October 25, 2009

Show #85: Looking at the Braves Off-Season

We discuss all the burning questions:  the starting rotation, 1st base, the outfield, and the bullpen.



397 Responses to “Show #85: Looking at the Braves Off-Season”

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  1. 276
    Leah Says:

    Kill Joy. I have to admit the thought of Dan “blue eyes” Uggla is growing on me.

  2. 277
    Bubdylan Says:

    Congrats to Brian McCann!

    Oooh… Silver Slugger Podcast coming right up, right?

    RIGHT? *echo*

  3. 278
    Bubdylan Says:

    It takes Tim Hudson one half of one strike out to earn my annual salary:


  4. 279
    Leah Says:

    I’m sitting very peacfully in my childood home and my mother has the nerve to walk in with a Yankees hat. I may have to leave.

  5. 280
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, I’m over Uggla. He wants to stay at second.


  6. 281
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I’m heading to the mall in a couple hours to pick up “I and Love and You.”

  7. 282
    Curt Says:

    From the Braves FB group:

    Braves not talking to Dodgers about VazquezShare
    Today at 1:53pm
    If the Braves determine that they can’t move Derek Lowe, they will have to increase their efforts to move Javier Vazquez. But contrary to a tweet posted by former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden, they aren’t currently talking to the Dodgers about Vazquez.

    Vazquez’s contract includes a clause that prevents him from being traded to any of the teams from the West divisions of the American and National Leagues.

    In addition, early Friday afternoon a team source said that the Braves and Dodgers aren’t currently in the midst of any trade discussions.

    Before moving Vazquez and the $11.5 million that he is owed next year, the Braves will concentrate their efforts on moving Lowe and the $45 million that he is owed over the course of the next three years.

    Earlier this week, I mentioned that the Yankees might have some interest in Lowe. But it now appears that they won’t attempt to land the 36-year-old sinkerballer, who went 15-10 with a 4.67 ERA for the Braves this past season.

    It now appears the more likely suitors for Lowe would be the Brewers or Angels, a pair of teams looking to add a veteran front-line starter.

    But the Angels will first wait to get a better understanding about how much it might take to bring John Lackey back to serve as their ace. If the highly-sought right-hander signs elsewhere, they could gauge the possibility of trading for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay before turning their sights toward Lowe.

    As for the Brewers, there has been some indication that they would be more interested in acquiring Vazquez.

  8. 283
    Bubdylan Says:

    “As for the Brewers, there has been some indication that they would be more interested in acquiring Vazquez.”

    Wow, no way.

  9. 284
    Leah Says:

    I got it! Trade D. Lowe for…wait for it, wait for it…Derek Jeter! The Yankees are stalling and we should pounce! Done!

    “I wanna have pride, like my mother has. And not like the kind in the Bible that turns you bad.”. You won’t be sorry Bub!

  10. 285
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, creep-out #2. That’s the line I sent my friend in an email to tell him about them yesterday. I just got home with it (no cd player in my lame-o car), so just about to spin it.


    Curt, that response of mine wasn’t meant to be as sh*tty as it might seem. Not that you’re sweating it.

  11. 286
    Curt Says:

    No sweat……………..

    To think that any team would rather have Vazquez over Lowe is, what we refer to as, the understatement of the century. No kidding.

    The Braves FB posts are not targeting the sophisticated fans such as ABT is.

  12. 287
    Leah Says:

    I need to remember to check out the FB group more often. I forget about it. I bet they miss me.

  13. 288
    Leah Says:

    Um…don’t look now boys but we are almost at #300. Time for a new podcast!

    Bub, wow…weird…I promise I didn’t read that email when I hacked into your computer.

  14. 289
    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, I’ve just finished it. I almost want to say it’s my new favorite album. The little “I and Love and You” essay that’s written in the jacket is a bit much, but the song itself is way more subtle. It’s great from start to finish, really. “She was sick like Audrey Hepburn.” “… and I’m frightened by those who don’t see it.” “… bird in a cage, I broke in and demanded that somebody free it.” “So I’ll scream till I die and … at last all those bad thoughts’ll finally be out.” “… still can’t find how to hold my hands.” “And I know you need me in the next room over, but I’m stuck in here all paralyzed.” “Somethin’ has me … actin’ like someone I don’t wanna be.” (Well, that whole song… every syllable) And every line in “Incomplete and Insecure” (no way, right?) Just to name a few that you haven’t mentioned.

    Alright, I’m done spazzing over the Avett Brothers. For a while.

    Seriously, do we have a clean-up hitter yet or what?

  15. 290
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, and no worries on the hacking. Just de-frag me on your way out.

  16. 291
    Anonymous Says:

    Sure thing…no problem…(had to google to find out what that meant).
    You forgot a favorite:

    When nothing is old deserved or respected
    And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
    If you’re loved by someone you’re never rejected
    Decide what to be and go be it.

    I know you are overwhelmed right now with their general fabulousness but I would be remiss if I didn’t leave you with one final song suggestion…Weight of Lies:

    The weight of lies will bring you down
    And follow you to every town
    Cause nothin happens here
    That doesn’t happen there
    So when you run make sure you run
    To something and not away from
    Cause lies don’t need an aero plane
    To chase you anywhere

    Ok…I’m done…I promise.

  17. 292
    Leah Says:

    Oh and I was spared the mushiness on the disc jacket due to my purchase from iTunes.

  18. 293
    Steve Says:

    Some more on the Angels and Brewers speculation: http://rowlandsoffice.wordpress.com/

  19. 294
    Leah Says:

    For real Stevie…can we have a podcast soon? I don’t care if half of it is just dead air. I’m DYING here!!!!!!!!! Make Curt read Eeyore quotes or break out the hope meter for how big a bat we get for the Lowemiester. I’ll try not to get too whiney but soon?

  20. 295
    Bubdylan Says:

    Teams that would consider taking on Lowe’s nightmare contract have lost their damn minds. I mean, what is their highest hope, that he will bounce back to being a healthy, medium-good starter for 15 mill a year? And at the risk that he’ll actually get worse? Is the pitching market THAT empty?

    Honestly, Atlanta is the contending team he’ll hurt the LEAST, just because they have two premium pitchers for cheap to absorb the funk. Lowe as a respectable #4, that old chestnut. (I tried).

  21. 296
    Leah Says:

    Careful Bub…you know how all the GMs around both Leagues read this message board. Please remember to speak in code.

  22. 297
    Bubdylan Says:

    *speaking in monotone, like a robot*

    what i meant to say was i sure do hope lowe can stay here and pitch cuz he is good and if he went away we would do bad and another team would do good and i would be very sad.

  23. 298
    Bubdylan Says:

    Post #298 doesn’t say much.

  24. 299
    Bubdylan Says:

    Corona + Lime + Ice cubes + Salt + a tall, heavy glass= more happiness than most humans could withstand.

  25. 300
    Bubdylan Says:

    DAMNIT this album is good.

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