The Freeman-To-Third 120 Inning Checkup

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter I hated the idea of moving an elite first baseman to third base. It’s difficult enough to play third base, but to chance your franchise cornerstone at a position he seemed unlikely to play at a decent rate? Why in the world would you do something like that? Just because he suggested it? Who’s running the team? And yes, I put a few of these arguments on this blog. I…

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…

Walk-Off Talk 1.4: Finding a Partner (Part 1)

Ryan, We’re back again for the fourth iteration of this well-received series. By well-received, I mean my kids. They can’t read, but they think Daddy is doing a bang-up job. Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter This week, I want to look at finding trading partners for the Braves involving individual teams. I know John Coppolella doesn’t need our help, but just in case he’s procrastinating, here is some legwork for the Braves’ GM ahead…

Braves Front Office Could Use Crash-Course in BABIP

(Ryan Cothran has joined the Walk-Off Walk team and I want to thank him for his contributions – both with this article and in the future. Be sure to follow Ryan on Twitter.) It was a few days back when I dropped a tweet and, for a lack of a better term, received what seemed at the time, some scorn from someone I respect quite a bit. First off, let’s get this out of the…

Braves Acquire Danny Santana Among Monday’s Moves

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It was an off night for the Braves, but they still were busy with a trade, a player optioned, and a player released. Let’s look at each of these moves. First, the Braves traded Kevin Chapman and some cash to the Minnesota Twins for Danny Santana. I was never enamored with Chapman after the Braves acquired him late in spring training. He was “just…

Ender Inciarte Makes Atlanta his Long-Term Home

Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) (CC 2.0) via Wikipedia Commons Two days before Christmas, Ender Inciarte received a nice Christmas present. Or, maybe it was the other way around? Maybe Mom was right when she told me that giving a gift was a present in its own right. The Braves and their new center fielder agreed upon a five-year contract worth at least $30.525 million. A sixth season option would increase the…

Braves Need to Consider Dumping Markakis

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I despise the label “professional hitter.” Aren’t they all? Even Julio Teheran is a professional hitter since he gets paid to do it. And even if you roll your eyes at taking the literal meaning of the phrase, it’s an entirely misapplied and pointless phrase that is often handed out as a consolation prize. One Brave who receives the phrase is Nick Markakis. He…