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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Grimm View Post
    Being a Phils fan, I agree. I liked him alot and thought he'd be the RH version of what we here have in Cole Hamels.
    Shoulder injuries derailed all that. Maybe playing closer to home will help him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
    That's a real shame that Hanson had fallen so far that all he could net was Walden.

    Think this trade was more about ditching salary than like for like. Theres certainly pitching potential knocking on the door of ML starting level, rumours of the Upton brothers being united in Atlanta??
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    Quote Originally Posted by skar View Post
    Think this trade was more about ditching salary than like for like. Theres certainly pitching potential knocking on the door of ML starting level, rumours of the Upton brothers being united in Atlanta??
    I'm aware, and it would cost an arm, a leg, internal organs, an eyeball and a set of clothes to get Justin to Atlanta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
    I'm aware, and it would cost an arm, a leg, internal organs, an eyeball and a set of clothes to get Justin to Atlanta.
    DOB mentioned Ludwick, Ross, Victorino as other OF options. Getting J. Upton will cost a lot, but is it worth it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atlanta Braves Freak View Post
    DOB mentioned Ludwick, Ross, Victorino as other OF options. Getting J. Upton will cost a lot, but is it worth it?
    Let's just say I can give up the arm and a leg, but I'd like to keep my organs, eyeball and clothes.

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    Reed Johnson resigned pending medical, 1 year deal with option for 2014 reportedly. LF and leadoff hitter still the wish list plus another bench hitter. Things are starting to take shape, the LF and leadoff could potentially be filled by Prado/Simmons, but would be preferable to get a proven leadoff hitter IMO.

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    Backup infielder Ramiro Pena signed on 1 year deal, wonder if Prado will stay in left next season?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skar View Post
    Backup infielder Ramiro Pena signed on 1 year deal, wonder if Prado will stay in left next season?
    I think that would only happen if they don't get a new left fielder and decide that Juan Francisco can start at third.

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    I would love to see the Braves pick up a left fielder who could lead off, but I don't think that they will. Wren liked what he saw in the Dominican Republic, and says that Francisco is really conditioning during this off season. Looks like Juan will be at third and Prado will be in left. I'd rather them take that direction rather than overpay for a free agent who might not pan out.

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    I think given a full season, at least against lefties, Juan will impress.
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    It's starting to sound like the Braves are prepared to stick with what they got at the moment, unless something comes up for relative peanuts. Maybe this is to free up some cash for some contract negotiations with the current roster?
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    Good point, skar. It will be important to look beyond 2013 as the potential free agents hit the market. I would expect Wren to do the same thing with J-Hey that his forerunner did with McCann; sign him before he hits the market. That's assuming that Heyward has the same kind of year that he did in '12.

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    I agree. Juan has looked very good at times. How is his defense? I must confess that I haven't paid as much attention to that as I have his bat. We will miss number 10 at the hot corner...

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    His range has been iffy but a lot of that has to do with his shape. He's got a terrific, strong arm.
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    Still leaves the question of who will bat leadoff for next season? Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skar View Post
    Still leaves the question of who will bat leadoff for next season? Any ideas?
    Most likely it will be Prado, especially if Evan Gattis or Ernesto Mejia end up in left field. Heyward and Upton both have no business leading off for different reasons, and no one else is capable other than Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skar View Post
    Still leaves the question of who will bat leadoff for next season? Any ideas?
    How about Andrelton Simmons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue387 View Post
    How about Andrelton Simmons?
    I'd rather have someone who's not likely to crash given a full season of playing time and adjusting while getting the most plate appearances on the team. Right now, Prado is the best bet. He can't steal bases, nor do I want him to, but I think he's proven that his batting skill is appropriate for a classic leadoff or two-hole hitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
    Right now, Prado is the best bet.
    Martin Prado can do everything. I can't wait to see him pitch in the seventh and eighth innings of games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue387 View Post
    Martin Prado can do everything. I can't wait to see him pitch in the seventh and eighth innings of games.
    Har har har. It is to laugh.

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