Tag:Atlanta Braves
Posted on: February 27, 2008 7:02 am
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:20 am
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Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects for 2008

1: Jordan Shafer/OF http://youtube.com/watch?v=yA_jIcw0LPo

2: Jason Heyward/OF http://youtube.com/watch?v=DOcIjWys60c

3: Jair Jurrjens/RHP Acquired from Detroit Tigers for Edgar Renteria

4: Brandon Jones/OF http://youtube.com/watch?v=9jw9ucmFk0k

5: Gorkys Hernandez/OF Acquired from Detroit Tigers for Edgar Renteria

6: Tommy Hanson/RHP

7: Brent Lillibridge/SS

8: Cole Rohrbough/LHP

9: Jeff Locke/LHP

10: Julio Teheran/RHP

Just Missed: Diory Hernandez(2B); Brandon Hicks(SS)

Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:26 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:16 am
 

MLB Spring Training trades......

1: player photo Brian Roberts to the Chicago Cubs for Ronny Cedeno, Eric Patterson and Tyler Colvin

I have heard so much stuff about how Roberts wouldn't be a big help for the Cubs. Both Roberts and DeRosa have almost identical career lines, but Roberts will give you way more extra base hits, steals and possibly a few more home runs. I don't see why the O's want another pitcher in this deal when they have 11 battling for 2 rotation spots. I would rather get Cedeno, who fills the gap at shortstop left by Tejada, get Patterson to take full-time second base duties and get a good future outfielder in Tyler Colvin.

2: player photo Joe Blanton to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and Joey Votto

As much as it would hurt the Reds offense getting rid of Votto, exchanging Bailey for Blanton would be great. Hatteberg could probably cut it for a few more seasons and you could always place Adam Dunn at 1B. Hatteberg has one skill thou, walking. The guy gets on base like a machine. Blanton would emmidiatley give the Reds a pretty good Top 3 of the rotation while Bailey can fight for a rotation spot in Oakland and Votto works with Daric Barton at 1B.

3: player photo Joe Crede to the San Francisco Giants for Erick Threets and Rajai Davis

Crede to San Fran has been rumored for some time and I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Threets is a hard throwing reliever who could fit nicely in the merky White Sox bullpen and Davis, another out of options player, could make a very nice bench player and definitley a great pinch runner.

4: player photo Coco Crisp to the Atlanta Braves for Blaine Boyer

Nobody is currently in the running for Coco but I don't know how the whole Kotsay experiment will work out and I don't know if Matt Diaz can handle a full season starting gig. Francouer is the only above average player in the outfield and the Braves could bring up a guy like Brandon Jones, but they could always use a CF for now.

5: player photo Vicente Padilla (and cash) to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Capellan

Its obvious, any deal involoving Padilla will mean the Rangers have to give cash up, but its for a very good cause. The Rockies currently have a rotation wiith Jeff Francis, Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook, Jason Hirsh, Kip Wells and possibly Mark Redman. Thats not too good. Padilla is not great, but they are not give much up in return. Basically for the Rockies, they get a below average pitcher to add to the rotation mix and get money to pay his salary for a hard throwing righty that has potential but has serious control problems.  

6: player photo Chris Capuano to the New York Mets for Gustavo Molina and Jason Vargas

Capuano has potential. He just never shows it. He has his moments, except last season when he eclipsed the 5.00+ ERA but he could be used as a very nice bullpen addition in the Mets pen. The Brew Crew would be getting a young southpaw who has yet to find his groove and a young catcher in the most historical position families in baseball.

7: player photo Jason Botts to the San Diego Padres for Wil Ledezma

The Rangers have a super surplus of outfielder, they must get rid of either Botts, Nelson Cruz or David Murphy. Botts has less trade value, but could snag a young southpaw like Ledezma since the Pads need a corner outfielder, which is a match for Botts.

8: player photo Dan Johnson to the San Francisco Giants for Merkin Valdez

The Giants have a whole at 1B. There best option is Rich Aurilia, meaning they need a new starter. Johnson is not all that great, but could grab a guy like Merkin Valdez who is out of options and could win a spot in the A's roation or bullpen.

9: player photo Nick Johnson to the New York Yankees for Chase Wright

The Yankees have basically nobody at first base. They have Shelly Duncan and thats about it. Johnson is a low risk- high reward players. Johnson is coming off a season ending injury. Many Red Sox (and yankee) fans remember the 4 straight home runs off of Chase Wright.

10: player photo Xavier Nady to the San Francisco Giants for Fred Davis

The Giants don't have much at either OF or 1B. If they aquired Dan Johnson, it would give them an adequate resting player when Nady is on a day off. He could also potential fall into a starting spot in the outfield.

 

Posted on: January 19, 2008 4:22 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2008 2:42 pm
 

4 trades I would like to see......

There have been over 10 trades this off-season involving MLB-veterans. Some were deals involving more than 5 players going to another team like the Orioles-Astros deal, the Tigers-Marlins deal and the Athletics-D'backs deal. With about 20 days remaining until Pitchers and catchers report, many deals are still left on the table. There are still players that can decide whether you are a pretender or contender like Erik Bedard, Johan Santana and Brian Roberts. There are teams looking to rebuild, casting off veterans like the O's and A's. There will never be a day in the life of the MLB where a trade rumor about a player and a team ceases to exist. With that, I bring you some trades I see coming as this MLB season approaches.

player photo Minnesota Twins trade LHP Johan Santana to the New York Mets for OF Fernando Martinez, RHP Philip Humber, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Kevin Mulvey and LHP Aaron Heilman

After pondering it over, the Twins will realize they have to deal Johan soon. If the trade deadline comes, you will almost have to deal him off no matter what the bidder bids because you don't wanna give him up to free agency and not get anything back. If the Mets put this offer in play, the Twins have to take it. You have to get him off of your hands ASAP because you need something back. The Mets can give the Twins just that with 4 pitchers and the coveted outfielder they want. If the Mets want to win the East, they have to give up the future for now. With the money the Mets have, there is no need for future when they can just buy it.

player photo Baltimore Orioles trade LHP Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for OF Adam Jones, SS Carlos Truinfel, LHP Brandon Morrow and 2B Yung-Chi Chen

Bedard has about the same price as Santana does. He has more years left on his contract and a lower contract but has shown his CY Young candidate side in only 2 seasons. Bedard would put the Mariners next to the Angels in the West. Adam Jones would give the O's the CF they need and they would have Truinfel as the shortstop of the future around 2010. Brandon Morrow would be the new "ace" when he is ready and Chen would take over 2B immediatley if Roberts is dealt. Bavasi has placed Morrow on the "untouchable" list, but he has changed his mind about prospects over the past week like crazy. The M's have been known to covet Bedard and want him very bad, if the Mariners actually offered this, I think Andy MacPahil may tak it. Unless the Reds swoop in with Votto, Bailey, Cueto and Encarnacion.

player photo Baltimore Orioles trade 2B Brian Roberts to the Atlanta Braves for OF Gorkys Hernandez and SS Brent Lillibridge

Roberts hasn't been linked to the Braves and the Braves haven't been linked to a 2B, but Kelly Johnson is not the answer. If the Mets get Johan, the Braves just about automatically fall to atleast 3rd in the East. The Phillies have already, in my opinion, gotten better with adding Brad Lidge and putting Brett Myers back in the rotation and dont really have a weak spot, other than 3B. The Braves also have 3 outfield prospects ranked higher than hernandez in Brandon Jones, Jason Heyward and Jordan Shafer, so they wouldn't be giving up  alot with hernandez, not too mention they have Francoeur still. Plus, they have Yunel Escobar maning the shortstop area, so Lillibridge may become available. Roberts is an All-star 2B and in the Top 5 at the position in MLB. Plus, this gives the O's a good outfield prospect and a shorstop that can come up and get the starting job automatically. I can't see or want to see Luis Hernandez getting the starting nod every day for the 2008 Orioles.

player photo Oakland Athletics trade RHP Huston Street to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Henry Sosa, SS Manny Burriss,  OF Nate Schierholtz and OF Fred Lewis

The Athletics are becoming a team of prospects and the Gigantes are trying to contend in a stacked NL West. One thing the Giants need is a closer. Huston Street is up for auction as another one of the A' trade chips. Billy Beane, known by many as one of the best GM's in baseball would trade with Brian Sabean, known as one of the worst GM's in baseball would try to strike a deal. The A's would get a future top of the line pitcher, a shortstop to take over for, dare I say, Bobby Crosby,  an Outfielder that would fit in well with Carlos Gonzalez and Travis Buck and another outfielderr that can step in right away. Heck, with Beane wanting a lot and Sabean giving a lot, i wouldn't be surprised if the A's got another player in this deal.

 

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