197 – agreed. Standing pat is not the right move this season — not when Heyward’s struggling and McLouth and Gonzalez can’t be relied upon to produce at any extended length. The latter two may have had decent-to-good weeks (yes, I include Gonzo in there because of his series in Cincinnati), but I don’t expect either of them to keep it up for any length of time. And we must get another reliever to help with O’Ventbrel. Linebrink’s having a nice season, and so is Sherrill, but some help is sorely needed.
Willingham is a nice bat, though he’s having a down year and his career second-half numbers are worse than his first-half (.270/.372/.482 first half vs. .252/.350/.452 second half). Also, he’s never played CF in his major league career.
Carlos Quentin would be great, but again — no CF in his career. His second half numbers are better than first half: .263/.355/.507 second half vs .248/.345/.483 first half. Might cost a bit, but perhaps we could get away with giving up Oberholtzer and Spruill. Kinda doubt it though.
I don’t want Ryan Ludwick, at all. 1st/2nd half numbers are nearly identical, and not too great. Perhaps he could be a case of a change of scenery, getting away from a team that has nothing to play for to going for a team with World Series aspirations — but he’s had one good season in his career (2008), with the rest being very mediocre.
Some moves I’d like to see the Braves make:
- DFA Lugo and Proctor
- Trade for Jamey Carroll
- Trade for Tyler Clippard
- Trade for Quentin
I wonder if its the Tex deal that still hangs over their heads? I wonder if that trade has so scared/scarred the front office that they simply aren’t willing to pull the trigger. Or if this all comes back to money and they just don’t want to shed some cheap long term pieces for a rental that they would have to pay. Giants are picking up $4mm on Beltran on top of trading their #1 pitching prospect.
DOB was on with 790 yesterday midday and said that the payroll is not a Liberty Media deal, it is strictly Terry McGuirk. Which pisses me off to no end. I hope the very, very first move a new owner makes is to fire him immediately.
Listening to this week’s podcast. Whichever one of you went to the hipster wedding where they were walking down the aisle to Mumford and Sons…those guys have got to be the most overrated band in music right now.
Bourn pros — everything you named
Bourn cons — he gives us what Schafer gives us, and he’s a left-handed bat
From what I’ve heard, Braves aren’t interested in Bourn — seems like they’ve moved past him
Pros: we’d have him this season and next
strong second-half numbers
he’s a slugger — 20 hr, 62 rbi, 26 doubles, .262/.353/.510 (.863 OPS), low K totals, low GIDP totals
I have no idea if we could, but I think we could get him without giving up one of our 4 top pitching prospects
Liberty Media IS always part of the thinking process. They let Braves management do their job but they ask for a certain dollar profit returned to the parent company. Yes, Braves’ management could spend like crazy in hopes that attendence and and advertising revenue grows so they can deliver the profit number. Or, they can be more conservative and provide a decent product to the fans without sticking their neck out too far. If your job was on the line which would you do?
Also, if you were in Braves management, would you complain about the parent company tying your hands?
Additional problem on the revenue is Atlanta fans don’t pack the stadium even in the good years (Not even with a playoff game).
Maybe there will be new owners in the future that want to win and are willing to take some risk. Then, if they spend and build the team, the fans will come!!
Apologies for the gloom and doom, but it was inspired by 38 innings of the most frustrating baseball I have ever watched in a relatively short time period. The positives are that David Ross is clutch and Martinez looked great, especially the changeup.
I think the Mac injury has me in complete freak out mode because you never know how long those things will take. Plus if he does come back, how healed will he actually be, and what toll will that take on his offensive production? We can make the postseason as is, and that might be enough to meet Wren’s expectations for the year. I guess we’ll find out.
I don’t see the con to giving up Mike Minor. I personally think the other 3 are better, and I think Medlen, Beachy, JJ, and Hanson are better. I would take Quentin in a second, but it seems strange that the White Sox would let him go. He hits well with men on base, and is a good right handed bat for the middle of the order. Jamey Carroll would be a solid piece for our bench. Reed Johnson would be a nice addition to the outfield mix. Clippard would make our bullpen beyond insane. Bourn would be an upgrade at the top of the order and in CF. There are still a lot of ways to improve this team.
John J, i think fans coming is so much more than even a product on the field right now. There just isn’t a buzz about the Braves like there was in the past. For us die hards, we are in it win or lose. But I listen to 790 every morning and the time they dedicate to the Braves compared to football in particular is glaring. I think if you have an owner, even if it isn’t someone splashy but just a face, it will help to bring some people into the fold. You want that one person to be accountable and to be the one you believe has your back as a fan. The reason the Trashers aren’t here anymore isn’t a fan problem, it’s an ownership and perception problem.
I don’t want us to fall into this conversation again, though. It’s a hole that we all know we are stuck in, regardless of your take on it. These are the owners we have.
MIM, I don’t think FW is reading the chat boards and blogs about the fan’s feeling on the Tex trade. My point was that you have to move on as a GM. You can’t let that one trade dictate what you do forever. And if that is what holds you back now, you will never get anywhere.
Giants Offense: Adding to the panic is the fact that the Giants added Beltran to this list of Brave Killers: Ross, Rowand, Torres, Huff, Sandoval, Fontenot. These are the guys who can look terrible for 2 ABs, and then rip a 2 run double in the 7th.
Giants Pitching: We didn’t hit it last October, and they always seem to frustrate our guys. They have 2 lefties in the pen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them add another.
Add home field advantage for them, and I’m already dreading that series.
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News says Neftali Feliz is becoming a serious concern due to his diminished velocity. “I don’t know if he’s hurt. He’s not the same pitcher this year; he’s not blowing away hitters,” Fraley writes.
MIM, I found this. (Thank god we traded him, right)
When Ron Washington talked about reinforcements, he could have been talking about his current roster. [Washington] questioned Neftali Feliz’s “fire” on Wednesday, perhaps hoping it would light one under the feet of the Rangers closer. “I’d like to see more,” Washington said. “When he comes in the game, I want to feel like it’s do or die. I try to tell him all the time how important those three outs are. I just don’t see that sense of urgency.” Speaking through interpreter Eleno Ornelas, the Rangers’ Spanish language broadcaster, Feliz said he is not lacking “fire. “Last year I was more nervous,” he said. “Now, I feel more relaxed. I know what I’m doing out there.” Feliz blew a save in Tuesday’s 9-8 loss to Minnesota, allowing a pair of runs in the ninth.