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.
Posted in 2016 Postseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, 2017 Offseason, Free-Agent Rumors, John Copollela Trades, Trade Targets, Uncategorized
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
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2015 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Draft, 2016 Postseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, 2017 Offseason, John Copollela Trades, Trade Targets, Uncategorized
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
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
So here we are on the last Saturday of November, recovered (or recovering) from our turkey comas and hoping we can find SOME way to eventually pay off the credit card bills that we (and/or our significant others) ran up Thursday evening and yesterday on Black Friday (while also still trying to figure out what the name for Thursday’s portion of that will be referred to as one day). Like millions of folks this time of year, I began compiling my Christmas wish list yesterday. I only made it to number one before my head began to spin as much as my stomach after jotting down the same item that always seems to top the list – another Braves’ Championship. Taking the afternoon off may or may not have been such a good idea since it gave me time to think about how to make that wish come true, sooner rather than later – and WITHOUT compromising the organization’s rebuilding/reloading/restocking process.
When taking into account the most recent rumors making the rounds as well as trying to line things up with the organization’s stated goal of becoming competitive again by the time 2017 rolls around, it’s tough to see that happening without another drastic trade or two given the current group of players available via free-agency and the one presumably available next winter. Braves’ Chairman Terry McGuirk has been recently quoted as saying that payroll will increase substantially beginning in January of 2017, but unless several prospects’ timelines move up quite a bit (threatening to hurt their development), there will still be holes that can’t be filled simply by “buying” players. So…
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2015 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Offseason, 2016 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, Free-Agent Rumors, John Copollela Trades, Trade Targets, Uncategorized
Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, Adonis Garcia, Arodys Vizcaino, Baltimore Orioles, Bartolo Colon, Brian Matusz, Bud Norris, Chris Withrow, Chris Young, Christian Bethancourt, Colorado Rockies, Daniel Castro, Daniel Winkler, David Carpenter, Dustin Peterson, Erick Aybar, Eury Perez, Freddie Freeman, Hector Olivera, Ian Krol, Jace Peterson, Jason Garcia, Jason Grilli, Jason Heyward, Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco, Johan Camargo, John Coppolella, John Hart, John Schuerholz, Jon Gray, Julio Teheran, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Mat Latos, Matt Marksberry, Matt Wisler, Michael Bourn, Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Markakis, Nick Swisher, Nomar Mazara, Paco Rodriguez, Pedro Ciriaco, Ryan McMahon, Ryan Weber, Sean Newcomb, Shae Simmons, Shelby Miller, Stephen Strasburg, Texas Rangers, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez
So we’ve now heard Coppy vent a little after Ken Rosenthal’s sources set the baseball world on it’s ear by telling him that Freddie Freeman’s not only NOT “untouchable”, but the fact that he was imminently “available” and which prospects he would cost had been the talk of the Arizona Fall League scouts lately. Coppy has now told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in no uncertain terms that not only is that strictly Hot Stove talk, but going so far as to say…
“I cannot make it any more clear: We are not trading Freddie Freeman. We are not. I’d give my right arm before we trade Freddie Freeman. It is not happening.”
There are still plenty of doubters – even segments of Braves’ Nation, and that’s understandable given the purge of players over the last 12 months as the front office goes about rebuilding the pipeline in an effort to set the franchise up for another extended run of success. While he could stand to polish up his interview protocol, it’s tough to blame him (or any of the other members of the front office for that matter) for being a bit frustrated with the way things have gone so far this offseason.
Posted in 2016 Offseason, Free-Agent Rumors, John Hart Trades, Trade Targets, Uncategorized
Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, Adonis Garcia, Brandon Phillips, Cameron Maybin, Chris Ellis, Christian Bethancourt, Daniel Castro, Erick Aybar, Evan Gattis, Freddie Freeman, Hector Olivera, Ian Kennedy, Jace Peterson, Jason Heyward, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, John Coppolella, Justin Upton, Kolby Allard, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Michael Bourn, Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Leake, Nick Markakis, Nick Swisher, Ozhaino Albies, Rio Ruiz, Ryan Weber, Scott Kazmir, Sean Newcomb, Todd Frazier, Touki Toussaint, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez
As we work our way towards the non-tender date (5 days after the World Series ends), the GM Meetings (November 9th-12th in Boca Raton), and the Winter Meetings (December 6th-10th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville), we’re going to work our way through the organization position-by-position – noting not only the players within the organization and where they rank and their potential, but also potential free-agent or trade options that “The Johns” might consider (from our point of view, of course).
Our first installment will begin with a look at the Braves’ starting Pitchers…
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2015 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, 2016 Offseason, Free-Agent Rumors, John Hart Trades, Trade Targets, Uncategorized
Tagged A. J. Minter, Andrew Thurman, B. J. Upton, Bartolo Colon, David Price, Ian Kennedy, John Gant, Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmerman, Julio Teheran, Kolby Allard, Lucas Sims, Manny Banuelos, Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Leake, Mike Minor, Mike Soroka, Ricardo Sanchez, Rob Whalen, Ryan Weber, Scott Kazmir, Shelby Miller, Touki Toussaint, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez, Zachary Bird, Zack Greinke