a pretty rare feat.  Acquiring two major league talents from the same team to attempt to answer two perceived holes on your roster.  In 2010, the Braves acquired Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel to solidify the bullpen and replace the awful Nate McLouth in…

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Trade Targets: Jose Veras, Matt Belisle

I have been focused on middle relievers since I started this year’s run through and guess what!  Got two more of them.  Truly, I want to fit other positions in this series, but the best value for Atlanta is in middle relief. Jose Veras After making his debut in 2006 for the New York Yankees, Veras has certainly found a variety of homes.  The Yankees traded him to the Indians in ’09 who non-tendered him…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

While one-half of the season would truly be 81 games, Atlanta enters the break at 95 games. 54 times, the Braves were victors while 41 times saw the final out recorded with the Braves behind.  There have been eleven shutouts by teams facing the Braves and seven times, Atlanta shut out the opponents.  Eleven different times, the score was tied after nine innings, forcing the Braves into overtime where they won seven games.  Fourteen different…

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Trade Paul Maholm: Guest Column

Welcome to Walk-Off Walk’s first guest column.  My friend Bryce has offered his thoughts on a certain pitcher and if you don’t know who, please kindly read the title.  Anyway, please read and I have some comments below.  Maybe if you’re nice to Bryce, he will continue to add to the blog. —————————— The Atlanta Braves have what can only be conceived as an enviable situation on their hands as the July 31st non-waiver trade…

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Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 3 of 3)

Time to finish the midseason evaluation of the Braves roster and see where players might stand for 2014 based on what we know now. Infielders (continued) Chris Johnson 2013 Salary: $2,287,500 2014 Status: Arbitration-eligible for the Second Time In a season where at least half of the starting lineup has fell on its face, the throw-in during last offseason’s big trade with the Diamondbacks has took off.  He enters the break slashing .330/.370/.470 over 78…