Yes, it does seem to be a lot of money for the Dodgers to eat. I like your thinking, though.
Agree Cahill has been much better as a reliever. Having both Stults and Cahill in the bullpen is redundant and leaves the bench short so I'd think they would eventually have to eat salary on Stults if it came to that.
I don't think there is any question there has been some disappointment with Bethancourt especially in regards to his defense. But I'd be surprised if they gave up on him now.
Last I heard they do expect to see him this season.
Miller obviously is outstanding. Jury is still out on the regressions of Teheran and Wood: temporary setbacks or something else? Folty has a lot of potential, have to like how he overmatched the Brewers on Sunday (they aren't good, but still). I also like Perez. If they can get either Teheran or Wood close to 2014 form and Folty can be consistent, then one dominant starter and two effective ones makes for a good rotation.
Their plan is to be good entering the stadium. Perhaps LM will spend in the ramp-up?
Sounds as if they will be buyers. As I've said before, I hope they are still in contention because it will be fascinating to see what decisions will have be made by Hart and Co. (and if LM will be on board).
They will find ways. Wandy/Stults/Cahill instead of Harang? At this juncture, yes, the trades look good. But it's early, things change, baseball is a long-term game, etc. etc.
I don't think that's a priority.
They have not. They are glad to have the compensation pick (via Santana) and the No. 40 overall from the Padres.
Thanks everyone for your questions and for reading the AJC, ajc.com and myajc.com. Please return next week same day, place and time for another Braves mailbag.
They will strengthen bullpen, but it's not easy to do right now. Teams aren't making many trades at all, because so many teams still feel like they have at least a decent shot. Teams aren't going to trade quality relievers if they have a chance at a playoff berth, not in early June. As for CJ, they've tried to trade him since October. If had a suitable offer, they'd have done it. They will keep trying.
Not to be a smarta$$, but why do people keep asking this question. I mean, think about this. If he's hurt and not saying, how would I or anyone else know? And if he's hurt, and signed to a long-term contract already, why would he want to continue pitching and not just look bad and have people think he's not good anymore, but also risk worsening an injury and not getting another big payday down the line if he puts career in jeopardy. It makes no sense that he'd pitch hurt. It's not like he's someone trying to pitch through pain so he can get a big payday before it comes apart. But again, if he's hurt and not saying, why would I or any reporter know when Braves trainers and other team personnel do not? Would he whisper to us that he's hurt and not saying? No.
I don't have any reason to believe he'd be a strong target, not this early. Just don't know this year.
After the initial discussion in the few days after the accident, it's not a subject that comes up around the big league club. I just know they're in a real tough spot dealing with all of it now, trying to plug all the gaps, etc. And we've been told none of the injuries were career-threatening. Sorry, but that's all I know. I'll try to remember to ask around, but we've got so much going on with the big-league club in past couple weeks, and that's 99 percent of our focus covering the team.
Improving. He looked raw defensively in spring training, at times. I'm told he's made strides since, and the ability is there for him to become at least an average or slightly above major league defensive OF.
Didn't see enough of Peraza in spring training to judge. Haven't seen him in minors, only in spring training. But I do know what I've seen in Peterson, and that's solid major league defense. Good hands and footwork, real good athleticism. Good range and arm.
Extended spring training games so far. And they don't keep official stats, so you wouldn't find those anywhere.
People forget they lost not one, but two contributors to PED suspensions. And they were really counting on Vizcaino, one of those suspended. And McKirahan had looked real promising before he got suspended. They'll be back after All-Star break. That could be big addition(s). Until then, or until they add a piece, they'll hope the key guys hold up and try not to overuse them, and fill in for the lesser roles with a shuttle to Triple-A.
Could see that, but Peraza to LF probably more likely in that scenario, since Maybin's CF defense is solid. Not Gold Glove, but solid. Lot of range.
That place is a mausoleum for games early in week against non-division rival like Braves. And yes, lot of Braves fans out here. It's like Florida, lot of transient people from other cities have relocated here, retired here, etc.