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Braves now have both Upton brothers - babuka - 01-24-2013 03:50 PM
(01-24-2013 02:59 PM)The Don™ Wrote: We tried to sign Prado to a long term deal but he was asking for more than we were willing to offer.
Yep. Sounds like the reason he was traded is because he was going to be gone after this season anyways. And to top it off, he was about to go to arbitration over this years contract. Prado's awesome but it is hard to pay somebody 12 million a year that hits 8-12 home runs a year and is only a .300 hitter.
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - AUTiger7222 - 01-24-2013 05:10 PM
Great trade. I was initially shocked and upset to giving up Prado. But after realizing this was most likely going to be Prado's last year in Atlanta I'm not that disappointed about losing him. This is a great trade for he Braves. Justin Upton has 3 years left on his contract. So we traded 1 year of Prado for at least 3 years of Upton. Nice trade. Also Teheran will be the 5th starter until Brandon Beachy gets back in July or August.
My projected lineup.
1. Andrelton Simmons - SS
2. Jason Heyward - RF
3. Justin Upton - LF
4. Freddie Freeman - 1B
5. B.J. Upton - CF
6. Brian McCann - C
7. Dan Uggla - 2B
8. Juan Francisco/Chris Johnson - 3B
Juan Francisco played great in winter ball and has reportedly gotten himself in much better shape. He did well when he started in place of Chipper last year. He struggles against left-handed pitching. That's where Chris Johnson comes in. I'm meh about Johnson.
This also may be Brian McCann's last year with the Braves which means keeping Christian Bethancourt and Evan Gattis was that more important in this trade.
Buster Olney said he talked to some guys who said the Braves were the best team in the NL and that was before the Justin Upton trade. The divisional race this season between the Braves and Nationals should be epic. It was pretty good last year with the Nats winning 98 games and the Braves winning 94 and the Nats not clinching until the final week of the season.
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - sonnyjim - 01-24-2013 05:10 PM
what was Michael Bourne asking?
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - AUTiger7222 - 01-24-2013 05:14 PM
The sun and the moon and the stars in the night time sky. Nah but really only something in the neighbor of $17M a year.
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - AUTiger7222 - 01-24-2013 05:32 PM
Reports are that Prado and the Diamondbacks are already in deep discussions about a new contract.
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - AUTiger7222 - 01-24-2013 06:34 PM
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - AUTiger7222 - 01-24-2013 08:31 PM
The Braves are so set to go on another period of dominance like we enjoyed in the 90s. Check this out.
AGE ON OPENING DAY
C - Brian McCann - 29
1B - Freddie Freeman - 23
2B - Dan Uggla - 33
3B - Juan Francisco - 25
----- Chris Johnson - 28
SS - Andrelton Simmons - 23
LF - Justin Upton - 25
CF - B.J. Upton - 28
RF - Jason Heyward - 23
Average Age = 26.3
Take out Uggla = 25.5
That's pretty dam impressive and should scare the living sh!t outta opposing teams.
AGE ON OPENING DAY
Tim Hudson - 37
Kris Medlen - 27
Mike Minor - 25
Paul Maholm - 30
Julio Teheran - 22
Brandon Beachy - 26
Average Age = 27.8
Take out Hudson = 26.0
AGE ON OPENING DAY
Luis Avilan - 23
Cory Gearrin - 27 (He'll actually be 26 on Opening Day but turns 27 on April 14th)
Craig Kimbrel - 24
Eric O'Flaherty - 28
Jonny Venters - 28 (I just found out Venters has the same birthday as me, March 20th)
Jordan Walden - 25
Average Age = 25.8
So let's recap.
Lineup Average Age = 26.3
Rotation Average Age = 27.8
Bullpen Average Age = 25.8
Total Average Age = 26.6
Take out Uggla and Hudson = 25.7
This is pretty dam awesome and such a far cry of just a few years ago when the Braves had one of the oldest teams in baseball.
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - Aftermath - 01-24-2013 09:06 PM
(01-24-2013 08:31 PM)AUTiger7222 Wrote: The Braves are so set to go on another period of dominance like we enjoyed in the 90s. Check this out.I don't know about 90's dominance, but they are definitely set up for a run over the next few years.
No team will ever again assemble a rotation that is as good as the Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz trio that powered us through the 90s.
(Disclaimer) I had a hard on for Steve Avery
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - Shelley#37 - 01-25-2013 09:58 AM
RE: Braves now have both Upton brothers - AUTiger7222 - 01-27-2013 06:44 PM
(01-24-2013 09:06 PM)Aftermath Wrote: I don't know about 90's dominance, but they are definitely set up for a run over the next few years.
Yeah but the Braves can go on a run where they make the World Series a few times and hopefully win one again.
Steve Avery was awesome. It's a damn shame he started having arm problems. I know a lot of people said Bobby used him too much too soon but I just don't believe that. Arm problems happen. You can't protect against them.