I don't give Wren a pass on Uggla/Upton/Lowe/Kawakami. But I don't think we can judge a general manager only by his whiffs.
It might be. It could be. We'll see if it is. (Apologies to Harry Carary.)
Let's take the Red Sox and Ben Cherington: Boston finished last in 2012, won the World Series in 2013 and is under .500 in 2014. Is he a great GM because his team had one great run? Or are great GMs the ones who keep putting their teams in position?
I don't think that's the plan, at least not yet. I still think the Braves' preferred path is to have Gattis be the No. 1, Laird the No. 2 and Bethancourt starting every day for Gwinnett.
If winning 90-plus games is mediocrity, I'd hate to see your definition of failure.
Sure it's a concern. Everything's a concern.
Why, thanks. And two of the three are outstanding, I'll agree. I'm just some guy who shows up now and then.
I'm sure Mr. Uggla isn't a barrel of laughs at the moment. But most guys like playing here. It's a good organization.
I've said this before, but the Braves -- even though they haven't hit much -- are almost locked into this everyday eight.
It did by me. Thanks for pointing it out.
Thing is, would Heyward be willing to take the deal that Freeman got, or would he believe that somebody else will offer him more when he becomes a free agent?
I think it's unlikely they'll be quality starters again. It could happen, but the odds aren't in their favor.
I would have La Stella batting in the No. 2 slot.
Are the Braves really the youngest team in the majors?
I don't know that we've seen in Atlanta the B.J. Upton who impressed so many people in Tampa. He just hasn't been that player yet, for whatever reason.
I read the article. (I do pay for Insider content.) I say again: I don't know that the Braves would be willing to pay a huge price, pun intended, for a pitcher who might leave after next season. Especially when the best thing this team has going for it is starting pitching.