Atlanta Braves 2016 Post-Mortem: Shortstop

November 22, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

2016 Post-Mortem will take a look at each position for the Atlanta Braves, how it fared in 2016, and where the team is set to go in the future. Previous Post-Mortems: Catcher, 1st Base, 2nd Base, 3rd Base.   Player BA OBP SLG Comb. WAR Erick Aybar .242 .293 .313 -0.4 Chase d'Arnaud .245 .317…

Podcast To Be Named Later #21: Shut Up and Dansby Me

August 31, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Welcome to the newest episode of a Podcast To Be Named Later! A Podcast To Be Named Later is a weekly podcast from the authors of OutfieldFlyRule.com covering the Atlanta Braves and other baseball news. In today’s episode, hosted by Brent Blackwell & Chris Jervis: The Erick Aybar trade The Jeff Francoeur trade The call-up…

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…

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…

Optimizing the 2016 Braves

April 4, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Winning ain't easy. Only 50% of all participating teams even win baseball games. When you have really good teams like the Cubs and Dodgers and Astros and Royals factoring in, that leaves a few teams that will win far fewer than 50%. In 2016, one such team is probably going to be the Atlanta Braves.…

Meet Erick Aybar!

November 30, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

OFR's Newest Player Page - Erick Aybar Remember to stay tuned to our player pages. The latest is new SS Erick Aybar, acquired from Los Angeles in the Andrelton Simmons trade. Having played his entire career in the Angels system, Braves fans may not know much about Aybar. That no longer needs to be the…

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,…

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