It is finnaly here! The day that seemed would never come. The time when every team is equal and has high hopes to reach the World Series. Optimism is in the heads of all. Anything can happen, fans get out the Cracker Jacks and start the grill for the Hot Dogs because it is all about to start. The 2009 Major Leauge Season. Go Braves!
Recent reports had Ken Griffey Jr. With out a doubt going to Atlanta to be a Brave next season. Well they were wrong Griffey is headed north to be a Seattle Mariner where he spent his first 11 seasons. My question is who are these reporters and why the heck are they coming out with things that have the player saying, they are going somewhere; when these words never came out of the players mouth. I mean it really doesn’t really surprise me that is where Griffey ended up but these fake reports are just ridiculous. Griffey is just another fall through to add the the Atlanta Braves failures this off-season.
The Atlanta Braves dug deep in their pockets this week and came up with some great prizes. First Kenshin Kawakami signed for 3 years and a deal worth $24MM. Then soon after being reported, they came to tearms and agreed to a deal with picture Derek Lowe four-year $60MM deal. After all the Braves failures this off-season to acquire pitching or anything else in that matter; this week has put a smile on every Braves fan to at least give hope. Looking into 2009 now Atlanta would have a pretty decent rotation: Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez, Kenshin Kawakami, Jair Jurrjens, Jorge Campillo. Also some great young pitching could come up this year in the means of Tommy Hanson; and towards the end of the year Tim Hudson will also be back on the mound.
Can things get any worse this off season for
the Atlanta Braves? First Atlanta thinks they have Jake
Pevey wrapped up to help them for pitching and that falls
through. Then, AJ Burrnet would rather be a Yankee.
Now we almost for sure had Rafeal Furcal, and he is
headed back to Los Angeles to be a Dodger. What can the
Braves do to get over the hump and actually sign someone and
not have everything fall apart? Because of right now
2009 looks like another long season looking up at the Mets
The Braves failed get AJ Burnett which was there seconded failure to get a top grade pitcher after also ending negotiations with Jake Peavy. What is there next move for a pitcher? Is Derek Lowe an option? Is he even enough to say they have a good rotation.
Why did the Braves not pursue Raul Ibanez more? Now he is the NL East and Atlanta will not only not have him but have to play against him. His numbers from the last three years are really quite amazing. You but him between say a Chipper Jones and Brian McCann and those numbers only increase. He signed for 3 years 30 million. Which just seems like a straight up steal. The Braves need to get on the horse soon and make some deals or it is going to be another long year in Atlanta.
1. Gregor Blanco CF
2. Yunel Escobar SS
3. Chipper Jones 3B
4. Brian Mccann C
5. Raul Ibanez LF (Free Agent)
6. Jeff Francoeur RF
7. Casey Kotchman 1B
8. Kelly Johnson 2B
9. Pitchers Spot
1. AJ Burnett
2. Jair Jurrjens
3. Javier Vazquez
4. Jorge Campillo
5. John Smoltz
(Tim Hundson when healthy)
CL Mike Gonzolez
SU Rafael Soriano
R Blaine Boyer
R Peter Moylan
R Jeff Ridgway
R Manny Acosta
R Boone Logan
OF Jordon Schafer
OF Brain Anderson
IF Omar Infante
IF Martin Prado
C David Ross