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  1. Does this merit some discussion of Atlanta’s positional defensive future and whether it would favor GB or FB pitching? I haven’t checked the numbers, but I doubt they’re particularly strong at either right now. I don’t know much about the defense of thier farm system either.

    Food for thought. Back to work.

    Comment by Nate — October 29, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  2. Not a bad position to be in.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — October 29, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  3. Vazquez was their best pitcher last year (and one of the best in the league), tell me again why he isn’t guaranteed a spot in their rotation?

    Comment by Hank — October 29, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  4. Well, if he could be leveraged into, say, Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun (for example), then he wouldn’t be guaranteed a spot. I don’t think RJ meant that if all six returned Javy might be the odd man out.

    Comment by Kevin S. — October 29, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

  5. What would Atlanta’s asking price for Lowe be? I can’t imagine too many teams giving up real talent for that contract.

    Comment by Neil — October 29, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  6. *Except maybe the Royals.

    Comment by Neil — October 29, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

  7. The Braves’ approach here reminds of how Boston went into the ’09 season, having stockpiled quality arms at reasonable rates that smaller market teams can’t afford. Pretty solid approach, if you ask me.

    Comment by FMelius — October 29, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

  8. It really depends on who they choose to start on the infield. Escobar is a bit of a strange case defensively, as Plus/Minus likes him a lot(as does TotalZone), but UZR ranks him as a slight negative. Kelly Johnson is a plus if he gets on the field, while Chipper Jones is unpredictable, since he’s been bouncing between terrible and OK defense according to UZR for years now.

    As for the outfield, it’s not great now, but with Garret Anderson hopefully moving on, it stands to be much improved over 2009. Jordan Schafer should be a plus center fielder when he breaks through, and Jason Heyward projects out to be at or a little above average – at least for a few years.

    Comment by TCQ — October 29, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  9. KJ. Regardless of stats, KJ is a pretty bad second baseman, he can’t go to his right at all. Prado is our second basemen, not sure why you are talking about KJ, considering he as been a bench player and is likely to be traded this offseason.

    I’m not sure Schafer will get a shot back in the Majors yet. I’m thinking McLouth will man Center, Diaz in right and a FA signing in left. If Schafer tears it up, he may start in 11in center, and they move McLouth to right, Diaz to left.

    Comment by Wil — October 29, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  10. The outfield defense of the Braves figures to be excellent by the start of 2011 with Heyward profiling as a big time plus defender in RF, Schafer’s scouting reports all suggest very good defensive potential, and McLouth seems as though he would greatly benefit from a move to LF. As for the infield I truly think Escobar is a plus out there despite a less than impressive UZR (as was said plus minus loves him). Prado seems average to slightly below average. LaRoche is average or better (Freeman is excellent defensively based on scouting reports) and Chipper is a question mark and no one knows who will replace him. Looks like the strength will be OF defense

    Comment by nick — October 29, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  11. Wil, this really isn’t the place to ignore stats…

    Also, I’d second all of Nick’s comments. McLouth-Schafer-Heyward(with Schafer in center) would be a terrific defensive outfield.

    Comment by TCQ — October 29, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

  12. Tim Hudson is a no brainer and the Braves get the home team discount. It’s a win/win situation.

    Trading Derek Lowe is blog fodder, nothing more. The Braves are not going to move him.

    Comment by Marcus Antonio — October 30, 2009 @ 2:06 am

  13. difference is none of atlanta’s pitching depth is a major question mark unlike Boston who had both Smoltz and Penny heading into last year. Braves don’t really have a high risk guy out of the six, just six solid starters (seven if you count medlen)

    Comment by nick — November 1, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

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