No more Shane Reynolds to give up two baserunners an inning? No more Hank White and his sub-pitcher hitting skills? Man, what are we going to complain about?
The Braves turned down Reynolds’ $3 million option — proving that whatever his faults, John Scheurholz isn’t completely insane — and removed Blanco from the roster.
They also won’t offer arbitration to Robert Fick. The story indicates, as has been rumored, that the Braves are likely to give at least a platoon job to Adam LaRoche. The comparisons to Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro in the article are nuts; he’s more of a Mark Grace type. Longer articles about first base to come.