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26 Mar

Kali era over

Braves trade reliever Yates to Pirates | For Todd Redmond, a righthanded control pitcher. Redmond doesn’t seem to be anything, but Yates was out of options and the Braves really couldn’t afford to keep him around. I still think Bobby misused him last year, but he was clearly not right this spring.

04 Dec

Braves get Infantile

Cubs trade IF Infante to Braves – MLB – Yahoo! Sports Anyway, Jose Ascanio out, Will Ohman and Omar Infante in. Ohman is a pure LOOGY, last year appearing in 56 games but for only 36 1/3 innings. His ERA was a hefty 4.95, but that can be deceiving in a pitcher who rarely throws […]

16 Nov

Vulture Era Over

The Official Site of Atlanta Braves: Official Info: Press Release: Braves acquire outfielder Josh Anderson from Houston I don’t really get this one. The Braves traded Villarreal straight-up for Anderson, who is your basic fourth-outfielder type, or what in my youth, before 13-man pitching staffs, was called a “fifth-outfielder”, or even “sixth-outfielder” type, comparable to […]

29 Oct

Renteria traded

Braves trade SS Renteria to Tigers | Well, that clears up that logjam. The Braves sent Renteria and some amount of money to Detroit for two prospects at positions of need. Jair Jurrjens, or the J-Man, as I intend to call him, is a righthanded pitcher from Curacao, probably not ace material but a […]

23 Oct

Mac goes nuts

Leading from comments on the last post… In all of the trades which John Schuerholz has made, probably the one that seems most clearly indefensible was on March 27, 1997: Traded Jermaine Dye and Jamie Walker to the Kansas City Royals. Received Keith Lockhart and Michael Tucker. I am here to defend this trade. Not […]

30 Jul

Teixeira + other trade possibilities open thread

I saw Barry in San Francisco, and he struck out, and he grounded out, and he doubled, and then he…

30 Jul

Teixeira trade finalized, probably

Teixeira trade finalized with Rangers | I don’t report these things until DOB or Peanut do, but it appears to be all done but the paperwork. (Peanut weighs in here.) It’s a whole lot. The deal would include Saltalamacchia, Andrus, Matt Harrison, and an unknown prospect, apparently not Dan Smith or Thomas Hanson since […]

17 Jan


Braves trade LaRoche to Pirates | The return is Mike Gonzalez and another, unnamed player. Well, he has a name, we just don’t know what it is. Hopefully it is a pitcher and not the likely-useless Chris Duffy. Thorman would appear to be the new first baseman. This trade was obviously delayed just so […]

11 Dec

Two clueless franchises

More open thread – Braves Journal Not that I take MLB Rumors at all seriously, but the two most clueless franchises in baseball are the Devil Rays and Pirates. I’ve dealt with the D-Rays before; they aren’t getting Chuck James. They always overreach in trades, and this tendency did not begin with Scott Kazmir; that […]

08 Dec


Atlanta Braves : News : Atlanta Braves News I’m not opposed to trading Saltalamacchia or Escobar; the latter, I’m pretty sure, is at the peak of his value. (I don’t think he has the power to be a good regular in today’s major leagues, so he has to hit .300 or better to be worth […]

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