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…

Baseball’s Weirdest Rule 5 Situation

What better way to explain service time than with the hottest prospect to come through the Braves system since Jason Heyward? For that matter, what better way to explain arbitration than with the strangest case that we’ve seen over the last number of years? In professional baseball, you earn two different kinds of “time.” The one that everyone gets from a rookie-league ballplayer to R.A. Dickey relates to how long you have been a professional.…

Saturday Stats Pack: Kemp, Vizcaino, Acuna, Soroka

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter Matt Kemp Is Double Play City We quantify everything nowadays. It’s not enough to count each instance of a double play. We now have Weighted Grounded Into Double Plays. What this number tries to do is not only count the number of times a player grounds into double play, but also credit the times that he doesn’t. It’s used in fWAR, by the way. Unsurprisingly, the best at this…

Transaction Tuesday: Braves Lose Player to the Air Force

After a big week of promotions to report the last time I did this, the last seven days were more about the weird (lots of player movement for procedural purposes) and the unusual (a player going on military leave) than well-earned promotions – though there were a couple. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover July 18 to July 24. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the midseason WOW…

Jim Johnson’s High-Leverage Problems

On Sunday, Jim Johnson entered to pitch the tenth inning with the scored tied at 4-4. The Atlanta Braves had just made one of the most improbable comebacks of the season. Kenley Jansen, tasked with preserving a 4-1 lead in the ninth, ultimately gave up a three-run bomb to Matt Adams. It was the first blown save of the year for the All-Star. After Arodys Vizcaino pitched the bottom of the ninth and the Braves…

Transaction Tuesday: What a Week It Was!

It was a very eventful week for the Atlanta Braves’ system so no dilly-dallying. Let’s dive in. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover July 10 to July 17. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the midseason WOW Top 50. Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter Atlanta Activated: Sean Rodriguez…From a possibility to miss the season to making his Braves debut on July 17. Say what you will about the…

Transaction Recap: Rehab Stints Continue and Lots of DSL Player Movement

The Atlanta Braves have hit the All-Star Break, but transactions need no games to be made. This week, we look at continued rehab assignments and a LOT of releases/assignments in regards to the DSL roster as this year’s international signings quickly get into some action. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Today follow July 4 to July 10. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the preseason WOW Top 50. Atlanta…