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 CBSSports.com 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 ESPNNewYork.com reports (on Twitter). The right-hander’s playing in the Mets’ minor league system, but he’s no longer on their 40-man roster.


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57 Comments on "NL East Notes: Sheets, Bourn, Schwinden"


Natsfan89
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

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 1 month 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.

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

Max I’d give him if I’m ATL 5 x 65

dylanp5030
3 years 1 month ago

Harper Bourn Werth is a pretty good OF.

Bourn
Desmond
Zimmerman
Harper
Werth
Morse
Espinosa/Lambardozzi
Ramos

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

esasc4
3 years 1 month 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.

dylanp5030
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

when is Weth expected to return this year? 

Jeff
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

Jeff
3 years 1 month 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.

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

And who plays 3B in this odd scenario?

Jeff
3 years 1 month 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)

Fizzzay
3 years 1 month ago

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

toddcoffeytime
3 years 1 month 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.

CT
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

esasc4
3 years 1 month 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.

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

Who wins the World Series this year?

esasc4
3 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

What’s with all the Uggla hate?

esasc4
3 years 1 month 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.

erm016
3 years 1 month ago

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

jhawk1000
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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?

3 years 1 month ago

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.

brett
3 years 1 month ago

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

esasc4
3 years 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

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.

Colin Christopher
3 years 1 month 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.

rundmc1981
3 years 1 month 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.

esasc4
3 years 1 month 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.

erm016
3 years 1 month 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. :/

erm016
3 years 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

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. 

3 years 1 month ago

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

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month 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?

Blue387
3 years 1 month ago

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

dylanp5030
3 years 1 month 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.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month 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.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

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?

rundmc1981
3 years 1 month 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.

rundmc1981
3 years 1 month 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.

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

because people have learned not to horrifically overpay players?

3 years 1 month ago

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

Slopeboy
3 years 1 month 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.

toddcoffeytime
3 years 1 month ago

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

Jeff
3 years 1 month ago

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

Jeff
3 years 1 month ago

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

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month 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….

Clayton Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

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