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The Official 2012-2013 Atlanta Braves Offseason Thread

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A legend has taken his final bow. Never again will the number 10 be worn by an Atlanta Braves player. We didn't send him out with the storybook ending he deserved, but baseball will go on.

And the long march begins again...the long march towards that always-elusive World Series Championship that we've longed so dearly for since that memorable 1995 autumn.

So, here's where we discuss all offseason breaking news/trade rumors/innuendo/predictions, et cetera.

Who is definitely back:

*Starting pitchers -

Tim Hudson (whose 9 mil option for 2013 was picked up a few days ago)
Kris Medlen (aw yeaaaaah)
Mike Minor (anchor down)
Paul Maholm (whose option for I think 6.5 (?) mil was picked up a few days ago)
Randall Delgado/Julio Teheran

And in July, Brandon Beachy (RIP)

*Relievers -

Craig Kimbrel (Best Ever)
Jonny Venters
Eric O'Flaherty
Luis Avilan
Cory Gearrin
Cristhian Martinez

*Infielders -

Freddie Freeman (Hug)
Dan Uggla (Struggla)
Andrelton Simmons
Chipper Jo---....oh...... wait :(
Tyler Pastornicky
Martin Prado (the good doctor)

*Outfielders -

Jason Heyward
Prado (?)

*Catcher -
Brian McCann (option picked up for '13 so y'all can cool the Bethancourt for Prez campaigns for one more year)

Who is now a free agent/likely gone/retired:

Miguel Batista (who?)
Chad Durbin (thanks for being surprisingly not horrible...)
Ben Sheets (farewell, Dennis Quaid)
David Ross (free agent, fully expect us to bring him back tho)
Jeff Baker (the strikeout maker)
Lyle Overbay (....well........bye)
Michael Bourn (noooooooooooo, damn you Scott Boras)
Matt Diaz (injury-riddled season, first-class guy but wouldn't surprise me if ballplaying days are over)
Eric Hinske (disappointing season. Thanks for that homer in the 2010 NLDS, never forget)
Reed Johnson (with how he can still hit lefties and his cheap contract, I could totally see us bringing him back)

And....one final time......


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BREAKING NEWS: BRAVES CLAIM OUTFIELDER OFF WAIVERS







































JORDAN SCHAFER :trollface:

Edited by UAdan, 01 November 2012 - 07:44 PM.

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^No seriously, we did though.

I'm guessing for depth/bench purposes, though it seems to decrease the likelihood we bring back Reed Johnson.
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I hate you right now Dano...I mean I really hate you..
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Can you guys think of anyjuan I forgot to list who is coming back for next year?
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you know I want a stud....BADLY
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View PostCrimsoNation713, on 01 November 2012 - 07:45 PM, said:

you know I want a stud....BADLY

Consider this...read from Dave O'Brien and Mark Bowman a few days ago.

When you factor in arbitration upgrades for eligible players, Braves have roughly 25 million dollars available for a centerfielder, and either a LF/3B.

This is going to be a very interesting offseason for sure.
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View PostUAdan, on 01 November 2012 - 07:56 PM, said:

Consider this...read from Dave O'Brien and Mark Bowman a few days ago.

When you factor in arbitration upgrades for eligible players, Braves have roughly 25 million dollars available for a centerfielder, and either a LF/3B.

This is going to be a very interesting offseason for sure.
Oh its going to be fun
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Josh Hamilton supposedly wants 175 mil over  7 years. Holy cow.

There goes that fantasy.

My proposal?

Trade for Denard Span (Minnesota needs pitching) and sign BJ Upton to a 4/5 year deal.
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I would like Span.  Bourn will cost WAY too much.  His slumping in the late part of the season is why the Braves were hurting so much.  We don't need a big salary guy at leadoff.  Maybe a .275 hitter with some wheels.

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Bourn is going to ask us for too much money to sign him back.  However, we do have some spending cash with Chipper Jones and Derek Lowe's salary coming off the books (we were paying most of DL's salary for letting him go early).  I say its time to reinvest the money here and there.  We have A LOT of young pitchers so I say we invest back into that while also trying to resign guys like Freeman and Heyward to stick around.  How many years does Prado have left on his contract?  He will be a bit expensive so we should resign him early enough....

Also what are your alls thoughts on David Wright?  I know he is a Met but is a 3B and it is a need.  It would depend on how effing greedy he is though....
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What about Paul Yawnish?
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View PostShow Stopper, on 05 November 2012 - 02:44 PM, said:

Also what are your alls thoughts on David Wright?  I know he is a Met but is a 3B and it is a need.  It would depend on how effing greedy he is though....
I don't think he'll leave New York. That said, he's a good ballplayer and will be valuable wherever he goes (and for however much).

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View PostStallingsBaldSpot, on 05 November 2012 - 02:48 PM, said:

What about Paul Yawnish?

Solid depth.  I don't want him going anywhere.  One of the best defensive SS in the league.

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I agree. His bat was nothing special but he plays some hella good defense.
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