Would Braves trade Freeman? No

He’s not apt to go anywhere, folks. (David Zalubowski/AP)

It was only last Thursday that a similar question headlined a different post, and I offered a different answer: “Would the Braves deal Simmons? Sure.” Not nine hours later, the Atlanta Braves traded Andrelton Simmons.

Contrary to the latest round of rumors, I would be shocked if the Braves trade Freddie Freeman. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports — who had previously ripped the Braves for even considering trading Simmons — reported that “the Braves are shopping everyone owed money,” a grouping that included Freeman, Julio Teheran, Cameron Maybin and Nick Markakis.

Here’s my rating of the likelihood of that happening: Maybin’s a “maybe,” having had something approaching a career year; Teheran’s a “possible but not probable”; Markakis is a “probably not,”seeing as how the Braves like — and I mean really, really like — what he’s giving them on the field and in the clubhouse, and Freeman is a “no chance” unless the return is Mike Trout.

I know some of you believe the Braves are stupid or crazy or both. They are none of the above. They have a plan. There’s a chance the plan might not work, but they are executing the plan. I understand if you don’t like it. Nobody likes following a losing team, and the Braves are going to lose a lot in 2016. But the Chicago Cubs lost 101 games in 2012 and 96 in 2013; in 2015 they won 97 and played in the NLCS. The Houston Astros lost 416 games from 2011 through 2014; this year they made the playoffs and were five outs from eliminating the the team that wound up winning the World Series.

The Braves could have kept Frank Wren’s holdovers another year and won 85 games, but new management had decided that team wouldn’t have gone anywhere worth going. The decision was made to tear it down before Jason Heyward and Justin Upton left as free agents and thereby accelerate the rebuilding that would have to happen anyway.

In a year’s time, the Braves have remade their farm system. The trouble with that is that Atlanta fans don’t often get to see the Class A clubs play. Those games aren’t televised nightly. And fans aren’t known for their patience. Being he world’s least patient person, I understand. But once a team has decided its minor-league chain can’t sustain winning at the big-league level and that same team is unwilling to pay $100 million for the big-ticket free agents, there’s really no choice but to start again.

The Braves have started again. The big-league team could well get worse before it gets better, and the 95 losses of last season were bad enough. But the Braves now project a starting rotation of Shelby Miller (acquired for Heyward), Teheran (a Wren holdover), Matt Wisler (acquired for Craig Kimbrel), Sean Newcomb (acquired for Simmons) and Lucas Sims (another Wren holdover) when they move to Cobb County in 2017, with Mike Foltynewicz (acquired for Evan Gattis) and Manny Banuelos (acquired for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve) possibilities.

There’s a second wave building: Touki Toussaint (acquired for Phil Gosselin and money), Tyrell Jenkins (acquired for Heyward), Max Fried (acquired for Justin Upton), Kolby Allard (Round 1 pick), Mike Soroka (Round 1 pick obtained from Ervin Santana signing with Minnesota), Ricardo Sanchez (acquired from the Angels in a trade almost nobody noticed) and Chris Ellis (acquired for Simmons). That’s 14 young pitchers, 12 acquired over the past 12 months.

Back to our premise that the Braves aren’t stupid: Having just watched their big-league club finish last in the majors in runs, they know they need hitting. That’s why they traded for Hector Olivera, whom they envision as a middle-of-the-order complement to Freeman. And that’s why they’re not trading Freeman. They need him to anchor a lineup that is below average at best and awful at worst. (As noted in Sunday’s AJC, Simmons is a fabulous defender who had regressed as a hitter.)

I heard the rumor that the Braves were shopping Freeman early Friday but dismissed it. You’ll note that I did not dismiss the previous day’s Simmons rumor. I’d been led to believe by a credible source that Simmons was no longer deemed indispensable. I’ve been led to believe that Freeman still is.

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AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Why keep FF? He will pout like last year, take 40 to 60 games off for the next two years and then have a big year in contract year and be out of here and the Braves will try to trade him then for...

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Prospects.....

#HurrytoCobb

ChessMaster
ChessMaster

I love the negative comments. I am not happy about the Braves but is more about where Wren put the team than about the trades of the last year. Let's face it. If the Braves were willing to pay Heyward or Upton, those trades could be viewed as shrewed as the Braves can now re-sign them and keep the players they received. If the Braves weren't willing to pay top dollar, it was better to get value through the trades.

I don't see a five year plan. I see a plan that is based on signing and developing youth. That development will set the timeline and it is more likely 2-3 years.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

The Braves currently have 12 players under contract for 2016 for a total of around $84 million. So even if the Braves only pay MLB minimums or  even say $1 Million per player to fill out the roster it brings the total payroll near the $100 Million mark. So in my opinion there will be more salaries dumped this off season and during the 2016 season. The Braves have $29 million tied up in two old and unproductive players(at least they were in 2015) Swisher $15M and Bourn $14M. If the Braves cannot move one or both of these contracts look for them to look to move players who actually have some value to other teams: Maybin $8.1M, Markakis $11M, Aybar $8.5M (actually only $6.5 owed by Atlanta) Teheran $3.46M and even Freeman $12.35M. 

Maybe Coppy and Hart can pull a Melvin and tie Bourn or Swisher to a more valuable player and make a trade to dump their salary.That might be the best case scenario for the front office not so much for the fans.

BoogieBrothers
BoogieBrothers

Season ticket holders should file a class action lawsuit against the team for charging major league prices for a AA level team

RangeRover
RangeRover

@BoogieBrothers

Pardon me, but do not those season ticket holders have a choice whether or not to renew?  Or course they do!  So, rather than calling a bottom feeding attorney maybe instead they can show some courage by not buying an inferior product at the same high price.  This is called free market enterprise where the "free" means freedom of choice....

Columbus68
Columbus68

Braves are about to be sold folks. No other explanation makes sense. 

Columbus68
Columbus68

Here is what EVERYONE is missing. It is NOT management making all these decisions.  What does a company do before they sell?  They cut payroll to the bone.  Freeman is gone. Just like everyone else. 


Liberty Media is looking to maximize profit and sell the Braves and make as much money as possible while screwing over EVERYONE ELSE!  Just like Gordon Gecko in the movie Wall Street.  They are businessmen. Not sports franchise owners. They are duping everyone and you all, including journalists are missing it...our team and future, has been ripped apart to maximize profits at closing...

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Columbus68 

Why would Liberty Media sell the Braves before their "Crown Jewel " of Cobb County opens for business? They are slashing salaries, but it is being done to reduce losses (not really losses but reduced profits) in 2016. As Bradley says the Braves front office and ownership are not stupid, and they realize the Braves fans are not stupid either. Attendance will tank this year ,the TED will seem like a home venue for the Mets ,Cubs and any other visiting team with their fans living in the Atlanta area. Heck as smart as the Braves front office is ,they should advertise in New York and Washington DC and offer ticket packages to Mets and Nats fans.

I hope that the purge of Braves players and their salaries is over ,but nothing this front office and ownership does will surprise me again.

khd713
khd713

@Buschleaguer @Columbus68 I think they are planning to put a team out there that will win 75 or so games in 2016 and 2017. It will still be major league baseball, just not at the quality level we are used to. Attendance will suffer, no doubt, but enough fans will still come that they can get by – and reduced payroll will offset the attendance decline. Attendance has been way down in recent years anyway, but they've still been making a tidy profit. I think in three or four years we are going to see the new Braves taking shape, and the optimist in me thinks fans are really going to like what they see and be excited about how the team has been rebuilt. Then, with the new ballpark and an exciting young team, attendance will soar. Just my opinion of what management is counting on. They've pretty much gone all-in on this one, so they better pull it off.

khd713
khd713

@Columbus68 You might be right, especially with Liberty's recent move to categorize the Braves as a separate stock. When I heard that I thought the same thing you did. But I'm not complaining. That would be the best thing that could happen for this franchise.

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Not even if he grovels and begs them on his hands and knees to please, please trade him? You sure? 


And just looking ahead. What happens if and when any of these great "prospects" really do pan out and become big time players demanding big time salaries? Will any of them have an opportunity to stay in Atlanta or will shopping them begin just as soon as the specter of free agency rears its ugly head.


The basic question is this. Is Liberty Media in this to create a NL champion that could become a World Series champion. Or, is Liberty Media (they are from out of state you know) in this to make a good solid profit without taking on big salary risks with the baseball team, soon to become the anchor department store of a great new real estate development? 

JTS_88
JTS_88

Got to keep Freddie just to have someone whose been with the Braves for a few years to cheer for while all the prospects grow up.

Wink77
Wink77

Brave will never amount to anything even if the pitching pans out and we get 4 great pitchers out of all this Fire Sale.  They will never pay the pitchers when its time to compensate them at the major league level.  They will go shopping again for prospects or bring up the second tier of pitchers we acquired.  All Wren did was buy out their free agent rights early....thus Simmons was underpaid for the position he has ascended to as the best defensive player in the game.  Bottom line, the Braves always playing the "bait & switch game" with the fans.  Enough already!  If your team has professional hitters, work the count, play situational baseball, put the ball in play and the occasional home run we would be okay with the pitchers we have now. Also,defend your position, especially up the middle > Catcher > Pitcher > SS (you had the best) >2nd base & Center Field (say good bye to Maybin, time to pay him)...You will be in every game.  Of course you need to have a good closer (Kimbrel), but we gave him away.  Really what's different about this plan....maybe train the pitchers to be position players and they all throw one inning per game....now that would be different!

Wink77
Wink77

The plan is the same as it has always been stack up the pitchers.  So would they trade Freeman yes, not for a hitter to replace him but a pitcher...say Stehphen Strasburg...and he's gone.

Even when we had Maddox, Glavine &  Smoltz we had no hitters...the best of the bunch as far as professional hitters was Terry Pendleton & Sid Bream.  The pitchers beat up on the worst teams in the division and played 500 ball or less to win all those division championships.  Keeping in mind they one only 1 World Series.  Reason being all that good pitching kept going up against major league hitters and we could not score runs because the other team had good or better pitching than we did.  A lot of the damage to our championship hopes was did in by the bottom of the order...a below average catcher or pinch hitter.

redleg24
redleg24

Just can not agree with this drastic measure.  I do agree with the trade of the Uptons, C Johnson, but did we gain anything with Bourn and Swisher-probably not.  I do not put all the blame on Wren, Hart or Coppy-remember John S.  sat on his tail and let all this take place. All we have are pitchers and utility players.  There are no real hitters in this mix.  We have a couple of maybe's from Cuba with potential and that is all.  What has happened to this team tells me that the powers that had control failed in their ability to read and draft quality players.  Like the boy said, "stupid is as stupid does", or words to that effect.   Time will tell, but don't expect to sell a lot of tickets.  Even Little Leaguers know qualify baseball when they see it.

khd713
khd713

@redleg24 The plan has really only just begun. The first objective is to find pitching. They've got to find a pitching staff that can keep up with the Mets. That's why they've picked up so many prospects, hoping three or four of them turn into something special. The position players are coming, I can assure you, but that will happen in two or three years. Folks are just going to have be patient. They are not trying to win in 2016 or even 2017. They have to develop a pitching staff first. This is a five-year plan at least. Hang in there.

khd713
khd713

@Hairy Dawg Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't. It depends on who is executing the plan, among other factors. Both Schuerholz and Hart have rebuilt teams successfully before, and Coppollela has learned from them. It may not work out, and I think that's when it will be fair to criticize them. Until then, let's see what they come up with. So far it's been pretty radical, and I think they need to do a better job of communicating to the fans what they are doing and how they are going about it.

Hairy Dawg
Hairy Dawg

Seems to me VL of the real Reds had lots a 5 year plans and he called all the believers in them "useful idiots."

50Concept
50Concept

Trade freeman for some draft picks and prospects---the braves need to rebuild and start over

SouthFultonCyclist
SouthFultonCyclist

I don't like any of the moves the Braves have made because I'm one of those people that thought the 2013 team needed tweaking, not torching. That would have required the Braves to spend money on either Justin Upton or Jason Heyward but obviously the Braves weren't interested in doing either. With that said, Hart & Coppy could care less what I think and have their own plan. Right now it seems like they're in the middle of their rebuilding process so I'm not going to judge their plan until it has been completed. I'll just sit back and watch (not really watch, I can't stand seeing us lose) the losing seasons until we've got a winner again. Once we have a winner I'll sit back and reflect and see if all this pain was worth it. In a few years there's a chance we end up right where we left off in 2013; young and talented but not yet ready to win it all. Or we could have the best pitching staff in baseball with tons of hitters that can give the staff 5 runs to play with every night. Either way, all we can do is wait and see. Unfortunately, Hart & Co. has ripped away all emotional attachment I've had with any players... smh

khd713
khd713

@SouthFultonCyclist It needed more than tweaking because the pitching wasn't there. There was no way the Braves would ever compete in the playoffs with that staff of starters, not when the other teams had at least one and sometimes two top-line aces. Now the Mets have three! There are only two ways to acquire that kind of pitching: 1. Buy it, which will never happen, and 2. Grow it, which is what the Braves are trying to do by acquiring as many top prospects as they can. But to get that many prospects and hope some of them pan out, you have to basically sell off the whole team. Plus they are clearing out contracts so they will have a ton of cash in a couple of years, and assuming they will be really bad in 2016 and 2017, they have two more high drafts coming. Fans need to be patient. The position players will be coming in a year or two. That's why they are stockpiling cash right now.

kinzu1
kinzu1

I remember when we moved to Atlanta in the 70's and went to Braves' games, there was always a guy sitting a half dozen rows behind home plate reading a book.  I guess he wanted a quiet place to read.  I also remember not being surprised when I heard the Braves were piping in fan noise during broadcasts, because it was pretty quiet there.


Just saying...

MarkAnderson
MarkAnderson

I suggest the three Johns (Coppy, Hart and Scherholz) be traded for a draft pick and three minor league pitchers.  Turn about is fair play.


Donald_01
Donald_01

Well I for one have dropped my season ticket as I am not going to pay major league prices to watch minor league talent.  As for not getting it, so far they have received a load of pitching talent, but ZERO everyday players.  Guess we ignorant fans do not understand what you and the Braves brass know, we going to do the little league thing.  Our whole starting line up will be pitchers, a 31 year old third baseman in a wheel chair, and Freddie who will be pitched around for the rest of his ATL career.  This way we have addressed the bullpen and all of our other needs.  The communications group has not said much because there is nothing to say.  All the other teams they keep mentioning understood that a team composed entirely of pitching Aces is not going to win squat.  So I voted with my wallet and cancelled my Season Ticket.  I know my $4000 next year will not even register, but I strongly suspect I am not the only one.  A nice new stadium in Cobb that is EMPTY will ring true.  Too bad we have to wait for it to happen.

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

I see an empty stadium in 2017 because the Braves' brass are too stupid to realize that they will need some semblance of an offense to go with throwing young pitching at the wall and hoping something sticks.  A staff of 3, 4 and 5 starters will put us....right where they were.

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

The Falcons have a plan too.


Pass on Todd Gurley and draft a LB to build around for the 15th time in the last 20 years. 


That's always worked well.


          "Pants Up"  "Don't Loot"

khd713
khd713

Hallelujah! Thank you, Mark, for finally doing what the Braves' incompetent communications staff refuses to do, which is explain to the apparently thick-headed fans – many of whom seem to spend an inordinate amount of time on these comment boards – the basic facts of what is going on here. Unfortunately, judging from the large number of inane comments below that are cursing the Braves for this, that and the other, your attempt to spell it out for them did not work.


That's because the Braves' communications team has let this issue get way out in front of them. The communications team's job is to stay ahead of issues, but this one has dropped the ball big time, and judging by the level of anger I read in the comments below and elsewhere, they've allowed a whole lot of damage to be done by failing to lay out management's strategic plan in simple and clear terms. Had they done this from the beginning – say, after that series in Milwaukee – the level of anger and vitriol would be far less. In other places, like Kansas City and Chicago, they told the fans upfront what was happening and that the fans should expect at least a five-year rebuild. The fans, in turn, were patient because they could see a plan being executed and came to understand that in a total rebuild, a lot hard decisions have to be made. 


Nothing of the sort has occurred in Atlanta, and now, instead of just needing some good old basic communications on the facts, the team now finds itself in need of a crisis communications manager. Oh, well. The way they've handled communicating this roster teardown with the fans doesn't instill a whole lot of confidence in the overall plan, but the truth of the matter is exactly as you describe it above. The whiny fans below need to get over themselves. I've never heard such a bratty group of crybabies as these folks who are going on and on about how the Braves – Coppollela, Schuerholz, Hart, Liberty Media, et. al. – have made them victims by trading Simmons and Kimbrel and Johnson and Upton and all of their favorites. Are these fans really so dense and so ignorant that they can't see what is happening? Come on, people! Guess what? When you tear down and start over, you have to start by tearing down! 


For Pete's sake, the Braves have a plan and they are executing it. Quit your whining and let them carry out the plan. THEN you can judge whether these are the right decisions or not. Not now. THEN! And if you are too much of a chump to support the team in the meantime, then bug off. You aren't a true fan, anyway. The only stipulation is that you have to stay away, and that means you are not allowed to jump back on the bandwagon five years from now when the Braves return to the playoffs with the most dominant roster of pitching, fielding and hitting this franchise has ever seen. If you are such a fair-weather fan that you are crying like a baby right now and swearing at the team you supposedly support, then go on and get somewhere else and don't come back. Otherwise, suck it up and understand what is happening and support the general management as it tries to get this team back to the dominant position it once held. If the plan doesn't work, then you can criticize and howl about what a bunch of chumps the front office is, but not until then.


The optimists among us – few and far between though we are – see a real chance to build something special here. Andrelton Simmons isn't going to be a part of it, but that's OK. What the Braves saw this season is that Andrelton's career has already begun to decline. Both his hitting and fielding are heading in the wrong direction. Don't any of these ardent Andrelton fans understand that? He's not improving as a baseball player. He's regressing! So sell high and get something for him now. In return we got a very competent veteran shortstop and two top-line pitching prospects. Not a bad deal at all. 


The point is that the Braves have a perfectly reasonable plan and are making perfectly reasonably moves to implement it, but where they are failing is in communicating the strategy to the fans. I'm sure they are grateful Mr. Bradley decided to do their job for them today. But like I said, it may be too little too late. These are hard decisions that have to be made, and it's obvious that much of this fan base, being the sensitive types that they are, cannot grasp that without some serious hand-holding. The Braves' communications team better get busy with the hand-holding and spoon-feeding of the overall plan here, and get with it fast, because otherwise these folks just aren't going to get it.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@khd713 

Wow , are you sure you are not the as you put it "the Crisis Communications Manager" for Liberty Media. Simmons was just voted the Best Defensive Player in Major League Baseball. But as you and the Brave's Ownership and Front Office want the fans to believe Simmons is a about to become a defensive liability. Are you sure you are not a former scout for the Braves,you sure have an eye for talent.

Hairy Dawg
Hairy Dawg

Braves mgt not been truthful with fans during last year or offseason. They got as much crebibility as Obama do on ISIS. No body but the useful idiots will wait 5 years for someone that already shown they not tell truth.

Hairy Dawg
Hairy Dawg

5 year plans before a successful product is provided in exchange for resources invested such as season ticket purchases? Ridiculous, except for the "useful idiots."

Maybe the 5 year plan ought to be 5 years of spending in excess of revenues by mgt before fans ever think about tickets again.

Let the Braves mgt pay more than revenues for 5 years and then we'll think about it being worth our time to buy tickets again.

Hairy Dawg
Hairy Dawg

Mgt just will have to be patient for 5 years in ever attracting fans once again.

khd713
khd713

@Buschleaguer @khd713 I don't think he's about to become a defensive liability and didn't say that. What I am saying is that you have to put his value in context with what management is trying to do for the long-term benefit of the franchise, which is acquire pitching. I think a lot of fans are overreacting right now. Give management a chance to execute the plan, and if it doesn't work out, then we should criticize. But until then, let's see what they come up with. I just think they need to do a better job of communicating what's going on.

khd713
khd713

@Hairy Dawg Your choice, but I have a feeling you and a lot of other fair-weather fans will be back on the bandwagon in five years.

Dawg69
Dawg69

@khd713 @Buschleaguer  I'm 68 years old, and I don't think I'll live to see any long term benefit.  This team is way far from recovering in 2-3 years.  If they recover in 5 years, I'll be shocked.


83heel
83heel

Better question might be: When does Freddie say enough is enough and demand a trade?

Dawg69
Dawg69

@83heel  Trade the poor guy now.  This team won't win while he has his best years ahead of him.  Give him a chance to go somewhere and win a pennant cause it is not going to happen here.


ckdawgs
ckdawgs

I hope you're right Mark Bradley.  Enough is enough.  Aside from the fact FF is the Braves best returning bat, he is undoubtedly the most popular player remaining on the roster.  Most fans understand it's a business and that's certainly been proven by the Braves brass.  But come on, we'd still like to think someone we've watched grow up through the Braves organization will not be used as a pawn to secure players we've never heard of and may never see.  Fans need a little continuity with a roster or else the emotional connection to the team is lost.  Wins produce the most emotional connection for a fan to a team to be sure, but rooting for players you've watched develop over a period of seasons adds to it.  And the greater the emotional connection, the more rear ends in the seat and the greater the revenue flow.  Again, I hope you're right.  

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Why doesn't the Braves not charge for admission until all these "great" unproven players start winning?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Mark,

I agree now that the Braves have traded Simmons ,they will keep Freeman.Not because they don't want to dump his contract,but it would likely land ownership and Coppy on the new Commissioner Manfred's radar. But I would argue Simmons had more value to the Braves than Freeman does. His WAR was the best of the Braves regulars in 2015,and which Freeman are you going to get ,the 2013 version that played 162 games and drove in 121 runs or last years that played 118 injury plagued games and drove in 70 runs.

A first baseman who drives in 70 to 90 runs is easier to replace than the best defensive player in MLB. 

Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

Well its official the Bradley curse has made the trade of Freeman all but certain. Remember this is the same team that said they wouldn't trade Kimbrel and go on ahead and trade him anyways. Look for a deal like that right before the start of the season.

HarMul
HarMul

Not sure if all these trades is the right way. On every trade, they are trying to get more value than they give up (in their eyes). Most major trades they did early were correct since they didn't lose long term value on players (Wood, Peraza, Simba)


In their eyes,

1)  Olivera is supposed to value more than Wood over the next 4 years, Peraza will fizzle down to a backup.

2)  Newcomb is supposed to be a frontline starter in 1 year and we will get Aybar / Castro perform to the league average


In my eyes,

1)  Wood and Peraza would have brought in more value this year, much better bat(s) in return since more teams would show interest.

2)  Simba saves almost 20 to 30 runs every year on defense. This covers up for his average offense. Having him at SS helps reduce the pitch count of your pitchers. Good defense rubs off on the team. There are a lot of tangibles that can't be listed until they are played out.


Time will say who is correct and what the future is. Until then, don't let Freddie go. We don't want to become the next Marlins.

POV1948
POV1948

Hector Olivera solves the offense, of course!  Why didn't we all see this?  A 30ish year old guy with injury and NO MLB experience is going to protect the team's most proven hitter.  #TankerJohn must serve you some really strong stuff when y'all sit down to chat.  


Given Freeman's injury history over past two years, I could make a better case for trading him at peak value over Simmons.  Can't be an offensive linchpin if you're not in the lineup.  If the team is going to build around pitching, having the best SS in the game is not a bad idea.


Oh, I forgot, you explained that great defensive players lose those skills early. Still waiting on names.  

slydawg
slydawg

Couldn't have said it any better

slydawg
slydawg

The Astro's and the Cub's stars got old or signed elsewhere. They also got back some hitters from whatever trades they made, not a lot of arms.

I'm assuming the Braves plan is to spend money on hitting and defense and save money on pitching with young arms, since pitchers generally cost more. Hitters can also play through various injuries; Pitchers cannot for the most part.Also, what is it both the Astros and Cubs are missing: Pitching.

Looking back on the past trades, I don't see how you don't trade Teheran or Freeman. They do not carry the same weight as Simmons, regarded as the best player at his position, bar none.

I think this team needs to add some much needed speed. The Braves haven't played that type of ball since Otisville Nixon and Lonnie Smith.

Also, everything Frank Wren touched must have the zombie retrovirus. ....lol

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Where do I even start . . . ok, to quote Branch Rickey (on Ralph Kiner): "We can finish last without you", and the best justification I've seen in writing FOR trading Freeman:


"They need him to anchor a lineup that is below average at best and awful at worst."

Longtimebravefan
Longtimebravefan

Mark, I truly hope you're right but these rumors don't start from nowhere.  I would never have believed they'd trade Simmons unless they got a couple of proven hitters AND some strong minor league talent, but they proved me wrong.  I believe if Chipper were still on the roster, HE'D be traded!


TPCP
TPCP

Saw our good friend John Schuerholz moving quickly through the Atlanta airport yesterday, glancing over his shoulder, hoping nobody recognized him. Atlantan's know when to cut and run. Just ask Uncle Billy Sherman. My good friend Pete Moss knows baseball and says the Braves are in the cut and run business right now. Mr. Freeman needs to find a good real estate agent. I've been told that the three John's are now looking for young pitchers that can hit. Ain't nothing like a hot hitting pitcher!