Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) throws to first base during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

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Atlanta Braves Player Profile: Andrelton Simmons

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As the Atlanta Braves get ready to begin Spring Training within the next 30 days, they realize they’re a team that could possibly go under the radar for most of this season. The reason for that is they don’t have any true “superstar” players. They have Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton, but they don’t have a player that stands out as a true MVP candidate. However, they have a solid core that has the ability to make a deep postseason run. Over the next nine weeks I will look at each projected starting player and give a profile on what you can expect out of each of them.

The first player that I’m looking at is one of my favorite players in the league: Andrelton Simmons. It’s hard to define a player like Simmons because he takes on different roles for each game that he plays. In 2013, he proved that he can be a durable, everyday option for the Braves at shortstop.



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MLB Trade Rumors

  • There is now only a “slim chance” that southpaw reliever Eric O’Flaherty will return to the Bravesreports Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The issue, Bowman indicates, is that Atlanta is not as interested in working O’Flaherty into their plans as other clubs. Specifically, Bowman names the Orioles as a contender for the lefty.



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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Regarding O’Flaherty (and Gavin Floyd/Jonny Venters): I have had concerns about all three of these guys in light of them coming off of TJ surgery (and even more than just that, in the case of Floyd). That’s a ton of risk to put into the pitching staff, especially when Fredi (quoted yesterday) is talking about an average offense being okay when the pitching carries the team.

    EOF is the ‘odd man out’ this year. Obviously, he wants a multi-year deal, but that’s a problem – especially given his realities: injured and already fairly expensive as a middle reliever ($4.32m in 2013). He’s only abot a half-year guy in 2014, so maybe $2m is right, but he’ll want 5-6m for 2015, and that’s just not in the Braves’ budget… which he should know. Love his stuff, but unless Atlanta wants to permanently bump their payroll to $120-125m (cue the ‘sound of dead horse being beaten’), guys at the end of their arb window are going to be knocking on other-peoples’ doors.

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

      I’m finishing up a piece to post tonight, where I toy with the idea what Gus Schlosser might be called upon in a strong middle to late relief role. He’s been a relieve and a starter, and the side-armer has been effective in both roles. We shall see. He did get a spring invite. I’ll post this evening after all the arbitration stuff cools down.

  • fireboss

    MLB Instant replay is a camel. A horse designed by a committee Too complex by a factor of 10

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

      Agreed. I’ve never really had a problem with instant replay in theory. Most sports have it, and if it helps to ensure a more fair outcome, so much the better. You are completely correct though – they could have simplified this immensely! There are still gaping holes in the process as it has been described, and it will be interesting (or laughable) to see how it unfolds in games this next season.

      • fireboss

        Follow the money. The right answer would be a video room at each ballpark with 2 umpire watching every play and an IFB in each field umpires ear. The upstairs umps would review

        every close play and if the manager popped out to argue before got to the umpire on the field the answer would be in the umps ear. if he continued to argue he’s gone. It really is that simple. BUT, it would cost MLB 30 umps at 100K a year + to do that. And that plain and simple is why we have a camel instead of a thoroughbred.