Sep 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) puts his arm around catcher Brian McCann (16) in the dugout during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. The Braves won 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves' News 10/27

Morning Chop: A Summary of Atlanta Braves’ News

Editorial Note:  Not a great deal of news around the Braves’ universe this weekend, but there are a few items that might make for interesting, and sometimes comical reading.  Enjoy!

Braves can’t keep making big-money errors

When I suggest – as in today’s print column, available – that re-signing Brian McCann would be a poor investment, I mean only financially. He’s a catcher who’ll turn 30 in February and who hasn’t, due to injury, been himself since the summer of 2011. At a time when the Braves still owe Dan Uggla $26 million and B.J. Upton $60 million, a team trying to operate on a mid-level budget cannot afford another big-ticket whiff.

Because there’s so much money at play in free agency, baseball teams need to consider financial reality above emotional truths. Landing Albert Pujols seemed a major coup for the Angels, but in two years with him they haven’t yet made the playoffs with him, and this season he played only 99 games. He’ll turn 34 in January, and he’s under contract through 2021. He’s still owed $212 million by Anaheim. By way of contrast, the Oakland A’s have won consecutive American League West titles with total payrolls of $113 million.

Yes, some teams can outspend their mistakes. Josh Beckett worked 43 1/3 innings and was 0-5 for the Dodgers and made $15.75 million, but L.A. still won the National League West.




Do San Francisco Giants have interest in Brian McCann?

Outside of the St. Louis Cardinals, no team needs less help behind the dish than theSan Francisco Giants who have 2012 National League MVP Buster Posey as their backstop.

So showing interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann seems illogical, right? Well, not according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports who suggests that the Giants may have interest in McCann:

A person with Giants connections said that, ultimately, it may depend on how much playing time McCann seeks. He hit 20 home runs with 57 RBI and a .256 batting average this past year, the seventh time in eight seasons he hit 20 home runs.

I’m not really sure where Heyman is going with this. Sure, the Giants may eventually move Posey to first base, but Brandon Belt seems to have that locked down after a fantastic second half. Could the Giants trade Belt for pitching help? Maybe even shift him to the outfield? Sure, but paying McCann and Posey contracts over $100 million (or at least near that in McCann’s case) is extremely unlikely.



Marlin Maniac

Marlins Way: Should Miami Trade For Dan Uggla?

Miami Marlins beat reporter Joe Frisaro fielded a question from a Marlins’ fan yesterday that asked why Miami shouldn’t trade for Dan Uggla. The reasoning was that Miami needs a power bat, they can move Solano over to 3rd base until Colin Moran is ready and they could get him relatively cheap. Frisaro seemed to believe that this wouldn’t be a bad move. That maybe a change of scenery would be helpful for Uggla.


Uggla, or as I like to call him,”the master of the 8th inning solo home run when your up by 7 runs” (I know, it’s a long name). Is not someone who you want mentoring your young guys. He has virtually no plate discipline, He swings for the fences every time, and he is not good defensively. Look, there was a reason that he was left off the Braves postseason roster. In big moments during games, all that is needed to get him out is elevate a mediocre fastball and he has no chance. This is the worst kept secret in baseball. If we brought him back, I would be ashamed.



Via Pro Sports Daily

Big names — including McCann, Beltran and Choo — on Yankee menu

Lots of big names — including Carlos Beltran Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka Brian McCann and even Shin-Soo Choo — were discussed at the Yankees organizational meetings over the past couple days.

The names of Beltran Tanaka and McCann have been connected to the Yankees before but Choo is a fairly new one.

The Yankes are one of the teams committed to new stats and they are admirers of Choo’s on-base ability. In his first year batting leadoff for the Reds he had a .423 on-base percentage good for second best in the National League to teammate Joey Votto.

Multiple sources say the Yankees do like Choo very much. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined comment abut Choo specifically but noted that outfield isn’t their top priority for a team that has many needs. The Yankees have quite the puzzle as a team that had a $230-million payroll but has several big salaries coming off the books and a stated desire to get below $189 million on the payroll. – See more at:

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  • Matthew Jones

    If the Yankees were not so concerned about the luxury tax (which they well should be), then I’d say that’s the landing spot for McCann. It may still be depending on what they end up doing with the contracts coming off the books after this season.

    Also, per Heyman and the Giants, I don’t think that makes a lick of sense. Why move Posey, perhaps the OTHER great hitting catcher in the NL, or move Belt, an up and coming 1B? Plus, as has been beaten to death, McCann could DH in the AL, which he couldn’t do with any NL team at this time.

    • Chris Headrick

      Well, that’s Heyman for ya. Even if there is any truth to that “rumor”, it doesn’t really make sense, and I don’t think we’ll ever see that. I also don’t think we’ll see Bmac in NY. I’m like Fred, and think Texas is still the most logical destination for Brian. No one really knows, and only time will tell.

      • Matthew Jones

        Agreed. Yankees need a catcher, but they’re not going to break the bank this year. Stinks for BMac because they’re the ones that would have likely given him the 6 yr/$100m any other time, I think.

        Also, just to stir the pot for everyone, what do you think about crazy ole uncle Bud Selig saying he’d never say never to the DH in the NL? I think we should have an article on it tomorrow or next day.

        • fireboss

          i have a post in the works, actually an update on one I did in 2011 then skipped last year for some reason, on where Bud’s going with MLB and in retrospect it’s fairly easy to see the plan. I will wait until after WS though. If you’re interested or bored here’s the last update and it links to the earlier one as I recall.

          • Chris Headrick

            I started writing a lengthy article on the DH awhile back, and got side-tracked, so I put it on hold. Glad to know you’re working on one Fred. The point of my article was simple, and complex at the same time. In short, whether we like it or not, the DH is eventually coming to all of baseball. The number of teams, interleague play, and the forces of money, player contracts, and economics are the driving forces behind it, and really it’s just a matter of time. I always believed we wouldn’t see it at all until Selig retires, but he may want to have another “legacy” he touts as “his” before he retires.

  • Ashley Harris

    Do you think that the Braves will make a qualifying offer to BMac in order to pick up a compensatory draft pick?

    • Chris Headrick

      Almost a certainty.

    • fireboss

      Absolutely, They’d be foolish not to just as he’d be foolish to take it as he’ll get at least 5 at $80M on the market

    • carpengui

      Yes. No doubt.

  • Dwight Billingsly

    i’m a long-time braves fan (thanx to tbs, of course) in st louis who’s attended games at a/fc stadium and turner field. watched the falcons effort to get a new stadium and have tried with no success to get feedback from ajc columnists, atlanta eco devo people, etc. re this question: mike plant braves biz mgr said if the braves were building a stadium today it would not be where turner is (let’s hope not!) but i have a question i hope some of you will help me with that no one else has: where are the two or three best locations for a new braves stadium? i look forward to your responses!