Quick Hits: Braves, Pirates, Rockies, Nationals

The Marlins ended their franchise record offensive draught of scoring five runs or less for 25 consecutive games in their 9-0 win over the Blue Jays. And, for good measure, the nine runs were a season-high for the Marlins, who ended their six-game losing streak. Here's the latest news from around baseball.

  • The Braves could make starting pitching a priority at the trade deadline because of the growing pains of Mike Minor and Randall Delgado and the uncertainty surrounding Jair Jurrjens, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
  • The Pirates need to create an opening in their starting rotation when Jeff Karstens returns from the disabled list this week and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review thinks a trade could create that opening (via Sulia). Biertempfel reported yesterday the Pirates are shopping Kevin Correia.
  • With the Pirates looking for offensive help, the Denver Post's Troy Renck notes the Rockies have players available, including Marco Scutaro. In the same piece, Renck offers his suggestions on who the Rockies should play the rest of the way in 2012, so as to best prepare for 2013.
  • The Nationals are not willing to pay a fine in order to exceed their draft bonus pool, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. This is a corection to a story Kilgore wrote yesterday. Kilgore writes this stance will lower the amount the Nationals will be able to offer their first round draft pick Lucas Giolito.
  • Condolences to the friends of family of Padres' bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today.  He was 50.


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14 Comments on "Quick Hits: Braves, Pirates, Rockies, Nationals"


jwick18
3 years 2 months ago

still think minor and delgado will work through these growing pains but having both in the rotation has bad news all over it. now with jj back in the bigs this rotation is one big question mark. if i was told last year that the phillies were going to have a down year with the braves pitching alone i would have thought the east was a lock. heyward and prado bounced back but the strong pitching went away

3 years 2 months ago

of the two, i am more confident in delgado. minor has been awful all year except for two or 3 starts. he has got to go. if we could get Garza that would be a tremendous pick up. 

jwick18
3 years 2 months ago

yeah and the way he talked during spring training like he deserved to be in a big league rotation i thought for sure he was going to back all that talking up. but was wrong. wouldnt mind dempster or garza. just think garza is going to cost more that wren is willing to pay

rundmc1981
3 years 2 months ago

Dempster will make 8-10 starts, maybe. And he’s on the DL right now. Epstein will want top prospects and Garza isn’t worth it considering we can get Hudson for slightly cheaper than what Garza will cost after arbitration for 2013.

jwick18
3 years 2 months ago

im not big on either of them but hanson and huddy are about all the braves have. now hudson has an ankle problem? the offense is awesome when they are on but dont see them put team on their back on the three days that delgado,minor,or jj is out there. if huddy goes down well dont want to think about that. hope hanson can hold up too

rundmc1981
3 years 2 months ago

Minor is great through 3 IP, then he falls apart via walks/HR. He’s the opposite of Tom Glavine – who was known for having bad 1st IP – in that way.

Because of that, and because Medlen is supposedly stretched out for starting, I’d like to see Minor as a long reliever. He has lights-out stuff, but no longevity. The alternative would be sending him down and not leaving him in the rotation. Having a 6.10 ERA at the All-Star Break can’t happen if ATL wants the playoffs.

jhawk1000
3 years 2 months ago

Why are Braves fans so hung up on Garza and Dempster? There are others who could do a nice job for us as well. Richard from SD, Saunders or maybe even Kennedy from AZ, Vargas from Sea just throwing out it out there, because they may or may not be available. Then again they might be- just looking at other possibilities.

athensmatt
3 years 2 months ago

I like Clayton Richard, but I think it might take more to get him, even though he’s had kind of a down year.  He’s pitched well recently.  Of Saunders or Kennedy, I’d love to see them get Kennedy.

jhawk1000
3 years 2 months ago

Richard may cost us a little more- but depending on his contract it may be worth it. There are a couple of other guys out there who have somewhat high ERAs but are playing on some bad teams with REALLY bad defenses behind them. They could be possibilities as well. I do agree with the above posts about Minor. He needs to figure it out on how to get through the order the second and third time around. Right now I view him as our 5 starter who’s pretty much an automatic loss for us. Getting old real quick.

rundmc1981
3 years 2 months ago

I am not. Epstein won’t give them away and I’m not sold on either. Unless we’re trading Minor/Medlen, I wouldn’t consider it. Medlen isn’t the same pitcher since TJ and Minor needs seasoning and an ego check.

I haven’t heard that any of those others are available. Garza would be decent for 2013, but we have an affordable option for Tim Hudson. Frankly, I think we need to weather the storm and take a hard look at our bullpen, bench, and possibly OF situation. I don’t know how much we can rely on Chipper/McCann for long periods of time. (And McCann wants $80 million……)

jhawk1000
3 years 2 months ago

 Oh I’m not saying they are available- just speculating that they could be for the right price. Hudson has already shown he’s willing to take a discount to keep playing in ATL. Question though- how many more solid years does he have left  2-3? Just looking at a couple of possibilities.

esasc4
3 years 2 months ago

would rather get wandy, saunders,or vargas.

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

The Pirates don’t need to trade a starting pitcher. It wouldn’t hurt them to have a surplus of arms at this point. Corriea isn’t that good, but he’s a decent 5th starter. They should probably just move Lincoln back to the pen and let him finish the season there because he was a dominant reliever.

If Corriea turns into a pumpkin again in the second half, they will have options with Lincoln, Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, or can just trade for another arm.

I think Lincoln back in the pen would be a tremendous upgrade because Resop and Slaten aren’t that great, and Cruz somehow has a low ERA while he allows far too many baserunners per inning. 

Greatone1210
3 years 2 months ago

Scuatro to the Pirates may be better than Barmes. But really we need to move away from obtaining thirty-something players. Hanley Rameriez was mentioned as a possible trade candidate on another site. I think he could be had for the right package.