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Love My Bravos:
Evan Gattis, on the left, has been playing more LF and doing less catching
At the last caravan I went to, a few blog readers told me they missed the inbox entries, so I'll do my best to catch up. :)
If you're unfamiliar, I answer Bowman's inbox Q&As as if anyone cares about my opinion. Here's a link to his most recent inbox, with the questions and my answers below...
How could the Braves let a fan favorite and amazingly versatile player like Martin Prado go?
-- Daniel R., Clintwood, Ark.
I can't talk about this anymore. I'm sorry; I am exhausted.
Love you Marteen. I hope you prove all these jerks who say you aren't worth $12 million SUPER WRONG.
With the Braves acquiring Upton and trading Prado, who will be the leadoff hitter? And what are the plans if that doesn't work?
-- Paul S., Wilmington, Del.
Knowing Fredi we'll have 6 or 7 different guys leading off over the course of the season, so I'm not too worried about it. Just get on bas...
BEST OF MAXIM
It seems like a question with a simple answer.
Who will be the Braves fifth starter until Brandon Beachy returns from Tommy John surgery? What looked to be a spring training battle waged between Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran took on a different complexion after Delgado was traded to the Diamondbacks last week in the seven-player deal that brought Justin Upton to Atlanta.
Andrelton Simmons is thought by many experts to have all-star potential
Nobody with any baseball sense would question how important leadoff hitters are. The question for the Braves….. Who is going to hit leadoff? Andrelton Simmons seems like the likely candidate as of right now, but could the Braves make another move?
Let’s focus on the idea that Simmons is the Braves lead...
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By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez sat down and started writing out projected lineups last week as soon as he heard the Braves had traded for Justin Upton.
It didn't take long. The manager says making out lineups just got easier.
Gonzalez used 107 lineups last year, sometimes adjusting due to the opposing pitcher.
He said his juggling days are over...
It’s that time of the year when we take stock of the Atlanta Braves organization and analyze the top prospects. For the next few weeks, we will profile our top-30 prospect list in groups of five. Here are those who cracked the bottom five.
dancing in BP, generally being awesome
It's comforting to know Prado's former teammates love him as much as the fans do.
Sad to see everyone's fav teammate go, but all smiles as a pitcher looking over my shoulder! Can't wait. #Braves
— Brandon Beachy (@Brandon_Beachy) January 24, 2013
.@jasonheyward on Martin Prado: “He’s a great teammate, great person on-...
With the infield and outfield previews in the books, the FOX Sports South team tackles the pitching rotation this week, one that looks like it could become one of the best in baseball in 2013. With Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm and a host of young arms, Atlanta should be more than prepared to hold its own until the expected return of top-line starter Brandon Beachy from Tommy...
The Justin Upton trade suddenly looks better for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The D-Backs locked up infielder/outfielder Martin Prado on Thursday, signing him to a four-year contract.
The deal, which was announced by the team, is for $40 million, according to a major-league source.
Prado, 29, was the most significant piece that the Diamondbacks acquired for Upton in a seven-player...
Chad Durbin to return
Pending a physical Chad Durbin will return to the Phillies bullpen for the 2013 season. Durbin who was a huge part of the Phillies in 2008 had a solid season last year with the Atlanta Braves. With the Braves Durbin posted a career high in appearances posting an ERA in the 3′s. Durbin is getting a one-year deal with the Phillies.
Great move for a bullpen that...
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As reported yesterday, the Phillies have announced this morning that they have signed reliever Chad Durbin. The former "Bridge to Lidge" has signed a one year deal, with an option for 2014.
The 35 year old is coming off an impressive year with Atlanta Braves. He held a 4-1 record, with a 3.10 ERA. Chad pitched for the Phillies from 2008-2010.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have signed infielder/outfielder Martin Prado to a four-year contract Thursday, one week after they acquired him as part of the haul for outfielder Justin Upton. The deal is worth $40 million, according to a FOX Sports report. Prado, 29, was in his final year of arbitration eligibility and could've become a free agent after the 2013...
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While the Arizona Diamondbacks’ trade of Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for Martin Prado and a grab bag of prospects won’t have a ton of fantasy impact for the players involved, it can teach us a worthwhile lesson about fantasy baseball strategy.
The lesson: In baseball, there’s no such thing as absolute value.
ESPN’s Keith Law trashed Arizona...