Arbitration Preview: Mike Minor

What a difference a year makes for a player like Mike Minor. When the last December ended, he was coming off a 2013 campaign that saw him throw 204.2 ING with a 3.21 ERA, 3.37 FIP, and 3.5 fWAR. Everything was looking up for Minor. And then, there was 2014 with its oddball injuries, 4.77 ERA, 4.39 FIP, and 0.2 fWAR. Last year, Minor looked like a guy the Braves might extend. This year, it…

Braves Sign Jason Grilli…Because Reasons

It’s been only a few months since John Hart assumed the job as “dude in charge” for the Atlanta Braves and the moves so far have been fairly uneven. Trade Jason Heyward, sign Nick Markakis. Ship out Tommy La Stella, add Alberto Callaspo. Send Justin Upton packing, ink…Jason Grilli? What’s next? Trading Mike Minor to bring back Aaron Harang? Grilli is the latest addition to the remade Atlanta Braves, signed to a $8M contract over the next two…

See ya, Anthony…

First, there is a lot we don’t know as of this writing. Atlanta could be finalizing a trade that will make this move look much more reasonable so we shouldn’t immediately jump to the conclusion that the Braves are being extra strength stupid. With that said, the Braves twitterverse was in full uproar Monday evening when, as news broke that the Alberto Callaspo signing had been completed, in a related transaction, Atlanta designated reliever Anthony…

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…

Notes: Medlen, Gattis

I don’t want to get too bogged down with current news while I still have two posts to write about where the Braves stand with the left side of the infield and the outfield, but I felt these little snip-its were important enough to discuss. First, DOB reports the Braves are at least kicking the tires on bringing back Kris Medlen for 2015. DOB says “it’s believed” that a return for Medlen is an option,…

Guess who’s back (back again)

Oddly, I keep coming back to the blogosphere as if it’s something I am committed to. I think I just like the idea that my words have meaning. After all, here they are. On the internet and everything. So…yeah. Been a busy month or so in Atlanta. First, after the Braves were rudely informed that the 2014 playoffs wasn’t something they needed to worry themselves with, general manager Frank Wren was fired along with his…