I am going to give a personal grade for the players the Braves have gotten so far this Offseason.
He has been a great workhorse and can strikeout tons of people. He had 200 K’s last year and had a ERA of 4.67 over 208.1 innings. The ERA isn’t great, but I sure love the innings he pitched. Considering how every pitcher we had was injured, having a non-injury prone guy pitching will be great. We REALLY need that. Obviously this guy is not our ace, but he is a very good player and has the veteran presences that we needed more of. He should be better than he was last season going into the NL. This guy is very good and a great pickup.
Ok this guy isn’t great, but he can be an option we can look for in the bullpen. Hopefully an NL move will help him, but it won’t be a huge difference. He had a not-so-good ERA of 5.95 and a WHIP of 1.68 and got sent to the minors with the ChiSox. Hopefully he can turn around and have a consistent season, but I doubt it. He might have an ERA under 5, but I still see him staying inconstant.
Here is a decent pickup. We needed a new backup catcher BADLY! When your two backups combine to hit less than .175, you have to make some kind of move. Ross hit .225 with 3 HR’s, which happened to be 1 HR more than our backups hit COMBINED. Well anyway, he’s pretty good and can really give us a better chance of winning when McCann is taking a day off. It is also good because he is a Georgia boy. I can see him getting some good playing time during interleague games.
I don’t really know much about this guy, although he was picked up from waivers after giving up 15 runs over 6.2 innings. He can maybe turn around, but he has to first win a spot during Spring Training. We will see how that goes.
We saw last year how good he did, so it’s no surprise he’s back here. Glad he’s back and I hope he can still have that .300 pinch-hitting average he had last year. He can play OF and 1st base AND he is a switch hitter. You can expect him to make a lot of late-innings appearances. He’s old, but he’s still good.
Since he did come from Japan, we can not automatically say he is going to be as good as his Japanese numbers were, but I can say that he will be a solid player and can help us. He is a great player and he won’t be a bust.
This is was a major signing. We needed an ace, and he can match that. A workhorse and a great guy. This, as of now, was the signing of our offseason. He had a 3.24 ERA and over 211 innings pitched. Oh did I mention he has over 75 saves as well as over 100 wins? He has what we need.
Overall grade for Atlanta: A
We finally did something positive this offseason by trading for Javier Vazquez. He is due for 11.5 per year. We started with 45 million and we will definitely have to use it all. Don’t forget we signed Eric O’Flaherty to a 400,000 per year contract as well. We probably lost around 400,000 with the players we traded for Vazquez, but Vazquez is going to get paid 11.5million
This leaves around 33.5 million left. We still have some major needs though (Dye/Ankiel/Ludwick, Renteria/Furcal, Peavy and Burnett) and we may have to settle with the cheap options. Ludwick looks more likely now than Dye does since Ludwick makes 500,000 a year. If we sign Furcal or Renteria, it can’t be higher than 11 million a year. Peavy will make 15 million next year I think, but I’m sure I’m wrong. Burnett will likely make 17million a year.
That’s 21.5 million leaving us with around 12 million left. We will obviously lose some of our salary with the players we trade for Peavy and Ludwick, but we still need to sign Smoltz and possibly Ohman, Norton, and Glavine. I’m hoping we only sign Smoltz, Norton, and Ohman though.
We will have to trade a couple of other players now if we want to fill in our needs. Matt Diaz looks like with his 1.25million salary last year.Escobar and Boyer also will most likely be included in the Peavy deal and they will make around 1 million.
We will just have to see what Wren has up his sleeves. If we can trade off a couple of players and sign a shortstop to less than 10million a year, we might be able to fulfill our needs. We will most likely have either Burnett or Peavy this year. I don’t think we will get both.
What do you think we should do?
Braves are apparently close to signing David Ross to a 2 year contract. It is worth around $3.5 million. This would be great, but that would almost currently mean either the Peavy deal or the Burnett signing are not going to happen. I still say the Peavy deal is most likely to happen because Burnett might not sign with us even though we are going to offer him a 5 year contract.
Anyways, David Ross would be a great backup catcher and would be a significant upgrade to both Sammons and Miller combined. Corky Miller is almost certain to either get traded or released if Ross signs. Sammons will likely stay with the Braves organization and will be called up as the backup when he is ready.