Reports are the D'Backs are more likely to trade Kubel. I'd be fine with him. Not sure about his glove but I like his bat.
PSD Mock Draft Vikings:
RD 1 (#11): DeVante Parker WR Louisville
RD 2 (#45): P.J. Williams CB Florida State
RD 3 (#76): Stephone Anthony LB Clemson
RD 4 (#107): Jeremiah Poutasi G Utah
RD 5 (#129): Mike Davis RB South Carolina via Buffalo (Matt Cassel)
RD 5 (#141): traded to Miami (Mike Wallace)
RD 6 (#172): traded to Buffalo (Matt Cassel)
RD 7 (#203): Frank Clark DE Michigan
RD 7 (#207): Bobby McCain CB Memphis via Miami (Mike Wallace)
UFDA Bryan Bennett QB SE Louisiana
I'm increasingly becoming convinced that the Braves' biggest deal at the Winter Meetings will be signing a bench bat, and that if they're going to find a trade partner, it's going to have to be a team and player from out of the blue. Wren has done such things before, so it wouldn't exactly be a surprise to see him do something unexpected.
The Justin Upton rumors are dying; for as much as I want to read into them that the Braves are still involved, it sounds like the Diamondbacks really do want Simmons or bust. That's logical in a way, since there's no reason they have to trade Upton anyway. The Royals have been quiet: lots of speculation but few concrete rumors that they've actually talked to anyone about players like Gordon or Wil Myers.
None of the options that have been discussed seem to be fits for the Braves, whether because of asking price or simply a perceived lack of interest on the Braves' part.
Man.. How come we couldnt trade for Ellsbury.. Ive always liked him.
Indians and D'backs are talking about a Bauer/Cabrera swap... if the D'Backs get Asdrubal, maybe they'll soften on their demands for Simmons.
Looks like a 4-team trade that doesnt involve us for Upton is being talked Dbacks definitely serious about that SS, but Wren did the right thing in not bending on Simmons
Rangers are said to be working hard on Justin Upton
I'm thinking Alex Gordon is our best bet right now. It looks that Ariz would be asking too much if they make the trade without having Simmons involved. Alex seems to be our guy without losing much...
I would be more than happy with Alex Gordon. I just want something to happen.
Kansas City--Home of the players that everyone wants...despite the fact they are consistently horrible. Just doesn't make much sense, but so true. In all the trades the Braves have done with "ATL-lite" in the GM department, have any of them benefitted us?
I think that Alex Gordon may be the one to finally pay off-former 2b & 3b, so he is athletic with Gold Gloves...a little downside is LH hitter used as a 3hitter, but with Prado at 2 hole it's OK. Don't know his salary/terms/agent, but the kind of guy we need. Don't see any of our "A" list pitchers needed, maybe Gilmartin or O'Flaherty if they start asking higher & then go from there with say Ahmed or another position player or so.
Gordon's career as a lead-off hitter:
.306BA, .381OBP, .501SLG, .883OPS and that's in 802 plate appearances, pretty large sample size and quite impressive. Last year he lead off most of the year and was very impressive:
335 AB's, .307BA, .379OBP, .466SLG, .845OPS. I'd take that all day from my lead-off hitter, he had 10 stolen bases.
We are all guilty of actually believing the Braves would do more than one big thing in an offseason. We all hoped but knew the whole time that they would go internally. It's too bad that they are too cheap to pull the trigger. They could easily be in this 4 team trade for Upton. I know I'm done wishing and believing they will do big things cause they never will with these people running the team
^haha, knew that was coming.