Post by Colin William Post by tom dunne Post by Joe Schmoe
Their rotation could be somewhat OK next season.
I think I now understand what it must have been like for other teams
to be a division with the Braves during the 1990s. Good grief, that's
a lot of starting pitching.
It sure is.
I'd like to see the Braves now offer up Derek Lowe to the Yankees, but I
don't think they will.
I don't think that's really a particularly good trade for the Braves.
If the Braves trade Lowe to the Yankees (or any team, really), either:
a) the Yankees pick up the entirety of Lowe's salary in which case
the Braves get a middling (at best) prospect in return. The Braves
then have $15M to spend the next two years with no marquee free agents
left. If the Braves could use the money saved on Lowe to then acquire
Zack Greinke (for instance) that could work, but I don't foresee that
as I don't believe the Braves have the prospects right now to pull
that off. More likely a small portion of it goes towards the
arbitration raises for Jurrjens and Prado and the rest is forgotten;
b) the Braves eat a lot of the contract and get a better prospect,
but then have a bunch of dead salary sitting on the books for the next
two years, which is used as an excuse not to get better
If the Braves want a game changer (or a potential game changer), I
suggest they try to trade Jurrjens. His value is probably lower than
it would otherwise be given last year's injuries but his price is
going somewhat up, but is also still cost-controlled for the next
three years. I suspect Jurrjens nets a much more valuable trade chit
which could then be used to acquire someone significant (kinda like
the Blue Jays acquiring Lawrie in the hope they could use him to get
That's probably a total pipe dream though. I suspect the 25-man
roster is essentially set now and won't be changed barring something
very unorthodox happening.