He's a "soft platoon" player for now, meaning he'll play against all lefties and some right-handers, not a strict platoon.
I'd guess Wisler. Sounds like he could be ready anytime if Braves need him, or at least close to ready.
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we've only seen him in a few spring appearances and one major league game. based on that, I'd say yes, he's definitely looked good more often than not. Actually, he's looked good almost every time out.
Can't become too predictable in my fading years.
But by the way, wasn't that one hell of a lid-lifter yesterday?
Can't answer that. Don't know or have a good feel for it yet. But if I had to guess, I'd say yes, since they wanted a veteran guy in there and would prefer to make sure Wisler's ready and not have to thrust him into rotation and stick with him even if he struggled.
We just have to wait on that. But Peraza's not going to supplant Peterson if the latter continues playing as he has all spring up to now. Peraza just not nearly as far along as Peterson is. They moved Peraza to CF for a reason in spring -- because Peterson is far better than anybody expected. Peterson is good, man.
Actually, it was far better than I anticipated. Really sensed or heard no strong comments. Guys were shocked, saddened, but only a few seemed genuined p'd off, and they said it more with tone or facial expression than comments. Look, at this point they're a bit numb to it. So many trades since last year.
Freeman and Bethancourt, particularly, have focused on hitting the ball up the middle, or tried to, all spring. If they're not doing it consistently yet, it's not for lack of effort. That's their goal.
No, I don't expect that at all. They signed Markakis to be a solid right fielder into the first couple of years in the new ballpark, and to set an example with his professionalism. He's done that in clubhouse.
if there's an injury or someone struggles for a while, I'd anticipate he could get a call. Him or Cunningham, or Terdo when he's healthy.
That'd be a question for you and other fans. I'll miss seeing him pitch, for sure. But I'm usually typing madly when he pitches, rather than basking in the glow of his high-90s heat.
Don't know, but I'd say probably so, as they wouldn't have wanted to rush Wisler and have such a young rotation unless they absolutely knew he was ready. They need to watch him themselves first, or at least they'd prefer to, before deciding his course of progression.
Still between $100 and $110 million. Haven't figured it exactly, been very busy few days. But consider this: Braves subtracted about $23.5 million from this year payroll trading Kimbrel and Upton, but brought back $15 million with additions of Maybin and Quention, even if they end up releasing Quentin. (I’m assuming no AL team trades for him, and if one claims him up they would pay him prorated part of $507,000 minimum salary.) So it was a net $8.5M or so subtraction this year, and remember the Braves added $5.5 million last year with staring pitcher Trevor Cahill (with the Dbacks paying the other $6.5M of his $12M salary per terms of the trade). So the Braves are about $3 million lower in 2015 payroll than they were a week ago, now probably closer to $100M than $110M.
The key is that long term, the Braves shed about $56M with this trade by moving the nearly $80M that was owed to Upton and Kimbrel over these three seasons.
Me, too. Otherwise, I'd get bored during the 11:30-12:30 hour. :)
Justin Upton trade was best, as there was no way they were going to pay him more than $20 million annually in a long term deal. And they got four prospects including their current second baseman and a starting pitcher (Fried) that most believe is a top-half-of-rotation starter, along with an outfielder (Mallex Smith) who has game-changing speed .
Long as he stays healthy, no question. Yes.
I don't see why anyone should expect him to return. No reason to think that'd happen. several power arms in minors, any one of which could convert to relief. A guy like Folty could do it, for example. Jaime, if he ever stopped walking so many, might do it.
We'll see. Certainly closer to that than to his 2014 form. He feels good, he's in a lot better shape, and he admitted he had no confidence and no breaking ball last season. Has all that now. So, we'll see.
Again, don't see any reason to think that would happen. It wasn't the best of partings, and Braves weren't going to pay him what he wanted then, so don't know why of all the 30 teams the Braves would be the one he'd sign with as a free agent.
If I had to guess, I'd say yes.
No idea. Players don't return nearly as much as fans would like them to, or think that they do. It's actually not common at all.