Our own Ivan the Great takes a look at the offseason, why it has been so slow, and how the Braves have played into it. Some of his methods of explaining the issue are, as he states in the article, very simplistic, but they do give a pretty clear picture of why all parties are at a standstill around baseball.
Yes, the stove is still cold for those of you who are unfamiliar with Shane Carle. He is a depth acquisition that could possibly make some contribution at the major league level at some point if necessary. This move will be the second of the offseason for Carle, who was claimed off waivers from the Rockies by Pittsburgh. He posted a 6.75 ERA for Colorado in three appearances a year ago.
The Braves, after failing to place a right-hander among the top ten, placed three left-handers in the top ten on Wednesday. Luiz Gohara led the way at #4, followed by Kolby Allard at #7, and Max Fried at #10. Those three are a large part of the Braves’ future plans and each could see time in Atlanta in 2018, though Allard has not yet pitched above Double-A. The Braves could have placed yet another lefty among the top-10, as Joey Wentz has a strong case to be included as well.
David O’Brien released the second part of his interview with Chipper Jones on Wednesday, this time delving into the potential issues with Andruw Jones’ Hall of Fame candidacy among other topics.
What’s really been disappointing is the amount of support that Andruw has. Arguably the best defensive center fielder of all time. A decade of excellence -- that’s longevity. Ten straight Gold Gloves, 400-plus home runs. Yeah, you can say what you want about the decline and dropoff at the end of his career, but I think (his candidacy) at least deserves further discussion. It’s going to be a shame if he falls off (the ballot) after one year.
These lists are certainly not to be taken as law, but they do give a general idea about how a player is perceived in baseball. Braves fans, many on this site, have been excited about the progress made by catcher Alex Jackson this season, but his name did not crack the top-10. He is probably somewhere in the next tier, but he will need to be more consistent both offensively and defensively if he is to vault into the elite class of catchers in baseball.
Anything Kimbrel-related will always feel relevant on a Braves website. This piece by Matt Kelly of MLB.com takes a look at Kimbrel’s resurgence this season as he returned to his bread-and-butter, which is that high, rising four-seam fastball that made him nearly untouchable in Atlanta.