Kudos to all of you that made it through the whole game. Very impressive.
And I believe that Chipper plus McCann WILL encourage the Braves to do something more bold at the deadline. The problem is who? Beltran doesn’t want to play CF, so that’s an issue. The Astros are reportedly not shopping Pence. And it looks like Rasmus may be on the move this afternoon.
Wren doesn’t have to pull off a super deal; a couple of veteran .250 plus hitters would provide depth, pinch hitting, and stability (Example: Wigginton of Rockies plays every position except catcher, .318 vs lefties).
Also, if Braves are to win this year, Uggla will have to be a leader when Chipper and McCann aren’t in there. Heyward, Freeman, and Prado will have to help carry this team. It can be done. They’re young but need to step up. We aren’t scoring enoough runs; 8 losses this month alone where they scored 3 runs or less. Time to start hitting (timely hitting). Gonzo needs more bench time. Is 0-9 (Prado) a record?
Congrats to Proctor and Martinez; could they be the extra pitchers we are looking for?
For myself, I am still on the Bourn bandwagon looking at the available pool.
Rasmus is gone. Looks like Brltran is gone. I don’t think Upton helps us this year with the way he strikes out. Willingham is not batting well for about a month.
- is a center fielder (no need to “play him or anyone else out of position”)
- is an everyday (.280+ vs LH or RH) leadoff man with speed – OBP .360 w/ 38 SB
- is not a RH bat, but:
vs Left – .284 .339 .394 .733
vs. Right – .308 .367 .407 .774
- offensive numbers have improved as the season has gone on:
Overall – .302 .360 .403 .763
May – .265 .323 .359 .682
June – .324 .388 .467 .855
July – .351 .378 .415 .793
Last 7 Days – .414 .452 .448 .900
Post All Star – .404 .426 .462 .888
28 years old
$4.4M in 2011
Arb Elig in 2012
Free Agent in 2013
Can place Schafer on DL for his chipped bone, plug Bourn into CF, allows Schafer to get better slowly or possibily move him back to minors for a while.
Also, I am pretty sure he would be a Type A free agent, so if we offer arbitration and he walks, we get two draft picks and maybe Schafer (maybe plays winter ball) is better able to handle CF on an everyday basis by that time.
If ESPN reports are true about Beltran going to the Giants, they gave up their Teheran to get him. It cost them their #1 pitching prospect. Not saying he is in the same class as Teheran, but Baseball Prospectus has him as the Giants’ #2 prospect and #52 overall. That is 4 spots above Kimbrel, and 6 above Delgado.