August 07, 2016

Show #345: Grading the Trade Deadline Deals and Non-Deals

The Highs and Lows of the Deadline. Hit Streaks, 5 Inning Folty, 7:30 Starts and Freeman Feast or Famine. Plus a trip Down on the Farm.



5 Responses to “Show #345: Grading the Trade Deadline Deals and Non-Deals”

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    Tyler Says:

    Apparently the Braves tried to trade for Ryan Braun but since the Braves are on his no trade clause he wouldn’t allow it. Makes sense. Why would he come to the worst team in baseball when he could go to a contender. I would have loved that trade. Honestly, the Braves would probably be better off with Gattis in left instead of Kemp.

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    fermie125 Says:

    The truth of the matter is that the offense has benefited because of “The Matt Kemp Effect”. His presence has changed the entire dynamic of the lineup. Less pressure on Freeman, Markakis, Inciarte, Aybar, and Peterson to drive in runs. We now have a true clean-up hitter in the 4 hole and our lineup appears much deeper than before. Markakis in particular has a hitting role that is more his style. There is an intangible aspect too. Kemp is a former superstar that brings an air of credibility to a team that most would regard as triple-A quality. This team is starving for some type of leadership or star quality. I think Kemp delivers that and everybody is feeling more confident with him around. He doesn’t even have to have a good game for the whole team to benefit.

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    Steve Says:

    But… if he doesn’t produce, how much does he really help the team, protect Freddie, etc? And I know he’s had a good week.

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    Podcast Listener Says:

    Short term, getting Matt Kemp is an excellent move. Long term, not trading Teheran means there is uncertainty over the chances of having quality bats around in a few years.

    I’m seeing this being a pitching and defense type of team in a few years with hardly any means of producing runs. Not a winning combination based on where things stand for 2019 (at this time).

    I’d say the chances of finishing above .500 in 2019 have been reduced (as of this current time). Of course, I’m seeing 2017 and 2018 as a battle to reach 70 wins. However, with the ballpark being new, I don’t expect the attendance numbers to suffer.

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    Tyler Says:

    1B – Freeman, 2B – Albies, SS – Swanson, CF – Inciarte
    LF – Matt Kemp, RF – Markakis/Smith. Those are all quality bats; average or above average. Catcher and Third are the only question marks.

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