OK – I get it. The holiday season is ticking away, Braves fans that are also Star Wars nuts have already seen the latest installment of the series multiple times, and most Braves fans everywhere are getting antsy for another addition. I’ll admit I’m guilty of being a bit overzealous and getting the cart before the horse as well – still looking for every possible way to upgrade the 2017 roster in the hopes that the team can be “in the mix” as late as the non-waiver trade deadline if not later. The thing is, I’m not John Coppolella – and the best course of action at this point is probably for him to heed Yoda’s advice.
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Tagged Aaron Blair, Atlanta Braves, Bartolo Colon, Chris Archer, Chris Sale, Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, Freddie Freeman, Jaime Garcia, John Coppolella, Jonathon Lucroy, Jose Quintana, Julio Teheran, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Matt Kemp, Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Moustakas, Nick Markakis, Ozhaino Albies, Patrick Weigel, R. A. Dickey, Sean Newcomb, Sean Rodriguez
By now, Braves fans have fallen all over themselves trying to come up with offers for Chris Sale that won’t cost pieces that are needed to win now. With all the rumors floating about that Atlanta is “in on him” – and seriously according to some of them – anything you’ve come up with that doesn’t include at least two of Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, and Sean Newcomb probably just isn’t enough. While that might be fair “value” (as well as not totally a killer for everyone’s Braves’ roster projections for the near future), is there a better approach that would still add that top-of-the-rotation arm to pair with Julio Teheran that could make this team arguably as big a threat in the near future?
I still maintain there’s a better fit that makes more sense, could be acquired for far less, would be under control for longer, and fit just as well. Of course that guy is… Continue reading
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Tagged Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Braves' Rotation, Austin Riley, Chris Archer, Chris Sale, Cole Hamels, Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, Jake Arrieta, Joey Wentz, John Coppolella, Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmerman, Jose Quintana, Julio Teheran, Justin Verlander, Kyle Muller, Madison Bumgarner, Mark Teixeira, Max Scherzer, Ozhaino Albies, Sean Newcomb, Sonny Gray, Stephen Strasburg, Travis Demeritte, Yu Darvish
Just doing a little daydreaming on the eve of Hot Stove season, and expanding on some minor moves suggested by the guys on XM’s Inside Pitch (Casey Stern and Brad Lidge) this afternoon. After they both pushed the long-rumored trade for Brian McCann, they went on to say that they thought signing Justin Turner would be a great move (even though he was given a Qualifying Offer by the Dodgers today). After pondering the fact that the Braves’ first round pick next summer is protected and dreaming on how much those moves would further improve Atlanta’s offense, I can’t say that I’d disagree.
Of course if John Coppolella & Company would consider giving up a draft pick and something of value to add that kind of offense, you have to imagine that they’d go even further and try to put a truly competitive team on the field to open Suntrust Park next spring, so they’d have to go even further – but could that be done without mortgaging the future???
I think it could, and here’s how…
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Tagged A. J. Minter, Aaron Blair, Adonis Garcia, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Braves' Rotation, Austin Riley, Brad Lidge, Brian McCann, Casey Stern, Chase d'Arnaud, Chris Ellis, Chris Withrow, Dansby Swanson, Drew Smyly, Ender Inciarte, Freddie Freeman, Gwinnett Braves, Ian Anderson, Ian Krol, Jace Peterson, Jason Hammel, Jeff Todd, Joey Wentz, John Gant, Jose Ramirez, Josh Collmenter, Julio Teheran, Justin Turner, Kelly Johnson, Kolby Allard, Kyle Muller, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Matt Kemp, Matt Wisler, Mauricio Cabrera, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka, MLB Trade Rumors, Nick Markakis, Ozhaino Albies, Paco Rodriguez, Rio Ruiz, Sean Newcomb, Shae Simmons, Steve Adams, Tim Dierkes, Touki Toussaint, Travis Demeritte, Tyler Flowers, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez
Another non-news day got me to pondering – even without including Alex Bregman, could Houston still have what it takes to pry Teheran away (if Coppy were persuaded to consider moving him)? Could we still match up with them for a potential blockbuster?
Without any free-agent signings the Astros still look pretty loaded offensively going forward, but with the step back that Dallas Keuchel took this year and the ever-present questions surrounding Lance McCullers’ health, they could REALLY use someone like Teheran if they want to make a serious push. Their lineup is also awfully right-handed.
So here’s a “Would you?” for a postseason travel day…
Teheran and Mallex Smith for Kyle Tucker, Derek Fisher, and David Paulino. Continue reading
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Tagged Alex Bregman, Dallas Keuchel, Dansby Swanson, David Paulino, Derek Fisher, Dustin Peterson, Ender Inciarte, Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Kolby Allard, Kyle Tucker, Lance McCullers, Mallex Smith, Manny Machado, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz, Ozhaino Albies, Sean Newcomb, Seth Beer
Following the latest bombshell to hit the already thin 2017 MLB free-agent market. maybe it really is time for the Braves to explore just what kind of return they could legitimately expect for Teheran and his VERY team-friendly deal.
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Tagged A. J. Puk, Aaron Blair, Alex Bregman, Andrew Cashner, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Carlos Correa, Carlos Gomez, Chris Tillman, Colby Rasmus, Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel, Dansby Swanson, David Price, Doug Fister, Dylan Bundy, Edinson Volquez, Ender Inciarte, Francisco Cervelli, Freddie Freeman, George Springer, Gio Gonzalez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Houston Astros, Jaime Garcia, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, John Gant, John Lackey, Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester, Jon Niese, Jordan Zimmerman, Jose Altuve, Julio Teheran, Kansas City Royals, Kevin Gausman, Kolby Allard, Lance McCullers, Lucas Sims, Luis Valbuena, Madison Bumgarner, Mallex Smith, Matt Moore, Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Max Scherzer, Mike Fiers, Mike Foltynewicz, Ozhaino Albies, R. A. Dickey, San Francisco Giants, Scott Boras, Sean Newcomb, Seattle Mariners, Sonny Gray, Stephen Strasburg, Taijuan Walker, Tyrell Jenkins, Vincent Velasquez, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Greinke
Now that the rush of the Winter Meetings has passed, we’ll turn our focus to other potential moves that could be forthcoming as “The Johns” continue their quest to transform the organization’s system into the best in the game. The question recently being asked by many in the industry has been “Why not go ‘all the way’ while you’re at it?” In other words, now that you’ve “mailed it in” in 2016 – and potentially 2017 as well – why not go ahead and gut the big club’s roster and add even more prospects to the impressive pile you’ve already built? While it would sting for a little bit, I’ve been in the minority who have thought that should be the goal for some time now. For the record, I’ve been in favor of beginning a rebuild for a few years – while the team was exciting to watch with the Uptons, Jason Heyward, and Evan Gattis in the lineup, I also felt that it just didn’t have that “it” that it was going to take to get over the hump and win another Championship, and the window that it had with those guys was rapidly closing if payroll couldn’t be increased.
There are compelling arguments that can be made for either stance as the answer to that question. It’s completely understandable for younger Braves fans to be impatient – 2015 was the worst season they’d experienced in their lives. That said, the older generation saw much worse in the dark days (the late 70s through the beginning of “The Run” with the exception of Dale Murphy’s two MVP seasons). That crowd tends to feel that sacrificing a couple seasons is more than OK with them as long as they don’t have to go through that again.
Since I’ve already tipped my hand about my view, I’ll explain the reasoning a bit and take a look at what doing so could mean moving forward…
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Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, A. J. Pollock, Aaron Blair, Adam Jones, Adam Wainright, Adrian Gonzalez, Andrelton Simmons, Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Miller, Arodys Vizcaino, Austin Barnes, Austin Riley, B. J. Upton, Bryce Harper, Chance Sisco, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Dansby Swanson, David Price, David Robertson, Daz Cameron, Dee Gordon, Demi Orimoloye, Eloy Jimenez, Ender Inciarte, Erick Aybar, Evan Gattis, Freddie Freeman, Garrett Richards, Garrett Whitley, Gary Sanchez, Hector Olivera, Jason Grilli, Jason Heyward, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Jose Fernandez, Josh Donaldson, Julio Teheran, Justin Upton, Kolby Allard, Kyle Tucker, Lucas Herbert, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Manny Machado, Matt Harvey, Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Max Pentecost, Michael Brantley, Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Markakis, Ozhaino Albies, Sean Newcomb, Shae Simmons, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Tyrell Jenkins, Willson Contreras
The news about the trade Braves’ Nation has been waiting for since word first began to leak out last winter that the organization was considering a retooling/reloading/rebuilding period began to circulate around 8:15 eastern Tuesday night. Speculation about whether the Braves would trade Shelby Miller has been all over the place for the last 10 days or so, and grew louder and louder once teams began to see what the going rate for higher-end Pitchers was on the free-agent market following the David Price, Zack Greinke, Jordan Zimmerman, and Jeff Samardzija signings.
Ken Rosenthal broke the news that Atlanta had agreed to send Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB Tonight telecast on the MLB Network moments after news that the Cubs had agreed to terms with another of the most sought-after players known to be available in Nashville this week – super-utility whiz and 2015 World Series hero Ben Zobrist – but his sources had not yet confirmed the pieces the Braves would be getting in return. Soon after, analysts and pundits alike were stunned to find out exactly how much some clubs value what I’ve been talking about since the rebuild began – young, high-end, controllable starting pitching.
While one can argue that the deal made sense for an Arizona club that appears to be “all-in” for the next couple of seasons, it’s hard not to look at the return as a HUGE win in the long run for the Braves…
Posted in 2016 Offseason, 2016 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, Free-Agent Rumors, John Copollela Trades, Trade Targets, Uncategorized
Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, Aaron Blair, Adonis Garcia, Andrelton Simmons, Bud Norris, Dansby Swanson, David Price, Ender Inciarte, Erick Aybar, Freddie Freeman, Hector Olivera, Jace Peterson, Jason Heyward, Jeff Samardzija, Jordan Walden, Jordan Zimmerman, Julio Teheran, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Matt Wisler, Michael Bourn, Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Markakis, Ryan Weber, Scott Kazmir, Sean Newcomb, Shelby Miller, Tyler Flowers, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez, Zack Greinke