Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you still have a few things to get. The Braves are in a similar position as they have done some of their shopping and they are keeping their eye on some big purchases if the price is right, but they also need to look for some little things to complete their Christmas shopping. Maybe a stocking stuffer or ugly sweater. Or power bat.…

Born in Georgia? The Braves Would Like to Sign You

We heard – over and over – after the Braves signed outfielder Nick Markakis to a contract, it would represent a “homecoming” of sorts for Markakis. Though he wasn’t born in Georgia, Markakis would relocate to the area with his family and attend both high school and college in the Peach State. Recently, if Jon Heyman is to believed, the Braves have also been exploring another homecoming, this time with Georgia native Stephen Drew. Brother…

Sacrificing Value for Financial Freedom

No other sport seems to experience the phenomenon known as a salary dump like baseball. With no salary cap, exchanging large salaries becomes much more doable. With a cap, everything has to fit just right. Third and fourth teams get involved so that the cap remains pristine. But even when that happens, the other team often has to take on salary in one form or another. In baseball, teams have more freedom. In the past…

Embrace the Rebuild and Consider a Kimbrel Trade

It’s tempting when you have the best player at his position to want to keep him as long as possible. In football, if you have the best quarterback, you’ll pay him whatever he wants and hope his success will compensate for a lack of depth on defense. In baseball, if you have the best pitcher, you give him whatever he desires. After all, you cannot replace Clayton Kershaw. So, it is understandable that Craig Kimbrel…

Forget the J.D. Drew trade. Try another Javy Vazquez/Boone Logan deal!

On December 4th, 2008, former Braves general manager packaged a collection of prospects centering around infielder Brent Lillibridge and catcher Tyler Flowers to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for young left-hander Boone Logan and starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. A little more than a year later, the Braves packaged both Logan and Vazquez together in a deal to go get young prospect Arodys Vizcaino along with all-around shithead Melky Cabrera and another lefty, Michael Dunn.…

Quick Shots: Should Justin Upton have more value than Jason Heyward?

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Braves are at least considering dealing outfielder Justin Upton on the heels of Monday’s trade of fellow outfielder Jason Heyward. The kicker is that the Braves front office is pushing for a greater return than they got for Heyward. If one year of Heyward and two years or Jordan Walden bring back four years of Shelby Miller and a prospect capable of jumping from the…

Finding a Home for B.J. Upton

It’s no secret that B.J. Upton‘s time in Atlanta has been thoroughly disappointing. When Frank Wren and the Braves signed Upton, the thinking was that his skill set would be less likely to regress as quickly as other center fielders such as Michael Bourn or Shane Victorino. And that second part was solid thinking because Victorino has been limited to a 152 games the last two seasons while Bourn has stolen nine fewer bases since…