2016 Post-Mortem: The First Basemen

October 24, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

2016 Post-Mortem will take a look at each position, how it fared in 2016, and where the team is set to go in the future. Previous Post-Mortems: Catcher.   Player BA OBP SLG Comb. WAR Freddie Freeman .302 .400 .569 6.5 Blake Lalli .154 .154 .231 -0.2 TOTAL .300 .397 .567 6.3 Freddie Freeman 2016…

2016 Post-Mortem: The Catchers

October 20, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

2016 Post-Mortem will take a look at each position, how it fared in 2016, and where the team is set to go in the future.   Player BA OBP SLG Comb. WAR AJ Pierzynski .219 .243 .304 -1.3 Tyler Flowers .270 .357 .420 1.4 Anthony Recker .278 .394 .433 0.6 TOTAL .252 .321 .378 0.7…

Does Freddie Freeman Owe Matt Kemp?

October 17, 2016 Brent Blackwell 2

Lineup protection is something that's still discussed pretty heavily in baseball these days. While many saber-concepts have caught on with the mainstream, like shifting defenses, eliminating sacrifice bunts, the silliness of pitcher wins, and better usage of elite relievers, lineup protection doesn't really get questioned as much. In 2016, Atlanta gave us an interesting scenario…

The Dansby Swanson Era Begins

August 18, 2016 Brent Blackwell 4

Trading the Once-Untradeable Erick Aybar, unfortunately, won't be remembered fondly in Atlanta. It's a shame, because he seems like a likable enough guy who tried his hardest. From the moment of his arrival, Aybar never really had a shot. Acquired in the Andrelton Simmons trade, Aybar was a veteran on a one year deal, coming…

Freddie Freeman, Anthony Recker and Regression to the Mean

August 10, 2016 Micah Smith 0

I have noticed during the course of the last two seasons there is a surprisingly large pocket of Atlanta Braves fans who like to question Freddie Freeman's performance, especially jumping on him for any period of poor play through the season. Part of this might be from overly high expectations (in which case, simply readjust…

In Matt Kemp, Braves Get Some Power, Dump some Baggage

July 30, 2016 Micah Smith 0

In a swap of players who never quite reached their potential, the Braves pick up Matt Kemp and $10.5 million dollars from San Diego for Hector Olivera, pending physicals. https://twitter.com/Braves/status/759569327783874560 Who The Braves Received Matt Kemp's career was off to a promising start with the Dodgers, with 2011 his breakout year. The 26-year-old hit .324/.399/.586…

Atlanta Trades Pitching for… Hitting

July 28, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Atlanta trades Lucas Harrell & Dario Alvarez to Texas for INF prospect Travis Demeritte Lucas Harrell came up with the White Sox in 2010, and he wasn't very good with them. In 2012, Houston made him a regular starter at a time Houston was trying to lose lots of games. He was a good fit…

Pricing the Rest of the Braves

July 14, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Earlier this week, I wrote about what Julio Teheran's trade value should be, or at least what Atlanta should determine it to be. Julio is obviously Atlanta's biggest trade chip, but he isn't the only one, nor is he the one most likely to be traded. With that in mind, I decided to go through…

Putting a Price on Julio Teheran

July 13, 2016 Brent Blackwell 5

Valuing Julio Teheran When a baseball team isn't good, and it's July, trade rumors inevitably start firing up. The Braves aren't good, and it's July. Hence, the trade rumors are firing up. Arodys Vizcaino is a name that's discussed. Jim Johnson, Jeff Francoeur, and Erick Aybar are all veterans not signed beyond the season that…

LA, This Bud’s For You

July 1, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Trade Analysis: Atlanta sends RHP Bud Norris, OF Dian Toscano, a player to be named later, and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Philip Pfeifer and RHP Caleb Dirks (I wish I could blame that on a headline writer, but no, that's all me. Mea culpa.) On Thursday, Atlanta pulled the trigger on…

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