Will January Bring a Big Piece for the Braves?

K. Johnson, Spring 2016 By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons January is typically a time where baseball teams are thinking depth. Last January, Atlanta signed Jhoulys Chacin, Kyle Kendrick, Alexi Ogando, and Kelly Johnson in January. The year before, they traded for Manny Banuelos, Ricardo Sanchez, and signed Kelly Johnson. I’m just saying there is a theme and it includes signing Kelly Johnson. Who is currently a free agent. Again, I’m just…

Recently DFA’d Players of Interest

With many 40-man rosters full, anytime a player is added, that typically forces a corresponding move to open up a spot. Here are a quartet of players recently DFA’d and their chances of helping the Braves. By Keith Allison (CC 2.0) via Flickr Ji-Man Choi, Angels, 1B/OF Signed out of South Korea in ’09 by the Mariners, Choi finally reached the majors last season for the Angels and showed surprising power. I say “surprising” because…

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…

Trade Erick Aybar? Why not?

Stacy Revere/Getty Images Could the Atlanta Braves consider dealing away one of their projected starters and likely #2 hitter before 2016 even begins? It seems unlikely, but Dave Cameron of Fangraphs thinks the Braves might be a suitable trading partner for the St. Louis Cardinals. The NL Central power is a top contender (again), but just lost shortstop Jhonny Peralta with a thumb injury that could keep him out June or maybe even July. That…

Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand (March 29 Final Edition)

Time to make one last 25-man roster prediction for the season. By this time next week, we will know what the roster is finally. It’s been as wide-open as any spring in recent memory and I am willing to bet at least two of the guys I have on the 25-man won’t be there when the season opens. But…hey, gotta try to guess. Although, the Braves threw me a curveball when a guy I thought…

Jonny Gomes: A win-win situation

I think a lot of people have this idea that when you rebuild a team, you just throw as many young players into the mix and roll with it. See what the kids can do is the common sentiment shared by many who see a team rebuilding. However, the reality is that if a player is not major league quality, giving him at-bats just to “see what he can do” is a ridiculous proposition. Oh,…

Fifth Starter Hunting

While a rebuild is in place, the Braves still need to add to next year’s squad. During a Q&A with David O’Brien, John Hart even talked about the need to go searching for a starting pitcher. But who? At this point, the market is still heavily saturated with starters, but many are likely not exactly what the Braves should be searching for. Obviously, bargain hunting and signing James Shields do not mix. Plus, there is…