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Happy Thanksgiving gentlemen. 2020 didn't end the way we wanted but I was thankful we had baseball at all and it was a **** of a run. Enjoy coming here and talking with you guys.

DOB had an interesting note on Tyler Matzek. He said Anthopolous did not include Matzek in the original pool for Summer Camp. Snitker looked it over and called AA saying Matzek looked good in Spring a

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8 minutes ago, K26dp said:

Bummed out at Jeremy Walker's release. Workhorse reliever, throws strikes, good dude. But I'm guessing the shoulder impingement issue that kept him out last season isn't working out well. 

He could always get brought back as a MiL FA if he doesn’t get claimed. Might have been a gamble that teams wouldn’t claim a guy with his potential injury issues. 

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50 minutes ago, ATL Fan in the DMV said:

I understand - we were never going to get someone with that kind of contract, but AA is going to have to do more if we are going to find ourselves trying to make a deep run with the way some of our competitors have stocked up.

If only they would open the wallets a little more.. 

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2 hours ago, ATL Fan in the DMV said:

While the Braves are scooping up "no names" and "never wases" to fill out our bench in hopes of competing with the likes of the Dodgers.

 

1 hour ago, ATL Fan in the DMV said:

I understand - we were never going to get someone with that kind of contract, but AA is going to have to do more if we are going to find ourselves trying to make a deep run with the way some of our competitors have stocked up.

As much as we want to lay this at AA's feet the issue is ownership. AA only has so much money to spend. The Dodgers have an unlimited amount of money to spend. The Dodgers TV deal is also massive compared to the Braves being stuck with one of the worst TV deals ever. The end result is a team that can have a $250M plus payroll versus one that can't.

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The Braves had steadily increased payroll every year at Truist. The pandemic really halted all of that. Having no fans and losses in revenue from The Battery really hurt because then Liberty pumped the brakes on spending. Unfortunately we dont have the type of TV deal a team like LA can get. Hopefully fans can return this year and next winter the payroll can jump back up. 

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On 2/14/2021 at 8:37 AM, Unknøwn said:

The Braves had steadily increased payroll every year at Truist. The pandemic really halted all of that. Having no fans and losses in revenue from The Battery really hurt because then Liberty pumped the brakes on spending. Unfortunately we dont have the type of TV deal a team like LA can get. Hopefully fans can return this year and next winter the payroll can jump back up. 

Agreed. At this point we should be thrilled we even were able to bring Ozuna back with a lengthy Freeman extension almost certainly coming soon.

My big ? is what do we do for bullpen, do we bring back Greene and/or Melancon. I certainly hope we do. Gambling that Carl Edwards returns to Cubs form when he was a pretty good setup guy seems very risky especially since Greene really rounded into form last year and Melancon was dominant as well.

Still shocked we re-signed Luke and didn't put that towards one of the above guys.

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5 minutes ago, ATLFalcon36 said:

Agreed. At this point we should be thrilled we even were able to bring Ozuna back with a lengthy Freeman extension almost certainly coming soon.

My big ? is what do we do for bullpen, do we bring back Greene and/or Melancon. I certainly hope we do. Gambling that Carl Edwards returns to Cubs form when he was a pretty good setup guy seems very risky especially since Greene really rounded into form last year and Melancon was dominant as well.

Still shocked we re-signed Luke and didn't put that towards one of the above guys.

Melancon signed with the Padres, so he is off the table. Regarding Jackson, he was just tendered a contract. They can cut him during Spring Training for little-to-no cost if he isn’t performing. 

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1 hour ago, ATLBrave said:

Melancon signed with the Padres, so he is off the table. Regarding Jackson, he was just tendered a contract. They can cut him during Spring Training for little-to-no cost if he isn’t performing. 

Dang I totally missed that. Who the heck is our closer now? Martin?

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1 hour ago, ATLFalcon36 said:

Agreed. At this point we should be thrilled we even were able to bring Ozuna back with a lengthy Freeman extension almost certainly coming soon.

My big ? is what do we do for bullpen, do we bring back Greene and/or Melancon. I certainly hope we do. Gambling that Carl Edwards returns to Cubs form when he was a pretty good setup guy seems very risky especially since Greene really rounded into form last year and Melancon was dominant as well.

Still shocked we re-signed Luke and didn't put that towards one of the above guys.

The Braves still have some good options in the bullpen. Smith and Minter both have closer experience and Martin is a veteran who's been around and been very good for the Braves. Jacob Webb has done nothing but impress and he'll be given a chance to move into a more prominent role. We picked up Victor Arano from the Phillies and I still can't believe they cut him loose. This is a kid that in parts of 3 MLB seasons turned in a 2.65 ERA, 3.20 FIP, and a 1.138 WHIP in 74 2/3 IP.  In other words, he's been really really good and only just now turned 26 years old. Tyler Matzek is still down there too. Ynoa could be a good bullpen option too. I'd like to bring in another veteran arm like Greene or someone but we've got some good arms down there and we've taken a couple of fliers on guys like Carl Edwards Jr. and Nate Jones in hopes they can return to form. If they do then I'm not worried about the bullpen. I'm worried about the bench. Braves are 1 injury away from complete disaster offensively.

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1 minute ago, Unknøwn said:

Jason Kipnis announced hes signed with Atlanta.

Early in his career with the Indians he was a really good hitter but I have no idea what happened to him in recent years. But he's a veteran with playoff experience and has infield/outfield experience. I wanted Dietrich but I can live with Kipnis.

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