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2019 Budget and Beyond

2019 Budget and Beyond

Yesterday, I talked about the players that changed teams in a supersized Transaction Tuesday, but today I want to look at payroll and specifically what the recent moves will do to payroll moving forward beyond 2018. Ask five people who follow payroll and you’re going to get five different answers on what the 2019 current payroll will be. That’s because none of us actually know. We deal in a world where unless the information is…

Transaction Tuesday: Supersize Deadline Edition

Transaction Tuesday: Supersize Deadline Edition

So…there have been a few moves this last week. Some of them, we’ve previously discussed and others are smaller in scope, but still have a large impact on both the present and future of the organization. It’s your Special Transaction Tuesday: Deadline Edition. Let’s dive right in. Period covered: 7/24-7/31. If a number is included after a player’s name, it coincides with his placement in our Midseason Top 50. For more information on options, click here. Spotlight…

Braves Bring Brach On Board

Braves Bring Brach On Board

For the second time during a four-game series against the Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves announced shortly after the game that they had acquired a reliever from the AL East. In the second deal of international money for a potential rental – Jonny Venters does have another year of arbitration – the Braves acquire Brad Brach from the Baltimore Orioles for $250K of slot money. Of course, with the sanctions this year barring any signing over…

Sonny Days Ahead for Atlanta?

Sonny Days Ahead for Atlanta?

The Braves haven’t made a big deal yet – and I’m still in the feels about the Jonny Venters one, which Stephen went over a couple of days ago. But to this point, Atlanta hasn’t wowed anyone with a big pick-up. They’re certainly has been rumors. Zack Wheeler, Adrian Beltre, Chris Archer, Nick Castellanos, and Marcus Stroman have all been thrown around as possible players the Braves have interest in. I looked deeper into Stroman…

Braves Trade for Jonny Venters

Braves Trade for Jonny Venters

Not long after Atlanta got torched by the Dodgers 8-2 on Thursday night, Alex Anthopoulos decided to make his first move of the trade deadline season. The Braves official Twitter account just sent this: The Atlanta #Braves today acquired LHP Jonny Venters from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for an international signing slot. Venters, 33, went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) in 22 games, one start, for Tampa Bay this season.…

Braves Considering Stroman?

Braves Considering Stroman?

Alex Anthopoulos has already made several moves to add players from his former stops in Toronto and Los Angeles. Some have worked out like Charlie Culberson. Others haven’t – where have you gone, Scott Kazmir? He’s even added several former colleagues to his team in Atlanta, meshing trusted long-time confidants with some of Atlanta’s best holdovers from previous regimes. So, it would make sense if he targeted a former star under his watch for his…

Walk-Off Talk: Trade Deadline Boogaloo 2018

Walk-Off Talk: Trade Deadline Boogaloo 2018

Welcome to another Walk-Off Talk where the blog gets together and provides our quite different points-of-view on a subject. Today, we’re talking trades with the non-waiver deadline just a couple of weeks away. The Braves are in position for, at worst, a run at the Wild Card but have struggled since a hot start landed them in first place in the East. With the exception of defense, there have been problems in every facet of…