Now What?

If by some strange reason you have yet to hear, A.J. Burnett signed with the New York Yankees .The deal is 5 years and worth $82.5MM.

That is fine and dandy for the Yankees, but what do the Braves do now?

At this point I think they need to go after Jon Garland and Ian Snell. The only problem in acquiring Snell is what the Pirates would ask in return. I have heard a lot of teams have walked away from them because of their steep asking prices.

Jon GarlandIf the Padres come crawling back with the Jake Peavy deal I think the Braves need to make it clear that Yunel Escobar is off the table. They did not earn him in the last negotiations. In the previous deal San Diego had asked for 2 major league ready pitchers and 1 major league ready center fielder. The Braves offered Yunel Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, Blaine Boyer, Charlie Morton, and Jeff Locke. That is a potentially great shortstop, a major league ready center fielder, 2 major league ready pitchers and a future starter. More than they asked for and they said no. They don’t deserve Escobar this time around.

Pat BurrellIf the Padres do come back and accept the fact they won’t get Escobar I believe the Braves have no other choice but to get the deal done. They don’t have many other options at this point in time. Next is the left field situation. I have the solution…Pat Burrell. Before you snap, key point, 1 or 2 year deal. No long term situation. Continue to read and hear me out.

The Braves have a player named Jason Heyward. He is extremely good and is only 18. He is expected to hit the majors by 2010. If this is the case why find a long term fix now? You don’t. Atlanta can sign Pat Burrell to a 1 year deal with a team option for a second. This is in case Heyward slows in his development which is likely. Burrell is a right handed power bat which the Braves are searching for. He would slip into the 4 spot in the lineup between Chipper Jones and Brian McCann when a right handed pitcher is starting. When a lefty comes in he would slip back to the 5 spot and McCann would bat 4th.

Having a right handed bat play left field allows the Braves to stagger their lineup, as in right, left, right, left. This makes the other team think more about bringing in a specialist from the bullpen in a late game situation. This would be a great strength for the Braves. Burrell could also come at maybe $8MM or $10MM per year. This is a bargain for the statistics he is capable of putting up. Thank you bad economy.

Ryan LudwickThe reason I chose signing Pat  Burrell over trading for  Ryan Ludwick is the simple fact that Ludwick is unproven. He had one really good year. Burrell has had several. Burrell has shown he can produce year after year.

I still don’t love Burrell because he strikes out more than I would like, but hey, you have to make sacrifices. It would also be a short term contract so if he is horrible for one year the team can decline his option, making him a free agent. No more Burrell. This gives the Braves the bat they want and serves as a short term guy to hold left field before Jason Heyward can take over. Let me know what you guys think.

Over and out,

~Ben

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17 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    I think your Burrell argument makes sense. Short term. Lots of power. Proven talent. Why not? And I’m betting the Braves/Peavy situation is revisited. The Padres don’t seem to know what to do with him, but at this point I can’t believe he’ll be their opening day starter.

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  2. PWHjort

    None of the names linked to the Braves particularly thrill me. They’re either bad in the field, left-handed, or both. Ludwick is my top choice, but I can’t escape the feeling that his 2008 was a total fluke. I’m also not convinced we need another pitcher. Smoltz, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Hanson and Campillo make up our rotation right now, and we have to ask ourselves: is Jon Garland going to be that much better than Jorge Campillo for 25 times the price? I don’t think so. I think we’re at a point where we can’t really improve our rotation, just make it deeper. With all the young talent up and coming, we should focus on development and see what the market does next season, not waste money on a less-than-ideal temporary stop-gap. I personally would like to see the Braves go after Ty Wigginton to fill the LF spot.
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  3. wisbrave

    Braves Interested In Kawakami ?

    I think I like him better than A.J. Burnett, will probably cost a lot less and less of an injury history. Although he might not be an ace but could give us depth as a 2 or 3 starter.

    Mets have a interest in Lowe and we should go after him we will end up over paying for him but then Mets won’t have him and could possibly be our ace.

    Just some thoughts to throw out there.

  4. wisbrave

    If we go after a power bat it needs to be a switch hitter or a right handed hitter to put in between Chipper and Mcann that can hit the gaps well and doesn’t just swing for the fence. The Braves play half of their games in a pitchers park, just to point out the obvious, but I think we need speed on the bases more than power.

    I’m sure the Braves will pursue Lowe mainly to prevent him going to the Mets. Lowe could serve as an top of rotation guy at least he won’t be afraid of the NO.1 spot like Burnett is although I’m not fond of the idea of Lowe mainly because there is no point in spending the money outside of 1yr or 2yr deals. Next year’s free agent market will be so much better with more options: Beckett, Lackey, Webb, Duchscherer, Bedard, Cliff Lee. Sign guys for one year in order to get compensation when they reject arbitration for 2010: Sheets, Smotlz, Penny, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson. At least we can get good draft picks in return for them when they inevitably decline arbitration.

  5. wisbrave

    If we go after a power bat it needs to be a switch hitter or a right handed hitter to put in between Chipper and Mcann that can hit the gaps well and doesn’t just swing for the fence. The Braves play half of their games in a pitchers park, just to point out the obvious, but I think we need speed on the bases more than power.

    I’m sure the Braves will pursue Lowe mainly to prevent him going to the Mets. Lowe could serve as an top of rotation guy at least he won’t be afraid of the NO.1 spot like Burnett is although I’m not fond of the idea of Lowe mainly because there is no point in spending the money outside of 1yr or 2yr deals. Next year’s free agent market will be so much better with more options: Beckett, Lackey, Webb, Duchscherer, Bedard, Cliff Lee. Sign guys for one year in order to get compensation when they reject arbitration for 2010: Sheets, Smotlz, Penny, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson. At least we can get good draft picks in return for them when they inevitably decline arbitration.

  6. wisbrave

    The Astros are looking to cut some payroll how about trading for Carlos Lee? A much better option than whats on the market in my opinion.

  7. hardballblog

    If they are in fact trying to cut payroll then I would definitely like Carlos Lee. If my memory serves me right he just signed a 5 or 6 year contract also. So the Braves could hold onto him for some time if they chose too. Or they could trade him if Francoeur plays to his potential and Jason Heyward blossoms like we expect him to.
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  8. Darion

    That’s a new rumor I haven’t heard.
    Carlos Lee had a GREAT season last year, even though he broke his finger and was out for the last 20 games. He had over 100 RBIs and is a team player. He would be perfect here in Atlanta. If we trade for him, we will either send Schafer back to the minors or vice versa with Josh Anderson, or we trade Frenchy (unless you want to send him to the minors AGAIN). We might have to include Josh Anderson if we want Lee though. I believe we got Anderson from the Astros in the Oscar Villarreal trade and I’m sure they want him back. It would be worth it to bring this guy to Atlanta though.
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  9. Darion

    Apparently the Yanks are most likely going to trade Nady if they get Ramirez. Nady is also a very good player AND he’s a righty, which is really what we need. He only makes 6mm and we won’t have to trade a lot of players for him.
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  10. PWHjort

    You’re thinking about Jason Bay, the OTHER Pirates outfielder traded mid-season. Bay was linked to Kotchman this off-season. The Braves were in on Nady AND Bay before the trading deadline but lost those games to Philly and decided to throw in the towel and trade Teixeira. Nady is represented by Scott Boras headed to free agency so there’s no reason to go after him. He’s probably going to make closer to 10 million due to his arbitration raise next year. Overall, Nady would be just a rental, something I believe the Braves are NOT looking for. Heyward is a year plus away and Schafer needs some time to transition to the Majors so I’d like our next OF to be committed for at least 3 years. I want the Braves to go after the Astros’ recently non-tendered power-hitter, Ty Wigginton. He’s a 3B by trade but he can play left field pretty well too. He’s a free agent, so he only costs money and he’s a right-handed, power-hitter. Sounds like a match to me.

  11. thegoodofthegame

    Pat “The Bat” did great for us the last few years. He hit a lot of key homeruns and besides being a good power-hitting righty (which seems semi-rare these days), he’s a good low-ball hitter. Signing him would be a good short term fix because you don’t want to start trading away all your good talent for one or two guys.

    The NL East is insurmountable for the Braves this season with the Mets consistently trying to reload and the Phillies remaining in tact. Neither of them are going away in 2009 and both will likely make the playoffs. As hard as it is for Braves fans who watched 14 straight division championships go by with only one world series win, it’s time to throw your hands up and declare “rebuilding.” Develop your young talent before you’re in the same boat as the Yankees.

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  12. hardballblog

    pwhjort, I am thinking about Nady. The Braves were exploring both but the Yankees wanted Kotchman. This was before the Yankees traded for Nick Swisher so they were looking for a replacement for Giambi. And to Scott, yea, it doesn’t look good for Atlanta without Peavy or Burnett. They have the potential to have a great offense but they don’t have much starting pitching. We all know pitching wins championships so the Braves won’t have one till they get some pitching help.

  13. PWHjort

    I’m not going to argue beyond this, but the Yankees were NEVER interested in Kotchman. The Braves were interested in Nady at one point, talks went nowhere, and at some point in the haze somebody suggested that Kotchman for Nady might make sense. However, this was purely speculation and there has never been an indication that the Yankees are interested in Kotchman. Everybody knows they want the biggest name FA as their 1B, not a light-hitting trade chip.

  14. Darion

    Scott
    The Braves don’t need to start rebuilding because we already have the pieces in the Farm System. Heck I could make a 2010 or 2011 lineup right now. We have every piece (with the exception of a 3rd baseman) and there is no reason to throw the towel in yet. The Braves are probably going to sign Furcal and a couple of pitchers and we might not be projected to win the division, but we can surely make a run at it. If we do get Peavy (yes very unlikey but still possible), I think we will definitely be contenders next year. We just can’t trade our farm system. I think around 2011 or 2012, we will be WS favorites (unless some of our prospects don’t pan out, which is unlikely now).
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