Trade Winds: The Gritty Arizona Diamondbacks

Last year, I would usually just pick a player or two who fit the profile of a guy they Braves might trade for. Even profiled Scott Downs before he was acquired (link). I’m going to change it up a little and instead look at teams that are in rebuild mode that could look to sell off assets. Let’s start with the disappointing Diamondbacks. After a 4-1 loss to the Giants in a rubber game of…

Trade Target: Jake Peavy

The gruesome injury to Tim Hudson changed the game for the Atlanta Braves.  Entering mid-July, the Braves had potentially seven starters that were ready for a role in a major league rotation.  Beyond the normal five that had accounted for all but one start coming into July, there was the young lefty Alex Wood, whose stock continued to skyrocket after iffy mechanics and size questions dropped him to the second round last year.  Within a…

Trade Paul Maholm: Guest Column

Welcome to Walk-Off Walk’s first guest column.  My friend Bryce has offered his thoughts on a certain pitcher and if you don’t know who, please kindly read the title.  Anyway, please read and I have some comments below.  Maybe if you’re nice to Bryce, he will continue to add to the blog. —————————— The Atlanta Braves have what can only be conceived as an enviable situation on their hands as the July 31st non-waiver trade…

Mining for Gold

With Kris Medlen headed to the rotation, plus reports that the Braves are looking to tinker with the roster rather than dramatically add to it, maybe it is about time to stop thinking about Josh Johnson, James Shields, and Ryan Dempster and move onto the bullpen and the bench. This year’s change to a two Wild Card method for each league is keeping a lot of teams on the verge of buyer/seller rather than knowing…

Making Greinke Work

lol…I post this, turn on MLB Network, and they are reporting breaking news that Zack Greinke had been traded to the Angels.  So…this is mostly a waste. So, from the majority of people I have in contact with, I’ve WAY too dramatic/pessimistic about Zack Greinke’s impact on the team from what I said on my blog and at chopnation yesterday.  So, with that mind, let’s rosterbate this out and fit Greinke. July 28th, 2012: Atlanta…

Making the Most

And we’re back. After a brief reprieve, baseball’s second half opens tonight as the Braves start a three-game set at home against the New York Mets.  The latter is a surprisingly half-game worse than the Braves’ disappointing 46-39 record, though both trail the front-running Nationals.  On Sunday, the Braves will welcome Ben Sheets to the team, though there is no move just yet to define who he will replace.  It would seem reasonable to believe…

What Starters Should the Braves Target?

As the Zack Greinke rumors begin to fly and the possibilities of bringing him aboard explored by a few bloggers, I felt it was time to take a look at what starters the Braves should seek out.  I’ll try to keep this exercise reasonably realistic.  Obviously, a team headed to a sub-.500 finish would still be a little hesitant giving up a team-controlled starter simply because they should be sellers.  I also lack much “inside”…