January 24, 2011

Show #135: Final Business Before Spring

Dan Uggla’s contract extension.  One year deals for the arbitration eligible players.  And the leading candidate for CF (guess who?).



190 Responses to “Show #135: Final Business Before Spring”

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  1. 26
    Steve Says:

    Brandon – welcome to the board. Glad to have you. I, too, hope you’re right about McLouth. And while it’s almost never true that a guy simply forgot how to play baseball, I think it may be true in McLouth’s case. I hope I’m wrong.

    Nate – I think Schafer would have to have an unbelievable spring (like he did in ’09) to be the 4th outfielder to start the season. Assuming Nate’s the starter. So yes, I believe he’ll be in AAA (or lower, I’m afraid).

    Leah, re #25 – it’s the Bobby-ness in him. There’s too much respect for Chipper to drop him in the lineup. Misplaced, probably, but that’s how it;s going to be unless he gets hurt.

  2. 27
    Curt Says:

    So the Hinske/Mather combo is the 4th outfielder? Is that the thinking? And if Chipper goes down and Prado moves to 3rd, Mather is our every day RFer? Or we trade someone to the Pirates to get Diaz back?

    Brandon – even if McLouth gets some offense back, I’m equally as nervous, or more so, about his defense. He has quickly become a pretty marginal outfielder. He can still get to some balls in the gap, but his arm simply doesn’t exist anymore. The lack of effort at throwing guys out at home became a genuine problem, and something that is now in the video files for every team to see. No one is getting held up on a shot to center and that could mean quite a few more runs getting scored on the Braves in 2011.

  3. 28
    Curt Says:

    Meant Mather in left, not right. Clearly.

  4. 29
    Anne Says:

    Leah, I’m working up a Crow Recipe Cookbook and I know everything will be delicious if we must eat it.
    Curt, I love Paragraph 1, Sentence 5 of #27. Mancrush? A little one.

  5. 30
    Curt Says:

    That was my Anne shout out

  6. 31
    Curt Says:

    Rodrigo Lopez – our new pen addition: He registered 33 starts and threw 200 innings for just the second time in his career last season, allowing a league-high 37 home runs and 111 earned runs. Lopez, 35, has pitched exclusively in the National League since 2007.

    Are there any guys out there who aren’t 100 years old and coming off of their worst year ever that we haven’t looked at?

  7. 32
    Steve Says:

    Curt – there’s no indication Lopez will be in the bullpen. This is insurance for the 5th spot in case Beachy and Minor high five each other and simultaneously tear shoulder cartilage. Otherwise he’ll be in AAA.

    I hadn’t seen this. And I’m kind of surprised. I really thought Troy would be playing this year: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/30/troy-glaus-may-sit-out-this-season/

  8. 33
    Curt Says:

    Whatever. I’d rather they start KK.

  9. 34
    Steve Says:

    Love this tweet from DOB: Braves’ Chipper J. had message 2day for bloggers, tweeters skeptical of his comeback: “Tell ‘em I’m gonna be in the lineup opening day.”

  10. 35
    Curt Says:

    He then tripped over the southern bumpkin stereotype that he has become and ripped a quad.

  11. 36
    Anne Says:

    Thanks, Curt. Speaking of 100 year olds, maybe Julio Franco wants to come back and play some outfield??

  12. 37
    Leah Says:

    So, looks like Chipper’s had a good day.

  13. 38
    Nate Says:

    For some reason I’m now waiting for us to bring back Terry Mulholland. Maybe Steve Bedrosian is still available….

  14. 39
    brandon Says:

    hey guys thanks for everybodys welcome and comments. I understand them where they are coming from but let me pose this question. I know for me when i had a problem with confidence in college ball. It directly affected my defense and throwing runners out thus being gun shy almost. So cudnt even Nates problem be attributed to this? especially since he showed all this ability in his good years. Sorry to beat a dead horse guys. I just love talkin braves again and had a thought.

  15. 40
    brandon Says:

    Oh by the way im just as disturbed by the chipper situation . But i dont know if heyward is ready for the 3 hole

  16. 41
    Curt Says:

    I understand about defense affecting offense, and vice versa, but it seems like something bigger than that. His arm seems shot.

    Where did you play?

    Heyward might not be, but Uggla sure as hell is. Early predictions on lineups? Assuming Chipper is back and starting on Day 1?

    1. Prado
    2. Heyward
    3. Chipwich
    4. Mac
    5. Uggla
    6. Gonzalez
    7. Freeman
    8. Nate
    9. Pitcher

  17. 42
    Kate Says:

    If Nate has a good spring I think he’ll be batting second and Heyward will drop to six. I really don’t want to see AGon batting sixth.

  18. 43
    brandon Says:

    thanks curtis it was a lil small naia school awhile ago called concordia coll in selma al. But is anybody else concerned about not having a vet rt handed 1b to maybe platoon with freeman. I mean i love his glove but hitting wise is he ready for the full time 1b. Heck everybody cant be heyward and set the world on fire. Most develop into a starter.

  19. 44
    Steve Says:

    NON-ROSTER INVITEES to Spring Training (20)
    PITCHERS (8): RHP Michael Broadway, LHP Johan Flande, RHP Kenshin Kawakami, RHP Rodrigo Lopez,
    LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Jay Sborz, RHP Julio Teheran and RHP Arodys Vizcaino.
    CATCHERS (5): Christian Bethancourt, J.C. Boscan, Wilkin Castillo, Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre.
    INFIELDERS (3): Shawn Bowman, Ed Lucas and Tyler Pastornicky.
    OUTFIELDERS (4): Brent Clevlen, Jose Constanza, Mycal Jones and Wilkin Ramirez.

  20. 45
    Anne Says:

    Jesus Sucre is what a lot of people think Splenda is.

  21. 46
    Nate Says:

    Teheran and Vizcaino getting invites is pretty exciting. I almost missed KK’s name on that list.

  22. 47
    Leah Says:

    Oh KK. How has that guy NOT taken himself back to Japan?

  23. 48
    Curt Says:

    Brandon, I think that’s where Hinske comes in. Maybe Mather too. And there’s always the option of Prado playing first.

    Anne #45 – bueno

    I think if KK does anything this spring he’s on the team. Not the money thing even, I just think he has proven he has value. I know I’m the last one on the planet to still believe that, but I believe it. He can’t relieve, but as a spot starter. Maybe he stays in Gwinett as a starter and they keep him on standby, but he’ll be around. Don’t the Royals need a starting pitcher? I mean, flipping Bruce Chen starts for them.

  24. 49
    Leah Says:

    Thi has nothing to do with baseball but this is a kick ass Mad Men type commercial.

  25. 50
    Leah Says:


    Curt, how can you not love this…

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