Also, my God, people disagree with me on here every week, and nobody shoots down my opinions more regularly than I do myself. I think you’ve gotten the wrong end of the stick about me. I’m clumsy in my wording and tone, but if I’m some kind of elitist with my views, it’s news to me. Hell, I can’t even keep the same view for more than three days. I’m not really used to anybody being pissed at my opinion because most folks laugh it off and wait for it to change, if they regard it at all. And the blood pressure checking goes both ways.
The sobering part of the Bourn trade is that this is how I felt when we got McLouth?
I think Wren has done an okay job. The Lowe/KK offseason wreaks of desperation to find pitching, and if any of you remember we couldn’t get anyone to sign with us. I think he overpaid on Lowe to keep the Mets from getting him, and we all know they would have overpaid. We were not the only club interested in KK, and there was decent buzz about him that offseason. If he gets any kind of run support, who knows, maybe things work out a little differently.
The Vazquez trade was fine with me. I’m excited about Arodys. Mike Dunn helped us get Uggla. Melky, like McLouth, didn’t play to his potential.
The McLouth trade seemed great at the time, and do some of you really think Charlie Morton had a future in Atlanta? Really? He may have Halladay’s mechanics, but Halladay he is not. Also, whatever happened to Gorkys Hernandez?
Wren gets a fail from me on his trades last July. I think Steve and Bub are the only 2 people who still like the Yunel trade, and the trade for Farnsworth and Ankiel only brought greatness in the ABT comment section with lines like “I think Ankiel just struck out in the on deck circle.”
The Uggla trade was great, Gave us what we needed.
I think the Bourn trade has been his most savvy move so far. He absolutely burned Houston and got exactly what we needed.
I think the sourness from fans on the trades and moves Wren has made comes from the players he signed/traded for not playing to their potential once they get to Atlanta. This seems to be a trend with the Braves. Let’s hope Bourn breaks that trend.
Bub, I’m not even suggesting you are wrong. We brought it up in the show. It just seems that if Pence was the #1 whatever available, the Astros could have held out for more, traded him for what has been described as a better package from the Braves, or held on to him. And the players the Astros got from the Oswalt and virtually non-entities. Maybe these two A prospects are the real deal. They just don’t help the Astros any time soon.
But some of that goes out the window with us getting Bourn for nothing. No offense to Jordan Schafer.
Because Gonzo is a streaky hitter who has shown he CAN handle major league hitting and CAN play a good shortstop whether he is hitting or not.
Tyler Pastornicky has shown, for 12 games, that he can handle AAA pitching. We have NO idea whether he would be intimidated by major league pitching, what he would do defensively should he slump at the plate and we can not risk that in a playoff run.
Mark, in all seriousness, I know he won’t get called up for this year. Most Braves spend at least a 1/2 a season in AAA before getting called up. Heyward is the only one I can remember ever making such a quick jump. But come on man, Gonza is really, really bad right now, and this bad streak is showing no signs of ending. 17 LOB IN A WEEK. I have to agree with what was said on the show, his glove does not outweigh what he does to the offense.
I would definitely add Pastornicky when the rosters expand.
Sorry, I didn’t realize that “then why not give him a shot this year. I’ve lost all faith in Gonzo” in @32 meant a September call-up for a few pinch hit appearances. I thought you meant to replace Gonzo with him now. My bad…