Know this: if I see Mike Minor leave this organization for less than a Kemp-level return, I will BLOW SH*T UP!!!!
Minor is special. I know, he’s my pet and I keep shoving him down throats, but I’m just TELLING YA. He’s gonna be a STAHHHHR. Okay, a solid pitcher with an ERA under 4 his first year. He’s got composure to beat the band, and that’s my favorite tool in a pitcher. I mean, look what he’s doing in AAA and he just got there. Heck, we just drafted him like three days ago! Honestly? I predict he’ll have a better first year (but not career) than Julio Teheran.
I say Adam Dunn for straight up cash. Cause let’s face it. We’re freaking loaded! I don’t want to give up Minor either. I’m wondering if “inconclusive” means we think we see a break or we don’t see a break but want to triple check?
It’s not early. It’s late. Yesterday I slept from 9:00 to 5:00. Ironically, when I used to work night shift, I could never stay awake. Now that I have no schedule, my body’s clock has drifted to that exact spot.
I have a rather bleak theory about Prado’s “inconclusive” X-Ray. I think it’s possible that he is badly injured, and that Wren doesn’t want to have his ass over the fire with other GM’s today as he tries to find help without paying too much.
Bub, I don’t think you have to worry about Minor going anywhere. Minor is going to be the Braves’ “I told you so” to every scout and analyst who ridiculed Wren and the Braves’ scouting department for taking him #7 overall. You’d think they’d no better than to second guess what has probably been the best scouting department in baseball over the last 23 years.
I have no doubts Freeman would be better than Glaus right now. Glaus is hurt. Freeman isn’t. You’re right on about Freeman’s post-June numbers. He was battling minor injuries during the early part of the year. Since he’s played consistently, to quote Bobby Cox, he’s been dynamite.
Watch the replays on Prado. Unless he broke the tip of his finger, he didn’t break anything. He instantly flexed his hand and curled all his fingers back and forth. You don’t do that with a broken or dislocated finger. Jams are weird though. Some just pop back out, and some can really be debilitating. I jammed my thumb one time and my whole hand turned black.
On the other stuff, do something. Prove you are real players. If your only move is getting rid of a pain in the ass, you aren’t serious about what you are doing and you had no expectations this year anyway. Which means you don’t really care about your fans or Bobby Cox. Sometimes, you have to trade your prospects to become a better major league team. That’s just the fact of the matter. Don’t give up the world, but pick a piece, and the Braves have lots of them right now, and make him part of the package. It’s the only real way to win now. Otherwise, cynically, it all comes down to money. You aren’t willing to make the move because you don’t want to take on a big salary and potentially lose a guy you won’t have to pay for 5 or 6 years. I got this theory out now because Steve and Ham told me I couldn’t talk about payroll on the show again. Your mindset can’t always be “wait until those guys come up.” At what point do you win for now? Tampa has produced an amazing run of talent, as Bub noted, but for all of that, that window closes at the end of the year for them and they have one year of post season baseball to show for it.
I don’t want to give up the farm, but sometimes you have to move some guys. This team is so much better than the team we had when we picked up Tex. Why were they willing to move then and not now?
Curt, I will also be disappointed if they don’t move, and will question Wren’s negotiating skills. For all the talk about not moving players unless the price is right, I haven’t seen a single #1 through #3 prospect move yet. Hell, most acquisitions are costing prospects numbered in the high teens of the trading team. Major league players are crossing the table for squat. J.A. Happ is about the only real loss by a buying team (unless I missed something), and that was for Roy Freaking Oswalt.
Curt, I agree with this team being much better than the one that added Tex. We’re like one bat away from winning a very weak National League. It needs to be done. Maybe Delgado and Dunn plus a couple decent, young minor leaguers would get a bat. Wren is in love with the pitching prospects, though. Especially that trio of Minor, Teheran, and Delgado. I don’t think you can expect to do a trade for top talent and not throw in at least 1 of your top 5 prospects. Wren will probably get Ross for some grouping of Dunn and Chavez(if we’re lucky) plus 2 young prospects.
And I still contend that, more than anything, they need to address the Glaus situation. That’s worse than having Melky in CF.
And the solution will cost nothing but a little time off the back end of Freeman’s cheap years. If that. (I think breaking camp with him in 2011 would be almost the same as going ahead now, wouldn’t it? I know it would be the same re: super two status.)
The guys on the radio said this Glaus is worse than the April Glaus. If those two idiots can figure that out, then there’s no excuse for the Braves’ organization not being able to figure it out. Playing Glaus and batting him 4th, 5th, or 6th is killing the team. It’s just blatant stubbornness by every party involved.
Instead of watching what turned out to be a game in our favor, I sat through three hours of Les Miserables…OUTSIDE…in Peachtree City. I had a pleasant replay viewing experience at Taco Mac until stupid-thirty in the morning. Here’s something no one’s written here lately: GO BRAVES!!
Yesterday, Ross was “off the table” because of Coughlan’s injury. This morning it’s because they “can’t find the right deal.” Bullcrap’s piling up already. Florida’s organization is garbage. I’m gonna laugh to tears when the new stadium sells 10,000 tickets per game.