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Braves GM says rebuild is ahead of schedule

The Atlanta Braves lost 95 games last season, haven't played a game in 2016, but there's still some confidence at the top of the organization.Recently appointed general manager John Coppolella is happy with the rebuild thus far -- and even said they're ahead of schedule.“I feel so much better about where we are now than I did a year ago,” said Coppolella, speaking Monday at Turner...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Anomalous Defensive Outcomes of the 2015 Season

On Wednesday, we took a look at the anomalous offensive outcomes of 2015: we had oppo homers from batters who have never hit them before, some of the slowest men in baseball hitting triples, and a guy with below average ISO marks hitting an almost 500-foot home run. It was a great reminder that baseball is really, really weird, and every season there’s at least few events that...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Freeman says ailing right wrist is finally pain-free

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman's slow-healing right wrist finally is pain-free, allowing the Braves first baseman to take swings on back-to-back days this week for the first time this offseason. Freeman said at the Braves' FanFest on Saturday the wrist never fully recovered last season after he spent five weeks on the disabled list in June and July. He says a turning point came...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Freddie Freeman: Braves will be good soon and for a while

When the Atlanta Braves first decided to go through their rebuild, many fans were skeptical.Then, the trades begun, the Braves hauled in top prospects and people started to believe in the process. One of those believes is Freddie Freeman.In speaking with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Freeman discussed the moves and the direction of the organization:"I’m OK with the moves....
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels: Why Fans Shouldn’t Panic

On Friday, Yoenis Cespedes gave the New York Mets a friendly discount when he signed a three-year, $75MM deal with the World Series runner-up. While this signing was a welcome relief to Mets fans everywhere, it was another sock in the gut to Los Angeles Angel’s fans who are becoming impatient with a growingly frugal ownership. With that being said, I don’t think fans need to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect cost aside, Angels will savor Simmons' slick glove work

New Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler rode into town and made his presence felt rather quickly. Early in the offseason, the Halos pulled off a big trade – acquiring shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Sean Newcomb, Chris Ellis and Erick Aybar.The trade was noteworthy for a few reasons. The Angels gave up their two most promising pitching...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Los Angeles Angels solve their left field puzzle?

The Los Angeles Angels warmed up the hot stove early this offseason when they acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves in November. The team then remained relatively quiet until they traded for infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals in December. While these trades do fill needs for the Angels infield, the team still has possible holes at both second base...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves 2016 New Year’s Resolution

The Atlanta Braves were very active in 2015, beginning in January with the trade of Evan Gattis and culminating with the trades of Andrelton Simmons and Shelby Miller this offseason. The Braves have gone the route of fully rebuilding from the ground up as they attempt to replenish a farm system that has become increasingly […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Angels Prospect Countdown: #20 – David Fletcher

David Fletcher In 10 words or fewer: Future utility infielder, nabbed in the 6th round. Position: SS | Age (2016): 22Bats: R | Throws: RHeight: 5’10″ | Weight: 1752015 Rank: N/A LEVEL PA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% SB BABIP wOBA Rookie180.331.391.45605.0%8.9%11.346.384 A135.283.358.35819.6%8.9%6.311.341   OFFENSE Contact – A.  Like any speedster worth his weight...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels acquire Yunel Escobar from Nationals

The Angels have been rather quiet this winter after opening the offseason in style when they traded for elite defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. That trade depleted what was already a thin farm system, likely the worst among the 30 clubs. So it comes as a mild surprise that they were able to now make a trade for competent infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals. This moves...
Via The Outside Corner
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Where Are the Angels Headed?

The Los Angeles Angels got the offseason started with a blockbuster deal in acquiring Andrelton Simmons from the Braves, and have been linked to involvement in a number of free agents on the market as well. The Angels have never been shy about making big money commitments, but have made deals in the past several […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves talked to 'about 15 teams' for Andrelton Simmons trade

Though the Los Angeles Angels were the team to ultimately "win" the Andrelton Simmons sweepstakes, they certainly weren't the only team in the running.After the trade, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella described the trade talks and how the Angels became the landing spot for the All-Star shortstop via the AJC: “This was one that we had worked on for about three solid...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: November 16-20, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAYJohn Coppolella on Trading Andrelton Simmons, by David Laurila...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves GM tells fans to be patient before criticizing trades

The Atlanta Braves are in the trying start of a long rebuild. Braves fans were given another reality check this week when the club traded star shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels. If that wasn’t a tough pill to swallow on its own, reports suggested the team was willing to move first baseman Freddie Freeman as well. The Braves are truly exploring every opportunity...
Via Bloguin Best
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves GM asks fans to be patient in judging trades

By Liam McGuire The Atlanta Braves are in the trying start of a long rebuild. Braves fans were given another reality check when the club traded star shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels. If that wasn’t a tough pill to swallow on its own, reports suggested the team is willing to move first baseman Freddie Freeman as well. The Braves are truly exploring every opportunity...
Via The Outside Corner
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: The Impact of Prospect Depth on Trade Value

Last week, MLB saw two of their first big trades of the winter, as both the Red Sox and Angels gave up significant pieces of their farm system to acquire upgrades to their big league roster; Boston acquired closer Craig Kimbrel, while Anaheim landed shortstop Andrelton Simmons. In both cases, the acquisitions are not rentals, as Kimbrel is signed for two more years with a team option...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron on One or More Fallacies

Episode 609 Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio, during which edition he discusses important developments on the topic of qualifying offers; the trade that’s sent Andrelton Simmons to Anaheim; and the other, more different trade that’s sent Craig Kimbrel to Boston. This edition of the program...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Shopping Freddie Freeman makes sense for Braves

Before the trade one might have suggested Andrelton Simmons was the “Face of the Braves.” A counter-argument would be Freddie Freeman. Despite Simmons’ defensive prowess and the relative fame it afforded him, Freddie Freeman was and is the Braves best player. Now that the club is just one season away from opening a new ballpark, it seems like a good idea to give fans something...
Via Bloguin Best
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Trade: the Braves Trade Andrelton Simmons to the Angels

The Braves just keep shipping their stars away. At this point, even Freddie Freeman has to be sweating. The latest victim of the Braves’ multi-year rebuilding project is Andrelton Simmons, the hyper-athletic shortstop that was on the offseason wish list of plenty of teams. In the end, it was the Angels who snagged their prize. [&hellip The post Grading the Trade: the Braves...
Via No Coast Bias
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

John Coppolella on Trading Andrelton Simmons

John Coppolella has a plan. He also has a goal, which is to help return the Atlanta Braves to prominence. Last week, the 37-year-old general manager – along with president of baseball operations John Hart – made a bold move toward that end. Andrelton Simmons, a gifted and popular shortstop, was traded to Anaheim in exchange for Erick Aybar and a pair of pitching prospects. The...
Via Fangraphs
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Will win-now mentality hurt development in the long run?

The 2015-2016 offseason is off and running, as we have seen the Red Sox acquire Craig Kimbrel, while the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired Andrelton Simmons from the Atlanta Braves. As for the New York Mets, multiple reports came out saying that the Mets were engaged in some talks during the GM Meetings, but mostly listened. Now this may set the team up for trades and acquisitions...
Via Mets360.com
November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: November 9-13, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAYWhy This Free Agent Class May Hit the Jackpot, by Dave Cameron...
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 Free Agents the Los Angeles Angels Should Sign

The Los Angeles Angels are high off their recent acquisition of All-Star defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. He will solidify the Angels infield and help save the pitching staff multiple runs. Simmons was not cheap by any stretch of the imagination as the Angels dealt their starting shortstop from last season, Erick Aybar, as well as […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrelton Simmons: A Eulogy

“Simba.” That’s what we so lovingly referred to Mr. Andrelton Simmons as in Atlanta Braves country. Well, I don’t think I ever did, but I saw people on Twitter.com do it. Not a fan of nicknames really. Probably because I have been trying to make a nickname of my own catch on for years, and […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Projecting the Prospects in the Andrelton Simmons Trade

The Angels and Braves swung a trade last night that sent Andrelton Simmons and catching prospect Jose Briceno to LA in exchange for Erick Aybar and pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis. Jeff Sullivan had some thoughts on the trade itself last night. KATOH has some thoughts on the prospects involved, which you can find below. Sean Newcomb, 1.9 WAR The Angels selected...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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