Meh…

Let’s start with this indisputable fact. The decision the Braves faced wasn’t to keep Jason Heyward and get a compensation draft choice vs. getting Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, and signing Nick Markakis. This makes John Hart‘s decision-making look better, but lumping Markakis into that isn’t fair. Both deals should be looked at separately for what they do for the club. Theoretically, you can make the argument that they should be tied together because without trading…

Sacrificing Value for Financial Freedom

No other sport seems to experience the phenomenon known as a salary dump like baseball. With no salary cap, exchanging large salaries becomes much more doable. With a cap, everything has to fit just right. Third and fourth teams get involved so that the cap remains pristine. But even when that happens, the other team often has to take on salary in one form or another. In baseball, teams have more freedom. In the past…

Braves Seeking Heyward Without the All-Around Ability

According to Jon Heyman, the Atlanta Braves are considered one of the leaders to sign former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis this offseason. Obviously, there is no contract to speak of, but some projected Markakis to be in the $45M-$50M over four years range, an average salary of at least $11M. Some went to twitter to show their agreement. Some, like me, wondered just what in the wide world of sports is going on here?…

A Look At the New 40-Man Roster Guys

Yesterday, I talked about the decision Wednesday to designate Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena for assignment. That decision was made, at least in part, so that the Braves could free up room on their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. For a quick primer on the upcoming Rule 5, check out Fangraphs’ explanation. Protecting young talent from the opportunistic general managers of other organizations is hugely important, though many who are protected one…

Quick Shots: Should Justin Upton have more value than Jason Heyward?

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Braves are at least considering dealing outfielder Justin Upton on the heels of Monday’s trade of fellow outfielder Jason Heyward. The kicker is that the Braves front office is pushing for a greater return than they got for Heyward. If one year of Heyward and two years or Jordan Walden bring back four years of Shelby Miller and a prospect capable of jumping from the…

Does Jon Lester Make Sense for the Braves?

The news was a little surprising, especially given the timing of what else transpired this week. Jon Lester, the long-time Red Sox and brief Oakland Athletic, will meet, or depending on when you read this, have met with the Atlanta Braves this week about a possible contract. Wait, but aren’t we rebuilding? Yeah, I thought so, too, but the Braves have been pretty open that the future is hardly set in stone. They could just…

Why I Love and Hate the Heyward Trade: A Second Look

At first glance, most trades would appear to have something you love and hate, but the more I considered that idea, the more I felt you either love or hate most player exchanges. Or you come away indifferent. You rarely can find love and hate in the same trade, but Monday’s blockbuster with the St. Louis Cardinals did bring out both emotions. I love that the Braves got something for Jason Heyward. The Braves could have…