Howdy Alberto!

Switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo, who has been in the majors for nine years now, will spend at least some of his tenth season with the Braves. And he’s exceedingly average in almost everything he does. It’s the Winter of Meh. Callaspo broke into the bigs with the 2006 Diamondbacks as a utility guy and would play that role until his second year in Kansas City, 2009. Oddly, he hit zero homers in about 435 PA before…

Corbin Joseph: Stop-Gap Option?

For previous recaps on minor league signings, you can look at posts from November 12th, 18th, and 23rd. Sometimes, a guy basically flies under the radar. The signing of Corban Joseph wasn’t on the transactions page the Braves provide a few days ago, but someone must have updated it since then (along with added a couple of international guys I know nothing about). So, what do we know about Joseph? According to Carson Castulli of…

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…

Braves Get Rid of a Nasty Case of TLS

This little trade from Sunday was a weird one. The Braves send 2B Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs for former Braves prospect, right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. Also involved is a needlessly complicated international bonus slot money exchange. Suffice it to say, out of this trade, the Braves get an additional $830,000 to spend on international free agents during the 2014-15 signing period, which we are roughly half-way through. This represented a monster change in…

See ya Kyle, Howdy Zach!

I guess the writing was on the wall. I mean, this was what should be expected when your dad gets fired and trashed in the local media by “unnamed sources,” your uncle also gets fired, and your skillset wasn’t too notable. Yet, it was kind of depressing that Kyle Wren was traded Friday to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hand pitcher Zach Quintana and not only because it spared us the potential hilarious awkwardness of Wren…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Left Side of the Infield

I’m going to tighten these last two posts up in case things get serous on the player movement front. Don’t want to be doing a overviews when the roster is in flux. Shortstop Who we got?… Andrelton Simmons (you need someone else? Fine…), Philip Gosselin Who’s getting Arby?… Ramiro Pena Who might be going?… Emilio Bonifacio Who might be coming?… Jose Peraza, Elmer Reyes Listen, it’s clear that Simba is one of the most exciting…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Right Side of the Infield

Time for another look at where the Braves stand before free agency really opens up and players start shifting squads. On the right side of the infield, first base is pretty clear while second base is wide open. First Base Who we got?… Freddie Freeman, Joey Terdoslavich, Chris Johnson Who’s getting Arby?… Nobody (yay!) Who might be going?… Nobody (yay!) Who might be coming?…Nobody (aww) So, here’s the plus of having a guy signed long-term.…