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Anthopoulos preaches patience as ST nears

Anthopoulos preaches patience as ST nears

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulous has evaluated potential trades and free-agent signings that could provide both immediate and long-term value. But he has also maintained a patient approach thus far, which gives him a chance to go to Spring Training to better evaluate those assets he might use to make a significant trade when the time is right.

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A-Town Down, Volume 1

A-Town Down, Volume 1

As Rob continues his new editorial direction here at Ye Olde Journalista de la Bravos, I’ve been toying with a sort of semi-regular bit called “A-Town Down.” If we decide to make this a part of New More Moderner Less Web 1.5 Braves Journal, Rob will let you know… – ed

In Braveslandia, Tomahawk Take has a video-link to Freddie Freeman saying all the right things. “I want to be here forever.” “Hopefully I can be here for the rest of my career.” Eh’body loves ’em some Fre-Fre already, and this should solidify those huggy-bear vibes even more. You get the feeling he honestly wants to play out a mirror of Chipper’s career dedicated to one team. Yay Huggy-Bear!

There was also a quick hit bit somewhere out there of Thoppy and Snikt stating the obvious; “we’d like to address the alarming lack of power on this team”, in so many words. But I lost the link. I’m a horrible person. Life is hard. Otherwise it’s just a bit of recycling of the same themes we’ve seen for two years now. The farm is good. Ronald Acuna is very good. One day they may be good in Atlanta. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Falcons talk the week before them not appearing in the Super Bowl consisted mostly of rosterbation. “Scouting reports,” free agent options, and more or less the same type of things Braveslandia have been doing to pass the time between actual games. They’re almost certainly going to bring Matt Bryant’s vampire ass back. (duh) They’d like to extend Ricardo Allen if they can, but not if it eats money they’ll need to drop $30m per year into Matt Ryan’s extension. The sort of off-season stuff that only deep dive fans are really going to keep up with. But by all means, if you want a skeleton of UCF WR Tre’Quan Smith as a potential replacement for Taylor Gabriel as the speed option at third WR, or Twitter pics of Takk McKinley in pre-op before a shoulder surgery, The Falcoholic is your stop this morning…

United is wrapping up a massively busy off-season following their inaugural season. Having traded for USMNT starter Darlington Nagbe out of Portland, they then brought in super-prospect 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco on the largest transfer payment (buying rights to the player from his current team) in MLS history. Then they lost 2017 stalwarts Yamil Asad and Carlos Carmona to various transfers away. UTD couldn’t work out a permanent agreement with Velez Sarsfield, Asad’s South American team, who asking the bank for his rights full time. It’s a loss in the attacking half, and Barco will have big shoes to fill in his vacated starting role.

Carmona was sold (traded away) to Colo Colo, a team in his native Chile. The move came a bit out of the blue, late in the winter transfer window and was made to honor Carmona’s wishes to be near his wife as she goes through a pregnancy with complications. You hate to lose a pivotal controlling midfielder like that, but it’s nice to see people respecting family when they should.

UTD start preseason games this week, a welcome addition to the ATL sporting scene in a calendar trough where the news is mostly about Tom Brady not dying in a fire (go Iggles?!) and the occasional highlight of the Hawks tanking. For the record, it’s really odd following UTD as a franchise, because I’m seriously out of practice with Atlanta sports management teams do really smart things repeatedly. 1995 was a long time ago. Very weird.

Speaking of the local basketballers, in their first tank year the Hawks seem to be better at losing intentionally than the Braves were. At 15-36 they’re locked in a battle for lottery odds position with Orlando, Sacremento and Dallas. They have a few interesting young pieces (John Collins particularly flashes potential), but if you hated the 2015 Braves, you probably want to avoid the 2017-18 Hawks entirely. All they’re playing for is draft position, and a quality product on the floor doesn’t help them there.

Finally, in addition to the hot-ticket MLS squad ITP, UTD announced this winter a development team to play in the USL (think of it as AAA) going forward. Ingeniously named “Atlanta United 2” (the marketing department for this franchise will never be accused of out of the box creativity), they’ll be playing their home matches up in Gwinnett, giving Coolray Field another sporting event option when the G-Braves aren’t in town. UTD 2 will act very much like the G-Braves work with the MLB team, shuttling young players back and forth for development when they’re not needed on the big league team’s roster. Northern OTP’ers might want to take note.

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Saturday Links

Saturday Links

Braves eyeing ways to boost power in 2018

“With those offseason departures, Atlanta is staring at a power shortage. The Braves ranked 28th in the Majors last year with 165 home runs. Thirty-five percent of that total was provided by players who are no longer with the organization, namely the aforementioned duo and Brandon Phillips, whose 11 homers made him one of the seven Atlanta players with a double-digit total.”

As nice as it is to have a “youth movement” and to be calling up the prized prospects, Braves veterans hit a large portion of our home runs. Ronald Acuna may be able to replace Matt Kemp’s 19 home runs, and Johan Camargo should provide a similar amount of power at 3B. Preston Tucker and Lane Adams should provide more power from the backup outfield spots than Emilio Bonifacio, Danny Santana, and Jace Peterson. Dansby Swanson should also have a power rebound. Remember, he didn’t hit a home run after June 7th, a span of 326 PAs. Crazy.

Braves delay spring training departure from Walt Disney World until 2019

“The move was made to ensure there is enough time to complete their new facility in West Villages in the City of North Port, Sarasota County,” the team and Disney said in a news release. “The Braves will play their final 2019 Spring Training game in the new ballpark. The complex will officially open in April 2019 with the team’s Florida operations moving in at that time.”

The Braves tack on an extra year at Walt Disney. They have a deal in place to go to North Port, which is south of Sarasota. Not a big deal that they’re switching Spring Training sites, in my opinion, but this area of Florida has much more franchises, and new facilities will probably help. Me personally, it takes my trip to their home Spring Training from an hour and 45 minutes down to about an hour. They’ll also play more games against the franchises on the west coast of Florida, which is just fine with this west coaster.

Rosenthal: Mets can’t make a decision; Brewers think Cain is improving; Realmuto for Taylor?; more notes

The Mets are weighing four players for those spots, according to major league sources—free agents Eduardo Nunez, Todd Frazier and Neil Walker, plus a trade candidate, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison.

Club officials see the four as mostly similar—all produced between 2.1 and 3.0 Wins Above Replacement last season, and all project to be between 1.2 and 2.2 this season, according to Fangraphs’ version of the measure.

Some of the competition for the available third basemen is right here in the division. The article, which is behind the paywall of The Athletic (sorry…), drills down on the third base candidates quite well. For the one hole the Braves have, there are certainly plenty of options to fill it.

101 Things to Do at SunTrust Park

Sort of a sales-y article, but if you’re planning to go to STP this year, this list might provide some good inspiration.

If you can see yourself watching a 51 minute YouTube video, this will take you back to better times…

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Braves eyeing ways to boost power in 2018

Braves eyeing ways to boost power in 2018

With the offseason departures of Matt Kemp and Matt Adams, Atlanta is staring at a power shortage. The Braves ranked 28th in the Majors last year with 165 home runs. Thirty-five percent of that total was provided by players who are no longer with the organization, namely the aforementioned duo and Brandon Phillips, whose 11 homers made him one of the seven Atlanta players with a double-digit total.

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Do You Want To Write For Braves Journal?

Do You Want To Write For Braves Journal?

We still need to solidify daily recappers for the season, and we’ll hopefully have new and/or old faces doing those, but this has been a long offseason, and while I’ve done my best to be your ship boat captain, I could use some people who have a passion for Braves baseball and a knack for writing to get us through the remainder of the offseason. We would like to keep our posts specific to Braves baseball, so perhaps these topics can provide some inspiration:

  • Past Braves player write-ups (quality or not)
  • Your personal, memorable Braves experiences
  • Positional previews (I plan to do a series on this, but would appreciate some help)
  • Fantasy baseball recommendations
  • Your favorite baseball blog recommendations
  • Almost any other Atlanta Braves topic you can think of

Please e-mail me at bravesjournalrob@gmail.com if you’re interested in writing. Otherwise, consider this an open thread, and thanks for stopping by. Melky is fat.

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