Hey guys, I’ve got all 5 bench spots up for grabs in 2015. That’s with LaStella starting at 2B. Ramiro Pena is Arb eligible, so there is a possible bench player, and they will probably keep him. So 4 spots to bulk up the bench. they can make some hay in that area if they want to, this offseason.
Wren started prepping for 2017 this offseason. Basically what we have in 2017 is a CF (Upton), a SS (Simmons), a 1B (Freeman), a 3B (Johnson), a closer (Kimbrel). Those guys alone will make about $75mil.
Under team control through arbitration is Gattis, Minor, and a few bullpen guys.
I think its time to sign a veteran pitcher longterm, to be there in 2017, and one of our corner outfielders. otherwise, develop some good young players that make the minimum to fill it out.
I also wonder how much the possibility of “souring” Juston on the Braves keeps BJ on the team?
Speaking of BJ, the generic announcers (MLB, ESPN, et. al.) mentioned the possibility of BJ completely restructuring his swing in the off-season. Both mentioned they thought it was time, both mentioned they thought he had the athletic ability to “pull it off”… one mentioned something like “for someone who has such good hands, his swing appears really ‘robotic’… it is tough to hit when you are trying to string along a bunch of pieces…”
Thoughts? Think he can? Think he will? Would you be interested in him at the top of the line-up if he was more of a high average guy even if his HR total were to drop?
BJ should re work his swing. whether he can and will is the tough question. i think he could. if he does have good hands, a set up sort of like his brother’s would be nice. wide stance, hands close, little to no stride.
MIM – fair enough. I guess I looked at it in a broader sense. But I think the idea of keeping this core in place will only play out so long if the results are declining every year, or even status quo, as you put it. And I’m getting the sense that there is already a lame-duck status to the team, even several years out.
As far as BJ, didn’t he just do that? I thought he spent this whole off-season retooling his swing. How many more times can he go to that well?
And not sure with his numbers, how essential he really is. Right now he is a detriment.
Priority should be made in securing Heyward to a long term deal. His confidence at the plate might rival that of his defense when he feels that his effort and talent really is appreciated. Giving money to the grown man-child Chris Johnson before we reward Heyward is INSANE. I believe we should Trade BJ for whatever we can to stop the bleeding in center field. The stud SS in AAA might not turn out to be Andruw Jones in CF, but he can bat and field better than the $75 million dollar BJ can.
I’m trying to figure out. In what world does Bj have good hands. Simply “retooling” his swing got him from the .160′s to .200+ on the average. If walker and Fletcher can get with him and completely rebuild him. As was mentioned; a swing setup that is as simple as his brother. He looks like a drug addict in the box now with all that twitching. His porous offense is translating to the field as well
Well my “good hands” comment was, as I attributed above, said by folks who have played more baseball than I have watched… folks on either the ESPN or MLB broadcast… and if I remember correctly, it was a specific analyst, not the usual “announcers”… Just don’t remember who… BJ wasn’t the only one he talked of and it sounded like he knew that of which he spoke…
What I see BJ doing so far is “putting patches on an old coat”… The front foot back a bit to try to stop the “leg flip”, the hands closer to try to cut down on the big “waggle” when the pitch is on the way, etc.
So far it seems to all be about trying to stop bad habits that have crept in over the years… Hopefully this off season, it will be about making a new, fewer moving parts swing…
I am not surprised by his strikeout totals… Instead of swinging well, he is thinking about trying to hit the ball while he thinks about not flipping the foot and not waggling the bat and…
It is a bit like golf… You see people take really pretty practice swings and then step up, address the ball and dig a club into the ground…
They mentally go from “swinging the club” to “hitting the ball”… If you do the same practice swing with the ball in the swing plane, I guarantee it will fly…
When you watch someone hit the baseball, what do you usually hear from the announcers? “He really put a good swing on that one”.
What we are seeing from BJ is a few good swings, but a LOT of trying to hit… In baseball, you have to have a swing you don’t think about and just react to where the ball is pitched… Currently, BJ is thinking too much about his swing mechanics and I don’t see that getting any better this season…
I know no manager does it and all that but if there is any situation in which Fredi should get criticized and a talking-to by the front office for not using Kimbrel in a non-save situation it was last night.