That's why I put him second
That's why I put him second
Braves released Melky Cabrera, Takashi Saito, and J.C. Boscan. Nothing shocking here, it will be interesting to see what they do with Diaz.
The Braves need to get this outfield/middle of the order hitter situation fixed!
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. -Rogers Hornsby
It would appear the Braves are having serious talks with a Japanese team of trading Kenshin back to Japan. I would hope the Braves could get whatever team to take on 4 Million of the contract but 3 Million is fine in the grand scheme of things.
I don't think he's as bad as his numbers suggest but it's just best for all concerned if Ken and the Braves part ways.
A nice post on MLBtraderumors.com showing the payroll commitments, the Braves ring in at $61.867 (I believe that is before any options being picked up).
edit: and two guys that I want alot more on the braves after watching this postseason are juan uribe (already really wanted him for his pop off the bench and versatility i think he could replace omar if the braves wanted to include him in a deal) and cody ross (very big in the clutch so far).
Last edited by chip&smoltz95; 10-24-2010 at 11:36 AM.
I like Infante's versatility over Uribe's offensive edge, I also think Uribe will get more money then Infante will make.
The Braves will likely stay at around $85 Million in payroll and even with conservative estimates of arbitration and letting people that could be deemed as not needed (Diaz) the Braves might have around $10 Million in payroll room. The only way the Braves add an impact bat is going to be a trade and the best option to trade is still Jair, who I believe will be traded even with what Frank Wren is saying, and even then the names people bring up aren't making me jump around in anticipation and almost all are flawed. There are 4 names that interest me and all 4 have major obstacles and aren't likely to be traded anyway.
Colby Rasmus :: Might be the best overall CFer in the majors right now, problem is why in the hell would St. Louis do this. The Cardinals have 3 legit hitters on their team named Pujols, Holliday, and Rasmus so unless Tony LaRussa thinks Rasmus is the Devil trying to take his soul any move of Rasmus without a serious bat coming bat in return makes no sense.
Coco Crisp :: Good defense, solid hitter and can steal bases, the A's are likely to pick up his option and until the Trade deadline I doubt they would trade him.
Brett Gardner :: The Yankees would have to sign either Werth or Crawford (and if they were to sign Cliff Lee even I doubt that happens unless they do another move), even then I would have to guess Granderson would be the first name put on the block with his contract. My personal choice but one that I just have majors doubts will happen.
Jacoby Ellsbury :: Rumors persist that he has fallen out of favor with the Boston front office but the Braves don't match up real well in my opinion unless the Braves trade major prospects something I don't want to see.
I think the most likely thing to happen is the Braves stick McLouth in the 7th hole and then sign a pair to platoon in LF of either Diaz (I think they non-tender him and resign him at a lower price) and someone like Jeremy Hermida who Fredi has coached before.
The biggest thing is the Braves simply need to get healthy and stay that way.
Last edited by PureBaseballFan; 10-26-2010 at 08:06 PM.
agreed, but werth could be a 20 base steal threat too. I also think via trade the braves could look at m.bourn/h.pence if either is avaiable. matt kemp or brett gardner (don't want curtis granderson) could be a possibility. as far as cheap goes I know coco crisp could be an option as PBF mentioned, but I like Scott Podsednik (only cost 1.6mil last season). he's hit over .300 the last two seasons with 30+ steals.
Overall though Crisp would be the clear choice overall if both were on the market (I actually don't think either will be), Crisp can play Gold Glove caliber CF which Podsednik cannot, Crisp can hit for some power which Podsednik hasn't shown any real ability to do, Crisp SB% have been over 80% (85% is considered by some to be the threshold between useful speed and negative speed) 4 out of the past 5 years while Podsednik hasn't had a SB% over 75% in the past 5 years, and finally Crisp is a switch hitter while he isn't as strong against RHP compared to LHP (RHP .275/.332/.399, LHP .283/.333/.437) compared to Podsednik being a pure lefty whos power goes from below average to terrible (RHP .283/.344/.391, LHP .270/.329/.348).
The real best case scenario for the Braves is the Red Sox sign Crawford and end up putting Ellsbury on the market, one can hope.
Reportedly the Braves are going to sign Larry Parrish to be their hitting coach.
I would like to say to anybody that badmouths the Parrish hiring should just shut up. I have seen some talk about his BA and OBP, anyone that brings that up when discussing a hitting coach are nothing more then dumb people thinking they no what makes a good coach. Just for perspective the guy many consider one of the best hitting coaches right now hit .258 in four seasons in the minors, for those that don't know it is Rudy Jaramillo but I am sure he sucks as a coach considering he can't hit.
I am not saying he will be a good hitting coach or a bad one but we're not going to know until a season or two at the earliest, so if you are trying to make any real judgement before he is even officially announced JUST SHUT UP!!!