Posted on: November 15, 2008 12:27 pm
It looks like the San Diego Padres are playing stubborn and the Braves have "pulled back" their offer for Jake Peavy. The deal would've centered around Yunel Escobar (see my profile picture) so in a way i'm "slightly" happy the trade was removed. If I were the GM for a day, this is what I would try to do with the Braves:
1. Lock up Jake Peavy - I truly believe the Braves are just calling the Padres bluff at this point. The Padres GM already said that the train has left the station, or something along those lines and Peavy isn't in the future plans. If this is true, then they will have to trade him to avoid tensions in the clubhouse next year. If I'm Jake Peavy, I don't want to pitch for a team that has already moved on without me. I believe the Padres will eventually fold and deal Peavy to the Braves for the Yunel Escobar, Jo-Jo Reyes, Gorkys Hernandez package. Jo-Jo is a California native and normally has plenty of family in San Diego when he pitches. I see him as a good fit there due to his hometown ties to the club. Yunel Escobar is an all-around solid shortstop, who wont see arbitration for another couple of years... have I mentioned he's my profile picture? Gorkys Hernandez still has to develop, but he projects as a speed/lead-off hitter for the future.
2. Sign Edgar Renteria - I know Rafael Furcal is out there, but I have a feeling he's going to command some big money to come back to Atlanta. Edgar can come back to the ATL where he felt comfortable during the entire 2007 season and slot right back into that two-hole in the lineup at a discount of what Furcal would cost. Renteria is loved in Atlanta and I think he's done with the American League (see failed stints with Boston and Detroit). This allows the Braves another year to come up with another shortstop of the future just like Yunel Escobar two years ago and Brent Lillibridge (although he's apparently in the doghouse).
3. Try to win the free agency war for Derek Lowe - He's not a big strikeout machine, but there are few pitchers that are as consistent as Derek Lowe. He's also clutch in the playoffs. The sinkerballer will be looked over as everyone salivates over CC Sabathia. Lowe posts a sub 3.50 ERA and can be a perfect compliment to Jake Peavy as a No. 2 starter. Throw in Jair Jurrjens as the #3 and the Braves are suddenly back near the top of the league in pitching.
4. Add an outfield slugger, Milton Bradley - Other than Adam Dunn, I don't see many big names out on the free agent market. To be honest, I like Milton Bradley... a lot. Yes, he's had trouble, but where else are you going to find a .325 average, 25 HR power, and an RBI machine at a price like his? Bradley has had his troubles, but then again Bobby Cox is just the coach to deal with a player like that. When Gary Sheffield came to the Braves, everyone was worried that he would be a trouble maker. Did you ever hear a peep out of Sheffield while playing for the Braves?? Negative.
5. Give Jeff Francoeur a swift kick in the... - Braves fans everywhere cringed with every swing of Francoeur's bat last season. The kid looked like he had never swung a bat in his life. After expectations of a breakout season turned into a season-long slump, I really don't know where I stand on Frenchy. There's no way you give up on him just yet, but I really hope he spent every day of this off-season working on swinging the lumber again. His cannon right arm is the main reason he stayed with the Braves most of the year (minor stint in Double-A), but he'll need to stay well above the Mendoza line if he expects to keep his job through the 2009 season.
Posted on: June 1, 2008 11:04 pm
This past week was a busy one with Randy Johnson's bid to pass Roger Clemens on the all-time list taking top honors for my glogged games this week. I'm currently finishing up a Johan Santana gem which will close out the week for me as well as a triple header today in which Jay Bruce "Almighty" continued to terrorize the Atlanta Braves. As always, feedback on ways to improve or things that you like about my glogs or other glogs is always encouraged. We do this for your benefit to make games more enjoyable instead of just staring at the gamecenter with no idea that the "Single to left" was actually a laser that should've cleared the fence. Thanks for reading and logging in!
Wednesday, May 28th: Chicago Cubs v. L.A. Dodgers
Thursday, May 29th: Arizona Diamondbacks v. San Francisco Giants (Randy Johnson reaches 4,672 Ks tied for second all-time)
Friday, May 30th: Kansas City Royals v. Cleveland Indians (Cliff Lee wins 8th game)
Saturday, May 31st: L.A. Dodgers v. New York Mets
Saturday, May 31st: Philadelphia Phillies v. Florida Marlins (Luis Gonzalez clubs 350th home run)
Sunday, June 1st: Atlanta Braves v. Cincinnati Reds (Jay Bruce homers again)
Sunday, June 1st: Arizona Diamondbacks v. Washington Nationals (Dan Haren dominates)
Sunday, June 1st: L.A. Dodgers v. New York Mets
As always, thanks for reading and always feel free to join in the conversation of one of my glogs.
Posted on: May 19, 2008 11:45 am
It was an exciting week to glog games for CBS. I apparently bring good luck to teams when I glog their games because there was some excitement to be talked about. A couple of highlights to my glogging week were:* Josh Hamilton's two HR game against the Astros * Manny being Manny, high fiving a fan after a great catch and turning the double play * Ace pitcher Cole Hamels throwing his first complete game shut out
All three of those glogs and more can be read below! Feel free to comment back on your thoughts of my CBS Glogs. We do this for your benefit, so any positive or constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated and implemented in future glogs. I just want to be able to use this Blog to interact with readers of my Glogs (not to be confused with blog).
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox - May 14, 2008, Manny high fives fan and turns double play, Jay Payton grand slam wins it http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/gamec
Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers - May 16, 2008, Josh Hamilton has career night with 2 HRs, 13 total bases. http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/gamec
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs - May 17, 2008, Soriano does some more yard work, Big Z hits the showers early http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/gamecente
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Boston Red Sox - May 17, 2008, Daisuke Dominates Again http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/gamec
Oakland A's vs. Atlanta Braves - May 17, 2008, Rich Harden dominates http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/gamec
Thanks for reading,- Giovanni H.