Brandon Phillips Comes Home

February 13, 2017 Brent Blackwell 0

Atlanta trades LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo to Cincinnati for 2B Brandon Phillips and $13M With January's sad news of Sean Rodriguez' family car accident, the Braves realized Rodriguez might not be ready for the 2017 season. It seems worse than that, and Rodriguez reportedly will be out 3-5 months with shoulder surgery.…

Braves System Depth: Second Base

January 23, 2017 Andy Harris 0

While the addition and emergence of Dansby Swanson has solidified shortstop, the other side of the double play pivot has a few more questions around it going into 2017, but also prospect with a tremendous amount of potential on the cusp of the majors. ATLANTA BRAVES STARTER:¬†Sean Rodriguez While Rodriguez is listed as a back-up…

Braves System Depth: Left Field

January 17, 2017 Andy Harris 2

Last year after projected left field starter Hector Olivera was suspended from the team by MLB after an off-field domestic violence incident, the Braves scrambled for an alternative. Ten different players had starts in left field before the Braves acquired¬†Matt Kemp at the trade deadline last season, putting a stop to the carousel. ATLANTA BRAVES…

Braves System Depth: Centerfield

January 10, 2017 Andy Harris 0

In the second installment of our look at system depth by position, we are skipping on to centerfield, because thanks to the 5-year contract extension to Ender Inciarte back on Festivus this is looking like a position of relative stability going into the back-half of the off-season. The drama comes more in the form of…

Braves Transactions: Sean Rodriguez

November 24, 2016 Andy Harris 7

While most of Braves Country was slipping into a carbohydrate, tryptophan, and Lions/Vikings induced stupor, the Atlanta Braves made a rare Thanksgiving Day transaction, signing super-utility player Sean Rodriguez. Probably like most fans, my first thought was that signing Rodriguez is an attempt by Atlanta to build more versatility for the bench. If Rodriguez is…

2016 Post-Mortem: Second Base

November 8, 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   Player BA OBP SLG Comb. WAR Jace Peterson .254 .350 .366 0.8 Gordon Beckham .217 .300 .354 -0.5 Kelly Johnson…

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.…

[sc name="HeaderGoogleAnlytics"]