Braves Claim Dario Alvarez from Mets

By slgckgc on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons For Dario Alvarez, yesterday’s news opens yet another opportunity for the Dominican-born lefty to finally get a sustained look. For the Braves, it’s another example in the long line of throwing enough junk against the wall in hopes that some of it will stick. Alvarez has been around for a long time. 27 years-old, Alvarez first appeared in professional ball with…

Braves Saturday Stats Pack – Markakis, Teheran, Vizzy

This article used to be a staple of my time at AtlantaBraves.About.com, but with my contract with the company ending – and their sports department being blown up – I’ll continue the series here. Homers < Wins Over the history of baseball, winning more games than you homer is not a grand accomplishment. After all, before the introduction of smaller ballparks, expansion, and the realization that chicks dig the long ball, homeruns were not celebrated…

Transaction Tuesday: Recker, Adonis, Minter, Yepez

I’m going to try something new this season and that’s keeping up with minor league transactions. Every Tuesday, I’ll take a look at each level to go over some of the moves and provide analysis. Review last week’s transactions. This edition includes moves made on and between 5/3 and 5/9. Gwinnett Acquired: Anthony Recker…When the Braves acquired Recker yesterday, many questioned if this was a sign that A.J. Pierzynski‘s job was in jeopardy and Ryan…

Minor League Saturday Stats Pack (4/16/16)

In this week’s Saturday Stats Pack, I take a look at the continued improvement from a third baseman prospect who languished last year, a starter making his return from double knee surgery, and a converted shortstop on who is on fire. Remember to check out this week’s major league Saturday Stats Pack where I looked at Nick Markakis‘s tear last week, Jhoulys Chacin‘s debut, and some team stats related to the early struggles this year.…

Thursday Throwback – Like Dexter Fowler, Rafael Furcal Looked Like a Done Deal

Typically, the Thursday Throwback is related to a random player and his time with the Braves. However, in light of Dexter Fowler‘s stunning decision to pass on the Baltimore Orioles and sign with the Chicago Cubs, I felt it was a perfect time to remember when a similar event kind of happened to the Braves. And bonus – it was far more ugly than just disagreeing about contract particulars. I’ve referenced Frank Wren’s terrible 2008-09…

Early Rule 5 Thoughts

We are still over a month away from the Rule 5 draft, but that won’t stop us from taking a quick look. The basics of the Rule 5 draft are that any player who is not on the 40-man and fulfill one of the two criteria are eligible to be draft. 1) The player was 19 or older when he signed at least four years ago or 2) the player was 18 or younger when…