Trade Retrospective: Craig Kimbrel

I’m hoping to do a little series on the “big” deals of the rebuild. The roster-gutting ones of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Andrelton Simmons, and Craig Kimbrel/Mudge. The Andrelton one might be the most painful, but trading Craig Kimbrel partly to rid yourself of the Mudge contract was right up there, so I’m going to … Continue reading “Trade Retrospective: Craig Kimbrel”

Little Deals of the Rebuild – Vol. 3 – Last One, Promise.

Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek for Brian Matusz and 2016 Competitive Balance Round B Pick The noteworthy piece was the competitive balance B pick that would later turn into Brett Cumberland. Cumberland was traded along with Jean Carlos Encarnacion, Bruce Zimmerman, Evan Phillips, and international bonus pool money for Kevin Gausman. So for taking on the bulk of Matusz’ $3.9M commitment … Continue reading “Little Deals of the Rebuild – Vol. 3 – Last One, Promise.”

Did the Braves Intend to “Retool” or “Rebuild”? (by Roger)

Editor’s Note: Roger, a frequent commenter, has laid out his reasoning that the Braves most likely didn’t intend to complete crater the team in a rebuild. This offseason has to be the most boring offseason in years. So what could be a better way to make the offseason more interesting than to look at more … Continue reading “Did the Braves Intend to “Retool” or “Rebuild”? (by Roger)”

Pivot Day

Just throwing up a new thread to handle any coming sturm und drang re: Coppallellagate. Figure it’s worth it just to segregate the blow back from today’s (assumed) news releases out into their own holding pond. If they get out of this with just losing Maitan, some picks and money, I think we have to … Continue reading “Pivot Day”

The Little Deals (Part 2)

Ed. note: this is continued from Part 1. 11. Cameron Maybin for Gabe Speier and Ian Krol Essentially Maybin, a league average centerfielder, for Krol, a lefty specialist. Speier was a balancer in the Shelby/Dansby trade. 12. Ryne Harper for Jose Ramirez Ramirez was not thought of much at the time, not even after his … Continue reading “The Little Deals (Part 2)”

The Little Deals of the Rebuild (Part 1)

It can be hard to remember all of the little deals that Coppy has made, especially when he’s made so many, and so many have included more significant players. But the small deals have been where Coppy has been able to increase the breadth and depth of the farm system, and if not for these … Continue reading “The Little Deals of the Rebuild (Part 1)”

The Olivera Tragedy

This trade was a mess from the beginning. And after almost a year and a half since, time has not been kind to the evaluation. There’s the potential the trade could end up looking a little better, but that would be damning it with faint praise. It was a complicated trade that required a third … Continue reading “The Olivera Tragedy”

Trade Recap: The Evan Gattis/Mike Foltynewicz Trade

Ed. note: Click here to see Rob’s recaps of the other major trades from the Great Teardown. The Braves continued their sell-off in the offseason of 2015 with a piece that they didn’t necessarily have to trade. Evan Gattis was under team control for 3 more seasons, was 27 and had only finished his second … Continue reading “Trade Recap: The Evan Gattis/Mike Foltynewicz Trade”

Trade Recap: The Andrelton Simmons Trade

Ed. note: Click here to see Rob’s recaps of the other major trades from the Great Teardown. This may have been most controversial deal during the rebuild, and was likely the most heartwrenching. Andrelton Simmons was a fan favorite, a GIF maker’s delight, and was the best defensive shortstop in baseball by a significant margin. … Continue reading “Trade Recap: The Andrelton Simmons Trade”

Trade Recap: The Jason Heyward/Shelby Miller Trade

Ed. note: Click here to see Rob’s recaps of the other major trades from the Great Teardown. The first big trade that Coppy made was trading Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. Like Justin Upton, Heyward was one year away from free agency, and with seemingly no hope of re-signing … Continue reading “Trade Recap: The Jason Heyward/Shelby Miller Trade”