Would not be wise, in my opinion. He's cheap for several more years, and he's a serviceable-or-better defensive catcher with off-the-charts raw power. No reason to trade him.
Might be just because that's the nature of the hitting-coach job. When offense struggles, they can't fire the players so they fire the hitting coach. Usually it's not warranted, and in this case from people I talk to who know hitting, they say Walker knows his stuff, absolutely, but just doesn't have the right group of players who can grasp it and thrive with it. Some in the group can, but others can't, or won't.
Haven't heard updates because it's just not much point in updating Tommy John patients just 2-3 months into rehab. All of them are at the same point in the rehab at that stage, nothing going to be notable for several more months, at least, when they really start throwing and noticing how arm feels etc.,
Yes, I do. He's played great the past two months, and he's a first-class guy, great in the clubhouse, very mature and works his ass off. Dynamic player, only thing that's held him back is the injuries. He's stayed healthy this year, and it shows. Always positive and upbeat. I like him.
Gonna be tough holding off the Nats if Nats avoid any more major injuries. But again, division overall is weak and it won't take any resounding second half to win it.
I don't think it has any. I would hope it doesn't. I didn't agree with the thinking that having both of them together would be a boon for either or both of them to begin with. Honestly, I saw more potential problems in having two brothers on same team on multi-year deals than I did potential pluses. I mean, from someone who has a brother who's less than two years older than me, I saw potential problems. But those two get along far better than me and my brother ever would get along if we worked together and had lockers next to one another.
I can see how Minor comes across that way in interviews, for sure. I don't think it's an accurate reflection of how he feels about those matters in some cases. He's plenty motivated and cares a lot.
Yeah, you're up and running.
It'll be interesting to see what they do with Peraza. Could move him to 3B eventually, if they don't think his trade value is optimized by keeping him at SS/2B. But I think they need to and will wait to see how La Stella handles 2B for a while. A few weeks is not enough time to judge anything in the big leagues. Nothing. Wait till teams see him a second time and all that before starting to make any assessments.
I don't think it does affect it.
Every GM has some conspicuous mistakes on his resume, some bad trades and/or free-agent signings. Wren has several. He also has more than his share of small trades that have worked out splendidly for the Braves, and more than his share of reclamation projects, waiver claims, throw-ins in trades, who've worked out and made impacts with the Braves. So it all has to be judged together. Unfortunately for him, some people only remember the big-dollar and/or high-profile deals. And the B.J., Uggla and Kawakami deals have simply not worked out.
Braves haven't used a position player to pitch in a very long time, and have no plans to. It's why they always have a long reliever who can eat innings. They don't want to be in that position, risking possible injury to a position player by having him do something he never does -- pitch.
It's not the makeup of this team, though I do wish they'd at least try to bunt a little more and shorten some swings with two strikes, etc. But this team was put together with power in mind, knowing there would be a lot of K's. They got more and less than they anticipated in that regard -- more strikeouts, less situational hitting, and not as many homers as they probably hoped they'd get. Because frankly, it's not a big-time home-run hitting team, considering how many K's and how little "small ball" they play.
Honestly, I don't think he'll be re-signed. Don't know how much effort they'll make, since it'll be a huge salary and the Braves may look to go in a different direction and get a more consistent hitter and better defensive player who doesn't have his dynamic ability to carry an offense for a week or more at a time, but also doesn't have extended slumps and huge strikeout totals.
No team is building 48-50,000 seat ballparks anymore. They realized it was a poor business model. Rockies just took out their upper deck in right field because it was too big, like Turner Field is. Parks like AT&T (San Fran) and PNC (Pittsburgh), not to mention the historic ones (Fenway and Wrigley) have much smaller capacities, more intimate atmospheres, and most importantly, they create more ticket demand and an urgency for fans to buy tickets ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute to check the weather, the team's recent performance, etc., because they can do that when they know there will be thousands of seats available for almost every game even if they wait to buy them when they get there.
Because it could help them fill a need, such as bullpen help, and because Alex Wood can fill in and potentially pitch just as well in the rotation and maybe go a little deeper in games on a regular basis.
They hope he does, but aren't counting on it. There's no timetable for return yet because each time he's ramped up activities in preparation for beginning a rehab assignment, he's had a little setback. That could change any day and we could be told he's beginning a rehab assignment, at which point we'll have a timetable for expected return. Until then, it's status quo. And Fredi stopped answering questions about guys on the DL a few weeks ago. Got tired of it.
If you know how much job security he has, then you have better sources on that matter than I do. Because I don't get a real feel either way on how much job security he has, particularly since the Braves didn't announce the length of the contract extensions that he and Fredi signed in spring.
Easier said than done. What sore of "big trade" do you propose? And please, reality-based trades only.
I've seen/heard plenty of conversation about how badly Chris Johnson hit in the first two months of the season. He's been a lot better in the past couple of weeks, but so far it's been a poor season offensively. Didn't understand the timing of that extension (again, those angry folks who like to ignore facts and say i don't disagree with any organizational decisions should just ignore this so they can continue their completely bogus narrative. But for others, I'll repeat: I didn't understand the timing of that extension and why they couldn't wait to see how he played this year before doing it. Although, I will say, if he ends up having a good year his price would be higher for three years than what they signed him for. Still, I'd have waited.)