Garret Anderson

Though I’d love to jump onto the “oh my God, why are we signing Garret Anderson?!” bandwagon with all of the other Braves fans, I think ire at that particular move is somewhat misplaced. Anderson, for as horrendous as he is, actually stands to improve the Braves’ outfield in 2009, and this deal does not obligate Atlanta to Anderson for 2010. So in a vacuum, it’s a defensible move. Of course, the precondition to the existence of that vacuum was Frank Wren’s inability to put together anything approaching a serviceable outfield, thereby rendering Anderson a comparatively attractive option.

In other words, don’t slam this transaction. Slam the half dozen made and missed transactions that allowed this one to make some kind of sense.


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Aaron Moreno
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Aaron Moreno

As an Angels fan, I would have liked to have seen him finish his career with the team. And I don’t mean that in a “Hey, Craig Biggio, let’s punt the whole season” way either. Oh well.

themarksmith
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I’ve seen this sentiment repeated over a lot of threads and such over the same time period, and I wonder how much it really makes sense. 1) We really don’t know what happened with Peavy. But I suspect he wasn’t thrilled about coming to Atlanta, and most fans were scared at what the Braves had to give up to get him. 2) Burnett went to the Yankees, but they offered him more money and Burnett knew they would. 3) We don’t know what happened with Furcal, but I imagine he didn’t really want to move to second and his supposed… Read more »
Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

Mark—I don’t disagree with you on most of that. Especially the Peavy and Burnett deals.  Sentimentality aside, I will also grudgingly admit that letting Smoltz go was the right thing to do.

My comments here are narrowly tailored to the state of the outfield.  Sure, they could have gone after Dunn or Abreu, but there could have been other moves in the past couple of years that would have tided us over to the next generation a little better than Garret Anderson, Matt Diaz, and prayers for Jeff Francoeur.

Ryan Klesko
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Ryan Klesko

This deal is some unholy BJ Surhoff-Raul Mondesi hybrid.

Alex C
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Alex C

I don’t think the backlash is of the “Garret Anderson is awful” variety, but more of the “this is really the best we could do?” sort.

There were about 350 LFs with mediocre defense and who were getting lowballed to the point of accepting confederate dollars, and… we got Anderson. It is depressing.

Aarcraft
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Aarcraft

Aaron Moreno,

As an Astros fan, I understand the attack on Biggio’s final year, I really do. But here is the problem with the comparison. The Angels are good (with a chance at the playoffs), the Astros were bad. Punting a season for the sake of letting the best position player the team has ever had get his chosen milestone, particularly one who took less money, in his prime, to stay with the team, when the alternative is possibly eeking out a .500 season, is actually a valid choice. With the Angels, the calculation i far different.

Daniel
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Daniel

As an Angels fan, I too will miss Garret.  And as far as production goes, I’m pretty sure him and Juan Rivera were a tossup, with Juan having a little bit more upside and Garret being a better fielder/baserunner.  The Angels decided to go with Rivera, probably because at the time it looked like Garret was going to be WAY too expensive.  Now that prices have come down so much, I’m sure the Angels wish they’d have waited.

I’ll miss you GA.

themarksmith
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themarksmith

Craig,

If you’re just talking about the outfield, then I see your point. However, the Braves did have a deal done for Jason Bay before Pirates ownership nixed it. They should have had him and signed him to an extension almost immediately.

For the past few off-seasons, what other moves are you talking about (this isn’t made confrontationally, more legitimate question)? I don’t know that we’ve had too many legitimate outfield prospects, and I don’t remember what free-agents were available.

Timmy
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Timmy
The Braves have had about the strangest offseason imaginable… But the weirdest part is, I think at least, the team’s probably better off not getting the guys they missed on. On Peavy, I didn’t want the Braves to acquire him for what the Pads were asking; and he didn’t want to be a Brave, so it’s a moot point. I didn’t want Burnett or Furcal in a Braves uniform at nearly any price; especially not on a multi-year deal.  The Yankees did the Braves organization an enormous favor by out-bidding us, and as a Braves fan I was thrilled that… Read more »
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