NL East Notes: Sheets, Bourn, Schwinden

Ben Sheets, who last pitched for the 2010 Athletics, will start for the Braves this Sunday, Jon Heyman of reports. The right-hander started two games at Double-A and posted a 5.06 ERA with a 10K/1BB ratio after signing with Atlanta. Here are today's NL East links…

  • Braves center fielder Michael Bourn believes the Nationals were interested in him last summer, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports. The Nationals, who continue to seek a long-term answer in center field, are expected to pursue Bourn when he hits free agency this coming offseason. Bourn told Kilgore he’ll take his time deciding on where to sign his next contract. “Right now, I’m focused on this season right now,” he said. “I think I’m on a good team right now in the Atlanta Braves.”
  • Chris Schwinden cleared waivers after being claimed four times in the span of five weeks, Adam Rubin of reports (on Twitter). The right-hander’s playing in the Mets’ minor league system, but he’s no longer on their 40-man roster.

57 Responses to NL East Notes: Sheets, Bourn, Schwinden Leave a Reply

  1. Natsfan89 3 years ago

    What was Bourn rumored to be asking for a few months ago? Was it something in the 5/$85 million range?

    • tee_red 3 years ago

      i think he’s seeking 50/5 this offseason.  Or at least that’s what I have heard.

      • good thing the Braves are locked into the worst TV deal in history and their owners only care about making money. I think 5/50 is a steal, but the Braves probably won’t get approval for that :(

        • rundmc1981 3 years ago

          We have close $40 million available this offseason and though I don’t think we can get him for 5/$50M, we could work that. That’s 1/4th of what we have available, though that should change after arbitration for some players.

          • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

            I’m a Braves fan and I’d love to see Bourn back, if he keeps hitting like this teams are going to out-bid the Braves. I don’t see any chance of him returning to Atlanta.

    • tomymogo 3 years ago

      Max I’d give him if I’m ATL 5 x 65

  2. Dylan 3 years ago

    Harper Bourn Werth is a pretty good OF.


    is an awesome line-up. This could be really bad for the rest of the NL East (coupled with their pitching).

    • esasc4 3 years ago

      Thats exactly what everyone was saying about the phillies. Cant be beat, well they are getting beat. Wow look at their lineup, and wow look at their pitching. Wow now they are looking at last place.

      • Dylan 3 years ago

        Pretty sure no one was saying “wow, look at that line up! Mayberry, Wiggington, Luna, Fontenot, and Galvis! How is anyone going to pitch to them?” lol

    • patburn 3 years ago

      when is Weth expected to return this year? 

  3. Jeff 3 years ago

     Bourn going to the Nats instead of Braves is why you keep him at all costs, just to keep him from them.

    • tomymogo 3 years ago

      If the braves can’t offer him 15-20 million I don’t blame them, just sign Victorino, or Upton, or make a trade, there are options

      • esasc4 3 years ago

        God no victorino, he is on his downhill slide. plenty of young OFers out there without looking at victorino.

      • Jeff 3 years ago

         My idea was offer Bourn, if you sign Grienke offer him, but salary dump Uggla  (Pastornicky should be at least 1 WAR at 2B next year, or you can sign an OF on the cheap and move Prado there, and Prado at 2B as a total package would be superior to Uggla) and sign a defensive liability who can mash in LF, with Bourn and Heyward both having ++ range the Braves could get away with it.

        I’m sure some team would want Uggla’s bat, my guess is the Mariners- so the Braves wouldn’t need to take on Salary to dump Uggla, and might get a decent prospect on top of it.  Uggla’s salary is reasonable.

      • Jeff 3 years ago

         They can offer him that.  If needbe, salary dump Uggla- the Mariners would love to have Uggla, I’m sure.   Maybe Blue Jays, Baltimore as well.

        He can DH some days as well over in the AL.  Bourn and (if Grineke happens) Grienke would mean more to the Braves than Uggla, who is a very good player, but there is a good replacement and adequate replacement for Uggla on the roster already (referring to Prado or Pastornicky)

  4. Fizzzay 3 years ago

    I’m happy for Sheets.  He did well for us Brewer fans.  

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      And he put together one of the best modern pitching seasons in 04 for a worthless team–and never whined about it once.  Respek.

  5. CT 3 years ago

    As a Braves fan I’d love to resign Bourn, but I think he’ll be out of the Braves price range.

    • erm016 3 years ago

      We’ll see, they have a lot of open money coming in 2013. 

    • esasc4 3 years ago

      bourn is gone, jason will eventually take over CF, with swisher being obtained in the off season. Durango,constanza,parraz,pie will all get a good look in ST. 3rd base will be francisco’s if he performs thru ST of next year, that will allow prado to play 2nd and uggla to be traded, bench needs complete overhaul.

      • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

        Who wins the World Series this year?

        • esasc4 3 years ago

          wont be us braves, our bench is the weakest in the NL, our starting pitching is just a little above average, and our starting line up has a hole in it.

      • Alex Sanchez 3 years ago

        What’s with all the Uggla hate?

        • esasc4 3 years ago

          dont hate uggla, but we have a natural 2nd baseman hitting 320 and being used in LF. Move prado to normal position and sign a big bat in LF. Just makes good BB sense. Uggla gives us 1/2 season production, he is a rally killer, and average defense. We need to use the money available more wisely.

  6. erm016 3 years ago

    5.00+ ERA and 2 starts, and we’re bringing him up? WHY??!??!?!?!

    • jhawk1000 3 years ago

      Well let’s see that about a full earned run better than Minor who’s been pitching all season. Other sites are speculating that Minor is heading down not Delgado. Even if that’s not the case he provides insurance if Huddy needs extra time off because of his ankle.

    • esasc4 3 years ago

      Sheets only gave up 2 runs in last start, his SS committed a double play error on his throw to first allowing the third run. 10 strikeouts in 11 innings, his FB was sitting at 89-93, walked only 1. why wouldnt you start him?

  7. I’ll be shocked if Sheets starts on Sunday.  If he does, hopefully he’ll shock us all in a good way.  I just can’t believe a guy that has only pitched in two games at any level since a serious injury in 2010 is ready to face big league hitters.

  8. brett 3 years ago

    I think the two top targets should be Bourn and Victorino. 

    • esasc4 3 years ago

      bourn is gone from the braves, victornio is on his downhill slide. Plenty of young OFers out there. We really wont know until after ST 2013.

    • Bourn is signed for almost 7 mil.  Encarnacion just signed a 3 year deal for 27 to stay with Toronto … i believe that is a fair deal for bourn.  I’d go 4/36 for bourn.

      however, if the nationals give chase they will push the deal to overspend.

  9. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    Bourn didn’t bring it up. He was asked about it during a press conference at the All-Star game. It was a clown question, bro.

  10. rundmc1981 3 years ago

    Would it be some dumb to make him a qualifying offer (around $13M) to see him reject it and sign somewhere else? That way we can get compensatory picks if he doesn’t sign, and him for another year if he does sign (the 1-year tender). Barring an injury, I don’t see him signing that knowing what he can get on the open market.

  11. esasc4 3 years ago

    dont feel bad for the braves, we will be in contention no matter who plays center. Heyward has the inside track, but alot will happen between now and the end of ST 2013.

  12. erm016 3 years ago

    Julio has been there before, he pitched pretty well for a rookie. When is he gonna get a shot? When someone else is struggling is the perfect time. This is another Livan deal, and we saw how great that was. :/

  13. erm016 3 years ago

    I agree, but who knows. $15mil is more than any MLB’er should make. IMO.

  14. Right!  Considering we have to have 2 new starting outfielders next year (if we don’t sign bourn which I bet we don’t), we’ve got to spread money around. 

  15. when has Bourn said he wanted $15M a year? 5/50 was last I heard.

  16. undocorkscrew 3 years ago

    Bourn is definitely worth $15M a year, assuming the contract isn’t 6 or 7 years…..What makes you think he isn’t worth $15M per?

  17. Blue387 3 years ago

    I don’t know him too well. How is his control?

  18. Dylan 3 years ago

    Hardly. He’s not worth his contract, but he is am above average player who had a bad year last year. He had a .370 OBP before getting injured this year. Not his fault the Nats paid him twice what he’s worth.

  19. Natsfan89 3 years ago

     That pretty much.

    Though I would never hit Desmond 2nd. He’s flourished in the 6 spot and his aggressiveness/terrible OBP are better suited there than at 2.

  20. Natsfan89 3 years ago

     He might be worth 15 million a year the first couple years of his contract, especially to a team like the Nationals who haven’t had a decent leadoff hitter since Soriano. Wouldn’t want to be paying him 15 million when he’s 34-35 and his speed is going though.

  21. Vernon Wells makes $22M, so we might as well start paying everyone that. That makes no sense.

  22. Your “point” hurts your argument even more.  If guys like Vernon Wells can get huge contracts, why on Earth would Bourn settle for $10mil a year?

  23. rundmc1981 3 years ago

    Especially a leadoff man going into his thirties that’s also a speedster. Juan Pierre’s contract is a comparable and he didn’t make close to $15M per.

  24. rundmc1981 3 years ago

    I agree with you, and I think that’s what they’d have him doing if he wasn’t having a problem giving up the HR. That could kill us and his confidence if he hasn’t solved that at the minor-league level.

  25. undocorkscrew 3 years ago

    How would sticking Teheran in the pen allow him to get MLB hitters out ‘consistently?’ I love the kid, but he’s having an absolutely terrible season down in AAA right now. Velocity is still the same, he’s just having trouble locating his breaking stuff. 

    He’s not ready.

  26. because people have learned not to horrifically overpay players?

  27. It sure doesn’t look to me like baseball has learned that.

  28. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    True, but the Werth signing was a gamble towards making a splash in the FA market.His signing was more about signaling potential FA players that DC was serious about competiting for a championship. He is what he was in Philly, a complimentary piece in a good line-up.

  29. toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

    Little harsh, and that’s coming from a Brewer’s fan.  

  30. Jeff 3 years ago

     5/50 must have been last year.  That price has gone up now.

  31. Jeff 3 years ago

     I just hope he’s better than Delgado , JJ, and Minor.

  32. undocorkscrew 3 years ago

    Pierre is just awful in the field though while Bourn is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. He also has a higher SB success rate and he still seems to be improving as a hitter. His WAR total over the last 4 years…..

    2009: 4.9
    2010: 4.7
    2011: 4.2
    2010: 4.5(and we’re only half-way)

    Pierre last 4 years….
    2009: 1.1
    2010: 0.0
    2011: -0.8
    2012: 1.4

    It’s not just about ‘leadoff’ production. What Bourn brings to this club only a handful of players can match. It’s not going to be easy to replace a guy like that….

  33. undocorkscrew 3 years ago

    Wouldn’t dumb at all, I hope that’s what they end up doing.

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