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Santana Has Braves Interest
ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that a source has made it know to him that the Braves are making a legitimate run at Ervin Santana. In the 31-year olds last four seasons he has averaged 210 innings per season and won 46 games. Many believe that if he pitched in the National League he would be even better after spending his first eight seasons with the Angels and last year with the Royals. The last three seasons he has also held opposing batters to an average of .238 or lower against him. Frank Wren said they are exploring options and Santana is believed to be that option by many. It would cost the Braves a draft pick however.
Medlen To Visit Dr. Andrews
Today we expect to find out the news we have been waiting to hear about Kris Medlen and have a better understanding of his MRI that revealed "involvement of the ligament". This is not good news, as the man he is expected to visit the most feared name in sports. However, there is a possibility that it is nothing severe and he won't be required to have surgery. Medlen had TJ surgery in 2010 and MRI's are often hard to read after having the operation.
Teheran Throws Four Perfect Innings In Win Over Phillies
David O'Brien of the AJC sums up Julio Teheran's perfect four innings of work on Tuesday as a 'sight for sore eyes' in the Braves 9-1 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday. Jason Heyward continued his hot hitting at the plate with two hits and Dan Uggla hit his second home run of Spring Training on his 34th birthday.
Teheran Most Valid Candidate For Opening Day Starter
The 23-year old righty has now thrown nine shutout innings in three starts in Grapefruit League play and is now the front-runner to start on March 31 when the Braves travel to play the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day. If the season started today Medlen, Beachy, and Minor would all be on the DL so he will be looked upon as the number one in the rotation right now. While Beachy believes the inflammation is just a sign of post surgery he will forego his next start.
Uggla Making Adjustments Pitch-By-Pitch
After Dan Uggla got off to a scorching start he cooled off considerably with a 1-for-13 streak that resembled the second baseman that Braves fans saw for the majority of last season. However, with a new approach at the plate he is finding better results early on this season that he believes he can emulate in the season.
Heyward On Fire
The right fielder who Hank Aaron believes could be one of the best players of his generation is stroking at the plate right now, as he has eight hits in his last 11 at-bats. He is now batting .379 (11-for-29) this spring with a team leading three home runs. Does anyone else smell an All Star breakout season looming?
Spring Baseball Not So Nice To Braves Starting Pitchers
TC's Grant Brisbee gives a look into how the Braves pitching staff has changed over the course of the last three seasons. Only three of the franchises nine pitcher on the depth chart are still on the team and two are hurt at the moment. With all the pitching injuries the team will most certainly look into signing Ervin Santana and may open a spot for Freddy Garcia to 'Just Make Pitch' in to start the season.
Pitching Injuries Not A First For Atlanta
In an article by Bleacher Report they break down why it is a hard task for a pitcher as young as Teheran is to assume the number one role, as he looks to crack the 190 IP marked for the first time in his career this upcoming season. Also in the 2013 season the Braves ranked 27th in losing over 1,500 to the DL.
2014 NL East Bullpen Preview
It appears that the bullpen will be one of the strongest assets again for the Braves this season, especially in a year where they may need to rely on them more. See how they compare to the rest of the NL East.
Disney Lease Ends In 2017
With other teams migrating out of central Florida and more in the talks about doing so the Braves have begun to weigh their options and track what is best for the business when their lease at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex expires in three years.
Braves Players Out Of Options
Five players on the teams active 40-man roster are out of options and could be lost if sent down the minors, as they have to clear waivers before being sent down. Those include: Cory Gearrin, David Carpenter, Ramiro Pena, Jordan Schafer,and Anthony Varvaro. All five are expected to make the team, even the sidewinding Gearrin who was shut down the last two months of the season.
League Wide News
Santana Trying To Win Third Base Job
The Indians switch hitting Carlos Santana is not ready to be a full-time designated hitter, a title usually given to players who are not able to play at a level needed to in the field. Instead he has put in the extra hours reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports this offseason and in spring training at the hot corner where he hopes to land a starting job. He had an .860 fielding percentage (12 errors) at the position when he played in A-ball.
JV Strong In ST Debut
In his first start back since muscle repair surgery Justin Verlander delivered exactly what the Tigers wanted to see, as he went 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball and struck out two. This season the hard throwing righty will try to make it six straight seasons in which he has struck out 217 batters or more.
Santana To Sign Within The Next Day Or Two
The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles have both made offers to Ervin Santana and it now appears that the Braves have emerged as a dark horse to land the best free agent pitcher on the market. According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun he expects Santana to sign within the next day or two.
Barry Bonds Welcomed With Open Arms
While there may be an asterik by his name in the record books the San Francisco Giants are very happy to have Barry Bonds with them as a spring training instructor. One Giants player can cross off having Bonds watch him hit batting practice off his bucket list.
Sizemore Could Win Starting Job With BoSox
2011 was the last season Grady Sizemore played in baseball, but he has been receiving playing time from Boston and has hit .364 this spring with four hits in eleven at-bats. The once All Star center fielder will try to make his dreams of coming back a reality.
Rangers Closing Job Wide Open
Neftali Feliz is still competing with Joakim Soria for the closer role in Texas. Most likely Feliz will claim the gig, but nothing is guaranteed.
Call Overturned In Mariners Game
Take another look at what instant replay accomplished in the Mariners game against the Angels the other day. This will be a fun season.