Mostly about the disaster in Houston. Going forward, though:
[Rafael] Furcal and [Kyle] Farnsworth will be free agents, and they played significant roles. We have to examine what can happen with them.
My Translation: Raffy ain’t coming back; we have to decide if we want to pay out bonus money to draft picks before we offer arbitration to Furcal.
[John] Smoltz’s shoulder is sore, but it is not damaged. It’s the wear and tear of a lot of innings. The reality is it took its toll. He has pain and discomfort and trauma, but there is no tear or break or dislocation.
Pretty much what I thought. The question is if they can limit his innings next year so he isn’t hurt down the stretch or in a putative postseason.
Other than that, we don’t have any injuries of consequence that will require surgery. Kelly Johnson and Julio Franco have bone chips in their elbows that will be removed, but nothing major. Eddie Perez possibly will have shoulder surgery. I have not had a chance to talk to Eddie yet about his future.
“So, Eddie, do you want to be a roving instructor, or manage in the low minors, or maybe get a coaching job here?”
Chipper has said he’s willing to discuss [restructuring] his contract, and as I said when he did that this past spring, it’s the sign of a guy who understands and appreciates the challenges of this team and organization and his willingness to be open-minded about whatever he might do beyond hitting game-winning home runs and being an offensive force. It’s the same attitude he showed when he volunteered to leave third base and go to left field so we could get Vinny Castilla. We couldn’t have done that if Chipper wasn’t a willing soldier.
The most significant part even though it’s the last paragraph. Is he insinuating that Chipper might move across the diamond?
In addition, Alex tells me that Leo was just on the Dan Patrick Show. As you’d expect, he was complimentary towards the Braves. (Patrick, meanwhile, tried to get him to say that Clemens, Pettitte, and Oswalt were better than Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz. Check back with us in ten years, Danny.) Also, it seems that family concerns were as important as the BFF thing. Leo’s parents live in the area, and so do his kids, and he wanted to be near both groups. He says he was a Yankee fan growing up; I expect that the possibility of working with Larry Bowa turned him off that possibility.