Braves at Winter Meetings - Live Thread (Day 4/Wrap)

Once more into the breech!

Already this morning, we’ve had some news:

  • The Rule 5 Draft has concluded.  Braves lose two minor league pitchers (Michael Lee and Blaine Sims) in the minor league portion of the draft.  Lee goes to the DBacks system; knuckleballer Sims [don't call me Lucas] goes to Houston.  Neither is a major loss; Lee probably more so, though he’s also 27 years old and had just touched AAA late last season.
  • The Cubs and Marlins have swapped outfielders:  Justin Ruggiano and Brian Bogusevic.
  • Michael Morse has signed with San Francisco (from Seattle/Baltimore in 2013)
  • LA Angels:  picked up LH relief pitcher Brian Moran from Toronto in exchange for…. wait for it… an international draft bonus slot.  Wow, that’s underwhelming.  But apparently it’s a $244,000 slot, so I guess that’s good for Toronto… especially since the Blue Jays only had him for… what, about 2 minutes?  They drafted him in the Rule 5 draft.  Sounds like another shrewd Alex Anthopolous move to me.

Meanwhile, Atlanta….

  • Has signed Jordan Walden for 2014, essentially exactly on his arbitration figure estimate of $1.49 million.
  • Eight others still remain for arbitration:  Kimbrel, Heyward, Freeman, Medlen, Minor, Beachy, Chris Johnson (the only Johnson left) and Schafer.  We do still have two Jordans, though.

Here’s the Quote of the Week… confirming my fears:

It was the afternoon of the next-to-last day of baseball’s four-day Winter Meetings, and Braves general manager Frank Wren was asked if anything had surprised him about this year’s event.

There’s still a little sticker shock, at what guys are getting,” he said Wednesday.  (from DOB’s post)

I suppose there’s a point at which you have to admit this… Scott Feldman and a 41-year-old Bartolo Colon both getting multi-year contracts of $10 million per year is that point for me.


I don’t expect a lot of news today, but we’re still waiting to hear Eric O’Flaherty‘s decision on a contract… with somebody.  The Braves had made an offer, but I can guess that it certainly wasn’t an overwhelming one since he hasn’t signed it yet.

In any case, come one, come all:  this is the thread to get it all off your chest!




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