Transaction Tuesday: Ruiz, Gohara, Jackson, and poor poor Freddie

Last week’s update included a surprising amount of transactions involving the major league squad – zero. This week was not nearly as quiet. Prepare for an epic journey through the system. A note on this report – moves referenced today took place between May 16 and May 22. Taxi Squad refers to a Braves minor league team “sending” a player to Danville just to get him off the active roster. In most cases, the player will…

Braves Pull Off Two Deals

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr What a day to spend most of it out with the family at the annual Monacan Powwow here in central Virginia. We have two trades to digest – one far more interesting than other so let’s start there as the Braves agree to a one-for-one exchange with the Cardinals in which first baseman Matt Adams heads to Atlanta for minor leaguer Juan Yepez. Unknown cash considerations will…

Braves Sign James Loney

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I was in the middle of writing a (longer) article on what the Braves should do in the Freddie Freeman-less present, but Atlanta decided to keep me from polishing it up by announcing what their plans were. The Braves have signed former Dodger and Ray James Loney. The now 33-year-old also has played for the Red Sox (he did?) and most recently the Mets last season.…

What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 1 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Even if the Atlanta Braves were not ready to be legitimate contenders for a Wild Card slot, they were supposed to a better than 11-20 through the first 31 games with a -35 score differential. People expected a team resembling the one that won 31 of its final 56 games and why not? Bonifide major league veterans like…

Monday Roundup – Roster Beginning to Take Shape

The Atlanta Braves had a much better week of games than the previous horrorfest which included just one win. Let’s recap the week and who helped and hurt himself the most. From the Fort Bragg luncheon. By Sgt. anthony hewitt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons PIRATES 6, Braves 3 Matt Wisler was a longshot heading into this spring after the offseason acquisition of three new starters. So far this spring, Wisler’s play has helped to reinforce that…

Monday Roundup: Bad Innings Lead to Losing Streak

Spring training results are more about individual player performances, especially those competing for a job, than they are win-loss records. This week, the Braves had some big individual performances, but a few players have truly put themselves on the outside looking in after some bad outings. Here’s your Monday Roundup for the second week of spring training games. Chaz Roe struggled against the Tigers / Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA…

Spring Roster Battles Preview – The Bench

Read previous Spring Roster Battles Previews Fifth Starter The Bullpen I’ve given the Atlanta Braves plenty of time to make a few more moves – even suggested a couple here and here – but here is the final Spring Roster Battles Preview. Much like the last preview on the bullpen spots, this article will focus on players vying for at least two spots rather than one particular spot up for grabs. Remember that the Braves…