Heyward, La Stella, JUpton, Freeman, Gattis, CJohnson, BUpton, Simmons, pitcher.
Answered that one 10 minutes ago. Please just scroll back. Thanks.
Yes, I would. Repeat, for those who choose to read what they want and ignore facts -- i.e, those who think I don't disagree or question the manager's decision -- I would never have batted B.J. second and certainly wouldn't have him there now.
They're not trading B.J. At least not in the forseeable future. There is no market even if they wanted to, not with that salary he's owed over next 3 1/2 seasons.
Good question. One for those who insist on blaming Fredi and not Wren or -- and this is what I really don't get -- the players. I've never seen so many folks willing to absolve players, the ones actually performing or not performing, of blame by shifting that to manager or hitting coach. People, the manager and hitting coach, especially the hitting coach, have relatively little affect on on-field performance. The manager's most important duty in a 162-game season is to keep the ship sailing in the right direction, to put out fires in the clubhouse and keep the players on same page and working together, etc. And hitting coaches? Just look at the history of hitting coaches who are celebrated as the best in the game in one place, then who go to a lesser team and suddenly they aren't such great hitting coaches because that team's offense still stinks.
As I wrote in blog yesterday, persons I talked to in organization said that's not being discussed. Well, actually, one said there have been no formal discussions; other person said flat-out that it has not been discussed. So maybe it's been informally kicked around but the second person I talked to hasn't been informed, which would also indicate to me it's not been seriously discussed because he would be told if there was anything like that being planned anytime soon. For all the reasons I laid out in my blog yesterday, it doesn't make much sense. At all.
Oh, and Joe, I'm not a fan. I'm a reporter. I'm not going to write like a fan pulling for the team.
Yes, you're reading me quite wrong. In fact, I've used that exact word -- that there is reason(s) to be concerned -- in the past week on more than one occasion on Twitter.
Some deserving, but all managers -- or just about all -- deserve some criticism. I will say I think he gets far more criticism than he deserves from Braves fans. Not that I agree with all his decisions, because I don't. At all. Like not bunting last night and pinch-running for Gattis. Wouldn't have done either. But some Braves fans -- and maybe some of them aren't really fans but just online trolls, in which case they don't count -- have gone and continue to go over-the-top in criticism of Gonzalez. Almost like a competition among them to see who can be more critical. It gets absurd.
Nothing. I think they'll eventually release him or trade him and eat almost all of his contract.
Not a priority at this point, when bullpen and offense are such bigger needs. Not saying that can't change or it becomes too good an offer or other deals fall through, etc., But for now, starting pitching is just not at top of Braves needs, and they have needs that need addressing. Their starting pitching has been strong, and they've got Alex Wood getting stretched out to return to the rotation. They're far more likely to trade a starter away than to bring in another starter.
I agree. Had a couple of bad plays in his first game(s) at Fenway Park, which is understandable for a kid making his MLB debut in that venue, etc. Don't think his defense since then has warranted being replaced on a regular basis in the late innings of close games, especially when there's such a relatively high chance this team will go to extra innings lately with the 'pen and offense being what they are. Need to keep his bat in lineup, at least while he remains hot.
OK, folks. A sincere thanks for all the questions and interest. And only a couple of jerks in the entire bunch. I really appreciate it. Take care. Come back next week, same channel, same time.
Trout. Before he got hurt, I might've said Jose Fernandez.
Lots of great smaller moves (signings and trades), and a few big contracts that certainly didn't work out or haven't so far.
They've never given any amount, period. But based on what Wren's said in past, as far as what Braves want to limit the percentage increase over a pitcher's previous season high, I'dsay 170-180 innings is about as high as they want him to go
Harang can make up to $1 million more if he makes 25 starts. For a total of $2 mill. So yes, you're right, Floyd can't make six times what Harang is making, but he can make $7 mill or more, and has a base salary of $4 million.
No, that's not a loaded question or anything. To ask a beat writer, who depends on being able to talk to players and get information from them.
I don't think the pieces fit together well in this lineup. No real "glue guys" and not enough guys that get on base a lot. Too many strikeouts, not enough guys who can but or move a runner over with a grounder or get him in with a sac fly.
I'd say it's better than 50/50. Probably far better.
No, it is not. If/when that happens, they'd feel terrible for him -- they all like him -- but I'd imagine they'll all understand, as well.
Don't know. Fredi prefers him there, I think. And I know B.J prefers it there, thinks he gets better pitches, more fastballs, etc.