October 2, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) throws batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Braves’ Fredi Gonzalez Speaks


It’s been awhile since we heard from Atlanta Braves’ manager, Fredi Gonzalez, but you’ll have the opportunity to hear his thoughts today on 680 The Fan, during the weekly Clubhouse Report. The official Braves’ Twitter account reported as much with a tweet not long ago..

If you’re a Braves’ fan, then you are well aware of the two of the most recent big pieces of news to come from the Atlanta Braves’ Hot Stove season – the first was the qualifying offer the Braves made to Brian McCann, which he rejected to become a free agent, and more recently Tim Hudson‘s free agency.  It remains to be seen whether any other big moves (or mistakes as some feel) will be made, but perhaps Fredi will have some thoughts on the moves that have been made so far.

We never know what acquisitions or losses are on the horizon, but the Braves’ have been fairly up-front expressing their desire to acquire an ace for the rotation, and are reportedly hoping to rid themselves, somehow, of Dan Uggla.  Neither of those hopes will come easy, and certainly not without significant money spent.  My hope is that Fredi will have some thoughts on the loss of McCann and Hudson, and offer some thoughts on his feelings about who might replace them.  No, I’m not living in dreamland.  I realize Fredi rarely says much, and what he does say is probably filtered through a Wren prism.

At the very least, perhaps we’ll hear Fredi’s thoughts on the planned move to Cobb County in 2017.  Fredi might not even be the Braves’ manager at that point, and certainly the Braves will probably not look at all like the club we know today, but still it will be interesting to hear what Fredi Gonzalez thinks about it.

If you have some spare time, tune in today on 680 The Fan, (93.7 FM)  2:30 pm EST, and give a listen as Fredi speaks!  If he says anything of note, we’ll certainly let you know about it.  While I’m thinking about it, if you’re not familiar with the weekly Braves’ Clubhouse Report on 680 The Fan, you can listen to previous reports on their website, or by clicking HERE.  Go Braves!

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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    My prediction: Uggla stays for 2014… at least for some of 2014. Scenarios:

    1. He’s much better than in 2013 (~.240+) and La Stella plays very well at AAA. Then Uggla is traded in July; TLS called up.
    2. He’s much better than in 2013 (~.240+) regardless of TLS performance. Uggla kept for whole season; traded 1 year from now.
    3. He’s a little better (.210-.240) and TLS plays well at AAA. TLS called up in July; they platoon the rest of the year; Uggla released in Nov 2014.
    4. He’s a little better (.210-.240) and TLS is mediocre. TLS called up in September. Uggla released in Nov 2014.
    5. He’s still horrible through May (< .200) and TLS plays well at AAA. Uggla released in June; TLS called up.
    6. He's still horrible through May (< .200) and TLS is mediocre. Uggla benched in July as we trade for another 2nd baseman. Released in November.

    Of course, there's variations on those theme depending on the competitiveness of the team. These theories are based around (1) the assumption that they will be trying anything to NOT throw away $16-20 million by paying Uggla to play elsewhere… and (2) the expected eternal optimism that infects everyone at this time of year by making us think 'he can't possibly be that bad AGAIN, can he?'.

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

      Yeah I’ve went on record with the same… that Uggla stays. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a platoon situation early if La Stella makes the club, so the club can gauge who’s the better choice. Pure speculation, but I could see that happening. Of course that means some other moves on the current roster, but in short – I doubt they rid themselves of Dan this off-season.

    • Joseph Fain

      I agree that Uggla probably stays unless the braves can get someone to pick up >$10M of his remaining contract without giving prospects. Saving $10M would be worth it as the Braves could use it for ARB raises / extensions. His contract has to be seen as a sunk cost at this point.

      My questions would be: How does Uggla respond to being platooned with La Stella early in the season? I bet he pouts like a petulant child like he did when he got benched late this past season. He obviously thinks he is still a big star and has a very over inflated sense of entitlement regardless of how shitty he plays.

      • Joseph Fain

        And BTW, I don’t expect Uggla to be any better next year.