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.
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.
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.
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.
As you know, the Braves signed Kenshin Kawakami and Derek Lowe this week. Recently, I learned from David O’Brien about Tim Hudson’s option
Almost forgot to mention this: I asked about Hudson’s option today,
and found out it’s not a mutual option, but a club option. Yes, they
fully intend to exercise it, barring some unexpected turn of events.
That would give the Braves potentially one of the most formidable
rotations in baseball, featuring five from this group: Hudson, Lowe,
Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami and Hanson.
– David O’Brien
Just imagine this rotation. Hudson, Lowe, Jurrjens, and 2 pitchers out of Vaquez, Kawakami, and Hanson. That is amazing. Campillo would go back to the bullpen and one of the players in the rotation would have to get moved. There could be a chance we move one of them to the bullpen or use them in a trade, but who knows what would happen. We might even go to a 6 man rotation. There are so many things that could happen. I don’t think Hanson or Jurrjens will go back to the minors and Hudson’s option will get picked up. Who knows what will happen. There is a chance that Hanson isn’t as good as we thought, Kawakami doesn’t pan out, Hudson can’t come back after TJ surgery, or Jurrjens was a fluke last year. Anything could happen, so I am pretty sure that we will keep all of them. If one gets injured, then we have plenty of options to replace him.
I can guarantee that Morton or Reyes or even both will be gone after this season or the next. Parr and Campillo will be in the bullpen after this year. They just couldn’t make it in the rotation. I can’t imagine that Soriano will be with us after next year either. We have just completely loaded our rotation and rotation that we have to get rid of some. Good thing Chuck James left after being nontendered because there is no way he could have made this years rotation or the next, even if he went back to the 11 win man.
I am predicting that we go with a 6 man rotation with Campillo and Parr moving to the bullpen, Reyes will get traded and we will keep Morton, and Soriano will leave after this year in Free Agency. Next year the outfield will be like this with Frenchy, Anderson, Schafer, Hernandez, Blanco, possibly Jones, Heyward, Diaz, and Brandon Jones.
Power hitting outfielder who hits over .250
Another Lefty Starter just in case
Players I predict we will get