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Braves 2012-13 offseason thread

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  • #16
    I like the B.J. Upton signing, replaces Bourn for a similar requested contract, probably cheaper than Bourn and with less risk probably. Would still sit more easy with a proven lead off man after the meetings.
    turn on, tune in, chill out.........

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    • #17
      In other news, Braves likely to non-tender Jair Jurrjens.

      I predict he'll be pitching for the Kansas City Royals.
      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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      • #18
        Braves trade Tommy Hanson to the Angels for Jordan Walden.

        As a Mets fan, I actually liked Tommy Hanson.
        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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        • #19
          That's a real shame that Hanson had fallen so far that all he could net was Walden.
          46 wins to match last year's total

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
            Braves trade Tommy Hanson to the Angels for Jordan Walden.

            As a Mets fan, I actually liked Tommy Hanson.
            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.
            "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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            • #21
              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.
              46 wins to match last year's total

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              • #22
                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??
                turn on, tune in, chill out.........

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                • #23
                  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.
                  46 wins to match last year's total

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                  • #24
                    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?
                    2nd member of the Peter Moylan Fan Club

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                    • #25
                      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.
                      46 wins to match last year's total

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                      • #26
                        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.

                        turn on, tune in, chill out.........

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                        • #27
                          Backup infielder Ramiro Pena signed on 1 year deal, wonder if Prado will stay in left next season?
                          turn on, tune in, chill out.........

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                          • #28
                            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.
                            46 wins to match last year's total

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                            • #29
                              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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                              • #30
                                I think given a full season, at least against lefties, Juan will impress.
                                "It's like watching a Western. It's slow, so you can watch the chess moves. Nothing seems to happen, but when it goes down, it goes down big." - Howard Bryant

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