Tagged: Matt Diaz

Braves Stay Hot in Spring Training

First off I would like to say good luck to the U.S. and the other teams in the World Baseball Classic and hope you represent your country well. The Braves players representing their country are
Chipper Jones and Brian McCann (U.S.),
Javier Vazquez
(Puerto Rico),
Jorge Campillo (Mexico),
Manny Acosta, Yeliar Castro,
and Concepcion Rodriguez (Panama),
Gregor
Blanco (Venezuela),
And Scott Diamond and Bryan Dumensil (Canada)

Also, congrats to Andruw Jones who had 2 hits in his game. It may not sound big, but it’s huge for Andruw. He now has a batting average over .200. He also didn’t strikeout any and walked once. Amazing.

Now about the game against the Astros….
Reyes pitched another excellent game. He pitched 4 innings of no-hit ball while walking 2 batters and striking out none. He is making a case for himself and he is doing it well. He has a 1.00 ERA and is showing that he is good enough to keep in the Braves organization.
Everyone else also pitched very well. We allowed 0 runs, 2 hits, and 3 walks. We only struck out 4 the whole game, but it didn’t matter as they couldn’t do much offensively.

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Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Reyes (W, 1-0)

4.0

0

0

0

2

0

1.00

Bennett

2.0

2

0

0

0

0

4.50

Logan

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0.00

Acosta

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0.00

Redmond

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

3.00

 
We did well with our offensive as well as we scored 13 runs. Lately, we have been putting up many runs due to our patience in the batters box. Today is the 2nd day in a row that we have walked 8 times. He also had more runs than hits…again. This is a good sign and I hope we keep it up.
Garret Anderson did strain his calf while warming up, and he was replaced by Matt Diaz who had a big night going 3-4 and was a triple away from the cycle. Martin Prado also had a big night going 2-4 with 3 RBIs and a walk. Here is the box for the hitting stats.

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Anderson, J, CF

4

1

1

2

0

0

.375

  Gorecki, CF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.500

Johnson, 2B

2

1

0

0

2

0

.286

  Conrad, 2B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Diaz, LF

4

2

3

4

0

0

.357

  Jones, B, LF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Kotchman, 1B

3

2

1

0

1

0

.333

  Bennett, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Colina, A, C

1

0

0

0

0

0

.333

Escobar, SS

2

1

0

0

1

0

.300

  Hicks, SS

2

0

0

0

0

1

.000

Francoeur, RF

2

2

1

1

1

0

.154

  Heyward, RF

2

0

0

0

0

1

.273

Prado, 3B-1B

4

1

2

3

1

1

.200

Sammons, C

3

2

2

1

1

0

.429

  Logan, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Acosta, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Young, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Redmond, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Reyes, P

1

1

0

0

1

0

.000

  Hernandez, D, 3B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.200

Totals

36

13

11

11

8

3

 

2B: Anderson, J (3, Nieve), Diaz (2, Norris).
HR: Diaz (1, 1st inning off Nieve, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Diaz 4 (6), Anderson, J 2 (2), Sammons (1), Francoeur (1), Prado 3 (3).

I know it’s doesn’t matter at all but the Braves are tied with the
Pirates for best record in the NL and half a game behind the Orioles in
the Grapefruit League.  

The Braves will play the Yankees for the 2nd time this spring with Jair Jurrjens, Buddy Carlyle, and Blaine Boyer scheduled to pitch. Hopefully they will come out with a W.

Griffey a Brave?!

As many of you have heard, Ken Griffey Jr, a future Hall of Famer, will choose the the Braves over the Mariners. I am pretty excited about this in many ways.
1. He and Chipper and my favorite players playing the game.
2. He has some power and can still hit decent.
3. He’s cheap.
4. He can help us go back to the playoffs.
5. He might retire as a Brave.
6. He will give us enough time to fully develop Josh Anderson and/or Jordan Schafer.
7. Matt Diaz will get a good amount of at-bats.https://i1.wp.com/weblogs.newsday.com/sports/fantasy/baseball/griffey.jpg

The 13 time all star, Former MVP, over 10 time Gold Glover, will most likely play Left Field with Matt Diaz while letting Anderson or Schafer play center. I was hoping Abreu would be a Brave, but I am not too disappointed. He also have plenty of options if Griffey goes down from an injury.  

An interesting fact
Griffey’s dad, Ken Griffey, played left field for the Braves
when Tom Glavine made his debut.

Expect this deal to get finalized today or tomorrow. The deal should be around 2-3 million over 1 or 2 years.  

Glavine
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This deal should also get done in the next 35 hours. It will be around a 1-3 million dollar deal.
It seems like he will take the 5th spot in the rotation, meaning we have that done with. The only other deal I could possibly see is Ohman coming here for around 3 million, but it is unlikely. I do like the way our team looks and I think we are ready to take on the Mets and Phillies.    

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.

Time to look for trade bait?

As the World Series is going on, the Braves need to start thinking who to trade when December comes. I personally want to see Reyes, Miller, James, and some of our bullpen out of Atlanta. Of course these players do not have very much if not no trade value, but it is possible to throw them in a trade somewhere to continue to build our farm system. Players with trade value that have been thrown in some trade rumors are Lillibridge, Morton, Reyes (since he is young and could be a possible 4th or 5th starter), Brandon Jones, possibly Escobar, Johnson OR Prado (one will probably get traded, Kotchman (which is not likely but could possibly happen if a good deal comes around), Flowers (due to McCann at Catcher and Freeman at 1st base), Blanco, possibly Diaz, and MAYBE Soriano. It is not positive that Wren will even trade this season because of this year’s free agency market this year. Dunn, Peavy, Burnett, Burrell, Nady, maybe CC or Sheets, Lowe, Garland, and MAYBE JUST MAYBE Teixeira are all players that we are watching this off-season. Wren has already announced we are not giving up our top prospects, so the Peavy deal is not a “done deal” just yet.