December 09, 2014

Show #285: Braves Continue Makeover with Markakis and Callaspo

Nick Markakis for 4 years. Callaspo for 1 year. Non tendering Medlen and Beachy. Justin gone soon?



13 Responses to “Show #285: Braves Continue Makeover with Markakis and Callaspo”

  1. 1
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Just wondering:

    If BJ started putting up a .285/.330/.800 (BA/OBP/OPS) line, what would be your primary emotion?

    Happy that finally looked like he had it together and the Braves would be getting value for their money?
    Disappointed that it took this long
    Pissed (assuming Heyward, J Up, Johnson & Gattis were gone) that we traded goods away for the future?

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    Steve Says:

    I would feel joy and relief

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    I can see the reason for the emphasis on OBP guys when your team scored so few runs because practically no one was ever on base when your “big guys” had an extra base hit… Better chance of “stringing a few hits together”…

    11th in HRs, 10th in OBP, 13th in OPS… 14th in runs scored

    Runs scored
    1 Colorado
    2 LA Dodgers
    3 Washington
    4 Pittsburgh
    5 San Francisco
    14 Atlanta

    1 Colorado
    2 LA Dodgers
    3 Pittsburgh
    4 San Francisco
    5 Washington
    14 Atlanta

    1 Colorado
    3 Pittsburgh
    4 Washington
    6 LA Dodgers
    7 San Francisco
    11 Atlanta

    1 LA Dodgers
    2 Pittsburgh
    3 Colorado
    4 Washington
    7 San Francisco
    10 Atlanta

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    Walker Says:

    BJ Upton is a complete mystery. He’s 28/29 years old. What the heck happened to his baseball skills? He moved to and easier league and he was an above average player in the AL East. Did he stop working hard? Does he have eyesight issues? I mean why has he sucked so bad these last two years? We may never know.

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    Walker Says:

    Actually just read the BJ is 30 years old but still he’s a mystery.

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    Steve Says:

    I will be really, really unhappy if they don’t make a good, value filled trade for Justin.

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    Shaun Says:

    Seems odd that they seem to want a team to take a bad player with a bad contract to go along with Justin or Gattis. That pretty much guarantees they get less for Justin or Gattis than they otherwise would. It means they view getting rid of B.J. or Chris Johnson as more important than getting value for Justin or Gattis. I would rather see them just release B.J. or Johnson and pay their salaries than take less for Justin and Gattis. The Braves need talent as much as they need to get rid of B.J. and Chris Johnson.

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    Shaun Says:

    The Padres make sense for a huge trade with the Braves. It seems like they could be a team that would want both Justin and Gattis. They have quite a bit of young, quality pitching. They also have some outfielders that are fairly cheap but whom they wouldn’t have all that much use for, with Kemp and Justin in the mix. They might even take B.J. and Chris Johnson, if the Braves would take some of their expendable outfielders.

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    Walker Says:

    Markakis RF
    Callaspo 2B
    Upton LF
    Freeman 1B
    Gattis C
    Johnson 3b
    Simmons SS
    Upton CF

    hmmm This lineup isn’t that bad. Maybe, maybe not?

  10. 10
    Shaun Says:

    Breaking Down the Prospects in the Justin Upton Trade:

  11. 11
    Walker Says:

    Ken Rosenthal just said the Braves didn’t really get much in the Upton deal. I wonder what Keith Law thinks.

  12. 12
    eric Says:


    In exchange for a year of Upton, a player they were unlikely to retain in free agency, Atlanta gets a solid return in prospects but misses out on the Padres’ biggest names, like Hunter Renfroe or Austin Hedges. The most notable prospect coming back to Atlanta is lefty Max Fried, San Diego’s first-round pick in 2012. Fried blew out his elbow early in 2014 and missed almost the whole year with Tommy John surgery, and the Padres had recently developed some questions about his maturity — although he won’t turn 21 until late January. When healthy, he was up to 96 mph and would sit in the low 90s with a plus curveball and average or better changeup, needing a lot of work on command and control. He’s a great athlete, however, and should be able to make adjustments with repetition once he gets back on a mound. He’s a potential No. 2 starter if his stuff comes back all the way from the surgery.

    Infielder Jace Peterson was horrendous in a brief major league stint last year, but had just 18 games above A-ball at the time of his first call-up, and was always a little behind his age level because he was a two-sport guy at McNeese State with less baseball experience than your typical college player. He has very good hand-eye coordination with a simple, short swing that produces contact with minimal power. He’s also a plus runner and can fill in at three infield spots, although he’s not pushing Andrelton Simmons anywhere. He could be a utility infielder at some point this year for Atlanta, or even their everyday second baseman, especially if they deal Chris Johnson’s bad contract and create another opening on the dirt.

    Dustin Peterson isn’t related to Jace, but is the younger brother of Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson; Dustin was a second-round pick in 2013 out of Gilbert High School in Arizona, moved right to the Midwest League this year, and couldn’t hold up under the long season, hitting .187/.200/.258 in his last 50 games (about two months) with three walks and 56 strikeouts. I liked Dustin’s swing quite a bit in high school and still think he’ll be fine at third base given time, but his work ethic wasn’t great in 2014 and he has a lot of work to do on his defense at third or else he’ll end up in left field. Mallex Smith is an 80 runner with below-average power, a left-handed hitter with a soft swing but the ability to cover a lot of ground in the outfield; he reminds me a lot of Ben Revere at the plate, but he’s a better overall athlete than Revere, with another half-grade to a full grade of pop. This is a far, far better return than waiting for a compensatory draft pick in 2016 for Upton, when they wouldn’t have gotten a player as good as a healthy Fried.


    He also adds that the Braves should move Kimbrel.

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    Chris Says:

    I’m about done with the Braves we get read of two solid players to get crap like always. So what if Justin and Heyward only had one more year thats better then going out and getting an outfielder thats already having to have surgery cause who knows how that will turn out at least Upton and Heyward could still play for sure. Then like always we have some ball boy making tons of money from our roster like BJ, Uggla, etc. We just always make terrible roster changes its a joke and I’m sure it’ll come back to bite us just like getting read of Wainright did. All I know is were never going to make it to another WS if we rebuild everytime we hire someone new and it sucks!

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