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Old 01-18-2007, 04:14 PM   #17
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I don't like this deal, sure the braves now have what looks like one of the best bullpen's in baseball but they continue to lose even more offense in the lineup and are now starting to lose defense since LaRoche is a great defensive player. The entire left side of the infield is now going to consist of Kelly Johnson or Martin Prado at 2nd base and Scott Thorman at 1st base. I agree with people who say the key to winning is having great pitching but if you can't score you can't win and if you commit too many errors you can't win either so im not liking this trade in the sense we lost more than we gained skill wise.
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:42 PM   #18
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It wouldn't have been a bad trade if it were straight up but getting Brent Lillibridge alongside Gonzalez just makes it even sweeter...good deal.

It also opens up Escobar to possibly being dealt to Tampa Bay in a Baldelli deal.

When healthy, we now have one if not the best bullpen in the league...

Wickman
Soriano
Gonzalez
McBride
Villarreal
Cormier
Devine
Boyer

SICK!
I'm not that impressed. Soriano and Gonzalez are nice.....but the rest...ehhh.. take 'em or leave 'em.
I thought the Soriano deal was a good one for you guys....but I'm not so high on this trade. I think you gave up a potential 40 homer guy who was pretty good defensively for a guy who is gonna be what? your lefty specialist? insurance if Soriano or Wickman (I don't think he's the best closer on your team right now!) goes downz? I think it's a kind of waste move. Just my opinion

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Old 01-18-2007, 08:06 PM   #19
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Braves have signed Craig Wilson. Good move.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:20 PM   #20
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"I know how the market is right now, and I know a lot of teams are paying a lot of money for guys right now," Jones said. "But my heart is in Atlanta. I would love to finish my career in Atlanta.

"I'm not saying I'll play for cheap when the market is so high; I won't do that. But I'm going to do my best to stay here. It's up to the Braves whether they want to keep me or not."
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"The main thing is that the decision is up to me," Jones said. "It doesn't matter what kind of agent I've got. It doesn't matter who represents me. It could be [Braves general manager John] Schuerholz's best friend or it can be Schuerholz's worst enemy. But I'm the one who has to make the decision."
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"I'm not saying that the only thing I'm doing is playing for money," Jones said. "I play the game because I love the game. But I'm getting paid for it and I need to get paid fair enough based on what kind of player that I am."
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With Cox approaching his 66th birthday, there has been some thought that he's nearing retirement. But Jones doesn't share that belief and believes that the veteran manager could be around for the entirety of that eight-year contract that he's hoping to receive from the Braves.

"He'll be managing for a long time," Jones said. "That's my dad. He's such a great manager. I don't know if I could ever play for somebody else who could be as great as he is as a person and a manager."
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But when asked if he would stay in Atlanta with an eight-year, $128 million offer ($16 million per season), the veteran Brave indicated that it's quite possible that he would.

"It's not a bad contract for eight years," Jones said. "Sure, you could go somewhere else and get [a better annual salary]. But I don't think about that. I'm looking to stay here. ... My thing is, I want to win. Since I've been in the big leagues, I've been winning. I don't want to finish my career as a loser."
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"I'm not greedy," Jones said. "It's not that I'm not set [financially]. But you want to be completely set to the point where your son's son doesn't have to do anything, if that's possible."
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:41 PM   #21
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ill see it when i believe it but 2 things about the andruw quotes:

he says taht he would take about 16 mill for 8 years, that isnt really far off from what he gets now right? i think the braves should be able to make that offer if he'd really want to accept it....

im just flabergasted by the last quote. it must be nice to be so financially set that your worried about your grandson not having to work.
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:48 PM   #22
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Yea it sounds like the Jones wants to stay a Brave but i don't see it happening. From the sound of things Glavine wanted to win his 300th game as an Atlanta Brave but they didnt even make an offer. Unless the Braves are sold between now and July I don't the Braves holding on to him, and they'll have to trade him.
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First post of the new thread. Here's to winning the World Series this year!!!
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:00 AM   #24
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Based on his vast experience with the sale of baseball teams, Steve Greenberg, a managing director at Allen & Company, said of the pending sale of the Atlanta Braves, ďItís always optimal to close a baseball sale during the off-season.Ē

Time Warner, the Bravesí owner for the past 11 years, and Liberty Media, the prospective buyer, had hoped to follow Greenbergís advice. Trouble is, they were talking about last off-season. If itís any consolation to them, thereís still a chance they can get the deal done before the end of this off-season.

Word among baseball officials in recent days is that the sale is moving closer to completion, maybe reaching that point in the next month or so. Opening day is April 1. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, itís not done until itís done, but both seller and buyer want to do it and expect to do it.
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