Found July 17, 2012 on
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Atlanta Braves would like to sign 28-year old infielder/outfielder Martin Prado to a long-term deal. As he points out, the Braves will have a vacant at third base next year and Prado could be their solution there.
Prado is hitting .318/.376/.451 with 5 HR's, 39 RBI's and a 122 OPS+ in 380 plate appearances with the Braves this season.
In my opinion, Prado could get a deal similar to the deal the Angels gave to Howie Kendrick (four-year, $33.5 million). In seven years in the Majors, Prado is a lifetime .297/.346/.437 hitter with 47 HR's, 255 RBI's and a 110 OPS+. Kendrick sports a .290/.327/.428 hitting line with 55 HR's, 337 RBI's and a 104 OPS+. Defensively, Prado has a career 2.0 UZR at third base, the position that he'd be playing once Chipper Jones retires. Kendrick has a 26.7 UZR at second base.
Looking at their numbers we can see that Prado provides a lot of value to the Braves and it'd be good for them to keep him long-term. I believe he could get a four, five-year deal for something in the $35-40 million range.
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While editing the pictures from Saturday afternoon's game, I noticed a few things. 1. Many of them came out well, because of the full sun. 2. I take more pictures when I go to games with Alison. 3. I took a LOT of pictures of Luis Avilan in his first major league game. I didn't want them to get lost in the gameday post (hello! MLB debut!), so he gets his own post...
The Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball are being sued by the father of a girl who was struck by a foul ball on her skull two seasons ago. The father of the girl, who was 6 years old at the time, seeks unspecified damages for the girl's pain and suffering, punitive damages and more than $100,000 in medical expenses, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported from court...
ATLANTA If the Braves needed a reminder that they must find another starter, they received it in the form a giant punch in the nose.
Jair Jurrjens had been seemingly rejuvenated, revitalized and refreshed since his return to Atlanta a month ago. He also was undefeated.
Even better for the Braves, Jurrjens had pitched well in those four starts, giving them hope that he would help...
Like many teams across Major League Baseball this season, the Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation got bitten by the injury bug. The ace of their rotation, right-hander Brandon Beachy, underwent Tommy John surgery — as did prized prospect Arodys Vizcaino. Both will not return before the end of the season.
The pitching depth that Atlanta had accumulated was supposed to help weather...
Melky Cabrera antagonized Braves fans for the second day in a row, and this time Chipper Jones called him out for his actions.
During the third inning of Tuesday’s series opener between the Braves and Giants, Cabrera did a “suck it” crotch chop to the Braves fans after making a catch.
Cabrera repeated the gesture at least twice during the Giants’ 9-4 win on Wednesday....
Melky Cabrera gave some Atlanta Braves fans payback when he did the DX suck it to them after being taunted. Seriously didn't want to post this being a huge Braves fan, but I'm also a huge fan of D-X so I had to respect Melky for pulling this out. The video is below if you missed it.
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SS Paul Janish made his Braves debut over the weekend
Fresh off a sweep of the rival Phillies, the Braves went into the All-Star break knowing that they would continue to contend in the National League East. The questions about starting pitching and the injury to shortstop Andrelton Simmons were partially answered over the weekend as the Braves swept the New York Mets.
Gwinnett Braves 8, Indianapolis Indians 5
Chase d’Arnaud tripled and scored in the 1st inning.
Braves’ SS Josh Wilson was an Indianapolis Indian back in 2008, when he appeared in 97 games for the Tribe before being traded away to the Red Sox organization. Since that season, Wilson has been playing in the Pacific Coast League, so this series between the Indians...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez wants the Braves to move past an ugly loss as quickly as possible.
Jair Jurrjens gave up eight runs in only 3 1-3 innings and Atlanta's seven-game winning streak ended Tuesday night with a 9-0 loss to Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants.
"Get it out of the way," Gonzalez said of the loss. "It's probably one of the...
Gameday post ~ Avilan post
ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco hit three-run homers in the 11th inning and the San Francisco Giants recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the 10th to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Anthony Varvaro (1-1) hit Eli Whiteside with a pitch to open the 11th before walking Brandon Belt. Chad Durbin replaced Varvaro and struck out Joaquin Arias.
The Atlanta Braves received a solid pitching performance from an unexpected source in their most recent contest to help extend their winning streak to a season-best seven games.
Jair Jurrjens' personal hot stretch also has been impressive given his earlier struggles.
The right-hander looks to remain unbeaten since being recalled from the minors when surging Atlanta hosts former...
The Weekend Takeaway
The Braves came into the All-Star break having won four games in a row, with Brian McCann trending upward and the Mets—just half a game behind Atlanta—coming to town for a three-game set at Turner Field. Pitching depth was the team’s primary concern.
After delivering the pregame speech in the National League clubhouse and watching his senior circuit...
Tuesday: San Francisco at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Barry Zito (7-6, 4.10 ERA) vs. Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97)
Wednesday: San Francisco at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36) vs. Mike Minor (5-6, 5.97)
Thursday: San Francisco at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Madison Bumgarner (11-5, 3.15) vs. Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.80)
Friday: Atlanta at Washington...