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's Mark Bowman.

38 Responses to Braves Seek Backup Shortstop Leave a Reply

  1. NYBravosFan10 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

  2. Michael Brown 4 years 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.

  3. PJaysW 4 years ago

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

    • rundmc1981 4 years ago


      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 4 years 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.

  4. 0bsessions 4 years 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.

  5. tomymogo 4 years ago

    Macier Izturiz….. Just hope the Angels sign Aramis

  6. tomymogo 4 years ago

    Macier Izturiz….. Just hope the Angels sign Aramis

  7. mgsports 4 years ago

    Martin Prado/Medlan for Reddick and Lowrie?

  8. 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 4 years 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.

  9. JLaw 4 years 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 4 years 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.¬†

      • JLaw 4 years ago

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

  10. Daniel Serapin 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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….

  11. rundmc1981 4 years 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.

  12. Smoltz_29 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

        Couldn’t have said it any better.

  13. Esteban Daviso 4 years ago

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

  14. cookmeister 4 years ago

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

  15. Red Dastard 4 years ago

    Jeff Keppinger. Go Dawgs!!!

  16. Matt Talbert 4 years ago

    I say Jurrjens to the Halos for Erick Aybar!

  17. Braves1976 4 years 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).

  18. PJaysW 4 years ago

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

  19. John H 4 years ago

    Why not Rafael Furcal, then? or Elvis Andrus?

  20. rundmc1981 4 years 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.

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