“Gattis is an unusual story as a player that gave up baseball for a number of years and didn’t turn pro until he was 23 years old. Now 26, he’s been making up for lost time and split 2012 between high-A and double-A. Combined, he hit 18 home runs in an injury-shortened 74-game season before adding another 16 home runs in 56 Venezuelan Winter League contests. His impressive power comes from strong forearms and above-average bat speed.
“Originally signed as a catcher, Gattis has also played some first base and left field. He’s a below-average fielder behind the plate and keeping him back there on a full-time basis would only slow his development. He’s competent enough back there, though, to serve as a big league club’s third-string catcher and has a strong arm. When speaking with a contact about Gattis, I mentioned Mike Napoli as a possible comp but Josh Willingham was suggested to me as slightly more appropriate.
“The contact I spoke with feels that Gattis could develop enough offense at the big league level to be an everyday player, even in left field. ‘He’s been productive at every level he’s played… His versatility is a huge asset,’ he said. ‘When guys hit like that you find a place to play him.’ Gattis should open 2013 in triple-A but a strong spring could force the Braves to find a spot for him on the 25-man roster.”
Reading about Prado possibly heading to arbitration is a head-scratcher. I don’t know how far apart their two figures are, but I wouldn’t take it as a good sign if they actually go all the way to a hearing. Prado’s done enough to prove his worth.
Some comment suggested they should strategically default and then renegotiate. Only getting $20mil, but could get $80 mill. Pay out the $20mil old contract. They are leaving $60 mill on the table. Creative lawyers needed… ABT, you guys seem pretty smart and motivated, can you organize this?
I get Braves Caravan emails all the time – and I think it’s great that the players travel ’round the Southeast in the off-season…but seriously: Chip Caray goes with them? …and what, emcees? Ain’tnobodygottimeforthat.
“ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Braves have resumed trade talks for Diamondbacks’ outfielder Justin Upton.
It’s not clear what the Braves are willing to give up, but Olney hears that they have made a “strong offer” and they are the likely frontrunner. Something could go down soon, as Olney reports that the Diamondbacks want to make a decision by Friday on whether to trade Upton or Jason Kubel.”
For those concerned about Justin Upton’s home/road splits:
Justin Upton’s home/road splits probably aren’t as big a concern as it might seem. He has played 43 games in Dodger Stadium, 41 at AT&T Park and 40 at Petco Park, all pitcher-friendly parks. He hasn’t played more than 17 in any other parks besides his home park of Chase Field and Coors Field. The NL West is weird.
I’m barfing as I type this. Not really but that’s how much I HATE this trade. Nothing is worth Prado and not just because he’s sexy as hell. Cannot believe this trade. I may never recover. Anne, how does one handle such a thing?
All joking aside…never should have traded Prado. Never never never never. 1000 times never.