With the team 18-19? Were there expectations they'd be better than that? If so, I don't recall them. They have a better record than Pittsburgh and Seattle, among others that were expected to contend for pennants.
Termed a success by the doctor. Of course, we're still awaiting the first press release that says, "Joe Blow's elbow surgery was an utter failure. We've done better work on previous surgeries. Not sure what happened. Bad day in the OR."
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Fixed tear and fraying of labrum. Rehab about 8 months, should be ready for spring training, they say, barring any setbacks.
I can't see how they would expect much. He's not a good fielder and he's not hitting going back to last season. I see DFA in his future, though you never know in baseball.
Yes, it could get ugly at the Dodgers and Giants. The Braves for the most part have gotten their wins against bad teams. They still count but I'm curious to see how they do in those two series. The margin for error is so slim with the Braves. If Folty can be consistent it would be huge to have him back-to-back with Miller.
No, they don't need both but the contracts for those guys mean they stick around unless they can be traded. It's not a good situation.
It was not an optimal decision but I think that's going to happen with the lack of bullpen depth.
I think it will still be a platoon. I've never gotten the feeling that Fredi G. (or Hart for that matter) is totally committed to C. Johnson.
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.
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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.