Tag:Garret Anderson
Posted on: May 22, 2009 9:15 pm

What To Do With The Braves Outfield?

In his blog over at MLB.com, Mark Bowman lays out the offensive woes of the Atlanta outfield, and in the comments section, Bowman even ponders the potential release of Jeff Francoeur:

"When I look at myself in the mirror, I'd have to say that my fault is that I've given Francoeur a break for far too long. There's no doubt that the leniency stems from the fact that he's a great guy. But at the end of the day we all have a job to do. My job is to relay information to the public and thus, I've written two entries this week preparing you for the possibility that Frenchy's days in Atlanta might be numbered. It will be very difficult for the Braves to trade him. As for a return to the Minors, I don't know if that would help anybody. Thus, you can't ignore the possibility that if things don't improve soon there's a definite possibility that they could release him."

Here's some of the unfortunate "highlights" of the Braves' struggles, if you can call them that:

  • In 12 games since being activated from the DL, Garret Anderson is hitting .283/.321/.326 with just one extra base hit - a double. All this comes along with limited range in the outfield.
  • In 66 May at-bats, Francoeur is hitting .197/.214/.273.
  • For his career, Francoeur has averaged 630 ABs per season. Over his last 631 ABs, dating back to May 6, 2009, Francoeur is hitting .235/.287/.341 with 11 HR. Over that time, among players with 500 ABs, only Michael Bourn, Chone Figgins, Bobby Crosby, Willy Taveras, and Jason Kendall have lower slugging percentages, and only Chris Young of Arizona has a lower OBP. Ouch.
  • Rookie Jordan Schafer's .660 OPS is the highest of any of the three Braves outfielders mentioned thus far.

So what's Frank Wren to do? He's clearly in need of immediate upgrades in the outfield, and Atlanta would seem to have the pitching to spare. Let's hear some suggestions from the MLBTR world: How can Wren save this situation?

Posted on: April 25, 2009 2:02 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2009 3:05 pm

Odds And Ends: Sanchez, Strasburg, Big Unit

Links for Saturday...

Posted on: March 6, 2009 9:42 am

Rosenthal On Manny, Anderson, Kasten

The latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...

  • Rosenthal wonders if Manny Ramirez could get a multiyear deal following a big/well-behaved '09, in the vein of other Boras clients such as Kevin Millwood and Kyle Lohse (Ivan Rodriguez, too).  Of course, Manny is a lot older than those guys were.
  • Rather than money, Garret Anderson wants the 632 hits he needs to reach 3,000.  If he gets there, he'll make for some interesting Hall of Fame debates.
  • Rosenthal spoke to an executive who knows Stan Kasten.  This exec expects Kasten to surprise with his GM choice, and doesn't see him hiring a "young up-and-comer" or Chuck LaMar.
  • The Cubs are said to be "content with their bench players."  Rosenthal adds that the team's new ownership "might not be willing to assume the remaining $63 million on Jake Peavy's contract in a reeling economy."
Posted on: February 24, 2009 2:00 pm

Braves Sign Garret Anderson

Garret Anderson passed his physical; he's a Brave on a $2.5MM deal.  Do you like the move?  Will he be better than Ken Griffey Jr. this year?

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 23, 2009 3:28 pm

Odds and Ends: Rivera, Hoffman, Pie

A few links on a slow Monday afternoon in the baseball world...

Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:35 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2009 5:05 pm

Braves Sign Garret Anderson

4:01pm: O'Brien's official story is up. Anderson will get about $2.5MM on a one-year deal. The official announcement will come tomorrow.

Anderson will platoon with Diaz, and be reunited with former teammate Casey Kotchman, who went to Atlanta in the Mark Teixeira trade.

3:43pm: Further down in the comments, O'Brien adds:

"It 19s one year, $2.5 mill."

3:11pm: In the comments section of his blog, Dave O'Brien confirms that the Braves have signed Anderson. Says O'Brien:

"It 19s a done deal, Anderson 19s going to be here as early as tomorrow. He 19s en route today, I 19m told. Whether that means he 19ll be introduced tomorrow, not certain. But likely.

Important thing is: He 19s signed. And this isn 19t a friend telling us."

1:18pm: Mark Bowman of MLB.com is reporting on his blog that the Braves may have interest in Garret Anderson, having missed out on Ken Griffey Jr.

Previously, we've heard that the Braves will look within their system for answers to their outfield situation. Bowman previously shared the same opinion, but is changing his tune. He writes:

"Now, I'm of the opinion that the Braves have definite interest in Garrett Anderson and may be working to get a deal done with him in the very near future. "

Anderson, 37 in June, posted a .758 OPS, though that may be a bit misleading. Following the All-Star Break, he put up a very nice .855 OPS through his last 60 games. He was also far more effective against right-handed pitching. While his average was nearly identical against both righties and southpaws, he slugged .450 against right-handed opponents, compared to .371 against lefties. He also clubbed 14 of his 15 home runs against righties.

Sounds to me like he could still form an effective platoon with Matt Diaz.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 20, 2009 10:10 am

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Griffey, Anderson, McLout

On this date 46 years ago, Willy Mays signed a new contract for $100K, becoming the highest paid player in baseball. Mays hit .304-49-141 with a 165 OPS+ at the age of 31. He was also the runner-up for the NL MVP, his sixth top-5 finish. He would go on to finish in the top-5 three more times. Forty-six years later, Mays may have helped influence Ken Griffey Jr.'s decision to sign with his original franchise. With most players already in their respective camps, several big names are still looking for an empty locker. Let's take a look at what is being written in the Blogosphere...

  • MLBDepthCharts.com is a new site that projects the rosters and starting lineups of every team.
  • MLB Notebook compares Ken Griffey Jr. and Garret Anderson and suggests that the Braves should be happy that Griffey is back in Seattle with Anderson still available.
  • Pirate Revolution says the Pirates accomplished little with Nate McLouth's extension noting that he likely won't be worth the $9.4MM option in 2012, which was the one free agency season the Bucs bought out.
  • Jorge Says No! takes a look at what has been a strange market for left-handed relievers.
  • Hot Stove New York puts together a list of the top 20 free agent signings this off-season.
  • UmpBump breaks down the offseason of the Mets.
  • Goat Riders of the Apocalypse projects the opening day roster for the Cubs.

Cork Gaines writes for RaysIndex.com. If you have a suggestion for this feature, Cork can be reached here (cork@raysindex.com).

Posted on: February 19, 2009 10:55 pm

Odds & Ends: Boras, Cordero, NCAA Agents

Some links for your Thursday night viewing pleasure...

  • Diamond Leung has some Dodgers notes, including a particularly interesting one regarding Scott Boras. Earlier, we'd reported that the Dodgers scouting department wouldn't be touching any Boras clients in the June draft. Leung refutes that, citing Dodgers Assitant General Manager of Scouting Logan White's statement that the Dodgers will consider Boras clients because "talent comes first."
  • The Nationals have been watching Chad Cordero's auditions, according to Dave Sheinin. Cordero threw 40 pitches "at 70-75 percent effort" the other day. Cordero's agent, Larry Reynolds, says that he's on pace to be ready for Opening Day.
  • Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News has a good article highlighting Okalahome State University lefty Andrew Oliver and his victory in a lawsuit against the NCAA. Oliver challenged the rule that athletes cannot have attorneys participate in direct negotiations with Major League teams prior to being drafted. Oliver was suspended prior to an NCAA Regional in 2008.
  • Ringolsby also notes, in the same article, that the Braves have interest in Garret Anderson.
  • Tim Hudson got into a heated exchange with a reporter in the clubhouse, regarding the recent Ken Griffey Jr. drama, and had to be separated by a team official, according to the AP.
  • Speaking of Griffey, the Mariners will hold a press conference for him this Saturday, Geoff Baker reports.
  • Anthony Castrovince reports that Edward Salcedo, a top Dominican prospect who had been tied to the Indians last year, had an investigation launched surrounding his age. There were doubts that he was really 16, which obviously quieted talks.
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