Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday, I attempted to build a realistic model of what the 2018 season might look like based on Steamer projections with minimal tweaks. Today, though, we are going to have fun with best-case possibilities. Today, my friends, we’ll take a swing at what an optimistic projection of the 2018 Braves may look like. Full disclosure – I’m not putting together a model that projects Dansby Swanson to hit .412 or Nick Markakis to hit 45…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

How far are the Braves from competing? Can this year be the year? Can they surprise the world? There is no answer to these questions – just gut feelings. I don’t do so well with that. Hi, my name is Tommy and I want the whole world quantified. I’m half-joking, but I did want to take a look over the next few days at how far the Braves are from competing and what are some…

A 2018 Braves Winner Without Losing Prospects

Recently, our Stephen Tolbert wrote an article in which he tried to put together a version of the 2018 Atlanta Braves that could go to the playoffs. The trick was remaining realistic in both projections and what it might cost to acquire players. While some of the trades soured me to a degree, the logic was sound. To build the kind of winner people might want the Braves to become in 2018, it would require…

Organizational Overview: First Base

Freeman | Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter For many of the organizational overviews I do to accompany our prospect rundowns, the current starter or starters at that position may run the gamut between good-to-bad, but there are often two or three really good prospects on the way to supplement them or push them out of the way. First base is the exception as not only is the starter elite, but there are nearly no prospects…

Where the Braves Sit Right Now

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter We could sit here for some time and keep talking about the surprising dismissal of John Coppolella, in-fighting between the remaining John’s (Hart and Schuerholz), the possibility of pending sanctions, and so on. And you can be sure we will address more of that when the information is available. However, like it or not, the 2017-18 Hot Stove is warming up and it’s time to start looking at next…

Will Matt Adams be a Brave in 2018?

WSB-TV When Freddie Freeman went down, the Braves started Jace Peterson at first and signed James Loney. And for a minute, we thought that was the best the Braves could do. John Coppolella changed that by acquiring Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor leaguer Juan Yepez. While expectations weren’t great for Adams, he was clearly an upgrade over in-house options – including Loney who asked for a release. Adams, who had been…

“Is Schuerholz running the club or are Hart and Coppolella running it?”

In an article for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal points to possible dissension within the Atlanta Braves front office. The article is behind a paywall so I won’t quote it word-for-word, but the general perception is that Braves general manager John Coppolella and John Hart, the President of Baseball Operations, could be in a bit of a power struggle with Team Vice Chairman – and former GM and Team President – John Schuerholz. Rosenthal cites unnamed sources…