Before the weekend gets started, there are a couple of things of interest that have been popping up today. Call it an ‘Afternoon Chop’… your warm embrace to start the month of November.
Phillies Have Aces, Looking for Blackjack
We saw info about this earlier today from Chris, but the rumor is getting a little warmer this afternoon:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 1, 2013
You might have wondered – and rightly so – why Roger might even considering taking the same position at another club – much less a rival. Well, if you work at UPS and then FedEx came along to offer you triple your current salary… need I say more?
Yearning to be Reed
Normally, baseball front offices don’t do a lot of work – and by that I mean “not many transactions are announced” on weekends. But since the World Series ended on a Wednesday, that could change this week. Teams have until Monday night to have exclusive negotiation rights with their own free agents, and also have until then to announce option renewals. The Braves have exactly one contract option decision to make: it’s for Reed Johnson‘s $1.6 deal signed before the 2013 season. I had opined earlier this week my belief that they would decline the option and set Reed free – reducing the official Johnson Roster Count to 2 (Chris and Elliott are both arbitration eligible, and thus still under team control). But now there’s this:
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) November 1, 2013
Now the reason I speculated that Reed would be cut loose is because Joey Terdoslavich is on the roster – a switch hitter who can play all of the same positions that Reed does… and he’s not about to become 37 years old. Oh, and he’s a lot cheaper. Maybe this is one of those ‘Veteran Presents’ things.
Decision is not Yet in the Can?
I’m just gonna start this one with the relevant quote (from sportsnet.ca, via MLBTR)
Brian McCann hasn’t ruled out a return to the Braves, despite the fact that most pundits are projecting him to sign with an American League team on a contract that’s far too expensive for Atlanta’s liking. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes profiled McCann in September and predicted a five-year, $80MM deal.
Okay, now this would completely shock me. The Braves can negotiate with him until Monday night – as I indicated above – but… wow, this would be something that would have the potential to completely change the fabric of this off-season-to-come. I still don’t expect McCann to be in a Braves’ uniform come February, but I’m nonetheless reporting what we’re hearing.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 1, 2013
Buchter is 26 – will be 27 in February – and spent 2013 at AAA Gwinnett, posting a 2.76 ERA in 62 innings of relief (51 games, 5 saves). Of special note was his strikeout rate: almost 15 K per 9 innings… very Kimbrel-like. Unfortunately, he also tended to be wild: 7.4 walks per 9 innings. He was acquired in 2011 by Atlanta in a trade with the Cubs for Rodrigo Lopez.
Wirfin Obispo is 29 years old and just completed his first year in the Braves organization – being signed by the Braves as a minor league free agent from the Reds a year ago. At Gwinnett, he had a 3.53 ERA in 54 relief appearance totaling 63.2 innings. He struck out twice as many (9.9 per 9) as he walked (4.95 per 9) and had 9 saves.
Both players are now protected from December’s Rule 5 draft.