MLB GM and Owners Meetings: Live Blog Day 1

Dec 5, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez answers questions from the media during the Major League Baseball winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

As our own Jeff Schafer noted recently, the MLB Owners and GM’s are meeting today through Wednesday, and this is really the first important event that kicks off what we refer to as the “Hot Stove” season.  As Jeff noted in his article, we don’t always see much movement, or anything really monumental in the November meetings, as most of the big moves you see are typically done in the meetings next month.  That said, there’s always the possibility that we could see moves made by the Braves earlier than expected.

Not related to the Hot Stove season, our own Josh Barnhill reported this morning about the Braves’ plans to build a brand new stadium for the beginning of the 2017 season.  That news, while not Hot Stove related, is generating a ton of buzz around Braves’ Country.  Perhaps the GM and Owners meetings in the next few days will generate even more buzz among fans as we await what the organization might do.

As you know, the Braves have needs for starting pitching, second base, and relief pitching, and so it could be a very HOT stove indeed before next year begins.

LIVE BLOG

Join us for our Hot Stove Live Blogs in the next three days.  As you know, we all have “day jobs”, but we’re going to try and man our live blogs as often as we can.  As news breaks, if any, we’ll report it, and you can join us in our live blog to share your comments, thoughts, rants, and raves!  Just scroll down to our comments section, and let us know what you think.

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  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Here, keeping my eyes and ears open, and hopeful for some breaking news that generates as much buzz as the new stadium! :)

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      That will require some considerable effort. Over the last year I’d heard of 2 major projects intended to save the current stadium: an entertainment district over the old Fulton County stadium space, plus a Mag-Lev train line from Ga State station to the stadium. The Braves were to be tied in (financially) with both,

      Gussing both of those projects are now dead.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Yeah, seems this is a foregone conclusion with the media work they’ve been building released today. I love it though.

        • Benjamin Chase

          Sounds like Atlanta won’t likely fight due to poor public good will based on the money required for the new Falcons stadium.

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Cobb saw an opportunity for new revenue… and for a ‘steal’ from their neighbors. It’s a big commitment, but in this particular case, it might actually work for them.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Not Braves-related, but Minnesota Twins announced today that Joe Mauer will move to first base in 2014. That could be a very intriguing for the catching market and also for fantasy players.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yes, and I kind of expected this with Joe. It’s not uncommon for these kind of moves for catchers, and I expect that BMac, wherever he goes, won’t be catching daily anymore. Just my .02. Little mini poll here: Where does BMac end up? 1). Texas 2). Boston 3). Nirvana

      • Benjamin Chase

        I could see BMac heading up a lineup with Dave Grohl, but most likely I’d say Boston. They didn’t give Salty a qualifying offer for a reason, and offensively, it’s really the main need they have after resigning Jacoby Ellsbury (though they could replace him with Jackie Bradley, Jr.).

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Yeah I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. I was just discussing and cussing about that very thing with my colleague here at work, and the move Boston made with Salty. Brian reportedly loves the city of Boston, although I have no idea why (yes, been there many times), and I think Brian ends up wearing different colored sox.

          • Benjamin Chase

            I think one HUGE reason is David Ross. He and Mac were very good friends. There are even rumors that the BoSox may be pursuing Hudson for their rotation (with 6 starters already?) because of an in with Ross as well. Would have been nice to keep that guy!!

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Boston: the new Kansas City?

          • Benjamin Chase

            But taking good Braves, not the Frenchies, Davies, and such.

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            Yeah, and as you mentioned Ben… his friendship with David, his trips to Boston (wifey probably likes it too), and in his “twilight years” of baseball, perhaps a better chance of being on a series winning team… you do the math. Salty might make it interesting, but while I’ve leaned more toward the Rangers for months, I can more and more see Boston as Bmac’s destination.

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            There was Smoltz… when he was already effectively done.

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        I agree with 1 and 2. If Salty wants Boston, he needs to sign soon. It might work into hi$ favor, though, to wait for Brian, and let the remaining suitors bid on _him_.

      • fireboss

        I commented on a Boston Blog that after Farrell showed a complete lack of trust in Salty following that bad throw BMac became a priority for them. With Ross there and the real possibility of another World Series ending in a ring on a team with a more balanced lineup than either the Braves or the Rangers BMac has to have moved them up the list.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Tim Hudson – where does he go, and for what contract? It sounds like the market for Huddy is heating up, with some recent estimates that Hudson could be seeing a 3/35 deal! I think that’s remarkable, frankly. I’d be all over him as a $7-8M base player for one season in Atlanta, but we may have to be used to seeing Hudson in another uniform.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Crazy numbers. Atlanta might be convinced to go to 2x$9m… I can’t imagine anything higher.

      Other possible destinations? KC, Clev, Bos, NY (both), and SF. Washington could be possible if they lose out on other options, Detroit if they lose 1 or more starters. Milwaukee is a dark horse.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      I could see Tim taking a cut to stay in Atlanta, but that remains to be seen. Not sure he’s worth 12 mil per over 3, and with such deep roots in the South, not sure he’s going anywhere. All that said, I don’t personally want him too. I think Tim still has some good pitching in him.

    • fireboss

      Well if Boston wants him he’ll join BMac and Ross. Not sure why they would need him though. They’ll have to dump Lackey or Dempster to fit him in and Lackey might be a good fit for us, his 2015 year is minimum salary thanks to his TJ. I’m not sure that the Red Sox want him however. I could see Cleveland giving him 2 @ 10 to stabilize their rotation but if Huddy leaves – short of being slighted by the Braves – it will be for a place where he thinks he can get a ring. Rangers as an outside shot, they could use him.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Another line of thinking to consider…while the Braves aren’t likely going to be able to do it, with the new TV money, do we start seeing what would be considered “crazy” money? Ervin Santana for 6/80, for instance.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      All I can say on that is, I doubt it, and I hope not.

    • fireboss

      There will be crazy money spent but not by the Braves I hope, we did that last year and in 2009

      • Benjamin Chase

        I guess my point being that we may be at a stepping point in salaries, moving to a leap forward that makes the new “common” what was once “ridiculous” a few years ago.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    So… Jason Heyward: the Braves are about to build a new stadium in your old back yard… you DO want to be here for that, right?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Imagine his jaw is tingling with anticipation.

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        No, that’s whenever he stands too close to a microwave these days.

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          He had rubber bands :)

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            (and two plates)

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Mark Bowman tweets, with characteristic confidence, knowing that you can always back peddle and say, “wow, imagine that” if predictions go awry, that Bmac will decline a QO today.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Fox 5-ATL Tweet: “New #Braves facility will not be #TurnerField. They’ll be looking for a new naming rights partner.”

    Revenue…. revenue…

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah, I commented on Josh’s post that I could see a sponsorship like so many other clubs do, Minute Maid, AT&T, Citi Bank, etc… and jokingly I said, “Waffle House Park”, but I do think it will be more of a commercial name. I would LOVE to see “Hank Aaron Park”, because guys, that name is timeless, but it don’t help pay the bills.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Call me nuts, but Publix is growing in leaps and bounds as a grocery market, and they are headquartered in Atlanta. Publix Park?

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Just a handful of Fortune 500s out of Atlanta

          Home Depot
          United Parcel Service
          Coca-Cola
          Delta Air Lines
          Aflac
          Southern Company

          • Benjamin Chase

            I’d like to see Hank Aaron Park or something of that variety, but what about Hank Aaron Park brought to you by Coca Cola or something of that variety for naming rights?

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            If I’m a betting man, and it’s one of those above, I’d have to bet on “Delta Airlines park” or something like. They already fly the Braves in and out, and have a long-standing relationship with the club. It makes sense. I don’t like the name, but it’s the direction most ball parks are going in these days.

          • fireboss

            Aflac a dark horse there, they already have the Aflac All American game this would give them a bigger venue

          • Benjamin Chase

            And we could have a duck roaming the park LOL

          • fireboss

            Maybe I could get the company suite … or not they have no idea who I am thank goodness

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            5th inning fowl races? Might delay the game…

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    In the immortal words of Bill Murray…. “… and then, depression sat in”. It’s gone stone, cold, quiet.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Per Mark Bradley, McCann has declined his QO.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      I’m waiting to see a tweet from DB or MB on this. No dis to MB.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Angels have signed Wade LeBlanc after signing Chris Volstad last offseason. They are simply looking for any arm that might click at this point.

    • fireboss

      Wow, uh grasping at straws in LA. Horribly big contracts for old and declining stars strike again

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Wondering what kind of lease the Braves club will be into for the new digs? Would expect it would have to be long enough (20-30 yrs) to help Cobb recoup their investment.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah I would assume at least a 20 year, and hopefully the Braves were able, and wise enough to do that instead of a 30.

  • Benjamin Chase

    This bit from Jerry Crasnick’s interview with 21 GM’s:

    -Seventeen of the 21 participants in the survey say David Price will get traded this winter. Where will he land? The Rangers got nine votes and the Dodgers got four nods with one vote each for the Nationals, Cardinals, Angels, and Astros.

    Note none of the GMs interviewed mentioned the Braves. Wren secrecy or are fans pining for this move more than the Braves actually are?

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Deep farm systems get the votes – Atlanta would have to deal from the major league (pitching) roster to get close… and I do think they could do so… but other teams could offer bigger impact prospects, yes.

      So while I clearly think Atlanta should pursue this strongly, I rate a Price trade as a 10-15% longshot.

      Meanwhile, Jon Heyward just reported that the Tigers are open to trading either Porcello or Scherzer. Porcello is more gettable. He has not blossomed yet (way too many runners allowed), but I do think an NL transition would help him a lot. As for Atlanta, though, I would pass: he’s not worth pursuing since we already have a fistful of guys who are at least as good.

      • Benjamin Chase

        My AL Central piece addresses the Scherzer trade option as well.

    • fireboss

      he makes no sense in St Louis and LA has said it will not empty its farm system. The Astros couldn’t win with him and trading for him while fun would make no sense. Not sure the Nationals want to do that either and with Strasburg, Zimmermann, and Gonzales there it seems like overkill at the expense of the future. No one thinks the Braves will go for anything big after the Teixeira thing that’s why they were left out. Rangers have the minor league system to get him and they need him. The DBacks do as well and they need to counter the Dodgers moves. The Blue Jays need him but whether the Rays would trade in division is a question. I suppose the Mariners could get him but it would take most of their future too.

      The answer therefore is, who is most willing to go for it today? That seems to leave Wren out.

  • Jeff Schafer

    So boys…any major news?

    • Benjamin Chase

      -Tigers seemingly hot on Joe Nathan
      -None of the 13 free agents accepted qualifying offers
      -Houston is interested in Shin-Soo Choo with a protected first-round pick this offseason
      -Minnesota is pursuing Jarrod Saltalamacchia after announcing Joe Mauer’s move to 1B earlier in the day
      -Rangers and Cardinals may make the biggest splash with Profar/Andrus and Shelby Miller/Oscar Taveras being the names rumored about
      -You may have heard this one: the Braves are looking into a new stadium

      • Jeff Schafer

        Wonder if Minnesota joined the McCann party today?

        • fireboss

          Nah too expensive for them and not likely to win a ring. Salty maybe or a return for A.J. but not Mac

          • Jeff Schafer

            Very good…how well do you think Wren’s legs are holding up after all the running around talking Dan Uggla today? Think he will last another two days?

          • Benjamin Chase

            If he finds a taker, any soreness is worth it!

          • fireboss

            by Wednesday his knees will be sore from begging

        • Benjamin Chase

          As Fred said, not likely to win a ring. They do have a significant amount of money to spend when they think they’re ready to win, though. I’d see Salty or Pierzynski as most likely targets for them.

  • fireboss

    Posting system’s officially expired but they hope to have a new one soon. Of course the Braves don’t care but Yanks Dodgers Giants Rangers do