Tommy Hasnon and Brandon Beachy are question marks due to injuries, Jurjjens won't be back I'm guessing, and Teheran still hasn't pitched effectively in the majors (though he hasn't had many opportunities). That leaves you with Hudson (who can't log as many innings as he used to), Delgado, Malholm, and Mike Minor. I would assume that Beachy is most likely to take that final rotation spot next year, giving you a rotation of Hudson, Beachy, Maholm, Delgado, and Minor. That rotation is not going to be good enough to beat the Nationals and it won't get you very far in the playoffs. The Braves don't need pitching, but it should be a concern heading into the off-season.
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [November 2 at 4:21pm CST]
The Braves are intrigued by free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports. Heís the top position player available in free agency at a time that the Braves are looking to replace the offense of Chipper Jones and, it appears, Michael Bourn.
However, Hamilton isnít an ideal fit for a Bravesí lineup that already features a number of left-handed hitters in Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann. Plus, the Braves arenít generally bidders on the top free agents, as Knobler notes. The Rangers made Hamilton a qualifying offer today, which means any team other than Texas will have to surrender a top draft pick to sign the outfielder. Hamilton ranks second on MLBTRís list of top 50 free agents.
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And who tell you that we need a staring pitcher
O and minor or Hanson as our #5 is pretty ****ing good if ya ask any baseball fan that knows their stuff.
Tommy Hanson had a healthy year just underperformed, a rotation with: Hudson-Medlen-Maholm-Minor-Hanson is a very solid rotation, with beachy coming at mid season and Delgado and Teheran waiting in the wings, if there is something the braves don't need is a starter.
Last edited by beldugo; 11-03-2012 at 01:17 AM.
Yeah... not gonna get much support in an evaluation of a rotation when you leave out their ace.
I'm actually excited to see what Minor will do next season and have to give the Braves some credit for sticking with him. His ERA was hovering at 7.00 after his first 10 starts... but after a better June and a July/August/September with ERA's of 1.98., 3.57 and 0.87 he could be in line for a great 2013 and make himself a legitimate #3 starter with hope for being #2 caliber.
point of this thread? to talk about the payroll? we have a thread for that...
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has predicted that Josh Hamilton will be signed by Atlanta. Not that I necessarily agree with him, but Rosenthal is one of the more legitimate baseball writers who has shown ATL a lot of love in the past. If nothing else, it's good bulletin board material.
Ken said that he was just guessing, has no info on where he will land.
I don't mind chalking 2012 up to Hanson's maturation, much like we looked at 2011 for Jason Heyward after he adjusted his swing. Hanson has a lot of upside and ATL loves power arms - as does everyone else. With that in mind, he's still controllable and because he's arbitration-eligibile, his play will determine his price, at least in theory. That could be very attractive for all teams, which means Wren should listen seriously on him to possibly add a bat or a future catcher, or add minor league OF/3B depth.
predicted this, and he admitted on Twitter that he was just guessing. Hamilton's destination really is anyone's guess at this point, since he's such an enigma, and it's easy to see how he'd fit with the Braves. But it's also easy to see how he wouldn't fit, and the local beat guys have done nothing but shoot down any kind of Hamilton rumors for the last few months.