Braves Acquire Brandon Phillips for Practically Nothing

By Rdikeman (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The Cincinnati Reds spent the offseason trying to find a new home for Brandon Phillips. They nearly sent him to Atlanta in January, but Phillips balked at the deal. He wanted further assurances that his no-trade protection would be respected even as a trade would typically negate any 10/5 conditions – or 10 years in the majors, 5 years with the same team. In the end,…

Braves Add Lefties Kirkman and Brothers

The Braves keep adding players to the mix as they look to add depth and this week added left-hand relievers Michael Kirkman and Rex Brothers. Will these two play a role for the 2017 Braves? Let’s start with Kirkman. Thirty years-old, Kirman was originally a fifth rounder by Texas all the way back in 2005. Five years later, Kirman made it to the majors with a reputation for mid-90’s heater with sinking action and fairly…

Braves Bring Back the Meds

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In 2013, the Atlanta Braves had finally come together. Frank Wren’s team was young – Dan Uggla was its only starter over 30. Frank Wren’s team was also very powerful and bashed 181 homers led the league. Sure, they struck out a lot, but they also scored runs in bunches. But lost in all of the feast-or-famine articles about the…

Braves Add Walk-Off Walker

Last Saturday, I wrote a post here titled “Braves Go Older, Add Boyer and Suzuki.” In it, I briefly went over how for a rebuilding team, the Braves are mighty old. I received three responses which may have all been from the same person as all were authored by “Anonymous” and I doubt it was the hacktivist group. Each reply went over the possible benefit of going younger with Adam Walker, an outfielder who had…

Braves Add Xavier Avery, Not Nady

Keith Allison via Flickr (CC by 2.0) True story. When I originally heard the Braves signed a new outfielder, my first thought was, “Xavier Nady is still around?” But that was not to be as the Braves added local product Xavier Avery to a minor league pact. The left-hand hitting outfielder just turned 27 on New Year’s Day and graduated from Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, GA) back in 2008. That was when the Orioles…

Braves Go Older, Add Boyer and Suzuki

This tweet is pretty fair. The Braves really confuse me, they haven’t done anything that really undermines the rebuild, but damn that roster is old for a rebuilder. — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 21, 2017 Yes, the roster continues to age as the Braves sign catcher Kurt Suzuki and right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer. The latter was announced a few days ago and is a minor league pact with a spring training invite. Suzuki’s contract calls…