Trading Mike Minor isn’t a good idea

Sep 21, 2010; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor (56) delivers to the plate in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

I guess after Mike Minor made some comments about being traded it’s only natural that Ben Nicholson-Smith would write about him being a trade candidate on MLB Trade Rumors. I am here to tell you that this is a lie. Mike Minor is not going to be traded this season.

What evidence do I have? Here you go:

Tim Hudson 215 innings (coming off of back surgery)
Tommy Hanson 130 innings (shoulder injury put him out last year, and a revamped delivery)
Jair Jurrjens 152 innings (knee injury put him out last year, injury prone throughout career)
Brandon Beachy 141 innings (missed some time with an oblique injury)

Ben says this in his article:

Minor’s arguably someone who could help a big league team win now by providing steady innings at the back of a rotation. Contenders such as the Red Sox, Tigers and Angels have competition in their rotations entering Spring Training and could have interest.

Sure those teams could use some steady innings but the Braves could as well. We have depth sure, but we also have a rotation filled with guys coming off of injuries. We can’t just assume that they are all going to come back 100% and we definitely can’t assume that Delgado or Teheran could handle a full season in the rotation yet. Right now Minor is being counted on to throw the most innings out of all of our starting pitchers.

To Ben’s credit he does say that “There’s no reason to believe GM Frank Wren intends to pat with Minor…”

I would still prefer to trade JJ after he has thrown some solid games then trade away any of our young pitching. Money is going to be getting tighter for the Braves over the next few years and those young arms are going to be extremely valuable to us.

If Mike Minor get’s traded it will either be because someone offers an absolutely ridiculous package for him, or because he starts to cause too much trouble in the clubhouse with his trade talk.

Both of these are extremely unluckily and I would still go out and buy that Minor jersey if I were you.

Franklin Rabon has a post up on Capitol Avenue Club that addresses this situation as well, but he talks more about what exactly Minor says more. If you want to read more into this whole situation be sure to check it out.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Mike Minor, Trade Rumors

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  • BCinAlabama

    I agree,I read what Minor said and it did not bother me.Fans read snippets and started freak out mode.I sometimes think Braves fans want to win but they don’t want anyone confident and aggressive.I hate the “corporate”Braves, being professional is great, being a  robot is not.
    Minor as stated is not going anywhere, he is under team control and if you remember last year he had some pretty darn good starts. I am saying I see Minor winning between 12 to 16 games.Unless the Braves get a knockout deal, he stays. Braves fans grow a thicker skin, or better yet read what a man says instead of do not just zone in on keywords.

  • Big Bad Bob

    BCinAlabama:
    It isn’t so much what Minor said that is troubling, it is the matter of him making it public. Everyone deals with frustrations, anxieties and personal problems. Does everyone go public with them?
    In a profession such as baseball, there is an unwritten rule that states that one should keep ball club business within the ball club. The ones that break this unwritten rule are often labeled “trouble makers”. “Trouble makers” usually get a warning (from other players or management depending on the comments) and if the behavior is repeated, the “troble maker” is traded. Pretty soon the “attitude problem” label gets applied and, unless that player is one of the best at his profession (see, for example, Manny Ramirez), he is usually forced from baseball because no one wants him.
    That being said, his comments weren’t troubling. The fact that he expressed his feelings to a reporter is. Simple comments, regardless of the truth, or lack thereof, can cause problems. The baseball blogosphere has exploded with Mike Minor stories. Why? It’s simple…he broke the unwritten rule and that made it newsworthy.
    Mike Minor should address his problems, such as they are, with his employer, not the news media.

  • http://www.sabbump.org/ clearwall

    I totally agreed with what he said and sympathized. However, it’s just not a good thing to say with a beat writer taking notes. Im with you, I’d rather see how JJ performs for a few months and pick up some big time bat and give his slot to Beachy and slide Minor into Beachy’s role. I think you forgot to consider the Medlen factor, as well, though. If we did trade Minor for whatever reason, I’m not too worried about the injury factor because on top of Delgado/Teheran, we also have Medlen. Maybe you re-think what Vizcaino can do too?

  • BCinAlabama

    I just kinda look at it like this.Should he maybe have said it differently, sure, but since that article he has backtracked(so you know his agent probably told him as much).He is 25 or will be.Who among us hasn’t said something we should not have at one time or another? I sure have, and will again! LOL. I will give him a mulligan.The Braves need him focused on being a strong part of the rotation and not on this.I hope Braves fans support him as they should and let’s move on.I have not heard anyone on the team get their feathers ruffled.-BC(BcsRanting-Twitter

  • aryanspecial

    Well my first thought on this is that even though Minor has plenty of potential and proved he can get the job done last season, who is he to even speak out and demand such things? Is he that afraid of the competition lurking behind him? Shut up and pitch. If you deserve the spot in the rotation, you will earn it. He has the edge, he showed what he can do last season. He also brings the only southpaw to the rotation. That talk was unnecessary and should be a yellow light in my opinion.
    I hope he is poised to be the inning eater of the rotation. He didn’t show much maturity with that statement. Pitch big Mike, prove yourself right.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    I can understand why Minor said what he said, but that doesn’t mean we should have. Everyone makes mistakes and I’m sure a young guy like him isn’t exempt from that. This is the first ‘problem’ we have ever had with him so there is no need to sharpen the pitchforks. I highly doubt we will hear anything else like this from him though. Management probably (hopefully) set him straight immediately. If not Huddy/Chipper probably did.

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