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Nick Carter
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Nick Carter
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Are we assuming the Braves are too cheap to go after Beltran? Because they really need a left fielder.

Nov 15, 2011 9:51 AM on Beltran's Next Stop
 
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Ryan Zimmerman is one of the best players in the game and the Nationals are positioning themselves to make a run just as the Phillies current squad declines. There is no combination of players that would make the Nats trade him to the Phillies.

Oct 11, 2011 11:52 AM on Philadelphia Phillies
 
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The Derek Lowe one was fun just for the few seconds of panic when the ball rebounded onto the field and Lowe sprinted thinking it might not have gone out.

 
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What changed with Teheran? That he currently lacks a strikeout pitch against major league hitters?

 
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As a Braves fan, I can only dream of my team having attempted only 20 sacrifices.

 
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Maybe he can't handle the pressure cooker environment down in Miami.

 
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It does seem like the Braves are paying X dollars a year for a computer program at this point.

 
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Heyward hit .172/.274/.232 last year when he injured his thumb, he's 2 for 38 now. Clearly these aren't minor injuries you can just play through, he's actually hurting the team more by being out there instead of healing.

 
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Well, going by the last two weeks, clearly not.

 
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Are the Braves intentionally trying to suppress Heyward's numbers for future arbitration hearings? That's the only explanation I can think of as to why they keep letting him play through injuries that are clearly affecting his performance.

 
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Does the Braves figure include Kawakami? I'd guess that will go down a little when they offload him.

 
Nick Carter
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Freddie Freeman will surely be Captain Marvel Jnr.

Feb 14, 2011 4:52 PM on Baseball's Superheroes
 
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I'll keep this in this line of questioning too since it's about Freeman. Last winter you said that you and some scouts had serious doubts about Freeman's ability to develop power. Have those fears been allayed or are they still there?

Dec 28, 2010 11:33 AM on Monday Ten-Pack
 
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I'm guessing Uggla's 5 year $71 million request was more to do with it being the Florida Marlins and $1 million more than the deal they gave Hanley Ramirez, so I agree that he will accept less to stay with the Braves.

 
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Given that Hanson is a #1/#2 starter controlled for 5 more years, it will take more than 1 year of Prince Fielder to get him. And that's before we start on the Braves not looking for a 1st baseman.

Nov 17, 2010 8:07 AM on Atlanta Braves
 
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Infante can back up the infield, and John's signing of Wigginton would help the corners too. However, I think Joe Mather's already been signed with the intention of him being the right handed bat to replace Freeman when needed.

Nov 16, 2010 7:09 AM on Atlanta Braves
 
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I think the answer to why there wasn't more interest in Cody Ross is that the teams that would have been interested all had a better record than the Giants at the time the waiver claim was awarded. I'd wager the Padres and most certainly the Braves would have loved to have had him to add outfield power and the Phillies could have taken him for their bench. Also worth mentioning that luck plays a large part because there was talk of Ross not seeing much time in the playoffs before Guillen's injury.

Oct 26, 2010 10:56 AM on Lessons from the Flags
 
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I'd estimate about $9m plus anything they can save on Kawakami for 2 bullpen slots and left and center field, which will probably mean they aim for one of the seemingly discontented young outfielders (Kemp, Rasmus, Ellsbury) with Infante and a young pitcher or two not called Teheran. I don't think the Braves have the starting pitching depth to be trading Jurrjens this winter, as Medlen is out for most of 2011, but next winter, when Medlen is back and Teheran is on the verge of the majors, I think he'll be traded.

Oct 14, 2010 2:30 PM on Atlanta Braves
 
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Well, technically Gonzalez's throw didn't pull Infante off the bag.

Oct 12, 2010 5:31 AM on LDS Day Six Wrapup
 
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I disagree. I think the problem with the Braves is that over the season Hudson has been clearly the best pitcher, but for the last month or so Hanson and Lowe have outperformed him by an equal amount. If I had to do the rotation now, I'd start Hanson in Game 1 on regular rest, Hudson in Game 2 on regular rest, Lowe in 3, Hanson on short rest in 4 and Hudson on regular rest in 5.

Sep 30, 2010 1:07 PM on Front Fours
 
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Most consecutive no hitters by Johnny van der Meer is another tough one to break.

Sep 07, 2010 5:08 AM on Unbreakable Records
 
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Happy 1,000th, Will.

 
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I think I speak for most when I say "grow up".

 
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Kevin, you mentioned in the off season that you were unsure that Freddie Freeman would fulfil his power potential. Is this still the case?

 
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What's their record since they were accused of stealing signs?

Jun 15, 2010 5:20 AM on In the Red
 
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I'd go for an uptick in production from Brian McCann too, with the assumption he'll be able to see the ball in April this year. The Braves are probably one of the hardest to predict in that if everyone plays how they can and stays healthy they can win 90+ games. However, there's an awful lot of youth and inexperience and an awful lot of walking injuries. The space left in the budget will be an interesting element too, because I think they have enough to make a push for a big bat at the deadline to tip them over the edge.

Mar 09, 2010 11:17 AM on Braves Optimism
 
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Does the PECOTA projection for McCann take into account his eye troubles from early last year (going 2 for 26, both singles and having 2 weeks off as well) or is it maybe thinking that the problems are equally likely to reoccur?

Mar 01, 2010 3:57 AM on Catcher rankings
 
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I don't buy that Kouzmanoff's hitting situation deteriorates because of the move to the AL. If he was going to the AL East maybe, but not the West. He's moving out of a division where he'd be facing Lincecum, Cain, Haren, Webb, Jimenez and Kershaw into one with Felix, Cliff Lee and maybe Feliz as elite arms.

Jan 18, 2010 4:54 PM on The Kouzmanoff Trade
 
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The one thing eating away at this is that it's Bobby Cox's final year (and one of Chipper's last few) - you'd think that the Braves would be looking to win now. For that reason I can't see this being a trade to open up payroll to pay for two spots, it has to be for 1st base. However, Adrian Gonzalez would have already fit within the Braves payroll before this trade. I still think Miguel Cabrera is the play to be made.

Dec 22, 2009 4:13 PM on The Vazquez Trade
 
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If the Braves seek no return on Lowe other than A ball prospects, effectively making him a free agent available for $45m/3 years, where does he rank? How about if the Braves eat $3m per year?

 
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Garrett Anderson played 135 games in left field for the Braves, Jeff Francoeur played 82 games in right field until he was traded, whereas Matt Diaz (team leader in OPS) started about 30 games until the Francoeur trade. To not put Diaz in sooner and to not replace Anderson with either Church, a minor leaguer or even Kelly Johnson, was a big error in my opinion.

Nov 16, 2009 4:13 PM on Awards Season
 
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Is Freeman's lack of power something that will come as he gets used to AA next year or a possible worry for the future?

Oct 08, 2009 1:49 PM on AFL Preview, Part Two
 
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Same thing happened the first two games against the Nationals. Soriano pitched the 8th against Guzman (switch hitter), Zimmerman (RHB), Dunn (LHB) and Johnson (LHB) and Gonzalez faced right handed bats in the 9th.

Apr 12, 2009 6:56 PM on October 1-7
 
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Just to get this straight, is the best outfielder on the team Jeff Francoeur?

 
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I think that once Moylan gets over the initial rust, he\'ll be one of the two setup men and Acosta will pitch in less pressure situations, especially as he struggled in the late innings last year.

Mar 04, 2009 10:31 AM on The Braves' New World
 
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Schafer will be eventually, but for his long term development it\'s better for him to be in AAA improving his line against left handers. Great article (other than omitting Peter Moylan but I\'m guessing that could be a case of not relying on him coming off Tommy John surgery), and I remain convinced that we will get an outfielder by the end of spring training. If not then then I\'ll be hoping the A\'s tank so Holliday is available at the deadline.

Feb 20, 2009 12:30 PM on Brave Opportunities Lost
 
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Another problem he had, maybe caused by his head being filled with advice from everyone, was that even when he made contact he wasn\'t hitting the ball hard. The ball just looped to infielders a lot of the time. It got so bad that Joe Simpson was actually praising him on outs hit hard to the outfield.

Dec 22, 2008 4:12 PM on Jeff Francoeur
 
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That\'s a powerful weapon Manny had. \"Keep me and I\'ll only OPS 1.060 when I can really OPS 1.200 if I tried.\" Excuse me if I don\'t buy that.

Oct 09, 2008 4:39 PM on May 28-June 3
 
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Didn\'t the Braves win 14 division titles, not 11?