Braves Seek Backup Shortstop

The latest on the Braves…

  • The Braves would not be a suitor for Hanley Ramirez if the Marlins decide to trade him, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  They've got Tyler Pastornicky penciled into the starting shortstop role for 2012, though GM Frank Wren seeks "a traditional backup shortstop," not a semi-regular.  O'Brien says the Braves don't want to make a multiyear commitment.  I'd consider Nick Punto a semi-regular and a candidate for a two-year deal, but O'Brien says he is a Braves target.
  • Next week's potential non-tenders are not among the Braves' targets, Wren told reporters including MLB.com's Mark Bowman.


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38 Comments on "Braves Seek Backup Shortstop"


NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, not among the Braves targets? That doesn’t sound like Wren to me lol. Well that makes me think that we might get something while we’re at the meetings and actually participate ūüėČ

Matt Alexander
3 years 7 months ago

man do you really think the bravos would get hanley; given his relationship  with fredi at fl.  basically the reason fredi was fired!

Matt Alexander
3 years 7 months ago

man do you really think the bravos would get hanley; given his relationship  with fredi at fl.  basically the reason fredi was fired!

Michael Brown
3 years 7 months ago

If we are really just going the backup SS route, then Jack Wilson is the obviously the best player out there to fit this role. I just am dumbfounded that we haven’t even heard the slightest mention he could come back.

Brv Rocks
3 years 7 months ago

I like Nick Punto a lot more than Jack Wilson.

3 years 7 months ago

jack wilson would be way cheaper.  if they want a traditional back up he fits.

John H
3 years 7 months ago

Or they could just re-sign Alex Gonzalez….

3 years 7 months ago

jack wilson would be way cheaper.  if they want a traditional back up he fits.

PJaysW
3 years 7 months ago

you know who is a really good shortstop? Yunel Escobar!

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

Original. 

The better Escobar looks in TOR the least likely ATL will be trading any pitching in the near future to TOR. GMs don’t forget trades.¬†

How’s your pitching search going? We’ve got got starting pitchers in our bullpen.

PJaysW
3 years 7 months ago

this is really weird because one of my best friends is named Derek Carter.

Its extraordinary because he would also totally lose sight of the fact he was merely being teased and bring up something that is completely unrelated in order to feel like he showed me up.

0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Do they still have a pitching surplus? Lowrie’s at the least an adequate backup. His health may cause concerns as a starter, but he could potentially work out as a utility guy.

tomymogo
3 years 7 months ago

Macier Izturiz….. Just hope the Angels sign Aramis

tomymogo
3 years 7 months ago

Macier Izturiz….. Just hope the Angels sign Aramis

mgsports
3 years 7 months ago

Martin Prado/Medlan for Reddick and Lowrie?

Michael Brown
3 years 7 months ago

No thank you.

3 years 7 months ago

Does anyone know if Chone Figgins can play SS? I know he has had two down years with the M’s but he has a tremendous upside. The M’s said earlier this offseason that they would be willing to eat all but two million on the remaining two year contract… A Million per year is not too shabby. I like it anyway.

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

No, he can’t. But SEA can’t eat enough of his contract to make it movable. The guy is the new Vernon Wells.

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 7 months ago

As I am sure that Frank Wren checks these forums consistently,
and is always looking for sound advice from the fans. 

PLEASE pick up either Jack Wilson, or preferably trade for Brendan Ryan.

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

We’ve already signed Jack Wilson and Drew Sutton to minor league deals. That’s done. But they’re not looked at at being a bridge, just a body to step on if the bridge collapses.¬†

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 7 months ago

You’re thinking of the minor league contract to Josh Wilson. Jack Wilson has not signed yet. Unless I am mistaken.

GreenCustom24
3 years 7 months ago

You are not mistaken.

3 years 7 months ago

Robert Andino?

Daniel Serapin
3 years 7 months ago

I wonder if Fredi is opposed to bring in Hanley.  He certainly would be that middle of the order RH thumper the braves need.

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

Rack your brain and you’ll remember the reason Fredi Gonzalez was fired in FLA in the first place, thus becoming the ATL manager. Hint: It has to do with someone not hustling to field a ball…

bravessfan2013
3 years 7 months ago

WREN ALREADY SAID They arent getting ramirez but of course he could be lying or blowing smoke because he doesnt want anyone to know what if anything the braves are up to….

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

C’mon Tim, even if we could get HanRam we wouldn’t – and it’s not because of Tyler Pastornicky – it’s because Fredi Gonzalez and HanRam having a falling out in FLA that ended with Loria firing Gonzalez shortly thereafter. I’d be surprised if the Marlins take any of the Braves calls on anything, let alone on HanRam.

And that’s even if we wanted him. He’s a clubhouse cancer and we’ve already gotten rid of a talented SS (Escobar) because of the same reason. No thanks.

Smoltz_29
3 years 7 months ago

Hanley not an option? haha if he’s available then why wouldnt we make a play for him? (throwing aside the fredi fued and sometimes lackadaisical defense ) he woud be a tremendous upgrade to our offense and the RH bat that we need. With all of this being said we do this as long as we dont have to give up the world for him.

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

Really, man. Really? Throw on top the fact that he’s demanding a trade from his current employer, not to mention the bad defense, injuries, contract, and sliding offense. He’s not a SS anymore and he needs to realize that (hello, Derek Jeter…is this thing on?). We’ve gotten our team cancer off our team and we really don’t need to even inquire on HanRam. He’s not worth even a phone call.

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 7 months ago

Couldn’t have said it any better.

Esteban Daviso
3 years 7 months ago

If he can’t get a starting job elsewhere, Ronny Cede√Īo could be a desirable target to back-up at SS.

cookmeister
3 years 7 months ago

Izturis makes a lot of sense.  Can spell guys at 3B, SS, and 2B

Red Dastard
3 years 7 months ago

Jeff Keppinger. Go Dawgs!!!

Matt Talbert
3 years 7 months ago

I say Jurrjens to the Halos for Erick Aybar!

Braves1976
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t understand the Braves lack of interest in Keppinger, esp. given his numbers against lefties. Diaz didn’t solve our issues against lefties. Diaz is overpaid and needs to go, but we’re likely stuck with him. Keppinger would be a good option to split time at short with Pastornicky (assuming they really end up going with Pastornicky).

I certainly rather have Keppinger than Punto, Wilson, etc. I don’t believe the defense will be that much of a difference (especially factoring in the offense, etc).

PJaysW
3 years 7 months ago

its too hard to resist every time “Braves” and “shortstop” grace the same page.

John H
3 years 7 months ago

Why not Rafael Furcal, then? or Elvis Andrus?

rundmc1981
3 years 7 months ago

Furcal wants a multi-year deal and Andrus…umm, Andrus isn’t available for less than Mark Teixeira. And kidnapping Teixeira is bad press.