Post by wncbravesfan on Oct 14, 2018 22:14:23 GMT -5
Kevin McAlpin @kevinmcalpin #Braves first order of business this offseason is obviously the future of Brian Snitker & the coaching staff. Expecting to have some more clarity on that as early as tomorrow morning. As I’ve said many times, I’ll be shocked if Snit isn’t retained. Guys in that clubhouse love him
Post by Hart's Middle Finger on Oct 14, 2018 22:19:19 GMT -5
We will regret it if we go into next year with Flowers and Suzuki again.
I like a lot what that article suggests, but if Arizona chooses rebuild as noted as a possibility, then I would likento see of we could acquire Peralta in some other way than giving up Newcomb. If they need a LHP then see if we can offer Fried as they may know 2019 may be a development year even for just a reload, and then we can offer some other prospect package to bolster their farm system which needs improvement.
I am just not keen on giving up Newk. I think you are risking giving up a truly elite LH starter even though he's not there yet. We've seen with him (and Folty), that there is no-hit/almost untouchable stuff there. I am not saying I wouldn't deal him or anyone with the right terms, but I would really, really try and pursue other possibilities first.
I'm fine not going with Suzuki again. My issue is that I would really rather not trade for a catcher and a free agent deal would of course have to be for the right dollar amount. Suzuki has played fairly well in Atlanta all things considered, especially when you account for how little he has been paid. He again would probably not be very expensive. What would the cost/production ratio for both Suzuki and Grandal be? Grandal might bring a win or so more to the Braves than Suzuki would, but at a much greater cost.
I'm with you on Newcomb. He could be quite good and I'm not ready to trade that away just yet. At least I'm not willing to trade him away for what I expect teams would offer for him. I also agree that players other than Newcomb, especially quantity would make more sense for a rebuilding team. Newcomb does have five years of team control left. Maybe he'd have some appeal to a rebuilding team. In any case, the Braves would have to be flexible if they are to trade for Peralta. The Braves did trade for Shelby Miller as a rebuilding team if that comparison is in any way valid.
Fried/Newcomb is a tough call. I think Fried has better stuff, but he has already had TJ surgery. The biggest problem with Newcomb is control, and with Fried, his over-reliance on the curve. I suspect at least one of them will be with another organization by opening day 2019.
Without a doubt, the world's most knowledgeable baseball fan........and one of the most modest as well.
Post by wncbravesfan on Oct 15, 2018 13:03:14 GMT -5
David O'Brien @dobrienatl Alex A. also didn't come out and say it but made it pretty clear #Braves unlikely to pursue biggest-ticket FAs. "I don't know that value will be there for us in free agency." Trades likely to make more sense than FA for Braves.