I will go back and agree with what Bub said earlier about Upton. I used to live down there and watched a lot of their games. He has really fallen since 2008. He has been really inconsistent for almost 3 years. And when I think about that, I pretty much realize ’08 was a fluke. Add that to the fact that he is a complete jerk and dogs it constantly. His effort makes Escobar look like Martin prado. The guy has so much talent, but the 6 inches between his ears are all out of whack. The Rays have a great clubhouse and a great players manager, kind of like the Braves, and he still can’t play hard for them. He’s a jerk. Don’t want him.
They aren’t going to make a big move. They don’t want to be on the hook for the money. I’m convinced of that. They are going to trade a couple of low lever prospects for Ludwick and that’s going to be the move.
Do they honestly think that can make a trade and someone isn’t going to ask for one of those pitchers? Don’t they target one of those guys and determine that he will be the piece they move? And the plan is to wait until the off season to move one of them? What good does that do us now?
#416, $. Lowe and Chipper. I don’t think we can do much until we know Lowe is gone and what Chipper is going to do after this season. I love Chipper, but if he is a true Brave and he wants to come back and win it all, he should ask for a pay cut. He is way overpaid for his value. Again, I love Chipper. Probably my favorite Brave of all time, but he is really old for 14 million a year. We could obviously really use that money, the KK money, the Lowe money, and the McLouth money for other things. Hopefully Wren has learned his lesson on all 4 because those contacts are killing us.
I would have given them Minor for Pence, and it is disappointing to realize he would be a Brave if our organization felt the same way. Maybe they know something I don’t. Who knows?
I’m remembering this feeling from last year’s trade deadline (Steve and Bub cover your eyes now) when we gave up Yunel for a guy who doesn’t look like a major leaguer at the plate. Then we added Ankiel and Farnsworth. I felt like we were a worse team after last year’s trade deadline.