They have capability now to trade for a higher-salaried player if they think it's the right time, or to spend on a free agent if they think it's the missing piece for the next few years, or to sign more international guys, or sign all their draft picks, or give an extension to a young player who emerges, etc.
From all I've heard, new park is going to have similar dimensions, "fair" or slightly favorable for pitchrs. But this stuff can obviously change.
Trade value won't be up until he not just returns and shows he's healthy, but shows he can stay healthy. It's two years in a row now, shoulder. That's a red flag for teams.
Consensus around baseball is that Braves won the trade, but can't judge at all until you see how prospects develop and how Kimbrel holds up, etc. But yes, I can see why Padres fans are p'd -- by taking on Upton contract, they're in effect paying Kimbrel more than $20M a year, assuming Upton doesn't return to form enough to do anything for them. I don't see how he'll even crack their lineup this year.
I don't think any of the three big ones were bad for the Braves. They should've gotten more for La Stella, for sure.
They'd be crazy to trade Andrelton, in my opinion. Defense alone is almost worth what they're paying him, even if he hit like a pitcher. And he looked better at the plate this spring.
Medlen, because he was a great quote and hilarious dude. Gattis, because he was a great dude and the only guy (other than JUpton when on hot streak) that you felt the need to stop what you were doing and watch his at-bat, because he might hit one 500 feet. Kimbrel, because it's fun watching someone who's the best in the game at their position. Sheer dominance when he's at his best, which he usually was.
No, I don't. Not when they're just bandied about out of thin air. Know what I mean?
They already dumped Quentin, so no. And I think Maybin will be mainly a bench player for late-innings defense, unless EY gets hurt.
Has to hit well for a while before other teams would find that contract attractive. But yes, they would trade him if could get a suitable deal, because they have young players now they could move into that spot for long-term. Ruiz on the way, or if 3B was open now they could have Peterson there when Peraza is ready, etc. Point is, current regime wouldn't have given him that contract.
I don't think Jace is moving out of infield anytime soon. He's real solid defensively.
So very few have bounced back from second TJ to pitch even decently as a starter. If anyone can do it, I'd say Medlen, because of how he pitches -- relies on location, change of speed -- and how hard he works and listens and studies his delivery, what he can do right, what might have caused his injury, etc.
Simple: The Padres required them to take him, or else the Padres wouldn't have taken Upton's huge contract. Nothing more complicated than that. People, understand: The Braves only took Quentin because they had to in order to dump B.J. Same reason they traded Kimbrel, though they'd never come right out and say that.
Love Gattis, but so far he's not shown he can stay healthy over the course of a season playing regularly. Hope he does, because I think he can hit 40 homers considering his home ballpark and his sheer power and ability.
Wisler, if I had to guess. This season at some point. Folty could too, this season.
Sure, although I think they want to keep Grilli for both years of his contract. Great influence on the young relievers and tremendous presence out there in the 'pen. Sets the right tone.
He'll come up in whatever role the Braves need to fill at that time. He's going to start at Gwinnett, so that's the better guess on role he'd have when he comes up. But if all starters are pitching well, etc....
It was an upbeat clubhouse. Not partying or anything; too many grizzled vets to make sure nobody blows things out of proportion. But they were pleased. And it was good to see some of those, vets, by the way, kicking back in the clubhouse at their lockers afterward, still in their under-uniform T-shirts and sliding shorts or whatever, talking baseball with each other, a few drinking a beer. Camaraderie is apparent.
I liked it yesterday. Don't know that I would have done anything different, nothing really apparent.
No, he'll have to supplant someone by playing well at Triple-A, and having someone here not play well, probably. Kelly Johnson isn't going anywhere, and they're on the hook for Maybin's salary.