TOT – Braves Add Sheffield

Transaction of Today…January 15, 2002 – The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Gary Sheffield to the Atlanta Braves for Andrew Brown, Brian Jordan and Odalis Perez. He wanted out. The Braves wanted an impact bat to put with Chipper Jones. And the Dodgers just wanted to get rid of a cancer. All parties got exactly what they wanted 16 years ago as the Braves finally completed a deal for Gary Sheffield. It had been a long…

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (7/9) – Shoe-In First Timers

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…

A Year in the Life: J.D. Drew, 2004

Fangraphs’ version of WAR doesn’t tell the whole story, but it gives us a nice and easy snapshot of a player’s value. With that in mind, what three Braves outfielders account for the top five best seasons according to fWAR in franchise history? You’d quickly guess Hank Aaron and with good reason. He had three of the top five seasons, including his 1961 campaign that saw him post a 8.9 fWAR. Two more seasons left.…

TOT – The OTHER Teixeira Deal

Chris J. Nelson (CC SA 3.0), via Wikipedia Commons Transaction of Today…July 29, 2008 – The Atlanta Braves traded Mark Teixeira to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Stephen Marek (minors) and Casey Kotchman. It was the moment that the Braves resigned themselves to admit that their swing-for-the-fence effort the previous July failed. On this day nine years ago, the Braves sent the dynamic first baseman, Mark Teixeira, to the Angels for a pitifully…

Time to Move Brandon Phillips

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter John Coppolella should trade Brandon Phillips. Sure, we can talk into lengths (and have) about the limitations with trading Phillips. To sum up, the market is likely small for a second baseman who can’t play anywhere else and has the ability to block trades to a dozen other teams. Such a small market makes Phillips a guy who won’t bring much in a trade. Even though he’s dirt cheap…

Walk-Off Talk 1.6: Finding A Partner (Part 3) – The Matt Adams Conundrum

(Previously…on Walk-Off Talk…Ryan and I tried to find some interested teams for the two most valuable soon-to-be free agents on the Braves, Jaime Garcia and Brandon Phillips. Next, we looked at one-year assets like Jason Motte and Kurt Suzuki and tried to locate interested parties. Today, we focus completely on one player and his effect on the Braves’ franchise player. Events occur in real time.)  Ryan, So, here we go. Matt Adams. Oh, boy. When…

No, Matt Adams Isn’t Going to Play Third Base

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr It’s not that I don’t understand the impulse. The Braves have a whole at third base right now – though Rio Ruiz is doing his best to change that – and when Freddie Freeman returns, it would seem that Matt Adams is out of a starting job. Sure, you could shift him to left field, though he’s blocked there by Matt Kemp. Of course, with the way…