Archive for the ‘Atlanta Braves’ Category

Yankees called Braves about availability of Tim Hudson

February 23, 2011

Sunday February 13, 2011 Day in Review

February 13, 2011

Carlos Marmol Contract Extension with Cubs Appears Imminent

Rickie Weeks Arbitration Hearing Scheduled for Thursday the 17th!/Ken_Rosenth

Billy Wagner Confirms Retirement

Erick Aybar Cleared for Spring Training After Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Knee Last October

Jered Weaver Has No Hard Feelings After Losing in Arbitration Case

Chad Durbin May Sign with Mariners

David Aardsma Two Weeks from Throwing


Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Day in Review

February 1, 2011

Tampa Bay Rays Finalize Deals with Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.

Chipper Jones Says He Will be Ready for Opening Day

Andy Pettitte to Pitch in 2011 According to his Friends?!/SI_JonHeyman/status/325140

Jeremy Bonderman will Not Return to Detroit Tigers.

Mark Kotsay Expected to Sign with Brewers



Monday, January 31, 2011, Day in Review

January 31, 2011

Jim Edmonds Expected to Retire.

Andy Pettitte Still Undecided for 2011 Season

Alexei Ramirez Signs 4-Year $32.5 Million Extension with White Sox

Braden Looper to Make up to $3 Million if he Makes Cubs Starting Rotation!/jcrasnick/status

Elmer Dessens Wants to Pitch in 2011, Won’t Return to Mets!/AdamRubinESPN/sta

Marlins Sign Greg Dobbs and Shawn Hill lto Minor League Deals

Orioles Sign Mark Hendrickson to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invite

Braves Sign Rodrigo Lopez to Minor League Contract with Spring Training Invite

Jason Isringhausen Throws for Reds

Mets Agree to 1-Year $3.5 Millions Deal with Angel Pagan

Giants Sign Josh Banks to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invitation

Nationals Sign Rick Ankiel to 1 Year Deal for 1.5 Million

December 20, 2010
Jon Heyman of SI reported on Twitter that the Nationals have signed Rick Ankiel to 1 year deal for 1.5 million with 1.25 million in performance bonuses.

Braves and Dan Uggla Close on Extension?

December 16, 2010
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting the Braves and Dan Uggla are discussing an extension in the range of 5 years 60 million. 

This is interesting since Uggla reportedly rejected a 4 year 48 million offer with the Marlins and was subsequently traded to the Braves.

If this is true this would seem to be a great deal for the Braves since 30 homer 90 RBI second basemen are a rare commodity.

Nationals and Orioles Looking at LaRoche and Lee?

December 16, 2010
Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Nationals and Orioles are both looking at Adam LaRoche and Derek Lee. 

It has been widely reported Lee would be willing to accept a one year deal as he tries to bounce back from thumb problems he suffered in 2010

LaRoche has been a consistent 25 HR 85 RBI guy the past 5 years for mostly bad teams. He declined arbitration from the Diamondbacks and is likely to want a longer deal for more money.

Cliff Lee Signing Leads to Huge Hype for Phillies Big 4

December 13, 2010

With the announcement of Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies the hype of the Philles “Big 4” has already started. Comparisons are already being thrown around with the best rotations of the past 40+ years. Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine and insert Neagle-Avery etc. Dobson, Cuellar, Palmer and McNally.

Lets not forget the supposedly big bad unbeatable 4 lost a total of 5 games to the Giants in the 2010 postseason. Yes I am biased and yes the Giants were a hot team. But nobody will ever confuse the Giants for murders row. I know the thought of Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels sounds sexy but only Hamels owns a World Series ring.

The Phillies starting lineup is full of guys in their 30s. And Dominic Brown was reportedly sent home from winter ball after going 2-29. And don’t forget Jayson Werth and his 70+ extra base hits will have to be replaced.

So before we hand over the 2011 World Series Trophy or the National League Pennant lets consider a couple things.

Outside of Brad Lidge the Phillies bullpen is well, pretty terrible. Just ask Hudson, Mulder and Zito about their glory days with the A’s and how many wins a bad bullpen cost all of them.

The Braves are no joke. They were under appreciated in the 2010 Postseason. Hudson, Lowe and Hanson all pitched well and the Braves were a break or two away and a couple of Brooks Conrad errors away from knocking off the Giants in the NLDS.  With the addition of Dan Uggla and a very tough bullpen the Braves figure to be neck and neck with the Phillies all season in 2011.

And finally the Giants “Big 4”. Outside of Lincecum although not as established as the Phillies “Big 4′ are a force to be reckoned with. On any given day any of the four has the stuff to shut down anybody. Just ask the Rangers and their powerful lineup that was one Nelson Cruz game 5 swing away from being shut out 3 times in the World Series.

One thing for sure. 2011 is shaping up to be a very interesting season.

Nationals Interested in Derek Lee?

December 12, 2010 is reporting the Nationals have expressed interest in signing Derek Lee. Lee said he expects to come to Spring Training at 100%. If that happens a typical Lee season of 20 HRs and 80+ RBIs is likely. The Nationals are also said to have expressed interest in Adam LaRoche. Rumor is LaRoche is looking for around 10 million per season. Both Lee and LaRoche would probably command similar salaries but LaRoche is 4 years younger and would probably be more motivated to hold out for a longer term deal.