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  • #31
    Braves trade Kyle Wren to Brewers for Zach Quintana

    Less than two months after firing general manager Frank Wren, the Braves traded his son, Kyle, a center-field prospect who’d impressed in his first two two minor league seasons.

    Wren, 23, was traded to the Brewers on Friday for minor league right-hander Zach Quintana, 20, a third-round pick in 2012 who hasn’t met expectations in three low-level minor league seasons. Quintana is 11-13 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 games (34 starts), including two rookie-ball seasons, and has 139 strikeouts and 103 walks in 194 2/3 innings.


    http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseb...pitcher/nh7GB/

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
      Less than two months after firing general manager Frank Wren, the Braves traded his son, Kyle, a center-field prospect who’d impressed in his first two two minor league seasons.

      Wren, 23, was traded to the Brewers on Friday for minor league right-hander Zach Quintana, 20, a third-round pick in 2012 who hasn’t met expectations in three low-level minor league seasons. Quintana is 11-13 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 games (34 starts), including two rookie-ball seasons, and has 139 strikeouts and 103 walks in 194 2/3 innings.


      http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseb...pitcher/nh7GB/
      Thanks for mentioning it. They see something in Quintana I don't, because the guy hasn't appeared to do anything good in his career.
      46 wins to match last year's total

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      • #33
        The Braves signed P Victor Mateo and SS Sean Kazmar to minor league contracts.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
          Less than two months after firing general manager Frank Wren, the Braves traded his son, Kyle, a center-field prospect who’d impressed in his first two two minor league seasons.

          Wren, 23, was traded to the Brewers on Friday for minor league right-hander Zach Quintana, 20, a third-round pick in 2012 who hasn’t met expectations in three low-level minor league seasons. Quintana is 11-13 with a 6.15 ERA in 52 games (34 starts), including two rookie-ball seasons, and has 139 strikeouts and 103 walks in 194 2/3 innings.


          http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseb...pitcher/nh7GB/
          Having seen neither one of them play, I don't have a real opinion on this move. I will say that I'm always suspicious of a GM who signs his own son. I know Scheurholz did the same thing and I was suspicious of that move as well, although I did see him play a few times in college and the minors and he did appear to have some ability. I don't know bout Wren's boy. I suppose kids of that talent level are worth gambling on in the later rounds of the draft, especially when you have to fill out minor league rosters. But if anybody else thought they could really play, would they still be available at that point? It just reeks of nepotism which IMO is never a good thing for any organization whether its sports, business or whatever.

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          • #35
            There is some thought that we are going to see more "big name" position players moved this winter. That the Braves are getting ready to tear the team down and spend the next couple seasons building it back up, hopefully in time for the move into the new stadium. I really thought they should have taken that approach in the mid-2000s instead of making foolish short term moves like giving away 4 of our top prospects to rent Mark Texeira for parts of two seasons. I'm not sure they should part ways with the nucleus of Simmons and Freeman, but I wouldn't be surprised to see any of the other position players be traded. I hate to suffer through the re-building years as much as anybody, but at this point in time, that might be the smart move long term.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Hell Hound View Post
              I'm not sure they should part ways with the nucleus of Simmons and Freeman, but I wouldn't be surprised to see any of the other position players be traded. I hate to suffer through the re-building years as much as anybody, but at this point in time, that might be the smart move long term.
              Heyward's certainly only the first domino to fall. We'll see where that leads in the off-season.
              46 wins to match last year's total

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              • #37
                Braves DFA Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena

                The Braves have designated Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena for assignment Wednesday.

                Venters underwent his third Tommy John surgery in August, but was expected to attempt a comeback. Pena hit .245 over 147 at-bats with the club.


                http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fan...ment-by-braves

                They also selected the contracts of Brandon Cunniff, Williams Perez, Kyle Kubitza, Tyrell Jenkins, Yean Carlos Gil, Jose Peraza and Mauricio Cabrera.
                Last edited by Cowtipper; 11-19-2014, 11:15 PM.

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                • #38
                  Braves sign P Francisco Rondon

                  The Braves have signed pitcher Francisco Rondon to a minor-league contract.

                  The 26-year-old Rondon posted a 3.55 ERA over two levels in 2014 with the Yankees. While Rondon was used as a starter early in his career, he's mostly transitioned to a reliever over the past couple seasons.


                  http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fan...ancisco-rondon

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                  • #39
                    Not really surprised by the Venters or Pena moves. Its a shame though that both of these guys had their brief Braves' careers ruined by injuries. Venters was as nasty as they come before his elbow trouble began. Pena was a great pick-up and a valuable switch hitter who could play short, third or second coming off the bench, something the Braves sorely lacked this year. But he was never the same after the shoulder injury that cut his 2013 season short. Hopefully he can fully recover and land on his feet somewhere. I'm less confident that Venters will ever pitch in the majors again, three Tommy John's is too much for anybody. I just wish we could have seen how good he might have been if he'd stayed healthy.

                    I didn't realize that Peraza wasn't already on the 40 man. This is a kid they seem to be heavily counting on in the future. Haven't seen his\m play but I understand he's the purest lead-off hitter to come through the system since Furcal.

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                    • #40
                      What do you think of Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal?
                      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...g-grandal.html
                      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                      • #41
                        He got busted for PEDs once and although he can take a walk, his strikeout rate upped 10% once he started to play full time and his BA is B. J. Upton-low. I'd rather the Braves take their chances with Bethancourt than have to pay for Grandal.
                        46 wins to match last year's total

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
                          What do you think of Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal?
                          http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...g-grandal.html
                          I'd actually really like that... Especially since I've never been sold on Bethancort.
                          Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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                          • #43
                            Braves signed reliever Jim Johnson

                            :silent:

                            http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11...er-jim-johnson
                            2nd member of the Peter Moylan Fan Club

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                            • #44
                              Don't see what the big deal is. At best he's the setup man.
                              46 wins to match last year's total

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                              • #45
                                Braves sign Nick Markakis:
                                http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/1...-markakis.html
                                The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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