Tagged: Jeff Francoeur

Braves Win 10th Game In a Row

The Braves are continuing to impress after a 9-2 win against the Marlins today. It was another great pitching performance from both the bullpen and the starter, Tommy Hanson. Tommy went 4.2 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks. He also struck 2. Our bullpen pitched 4.1 giving up and only gave up 1 walk and no hits while striking out 4. Josh Johnson was the starter for the Marlins and he had pitched a great game as well, but saw the bullpen blow it. He went 3 innings and gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run.
Freeman, Francoeur, Infante, and Schafer all had 2-hit games. Obviously Francoeur was the best news since he had been pretty hot lately and has improved his average to .280. Today he went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. I think he is starting to find his grove again. The new stance is working.
Here are the Box Stats provided by mlb.com

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

Schafer, CF

5

1

2

0

0

2

0

.364

  Bueno, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gomez, M, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Escobar, SS

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

.375

  Hicks, SS

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

.200

Johnson, 2B

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

.346

  Heyward, RF

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.304

Kotchman, 1B

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.350

  Freeman, 1B

3

1

2

1

0

0

2

.304

Francoeur, RF

3

2

2

2

0

0

0

.280

  Conrad, 2B

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.143

Infante, 3B

3

1

2

2

0

0

0

.385

  Hernandez, D, 3B

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.304

Diaz, LF

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

.375

  Norton, LF

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.235

Sammons, C

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

.412

  Colina, A, C

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Hanson, P

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

.000

  Parr, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Timmons, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gorecki, CF

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.625

Totals

39

9

14

8

2

5

9

 

a-Grounded out for Parr in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Schafer 2 (4, West, Badenhop), Sammons (1, Martinez, C).
HR: Infante (1, 5th inning off West, 1 on, 2 out), Hicks (1, 9th
inning off Leroux, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Diaz (8), Johnson (5), Freeman (7), Francoeur 2 (6), Infante 2
(6), Hicks (1).
S: Parr.
FIELDING
E: Sammons (1, throw).

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Hanson (W, 1-0)

4.2

5

2

1

2

2

0

3.38

Parr

2.1

0

0

0

0

4

0

0.00

Bueno

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.00

Gomez, M

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

The Braves will play the Cardinals at 1:05 ET tomorrow. Kenshin Kawakami is scheduled to start.

Chipper Jones is looking to play Saturday for the U.S.
Javier Vazquez is scheduled to pitch for Puerto Rico against the U.S. as well.
 

Braves Win Close One Against Phillies

For the 9 time in the Grapefruit League, the Atlanta Braves with many AAA and AA prospects won. It was all Atlanta until Jeff Bennett gave up 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning. We ended up holding the 12-10 win at the end.
We had JoJo Reyes Reyes on the mound and, like every other time so far this Spring, he did great. He allowed 2 runs over 4 hits in 4 innings. He also did not have any control issues and didn’t walk anyone and struck out 4. He did happen to give up a home run to Mayberry, the first this season for the Braves, but it didn’t affect us in the end. I am surprised that we gave up 10 runs, but our offense was able to help us keep the “W.” We really harassed Kyle Kendrick as he gave up 8 runs on 10 hits. Our offense was lead by Clint Sammons who hit two 2-run home runs. Jordan Schafer was back in the lineup today after dealing with injuries and went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Jeff Francoeur (2-2 with 2 RBIs), Yunel Escobar (2-4), Matt Diaz (2-3 with 1 RBI), and Diory Hernandez (2-4 with 2 RBIs) all had two hits. Jeff Francoeur has been semi-hot lately and has improved his batting average from .091 to .227 without any strike outs. He has been hitting the ball much better this spring and looks as if he could return back to form, but we will know for sure when it’s midseason. He also drilled Marcus Giles at home telling me his arm is just fine.
The Braves are in first in the Grapefruit League by 1 game. The Twins are right behind
Here are the box stats for the game from Mlb.com

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Escobar, SS

4

1

2

0

0

0

.444

  Bennett, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Nunez, V, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Colina, A, C

2

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Schafer, CF

3

2

2

0

0

0

.357

  Anderson, J, CF

3

0

1

0

0

0

.280

Johnson, 2B

2

0

0

1

0

1

.333

  Conrad, 2B

2

1

1

0

1

1

.167

Norton, 1B

2

1

1

1

1

0

.267

  Prado, 1B

3

0

1

1

0

0

.208

Francoeur, RF

2

1

2

2

0

0

.227

  Heyward, RF

2

1

1

0

0

1

.263

  Acosta, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  b-Freeman, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.176

  Schreiber, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Diaz, LF

3

1

2

1

0

1

.364

  Jones, B, LF

2

0

1

0

0

0

.318

Hernandez, D, 3B

4

1

2

2

0

0

.350

Sammons, C

4

2

2

4

0

1

.462

  Redmond, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gorecki, RF

1

0

1

0

0

0

.625

Reyes, P

2

1

2

0

0

0

.667

  a-Hicks, PH-SS

2

0

0

0

1

1

.154

Totals

44

12

21

12

3

6

 

a-Walked for Reyes in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Acosta in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Diaz (4, Kendrick), Reyes (1, Kendrick), Hernandez, D (1, Madson),
Conrad (2, Woods), Gorecki (2, Borkowski).
HR: Sammons 2 (2, 2nd inning off Kendrick, 1 on, 2 out; 4th inning off
Kendrick, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Hernandez, D 2 (4), Sammons 4 (5), Francoeur 2 (4), Johnson (4),
Norton (4), Diaz (7), Prado (4).
SF: Hernandez, D; Francoeur; Johnson.
GIDP: Hernandez, D.
BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer (2, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz).

FIELDING
E: Escobar (1, throw), Diaz (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Francoeur (Giles at home).

 

  

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Reyes (W, 2-0)

4.0

4

2

2

0

4

1

2.08

Bennett

0.1

5

5

5

2

0

0

14.54

Nunez, V (H, 1)

0.2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

Redmond

1.2

5

2

2

1

2

0

5.79

Acosta (H, 1)

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Schreiber (S, 2)

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

1

3.86

Chipper was left out of the lineup today for the U.S., but McCann was not but he went 0-2. Gregor Blanco had another great day for his native Venezuela as he went 3-5 with an RBI triple, a double, and a single. He was a homer away from the cycle against the U.S.
I guess Blanco is a very common last name in Venezuela as they had three Blancos playing.  The U.S. ended up losing the game, but it didn’t really matter since they are moving on. Chipper will hopefully play the next game with them.
Jorge Campillo started for Mexico and went 4.2 innings giving up 6 hits and 1 solo home run. He struck out 2 as Mexico beat Australia 16-1 on the mercy-rule.

The Braves play the Nationals today with Jurrjens, Medlen, and Gonzalez scheduled to pitch.

Furcaled

Apparently the word “furcaled” will become a new phrase in baseball from now on.

Furcaled  (pronounced fer-call-d) verb
Definition: Saying you will play for a team and then choosing another a day later. 
Words Close to it: Played, Lied to
Example: Griffey just furcaled the Braves.
 

Don’t mind my last post since it has no real meaning and I don’t want to change the title.

Reaction:
Am I mad? Of course. That and disappointed. When your 2nd favorite baseball player doesn’t choose your favorite team, you will be a little upset.
Are we not gonna be as good? The good thing is that we can easily improvise. He wasn’t what he was 10 years ago, so he is not as important. It would have been a great thing morale-wise and could have probably really helped our team, but I guess this is the way it goes.
Fire Frank Wren? No of course not. He has done a great job this offseason. Griffey WANTED TO go to Seattle. Burnett WANTED TO go to New York. Furcal WANTED TO go to L.A. Peavy COULDN’T come to Atlanta without giving up Hanson, which I totally agree with. Anyways Burnett, Furcal, Peavy, and Griffey not coming to Atlanta could have actually been a blessing. All 4 have had an injury over the last 2 years.
Who will play LF now? It will probably be Schafer in center with Anderson and Diaz in LF. That could definitely help us in the future by getting Anderson and Schafer lots of early playing time. Plus Frenchy could have a good season again. I think it’s very likely. 
Has this been a horrible offseason? Nope. To me it has been pretty decent. We were luck to have enough money to change our pitching staff. The outfield was really just extra. We got 2 extra bullpen arms (they could actually be decent next year), we got a backup catcher which we also really needed, we got 3 very good pitchers, and we don’t have Corky Miller or Chuck James on the team. Decent enough for me. Oh and we never lost any important players other than John Smoltz, but he was a free agent.
Should we blame David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution? No that has got to be a joke. If Griffey didn’t come because of that, then good since we didn’t want him. If you can’t take the media giving their opinion of where they think you will go, then you shoudln’t play baseball. Plus Jr’s friends told David a lot of the info. 
Who are still options in the outfield that aren’t already on the Braves? Swisher, Nady, Anderson, Edmonds, Gonzalez, Ankiel, and Ludwick.

I still think we can win the East. We have some really good players on our team. 

Other news

The Braves are talking extension with Chipper Jones.
That is music to my ears. This really needs to get done. I think he will probably get around a 3/18MM to a 3/24MM deal. There might be some options in it.
Braves avoid Arbitration with Jeff Francoeur.
Some more good news. He’ll be getting around $3.375 this year.  

Ohman and Glavine or Abreu/Dunn/Swisher or Maybe Even Ohman/Glavine and Abreu/Dunn/Swisher

The Braves now have a limited amount of money to spend after all the moves we have made this offseason. We have around 8-10 million left and we still have a couple of moves to make.

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First off, we have about 3 left-handed pitchers on our current roster (Gonzalez, Reyes, and Eric O’Flaherty). Gonzelez is our closer, Reyes has a 10% of making the staff next year and a 20% of staying past 2010, and Eric O’Flaherty isn’t consistent enough for my liking. We obviously need more lefties and Ohman and Glavine are just that. Glavine will cost about 2-4.5 million. Ohman will cost around the same. That would leave us with around almost nothing for another outfielder.
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If this does happen (us getting Ohman and Glavine) we have a couple of options.
Put Kelly Johnson in left field.
Trade KJ for Rick Ankiel or Ryan Ludwick.
Put another outfielder currently in the organization in left field, such as Diaz, Jones, or Blanco
Sign Andruw and move Anderson or Schafer to left and have Andruw man center.
Out of all of those, I would have to pick the Ludwick/Ankiel or even the Andruw thing if he can do well in Spring Training.
There could be a chance that Glavine doesn’t recover and retires and Ohman signs with another team, but that would mean we would just sign Abreu.
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At Abreu’s price, I don’t think we should pass on him. His defense isn’t great and he is not exactly the youngest guy we have on the team, but he can still have 25 Hr’s and 100 RBI’s. Did I mention he is cheap? He might be the only good outfielder who is cheap enough to sign along with either Glavine or Ohman. He only wants a one year deal and that might be all we need until Jason Heyward is ready. Even if he isn’t, Anderson and Schafer should have enough experience to slide in there at left.
If Abreu doesn’t remain an option and we want an outfielder instead of Ohman or Glavine, we might trade for one of Cardinals’ outfielders or trade for Swisher. I don’t think the Cardinals will trade either Rick Ankiel or Ryan Ludwick and the Yankees are asking for too much for Swisher right now. Dunn is also way too expensive for the Braves and he probably will not be in Atlanta next year.
I am personally hoping we can sign Abreu and Glavine. I really like Ohman and think he’s a good player, but the only way he plays with Atlanta next year is if Glavine signs for 1-2 million and Abreu signs for 6 million. Glavine said he feels great and I think he needs one more year, even though earlier I said that he needs to retire. We need a lefty starter not named JoJo Reyes who has an under 4.50 ERA. I also think we really need some extra power in the outfield even if Jeff Francoeur is back to his 06-07 self. That extra power and more players who can get that extra 1 run is what will make us great again.
We will probably have more speed and have a better chance to score runs as well, but we need someone other than Chipper, McCann, and Frenchy (assuming he is back) that can knock in runs. I do hope that we can give Andruw another chance, but he will have to come at the league minimum and we have to give up a couple of players to reduce the salary a bit. We will contend for the World Series next year if we do those things and don’t have freak injuries like last year. 

Braves’ Arbitration Players

All of the Braves Arbitration players have now signed. Here are their deals.


Matt Diaz
signed a 1 year/$1.2375MM deal and up to 500K more if he reaches 600 at bats. This is fair. He has a .309 career average and can get a lot of at bats if he stays healthy. Last year he was out the whole year, but he batted .327 in 297 at-bats in 2006 and .338 over 358 at bats in 2007. Pretty good huh? I predict he will have an excellent year in 2009 and could possibly be looking at a starting role, or at least a platoon in the outfield.

Mike Gonzalez signed a 1 year/$3.45MM deal. Decent. He will most likely be our closer next year if he stays healthy. He is a free agent next year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we got him back next year. He’s no K-Rod, but as long as he is under 7 million a year, I’m fine with him. He can get good numbers and doesn’t blow a save too often.

Casey Kotchman signed a 1 year/$2.885MM with bonuses. He can make $25,000 by reaching each plate appearance total of 575, 600, 625 and
650, $50,000 for winning the MVP, being
an All-Star, earning the Gold Glove or bring the World Series MVP, and $25,000 for winning the Silver Slugger or the LCS MVP. A good amount of bonuses, but decent deal overall. He had family issues last year so he didn’t play like he regularly does, but he can hit for a good average and has some good power. Oh and he’s very young. He is holding first base until Freddie Freeman makes it to the Bigs. I really can’t wait to see how he does next year and where he will bat in the line-up. 

Kelly Johnson signed a 1 year/$2.825MM deal. He deserved that after a pretty good season last year. He was one of the hottest players in the last month and can really help contribute next season. He may not see as much playing time as he did last year because Martin Prado is completely healthy, but he will still see a good amount of time.   

Jeff Francoeur
signed a 1 year/ $3.375 million deal with up to 25K in incentives. I am one of the few people who think Frenchy will bounce back. He had one bad year, but most players do. I think he will get back to form (or at least close to it) and earn every penny of the 3.4 million.

Braves Interested in… Everything?

As you can tell, the Braves have been in many trade discussion, with the addition to a couple of free agents. I thought we were mostly going to focus on the free agent market with the exception of the Peavy deal and a couple of others. Speaking of Peavy, it looks like he will not become a Brave this season. It’s not impossible, but it looks like Towers wants to be, well lets just say stupid for the sake of the kids, and only trade him to the Cubs.
Well anyway the Braves have their eyes on Ludwick, Ankiel, Dye, Hart, Hermida, and Ibanez for the outfield. The also are exploring the possibility of sending Frenchy to the Royals for Zack Greinke. That would be a steal for the Braves, but I really don’t want to trade him. Every player has a bad year, maybe not as bad as his, but they all have one. Let’s give him one more chance Atlanta! Especially since he’s always got that smile on his face, even if he screwed up, you never see him frown. That’s a god attitude.

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Plus he’s a fan favorite

Braves 2006 Jeff Francoeur by kellyhunt2.
I say keep Frenchy.

The Braves have also been in a lot of talk with Burnett and many other pitchers. I just hope we have a solid rotation, Peavy or no Peavy. Wren, I wanna hear some Smoltz talk. Everyone knows he is going to pitch, so please just talk to him about a contract, preferably a cheap and short one. No Glavine either. Thanks.
Well anyway the Braves do need to start releasing/trading/doing anything to get rid of a couple of players, mostly Corky Miller. We need to start reducing the payroll from the not-as-good players so we don’t end up paying millions for players who have a 10.70 ERA or a .100 average. Yes it sounds childish, but we need to get some stuff done 

I guess we can pencil in Escobar as the SS of next year and so forth. Thanks Towers.

By the way, We need to work on a new contract with Huddy and Chipper. Maybe even JJ, Esco, Johnson, and Prado. Again Childish, but it needs to get done, especially the first two.

-Darion