Quick Hits: Braves, Fielder, Reds, Cespedes, Dodgers

On this day last year, the Rangers traded Frank Francisco and cash considerations to the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli.  Toronto pulled the trigger on the swap just four days after acquiring Napoli from the Halos.  Here's a look at tonight's links..

  • The Braves have set a player payroll budget of $94MM for this year, leaving them with several million dollars still to spend, chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk told Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  McGuirk also said that Liberty Media has expressed no intention of selling the club in the near future.  Also of note is that the club is locked into a 25-year local TV deal that will prevent the franchise from cashing in on MLB’s trend toward higher telecast rights fees.
  • The Rangers' bid for Prince Fielder was much shorter than nine years, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
  • The Reds are probably done handing out big league deals this offseason, tweets John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Earlier tonight, the club reached agreement on a minor league deal with Jeff Francis.
  • Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (via Twitter) ranked Yoenis Cespedes' most probable destinations in the following order: Cubs, Marlins, Orioles, and White Sox.
  • Peter Ueberroth says he's heard from several groups bidding on the Dodgers but rebuffed them all, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter).
  • C. Trent Rosecrans of CBSSports.com examined what's left on the open market.
  • Free agent Raul Ibanez believes that a three-day session that he had in December with Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will be key to a bounce back season in 2012.  Last season, Ibanez hit .245/.289/.419 in 575 plate appearances for the Phillies.
  • Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is zeroed in on improving the club's on-base percentage this winter, writes Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun.
  • Rival executives applaud Fielder for signing on with a winning club rather than signing with a struggling club just for the money, Heyman tweets.


98 Responses to Quick Hits: Braves, Fielder, Reds, Cespedes, Dodgers Leave a Reply

  1. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    I’m pretty sure that FW said that he plans on saving that money in case we need to take on some salary at the trade deadline. Btw, I know that it’s just business and not personal but I think Liberty Media is doing a terrible job and for the wrong reasons. You could probably rename the team the Atlanta Tax Write-Offs

    • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

      I just pray these prospects pan out and that the scouting department continues to thrive. The Nationals have the richest owner in baseball. The Phillies have the highest payroll in the league. The Marlins are all of a sudden big-spenders and despite their current financial state, there’s a New York club in the NL East…..

      • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

        yeah def. Having 5 prospects on the Top 100 list has got to say something about not only the farm system’s talent as a whole but also how good our scouting department has been

        • Jeff 3 years ago

          And the Braves might benefit more with the new slotting rules, they didn’t go over slot ever and still got these results.

          • nm344 3 years ago

            Braves spent a lot on overseas signings.  Every one of these top 5 prospects were acquired that way.  That’s going to go away with the new CBA.

          • T Morgan 3 years ago

            Andrelton Simmons – 2nd round 2010
            Aroldys Vizcaino – trade with Yankees.

            Seems like nit picking, but all 5 were not overseas signings. Yes, bethancort, Delgado, and Teheran were overseas signings by the Braves, the other 2 were not. And before you try and outsmart me, yes, I know vizcaino was signed from overseas, but not by the Braves. He was aquired via trade.

    • basilisk4 3 years ago

      I don’t really think Liberty Media has done a great job as an owner, but I also don’t think it has handicapped the team.  The Braves have been in the middle of the league as far as payroll is concerned, and they’ve had enough money to sign and keep good players when they wanted to do so.  Don’t forget that we signed Uggla to a long-term deal just last year.  No, we’re not spending like the Phillies, but the Braves don’t have anything to justify that.  Also, the attendance ranks right in line with the payroll…

    • How can an owner like Mark Cuban not get approved, presumably, by the owners, yet they approve Liberty Media who won’t redo local contracts that can bring in more money for the team (and better coverage) or raise the budget? I used to give Liberty the benefit of the doubt in hopes that they’d be selling in the next coming seasons, but that’s not gonna happen.

      • I think it has to do with “making waves” than anything else.  The owners have it pretty good and they don’t want a owner that is likely to complicate things. (see Frank McCourt and Fred Wilpon)

        • Bil Skepnek 3 years ago

          I think to many of them rember Charles Finley…. but Cuban has more money & that scares the crap out of them!!

        • Bil Skepnek 3 years ago

          I think to many of them rember Charles Finley…. but Cuban has more money & that scares the crap out of them!!

  2. lefty177 3 years ago

    I think Cespedes is overhyped, every time I watch a tv show & they show highlights of him, they always show him hitting grounders to the left side of the infield, does anyone beg to differ?

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      soler is the real prize

      • lefty177 3 years ago

        I know he’s what? 19? What’s his scouting? Power & speed?

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          5-tool potential. BA compared him to bubba starling and expects to have them in their top 15 prospects for 2012

    • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

      Hey, at least it’s showing him in a little baseball action. That awful video of his basically just showed him catching routine fly balls(thrown from the infield) behind his back and lifting human beings with his legs.

      I’m no scout, but I don’t see a star…….from what little action I have seen him in.

  3. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    which losing club offered him more money?

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      apparently the mystery team had a losing record last year

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      It would make me so happy if there was an offer out there even remotely close so it wouldn’t look like we totally and utterly bid against ourselves.

      • chrisn313 3 years ago

        Dave didn’t, but Illitch did. Good old sneaky Boras…

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      I like how not going “just for the money” still results in him landing the fourth-largest contract of all time.

  4. The Blue Jays fans are probably still shouting obscenities after that trade.

    • Nobody knew what Napoli would do.

      • Guest 3 years ago

        true… but even then didnt make much sense..

        that trade single-handedly determined the winner of the al west.

      • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

        That trade was bad anyway you slice it.

        • Jesse Heiman 3 years ago

          Not completely if the angels kept Napoli and he had the same monster year no way they’d go get and/or could afford Pujos

          • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

            Yeah. No way they’d be completely tied down with that ridiculous contract for the next 10 years!

          • Says the fan of a team who inked Beltre to a six-year deal and Yu “Never Thrown a Single Pitch in the Majors” Darvish to a five-year deal.

      • jwsox 3 years ago

        Except everyone knew Napoli was avoided hitting catcher who was a lock for 30+ homeruns if given enough playing time.

      • Frank Drebin 3 years ago

        You don’t know how ANYONE is gonna do. TRADE EVERYONE!!!!1!!1one

      • Bull Stuffing! Jon Daniels knew! Now, Napoli is a Fan Favorite.
        Plus, the fact Napoli probable would not have bloomed the way he did in Toronto as he did in Texas.

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      They probably have more to celebrate than shout down. Even with the boneheaded Napoli move (and they weren’t going to make the playoffs with Napoli anyway), the brilliance of moving Vernon Wells and taking only 5MM in salary (Juan Rivera) far outshines it. 

  5. “The Rangers’ bid for Prince Fielder was much shorter than nine years” – Cpt. Obvious

  6. The Braves know that the offseason started already, right?

    • Blue387 3 years ago

      Shh, don’t wake them.

    • I’ve been waiting all off season for my Braves to make some significant move….and yet the biggest thing they did was trade D-Lowe…..He’ll probably go over and win 15-18 games this year with a sub 4.00 era….But with that money that they have saved maybe they’ll be able to pick someone up at the trade deadline this year

      • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

        The Indians have a good defensive club, so I can see Lowe bouncing back a bit. I approve of that trade 100% though, he was blocking a rotation spot from about 300 guys and he…..well, he sucked.

        I’m fine with them standing pat. They have a competitive club and almost every regular position player seemed to randomly lose the ability to get on base. That same team(replace Infante with Uggla) led the league in OBP the year before. Even without a move, I fully expect a better offensive showing this season. Pitching might regress overall a bit, but no way the offense is that bad again. And remember, they have the most trade chips in the division. All they need to do is stay competitive and wait for the right player to be dangled, should they feel they need a bat. Hopefully Jurrjens builds some value back up before the break…..

      • FacelessGeneralManager 3 years ago

        Well if lowe is having that kind of season. Maybe they trade for him lol.

      • FunkyTime 3 years ago

        Until yesterday the Tigers were having an extremely quiet offseason too.  You never know …

      • roberty 3 years ago

        I don’t think the Braves had any big needs to address this offseason.  I’m glad they didn’t make a splash just for the sake of it.  I think Prado’s season was a fluke caused by injury, and if he and Heyward bounce back they will have a solid offense again.  The 2011 Braves scored 100 fewer runs than the 2010 Braves despite the significant addition of Dan Uggla.  A new manager would be nice, but hopefully he will figure out that sacrificing 6 outs every game effectively shortens the game by two innings for the opposing pitching staff.  Please figure that out Freddie.  Please.

      • D-Lowe win 15-18 games in the AL Central…that division must really blow then. 

    • basilisk4 3 years ago

      So do we give up on Jason Heyward after one bad season, bench Chipper despite that fact that he is making a bunch of money and still had a 120+ OPS last year, or what?  Other than shortstop, I’m not seeing where the Braves were supposed to add a player this offseason.

      • It was a joke, brah. It’s funny to me that this news about them having money to spend is only coming to light with Spring Training a month away.

  7. Monty Burns 3 years ago

    Problem is the Braves need OFers at least two and have none of note in the minors.  Their SS and Catcher prospects are two years away.

    So they have a pile of pitching and no cavalry for the offense anywhere in the minors.

    They need cash for FA (or for trades where they are picking up salary) and Liberty is not going to give it to them.  They have to pray Heyward bounces back, FF doesn’t regress and Prado plays like it was 2009/2010.

    Uggla was likely a mistake since Prado was fine at 2B.  He is underpowered for LF.  Most teams don’t look to 2B for power or RBIs that is for the corner OFs, 3B or 1B.

    Uggla will be traded before his contract is up.   The Braves need a 110-120 RBI guy not a guy who hits piles of solo shots.

    He was the wrong profile for a clean up hitter.  Wren should watch Moneyball.

    • GreenCustom24 3 years ago

      At least 2 outfielders? We have plenty… Between Prado, Bourn, Heyward, Diaz, Hinske and Constanza I think they’ve got PLENTY of options, even if half of them are backups. 

      We don’t need a new catcher. McCann and Ross are a killer duo. Possibly the best in the game (Offensively, at least).

      I don’t really see how Uggla was a mistake. Yeah, his first 2 months were garbage last year… but it isn’t his fault he hits tons of solo shots. Sorta helps him drive in more runs when the guys in front of him get on base. 

      • Very true…..Mac and Ross are a great duo….

        I know we as Braves fans are going on a lot of IF’s this season…..If Heyward bounces back….If Freddie doesn’t pull a Heyward…..If Uggla has a better first 2 months….

        I’m looking forward to a good solid year….and if Heyward doesn’t work out this season am I wrong in saying it’s time to find someone to replace him in right???

        • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

          Heyward struggled and was injured for the better part of the season and was still worth 2 wins. He’ll be 23 at that point, so unless he has a season similar to what Dunn had in 2011…….you’re wrong in saying that.

          Braves fans are relying on a lot of ‘if’s, but so are a lot of contenders. There’s just no way a team leads the league in OBP one year and turns into one of the worst in baseball the next without a lot of bad luck in play. Look at each players career norms and then look at their 2011 marks.

          • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

            A lot of those ‘if’s though is very reasonable and not asking for a lot. Asking for career numbers for a young player growing into the game isn’t asking for a lot.

            Mainly was agreeing with you, didnt see Jeff said basically the same thing 7 hours before me. + (

        • Jeff 3 years ago

          They’re reasonable ifs though, not fantasy ifs.

          I do think one of those ifs is going to blow up in the Braves face and force a mid-season trade though.

    • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

      “The Braves need a 110-120 RBI guy”

      “Wren should watch Moneyball.”

      I think you should read Moneyball…….

      “So they have a pile of pitching and no cavalry for the offense anywhere in the minors.”

      That keeps being said, and yet they’ve trotting a 22-year-old or younger out there on opening day for the 3rd straight year. Not a ton of depth in the minors, but Simmons, Bethancourt, Pastornicky, Salcedo, and The Terd all seem like decent prospects.

      Also, with a pitching surplus they have the ability to trade for offense. That’s how it works.

      • Monty Burns 3 years ago

        My MB comment was about building a team with a design center, this team hasn’t had one is years.  

        The RBI comment was about getting a guy who hits with men on base not a direct money ball reference which I did read.  

        Uggla didn’t do that (hit a ton of RBIs) with the Marlins and he is not doing it in ATL.  He is a solo shot guy.  What a few games… I watched a ton of Marlins games as my kids like them and he did the same thing there.   

        Their GM didnt dump Uggla for a utility player and a middle of the road loogy for nothing.   He just spent a ton on new players and is opening a beautiful stadium.  Uggla, if he was worth the investment, could have been part of that but he wasn’t.The men on base issue is not just about the lead off guy and or #2.  Uggla bats 5th more than 4th and he still only managed to hit 80 RBIs.That is not new as he batted 5th in FL with similar results.  He is not a guy who carries an offense.  Never has been.PS – I watch 150 Braves games a year and have for 20 yrs.  I know a crappy line up and a hodge podge team when I see one.And yes they need two OF.  Prado is a 2B and Bourne will be gone in 9 mos.Heyward has to earn the RF job this spring per Wren.So worst case scenario Prado is traded and or Chipper goes down for good, Bourne walks and Heyward goes back to AAA or gets traded.If two of the above happen there is nothing in the minors now to fill LF and CF, zero.Pastornicky has a high error rate and his appeal is base stealing.  Don’t expect a guy who hit less than FF or Heyward to waltz into the majors and hit .290 b/c he wont.I fully expect him to be a struggle as a starter but be ok as a bench player.We will see.

        • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

          Uggla did well with RBI’s when he was with the Fish, but he’s hit 28+ HR every year of his career and knocked in 100 just once. His low RBI total can be attributed to that insanely awful first-half.

          “.PS – I watch 150 Braves games a year and have for 20 yrs.  I know a crappy line up and a hodge podge team when I see one.”

          Clearly.

    • You don’t have a clear look at the franchise. Yes, we need more OF depth, but how does a team with some of the best OBP in 2010 regress to one of the worst in 2011? You state that Uggla will be traded before his contract is up because he is hitting solo shots and not a 110-120 RBI guy, but that isn’t his fault. With Prado/Heyward getting on base and a full season of Bourn, he’ll have guys to set the table so he can bring them in. Don’t expect Uggla to be hitting .100 2.5 months into the season like last year.

      You should quitting watching Moneyball (it’s a movie, buddy, not real) and watch the Braves. They had that year’s Cy Young winner (Zito)/MVP (Tejada) not including Hudson/Mulder yet they focused their story on the has-beens that got the job done. Yeah…keep believing that.

      • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

        Are you honestly trying to say that Tejada, Zito, Hudson, and Mulder had more to do with the A’s success than Scott Hatteberg and Ricardo Rincon?

  8. rsanchez1 3 years ago

    Cubs will lose again to the Marlins on this one.

    • sourbob 3 years ago

      Aren’t there reports out where Cespedes says he doesn’t want to play in Miami?

      • rsanchez1 3 years ago

        And you think he’ll prefer Chicago? Hahaha, you Cubs fans always amuse me.

        • sourbob 3 years ago

          I have no idea where he’s going.

          Just pointing out his stated disinterest in Miami.

          • Bleed_Orange 3 years ago

            He might have disinterest in Miami but if they offer the most I have to think he would be going there.

    • scott brecht 3 years ago

      again?

  9. Monty Burns 3 years ago

    I have no idea what to make of Pastornicky the SS they have penciled in for 2012.  My guess, risky move born out of necessity (as in no cash) versus a great baseball move.

    SS could be a mess offensively with a rook and Wilson as the back up.

    • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

      right little ray of sunshine aren’t you?

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      they should have scooped up scutaro

      • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

        scutaro+one of boston’s 3B prospects for one of the braves pitchers should have at least been explored. if they were getting an MLB pitcher back, they could have paid all of scutaro’s salary

        • Guest 3 years ago

          that makes too much sense.

          Scutaro + Middlebrooks + Vazquez + 6 million = Beachy ?

        • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

          Or just traded them Jurrjens straight-up…..

        • BOS/ATL are in similar situations in having older 3B in their twilight years, so why would BOS trade Middlebrooks with Youk there? Yes, they need some pitching, but have no space on the roster without making a move (no room for Cody Ross until they do something) and they have a little bit of room for a 1-2 year contract for Oswalt/Jackson.

          ATL has some nice 3B prospects that could make a giant leap forward in development this year in Terdoslavich and Salcedo. Frankly, we need more OF depth before we can really worry about 3B that has to plus-prospects in AA, a batting champion currently at the position, and an All-Star backing it up (Prado).

          • Jeff 3 years ago

            What I’d like to see for the future:

            Simmons pans out and becomes SS
            Pastornicky pans out and moves to 2B
            Uggla either gets dealt or move to LF
            Prado moves to 3B

            This won’t happen though.

          • As much as I love Prado, I don’t want to see him at 3B, unless you’re talking about any time between Terdoslavich/Salcedo, if they do look like 3B of the future. 

            I would love to see Uggla moved to LF, but he already doesn’t have range at 2B, so unless we’ll play it softball style and have 4 outfielders, I can’t see Uggla going anywhere but DH from 2B.

            I like Pastornicky, but if Simmons works out, I’d like to see something else happen before he makes a move to 2B. We need some power. Terdoslavich looks like he can be that, possibly, but Pastornicky won’t. Simmons definitely won’t. 

          • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

            That 4 outfielder proposal might work when Beachy’s on the mound…..

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            “BOS/ATL are in similar situations in having older 3B in their twilight years, so why would BOS trade Middlebrooks”

            because middlebrooks likely isn’t even the best 3B prospect they have. he’s just the closest to the majors

      • basilisk4 3 years ago

        Boy am I glad that some of you folks aren’t making the Braves’ decisions.  Jurrjens for Scutaro straight up?  Gross.

        • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

          I don’t like Jurrjens, simple as that. He’s a Boras client, can’t stay healthy, and clearly isn’t in this teams long-term plans. I don’t really have a whole lot of faith in him anyway. He has value, I understand that……..#3 guy at best though and the Braves have plenty of SP depth(albeit a lot of unproven depth, but it’s solid nonetheless). Acquiring Scuturo gives Pastornicky more seasoning and gives the Braves a proven SS option. Gross? Are you under the impression that Jurrjens is an ace or something?

          • basilisk4 3 years ago

            You don’t have to like Jurrjens, and I am very much in favor of trading him myself, but I’d like to get something worthwhile.  Trading a quality, young starting pitcher, even if he’s in his last year of team control, for a 36-year-old utility infielder without much of a bat doesn’t seem like a great plan to me.  If there were a good prospect or two in the deal, it might make some sense.

    • GreenCustom24 3 years ago

      The Rev may not be a sure thing, but you’ve got to work with what you have. I’m excited to see him play and show what he can do. If he can hit better than .250/.300 (Basically, loads better than A-Gon) then we should be stoked. I will be, at least. His speed will be great as well if he can hit his way into the 2 spot during Spring Training. He and Bourn would give pitchers and catchers FITS.

       I’m with you on the ownership, though. Liberty sucks and are only the owners to say they own the Braves. I’m not saying they need a Yankees payroll… but having wiggle room would be a start.

  10. Am I the only one that finds it a bit strange that Rudy Jaramillo is working with a potential rival player (Ibanez) in helping him with his swing?   I thought that Rudy was under contract with the Cubs.  

    • basilisk4 3 years ago

      Jaramillo helped Andruw Jones back when Jaramillo was with Texas and Andruw wasn’t.

  11. Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

    Im pretty sure Fielder went for the money. 214m over 9 years…took one heck of a less contract I dont think anyone offered him nearly that over that time.

  12. Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

    IF they have some cash left then can the Braves not do something? I like that they kept prado because if he can bounce back i would love to see him Chippers replacement. If uggla can play like he did second half, freeman plays like he did then they might be ok but it would have been nice to see them do something for the offense at short with the nats being rich, the marlins all of a sudden spending, and the phillies payroll.

    • They need to have some money free to have the ability to do something at the trade deadline, which looks probable. If Pastornicky isn’t doing well or someone goes down with an injury, they can add to the payroll by a transaction. The Nats can’t pay enough to add a free agent into that situation and the Marlins and Phillies have glaring weaknesses like any team, not including having a former MVP (Howard) out a significant amount of time.

      • phil33 3 years ago

        Heard Charlie Manuel say the other day that Howard should be back by May.

        • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

          from a torn Achilles tendon? That is highly un-probable  

      • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

        Still The Marlins have indeed gotten better and if they can compete im sure ownership will give them some more cash, The Rotation will be solid and the bullpen will be a little better than last year and jose reyes is pretty solid. They still have some ifs like the Braves, (Coghlan, and the braves heyward) Phils i believe your spot on but idk the braves look like they have an uphill climb

        • No one knows if the Marlins have gotten better. We haven’t played any games since Miami acquired all those guys and I’m not about to anoint them anything because they acquired a decent closer – which they had last year -. a dependable starter with little upside (Buerhle), a former ace that shuts down when things are going wrong (Zambrano), and a one of the best SS in the game – which they had last year.

          They’ve had pitching issues, and I don’t think Buerhle is going to have a lot of upside, personally. He’ll be an innings-logger, but I doubt the offense will be good enough to get the W’s. Zambrano could be productive, but I doubt how much. Heath Bell is reliable, but they overpaid for him. And they failed to lock-up Mike Stanton while the market keeps raising his extension price.

          Frankly, they still have issues with Josh Johnson, Hanley will have to move to 3B – which remains to be seen.

  13. demonopie 3 years ago

    So why is Jaramillo helping the enemy?

  14. FacelessGeneralManager 3 years ago

    Im pretty sure fielder got the best of both. Tons of money and a winning team

    • And the fleecing of an “Old Man” in Ilitch. I saw the PR parade yesterday after Prince’s signing. They dragged Verlander into it. Verlander, oh yes, it was very exciting. I was having a terrible day of golfing and then Tiger ownership came through and turned my frown upside down! He wound up with a 79, so I am not exactly sure what defines a terrible day for Mr. Verlander. Anway, the bottom line is Ilitich got fleeced badly and the propaganda machine is starting to roll out again with this deal. The whole thing is disingenuous. The Front Office and Manager knew nothing about this deal and yet someone found time to call Miggy and ask him if this signing would be ok with him! If I am Miggy, I would ask for a trade. Back to the Marlins? Also, speaking of disingenuous, Dan Duquette still is feeling a .500 season. Hahahaha! I wish he would share some of that Orange Kool-Aid with the rest of the fans. It must be an extra special batch!

  15. hrbomber1113 3 years ago

    Ya…this has nothing to do with Heyman being a tool that Boras uses as he pleases. Just because he took the most money, moved to a much larger park, the tougher league and gave up his position doesn’t mean money was the biggest motivator. I mean you can’t blame CC Sabathia for taking the largest contract for a pitcher ever because the Yankees were supposed to be good, right? That’s how this works? If money wasn’t the biggest motivator and winning was he could have gone to the Rays or Yankees or Rangers or back to the Brewers. Imagine the Rays with him Zobrist/Longoria/Jennings and allll that pitching, or the short porch and Yankee lineup or the Rangers hitting paradise and great lineup. I just wish some of these guys would admit it more often. Money is a huge motivator. It is in every profession.

  16. The contract is 20 years and pretty much guarantees Pujols’ legacy as an Angel, much like Ryan and Texas.

  17. Napoli was not the deciding factor of the AL West. He was huge in the playoffs, but we would have still won the division without him. This year he’s extremely important though.

  18. Guest 3 years ago

    lets do some math

    Rangers won the division by 10 games

    Mike Napoli WAR-  5.6
    Vernon Wells WAR- 0.3 (lol)
    Jeff Mathis WAR – (-1.0)  (lol)
    Francisco WAR – 0.5
    Rivera WAR – .07

    Take Napoli’s 5.6 Wins above replacement off the rangers and but him back on the Angels. I don’t think he’d put up a 5+ WAR in LA, but lets say he has a 3 WAR season + the less playing time for Mathis, = 4 WAR

    which means both teams would have hovered around the 89-91 win range..

    perhaps texas still wins the division… but its a heckuva lot closer

  19. Pendleton…who was asked to become 1st base coach and only talk to hitters about running. He’s laughing last.

  20. Jeff 3 years ago

    There was criticism about the lack of power in 2010.  Braves left a ton of guys on in 2010, but I’d rather have that then that 2011 horrid offense.

  21. Agreed, but guys GOT ON BASE in 2010. Guys didn’t get on base in 2011. Not to mention they were dead last in MLB vs. LHP. I’m okay with a lack of power considering we have some guys, that if they resume back to their career numbers (Jones, Prado, Heyward), we can be a great small-ball team (Bourn) with some power (Uggla, McCann, Freeman/Heyward, Jack Wilson).

  22. Jack Wilson and ‘power’, eh?… smh

  23. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    Just like Jered Weaver… oh wait.

  24. Yup…pure power…

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