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November 17, 2014

Braves Come Out Well in Heyward Trade

The John Hart/John Coppolella front office made its first big move Monday, trading Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for young starter Shelby Miller and right-handed pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins.

This move indicates the Braves didn’t …

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September 30, 2014

Braves should be Cautious of a ‘Braves’ Way’

The more I hear about the Braves’ firing of Frank Wren, the more I get concerned about the Braves merely trying to recreate the John Schuerholz/Bobby Cox years instead of being open to anything and everything that would help the …

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September 15, 2014

Braves Shouldn’t Try to Change Who Simmons Is Offensively

Andrelton Simmons is having an offensive season on par with B.J. Upton’s awful season.  Through Friday, Simmons has a 73 OPS+ while B.J. has a 72 OPS+.  Of course Simmons is an elite defender at shortstop, so his value is …

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September 08, 2014

B.J. Upton Signing Made Sense

Clearly B.J. Upton’s time in Atlanta has been an unmitigated disaster.  He’s slashed .197/.277/.311 during his time with the Braves, with an OPS+ of 64.  According to Baseball-Reference’s methodology, he’s been a -2.5 WAR player.  There is no doubt in …

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August 29, 2014

Reasons to Explore a Gattis Trade

There have been whispers that the Braves might explore an Evan Gattis trade.  At first glance, this seems unusual. Gattis is a power hitter in an age when power is viewed as a rare commodity.  He’s also cheap, under team …

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