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…

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…

AJ Pierzynski re-signed

November 22, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

11/11/15 - Atlanta signs free agent C A.J. Pierzynski to a 1 year, $2,000,000 deal, plus a $1,000,000 signing bonus, plus incentives. Hey look, a move we all kind of saw coming! https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/664616546401169408 The incentives are pretty significant, so let's sum them up with this - while it's a gradual buildup to this number, if…

Braves Sign David Carpenter v1.0

November 21, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

11/21/15 - Atlanta signed free agent RHP David Carpenter to a minor league contract for the 2016 season. All your David Carpenters are belong to us. Atlanta extended an invite to spring training to David Carpenter v1.0, the David Carpenter who was exceptionally useful for the Braves in 2013 and 2014 before being traded away…

Andrelton Simmons and the Difficulty of Selling High

November 16, 2015 Brent Blackwell 3

11/12/15 - Atlanta traded SS Andrelton Simmons & C Jose Briceno to the Los Angeles Angels for SS Erick Aybar, SP Sean Newcomb, SP Chris Ellis, and $2,500,000. Buy low, sell high. We've heard it. We understand the logic behind it. It's obvious. Hell, it's math. It is a very easy concept. That's the rub,…

Braves Transaction: Manny Banuelos to DL; Carpenter up

July 28, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Atlanta placed LHP Manny Banuelos on the 15-day DL (elbow inflammation); Purchased the contract of RHP David Carpenter from AAA Gwinnett. The season for Banuelos might be near an end, and that's not a suggestion that it was a disappointing 2015 for the former top prospect. Far from it, actually. After missing all of 2013…

AJ & Christian

June 16, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

There's a lot of debate going on right now among Braves fans about the decision to option Christian Bethancourt to AAA and bring up Ryan Lavarnway. On the surface, one would immediately think... why is there debate about this? Bethancourt has a wRC+ of 40, swings at 48% of pitches outside the strike zone, and…

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