Wren believes he can strengthen his outfield internally

Some within the Braves organization believe one of Nate McLouth’s best at-bats of the season occurred with the bases loaded during the 11th inning of  Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Marlins.  For those of you who are masochists, I’ll remind you that this at-bat concluded with Hanley Ramirez fielding a sharply-hit grounder and then turning an inning-ending double play. 

When a player has hit just .168 through the season’s first 97 games, there is reason to stretch for the positive and take into account the fact that he has played just five games since missing six weeks because of a concussion.  <p>

But when this same player has hit .204 with a .639 OPS since the 2009 season’s All-Star break, there is reason to acknowledge the fact that he has to be on a very short leash. 

As the Braves attempt to stay ahead of the red-hot Phillies, who have moved within 4 1/2 games of the top spot in the National League East standings, they realize they can’t remain patient with McLouth too much longer. 

But with limited attractive options available on the trade market, it appears Braves GM Frank Wren believes the best way to strengthen his center field position is to utilize players that are already within the organization.

“I think we’re still looking internally at the pieces that we have,” Wren said early Monday evening.  “Right now, I’d have to say that’s the way that we’re leaning.”  <p>  

If McLouth continues to struggle, Melky Cabrera and possibly Gregor Blanco will likely see a majority of the playing time in center field.  Cabrera has hit .298 while the Braves have gone a Major League-best 44-23 since the start of play on May 10. 

While McLouth was on the disabled list, the Braves center fielders hit .318 with a .776 OPS.   It’s troubling to see that this stretch didn’t include any homers.  But with Jason Heyward providing instant optimism and Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske showing recent reason to believe they can prove productive in a left field platoon, the Braves could get away with sticking either Cabrera or Blanco in the eighth hole.

As mentioned last week, the Braves never really showed much interest in Florida’s Cody Ross, who will be a non-tender candidate when he becomes eligible to gain a $6 million-plus salary via arbitration this winter. 

Likewise, their interest in Corey Hart was minimal even before he injured his right wrist last week.  The Giants have shown much more interest in Hart and may be willing to provide the return the Brewers are seeking. 

If the Braves make a move before Saturday’s trade deadline, they will likely add a reliever.  But Wren believes he has the internal pieces necessary to further strengthen his bullpen. 

Within the next couple of weeks, Eric O’Flaherty should be able to regain the strength he has lost while battling a viral infection.   The Braves may also soon be persuaded to add Craig Kimbrel or Stephen Marek, who has posted a .065 ERA in the 42 combined appearances he has made with Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this year. 

Kimbrel has posted a 1.89 ERA and limited opponents to a .163 batting average in the 38 innings he has completed for Gwinnett.  But while issuing 14 walks in 12 innings this month, the 22-year-old right-hander has given the Braves reason to allow him to gain more Minor League seasoning. 

I was thinking the Braves might also be able to improve their relief corps by sending Kris Medlen back to the bullpen and promoting Mike Minor to serve as Atlanta’s fifth starter.  But this doesn’t appear to be a one of the club’s primary options.    

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what about Josh Willingham. Why is he going to do the same thing he did last year. What happens if they fall out of first place? Well Bobby been nice having you as a coach. To bad they won’t make the playoffs. Way to go Frank what a way to let Bobby go out.

Blanco is better than McLouth, Melky is better than McLouth….heck, Matt Young is better than McLouth… So yes, we are better internally. But I think the reason most wanted to trade was to get a player better than those listed above. Because, let’s face it, McLouth has been abismal lately.
I wonder why we haven’t seen more of Eric Hinske at 1B if Troy is indeed having pain. That’s why we signed Hinske in the first place was for a versatile guy that could play multiple positions. If all else fails we can play Omar and Prado+ 1st/2nd.
Also, I would much rather see Kimbrel or Marek than Chavez. Enough said.
What confuses me the most is we have two players (McLouth and Kawakami)…..one (McLouth) has performed terribly, and the other (KK) is not being used at all. That’s a large chunk of change that is being put to waste on our roster. One would think that something needs to be done soon.
Lastly, did anyone else notice Julio Teheran’s profile on the Mississippi page. This kid (along with Minor) will give us two great young arms to help fill the void when Hanson is signed by someone else when Boras asks for a strausburg type contract…

See, everyone though I was crazy for wanting another reliever!

I love this new moniker “some within the Braves organization”. It’s starting to sound like “high level government officials”. And they are both comparably filled with Cow Pies. Finding a highlight in McLouth’s recent resume is a bit like is a bit like saying Nuclear War isn’t that bad, it clears a lot of real estate, very cost effectively. I knew this was coming, it had Wren written all over it. It’s kind of like his campaign to find a power RH bat before the 2009 season. An objective stated by his office. We are so busy carrying Frank Wren payroll nightmares on our budget, we can’t afford to sign the help we need, even though we have cut 20 million from last years budget already. We are beginning to subscribe to the the Pittsburgh school of payroll management. Squeeze everything you can out of the fans and keep cutting payroll, no matter how it affects the team. Remember 2 weeks ago when we were actively in the trade market? Has McLouth’s triumphant return given us the assurance we need? Do we no longer need a big outfield bat?? Has Troy’s recent production, given us the assurance that we have all the RH power that we need? Give me a break.

And Mark, respectfully, taking Kris back out of the starting rotation would only compound our problems. Who would we release to bring up Minor? KK and his 7 million dollar multiyear contract? Jesse Chavez, who is still playing in Atlanta for some completely unknown reason? For those of you who I posited this question to months ago, WHY IS CHAVEZ ON THIS CLUB? What else could it be other than Wren’s ego? Medlen has been phenomenal. He is one tough little guy. The only time he has struggled even a little bit lately is when Bobby jacked with his schedule for a month straight. I mean why would you replace A guy who has a 3.57 ERA in the majors this year with a guy who has a 3.37 ERA at A-AA-AAA. I think all this Mike Minor hype is getting out of control.

Agreed, I think its unacceptable to be heading into the trading deadline with 3 players on the roster who are not contributing at all. By those three I mean McLouth, Kawakami, and Chavez.

Everyone is so hung up on replacing Mclouth, when the real reason we need a right handed bat is because of the “donkey” over there at first base. Take away the month of May for Troy Glaus, and his numbers are abysmal. Does anyone really think he will come close to delivering that kind of consistency again this year? Let’s not forget that he grounded out in a double play with the bases loaded on Sunday too. Mclouth is the easy target, and justifiably slow… but everyone is forgetting about Troy Glaus’ lack of production. The Troy Glaus in May is overshadowing the Troy Glaus of April, June, and July. We need a right handed bat for that very reason, and shame on Frank Wren if he sits and does nothing.

I know, I know. We eat all of McLouth’s salary, we trade him back to Pittsburgh(i’m sure he loves the trade) and who do we get in return. That irrepressible, dominant, Outfield sensation………… Ryan Church(hitting .187). Nice step up from McLouth huh? I have to laugh to keep from crying.

I hear Roachy is available. Great 2nd halves, but he is LH. I know he and Frank are REAL tight, judging from his public comments at the end of last year.

Oh and Bravo, I’ve been yelling about Glaus lack of production for a while now. I think his knees are shot and they are sending him out there every day anyway. Don’t worry that will probably only happen for another month or so.

“I know he and Frank are REAL tight, judging from his public comments at the end of last year.” hahaha

After hitting .325 for the Braves after the trade, I think his comment on why he wasn’t being considered for the job this year was, “what do I have to do hit .425″?

The main problem is that there really aren’t any good options out there for CF. We would give up too much to try and outbid SF for Hart, Ross is not worth it, DeJesus is hurt, Willingham can’t play CF and (i’m not sure about this) but he doesn’t have the arm to shift to RF and Heyward to CF. All of the NC-esque deals that would land us anyone good aren’t going to happen. Yeah I would like to see Justin Upton out there or maybe Young, but that’s just not gonna happen. Think Pittsburgh would take McLouth back plus Minor, Schafer, and whatever else we have for McCutchen??? (there’s my NC trade of the day). I think we’re looking at a center field of Melky and?to Rother’s extreme dismay?Blanco.

If we don’t solve the CF issue, we may make it to playoffs, but we wont make it past the first round.

I don’t think that’s necessarily true. There aren’t many teams where they’re offensively stacked from top to bottom of the lineup with a very strong bench.

Amazingly enough, with our lack of offense from some key positions, we still sit atop the NL east. We do seem to have the “entangables” that most teams strive to have, but I must admit there is a need for some more offensive production for sure. However, if we get into the playoffs, a rotation of Jurrjens, Hudson, and Hanson will be tough to beat. But all of those other teams will throw 3 tough pitchers as well. I would just go ahead and sit Troy for a few games and give Hinske all the AB’s at first. This would give us the opportunity to get Matty out there more in LF, or possibly Infante. Either way we need to work those guys into the lineup with a little more regularity.

Why not throw a lineup out there like this…
1. Prado – 2B
2. Heyward – RF
3. Hinske – 1B
4. McCann – C
5. Diaz – LF
6. Infante – 3B
7. Gonzalez – SS
8. Cabrera – CF

Give Glaus and Chipper a few days to rest those sore bones and see what happens….worse case scenario you can pinch hit with Chipper and Troy in an RBI situation. Let’s use that versatility of Omar and Eric to rest out “veteran bats” for a few days.

But with all of that being said, we still put up 20 runs in this last series. Each of our SP gave up 4 or more runs in their starts, we could have easily taken 2 of 3 or even swept this series…. It’s the little things here and there. I think that’s why its a big deal 1. Jesse Chavez is on the team 2. Nate McLouth is wasting AB’s 3. KK is eating a chunk of salary and not seeing the rubber….Other than that, I’m pretty happy with our team to be honest.

Speedy, I agree with that premise but you have to get spell check on “intangibles” . Our problem right now is if we come across a team in the playoff who throws LHP at us. We are a .500 team against LHP. Add that to our sub .500 road record and it doesn’t translate into a great postseason, esecially if we lose home field advantage. But all that aside, we have the Frillies putting on a late season push and we are gonna have to play great baseball to hold them off. They have bigger threats than we do, so we have to rely on consistency in our lineup. They are likely to p/u another big arm here shortly and we need to be ready to respond. FW’s assertion that we need to rely on what we have is ludicrous for a contender. The Yankees, with the best record in baseball, are actively looking to plug holes. We obvviously have holes, why is it that we are the only playoff contender who suddenly is willing to stand pat. Our big move was dumping a problem in our dugout at the low point in his career. We aren’t ready for the postseason. We have got nightmare still in our dugout.

Barbaro Carnizares and Willy Taveras for Scott Downs or Will Ohman? I loved Ohman and wondered why we never made a move to resign him…

But Bill, there is still problem that leaves Wren no choice but to stand pat: money.
The Braves have no money. We’re handcuffed by ridiculous contracts binding us to the likes of McLouth, Kantwinagami, Lowe, and Chipper. You know this. Also, there are no options worth pursuing. Gregor, Melky, or Matt Young are the only options.

Screw whether or not we can sign him beyond this season, send Bobby and Chipper out with another Fall Classic trophy and go get Prince Fielder!

For those who keep saying there aren’t any options for CF out there, they are so wrong- there’s plenty. CFers with power- Chris young AZ, Adam Jones O’s. Cfer with high average and speed Scotty Pods. Those are a few options. Glaus needs another cortisone shot in his left knee. The reason his power is down is because he’s not setting his weight against a stiff front leg, because it hurts. Mclouth, Chavez, and KK need to be put on waivers next month period! Let’s see who thinks they can fix them as a reclamation project. Wren is losing fan support rapidly with his wait and see approach, and non action. I for one see myself as a Braves shareholder everytime I pay for a ticket to a game, and I want to see some sort of return on my investment. Oh and one more thing the Braves are only spending roughly 84 million on payroll this year (according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts) with 11 players contracts not listed. So if you figure league minimum that’s about 89 million, so with that we’re still about 7 million under last years payroll with better fan attendance this year. So get off of your butt Frank and go get the bat we need already.

J-Hey is going to take Assburg deep tonight. I’m calling it.

I think thatWren is right bout Melky and Blanco. But the Braves are gonna need a Cf of the Future and i just dont see those two being it so why not in the offseason try and trade for one or sign one. Bc that is one of the weakness of the braves is not having a legit Cf, yea ok the Mclouth worked out for 1 year and didnt the next. but that doest mean his career is done ok. Why doesnt Wren call up teams like Seattle, Milwaukee, Tampa and Houston bout there Cfs. I mean Franklin Gutierrez is a player I think can be a decent fit. From The Brewers tho they just traded for him in the offseason what bout Carlos Gomez BJ Upton or Micheal Bourne. I bet if the Braves go after anyoe of these guys or maybe two i bet the Braves will be dominate for the next coming years.

for Gutierrez
Send Seattle Chavez Mclouth and Doiry for Him and Matt Tuiasosopo

For Gomez
Matt Young Wes Timmions Schafer and Minor for Gomez Naverson and Josh Butler

For Upton
matt young Mclouth and Dunn for BJ UPton Fernado perez and jake macgee.

For his brother
Chavez Canizares Dunn and Melky for Upton and Zach Kroenke

I think KK isn’t pitching because all of the games have been so close lately, and he is the designated mop up guy at this point.
Chavez, dude, if you don’t believe you are going to get somebody out, then how are we going to believe it? Man up, your eyes give it away when the camera zooms in. If you don’t want the ball, please quit taking it from Bobby. A “tender elbow” can get you to September on the major league payroll, if that is all that matters to you, but quit pretending you want the ball, and get some fight about you. Take it personal when they bang you around like they do. There are 500 right arms out there that throw low to mid 90’s with mediocre command and no heart. Do something to separate yourself if you want to be a part of something special in Atlanta.

Anyone who wanted Cody Ross: He will NOT be traded, Chris Coghlan is hurt.

I’d rather have Elton John, Richard Simmons, Stevie Wonder, Puck from the Real World, or Pee Wee playing for the Braves than Nate sucks a big OUT. Speedy, I’d roll w/that line up this series. No loss Glauss needs to sit and Gregor needs to replace, I can’t even say his name anymore, but everyone knows whom I’m talking about!

Wren should at least check in on Scott Pods, he would be the best option left on the trade market. I never liked the Cody Ross idea, speaking of Ross glad to see we signed David for two more years. That will be one less concern come this off-season.

Wren should at least check in on Scott Pods, he would be the best option left on the trade market. I never liked the Cody Ross idea, speaking of Ross glad to see we signed David for two more years. That will be one less concern come this off-season.

Wren should at least check in on Scott Pods, he would be the best option left on the trade market. I never liked the Cody Ross idea, speaking of Ross glad to see we signed David for two more years. That will be one less concern come this off-season.

Wren should at least check in on Scott Pods, he would be the best option left on the trade market. I never liked the Cody Ross idea, speaking of Ross glad to see we signed David for two more years. That will be one less concern come this off-season.

Wren should at least check in on Scott Pods, he would be the best option left on the trade market. I never liked the Cody Ross idea, speaking of Ross glad to see we signed David for two more years. That will be one less concern come this off-season.

WTF is up with this! I only hit submit once!

.065 would be quite the ERA Mark. 0.65 is what Marek’s got though. Still not too shabby.

Guys, I agree that Marek has been impressive this minor league season, but remember to take a minor league ERA with a grain of salt. After all, Mike Dunn had a 1.05 ERA in Gwinnett. Also, Resop has a rehab appearance tonight, I wonder if he will claim Chavez’s spot when healthy? Not sure he would be any sort of upgrade though….1.84 ERA in minor leagues, remember, grain of salt.
Oh Billreef, thanks for the spellcheck, that comment was made late last night, I’m glad that it was even readable. But thanks for the correction, though. Agreed, going against a tough LHP in the playoff run is a legit concern….

Guys, I agree that Marek has been impressive this minor league season, but remember to take a minor league ERA with a grain of salt. After all, Mike Dunn had a 1.05 ERA in Gwinnett. Also, Resop has a rehab appearance tonight, I wonder if he will claim Chavez’s spot when healthy? Not sure he would be any sort of upgrade though….1.84 ERA in minor leagues, remember, grain of salt.
Oh Billreef, thanks for the spellcheck, that comment was made late last night, I’m glad that it was even readable. But thanks for the correction, though. Agreed, going against a tough LHP in the playoff run is a legit concern….

You’re right, .065 is what McLouth is hitting since coming off the DL.

Looks like the Rockies could be sellers if they keep nosediving. Maybe we could pick up Dexter Fowler and add him to our collection over sub .250 hitting CFs (Blanco will be there soon enough). Though I would probably trade Minor and a couple other top level prospects for Carlos Gonzalez. NC, you think the Rox would take McLouth, Melky, Schafer, and Blanco for him?? They could all come together to form sh*tty Voltron.

AJC is reporting that McLouth has been optioned to AAA Gwinnett. I’m assuming Blanco will be called up.
I have to admit I feel my inner billreef escalating since both McLouth’s and Kawakami’s contracts are giving us (0) production. Frank has to do something about this. . . .

Clevlen has been called up temporarily, but I’m guessing Blanco will be up with the Braves this weekend or thereabouts.

How about playing Diaz every day in left and letting Glaus and Hinske platoon at first?

You guys feel that? Like a weight that has been lifted? That would be the albatross that is Nate McLouth removed from our collective neck…

Where is strasburg?

He must have gotten Heywarditis

Just heard that Mclouth was sent to the minors and brought up Brent Cleven. I have one question is there any chance that the Braves could move Mccann to first and give ross a shot at a full time job.

I guess that’s why Chipper’s starting, Strasburg got scratched.

I love Mark’s headline. Duh!? Who among us doesn’t believe that – just by getting rid of McClouth? That makes you stronger.

Strasburg, “couldn’t get loose” He will have MRI on shoulder to determine problem.

Mark, what is the possibility that the person in Frank’s mind is Willie Cabrera at Mississippi? He is 24 years old. He is hitting .334 over 85 games and is a doubles machine. He is right handed. I know he plays RF in Miss. He has only struck out 32 times in 317 ABs and has 26 walks. .395 OBP, .888 OPS.

Lol Bill. Chipper was probably a very late addition to the lineup tonight. And thats too bad, because his defense (mixed with Hanson being terrible and unable to hold runners and McCann’s terrible arm) cost the Braves 2 runs.

Barrysbraveboys, I was thinking the same thing. Willie Cabrera is a hitting machine at Mississippi. I know its Double-A numbers, but plenty of people have made that jump. Of course, where would he play…

Diory is hitting over .300 in Gwinnett. Sometimes minor league numbers don’t tell the whole story…. Don’t get on that Cabrera train just yet, he needs time to develop.

Already struck out 6 times in 4 innings, this could be a long night…

I hope Smoltzie becomes a great mentor for Tommy Hanson. Tommy needs to realize you don’t need to strike out 27 batters a game.

Had Strasburg pitched, we might be watching a no hitter right now. This is brutal.

JHawk, your salary analysis is misleading. The Cots total INCLUDES the players at minimum. Here is a BR breakdown which shows the 25 man roster including the minimum player salaries. You also wrongly assign a value for last year of 96 Mil when it was actually 103 Mil. So the difference between last year and current is 20 million. Liberty is just stuffing the money in their pocket. If we faill to win the WS this year for lack of midseason spending, I suggest a total boycott of all thing Brave for some period of time next year.

What would u think if the Braves moved Mccann to first next year and sent freeman somewhere else in a trade like for Hart or someone to help the team and gave ross and boscan a shot at the starting job. I am asking this bc a family memeber of mine thinks Brian should move to first.

My brother is on staff with the Braves in Gwinnett and I just got a text from him that there’s a Blue Jays scout in attendance tonight. I wonder if Resop is on the market. If so, he’s got a no-no through 5. Not a bad showing!

Instead of moving McCann to 1B let’s move Prado to the third base coach position put McCann at 2B move Tommy to catcher but keep him in the rotation get Yogi Berra as backup catcher and trade Freeman and the entire AA team to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez and 20 million dollars then ship that along with NC to Gotham for Batman and move him to 1B.

Bravo, the took Resop out after 5 with the no no intact.

So The brilliant move of the Braves front office is to demote McLouth(no disagreement there) and bring up our rising star, Brent Clevlen. He hits minor league pitching at a blustery .255 clip and is just coming off an extended stay on the DL. Boy that really smacks of playoff contention. I guess we were so stacked with talent internally that we couldn’t justify a move. I mean, we are just making Washington shiver in their boots tonite. What a typical Frank Wren ween*e move tonite. This is gonna cost us. Mark my words. I guess this is the best you can do when you can’t pull off a trade with far superior GM’s around the league.

You know what I think NC? I think you should just stop making suggestions. Most of us here have some sort of grasp of reality and how baseball works.
You don’t trade your #1 prospect who is only a phone call away from being a major leaguer for a guy who is not only having a season beyond his proven ability, but may have a wrist injury that his team is hiding (Hart). Use some common sense, or stop spewing nonsense from your word salad.

But there’s not really anyone available.

Here come the Phillies. FML.

We can’t really wrestle a quality CF from any teams without having to trade Minor / Freeman / Delgado / Teheran / Medlen. I feel like the one guy they would have felt comfortable parting with was Vizcaino but he got hurt at a very inopportune time. The only outfielders available aren’t really that great. Hart and DeJesus got hurt, Willingham isn’t that great?and we would have to move Heyward to center and probably Diaz to right. Ross is just another Frenchy (who is also available). Melky is not that bad of an option in center.

Yup. Our offense is just fine, Frank. No need to make a move at all.
And for those of you who think Mclouth was our only problem, tale a look at Troy Glaus’ numbers in every month not named “May”. Take a look at his numbers tonight.
This team has First-round playoff casualty written all over it until Frank makes a move. What a pathetic game. We can’t even hit the Nationals bullpen, let alone their starters.

Viva, I am not sure my target for a CFer would be someone who is in the majors right now. I think I would be targeting a high level minors prospect from a contender that we could help with some of our pitching surplus. I’m not minor league savvy enough to throw out names, but these kids exist and if you are trading a blue chip prospect you would get a blue chip prospect in return. It seems that Wren is somehow averse to age old axiom, “if it’s a good deal for you and it’s a good deal for me, then it’s a good deal”. He seems to want to get something for nothing, sorry, ain’t gonna happen. The issue is, do you trust your scouts to identify these kids.

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Bill, I think Clevlen is on the MLB roster right now because Blanco can’t be brought up for a few days and Clevlen is on the 40-man. Kind of sucks for Clevlen though because now he will be resorted to at best 1 pinch run appearance (unless we play extras).
But, I think I will state again that it may be in our best interests right now (maybe a week) to sit Troy and play Hinske at first. This allows Diaz or Infante (yeah remember that guy that never plays that is hitting way over .300) to play LF. We have got to get more Infante, Diaz, Hinske and less Glaus right now. I don’t understand why Diaz and Infante are not getting more playing time, but we continue to see Glaus and Chipper struggle so….
Also, please get rid of KK and McLouth, we don’t need the money just sitting on the sideline

Bill, I think Clevlen is on the MLB roster right now because Blanco can’t be brought up for a few days and Clevlen is on the 40-man. Kind of sucks for Clevlen though because now he will be resorted to at best 1 pinch run appearance (unless we play extras).
But, I think I will state again that it may be in our best interests right now (maybe a week) to sit Troy and play Hinske at first. This allows Diaz or Infante (yeah remember that guy that never plays that is hitting way over .300) to play LF. We have got to get more Infante, Diaz, Hinske and less Glaus right now. I don’t understand why Diaz and Infante are not getting more playing time, but we continue to see Glaus and Chipper struggle so….
Also, please get rid of KK and McLouth, we don’t need the money just sitting on the sideline

KKilmo, that is an insane trade. You would have to convince all 3 GM’s to put their heads in nooses and pull the lever. You sound a lot like NC, are you just trying out a new name?

“Viva, I am not sure my target for a CFer would be someone who is in the majors right now. I think I would be targeting a high level minors prospect from a contender that we could help with some of our pitching surplus.”
Hey I’m right there with you. But still.. a tricky deal to work during a playoff push. At least Melky has the experience.

wow

HOW ABOUT A TWO TEAM DEAL HOUSTON GET HUNTER PENCE TRADE M.CABRERA P.MOYLAN N. MCLOUTH C.KIMBREL THEN MILWAUKEE WE GET RYAN BRAUN WE TRADE K.MEDLEN T.SAITO M.DIAZ THEN BRAVES LINEUP IS 1. M. PRADO 2. J. HEYWARD 3. H.PENCE 4. C. JONES 5.R. BRAUN 6. B. MCCANN 7. T. GLAUSE 8. A. GONZALAZ 9. PITCHER NOW HOW ABOUT A KILLER LINEUP.

Yeah I think we need some more pop in the line up but also I believe we lack some pitching as well, I think braves need to try and get Roy Oswald. I am a Tommy Hanson fan but I don’t know, he’s not been his old self in couple of his last starts and I think Roy Oswald can be a great addition to the rotation, huddy, jair, roy and tommy, that to can be a killer rotation.

Hey kkillmo that trade would never happen bc ur smoking some good stuff.

NC – did you invite your friends over? If so, tell them to leave. There’s only room for one of you… barely.

If Toronto is in town, that is a very good thing. With Travis Snyder coming back they will have room to move Bautista. He plays RF and 3B, so he would be a good pickup for the Braves. Buying a guy during his career year is risky, but he has the potential to be the guy at 3B when Chipper moves on to Cooperstown this winter. The Braves don’t necessarily need him to go 40-100 like he might this season. 20-25 HRs from the 3B slot would be a nice pickup. there aren’t any of those even semi close in the minors. Donnel Linares is the closest at Mississippi. Salcedo won’t be a factor until maybe 2013-4 unless he just goes crazy once he gets used to the US. This season in Rome is all about acclimation for him. The baseball will come together as the life style gets more comfortable. Projecting 18 year old Dominican kids is more art than science, but the tools are there.
If they are looking for Bautista, it won’t take a Teheran/Minor/Freeman level talent to do it. Resop/Schafer/Delgado/Marek type guys should do it, and not 4 or 5 of them either.

Alex Gonzalez will provide some great input as far as Toronto players are concerned. I would trust his scouting opinion. He seems like a guy who pays attention, like Chipper always has.

We shall see. With Troy Glaus’ struggles (3 strikeouts last night, leaving multiple runners in scoring position), Bautista might not be that bad of a move. 30 home runs, 75 rbi’s, and a .254 batting average sounds pretty good right now.
Ever since Wren’s “wait and see what we have internally” approach to the trade deadline, the Braves have: gone 5-6 losing three of their last 4, demoted their expensive center fielder to AAA, diminished a 7.5 fame lead to 3.5 games, and have seen deterioration in offensive production.

I definitely don’t like the direction this is going, and I HOPE that Blue Jays scout was in Gwinnett to see Resop for the purpose of an impending deal.

Hey Bravomania get off my nuts and backoff. If u look at my last posting I said that trade wont happen in a Millions years uless he did that trade on MLB the show 2010 or something. The player the Braves should get is Hart or Wilingham.

When Strasburg was scratched, it immediately cried to me for conspiracy theories. Let’s hear what you can come up with. Mine is this:
Strasburg was held out of the game last night against the Braves because of an impending trade with the Yankees. Strasburg and Bryce Harper to NY, ARod and Cano to the Nats. A Yankme’s official anonymously confirmed that the Yankees ‘Wanted to get younger, without losing any payroll in the process.’
See what you can come up with just for fun…

He was summoned by Obama to help with the oil spill, and they needed someone who could walk on water???

Haven’t been on the blog in a while, but was checking in to see if Mark had any new information on what the Braves might do. Seems like not too much. I was happy to see that the “Bowman Blog Poster Trade Machine” was still up an running smoothly. For those who’d like the proprietary recipe of nonsense, see below:

1. One crappy outfielder (Nate McLouth, Garrett Anderson, Gregor Blanco)
2. Your least favorite pitcher on the current 25-man roster (Manny Acosta, Jesse Chavez, Kenshin Kawakami)
3. If going for a big name player (Pujols, Braun, Adrian Gonzalez), add in Matt Diaz.
4. You may also substitute in a Diory Hernandez for Matt Diaz if you’d prefer to add some prospect flavor to your proposal.

After putting together your favorite combination, simply place at the end whatever player you’d like to see the Braves acquire for your junk casserole and serve!

What is going on, Is it amateur night at a really bad comedy club here or what!!!

Please Mark, new provocative subject soon please.

Troy Glaus just got sent on 4 straight H & R attempts. They may have to get him a wheelchair to get him back to 1B at the start of the next inning.

OK, so I missed the first half of the game. What happened on the play where Gameday shows that Heyward stole home and Mac stole 2nd?

McCann was going on a hit and run, Glaus swung through it, McCann got hung up between 1st and 2nd and Heyward pulled a really slick one by going when the throw went back to Dunn. Perfect timing, way baseball smart, really nice heads up play. And McCann got his cans into second on the throw.

So is anyone else having huge problems uploading comments lately??

As a Jays fan I can tell you that Bautista will not come cheap. True, he is having a career year. However, if you look at his numbers from last year, he led the league in HRs starting September, last year. Something he has carried over into this season with a solid 30 home runs (more) to show. Moreover, the guy leads the league in outfield assists and has a canon for an arm. He has pretty much convinced the Toronto fan-base, at least, that he is not a one-year wonder. Fans are talking seriously on talk-radio about extending him for a multi-year contract and, up here, management likes to do things like that, every now and then, for the fans as we have nothing else to root for other than the demise of the Yankees and Bosox. If you want Bautista, it will cost you your best pitching prospect as a minimum. So, I don’t see him coming to Atlanta. BTW, I think Philadelphia will make some moves and catch the braves. After depleting their farm system for Lee and Halladay, their GM has to get them to the playoffs and, therefore, will likely gamble. What they have to offer, however, is another story.

As a Jays fan I can tell you that Bautista will not come cheap. True, he is having a career year. However, if you look at his numbers from last year, he led the league in HRs starting September, last year. Something he has carried over into this season with a solid 30 home runs (more) to show. Moreover, the guy leads the league in outfield assists and has a canon for an arm. He has pretty much convinced the Toronto fan-base, at least, that he is not a one-year wonder. Fans are talking seriously on talk-radio about extending him for a multi-year contract and, up here, management likes to do things like that, every now and then, for the fans as we have nothing else to root for other than the demise of the Yankees and Bosox. If you want Bautista, it will cost you your best pitching prospect as a minimum. So, I don’t see him coming to Atlanta. BTW, I think Philadelphia will make some moves and catch the braves. After depleting their farm system for Lee and Halladay, their GM has to get them to the playoffs and, therefore, will likely gamble. What they have to offer, however, is another story.

As a Jays fan I can tell you that Bautista will not come cheap. True, he is having a career year. However, if you look at his numbers from last year, he led the league in HRs starting September, last year. Something he has carried over into this season with a solid 30 home runs (more) to show. Moreover, the guy leads the league in outfield assists and has a canon for an arm. He has pretty much convinced the Toronto fan-base, at least, that he is not a one-year wonder. Fans are talking seriously on talk-radio about extending him for a multi-year contract and, up here, management likes to do things like that, every now and then, for the fans as we have nothing else to root for other than the demise of the Yankees and Bosox. If you want Bautista, it will cost you your best pitching prospect as a minimum. So, I don’t see him coming to Atlanta. BTW, I think Philadelphia will make some moves and catch the braves. After depleting their farm system for Lee and Halladay, their GM has to get them to the playoffs and, therefore, will likely gamble. What they have to offer, however, is another story.

Where do you put Dye, then, and at whose expense?

Good win tonight, we needed this one. Too bad Arizona isn’t helping us out at all. Heyward is quickly becoming one of the most exciting players in the NL and Huddy would be a Cy Young caliber year by normal pitching standards (this year has been extraordinary). Once again, Glaus missed a meatball from Clippard that should have been in the cheap seats. The guy looks just as he did in May. He is getting hits (1 for 4’s) but he is not hitting with power and definitely not hitting with RISP. This leaves even more belief that Freeman will occupy 1B next season. Lastly, I have commonly seen guys that are faster than they look, however, Melky looks much slower than he actually is.

One thing that baffles me is with all the need for starting pitching out there. I have not seen a single rumor about someone looking at Kawakami.

Yes his record sucks. But remember all the discussions on here about comparing all his other numbers to Derek Lowe’s and in many ways KK’s numbers were better? You would think we could con someone into taking him. Its not like you would ask for much in return. Just enough for them to not be suspicious about the deal.

I also wonder why Jermaine Dye’s name doesn’t come up at all. We need an outfielder. Give him a try out. See if he can play at ALL. It wouldn’t cost any prospects and if it doesn’t pan out no big deal.

This win does absolutely nothing to allay my fears about our anemic offense. If Prado, Heyward and McCann have an off night the rest of the team seems to be asleep in the dugout. We have gone back to zero hits in the clutch. Glaus is hitting at a .150 pace for the last month and a half. Chipper only plays when he likes the pitcher. and everyone else is just kind of dog meat. Apologies to Diaz, but he doesn’t play often enough to be considered part of the order. I mean if we are gonna stick with THIS lineup, we are gonna have to get more from them than they have ever contributed before. Philly has kicked into their easily anticipated surge, and we are looking increasingly like a deer in the headlights. No fault to our roster, this is an ostrich-like approach from our front office. See no problem, hear no problem sit at home in October.

Pods off the market now. Wren better act and act fast while he can still land someone of merit. YOU CAN NOT ADDRESS THIS INTERNALLY FRANK!

Internet and cable out so I missed the end of the game and was unable to contribute to the Banter.

My thoughts are Clevlen is only up until the weekend until Blanco is eligible to come back. He needs to stay in the minors for 10 days.

It is nice to see Hinske hitting better lately. Since he first part of the year when he tore it up, he had been hitting around 220 for two months. I would really llike to see Hinske play some 1st and rest Glauss against righties. They have two 300 hitters that can fill in – Infante and Diaz. I know guys that Diaz is only hitting 250, but he has been over 350 since he became healthy.

Chipper has really been hitting much better since his meeting with mgmt. I would estimate for two month now, he has been hitting around 280 with an 850 OPS. Bill, can you look this up for me because I would not know where to start.

We all knew the Phillies would make a run so the Braves just need to start winning again. I think Olsen pitched great agains them a few weeks ago, so it is payback time….

Looks like Philly decided not to look internally. If Oswalt approves the trade, they just got better.

I have always supported Wren, and don’t want to morgage the future (see Texiera Trade on how to do that), but we do need to get an outfielder with some pop. Rother is also right that the line up needs to be shuffled. Chipper has said he is willing to move. Bobby is probably holding that up. Yes, I love Bobby, but he is just a little stubborn on a few things. Like bullpen use, line-up, and loyalty to undeserving players.

Has anyone noticed Heyward has hit .400 this month and still only has 3 RBI? When healthy, it is a crying shame to have him in the 2 spot, a complete waste of the best RBI guy on the team. We’re only seeing half of what he’s got when he gets on, then runs a little. Get Omar in the lineup and bat him in the 2 spot. Move everyone else down one. I’m not a proponent of OBP in place of SLG. Better yet, bat Chipper 2 and Heyward 3, Chipper gets good pitches, takes walks (his best weapon at this point), and Heyward brings in every one from there. There is an excuse for June with the thumb, but he’s healthy now, and we need him scoring AND driving in runs. The added pressure, as you saw early in the year, does not hurt Heyward a bit.

In June, Chipper hit .261/.350/.391 for an OPS of .741
In July, it has been .258/.338/.419 for an OPS of .757.
That is still pretty much the league average, which is not the numbers you search for in a 3 hole hitter.
In 17 less July ABs, Heyward is at .400/.509/.467 for a .976 OPS.
It really is time to make that lineup shift.

Rother with Prado in a 14 game mini slump Heyward has not had that many people on in front of him. After Heyward and Chipper there is not much production from Glaus especially when Brian sits. As Joe said last night “The Dodgers need pitching and have outfields so why did they trade for Scott Pods? ” Could it be KK and prospects for Scott Pods?

It would seem that the Dodgers are either hoarding OFs to make another move, or they are convinced Manny won’t decide to be “Being Manny” the rest of the way.

A little correction to what went down with J-Hey stealing home last night. It was Hinske up at bat not Glaus. I do not believe it was a hit and run. I believe it was a brain fart on McCann’s part. He didn’t take off on the pitch. It was a 3-2 count and he assumed it was ball four (Hinske didn’t swing he went down looking) Blue made a late strike three call and there was a sudden look of horror on McCann’s face as he realised he was caught in between first and second. It was a great job on Heywards part to read that Desmond was not even paying attention to him and it worked out really well for us that Dunn thought he actually had a shot at getting Heyward at the plate.

I had great seats last night. Not like Tuesday night when all I could get was standing room only for the Strasburg no show. Just my two cents on that situation. If he was having trouble getting loose, then he needs to come out earlier and actually put some work in. He did very little in the way of stretching and tossing before he went to the bullpen. Maybe he is doing that in the club house, I don’t know. I know that both Hanson and Hudson have met McCann and Eddie Perez in the outfield and done extensive stretching and throwing before going into the pen. Yall should have heard the boos when Bautista took the hill though. They didn’t make any kind of announcement in the ball park. People found out when Strasburg wasn’t on the mound. It was classic.

“Even if we do make the playoffs, I can’t deal with another Braves postseason of great pitching bungled by an anemic offense. I just can’t.”
…So true.
Teams are getting better right now to make a run. If anyone thinks we don’t need to improve our team… or offense… then you’re crazy. We need to get better at the plate. A brief stint in a 5-game divisional series is not enough to make me happy… and right now, that’s what our team is. It’s the truth.
Above average pitching is obsolete when coupled with below-average to barely average offense.

MLBRumors is reporting the Braves got a second baseman from Arizona for cash or a player to be named later.

Not Kelly Johnson

That would be classic if it was KJ.lol.

Michael Noboa is the guy.

WinBoj- Prado has hit .290 in the last 2 weeks. We could use 7 more position players in a slump like that. The bigger problem during that time was our 8 hole production. Can you say McLouth? As to Heywards RBI total. Prado scored 12 runs since the break. The fact that Heyward isn’t driving in runs isn’t due to Prado not getting on, it also isn’t due to lack of clutch hitting by Heyward, it must just be because of small sample size.

That is the report, but he has already played a game for the Dominican Summer League Braves. Not big news….He is Junior Noboa’s son I think.

OK… now I’m usually not one to panic, but Philly just made their top 3 of the rotation better than our top 3. We have a better 4 and 5, but the Oswalt / Halladay 1-2 punch could be devastating especially when we face them in those last few series in Sep/Oct. We can barely scratch across anything against Halladay and even if we get to Oswalt, they have the lefty Hamels up third and everyone knows how adept we are against southpaws..

I think a blockbuster trade would have been made for Gonzalez/Bautista if Nate was back in the lineup, healthy, and still suckin, so maybe we really need to set our sites back north and go out and get that guy. Apparently they’re asking a pretty big price, but I think we have the pitching to make it happen. Pods would be nice, but is his upside really that much more than Melky’s if you take his stolen bases away? We all know Bobby doesn’t love the running games, and although Pods has a good number of steals, he also has a good number of time being caught. Pods’ numbers are better, but not comparable to the disparity between Melky and Bautista’s numbers. We need someone who can match the Werths, Victorinos, and Howards. With Glaus in his megaslump, we have no power. Right now the only guy hitting home runs is on the bench half the time (Diaz), or in the leadoff spot. Even if we do make the playoffs, I can’t deal with another Braves postseason of great pitching bungled by an anemic offense. I just can’t.

Well, it’s great to see that Frankie has pulled off another blockbuster trade. He gets a sub Mendoza rookie league 2nd baseman. Way to go Frank, way to make a splash.

“Even if we do make the playoffs, I can’t deal with another Braves postseason of great pitching bungled by an anemic offense. I just can’t.”

…So true.

Teams are getting better right now to make a run. If anyone thinks we don’t need to improve our team… or offense… then you’re crazy. We need to get better at the plate. A brief stint in a 5-game divisional series is not enough to make me happy… and right now, that’s what our team is. It’s the truth.

Above average pitching is obsolete when coupled with below-average to barely average offense.

What are you talking about?

Wait until you see who we have to give up to get him.

Haha Michael Noboa? 6 games above rookie ball. If we got him for Resop… McLouth??

Is Diaz Cuban? He’s from Oregon.

Everyone seems to consider the Nats as sellers. How is it possible to spend what they did on Strasburg, and what they are going to on Bryce Harper, and then sell off the rest of the legit major League talent on the team? That would seem to be very contradictory, and not a Stan Kasten style move. I’m guessing Dunn stays, Zimmerman stays, etc.

Funny, Diaz tosses his bat after HRs just like Escobar did. Must be a Cuban thing.

Diaz and Infante are in the lineup and they account for all of our offense. Why aren’t these guys playing more often? Also, what’s up with the lineup today…Glaus hitting cleanup?

Also, isn’t Lowe supposed to be an innings-eater? Apparently he did not get the memo this season…

I don’t really care who plays center as long as they hit the dang ball. It seems as past years have shown the Braves become very comfortable with a huge lead that we had (7.5) games to now the minute 3 probably 2.5 we will have tonight because the Phils are playing with heart and we are sitting on our tails waiting for them to catch us. Heck we can’t even beat the cellar dwellers in our own division there is no excuse for this type of play. Come on boys play some ball and send Bobby out right this year.

Why don’t we just put Chavez in to throw some gasoline on this fire…?

Welp… gotta salvage the road trip in Cincinnati, I suppose.
Viva, I was wrong in saying “Cuban” about Diaz. His heritage is Spanish, and his grandfather changed the pronunciation from the Spanish “DEE-ahs” to the Americanized “DYE-az” upon arriving here.

Winboj, That’s funny.

Frank got help from NC on the Michael Noboa trade

The silence from Mark and Wren alike leading up to Saturday’s deadline is deafening. Either something mega is in the works or they are finding where they want to place their heads in the sand when the Phillies overtake them in the standings before next weekend.

Trade for Adam Dunn….now!

Nate Mclouth went deep in his first AB tonight in Gwinnett…

How are those internal options working out there, Frank?
Glaus is done, our number 3 hitter has a below average OPS, our catcher can’t play everyday — 3-5 we are WEAK! Our main RBI potential is stuck in the #2 slot because our manager is too stubborn to tweak the lineup. Help better be on the way fast, or we’re going to be battling for a wild card.

I also agree with moving Heyward down the lineup into a rbi slot even if he must sacrafice some SB opps as a result.

Let’s hope to see this tomorrow:

1. Prado
2. Infante
3. Heyward
4. McCann
5. Diaz
6. Jones
7. Glaus
8. Cabrera
9. Pitcher

So how about this, DL Glaus, let his knees quit barking, give him a nice rehab to work on his swing. Bring up Barbaro Canizares, who is batting .315 at Gwinnett with a +.800 OPS for all 4 years at AAA. He doesn’t SO much and has some pop. Big doubles guy and he projects about 18 HR over a ML season. Can play 1B and corner OF. He’s 31 Years old so if you don’t want to use him trade him for someone we can use.

Oh and he’s RH.

You know bill, I’ve always wondered why canizares has never really gotten a shot. He seems to be a pretty consistent bat. What gives? Did he do something to anger management? If so, seems like good trade bait if we have no reason to use him….

Little glove, from what I’ve heard.

does anyone know how much money we have to spend for a big bat?

Probably more than we’re willing to part with.
Matt Capps won’t be closing games against the Braves anymore this season… just got shipped to Minnesota.

Papi- I can’t imagine that Canizares would be a defensive downgrade from ol’ stone glove Glaus. He led the charge in Gwinnett today, raised his avg. to .320 as they scored 13 runs. Does anyone even remember when the last time the Daddy Braves scored 13? Why is it that we are suddenly so unwilling to part with minor league prospects. Are we becoming the FL Marlins? Are we not gonna be able to spend any money to defend a great pennant chance? So Wren screwed up the payroll, we can sort that out later, it shouldn’t keep us from adding resources so that we have a real chance at this. Our lead is down to 2.5, what is this management willing to do to make this team a contender?

I am with speedybream why not give Canizares a or bring up this kid i keep hearing bout Freeman see if he can handle major league pitching? Bc i just found out that Fielder and Hart arent gonna be available come Trade deadline. Tho it would have been nice to see Prince in a Braves uni but i guess that aint happening.

Why not just bring up Freddie Freeman? Since we were so high on him we didn’t even want to talk to LaRoche, even though he led our playoff push… Hell, I wouldn’t be shocked if we got him this year. Just like last year; almost at the deadline, no pulse, then we get a big bat last second.

Somebody must know something we don’t, then… Also, in all fairness, I wouldn’t read too much into Gwinnett hanging 13 on their opposition today. Rochester seems to be the Pittsburgh of the IL.

I don’t think its a good idea to bring up Freeman at this time. He seems to finally be comfortable at the AAA level. We might as well let him mash for the remainder of the AAA season and add him as a late season call up. This way he comes to spring training with high confidence ready for a long season. If we bring him up now and he struggles, we will have to spend a month or two (which he won’t have) getting his confidence back. There is absolutely no reason to rush him. However, its now or never for Canizares. He’s 31, as bill mentioned earlier. We either need him or don’t. Let him come up and get a taste, or trade him. There’s no reason for a 31 yr old to be in the minors hitting over .300. If he can’t play a position, ship him and McNuggett to an AL team for some roster depth or maybe a bullpen arm.

Oh and I hope its not lost in the loss yesterday that Dunn didn’t walk a guy yesterday….baby steps. If this kid can harness his electric arm, we may have something. Too bad he threw one pitch about 55 feet yesterday. But, anyways, no walks.

Canizares is that kid on your little league team that only cares about hitting. Doesn’t want to practice or ever play defense, just hit. He hits around .300 every year with a ton of line drives and very few HRs. He doesn’t hustle, he is so bad defensively he makes Adam Dunn look like a Gold Glove candidate. No feet, no hands, no arm, no glove. They even waived him to get him off the 40 man in the off season. Please understand teams place the true prospects first in AAA, then they fill in with “lifers” to make the teams competitive. That is just the way it works. Canizares would be a very temporary fix, and would likely cost the Braves a game a week defensively by not being able to handle those wonderful skip tosses from Chipper. I don’t see the Braves moving him back on the 40 man at this point at the expense of another guy who is a prospect. Freeman may get his chance though. Remember he is/was Heyward’s roommate, so the transition would be easier. He can also play very good defensively at first.

Can we just stop and appreciate the irony of the fact that since Mark has posted the blog entitled “Wren believes he can strengthen his outfield internally”, we have gone 3-4 and collectively hit .190 as a team while losing 3 games to the Phillies???

U know speedybream why not send canizares mclouth resop and Mike minor to the mariners for Franklin gutierrez mike saunders Matt Karp and Jason Vargas. U put Franklin in cf and use Saunders in left put diaz at first and place Glaus on the dl til his knees are better that if that will ever happen.

Or how bout place Hinkse at first and diaz platoon with heyward vs lefties or to give heyward a day off. I was wondering with Figgins getting into that tussle i wonder if the M’s would be willing to part with the switch hitter.

Oswalt to the Phils is not all that scary, in fact it might be helpful to the cause. Against the NL East this season (a majority of his remaining games will be against NL East opponents) Oswalt’s ERA is about 7.50. Bring him on!

It sure is frustrating to see nearly all of the NL’s top teams looking to upgrade at the deadline and the Braves standing pat. I haven’t seen a single rumor in the works. Lilly to Dodgers gettting pub. Dunn to White Sox out there. Nothing about Atlanta unfortunately.

Brewers think they have a run in them (they don’t) because Cardinals have been struggling. That mean’s no Fielder in all likelihood. Was hesitant on Hart.

Perhaps the Braves can acquire someone like Chris Young from Arizona, but at this point I’m not getting my hopes up.

If we are waiting for Glaus to take off again to be our big bat, we will be missing the postseason once again.

Awfully quiet out there, Mark are you here? At least give us some scuttlebutt. Even DOB is off somewhere. Is this a media blackout?

Barbaro is not a MLB Prospect under anything other than emergency circumstances.

No other MLB team has interest in him because if they did he could have been claimed when he was removed from the 40 Man roster for nothing more than assuming his contract.

All 29 other team collectively yawned.

I’m still holding out hope that Wren will make a move for Bautista.

Plays Of this season and moves to 3B in 2011. Only makes about 1M for the rest of this season and remains under team control(arbY) for next.

Nice pop in the bat, positional versatility.

I hope it’s a deafening silence in that something is actually in the oven, as opposed to an eerie silence where nothing is happening at all.
If the front office doesn’t make a move, though, I think we’d be well served to shake things up in the lineup, as others have said. Glaus can use breaks here and there to rest his knees, so instead of keeping Diaz and Hinske on a strict platoon (which, unfortunately, keeps Diaz on the bench most of the time), play ‘em both when the need arises. Seriously, though, we have enough defensive flexibility to keep everyone rested and ready to go… let’s use that!
IF … we don’t make a move.

I know see if Carlos quentin is available. I bet if u offer melky schafer and Resop i bet the Chi-sox will part with him and couple of players?

Agreed Bill, Troy is struggling mightily.

That said if he(Glaus) does have to go on the DL and give his knees a rest, I suspect that just moves Hinske to 1B for the duration of Troy’s stay on the DL.

Also agree that Bautista will cost us some talent.

I think he’s worth it though, considering he can help now in the Outfield. Then possibly shift to 3B in 2011.

Very reasonable price for the remainder of 2010 and still a very manageable slary for 2011.

Hope Wren can pull the trigger.

Right now, Canizares would be a step up from Glaus, who is batting around .120 for the last month and a half and still stumbles around at 1st.
I would really like to see Bautista come over, but Frankie is gonna have to give up something to get him. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

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