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TalkingChop 3 hours ago
Atlanta Braves news: Making a to-do list for spring training

Atlanta Braves news: Making a to-do list for spring training

The Braves will have plenty of things they need to get right before Opening Day comes and one publication tried to come up with a list for them. BRAVES NEWS A short to-do list for Atlanta before Opening Day The Sporting News recently ran the gamut of MLB teams and tried to come up with a short to-do list for each team in baseball. As such, Thomas Lott gave the Braves three things to do during Spring Training. It’s especially relevant if you’re planning on keeping a watchful eye on Dansby Swanson and everybody’s favorite prospect, Ronald Acuna. Culberson and Tucker go from World...
TalkingChop 22 hours ago
Florida Fire Frogs 2018 Roster Prediction

Florida Fire Frogs 2018 Roster Prediction

Florida will carry a stacked rotation, including Ian Anderson, Bryse Wilson, and Joey Wentz into 2018. With spring training kicking off, we’ll begin to look forward at what the 2018 season holds for the Braves. Though the Braves draw closer every day to completing their rebuild, the attention this season should fall heavily on the performance of minor league system and the players that will graduate to the major leagues in the next year or so. We’ve put together roster predictions for each of the four full season teams, based on their performance in 2017 and the Braves history. While...
TalkingChop Feb 20, 2018
Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Pitchers

Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Pitchers

Before thinking about projections for the 2018 season, it’s always nice to look back and see how well the projections for this past season performed. This post is the companion piece to the projections retrospective for position players for the 2017 season, which you can check out here. For reference, you may want to refamiliarize yourself with the following before perusing the below: Last year’s projections retrospective for pitchers; Last year’s projections summary for starting pitchers; and Last year’s projections summary for relief pitchers. The main thing to know about the...
TalkingChop Feb 20, 2018
Braves News: Peter Moylan is back in Atlanta

Braves News: Peter Moylan is back in Atlanta

The Braves agreed to terms with a familiar face on Monday, as fan favorite Peter Moylan will rejoin the Braves in 2018 BRAVES NEWS Peter Moylan agrees to deal with Braves The Braves completed a deal on Monday that had reportedly been in the works since November, when the club was first rumored to have in Peter Moylan. The 39-year-old was very effective last season against right-handed batters, and should be able to find a nice within the Atlanta bullpen early on. In a corresponding move, the Braves reportedly designated right-hander Maurice Cabrera for assignment. Five things that need to...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Mauricio Cabrera designated for assignment as Peter Moylan added to roster

Mauricio Cabrera designated for assignment as Peter Moylan added to roster

The hard-throwing righty was out of options and may be headed to another team, if there’s any interest. It’s not every day that a triple-digits-hurling righty gets removed from your favorite team’s 40-man roster, but that’s what happened with Mauricio Cabrera and the Braves this afternoon. As part of signing old friend and fan favorite Peter Moylan to a major league deal, the Braves have punted Cabrera off the roster to make room. Moylan’s one-year deal is now official. Mauricio Cabrera was DFA’d— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 19, 2018 Cabrera made his major league...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Rome Braves 2018 Roster Prediction

Rome Braves 2018 Roster Prediction

Rome once again will feature a hugely talented team, with a deep rotation and one of the best outfields in the South Atlantic League With spring training kicking off, we’ll begin to look forward at what the 2018 season holds for the Braves. Though the Braves draw closer every day to completing their rebuild, the attention this season should fall heavily on the performance of minor league system and the players that will graduate to the major leagues in the next year or so. We’ve put together roster predictions for each of the four full season teams, based on their performance in 2017...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Position Players

Atlanta Braves Projections Retrospective 2017: Position Players

Before thinking about projections for the 2018 season, it’s always nice to look back and see how well the projections for this past season performed. Projections are one of my favorite parts of baseball analysis. There’s something that borders on magical about drawing lines in the sand about the occurrence of hundreds of future events, and then seeing those events happen (or not). While the release of projections is always an exciting time that leads to a lot of interesting discussion, a question that always comes up is, “Okay, but how accurate are these?” Unfortunately, the answer...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Five things that need to go right for the Braves to have a winning season

Five things that need to go right for the Braves to have a winning season

The Braves have the look of a team that could be poised to be very could for a long time from 2019 and beyond. What would it take for them to be good in 2018 Spring training is the time of year where all fans bases embrace the one truth that their team, no matter what the actual product is on the field, is not out of the hunt for the postseason. Every team has the same record and optimism about this year being “their year” will be at peak highs. Sure, some teams such as the Cubs, Astros, Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, and others have more cause for optimism than others, but this is the time...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Moylan agrees to deal with Braves pending physical

Moylan agrees to deal with Braves pending physical

The Braves finalized a move that has been in the making for a while this offseason in bringing back a familiar face to compete for a spot in the bullpen Yesterday, it became known that the Braves were looking at a potential reunion with former Brave RHP Peter Moylan. The Braves seem poised to have a lot of potential options for the bullpen, but not many that one would consider locks for spots in the pen and even less that are what one would consider reliable. It appears as though the Braves are trying to shore up that potential problem as it appears that the signing of Moylan, who led the...
TalkingChop Feb 19, 2018
Atlanta Braves news: Renfroe rumors and more

Atlanta Braves news: Renfroe rumors and more

The Padres may not have room for Hunter Renfroe and at least one prominent baseball writer thinks that the Braves could be sniffing around for him. BRAVES NEWS Could Atlanta go after Renfroe? The Padres shook up the baseball world on Saturday night when they took Eric Hosmer off of the “unsigned” list and signed him to a long-term contract. Hosmer moving to first base means that Wil Myers is now heading back to the outfield — right field, to be exact. That’s where Hunter Renfroe plays and now he could potentially get traded. Jon Morosi reported on Twitter that there were teams...
TalkingChop Feb 18, 2018
Braves trying to work out a deal with reliever Peter Moylan

Braves trying to work out a deal with reliever Peter Moylan

The Braves are turning to an old friend to try and shore up their bullpen We have finally reached the point of the offseason where there are actual rumors involving actual players and actual teams and there is actual baseball being played. I know it is crazy, but bear with us as we adjust to this new development. Last night, the Rays got the ball rolling a bit with a trade of Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and DFAing Corey Dickerson. The latter of those two are more important at the moment to Braves fans because there are some reports that the Braves could be in play to trade for Dickerson as...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Feb 18, 2018
Swanson ready to put tough season behind him

Swanson ready to put tough season behind him

Swanson is looking ahead, not behind him. BRAVES NEWS Swanson: 2017 struggles ‘by the wayside’ Dansby Swanson tells MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that he has put last year’s struggles behind him and he is focused on proving that he can live up to the expectations that he is the Braves’ shortstop of the future. Huddy impressed with Braves’ young arms Tim Hudson has served as a special instructor for spring training during the early days of camp and has come away impressed with many of Atlanta’s young pitchers and in particular Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard and Kyle Wright. “It’s...
TalkingChop Feb 17, 2018
Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Braves reportedly trying to add outfielder, could be in play for Corey Dickerson

Dickerson was surprisingly DFA’d by the Rays on Saturday. It would make sense for the Braves to add an outfielder this spring, and the Rays have made a pretty decent one available as they (surprisingly) DFA’d slugger Corey Dickerson on Saturday night. Could the two sides match up in a deal? Jon Morosi — who is known for reporting his own speculation as rumor instead of actual discussions being had — thinks it might happen. #Braves are trying to add an outfielder, source confirms, and could be a suitor for Corey Dickerson. He grew up in Mississippi, where the Braves are the most...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Feb 17, 2018
Atlanta Braves News: Fredde Freeman, Brandon McCarthy and more

Atlanta Braves News: Fredde Freeman, Brandon McCarthy and more

BRAVES NEWS Freddie Freeman back after Lasik surgery Freddie Freeman reportedly early to spring training and discussed his offseason Lasik surgery with MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. “They always say to wait three years for your eyes to stop changing,” Freeman said. “That’s exactly what I did. They said to do it when you’re about 27 years old, too. I’ve been counting down the years, waiting to get it because ever since I had those eye problems in 2012, there are certain cities where my contacts dry out and it’s been a real struggle.” McCarthy looks to bounce back with Braves The...
TalkingChop Feb 16, 2018
Atlanta Braves 2018 MLB Draft Preview: 20 college names to know

Atlanta Braves 2018 MLB Draft Preview: 20 college names to know

As we approach the start of the college baseball season, here are some names to watch. With the start of the 2018 college baseball season here today I thought now was as good a time as any to start discussing some college names for the 2018 season. This should help those looking to scout the draft, or those just looking to catch live baseball. This list is 20 names long and in alphabetical order. This is not a Top 20 list in any way, rather it is 20 interesting players that the Braves could possibly target in the first five rounds of the June draft. Players on this list are here for various...
TalkingChop Feb 16, 2018
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

The relief corps is the most in-flux part of the roster. Previewing the roster ahead of Spring Training has not been that hard, until now. But, the Braves will prepare to take the field in Grapefruit League action with no real resolution about their bullpen. The candidates consist of some returning names and a lot of new or pseudo-new faces; the fact that the glut of starters may lead to relief work for some further crowds and complicates the bullpen picture. Projecting relief performance is always dicey, and that goes double for actually figuring out which relievers will get the...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Feb 16, 2018
Fan Post Friday: What do you want to see this spring?

Fan Post Friday: What do you want to see this spring?

What are your expectations? It has been a while since we have done a FanPost writing prompt but there is no better time than the start of spring training. Pitchers and catchers reported earlier this week and the hitters will follow over the weekend with the first full squad workout scheduled for Monday. The spring opener is barely two weeks away. Real live baseball is near. The Braves are bringing an intriguing but much younger group to camp this spring. We have been doing our best to set the table for you this week. Now we want to hear from you. What are you looking for from the team this...
TalkingChop Feb 16, 2018
Atlanta Braves news: Playing the waiting game

Atlanta Braves news: Playing the waiting game

Even though the Braves have exciting young talent on their roster (including the man in the photo), the Braves are still being patient when it comes to their outlook on the future. BRAVES NEWS AA opts to be very patient in early days as Braves GM Despite the fact that Alex Anthopoulos has a reputation for making splashy moves, he made it clear once he actually took the helm as the GM of the Braves that he was going to be patient. Sure enough, we’ve gotten into the initial days of spring training and it’s clear that what AA said was not GM speak and that he is indeed going to bide his...
TalkingChop Feb 16, 2018
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 102: Hello, Orlando

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 102: Hello, Orlando

Scott Coleman joins us for a rare mid-week episode. Hello, friends! With pitchers and catchers reporting earlier this week and eery quiet continuing throughout Major League baseball, it is time to unveil Episode 102 of the Talking Chop Podcast at a strange point in the calendar. TC’s own Scott Coleman joins the show as the guest this week and topics include the following: The early whispers from Orlando, including the first media appearance from Ronald Acuna The Mike Moustakas train took a hit this week, at least according to reports Mike Foltynewicz’s arbitration weirdness A third...
TalkingChop Feb 15, 2018
Braves’ prospects and tempering expectations

Braves’ prospects and tempering expectations

Since beginning to rebuild the club from scratch in 2014 the Atlanta Braves have had their fair share of talented prospects come up and make their MLB debuts in Atlanta. Of these players the Braves haven’t necessarily had a prospect come up and break out into All-Star form right away and fans haven’t always been happy about that. It isn’t the fan’s fault either for having high expectations, it is the level of hype that these young guys are getting while still in the minor leagues that is to blame. So maybe it’s time that we temper expectations, or at least calm some fears about...

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