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1 hour ago, K26dp said:

I think this is the answer. O'Day replaces Brach. If there's another added bullpen piece it will be someone with a different skill-set.

Yeah, good point about O'Day and Brach being the same type of pitchers. Those ground ball guys GIDP guys to get out of jams. Bobby Cox always had 1 or 2 guys like that in the bullpen. Guys like Greg McMichael, Mike Cather, and Kevin Gryboski come to mind.

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14 minutes ago, Falconsfan567 said:

The only issue with Nick Markakis in his time with the Braves is that he has been hitting cleanup for most of it when he should be hitting either 2nd and using his great OBP to his advantage or down in the 6th spot being a 2nd type clean up hitter.

So maybe you would say: Acuna-Markakis-Freddie-Donaldson? I would be open to that. 

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59 minutes ago, Malachore said:

So you don't believe AA when he says Nick is the everyday RFer or do you think they are looking to upgrade Ender?

I believe AA when he says Nick is currently the everyday RF. That doesn't mean that may not change in the future.

As for Ender, I think he'll be on the team. But there is a league-wide dearth of quality defensive centerfielders and the Braves have two on the roster right now and two more in the minors that could be ready within 18 months. Ender is too valuable a trade piece right now not to at least entertain using him as the centerpiece of a trade.

For what it's worth, from what I understand Markakis was explicitly told that playing time would not be guaranteed and he understood that his role could be as a bench reserve.

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16 minutes ago, K26dp said:

I believe AA when he says Nick is currently the everyday RF. That doesn't mean that may not change in the future.

As for Ender, I think he'll be on the team. But there is a league-wide dearth of quality defensive centerfielders and the Braves have two on the roster right now and two more in the minors that could be ready within 18 months. Ender is too valuable a trade piece right now not to at least entertain using him as the centerpiece of a trade.

For what it's worth, from what I understand Markakis was explicitly told that playing time would not be guaranteed and he understood that his role could be as a bench reserve.

I really, really hope this is true. If so, it just means what AA has said publicly regarding Nick being everyday OF is GM speak and posturing so as not to weaken his position. Makes a lot more sense if he is still looking at bona fide starting RFs like Harper - which I am starting to believe is becoming more of a real possibility (or perhaps inevitability) by the day. 

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25 minutes ago, ATL Fan in the DMV said:

I really, really hope this is true. If so, it just means what AA has said publicly regarding Nick being everyday OF is GM speak and posturing so as not to weaken his position. Makes a lot more sense if he is still looking at bona fide starting RFs like Harper - which I am starting to believe is becoming more of a real possibility (or perhaps inevitability) by the day. 

Markakis pretty much said he doesnt want to play every game. He wants the bulk but not all. He admitted his push to play in all 162 hurt him cause he fatigued himself and wasnt the same. Markakis stated he'll do whatever takes to push the Braves over the hump after being here for the rebuild

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I think Anthopolous and the recent reports are just saying we make fair offers. AA looks at the market, makes a fair offer and you accept it or you dont. We know he never budged on Markakis. He made one offer and it was up to Nick to accept. If Kimbrel wants to come home he can but he wont get the mega deal he wants.

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14 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

I think Anthopolous and the recent reports are just saying we make fair offers. AA looks at the market, makes a fair offer and you accept it or you dont. We know he never budged on Markakis. He made one offer and it was up to Nick to accept. If Kimbrel wants to come home he can but he wont get the mega deal he wants.

 I just think that comes off as low balling because only vets like Nick are going to accept those kind of offers. I doubt we had much competition to sign him.

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1 minute ago, Malachore said:

 I just think that comes off as low balling because only vets like Nick are going to accept those kind of offers. I doubt we had much competition to sign him.

Markakis had a two-year guaranteed offer for a good chunk more sitting on his table and a starting OF job if he wanted it. He chose to take a significant underpay to return to Atlanta. 

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9 minutes ago, K26dp said:

Markakis had a two-year guaranteed offer for a good chunk more sitting on his table and a starting OF job if he wanted it. He chose to take a significant underpay to return to Atlanta. 

Yes but with the Marlins, we all know he isn't going to do that.

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