And would the Braves really take Nunez for JJ? His errors were pretty horrendous last year.
#107 – I’ve hated the inequity of interleague as it’s been executed so far (getting stuck playing the AL East, for example). That said, I have no idea if it would be a balance interleague schedule in the new world. Has anyone read that?
I was (and I think Ham and Curt, too) very convinced that Gonzo would be back next year. But just saw that they didn’t offer him arbitration and he will likely be gone. Who will our SS be on Opening Day?!?!
131 – my guess is Jack Wilson, with Pastornicky getting a shot at full-time by the middle of the year. I see no sexy, exciting shortstop signing or trade for us this offseason, but of course thats just my two cents.
ATLANTA – Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson underwent successful surgery today to repair a herniated disc in his back. The procedure was performed by Dr. Steven Wray at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. The injury, which had been bothersome for Hudson over the last two seasons, became progressively worse during his off-season workouts.“Based on today’s procedure, we are happy that this will help alleviate some of the discomfort that Tim felt,” said Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren. “The prognosis is positive for him to be ready for Spring Training and to be able to pitch during the Spring Training schedule.”
After hearing Bobby Valentine talk all season on ESPN, I truly feel bad for Red Sox players and fans.
On another note I’m loving the show Clubhouse Confidential on MLB Network. It’s crazy to think there are so many people who ignore sabermetrics. It’s so anti intellectual and ignores actually facts and data on performance.
Just letting you all know that nearly every day there is something in the Denver Post about the Rockies still actively after Prado for Seth Smith and a second level prospect. The Braves would be NUTS to trade Prado for a platoon outfielder. IF Braves can get some combination of Fowler/Smith/and,or Blackmon, it MIGHT make sense. Rockies are trying to unload the guys with “potential” that they have not been able to develop.
I don’t think we sniff the playoffs in either 2010 or 2011 without Venters or Prado. If you trade guys like that, you better be getting something really good in return. If the Braves trade current All-Star caliber talent for platoons and prospects they will not make the playoffs in 2012. When I saw Seth Smith a good fit for the Braves on the Braves ajc page I almost turned into Curt.
The “we feel comfortable with Pastornicky as our opening day SS” is complete poker face stuff. We should have a very unexciting veteran SS by the end of these meetings.
What if you could do two deals with a combination of JJ, Prado, Venters, Pastornicky, and Minor and end up with a power hitting LF and a SS who is major league ready, All-Star material, and under contract for at least 2 years. Would you do it? Who cares? It ain’t happening.
I am at the point where I hope we do nothing. None of these rumors sound like they make the Braves better now. But in the end all they’re only rumors…