I can’t remember a slower Braves news period in the 6 years of the show. I mean, I’m sure there’ve been periods equally as slow, particularly in this window right before the start of ST but… yikes. I think all the anticipation/build up to the Justin Upton trade makes it all feel even slower in contrast.
The excitement over the addition of the Uptons to our outfield has made me remember how well Wren has exceeded even my most optimistic expectations for the offseason. I was hoping we’d somehow be able to swing the signings of both Angel Pagan and Nick Swisher. And then I think about players I’ve wanted us to go after a year or two ago, like Marlon Byrd. I’m more than fine with the Uptons.
@12 – Hard to say. Depends on at what point in the offseason we’re talking about. If we could have signed Bourn for the Indians money in November and still gotten Justin – maybe. I’m worried about the last couple of years on his contract. He’s only going to get slower.
I think Bourn’s still going to be good over the next four seasons, though, and at that price, yeah, I think I’d rather have him over BJ (ducking as I say that). But that price only came after his market dwindled significantly to the point in the offseason when pitchers and catchers were reporting — so he had to go somewhere and for some price. No way we could’ve gotten him for that price or that we could’ve waited this long to sign him.
Fredi clearly made strides last year as an in-game manager. But I’m afraid his lips will get looser now that he’s off the hot-seat. And I’m starting to think that in addition to being a bit clueless, he might be an asshole. Not what we need while going into a bit of a leadership void. If he was a razor sharp baseball mind like LaRussa or Leyland, he could afford some of the acidity that comes with those eccentric types. But nobody wants to be condescended to by a low-watt mind.
This could get stupid. In an otherwise great resume, the Fredi hire remains Wren’s low point, in my opinion.
Thankfully, I still believe managers effect win totals pretty slightly, and a bit of friction can keep a ballteam sharp. But if this team does gel together, I expect it Fredi to be outside the gel, so to speak.
What I want to know (and what’s impossible to know) is if the Braves or Fredi made it clear that he expected Schafer and Pastornicky to be in camp early. If it wasn’t expected of them or they didn’t know it was expected of them, it’s definitely not worth calling them out in the media, no matter how you feel. And, as Steve pointed out, probably not worth calling them out in the media no matter what.
Who knows what kind of work they are doing on their own? So if it wasn’t communicated to them that they need to report early, this whole thing is a joke. But, again, we’ll probably never know that side of things.