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Official 2014 Atlanta Braves Season Thread

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Jim Fregosi passed away early this morning. Very sad. RIP and may God be with his family. He's given the Braves 13 wonderful years and the game of baseball nearly a lifetime of such.
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View PostUAdan, on 14 February 2014 - 10:19 AM, said:

Freaking awesome.

It only buys out 1-2 years of his free agency, but the fact that we're locking his contract terms through his arbitration years is very smart. It means he can pitch like a true No. 1 a couple of years down the road and he's bound to the contract we're giving him now. We've seen how a player's performance can affect arbitration to a crippling degree (with Kimbrel).

We no longer have that risk with Julio. He is all ours until at least his age 29 season (2019), with an option for age 30 season (2020).

In the last two weeks, we have locked up two homegrown prospects through their prime years. That is AMAZING.
I am really happy with our front office work this offseason
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What makes you think Bama is head and toes above MSU?
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View Postadfalcon, on 14 February 2014 - 10:22 AM, said:

I am really happy with our front office work this offseason

As am I. We're going with a new approach of locking up our young talent while they're cheap, as opposed to making big splashes via free agency/trades. It's a smart way for us to operate, given our middling payroll, and I think it creates a lot of fan excitement to know that when we move to the new stadium, we're going to have several familiar faces still on the team. I think a complete overhaul would've alienated a lot of people. Losing Huddy and Mac in the same offseason hurt, but locking up Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran both through the next 6-8 years more than makes up for it.

Player contracts are about to get RIDICULOUS with the new TV money teams are getting, so we are setting ourselves up to remain contenders by locking these centerpieces into deals while the contracts aren't out-of-this-world.
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Julio's deal supposedly just over 32 mil guaranteed.

Considering Madison Bumgarner got 35 mil for a similar deal, I think we've come out very well. Totally worth the risk given Julio's upside/potential as a top-of-the-rotation arm.

Now, it's time for the Circle of Life.

Lock. Up. Simba.
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Jules only making slightly over $5mm per? Consider that a win for us.

Need to lock up minor now. Rarely injured and a consistent lefty.

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I'm ok with that deal.  Still worry about his longevity though.

Now time to focus on Minor and Simba

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Well, I'm alright with it too, if he produces like we think he will. We have a lot of talk about potential with a lot of guys, lets start seeing it consistently starting this season.

Knowing our luck, it will be a while before these contracts pay off. But I'm impressed with the moves we're making locking up the talent. At least we're committing to something long term.

Edited by Tider27, 14 February 2014 - 12:49 PM.

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Found a better one of J-Ups, hoping for another fast start from him this year.

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Hopefully Teheran will live up to his potential. If we're gonna deal big and long term we need to get after simba

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45 days until opening day.

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I'm ecstatic that we locked Teheran up, though I definitely would've preferred to lock up Minor before Teheran... It looks like we really are making a strong effort to lock ALL of these guys up for a few years... Love the strategy. Once Simmons is locked up hopefully we can get Minor and Medlen too.
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View PostNeil Caudle is Superman, on 14 February 2014 - 06:37 PM, said:

I'm ecstatic that we locked Teheran up, though I definitely would've preferred to lock up Minor before Teheran... It looks like we really are making a strong effort to lock ALL of these guys up for a few years... Love the strategy. Once Simmons is locked up hopefully we can get Minor and Medlen too.

It's interesting that of all the guys we're looking to dish out these contracts to, Medlen has somewhat fallen off the radar.

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Simba is all I care about, Minor only a little because of him being a lefty with potential.

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IMO, the most important pieces to lock up (in order):

1. Freeman
2. Simba
3. Minor
4. Teheran
5. J-Up
6. Kimbrel
7. Heyward

We got our #1 and #4 done.
We need Minor bad. Establish that lefty-righty top of the rotation for a while.
Still hoping we move on Simba.
Kimbrel's gone...

So a few questions for you guys:

1. Who gets a long term deal between JU and Heyward?
2. What is the future for CJ and Medlen with the Braves?
3. Are we more likely to make a move on Simba or Minor?

And thrown into the mix of all this is the terrible reality that whoever we can't hold on to (some combination of Heyward/Simba/Kimbrel/CJ/Minor/Medlen) we aren't going to have the financial prowess to replace with someone better.

Then you have so many quality bullpen and bench guys like Beachey and Schafer that are destined to move on...

Edited by The Cowboy, 15 February 2014 - 03:09 AM.


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View PostHFS, on 14 February 2014 - 02:56 PM, said:

45 days until opening day.

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