Braves Interested In Trading For Eduardo Nunez

The Braves are looking to add offense this winter, and John Harper of The New York Daily News reports that they let the Yankees know they'd be interested in trading for shortstop Eduardo Nunez last week.

“They need offense," said Harper's source. "They need a shortstop because they don’t want to bring [Alex]  Gonzalez back, and they like Nunez a lot. They know the jury is out on him defensively, but they think his offense is strong enough that he could move to the outfield if he can’t be their long-term answer at short.”

Atlanta did not discuss Jair Jurrjens or any specific players on their side with the Yankees, and they also showed interest in Nunez last winter. The 24-year-old infielder hit .265/.313/.385 with five homers in 338 plate appearances this past year, stealing 22 bases in 28 tries as well.

Nunez played short and third base primarily last season, getting regular at-bats when Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez hit the disabled list at different times of the summer. He also saw time at second base and occasionally filled in at the corner outfield spots. Nunez committed 20 errors in his limited time, most coming on throws, so his ability to play the left side of the infield on an everyday basis is still in question.

279 Responses to Braves Interested In Trading For Eduardo Nunez Leave a Reply

  1. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    you and everybo–ok no, just you. good luck with that

  2. HTF 4 years ago

    I love the Swisher, Nunez, and Prospect for JJ idea that the writer throws out there. Do it, Frank. 

    • Jonathan Gallo 4 years ago

      A lot of Yankee fans are not hot on JJ and neither am I.
      I would be willing to do a Swisher and Nunez deal for someone else though.

      • i’d do swish and nunez for terehan thats about it

        • Jeff 4 years ago

          Swish, Nunez, and Cano for Uggla+Teheran maybe

          • ok the yankees would not give up the best 2B in baseball for uggla. thats a no brainer that it would NEVER in a million years happen. Uggla is old as for cano who hasnt even reached his prime and is belting 30+ hr’s

          • Jeff 4 years ago

            That’s as crazy as you guys asking for Teheran.  Neither one is gonna happen.

          • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

            cano is going to be the face of the franchise in the next few years. He pretty much is right now.

          • tomymogo 4 years ago

            Well the Braves are not giving one of best pitching prospects then

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            I think the fact that you think the Yanks would trade Cano for an unproven starting pitching prospect is hilarious and speaks volumes of how you clearly don’t understand the Yanks perspective. First, they’re not dealing Cano. If they were they would absolutely demand a PROVEN starter that they could have for at least 2 years. 

            When the Yanks trade a PROVEN all-star in their prime (which seldom happens) then it’s a completely different situation than when other teams do the same. In most cases other teams are trading their stars because they are either rebuilding, can’t afford him or feel that they will be unable to resign him/extend him and they are headed towards free agency.

          • tomymogo 4 years ago

            I’m not suggesting they would trade Cano, there is no way. And Teheran won’t be traded unless is somebody like Cano

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            And the Yankees, who are in search of a top of rotation starter, would trade their All-Star 2b and best hitter for Uggla and an unproven pitcher because….???? The fact that they would even shop Uggla for another 2b speaks volumes. You are truly not dealing on solid ground.

          • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

            this topic is starting to make my head hurt… 

        • The Braves could do infinitely better than getting back Swisher and Nunez if they were willing to include Teheran in a package.

          They’re not going to trade him, but Teheran is a blue chip prospect that would headline a deal for a major star.  That return would be mental.

      • yes matt cain lol

    • Jonathan Gallo 4 years ago

      How about Nosei, Swisher, Nunez for Minor?

      • HTF 4 years ago

        Our FO loves Minor. We aren’t trading him. Jair is the guy they want to trade. 

        I’m all for a Swisher-JJ straight up swap. I just want Swish. 

        • Yes.  Swisher for JJ.  Straight up. If you want to throw Nunez in there, fine, but a lot of these Braves rumors are just stupid.  Especially the Prado rumors.  It’s annoying as hell.

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          if escobar was moved because he had character issues and was an annoyance in the club house and you want swisher, you clearly have not researched swish much

          • swisher has been good in the clubhouse for the yankees. always happy. im guessing your prob a white sox fan, as he did not like playing for guillen. as soon as he went to NY he had a better attitude.

          • tomymogo 4 years ago

            There is a huge difference. With Yunel, it go to the point were it looked like he just didn’t care, everybody in the team hated him, so Frank traded him. It was a culture issue, he being Cuban was playing how he was taught, Swish would fit anywhere

          • HTF 4 years ago

            Swish is white. He’ll fit in Atlanta just fine. 

        • csg 4 years ago

          You dont give up several years of a cost controlled pitcher like JJ for a one year rental of Nick Swisher.

          • Jeff 4 years ago

            It’s 2 years of JJ.  Not several.

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          I have no problem with the Braves’ FO loving Minor. However, he was very unimpressive GB% (36%) and has a mediocre FB (91 mph) and pitches in the NL. He does have age and being a lefty on his side, but I don’t see him as being any better than a #3 type, and he’s an unproven one at that. Not the kind of trade the Yanks would make in order to better their playoff/WS hopes.

        • “Our FO loves Minor. We aren’t trading him.”

          The exact same thing was said about Jordan Schafer right up until he was traded.  Let’s be real here, Mike Minor is no Julio Teheran and is far from untouchable, especially for the right asking price.

          • atlbravosfan11 4 years ago

            haha. schafer has been far from “untouchable” since he failed a drug test a few years ago.

          • Never said Schafer was untouchable or shouldn’t have been traded.  I’ll be the first to tell you I jumped for joy and praised the heavens the day he was traded. 

            I saw the press conference they held for him after that HGH incident……the phoniest apology (if you want to call it that) I have ever seen in my life.  He was a pompous @$$ before it happened and was an even bigger one after it happened.  He acted very cavalier about it and like the situation was no big deal to him. His “apology” came off was that he was sorry he got caught, not he was sorry he got involved in something truly stupid and moronic. I’m glad he’s gone and no longer the Braves problem and pity Houston for having to deal with him now.

      • that much for one guy? Minor could be good, but idk. maybe with prado in the mix or bourne. bourne will prob be gone after 2012 due to FA and him wanting alot of money, as for swisher who is signed already. bourne would be good fit for yankee stadium as he is a lefty with some pop. plus would be a good speed piece to put either 9th in the line up or 1st

        • Yankees420 4 years ago

          Michale Bourn?  He doesn’t have any pop to really speak of…

          • tomymogo 4 years ago

            The undervaluing around here is getting ridiculous. Bourn is a gold glove CF and a premier leadoff hitter who steals 60 bags a year. Boras represents him, and he is gonna get like 12 mill per year

          • Yankees420 4 years ago

            I’m not undervaluing him, I think he’s a terrific player.  I love a .350 OBP and 60 SB, I was just pointing out that he doesn’t really possess much power.  

    • i deff agree with that. prospect being someone like betances or benuellos. because the yanks are never going to bring em up let them go somewhere and pitch

      • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

        lol, no. I really don’t see cash trading betances, let alone manny.

      • MikhelB 4 years ago

        Yeah, it is not like the Yankees would need pitchers… besides you don’t even know how to spell Bañuelos! LOL

    • Yanks don’t want jurjens no chance

  3. James DeMott 4 years ago

    Wow. Why in God’s name would you do this? A-Gon needs to come back fro at least another year…then hopefully Pastornicky is ready and he’s definitely an improvement over Eduardo Nunez. 

  4. If the Braves want a guy who can play all the infield positions, some outfield, and hit .263 while hitting 5 homers…they have Martin Prado. What exactly is the upside of a trade for someone you essentially already have?

    • you gonna knock  a guy who hit 5 hrs while basically playing rotating utility? really? nunez is capable of hitting 20 hr and 50 sbs 

      • HTF 4 years ago

        In Yankee stadium maybe. That equates to about .25 homers in Turner Field. 

        • Vmmercan 4 years ago

          Nunez is a righty. Your joke isn’t even factual.

          • yeah how would his hr’s account for yankee stadium? being a righty its further at the stadium. and hes a pull ball hitter. now if he was a redsox player then that would factor into the equation but hes not.

          • RiverKKiller999 4 years ago

            It’s still 318 feet down the LF line in Yankee Stadium. Turner Field is 335 feeet down the line.

          • southpawryno 4 years ago

             since when were jokes factual?

        • LordD99 4 years ago

          Yeah, but against NL pitching that equates to 64 HRs for Nunez.

      • RiverKKiller999 4 years ago

        Nunez hasn’t even hit over 9 HRs during his minor league career stint. Maybe 15 at most if he gains some strength but no more than that probably.

        • slider32 4 years ago

          Warmer weather also makes the ball carry in Hotlanta.

      • Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

        Nunez hit 30HR in nearly 3000 Minor League ABs and you think he’s capable of hitting 20 in a year?  Wow…

    • Jeff 4 years ago

      Prado can’t play SS.  I think Pastornicky could take Prado’s role and do it cheaper personally.  Play 2B/SS/LF

    • tomymogo 4 years ago

      he makes 5 million, and doesn’t allow them to pursue more offense

  5. hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

    Dear Cashman: Please don’t trade with the Braves again.

  6. Chipper_is_GOD 4 years ago

    Yeah, lets bring him in. Makes sense. /sarcasm.

    I’d do it if and only if Nick Swisher was included

  7. jennaboo1 4 years ago

    Uh, gonzo sucks, I don’t want his non-bat back.

    • Chipper_is_GOD 4 years ago

      Me either.

      I think we should trade Jurrjens for this Nunez guy and Nick Swisher. Nunez could start a SS until Pastornicky got called up. And Swisher could start in LF and give Prado his utility role back. And when Pastornicky got called up, Nunez could be a utility SS, since Prado can’t play SS.

      • Jeff 4 years ago

        JJ alone won’t cut it.  In a realistic world JJ+Prado would, though it would be a slight overpay (though it makes sense to overpay)

        Nunez would go to 3B once Chipper retired, and I think Simmons will end up the SS of the future for the Braves, not Pastornicky, which is why I keep pegging Pastornicky as a utility guy.

  8. come on yankees do the trade, throw in another player maybe betances and bring in jurijens. try to pry away a starter cashman. they wanted nunez since last year, and sorry brave fans but he is alittle bit more of an upgrade then gonzalez. plus their thinking since they may trade prado or if chipper gets hurt again. nunez can play anywhere. i think with nunez and maybe romine or one of their prospect pitchers for jurijens can work. maybe even swisher to play left field lol.

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      why would the yankees trade one of their top pitching prospects for jurjens, who has shown signs of regressing faster than anyone thought and his pitching style would not work in yankee stadium.

      • austinhb 4 years ago

        He had one of his best years last year, with his loss of velocity came better control, he talked about how he was sacrificing velocity for location and movement using a new grip he learned from Jonny Venters, i don’t know where you are getting this “Regressing fast” nonsense

      • Jurrjens was the leading ccandidate for the Cy at the break last year…then he got hurt.  He still ended up with a sub 3.00 ERA.

      • TimotheusATL 4 years ago

        congratulations on knowing absolutely nothing about jair jurrjens and just spouting the same “lol nobody can pitch in yankee stadium” rhetoric that every other clueless fake sabermetrics guy does.

      • bravesdude 4 years ago

        ‘ jurjens, who has shown signs of regressing faster than anyone thought ‘

        And regressing is how he made the AS team last year right ?

  9. sure why not jesus montero for a bag of balls while your at it

  10. keep smoking that crack bro betances for JJ please… betances is worth a hell of alot more than JJ

    • wow.  you have no idea what you’re talking about.  You mean the Betances who’s 6’8″ and fat and has had TJ surgery already?  You mean the Betances who’s career BB:K ratio is 491:205?  You mean that Betances?  Is worth more than a 26 year old All-Star?  Yeah, right.  Yankee fans.

      • Too Many Idiots 4 years ago

        You should really gets your stats correct.  Braves fans.

        • austinhb 4 years ago

          everyone should stop generalizing fans based on 1 misinformed fan.

          • Too Many Idiots 4 years ago

            You mean the way the individual to which I was responding did to Yankee fans?  

          • austinhb 4 years ago

            I mean to both

          • care to prove my misinformation?  or are you just being douchey?

          • austinhb 4 years ago

            wow someone is defensive, I am a Braves fan I am just saying people shouldn’t take one fans opinion as the consensus for the whole fan base.

          • austinhb 4 years ago

            and lol I wasn’t even replying to you, i was talking to too many idiots, LOL

        • prove my facts wrong.  if you can’t, which you can’t, then shut it, Yanker.

      • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

        betances is fat? 260lbs at 6’8? reaching a bit for something stupid to say huh?

      • 14 Rocks 4 years ago

        Quit giving Braves fans a bad name.  Betances is a great prospect and there is no way the Yankees would trade him for Jair Jurrjens.  JJ is a great guy but he would get destroyed in the AL East.

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        Funny how Braves fans overvalue their own and then discredit others. I have NO problem if you have doubts about Bets…none. He has control issues. I just HATE when ppl speak of things as if they are facts.

        a) He never had TJ surgery.

        b) 6’8 and 245 is fat?

        c) The ONLY thing keeping him from being a top 5-10 pitching prospect is his control. He knocks out an avg of over 10/9 IP and if he learns better control he can easily be a front of rotation quality pitcher.

        • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

          They also say tall players take a long time to develop because their mechanics are so hard to nail down.

        • a.) yes, he did.

          b.) he’s 260 now.  at 23.  that’s fat.

          c.) only thing keeping him from being top-5 is control.  and how many pitcher have we said that about?  and how many actually do it?

          • moustacheman 4 years ago

            Seriously?  Do you not go to the gym, muscle weighs more than fat?  At 6’8 260 isn’t fat… Have you seen him?  You sound so ignorant. 

            Every Scout says he has electric stuff, his command is a huge issue BUT as the commenter above correctly stated, tall pitchers have a harder time getting their mechanics in order (See Randy Johnson).

            Betances is no sure thing, no prospect is… but he does have immense value due to his insanely high ceiling.  Oh and ya, please check your facts.

          • Too Many Idiots 4 years ago

            He did not have TJS. He had a ligament reinforcement surgery.  And he’s 255.

  11. erm016 4 years ago

    Can we get a spam filter for stupid rumors posted on this site? Come back when it’s something legit.

  12. yankees aren’t going to trade nunez… arod plays 100 games a season and jeter is getting old.. Seems odd to trade your depth for a SP who’s lost 5 mph on his fastball.. His xfip suggest he had a really lucky year as well

    • jennaboo1 4 years ago

      Every Year I hear he had a “lucky” year, and every year he has a good year, (minus injury year 2010) Maybe he is a lucky guy, Or maybe xfip doesn’t work. 

    • bravesdude 4 years ago

      If it was luck , then his ‘luck’ is getting better every year .

      There are many flaws with these new advanced stats they have out now to describe how well a player performs or how well he is ‘suppose’ to perform . Wish we could just go back to looking at the older stats like OPS and batting average , ERA , W-L and OBP .

      I think some of these ‘advanced’ stats are somewhat skewed . I know that the W-L speaks to the overall affect of the team behind the pitcher and not just the pitcher . But I do think that the ERA and W-L speaks to how good is that pitcher at keeping his team in games . A pitcher doesn’t have to dominate another team to be effective . He just has to throw that other team off just enough , or fool , to get themselves out .

      I think this is the group where Jurrjens falls into . He may not dazzle you with his velocity or movement . But he knows how to pitch to get hitters out . And he did throw a few fastballs that were 92-93 MPH last year . He just threw them when he needed to . As stated before by others , the drop in velocity was intentional to have a better command of his pitches , which this last year proved with a drop from 3.1BB’s a game in 2010 to 2.6BB’s a game last year .

      All these other non-Braves bloggers have to keep in mind that he was ‘arguably’ the best pitcher in the NL at the AS break . Josh Johnson had gotten hurt , but was the only starting pitcher in the NL with an ERA lower than Jair’s . And the Braves don’t have to trade him . It would be nice to do so to open up another spot for for one of the younger studs . But unless Wren gets a deal in return that is a definite upgrade to the team , a deal won’t be done .

      If we were to deal with the Yanks , I personally would try for Jair+(Hoover or B+ prospect) for Nunez and Swish . If that one falls through , then maybe Jair+Diaz+Redding/Spruill for Nunez+Swish .

  13. clearly Braves & Yanks trades haven’t worked at all in recent history.  Neither team should do it to themselves. 

  14. Since the Yankees will end up prying away Brian McCann from us two off-seasons from now we might as well ask for Jorge Posada right…………

    • umm posada isnt a yankee anymore or did you not get that memo?

      • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

        Yankees have a little guy named Gary Sanchez. Look it up… We don’t need catchers.

    • Tko11 4 years ago

      Pretty sure Posada is a free agent…Cervelli maybe?

    • Richard Griffith 4 years ago

      Posada’s a free agent so have at him.

    • Richard Griffith 4 years ago

      Posada is a free agent so he’s all yours

    • 14 Rocks 4 years ago

      Dream on.  Mac is a Brave for life.  Look for a long term extension sometime this winter.

      • Chintastic 4 years ago

        can we also look for 104 stolen bases allowed next year? mac’s weak arm and defense in general makes him a DH sooner than later. however i’m sure the braves will give him an extension while opposing players steal at will!

        • bravesdude 4 years ago

          Good job looking at the defensive side of McCann when it’s his offense that makes him one of , if not the best , catchers in baseball . Oh and he has also been an AS the last six years straight and a silver slugger 5 of the last 6 years .

  15. roberty 4 years ago

    Nunez would be great as a backup third baseman and shortstop. 

  16. alxn 4 years ago

    I feel bad for Braves fans who see Pastornicky as a SS of the future. He’s been terribly mediocre his entire minor league career, other than a hot streak at the end of last year. I hope I’m wrong, but I can’t imagine him being more than a solid utility player. And no, he’s not better than Nunez. 

  17. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Totally baseless rumor coming out of yet another questionable NYC newspaper article…not buying it one bit

  18. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Call me crazy.. But how much of an offensive upgrade is a SS who’s minor league career OPS is .687

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Form your own opinion of Nunez, I have no problem with that. However, if you’re going to do that then use his AA and AAA stats from his age 22 (09) and 23 (’10) seasons when he averaged an OPS around .750. I think he can be a solid .280 BA, .340 OBP, 10-15 hr and 25-30 SB guy.

  19. If the Yankees could get Jair Jurrjens for a package leading with Eduardo Nunez just give Brian Cashman the GM of the year award right there.  Nunez isn’t good and he doesn’t project to be any more than an average MLB starting shortstop.  Jurrjens just came off an All Star season and is a more than solid pitcher, #2 starter on the Yankees easily.

    • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

      He has hit well when he gets a chance. He can also steal bases. Cano wasn’t expected to be anything special either.

  20. Guest 4 years ago

    This is a good matchup for both teams and most of the people on here don’t know what they are talking about. Nunez is a legit player, actually has all the tools and 80% of his errors (all throwing) came in the first few weeks of playing this season, primarily as the back-up. Once he started playing more frequently, that dropped significantly. Even many scouts asked about this in the past and now agree this is not a problem and he will greatly improve. He’s a pretty complete young player. 

    I think there is something definitely there if they consider moving Swisher also. These would be two huge pieces for the Braves. I’m not sold on Jurrjens, but Teheran is an something worth considering.  

    For the Yanks, they get an arm and they go out and sign Cespedes. 

    Scary version is they could still package Montero, Betances, and Almonte for Gio and move AJ Burnett and $18mm of his contract to the Padres, Pirates, or others.

    G. Gonzalez

    Sign F. Garcia to another 1 year contract for depth

    Warren, Phelps, Mitchell, Banuelos (late 2012)

    Good night.

    • I think his fielding will improve but offensively, even in the minors, Nunez isn’t a big bat.

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      The Braves aren’t going to give the Yankees Teheran, their number one prospect, for a 1 year rental of Nick Swisher & Eduardo Nunez.

    • Jeff 4 years ago

      You’re not getting Teheran period.  It’s going to be JJ (maybe with Prado) or nothing, and the Braves can wait.

      As much as you guys hated Vasquez, you guys stuck us with Melky, which was worse.

      • Melky had 200 hits with the Royals last year.

        • Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

          He must have eaten about 100 of those hits when he was with us.  What does Jeff’s point have to do with what Melky did for the Braves?

        • BaseballLogic_Braves 4 years ago

          Yes, he had 200 hits with the ROYALS (*not the Braves*) last year. -_-

    • Conner Miller 4 years ago

      I agree with you this is a good match up, but Teheran will not be traded and if he was you would not have the prospects to get Gio because the Braves would destroy your system for him. 

      JJ is up for sale because they want to open up a whole for the young guns, not because they think he is bad but because they can do it cheaper. Now thats not to say that Delgado and Minor are not possible trade candidates, but its going to cost you more than it will for JJ (yes more than for the all-star) because they are trying to save money. You will have to blow them away to get one of the young pitchers, meanwhile a reasonable deal will get JJ.

      Thats what all of you fans have to understand who keep throwing out Teheran’s name, he aint for sell and if he was most of your teams couldn’t afford him, or at least it would be stupid to do it. 

      • roberty 4 years ago

        He just saw Teherans name on the top prospects list and thought it sounded cool. 

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        I think it’s as stupid to think Swisher for Teheran is a fair trade as it is for Braves’ fans to think Teheran is worth Montero, Banuelos and others.

      • slider32 4 years ago

        Teheran for Montero straight up!

        • roberty 4 years ago

          I would consider it if the Braves didn’t already have Brian McCann.

    • you think you’re getting Teheran?????

      wow.  just.  wow.

  21. BrigadierPudding 4 years ago

    Julio Teheran is one of the most valuable prospects in all of baseball.  There is literally no chance Frank Wren trades him for a package headlined by Eduardo freaking Nunez and a 1 year rental of Swisher. He wouldn’t trade him for Hunter Pence at the deadline.

    Dream on, Yankee fans.

    • Paul_Zuvella 4 years ago

      Dude, Teheran isn’t going anywhere and the mention of that possibility was a joke. 

      On another note, why would the Yankees even entertain the idea of moving Nunez??? Between Jeter and A-Rod the average age of the left side of the infield is something like 37 yrs old….so why move a young appealing prospect, when you need the depth and a possible replacement for either of them? This rumour is sheer craziness!

      • roberty 4 years ago

        If I was Wren I would consider trading Teheran for another huge prospect like Mike Trout or Jurickson Profar.

  22. Jerry 4 years ago

    Man, the Brave’s rumors this offseason just keep getting worse and worse.

    • Aaron Egnor 4 years ago

      I heard they’re gonna trade Teheran for Craig Counsel to play SS and bring back Pascual “I-285″ Perez to replace him.

  23. I like the idea of trying out Nunez to see if he could be a good SS or 3B for us down the line, but there’s no chance we get him at a reasonable cost considering he’s more of an interesting experiment than a sure solution.

  24. Guest 4 years ago

    Dont go to big with your offense now. You should target guys that have a OBP a few ticks above their AB’s like Eduardo Nunez!

  25. Y’all want Arodys Vizcaino? I think I remember something about the Yankees liking him…

    Really you think you’re going to pry away Teheran who is one of the three best pitching spects in baseball with a rental and an unproven ss? Nunez looks more appealing than I would of given credit for before looking him up I’ll say that but certainly not eyecatching numbers worthy of anything near Julio.

    I think I remember hearing Joba was falling out of preference, there’s someone I wouldn’t mind the Braves taking a flier on.

  26. Simple answer. NO. Didn’t we learn from the last time we traded for a pitcher from the Braves…

  27. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    This rumor makes no sense, however these 2 teams could match up to appease one another.  Swisher is a player that the Braves have targeted prior to this season.  He’s a 1-year contract and the power hitter the Braves need. Jurrjens will make about 5 million this year through arbitration and is under team control for 2013.  The trade straight up just doesnt make sense.  Here, let me break it down for you…

    Jurrjens has averaged about 175 innings/year for 4 years. During that time, he has collected 10.2 WAR.  Career-wise, he’s about a 2.5-3 WAR player (if healthy, he could be a 4 WAR, and if not, he could he a 2 WAR).  To the Yankees, that would have tremendous value putting Jair as the #3 starter behind Sabathia and whatever power arm they decide to slot in at the 2nd starter spot.

    Swisher is essentially worth more than Jurrjens (on paper) by about 1 WAR, but will cost 5  million more and is only under team control for one more year.  So, how to even out this is the question…
    Jurrjens-2 years/approx 11 million-  5-8 WAR
    Swisher- 1yr/10 million- approx. 3.5 WAR

    Trade that might help both teams:
    Yanks get Jurrjens
    Braves get Swisher and Mason Williams

    Mason Williams was a steal for the Yanks in the ’10 draft.  He’s a 20 yr old CF that is not one of the Yanks top 10 prospects, but meets the Braves needs for a young, quick, OBP driven CF. He has the potential to be a Bourn-like player.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      How do you envision JJ being worth 5-8 WAR in two years when he was only worth 1.5 WAR last year? You’re assuming he will be better over the next two years and I don’t know why considering he finished the year with a serious knee injury and a declining FB, a FB that mind you, has been declining for 5 consecutive years and bottomed out around 89 mph last year?

      Look JJ has value, but I think Braves fans are only looking at him from an optimistic standpoint and ignoring the glaring issues concerning him. 

      Who knows how Wren values JJ at the moment but if his views are similar to the fans then it might be best to keep him and let him prove his health and value and readdress a trade in July.

      • Nik 4 years ago

        I feel Jurrjens is more valuable than Swisher but both are good.

      • Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

        My replies to you somehow were pushed to the bottom.  MLBTR has been buggy lately…

      • bravesdude 4 years ago

        ‘How do you envision JJ being worth 5-8 WAR in two years when he was only worth 1.5 WAR last year’

        Depending to what site you’re looking at . Baseball Refernence had him at 3.8 for last year . But I want to look at Jair’s last FULL season . These were his stats in 2009 :

        And I think this is why they are valuing Jair so high , because of what he can be when he does pitch a full season .

        14-10 / ERA of 2.60 / started 34 games  / pitched 215.0 innings

  28. slider32 4 years ago

    Jurjens for Nunez and a prospect or two could be a good fit. Remember a good trade is one that helps both teams. I would add Adams or Heathcott or Phelps.

  29. 14 Rocks 4 years ago

    Jurrjens for Swisher and Nunez makes sense for both teams.  I just don’t want to trade Prado.

    • How does it make sense to exceed the braves max payroll by adding Swisher?

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        Everything I read said they were dumping salary so that they can add a bat. I’m sure that if they plan on adding an bat that’s going to make an impact they are not expecting him to be making mlb minimum. They saved money on Lowe and I’m sure whoever they trade to acquire a bat will be making some money as well.

        IF it were a case of Swisher then they can make that trade using the money saved from Lowe and whoever they send to the Yanks to offset one another. The idea that the Yanks need to eat any of Swisher’s salary as if he’s a salary dump or prohibitively expensive is nonsense. 

  30. grownice 4 years ago

    Braves fans wont admit it but, Yunel Escobar sure would look good in a braves uniform right about now wouldn’t he?

    • Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

      Yes Braves’ fans will.

      • grownice 4 years ago

        But he has a “bad attitude” 😉

        • bravesdude 4 years ago

          He just did not fit in with the team mindset that the Braves have .

    • Chintastic 4 years ago

      yes! but lets not forget, cox ran yunel out of town. which is why managers shouldn’t wield ‘gm like’ power.

    • I am a Braves fan and I can definitely admit Yunel would look good in a Braves Uniform.

    • jhawk1000 4 years ago

      Just before his trade you could tell he was swinging at crap just to get the at bat over with. His head wasn’t in the game and his attitude showed it. So what if he refound his stroke in toronto, I still would not want him back by any stretch, I’d take Wilson over him just because Jack knows how to be a pro and do his job.

    • Elvis Andrus would look MUCH better.

  31. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    If this article is anticipating a Nunez+Swisher deal for Jurrjens , then I’m sure the Yankees can do better then Jurrjens. Swisher alone almost amounts to Jurrjens’ value throw Nunez on top and you are overpaying. I’d rather target a power pitcher whose had success in the American league, ala Gio Gonzalez.

    • TimotheusATL 4 years ago

      or you can just bring back the flamethrowing Freddy Garcia.

    • You do realize AL/NL is not as important as the park they play in.  Al Davis stadium is a pitchers park,  Yankees’s stadium is not.  Look at Joe Blanton or Jamie Moyer for the Phillies, they had more success in the huge parks in the AL West not as much in the NL East.

  32. PlayBoyBuddy Rose 4 years ago

    Jurrjens/Nunez sounds like the beginings of a sweet deal… 28 in 20-12!

  33. jayt15 4 years ago

    how about nunez and swisher for arodys vizcaino??

  34. Yes because the Braves really could afford having another defensively challenged infielder.  LOL Wren.  You’re starting to make RAJ look wise.

  35. And your gynO joke was lame

  36. craigkimbrelfan 4 years ago

    A deal centered around JJ/Prado and Nunez/Swisher would be nice…

  37. Geaux_Braves 4 years ago

    Wren get this done. Nunez, Bourn, & Costanzo stealing bases would spark the Braves offense with Prado, McCann, Uggla, & Freeman driving them in. Not to mention J-Hey bouncing back too. Nunez and Prado can back up and start at any infield spot and save the roster spot wasted on the julio lugo and Brandon Hicks. After ole’ Larry finally departs, Nunez can take 3rd, and Prado remains the super utility.

    • craigkimbrelfan 4 years ago

      Constanza doesn’t belong in any strategical planning for next season.  5th OF at most. 

  38. You guys are all crazy. A trade with the Yankees just doesn’t make sense. The Yankees prospects that we’re interested in they’re not going to trade us. Pastornicky will be the starting SS in 2012 and we need a better option in LF for the long haul since Prado will take over 3B for Chipper when he retires where Prado fits in well. (That’s if we keep him which we should)

    Nunez is nice but just doesn’t fit in with the team in the future. I’d rather trade Jurrjens for LF/CF prospects and a pitching prospect or two.

    We can find a cheap option at SS or even start Pastornicky this year to give him the experience. We could sit back and be fine with the roster we have right now as well. With Hanson’s shoulder history I’d rather just keep Jurrjens and have a great rotation.

    • craigkimbrelfan 4 years ago

      Shoulder ‘history’?  He threw 100 plus in 09′ when he was called up midseason, threw 200 plus in 2010 and had 2011 cut short.  Not sure where you get the shoulder ‘history’ thing.

      And as for Pastornicky….he must not be ready if they’re continuing to look for options.  He hasn’t even had a full season at Triple A. 

  39. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    1. He’s young, that’s why and there was no “serious” knee injury (bone bruise).
    2. His velocity was down because he wanted it down.  His control was immaculate (Maddux-esque) during the ’11 season.  If the Yanks want him to throw 92-93, he can (his velo during his final 2 simulated games was back up to 94).

  40. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    1. He’s young, that’s why and there was no “serious” knee injury (bone bruise).2. His velocity was down because he wanted it down.  His control was immaculate (Maddux-esque) during the ’11 season.  If the Yanks want him to throw 92-93, he can (his velo during his final 2 simulated games was back up to 94).

    *Note on value:  Jair, who is one of the rare pitchers that defies advanced stats year after year, gets ripped by Fangraphs WAR because of his low K rate.  However, his WAR over at baseball-reference is much higher (3.8).  Depending on what stats you value, Jair was either average or well-above it (year to year, he varies). 

    Jair’s bWAR and fWAR by year:
    ’07:  0.4  compared to 0.2
    ’08:  2.5  compared to 3.7
    ’09:  5.3  compared to 3.9
    ’10: -0.1  compared to 1.2
    ’11:  3.8  compared to 1.5

  41. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Dave O’Brien of the AJC seems to think that there could be some life to a JJ for Swisher/Nunez deal

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      Would you see it as fair deal for both? Just curious since you seem like a fairly dedicated Braves fan.

      • NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

        Yes I would. JJ is more than a stud when he’s healthy.

      • Jeff 4 years ago

        Honestly, I think (As a Braves fan) JJ+Prado would be an overpay for Swisher/Nunez , but JJ himself is an underpay. 

        Yanks would have to throw in a B+ type position prospect to get JJ+Prado.  If the prospect was a little better/perfect fit, I’d throw in Hoover or Zeke Spruill (B+ pitching prospects, Hoover’s a reliever now, but he’d be a starter in most orgs still, that’s due to the logjam in high minors)

  42. thomassj 4 years ago

    Jair for Nunez & Gardner

  43. Yankee offseason:



    2- JETER SS
    3- TEX 1B
    4- CANO 2B
    5- A ROD DH
    8- MARTIN C
    9- PRADO 3B


    1B/3B B.LAIRD


    LHP CC
    RHP JJ
    RHP Burnett


    M. Rivera (CL)
    R. Soriano
     D. Robertson
     B. Logan
    C. Wade
    J. Chamberlain

    • wow.  Prado and JJ for 1 year rental and D deficient infielder?

      how about you throw in mason williams AND dante bichette.  then it’s done.

      • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

        Since you put it that way, Jurrjens is in control for two more seasons and is coming of a injury riddled season. Name one outfielder other than Beltran and Quentin who could match-up to Swisher. (available)

      • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

        Bichette isn’t going anywhere. We drafted him higher than he should have because it was a sweetheart sorta thing.

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          And maybe because he’s actually good? 

      • Jeff 4 years ago

        I don’t think Nunez is D deficient, and Gardner’s a perfect fit even as a 1-yr rental.

        Prado and JJ are gone in 2 years no matter what.

        What are you going to do, re-sign Jack Wilson?

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      Rather give Hughes a shot over Burnett, in fact if it is true that teams have shown interest in AJ I would just trade him for the most minimal of returns.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      What makes you think Montero can get us Gio straight up? What makes you think Beltran would sign with us for 1/$8 mil? None of what you suggested sound reasonable at all.

      • roberty 4 years ago

        Haha yeah why would the Braves trade for Swisher if Beltran is on the market for practically nothing?

    • roberty 4 years ago

      Hahaha there is no way Wren would give up JJ and Prado for a backup infielder and one year of Swisher.  Also, Prado is not a very good third baseman.  You would probably be better off with Arod. 

      • squintyeyed 4 years ago

        1st, Prado and especially JJ are 2 year “rentals” anyway.  2nd Prado is a good third 3B.  And 3rd a utilty infielder who can back up or start at SS is exactly what the Braves need along with a corner outfielder with some pop.


    Braves Lineup:

    1- Bourn CF
    2- McCann C
    3- Heyward RF
    4- Uggla 2b
    5- Swisher LF
    6- Chipper 3b
    7- F.Freeman 1b
    8- E.Nunez SS


    OF/1b M.Diaz
    UT E.Hinske
    C D.Ross
    IF B.COnrad


    RHP Hanson, RHP Hudson, RHP Beachy, LHP MInor, RHP Teheran

    C. Kimbrel (CL)
    J. Venters
    E. O’Flaherty
    K. Medlen
    A. Vizcaino

    • Jeff 4 years ago

      Vizcaino will be starting in Gwinett in 2012, not in the pen.  That was just a love to limit his innings and relieve pressure on the Big 3.

      I suspect the back of the Braves pen will be : C-Mart (who is real good), Gearrin, Varvaro

      I also think Pastornicky makes the club, or they re-sign Jack Wilson for cheap if this trade happens.  You do need a backup SS on the roster, if Nunez gets hurt during a game, who plays short- Heyward?

  45. harmony55 4 years ago

    Eduardo Nunez is a 24-year-old defensively challenged infielder with a career OPS+ of 83 and a career WAR of a negative 0.7. The Yankees should not expect much in return.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Are you really using his career WAR? All 359 AB’s as a utility player and back up to Arod and Jeter? Really? And you speak of his age 24 as if that’s old. Seriously, could care less if you don’t like the guy but how about using some sort of points that are relevant at least?

      • harmony55 4 years ago

        Thanks for the feedback … I welcome your “relevant” points on the value of Eduardo Nunez.

        I’ll start with the .274/.318/.369/.687 line Nunez has posted in 2,772 plate appearances in the minors.

        • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

          He played in a very pitcher friendly park in the minors. He has shown power in Yankee stadium

  46. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    Oh, dear Lord…

  47. BBUA 4 years ago

    As I posted on another post Yanks and Braves are not good trade partners.  Braves will not pay 10 Mil Swisher is due for 2012.  Secondly he will be a FA after 2012 which means Braves now have to replace 2 OF for 2013.  Swisher does not appear on Braves Radar.  

    FW has already stated he would not make a trade for a ss that would block ss in our minor system.  Should Nunez be acquired he figures to be a utility player with Braves.  He may start some in 2012 if Braves did not acquire a one year starter.  Nunez would assume super utility position that Prado currently has.  FW certainly would not consider trading a starting pitcher (JJ) for Nunez.  Yanks have stated Nunez will be Jeter’s replacement, so there is no interest on their part, certainly not for what Braves would be offering.   

    I anticipate Prado going to Rockies for Seth Smith and Wheeler.  Braves would be set for all 3 OF positions in 2013.  JJ probably goes to the Reds for OF dept and possibly a ss.  Yanks are not a good trade partner for the Braves.    

    • Jeff 4 years ago

      Braves don’t want another LH hitter, why the Seth Smith trade is bad.  Braves are too lefty as is.  McCann, Heyward, Freeman, Bourn all LH

      Beltran makes the most sense, but wants too many years and is a big injury risk.

  48. BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

    Yankees don’t need another average starter. They need a good bat off the bench in Nunez. The Yankees aren’t the ones knocking at the door. If you want something from us you’re going to pay for it.

    • Jeff 4 years ago

      The Braves aren’t knocking either.  I’m perfectly ok with keeping JJ and Prado if a team is trying to hose.  Nunez by himself is worth about 2/3rds of JJ.

      • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

        So keep him? That’s the point. Nobody is going to bend over to make this deal in the Yankees club. We need another Ace, not another number 3 guy. There is a reason the Braves are willing to trade him right now…

        • bravesdude 4 years ago

          And that reason is to free up the logjam of the Braves rotation with Teheran , Delgado , Vizz and Minor . Granted , we have already opened one spot by moving Lowe . But one player who many fail to post about that may figure into the Braves starting rotation this year is Kris Medlen . He is a starter first , reliever second . And he was so impressive in his starts in 2010 that now with him healthy , he may be the one that takes over in Lowes spot .

          • BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

            Well, it sounds like this rumor is dead anyway. I think Cashman is tired of having the rug pulled from under him with the braves trades. If you guys want something from us it’s going to cost you. No, I don’t own, or run the club, but lets call it a good guess…

    • Jeff 4 years ago

      The Braves aren’t knocking either.  I’m perfectly ok with keeping JJ and Prado if a team is trying to hose.  Nunez by himself is worth about 2/3rds of JJ.

    • craigkimbrelfan 4 years ago

      Yes sir, Mr. Steinbrenner, sir!  LOL.  Who are you, Brian Cashman? 

      I love it when people on this site post statements as if they have a say in rumored transactions. It’s hilarious. Want something from ‘Us’? LOL.

      And yea…’average’ guys go 12-3 in the first half and nearly start over Halladay in the All-Star game. 

      They may not be knockin’ but I bet they bite and make an offer…

  49. BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

    Yankees don’t need another average starter. They need a good bat off the bench in Nunez. The Yankees aren’t the ones knocking at the door. If you want something from us you’re going to pay for it.

  50. tomymogo 4 years ago

    I would be in favor of Jair Jurrjens for Eduardo Nuñez and Nick Swisher +4.5 million.

    The Yankees could then sign Carlos Beltran. Beltran is better than Swisher IMO

  51. harsh words obviously you havn’t seen nunez play enough

  52. vinniemiller 4 years ago

    Re-sign Gonzalez and trade him for Yunel Escobar!! (I hear that works)

  53. MC_Antil 4 years ago

    I agree with the comment below.  Nunez has 50 SB potential, with the ability to hit 20 HR and drive in 80 runs. 

    And you’d rather have Gonzales?  The guy who literally defined the term ‘bad out’?

    The Braves’ offense blows, and a big reason why is they just have too many guys who either fly out or strike out every time up.  Bourn and Nunez together would give them the opportunity to steal up to 5 or 6 wins a year, all by themselves.

  54. Jeff 4 years ago

    Pastornicky will replace Uggla eventually.  He’s a natural 2B.  Prado+JJ for Nunez+Gardner+prospect perhaps? 

  55. Jeff 4 years ago

    dump Prado and it’s salary neutral.

  56. skidlee23 4 years ago

    What a crap trade.

  57. jwsox 4 years ago

     no way does that make sense for the yankees. Gardner was one of if not the best defensive out fielders last season, not just by gold glove standing but by fielding bible standards. Also he is extremely fast a great base runner,  while prado may hit for more power as seen by homeruns and slg% from last season. Gardner has a better obp and put up 5.1 WAR ad Prado put up 1.6 WAR in the same amount of plate appearances. Prado is a glorified utility man where as gardner is a legit outfield full time player  

  58. tomymogo 4 years ago

    No way I do that from the Braves perspective

  59. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    You are asking for WAYYYYYY too much dude. Gardner alone was worth a 5.1 WAR vs a TOTAL of 3.1 for JJ (1.6) and Prado (1.5). 

    I think Braves fans are as guilty of overvaluing their players as Yankee fans are accused of being.

  60. MikhelB 4 years ago

    The Yanks already have Gerald Laird’s brother Brandon at AAA (24 years old), a power hitter who can play 3B, so it would be a no go for the Yankees to acquire a 28 year older with mild power and good defense, just to be a backup.

    Plus… they would need to get something else if they were to include Gardner in the trade, MLB’s best defensive outfielder in the past two years.

    In no way i am saying that Jurrjens is not worth it, it is, but the Yanks would need to receive something better besides Jair if they were to include two good major leaguers.

  61. jwsox 4 years ago

    swish is making 10 mill it was a club option…

  62. Jeff 4 years ago

    I’m counting the 5 mil the Braves got for dumping Lowe.

  63. csg 4 years ago

    JJ’s going to make $7-8 mil in 2012.  But you still dont trade him straight up for Swisher.

  64. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    How do I know more about the intentions of another team than you? The Braves were looking to dump salary so they could AFFORD to add a bat. Even if they traded $5 mil in value that would still fit what the Braves are looking for. Also, who cares if Swisher is 31? It’s a one year deal.

  65. Jeff 4 years ago

    Then, or when he declines and we bench Uggla in 3 years or so.  He’s signed on for 4 more years, I know.

  66. Jeff 4 years ago

    You also get JJ, who you guys would learn to love.  I almost wish the Braves would trade Hanson instead, if you guys could add something to Swisher+Nunez of sufficient value, I’d consider Hanson+Prado as a package.  Would have to be an A prospect though.

  67. alxn 4 years ago

    His career minor league numbers are very mediocre. He had a good year last year, but I’m not going to let a months worth of games change my opinion of him. I’m not trying to kill him, but he isn’t the type of player that the Braves should be rearranging their plans around. If he gets to the majors and earns a starting job, then great. 

  68. your out of your mind. swisher nunez and a prospect for hansonand prado? more like hanson prado and jj lol. or prado jj and bourne lol

  69. pat devlin 4 years ago

    I would Do nunez and bbetances for prado and hanson

  70. Jeff 4 years ago

    And people talk about Braves fans overvaluing players.

    Nunez is a risky SS, not even worth JJ normally.
    Swisher’s a good player, worth more then Prado by a bit.

    Also Prado had a down year due to a staph infection last year.  Takes months to recover from that sometimes.

  71. tomymogo 4 years ago

    Look obviously you are all Yankees fans around here…..For the Braves to trade Hanson, the Yankees would have to offer Montero, Betances, Banuelos, and Nuñez, as in saying there is no way they are trading Hanson who isn’t even arbitration eligible and is the best pitcher in the staff.

  72. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Ok, now you’re the one looking a little cookoo. Hanson and whoever for Swisher, Nunez and maybe a Dellen Betances would happen in a second IMO, from a Yankee perspective.

  73. Jeff 4 years ago

    He’s 21.  Above-average AA/AAA numbers from a 21-yr old is good.

    The Braves have a better SS prospect a year behind him in Simmons (only question is going to be his bat, but defensively he’s ML-ready already)

  74. alxn 4 years ago

    Not sure what you were trying to say with your first sentence that hasn’t already been covered.

    I do agree that Simmons is a better prospect.

  75. austinhb 4 years ago

    woah woah woah, since when did Alex ever go 3-0?

  76.  “He makes babies cry when he bats.”  That was hilarious.

    He makes babies cry and grown men throw things.

  77. MattD93 4 years ago

    He means when Alex is about to walk and ends up striking out lol. At least, that’s what I think he means. 

  78. alxn 4 years ago

    I probably am underrating him, but my point was that the Braves shouldn’t be filling him into their 2013 line-up as the starting shortstop. If he has a great season this coming year then that could change. But right now, all this talk about looking for a stopgap at SS frustrates me. If there is a multi-year option that makes sense, the Braves shouldn’t let Tyler Pastornicky prevent them from going after it.

  79. Jeff 4 years ago

    Swisher+Nunez would address the needs.  Everything else could be done in-house.

    Worst case keep Jack Wilson around as a backup for cheap.

    Payroll was going to be raised slightly, and dumping Prado+JJ= no arb raises outside of EOF.

  80. roberty 4 years ago

    I think the Braves front office sees Pastornicky as a stop gap until Simmons is ready, and they are looking for a stopgap until he is ready.  I don’t think either of them looks that awesome, so I am advocating a package of high quality pitchers to Texas for Jurickson Profar.

  81. Jeff 4 years ago

    As a 1-yr rental he makes good sense. 

  82. Jeff 4 years ago

    What I’m saying is I see Pastornicky as a utility guy/stopgap SS who can be a decent to good 2-hole hitter.

  83. TomahawkChoppin609 4 years ago

    And austinhb means when was Alex patient enough to run a 3 ball count. At least that’s what I think he means.

  84. Oh because the Braves sure got a lot from Melky Cabrera.  That was an even trade with neither team benefiting.

  85. Keep in mind most homer totals from other teams (Uggla was an exception last year) go down when they come to the anti-launching pad in Atlanta.

  86. tomymogo 4 years ago

    270 OBP that’s pretty bad, and still prefer him over Nuñez on a 1 year contract…He was awesome defensively, and awful offensively. Nuñez didn’t exactly set the world on fire with his bat with a 698 OPS and awful defense

  87. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    There is this top prospect named Arodys Vizcaino that we got.  Yeah…he’s pretty good.

  88. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    OBP? Which one?  His career .318 Minor League OBP or the .313 Minor League OBP?

  89. Part of Gonzo’s allure initially for brave’s fans is he had some pop in his bat in Toronto with 17 homers when we made the trade and finishing with 23.  He still has a little pop but the OBP is attrocious and some of the at-bats show the mental discipline of a 4 year old in a toy store. Rage inducing. I’ll say this, the guy had glove last year with some jaw dropping plays at short.

  90. johnsilver 4 years ago

    An inferior version of a CoCo Crisp, only Bourne has no xbh ability other than what he can get with his legs.

    Can’t see Bourne as anything more than a 4th OF on a 1st tier AL team, much like Crisp was and Crisp had some “pop” in his Tribe/Sox days, plus the ability to play all 3 OF positions very well.

    Hard to see Bourne helping NYY much, if at all.

  91. tomymogo 4 years ago

    no homerun power, but 34 doubles, and 10 triples are a lot of extra base hit, and the fact that he is one of the best base stealers in baseball. When did gold glove defense with a 294 AVG 349 OBP 386 SLG 61 SB all of the sudden become a 4th outfielder

  92. roberty 4 years ago

    I think Bourn has the edge over Crisp because he can actually stay healthy for most of a season.  I like Crisp but I doubt he will ever play a full season.

  93. tomymogo 4 years ago

    If the Yanks add like 4 million

  94. tomymogo 4 years ago

    First off, naturally you would think Braves have some money from contracts coming off the books. Alex Gonzalez, Nate Mclouth, Kenshin Kawakami, 5 million off Derek Lowe. That’s about 20 million coming off the books, but they have a ton of raises in arb cases. McCann topped all incentives getting a raise from 6.5 million to 11 million, Prado and JJ getting 2 million raises each, Uggla will get a 4 million raise, and EOF getting a 2 million raise. And Michael Bourn who will make around 7 million. That’s around 21.5 million.

    They are gonna add some payroll, but it will be like 2-3 million

  95. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    Except he is only 24 years old and did not get regular playing time. Look at Michael Morse he was never a great player until he was given playing time, now he’s expected to be in the middle of that lineup.

  96. tomymogo 4 years ago

    he was runner up to Tulowitzki in the gold glove voting. Nuñez would make sense as a super utility guy, but suggesting it would take a top prospect to get him, or Jair Jurrjens or Prado no way. Maybe 2 solid not top prospects

  97. you’re crazy granderson is not the face of the franchise lol.

  98. tomymogo 4 years ago

    I’m not saying the gold glove is an effective measure, but UZR is flawed if Alex Gonzalez was below average. I don’t need numbers to tell you he was good, I saw it

  99. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    ummmm…you guys do. in fact, you guys have this “air” that your prospects are can’t miss and other teams should find themselves blessed to acquire one.

  100. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    And then there’s this. 

  101. $3513744 4 years ago

    I think you’re the one stretching a bit here, not the yankee fans.  They wouldn’t even offer that kind of package to get Felix, who’s locked down farily inexpensively for several years.  Hanson right now isn’t anywhere close to be on the same planet as the value Felix has.

  102. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Look…Nunez is far from a superstar SS but I think people are really judging him unfairly. He was used sporadically last year as he filled in here and there for Jeter, Arod and whoever. My feelings are that with regular play he has the ability to be a .280/.340/.400 SS with 10-15 hrs and 25-30 SB and league average defense. Most of his mistakes were mental ones, and I think getting into a regular rhythm of playing and not having to worry about filling the shows of a future HOF or being worried about being demoted to AAA will help settle him.

    Not saying he would be worth JJ straight up (because he’s not) but he has more value than many think and there’s no way the Yanks would trade him unless they felt they were getting equal value regardless of what the stats say. He simply has more value to the Yanks than he might have to others judging him by 2011 standards.

  103. Granderson had the best stats in 2011, and sure, he could be the best hitter on the Yankees.  Some might say you are wrong, and the best pure hitter is Cano.  And yes, Granderson has been an ambassador for the game for his whole career.  But when it comes to the “Face of the Franchise” it is undoubtably Derek Jeter.  How many rings does Granderson have?? Is he a lifelong Yankee, leading the franchise in hits, and a unanimous Hall of Famer?  Not yet dude.  Jeter is the Yankees.

  104. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    [insert trade proposal: unproven Braves prospect being valued as if they won a Cy Young award here]

  105. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    How about you keep Prado and we do Swisher and JJ straight up, huh?

  106. Jeter, then Rivera, then Cano, then CC, and *then* maybe Granderson.

  107. tomymogo 4 years ago

    I meant that he plays with a certain flair that was interpreted as showing off being flashy etc. And he is very expressive. It was culture shock

  108. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    High AVG doesn’t equate to High OBP.  His walk rate has never been good enough for him to be determined an OBP guy. Grouping OBP and speed together was a fluff job. He has above average speed, but doesn’t project to be a true SB threat.  He’s a below average SS with no power, a bit above average speed (for his age), and an average walk rate.

    Riddle me this:  Why would the Braves be willing to trade for Nunez when Tyler Pastornicky, who is 3 years younger,  is outperforming him?

  109. tomymogo 4 years ago


  110. tomymogo 4 years ago

    If Wren is asking for Zack Greinke type return for Jurrjens who is in his second year of arbitration lost 5 mph on his fastball and has finished the last two seasons injured, can you imagine what he would ask for Hanson.

    Not sure what you mean about Felix. They offered that package for Felix or did they decide against it? And Felix is the better pitcher no doubt, but trust me on this, Braves value him as if he were Felix

  111. nictonjr 4 years ago

    With Scott Boras as his agent, you know the Crawford comparison will be made.  He’s at least 75% of Crawford.  Or in Boras terms, at least $15 mil a year…

  112. Ryan Cothran 4 years ago

    He’s 24 years old and the most stolen bases he’s had at any level are 29. Speed isn’t one of the skillsets that stays with players.  At 24, his best base stealing years are probably behind him or at least on top of him.  He stole some bases last year.  Whoopity doo?  Brett Gardner has been stealing bases by the bucketloads since he entered the Minors and he’s a true example of an OBP guy (+100 in Minors, +.089 in the Majors). They might be equally fast, but not equal baserunners.

    And on your last point:  your using BA…enough said.  Pastornicky’s walk rate is higher, his defense is better, his OBP is higher, and he’s probably equally as fast.  And he’s doing it all 2 years younger.

    Nunez’s lack of power could be hidden if he were a HIGH OBP guy (which he is not) or if he had a superior glove (which he does not).  What’s to like?  Pass…and I pray the Braves do to (unless they seem him as a backup).

  113. MB923 4 years ago

    If I may go off topic, but where do you hear about runner ups for gold glove awards?

  114. On who’s side?  Braves got Uggla for an overrated utility player who only had 1 year left on his deal and a mediocre reliever.  Braves won that trade.

  115. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    I think his ability is that of a 10-15 hr hitter in any park. 

    Look, let me put this in caps so people are clear on what I’m saying…. ROBINSON CANO NEVER HIT MORE THAN 15 HRS IN ANY SEASON IN THE MINORS AND NEVER HIT HIGHER THAN .283 IN ANY FULL SEASON. MELKY CABRERA NEVER HIT MORE THAN 13 HRS IN ANY MINOR LEAGUE SEASON. However, Cano turned out to be a superb hitter for avg and power and Melky just had a break through season.

    The article read that the Braves like Nunez way back since 2009 when he was in the minors. I don’t know why, but some Latin American players just tend to have better seasons as they mature in the majors than they do in the minors. With Nunez, must of the reason the Yanks value him is because they see the potential in his tools to be a better hitter and overall player. My guess is that the Braves and others see the same thing because his name seems to pop up in just about every deal. Now let me make this clear and I’ll put it in caps again, SS HAVE A MUCH LOWER BAR SET FOR THEM VS ANY OTHER POSITION PLAYER EXCEPT FOR MAYBE A CATCHER. While a prospect being viewed as a .700 OPS guy with 10-15 hrs may not seem like a big deal it becomes one if he’s a SS, especially if scouts feel his defense can and will improve. Most of his mistakes were dumb rookie mental mistakes that I think will be corrected once he’s more confident.

    Now is expecting him to be a 20 hr guy reasonable? Probably not. Would I be shocked based off of what I’ve seen of him? No. I also thought Melky had the potential to be a solid .280/.340 guy with 15-20 hr and 15 Sb potential and people laughed at me. Look what he did last year. Sometimes a player takes a few more years to click.

  116. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    “At 24, his best base stealing years are probably behind him or at least on top of him”.

    ……………………………………………………………..  nuff said.

  117. roberty 4 years ago

    I love injecting levity.  Feels soooo good.

  118. harmony55 4 years ago

    In six minor league seasons, 24-year-old Eduardo Nunez never hit more than nine homeruns in a season and drove in more than 55 only once with 66 way back at the Single A level in 2006.

    I can’t see the righthand-hitting Nunez doubling his HR and RBI totals at the MLB level.

  119. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Oh yeah.. 2009/10 for sure crisp has picked up the injury tag, but not the 1st 7 seasons of his career and he did stay healthy last year.he also was healthy his entire stay in Boston which is where I learned to really appreciate the fire he brought to the game, excellence in small ball style, plus ability to hit for some power when it seemed was really needed.

    The guy is one of the better CF around as well, just a shame he has such a poor throwing arm, gets super reads on the ball and IMO, is the finest defensive CF have seen in a Sox Uni since freddy Lynn.

    Maybe I just liked the guy too much and over looked some of his faults, plus appreciated his intensity and gamesmanship?

  120. Jeff 4 years ago

    Certain prospects, like Teheran, have that air.  They’re rare though.

    Heyward and Freeman had that air, and both of them have done well at very early ages.  Even Heyward this year was just about league-average as a 21-yr old despite being injured.

  121. Jeff 4 years ago

    If they had hung onto Melk Man there would have been a cheeseburger shortage and he’d have hit .190.  He wasn’t going to ever make it in Atlanta.

  122. aceman515 4 years ago

    “best base stealers in baseballs” haha

  123. johnnycomelately9 4 years ago

    Brave fans are the worst.  They should expect only Nunez for JJ

  124. johnnycomelately9 4 years ago

    Brave fans are the worst.  They should expect only Nunez for JJ

  125. johnnycomelately9 4 years ago

    That’s because you’re dumb.  Your judging the guy’s power based on numbers that he put up during his teenage years and only 20.  Agon couldn’t hit in the majors until after he was 24.  Players need time to develop, especially athletic types like Nunez.

  126. johnnycomelately9 4 years ago

    That’s because you’re dumb.  Your judging the guy’s power based on numbers that he put up during his teenage years and only 20.  Agon couldn’t hit in the majors until after he was 24.  Players need time to develop, especially athletic types like Nunez.

  127. harmony55 4 years ago

    Eduardo Nunez played in the minors past his 23th birthday. Adrian Gonzalez was a No. 1 draft pick who was ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects for four years running. Nunez has never made the list. Eduardo Nunez is no Adrian Gonzalez.

    I assume you’ve conceded the debate when you resort to name-calling.

  128. bravesdude 4 years ago

    Both have limited ML time and have shown in a small sample size that they can be dominant . But I do like Teheran more so than Minor . Not totally sold on Minor yet .

  129. BLEACHER_CREATURD 4 years ago

    I said Cano will become the face of the franchise, but whatever…

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