June 18, 2017

Show #371: The 2017 Draft and Winning Baseball

Braves Draft recap. The Six Man Rotation. Folty’s Up and Down Starts. Matt Adams’ Huge Week.

 

 

9 Responses to “Show #371: The 2017 Draft and Winning Baseball”

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    William A Says:

    Matt Adams’ production is not to be overlooked, even a little bit. Who’s to say FF is back 100% after his wrist issue? Instead of looking at what Adams might bring in a trade, readjust to consider him a key part of the future and answer! Once FF does return, then evaluate where his , FF’s role, is in the future. That’s a more intelligent way of looking at the options than just throwing MA out to the wolves of those top tier teams looking to pick over the bones of availability in return for something far less dynamic or, am I missing something?

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    Steve Says:

    Simply from a “can you really trust that Freddie will be 100%?” perspective, I don’t think it makes sense to get rid of him this season.

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    Yaramah Z Says:

    Yeah, I wouldn’t rush to get rid of Adams. Think he will be very useful. But I’m really not sure how you fit them both in the line-up on any regular basis.

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    Steve Says:

    Agreed. And this Freddie to 3rd base talk that started yesterday is foolish.

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    Tyler Says:

    Yes it is foolish, but I recall Miguel Cabrera being a below average defender at third base. However, he was so good offensively that it didn’t matter that he was a bad defender. That could be part of the Braves reasoning. It’s still a terrible idea.

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    Tyler Says:

    Part of it could also be this: if other teams new we were trading Matt Adams because we had to, that decreases the leverage the Braves have in a trade involving Adams. If the Braves show other teams that they are doing all these things to try to keep both Adams with Freeman back, that helps the Braves keep some of that leverage.

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    Tyler Says:

    I would prefer the Braves package Adams and J. Garcia to the Yankees for their #7 prospect Dustin Fowler. He profiles as a center fielder but he has the speed and arm strength to play any outfield spot. We would need to either trade Markakis or use him off Tue bench. Just don’t tell Joe Simpson that it was my idea.

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    Shaun Says:

    I would not hesitate to trade Adams for the right return. Obviously, “the right return” is open to interpretation, but I think there is a good chance a team gives the Braves something worthwhile (again, a term open to interpretation) for Adams.

    Adams is having a career year, or something close to it, at age 28. If the Braves get something worthwhile that is projected to help them more in the long-term, I don’t think they’ll hesitate.

    I don’t think it’s wise to assume that Adams is truly something like a 130 wRC+ guy for the next 2 1/2 seasons, especially when they already have an MVP-caliber firstbaseman for the long run and when a team is likely to value a player like Adams for a stretch run.

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    Shaun Says:

    Miguel Cabrera had Major League experience at thirdbase when the Tigers decided to move the older version back over there. Also, Cabrera was athletic enough in the minors to play shortstop up to a few games in high-A as a 19-year-old. Freeman, as far as I can tell, has only played 5 pro games at third, when he was 17 and in Rookie ball. So, Cabrera had a different type of athleticism than Freeman.

    Freeman probably wouldn’t be a complete train wreck over there but I would guess he probably shouldn’t play there unless there is some sort of crazy emergency.

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