2019 Budget and Beyond

Yesterday, I talked about the players that changed teams in a supersized Transaction Tuesday, but today I want to look at payroll and specifically what the recent moves will do to payroll moving forward beyond 2018. Ask five people who follow payroll and you’re going to get five different answers on what the 2019 current payroll will be. That’s because none of us actually know. We deal in a world where unless the information is…

Thoughts on Cole Hamels and the Braves

This is less of a rumor and more of one guy suggesting it as a possibility, but The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo lists the Braves as possible suitors not only for Mike Moustakas, but also southpaw Cole Hamels. The first player has been discussed exhaustively starting with last offseason and continuing through the failed Jose Bautista experiment. But what about Hamels, a pitcher the Braves were all-too-happy to see get traded to the Rangers a…

A 2018 Braves Winner Without Losing Prospects

Recently, our Stephen Tolbert wrote an article in which he tried to put together a version of the 2018 Atlanta Braves that could go to the playoffs. The trick was remaining realistic in both projections and what it might cost to acquire players. While some of the trades soured me to a degree, the logic was sound. To build the kind of winner people might want the Braves to become in 2018, it would require…

Should the Braves Target Kimbrel After 2018?

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 remained outstanding for first San Diego and now Boston. This season, he’s pitching the best baseball of his life with a 12 K/BB ratio and…

A Waiver Trade Match from Heaven

A homecoming for 2 former Orioles. By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr It was 3-4 days ago that Braves fans received word that Jim Johnson and R.A. Dickey were placed on revocable waivers. While they’re likely not the only players that were placed on revocable waivers, those were the 2 that made it to the mainstream media. My guess, there are at least 3 more guys that the Braves pushed out there but…

Walk-Off Talk 1.8: The Trading Deadline Extravaganza

(Stephen Tolbert and Ryan Cothran have joined me, Tommy Poe, for a conversation on Braves’ targets for the trading deadline.) Tommy: It’s the final weekend before the Non-Waiver Trading Deadline and the Atlanta Braves are in the middle of scores of rumors. Atlanta has already completed two trades as they pull off the shocker and find a new home for the well-liked, well-regarded, well-travelled, well-named Chaz Roe. Oh, and they traded Jaime Garcia, too. But…

Time to Move Brandon Phillips

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter John Coppolella should trade Brandon Phillips. Sure, we can talk into lengths (and have) about the limitations with trading Phillips. To sum up, the market is likely small for a second baseman who can’t play anywhere else and has the ability to block trades to a dozen other teams. Such a small market makes Phillips a guy who won’t bring much in a trade. Even though he’s dirt cheap…