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.
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.
Expect this deal to get finalized today or tomorrow. The deal should be around 2-3 million over 1 or 2 years.
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.
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.
I am thrilled to say that Lowe will become a Brave!
agreed to a 4 year, 60MM deal. This is coming right after we sign
Kenshin Kawakami to a 3 year 23MM deal. Two great signings in a row.
36, is a workhorse and doesn’t really spend anytime on the DL. He can
pitch over 200 innings like Vazquez and is capable of being an Ace,
which is what we need. He has a decent ERA and is going to be a very
important part to the team this year. He’s also been in the NL long
enough to know how to hit.
Last year he had a 3.24 ERA, 211 IP, 147 K’s, and 14 wins and 11 loses.
Next year, our rotation should look like
Campillo as of now.
Replacements- Reyes, Morton, Parr (could see bullpen time), and Hanson.
Hudson later on.
could easily see Glavine getting that 5th spot and Campillo moving back
to the Pen. It would be possible that Hanson will win the spot during
ST and then you would send Reyes and Morton back to AAA. I really see
one of them getting sent out of Atlanta in a trade package like to the
Yankees or to another team for other needs.
Now about the outfield…
looked likely 2 days ago, but I would guess that Nady or Swisher will
be going to Atlanta. I would perfer Nady because he can hit just as
many HR’s and still hit over .300. Swisher hit in the low .200’s last
year but jacked over 20.
Andruw Jones will also be a Brave once he gets released from the Dodgers.
I had full faith in Wren and I knew he would get the job done. He will
also put a few more fans in the sets as well. If we can get a power
hitter, I think we can win the crown again as the leaders of the NL
East. We are very close.
Well the Free Agent Market reopened today and this is where all the excitement is. There are a few names out there that the Braves are looking at.
Burnett, Lowe, Dempster, Tazawa, Furcal and Renteria(depends on Peavy deal), Sheets, and Garland.
Former Braves in the FAM that the Braves might bring back: Smoltz, Norton, Ohman, and Smoltz.
Although the outfield may be covered by prospects (Schafer and Anderson), Wren might find one through trade with Ankiel, Ordonez, Ludwick, and Andruw Jones the most likely. In the FAM, there is also Dunn, Burrell, and Ibanez.
Look for a surprise trade as well or a trade to get rid of players such as Diaz, Thorman, Miller, Acosta, and a couple of smaller prospects.
Sabathia, Tex, and Ramirez ARE NOT gonna become Braves so stop thinking about it now. If the Braves get the Peavy deal done and sign Burnett or Lowe, then expect them to resign either Hampton, Glavine, or a 2nd tier pitcher. If Glavine retires, Hampton goes elsewhere, and there is not good FA available, expect Parr, Morton, Reyes, or Hanson to get called up. Campillo is most likely a starter next year so it will be a
As the offseason begins, we take a look at what I am thinking right now.
Flowers should continue to impress so he can be a big trade part.
Blanco, Diaz, Reyes, Jones, and Lillibridge and possibly Johnson will
probably not be in Atlanta next year. Expect Flowers to be traded. If
that does not happen, expect Corky Miller to be traded/Released. Morton
has a chance to be traded. Expect Escobars name to be thrown in every
here and there. Expect Smoltz to come back and Glavine and Hampton
possibly coming back. Soriano might also have his name thrown in a
couple of times. Ordonez/Holliday and Peavy and
Burnett/CC/Sheets/Lowe/Garland are all possible players to play on the
Braves next year. Cox will probably retire after this season. So will Smoltz and Glavine if they dont do so this season.
My personal thoughts and ideas:
Send Lillibridge to Twins and maybe a low-level prospect to get Delmon Young and send him to the
Padres and throwing in some more players for Peavy? Young has more
value than Blanco and Diaz and maybe we wont have to send an extra good
prospect to SD. Also trade for Ordonez from the Tigers and/or Holliday. Sign Lowe, Burnett, or Garland.
Trades, Moves and Contracts through Sunday, November 2
White Sox sign Jayson Nix.
Angels exercise Vlad’s and Lackey’s options, but decline Anderson’s.
White Sox decline Ken Griffey’s option.
Tigers decline Renteria’s option.
Ken Macha becomes Brewers manager.
Red Sox exercise Tim Wakefield’s 2009 option.
Blue Jays exercised 2009 option on Rod Barajas.
Cardinals sign Jason LaRue to 1 year deal.
The Brewers declined Craig Counsell’s option.
The Athletics declined Alan Embree’s option.
D’Backs exercised Jon Rauch’s option for 2010.
Around The NL East
Royals acquire Jacobs for Nunez.
Fernando Tatis signs 1 year deal with Mets.
Mets pick up Delgado’s option for 2009.
Willy Mo Pena exercises 2009 option with Nationals.
The Phillies declined their options on So Taguchi and Tom Gordon.
Ruben Amaro will become new Phillies GM
Braves Free Agents
Smoltz, Julio, Ohman, Norton, and Tavarez filed for free agency. .