From an article considering prospects the Braves should consider trading:
Juan Jaime – P – hasn’t lived up to potential
Aaron Northcraft – P – good, but blocked by others, at MLB & prospects
Edward Salcedo – 3B – Raw skills, hasn’t lived up to potential, passed by other 3B prospect
Cody Martin – P – good, but blocked by others, at MLB & prospects
Christian Bethancourt – C – shouldn’t be untouchable
Anyone on this list you couldn’t live without if the right deal materialized?
What do you think we need, with the deadline approaching?
MiM, I’d like another very good bullpen arm. Mainly because the bad contracts have our troubles in the position players kinda locked in. We are what we are. And the starting pitching is fine. A lights-out bullpen seems as good a way as any to add identity, spark, and wins to the team. Simmons, Kimbrel, and Walden (he’ll be back, right?) is nice, but another very-good-to-great piece to squash other teams’ hopes in the final innings would be worth losing some farm talent. Especially with these late inning losses we’re seeing lately.
@28 – The right deal materializing is the key. I don’t think any player should be untouchable. Obviously some players should command more return than others but I’m not much for throwing out names to trade without looking at what they would likely get the Braves in return.
I’d probably hang on to Bethancourt unless I could get a major league regular, a starting pitcher or a dominant set-up type reliever. He’s probably not realistically going to net one of those type players.
I’d hang on to Martin and Northcraft and want something fairly close to what I would want for Bethancourt, but maybe a notch below. They wouldn’t have to net a dominant, set-up type reliever but I would want a good one. Martin and Northcraft are probably good enough to hold down a job in a major league bullpen and they’ll do it on the cheap, so you’d want an upgrade on that.
Salcedo and Jaime, I’d probably take less, maybe a legit major league reliever. Doesn’t have to be an overpowering, dominant reliever, but one that can improve the bullpen.
He could be a major leaguer at catcher if your team was strong enough to have room for a defense mostly catcher… He has been ready for the majors for about three years, if he could hit…
I think he would be a very valuable piece and shouldn’t be taken too lightly…
As for Cody Martin and Aaron Northcraft, they are where they are because Beachy, Medlin, Wood, Hale, Minor and Teheran in the majors and Lucas Sims, Jason Hursh and J.R. Graham in the minors are ahead of them…
Like the old saw about if 157 members of the royal family were to drop dead, he would be king, both Martin and Northcraft would be in Wood and Hale’s spot if Hale, Wood, Sims, Hursh and Graham weren’t there… It isn’t that they are bad, there are just other people better ahead of them… And they could be in the starting rotation or the bullpen for some other team that doesn’t have our pitching depth…
So if there is a team out there that is going nowhere this season, has a bullpen arm that could help us that is looking for starters for next year/future, there might be a deal to be made…
Interesting. This came out back in April. This illustrates the surface area that MLB teams reach. This article doesn’t suggest that these are where the “fans” are but I’m guessing this is where the broadcasts reach, which, according to this guy, the Braves would have the largest fan base in the MLB if all were in fact fans of the Braves. But as we know from several visiting teams that come to the Ted, the Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs fans certainly have a voice in our building.
I thought it was interesting because I’ve always wanted to know, for the most part, where our TV broadcasts reach — assuming that this is what this guy is suggesting — it’s not clear if it’s TV radio, etc. But it is said that the Braves have the largest radio network of ANY sports team.
I was at the game today. What a disappointing showing from the offense and from Avilan. Seems like we got the lead off guy on in quite a few innings and then a DP would quickly follow. And good lord did they hit Avilan hard.
With Martin and Northcraft, I concur that they could be bullpen help, but there are others in the minors slotted ahead of them that would fill those roles and so they won’t be doing that for us this year… Also, they are more valuable a trade chips to teams that need starting pitching… I think it is a case of “strike while the iron is hot” on them… it doesn’t look like they would pitch anytime soon in ATTL.
So, if our main lefty, Avilian, has had too much work or just needs another lefty in the pen, it would be nice if we could trade either Martin or Northcraft to pick up some help…
Speaking of help, how would you feel if we left Arizona with Joe Thatcher or Oliver Perez in tow and left Martin or Northcraft behind?
I would lean toward Thatcher, fewer walks… He and Perez have roughly the same Ks per 9, Thatcher 8.88, Perez 8.96, but Thatcher has a 1.67 walks per 9 where Perez is 3.11 walks per 9. Thatcher has given up 2 HR in 16.2 innings and Perez 1 HR in 23.1 innings.
I can not believe all the high school SS that are being drafted when you have SS in college that has proven themselves against harder hitting and better pitchers. I can understand when it comes to pitchers so they can mold them and get more years out of them but fielders? Dylan Bosheers SS for Tennessee Tech for one example kid had great numbers and awards since he was a freshman and read he will be playing in cape cod league this summer. Why are they not interested in people like this instead of some that have been drafted with lower stats? I don’t understand..