Taking A Look at the East: Washington Nationals

Finishing strong with the perceived divisional favorite. While I imagine their chances to fail are about as high, it’s no doubting that on paper, few teams compare with the Nationals. Washington Nationals Additions: Trea Turner (eventually), Dan Uggla, Yunel Escobar, Max Scherzer, Reed Johnson, Matt den Dekker Subtractions: Adam LaRoche, Rafael Soriano, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ross Detwiler, Steven Souza, Tyler Clippard, Jerry Blevins Rock-Solid Win Prediction: 98-64 A good deal of turnover won’t change that the…

Spring Training Preview: C/IF

(Been a little preoccupied so my blogs have suffered. Hopefully, I’ll get back on schedule starting today.) Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen For the rebuilding Atlanta Braves, this offseason has been one of great change and even greater discontent from the fan base. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of hearing the old adage, “well, they weren’t winning with those guys.” But I get it…there were issues and rather than…

Spending Big on the Free Agent Market with John Hart

Clearly, after inking Nick Markakis to a four year, $44M contract, the Atlanta Braves are hoping John Hart has a great deal more success giving out long term commitments and the money they require than his predecessor, Frank Wren. The later was ridiculed for signings that blew up in his face, notably including the likes of Derek Lowe, Kenshin Kawakami, Dan Uggla, and B.J. Upton. The first three on the list didn’t finish their deals…

Meh…

Let’s start with this indisputable fact. The decision the Braves faced wasn’t to keep Jason Heyward and get a compensation draft choice vs. getting Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, and signing Nick Markakis. This makes John Hart‘s decision-making look better, but lumping Markakis into that isn’t fair. Both deals should be looked at separately for what they do for the club. Theoretically, you can make the argument that they should be tied together because without trading…

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…

Interesting Rule 5 Guys

The Rule 5 draft rarely hurts the team losing the player and rarely does much for the team gaining the player. The Atlanta Braves last drafted a player in the Rule 5 in 2011, picking up lefty Robert Fish from the Angels. While Fish was kept as the Angels weren’t that interested in getting him back for the second straight year (he was a Rule 5 choice the year before), the former sixth rounder never…

Could the Braves Compete in 2015? Depends on Simba.

While there has been a lot of discussion given to the idea that the Braves are gearing up for a 2017 contention, I am left wondering how outlandish of an idea is it that Atlanta will compete as soon as next year? I mean, this team is only a year removed from 96 wins. Why are we resigning ourselves to the prospect of going through a quick two-year rebuild? Partly, this comes down to a…