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
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.
Posted in Free-Agent Rumors, John Copollela Trades, Trade Targets
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
The games have begun, and we now wait to see who blinks first. Several confirmed reports say the Braves and Cubs had been talking about a trade centered around Shelby Miller and Jorge Soler (before the announcement that Chicago had agreed to a 2 year/$32 million deal with John Lackey last night), and Jerry Crasnick has reported that the Braves may just hold onto Miller for now to see what happens as the market unfolds. We’ve seen this time and time again – teams seem to line up pretty well, but one or the other pulls back for a little bit to see if they can squeeze just a little bit more value for their guy since the other team needs him more. Many of the “experts” felt that Jorge Soler alone probably wasn’t quite enough alone to merit trading Miller from the Braves’ perspective (and I have to agree with them – of course I’m also a Braves fan) – Atlanta controls Miller for three more seasons, and interest in him has never been higher – but also needs controllable impact bats to help complete their rebuild. Soler definitely fits that profile, but also comes with question marks as well – specifically a high (25+%) K-Rate and marginal defensive value. That said, there’s another powerful right-handed power bat out there (who’s widely speculated to be “unavailable” – as if there was such a thing) who just so happens to belong to a team desperately looking to add to its rotation but really only shopping for 0-3 SPs. That player of course is Aaron Judge, and his team is the New York Yankees.
Posted in 2016 Offseason, 2016 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, John Copollela Trades, Trade Targets
Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, Aaron Judge, Adonis Garcia, Alex Rodriguez, Arodys Vizcaino, Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Bud Norris, C. C. Sabathia, Chase Headley, Chris Withrow, Daniel Winkler, Didi Gregorius, Erick Aybar, Freddie Freeman, Gary Sanchez, Hector Olivera, Ian Krol, Jace Peterson, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Grilli, Jason Heyward, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Johnson, John Gant, John Lackey, Johnny Cueto, Jorge Soler, Jose Ramirez, Julio Teheran, Lucas Sims, Luis Severino, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Marksberry, Matt Wisler, Michael Bourn, Michael Pineda, Mike Foltynewicz, Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Markakis, Ozhaino Albies, Paco Rodriguez, Ryan Weber, Sean Newcomb, Shae Simmons, Shelby Miller, Starlin Castro, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez, Zack Greinke
Given the increased interest in Shelby Miller, one tried and true adage rings true yet again – inexpensive, controllable starting pitching remains the most valuable commodity in MLB. Following the news that David Price signed with the Red Sox, Zack Greinke is likely to decide between the Dodgers and Giants this week, and Johnny Cueto and the Diamondbacks were at least pretty close to a deal, the huge perceived surplus of “available” SPs may well become a huge hole by the time the winter meetings begin this Sunday in Nashville. The speed surrounding this “change in the winds” has been pretty remarkable, even during the MLB hot stove season. Miller has suddenly become the hottest name being discussed in baseball circles tonight, roughly 12 months after many Braves fans screamed about how bad the return for Jason Heyward was when they landed Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins for one year of Heyward’s services when they had almost no hope of keeping their homegrown (and hometown) phenom.
So the question of the night is this – knowing there’s almost zero chance you can put a seriously competitive product on the field in 2016 (and possibly 2017 as well) and you may well be able to plug every current hole in the system you;ve been charged with rebuilding with players who will be ready by late 2017 or early 2018 at the latest, would you be willing to suffer the fans’ wrath if you could trade Miller, Julio Teheran, and Freddie Freeman and do that if you were in John Coppolella’s shoes?
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
Tagged A. J. Reed, David Price, Daz Cameron, Forrest Wall, Freddie Freeman, Jeimer Candelario, John Coppolella, Johnny Cueto, Julio Teheran, Kyle Tucker, Michael Feliz, Ryan McMahon, Shelby Miller, Willson Contreras, Zack Greinke
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
Thankfully the team FINALLY gets the medication it needed – cheese steaks and a strong start from one of the kids – and the long losing streak is over. This gives Braves’ Nation a chance to catch its collective breath and back away from the edge – even if only for a day or two. Since we all get a chance to wake up with the sun shining and good thoughts for at least one morning, I thought this might be a good time to kick around another potential offseason fix for John Hart & Company to ponder this winter. Our last look was an approach to “fixing” the OF while adding some offense, and this entry will look to address that situation as well.
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2015 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, John Hart Trades, Trade Targets
Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, Adonis Garcia, Albert Almora, Andrelton Simmons, Andrew McKirahan, Andrew Thurman, Billy McKinney, Brett Anderson, Brian Johnson, Cameron Maybin, Chris Withrow, Christian Bethancourt, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Winkler, Danny Burawa, David Price, Dexter Fowler, Eduardo Rodriguez, Freddie Freeman, Hanley Ramirez, Hector Olivera, Henry Owens, Jace Peterson, Jaime Garcia, Jason Grilli, Jeff Samardzija, John Gant, Johnny Cueto, Jonathon Lucroy, Jonathon Morales, Jordan Zimmerman, Julio Teheran, Justin Upton, Kyle Kinman, Lucas Herbert, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Matt Marksberry, Matt Wisler, Mike Foltynewicz, Mookie Betts, Nick Swisher, Paco Rodriguez, Pedro Ciriaco, Rio Ruiz, Rob Whalen, Rusney Castillo, Ryan Braun, Ryan Lavarnway, Shae Simmons, Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez, Willson Contreras, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Greinke
As the 2015 season winds down after the trading deadlines have passed, more and more of us begin looking at potential offseason moves we’d like to see happen. Here’s a look at one that seems to make sense for John Hart to consider as he and his staff continue to find ways to very quickly return the Braves to relevance before the team moves into SunTrust Park at the beginning of the 2017 season.
Hart & Company have achieved the vast majority of their goals thus far, having completely rebuilt the farm system in almost no time, and (almost as amazingly) created plenty of financial flexibility to add important players that are better fits through several shrewd trades. Now it’s time to finish the job and go get those final important pieces to make the franchise a contender and complete one of the most impressive “makeovers” in recent memory.
Posted in 2015 Midseason Top 30 Prospects, 2015 Preseason Top 30 Prospects, Free-Agent Rumors, John Hart Trades, Trade Targets
Tagged A. J. Pierzynski, Andrew McKirahan, Andrew Thurman, Arodys Vizcaino, Austin Riley, Braxton Davidson, Chris Johnson, Chris Withrow, Christian Bethancourt, Connor Lien, Daniel Castro, David Price, Derian Cruz, Eury Perez, Jason Grilli, John Gant, Johnny Cueto, Jonathon Lucroy, Jordan Zimmerman, Juan Yepez, Julio Teheran, Kelly Johnson, Kyle Kinman, Lucas Herbert, Lucas Sims, Mallex Smith, Manny Banuelos, Matt Marksberry, Matt Wisler, Mike Foltynewicz, Ozhaino Albies, Paco Rodriguez, Rio Ruiz, Rob Whalen, Ryan Braun, Shae Simmons, Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez, Zack Greinke