Tag: Kimbrel

“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…

Should the Braves Target Kimbrel After 2018?

AtlSwag69 (CC BY SA 3.0) via Wikipedia Commons From the moment Craig Kimbrel was traded to the Padres hours before the 2015 season was to begin, many fans have wondered if the homegrown star closer might one day return to the Braves. As Atlanta has tried to replace Kimbrel with Jason Grilli, Jim Johnson, and Arodys Vizcaino, Kimbrel has remained outstanding for first San Diego and now Boston. This season, he’s pitching the best baseball…

The Two-Minute Braves

Braves Radio Net reporter Kevin McAlpin tweeted this Friday night: Former #Braves legend Mike Aviles leads off the 7th for the Fish and is hit by a pitch. — Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) May 13, 2017 I followed with a tweet of my own: @KevinMcAlpin Who had a better run as a Brave – Carlos Quentin or Aviles? — Tommy Poe (@WalkOffWalk1) May 13, 2017 But I was only beginning a cascade of responses @WalkOffWalk1 @KevinMcAlpin…

Braves Trade Mallex, Get Stud Left-Hander

Twice this offseason, the Atlanta Braves have grouped major-league ready assets for higher-ceiling prospects. On Wednesday, they did it a third time as they acquired lefthanders Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows for right-handed reliever Shae Simmons and speedy outfielder Mallex Smith. The latter spent all of two minutes with the Mariners before being re-packaged in a deal to Tampa Bay. The two minutes might be a bit hyperbolic. Much like the trades that saw the…

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…

Yangervis Solarte: Possible Braves Target?

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as “San Diego Padres”) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the San Diego Padres “continues to aggressively shop third baseman Yangervis Solarte.” If so, you have to imagine that Braves general manager John Coppolella has reached out. And if he hasn’t, Coppy, you better get on it. A three-year veteran, Solarte was a bit of a late bloomer…

2016 Player Reviews: Chaz Roe, Rio Ruiz, Shae Simmons

I see an end to this series, though it keeps getting pushed back as the Braves add players. Today, I take a look at three players who could all be on next year’s opening day roster. Did you miss the last edition? I got your back. Want to catch up on all of the series? I have you covered as well. *Ages reflect the player’s age on opening day, 2017. Chaz Roe, RHP, 30 years-old…