The Atlanta Braves Look to 2018, Sign Jacob Lindgren

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Jacob Lindgren) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I occasionally buy a lottery ticket. I know it’s a racket, but if the jackpot is huge, I’ll spend a few bucks and take a chance. One of my friends won’t. She believes it’s wasted money. However, when the jackpot is $150 million, even she starts saying things like “I really need to win the lottery.” I tell her, “you…

Another 5-Pack of Minor League Signings

Recently, I looked at five minor league free agents the Braves have signed for 2017. You guys gave me a lot of views and clicks so here I am back for more. Just a reminder – I have an updated collection of minor league free agents in the navigation line up top or you can click here to view it with links to their B-Ref pages. Balbino Fuenmayor, 1B, 27 years-old For the second consecutive…

Braves Continue to Deal & Pick Up Lefty Jaime Garcia

By: Keith Allison via Flickr (CC BY-SA 4.0) The last two years: Did you hear? The Braves acquired another pitching prospect! And another. They acquired Bronson Arroyo just to get yet another pitching prospect! They drafted a billion pitchers! The last two trades: And this is why they did. Create a strength and trade from it. Over the last week, the Braves have packaged four pitchers (and a position prospect) as they acquired an established…

Braves Continue to Shoot for the Stars

On the first day of the 2015 calendar year, the Atlanta Braves packaged a pair of useful arms in David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve to acquire Manny Banuelos. A little more than a week later, the Braves sent pitcher Nate Hyatt and third baseman Kyle Kubitza to the Angels. Both players who could have potentially helped a bad Braves team in 2015, but the Braves wanted young left-hander Ricardo Sanchez. Both trades – and there…

A 5-Pack of Minor League Signings

The Braves have signed a lot of free agents to this point. Oh, sure, you know all about R.A. Dickey (shameless plug), Bartolo Colon (even more shameless plug), and Sean Rodriguez (I have no shame), but the majority of players the Braves have signed won’t be profiled in your season preview nor will they likely even play in SunTrust Park. I’m talking about minor league free agents and if you aren’t aware, I’ve been keeping…

Braves Get Ahead of the Black Friday Rush, Add Sean Rodriguez

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Thanksgiving is a time for family. It’s a time for giving, well, thanks. It’s also a time to apparently sign super utility players because, well, when really is a better time? Yes, in a bit of a surprise, the Braves have lured Sean Rodriguez to Atlanta for $11.5 million dollars ($5M annual salary plus $1.5M signing bonus). The salary total will double Rodriguez’s pay from last…

Braves Throw Away the Grill(i)

By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Tuesday’s trade of Jason Grilli is reminiscent of the trade of Jhoulys Chacin. The Braves appear to get little out of the trade outside of opening a spot on the 25-man roster from a veteran. The promising results from Mike Foltynewicz and Williams Perez made the Chacin trade a plus for Atlanta. Grilli’s immediate replacement is Ryan Weber. That’s not quite…