Saturday, July 31, 2010
Call it a scratch.
The deadline has come and passed. And the Braves have announced a deal that has sent Gregor Blanco and Jesse Chavez along with Timmy Collins to the Royals in exchange for Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel. But here is my question, why is Kenshin Kawakami still a Brave? I mean the deal the Braves made wasn't a bad one. Wasn't great either with the braves getting a career .252 hitter and an older reliever. But hey, Farnsworth is cheap and is having a decent year so I'm not too miffed. But it seems like Kenshin hasn't pitched since Obama took office, and I was fairly confident that this was because his salary was about to be taken off the books. As many of you know, this never happened. Kenshin has a clause in his contract that does not allow the Braves to send him to the minors. So in essence, the Braves are stuck with him unless they decide to place him on waivers. In which case they could see if he gets claimed and make a deal, or just give him away and have the team that does claim him eat his salary. The point here is I was ready for the Braves to deal him so that they didn't have to trade for bullpen help. Kimbrel and/or Marek are both major league ready. Also there was always the option of putting Medlen back in the pen and calling up Minor (which I think is the best option still). The Braves didn't need Ankiel who personally I feel is overrated, and is a known steroid user in the past. There are those of you that will say yes but Troy Glaus also used and he is on the team, but why add more? Two wrongs don't make a right my friends. Collins probably has more upside than anybody in this trade, and thats pretty sad considering he is 5'7" and 160 lb. soaking wet? I am okay with this deal mostly because it is an addition by subtraction kind of situation. Chavez will never again come out of the Atlanta bullpen to blow a lead. And more importantly since the Braves didn't deal for a big bat, it tempts me to suggest that our own Freddie Freeman could be the bat we have desperately sought out. BTW Willie Cabrera is having himself a year down on the farm and has been on the Organizational leader board for AVG. (.325) and doubles (33) all year, to go along with 5 HR and 15 SB. Just saying is all. So to put this random collection of thoughts into perspective, the deal was in my opinion done just for the sake of making a deal. It could be beneficial because of the kids who might be on the way. It is hard for me to understand why Kenshin wasn't traded/isn't pitching. And finally...I'm going to miss Gregor.
Posted by Tomahawk Talk at 3:38 PM