Found January 07, 2012 on Chop-N-Change:
These god forsaken Adam Jones rumors JUST WON'T STOP, so I figured I'd briefly touch on them. When it comes down to Martin Prado or Adam Jones on the Braves, the two players are rather similar. Prado made $3.1 million in 2011, and has two more seasons of team control. Jones made $3.25 million, and also has two more seasons of control left. Neither player has great plate discipline. Jones walks at 4.8% for his career, while Prado is at 6.6%. Prado strikes out a lot less, 11.3% of the time, compared to Jones and his 19.7% rate. Jones has more power, with a .161 ISO compared to Prado's .141.Defensively, Prado is a +12 over his career at first, second, third and left field (and a brief tenure at short), with +4 of that coming in the outfield. Jones is a +16 in his career, all coming in the outfield. He had a positive mark every year of his career until last season, when he was a -9 in center.If Jones is shifted to left field, I think he provides a much higher ceiling defensi...

Braves 2012 5x5 Prospect Rankings

If you follow prospect rankings, you know how loaded the Braves are with pitching. We'll show you no different in that regard, but there are some other names that might not be as highly rated as real-life baseball prospects, that have more value in a fantasy sense.  Braves top 5 fantasy prospects 1. Julio Teheran, SPJosh’s take: Prospect followers sure are a fickle bunch...

Why 2012 Is An Important Year For The Orioles (Part One)

  The Baltimore Orioles are viewed as one of the worst organizations in baseball. They play in the toughest division in baseball, have a weak farm system and lack the necessary talent at the big league level to be competitive. Peter Angelos, one of the most unpopular owners in baseball, seemingly has been hesitant to adjust to the baseball industry of the 21st century. Angelos has...

Brewers ink Conrad to minor-league deal

According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of, the Brewers signed Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract Saturday, with an invitation to join the team in spring training.Conrad, 31, will compete for a bench spot as a utility infielder. In four major league seasons, he's played at first, second and third base while compiling a .229 batting average with 14 home runs...

Orioles Notes: Soriano, Pitching, Ramirez, Miller

Yesterday, we heard that the Orioles and Cubs talked about a deal involving Alfonso Soriano.  In order to ship the outfielder elsewhere, the Cubs would have to eat a substantial portion of the $54MM remaining on his contract.  Here's more on Soriano and the Orioles.. Talks between the Orioles and Cubs were probably not very serious, sources told Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore...

Brewers sign INF Conrad to minor-league deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed veteran second baseman Brooks Conrad to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.The 32-year-old appeared in 92 games with the Atlanta Braves last season, batting .223 with four homers and 13 RBIs over 103 at-bats.Conrad broke in with Oakland in 2008 before joining the Braves the following season. His best year came in 2010,...

Ron Shandler's list of Orioles projections for the 2012 season

Will shortstop J.J. Hardy be able to replicate last year's numbers in 2012? Here's one set of projections for what the key Orioles' stats will look like this season.

State Trooper Fired After Porter Death Investigation

The HQ knows that the above headline is small solace in the death of the wife of Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter...But the Georgia State Patrol is in the process of investigating the events of New Year's Eve as a patrol car, while speeding to another crime scene, plowed into the Porter's car- killing Jeff's wife Kathy, and injuring everyone else in the car.But there...

Markakis has surgery to repair torn abdominal muscle

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, who has been bothered for months by what he thought was a deep bone bruise in his abdomen, had surgery on Thursday to repair his rectus abdominis, also known as the "six-pack" muscle.

Markakis has surgery, looks to Opening Day

Right fielder Nick Markakis underwent surgery to repair abdominal muscles on Thursday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Trooper fired after crash that killed trainer's wife

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state trooper involved in a New Year's Eve crash that killed the wife of Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter has been fired, Georgia's public safety commissioner said.

Trooper fired after collision that killed Braves trainer's wife

The state trooper involved in the New Year's Eve collision that killed the wife of Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter was fired on Friday, Georgia's public safety commissioner said.

Trooper fired after Braves trainer's wife killed

The state trooper involved in the New Year's Eve collision that killed the wife of Atlanta Braves trainer Jeff Porter was fired on Friday, Georgia's public safety commissioner said.

Prado, Jurrjens likely to remain with Braves

With the start of Spring Training a little more than six weeks away, it's looking more and more likely that Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado will be with the Braves when pitchers and catchers report.
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