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https://plus.google.com/113553106588915460869 Digital Card Values : [FIRST SALE] $5.00 | 2015 Freddie Freeman Spring Fever (1000) http://digitalcardvalues.com/2015-topps...
[FIRST SALE] $5.00 | 2015 Freddie Freeman Spring Fever (1000)

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[FIRST SALE] $5.00 | 2015 Freddie Freeman Spring Fever (1000)
The first playable cards of 2015 are here!  While we are still several weeks from kicking the season off, it's exciting to be able to build toward this year's collection.  This Freddie Freeman card is officially the first 2015 Topps BUNT card to have a...
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https://plus.google.com/113244828975493133027 Chris Dyer : By: Jeff Schultz I’ve posted a column posted on Kevin Seitzer, who I’m resisting the temptation to call...
By: Jeff Schultz
I’ve posted a column posted on Kevin Seitzer, who I’m resisting the temptation to call the Braves’ next ex-hitting coach. That’s not meant to be a statement on Seitzer, who actually did a terrific job in Toronto last season (USA Today named him their hitting coach of the year), as much as it is the instability of the position and the Braves’ possible offensively challenged lineup in 2015.
Here’s a link to the column on MyAJC.com.
I spoke at length Tuesday with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman for a column later this week. He likes Seitzer a lot but he doesn’t understand why his predecessor, Greg Walker, came under such criticism, amid poor offensive production by the team’s flawed lineup. (For the record, Walker phoned Braves executive John Hart with a week remaining in the season last year to say he was resigning.)
Freeman: Heyward leading off ‘not a well-constructed lineup’ | Jeff Schultz blog
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- I've posted a column posted on Kevin Seitzer, who I'm resisting the temptation to call the Braves' next ex-hitting coach. That's not meant to be a statement on Seitzer, who actually did a terrific job in Toronto last season (USA Today named him their hitting coach of...
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https://plus.google.com/113244828975493133027 Chris Dyer : Braves position players other than catchers aren’t due to report until Wednesday, but many are already...
Braves position players other than catchers aren’t due to report until Wednesday, but many are already in camp including three infield starters — Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson, Andrelton Simmons – and two, Jace Peterson and non-roster invitee Eric Young Jr., who could compete for part-time duties at second base.
Assuming top prospect Jose Peraza doesn’t force his way onto the roster as opening-day second baseman – at this point, that seems unlikely — the Braves could use veteran Alberto Callaspo as their primary second baseman to begin the season. But the versatile former A’s infielder might also get some starts at third base against right-handers.
The speedy Young can play all three outfield positions, but came up as a second baseman. He only played five games at second in the past two seasons, but always took ground balls before games at second and other positions. Still, he seems more likely to make the roster as a fourth or fifth outfielder, perhaps in a left-field platoon with Jonny Gomes.
Peterson, EY could factor in Braves second-base situation
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https://plus.google.com/115932796105219744481 Felipe Melecio : Although it's from a fantasy baseball perspective, any #Braves fans concerned about the lack of home...
Although it's from a fantasy baseball perspective, any #Braves fans concerned about the lack of home run power and run production from Freddie Freeman this upcoming season?

"Freeman led the league in Line Drive Rate last season. Unfortunately, he hit less than 20 home runs."
2015 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Base | XN Sports
Felipe Melecio ranks the top 24 fantasy baseball first basemen heading into 2015.
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https://plus.google.com/103754836553551129926 Shon McEachin : Spring training is starting and I'd love to see some discussion on how the roster will shake up. At ...
Spring training is starting and I'd love to see some discussion on how the roster will shake up. At this point I'm most concerned about the non-pitchers. There are a multitude of non-roster invitees this Spring (both pitchers and hitters) and I think their performance will go a long way in determining the opening day roster.

Here are the non-pitchers whom I think are locks:
Freddie Freeman
Andrelton Simmons
Chris Johnson
Nick Markakis
BJ Upton
Alberto Callaspo
Jonny Gomes
Christian Bethancourt
AJ Pierzynski

That is 9 players I feel are guaranteed spots for opening day for better or worse. The braves may go with 12 or they might go with 13 non-pitchers. I remember back when teams went with 10 pitchers and 15 position players (a long time ago).

Bubble players:
Kelly Johnson
Eric Young, Jr.
Eury Perez
Zolio Almonte
Phil Gosselin
Jace Peterson
Dion Toscano
Todd Cunningham
Joey Terdoslavich


At this point I'd be absolutely shocked if the braves bring Peraza up before May. Injuries can of course alter the scenarios but who do you see the team breaking camp with position player wise?

My guess? 2 of Young/Perez/Almonte and 2 of KJ/Gosselin/Peterson. I don't think Toscano will start of in the bigs and I think it likely Terdoslavich and Cunningham are on the way out.

Please give your in- depth input.
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https://plus.google.com/118319297161130748091 Colbey Hopper : Some new Freddie Freeman swag
Some new Freddie Freeman swag
A little 2015 Topps swag
Only a week or so into the release of series 1 of 2015 Topps and I've already landed a few nice Freddie Freeman inserts. I'm not going crazy this time around buying up any and every Braves card I can find as money is just too...
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https://plus.google.com/118319297161130748091 Colbey Hopper : A little 2015 Topps swag Only a week or so into the release of series 1 of 2015 Topps and I've already...
A little 2015 Topps swag
Only a week or so into the release of series 1 of 2015 Topps and I've already landed a few nice Freddie Freeman inserts. I'm not going crazy this time around buying up any and every Braves card I can find as money is just too tight, but these were priced ri...
A little 2015 Topps swag
Only a week or so into the release of series 1 of 2015 Topps and I've already landed a few nice Freddie Freeman inserts. I'm not going crazy this time around buying up any and every Braves card I can find as money is just too...
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https://plus.google.com/113244516548182975146 Redneck Rag : Tha's dunben a noo article calt Freddie Freeman Married Chelsea Goff rote uhn www.RedneckRag.com Chelsea...
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https://plus.google.com/113484113689695156991 BetVega : Odds to lead MLB in Home Runs in 2015: Giancarlo Stanton +600 Jose Abreu +800 Edwin Encarnacion +1200...
Odds to lead MLB in Home Runs in 2015:

Giancarlo Stanton +600
Jose Abreu +800
Edwin Encarnacion +1200
Jose Bautista +1200
Chris Davis +1500
Miguel Cabrera +1500
Mike Trout +1500
Anthony Rizzo +2000
Chris Carter +2000
Paul Goldschmidt +2000
Mark Trumbo +2500
Prince Fielder +2500
George Springer +3000
Josh Donaldson +3000
Troy Tulowitzki +3000
Bryce Harper +4000
Carlos Gonzalez +4000
Adam Jones +5000
Albert Pujols +5000
Jay Bruce +5000
Nelson Cruz +5000
Ryan Braun +5000
Yasiel Puig +5000
Yoenis Cespedes +5000
David Ortiz +6000
Avisail Garcia +7500
Evan Gattis +7500
Evan Longoria +7500
Gregory Polanco +7500
Josh Hamilton +7500
Adam LaRoche +10000
Adrian Gonzalez +10000
Andrew McCutchen +10000
Freddie Freeman +10000
Hanley Ramirez +10000
Joey Votto +10000
Jorge Soler +10000
Justin Upton +10000
Kris Bryant +10000
Lucas Duda +10000
Matt Adams +10000
Matt Kemp +10000
Pablo Sandoval +10000
Steve Pearce +10000
Todd Frazier +10000
Will Myers +10000
Yasmany Tomas +10000
Jason Heyward +20000
Victor Martinez +50000
Odds To Lead MLB In Home Runs 2015
WHO WILL LEAD MLB IN HR’S? Giancarlo Stanton +600 Jose Abreu +800 Edwin Encarnacion +1200 Jose Bautista +1200 Chris Davis +1500 Miguel Cabrera +1500 Mike Trout +1500 Anthony Rizzo +2000 Chris Carter +2000 Paul Goldschmidt +2000 Mark Trumbo +2500 Prince Fielder +2500 George Springer +3000 Josh Donaldson +3000 Troy Tulowitzki +3000 Bryce Harper +4000 Carlos …
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https://plus.google.com/100754971728551460264 Kayla Kellams : After just three full major league seasons, the +Atlanta Braves rewarded Freddie Freeman with a long...
After just three full major league seasons, the +Atlanta Braves rewarded Freddie Freeman with a long-term contract, locking down the 24-year-old at first base with the type of deal usually reserved for players with more star power. But will their risk pay off?

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/67600686/the-atlanta-braves-are-taking-a-risk-locking-down-freddie-freeman
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https://plus.google.com/100171890798142806101 Joel Wagler : KC Royals: Comparing Eric Hosmer To Freddie Freeman And Paul Goldschmidt
KC Royals: Comparing Eric Hosmer To Freddie Freeman And Paul Goldschmidt
KC Royals: Comparing Eric Hosmer To Freddie Freeman And Paul Goldschmidt
Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals have some work to do. Hosmer is eligible for arbitration, and he and the Royals do not appear to be close. In his breakdown of Hosmer’s arbitration details, David Hill of Kings of Kauffman mentioned the two parties are over two million dollars apart right now. MLB Trade […]
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https://plus.google.com/115238614150537928034 KC Kingdom : KC Royals: Comparing Eric Hosmer To Freddie Freeman And Paul Goldschmidt
KC Royals: Comparing Eric Hosmer To Freddie Freeman And Paul Goldschmidt
KC Royals: Comparing Eric Hosmer To Freddie Freeman And Paul Goldschmidt
Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals have some work to do. Hosmer is eligible for arbitration, and he and the Royals do not appear to be close. In his breakdown of Hosmer’s arbitration details, David Hill of Kings of Kauffman mentioned the two parties are over two million dollars apart right now. MLB Trade […]
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https://plus.google.com/111936379058628217069 Nick Doran : I wrote up a profile of Freddie Freeman with some advice on what to expect from him this year and when...
I wrote up a profile of Freddie Freeman with some advice on what to expect from him this year and when you should draft him.
First Base Profile: Freddie Freeman
Freeman is no Paul Goldschmidt, but he is a very solid 2nd-tier first baseman with loads of upside.
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https://plus.google.com/108257395485572574555 Serguei Tchepik : Astros Hot Stove: An Insider's Look at the Gattis Trade An in-depth insider look at how an Astros trade...
Astros Hot Stove: An Insider's Look at the Gattis Trade

An in-depth insider look at how an Astros trade goes down.
Note: this article might be a total fabrication
Jeff leaned back in his carbon fiber and alacantara microfiber desk chair, staring at the nighttime Houston traffic outside the window of his office on the seventy-seventh floor of Union Station at Minute Maid Park.  The soft glow of the wall-sized screen, currently in hibernation, played across his features.  The light was just enough to illuminate the wide placard set above the screen, which read in large friendly letters, “Deep Thunk.”
A soft buzzing alerted him to an incoming transmission.  The screen flickered and came to life, revealing the perspective-widened end of a scarred mahogany conference room table, shot from the angle of a vintage library-rented camcorder sitting on dusty textbooks.  At the far end of the table sat a man he instantly recognized — the GM of the Atlanta Braves, whom Jeff’s efficiency experts had code named GMAB, or “GeeMab”.  Silly, perhaps, but the usage of such names had saved their operation precious picoseconds over the course of the past three seasons.
GeeMab was surrounded by his usual group of cronies – big balding men wearing double-breasted suits, uniformly chewing fat cigars, their heads wreathed with smoke that dimmed the bulb of the aging brass light fixture above.  They all wore a look of knowing self-satisfaction, reminiscent to Jeff of a group that could have worked for Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting.
“Jeffy, baby!” greeted GeeMab in unnecessarily shouty tones.  “Have I got a deal for you!”
“Hello…Johnny…baby,” Jeff replied.  “I am all ears, as usual.”
“Well, me and the boys have been talking to our scouts, and we want to do you a favor.  We have interest in that little Pwur-toe Ree-can shortstop of yours, you remember the guy?  Correa?  Anyway, we know he’s young and so probably won’t amount to very much, but we’re willing to take on the risk.  In fact, we’ll even give you our starting major league center fielder in return for him!  Whaddaya say?”
Jeff blinked a few times.  Then he pushed a button on his desk, and the screen overlaid with static.  White noise filled the recessed speakers around his office.  “I’m sorry, John, but your connection is breaking up.  I can’t hear a word you’re saying!  I’ll have to talk to you later.”  He pressed another button and terminated the transmission.  Then he sighed and let his gaze wander back to the window. Unnoticed, the end of his stylus made its way into his mouth for an absent chew.
In moments, a restless curiosity overtook him, and he leaned back and brushed the glass touchscreen that was the entirety of his desk’s surface, his finger lightly tapping the icon labeled, “NERD CAVE.”  Instantly, the wall resolved into the avatar of his Director of Domination Sciences, a white-labcoated young man with exaggerated spectacles. Jeff asked, “Who do the Braves have that would provide maximum impact to our roster?”
“Major or Minor?” asked the cartoonish mad scientist.
“Major.”
“Working.”  A pause, and then, “Evan Gattis.”
“Interesting.  He doesn’t walk much, and he’s an older guy, but he’s still under team control and he has a lot of power.”
The Director nodded. “He also plays the position of two of our weakest performers from last season.”  The avatar displayed a preprogrammed animation of the scientist throwing papers haphazardly out of a file cabinet, as if looking for something.  Jeff knew that meant his director was about to present an interesting piece of information.  The man spoke again. “As you know, power hitting is on the decline in the majors.”
“That’s why we acquired Chris Carter,” Jeff commented absently.
“Just so.  But take a look at this.  We’ve run Gattis through our system, and this is what his addition would do to the isolated power of our lineup based on 2015 projections.”  Jeff’s screen flickered and presented a graph.

ISO over Time (2015 Steamer Projection)
“Impressive,” Jeff commented.  “Chicks dig the long ball, or so I’m constantly reminded by the Chronicle’s relentless cliché department, but the long ball has become a market inefficiency that we could exploit by adding Gattis to the lineup.”
“Just so.”
“Thanks.  I’ll call you back.”  Jeff touched the screen again and the wall returned to its pleasant navy/orange hibernation state.  He then called up his dialer on his desktop and punched in the code for GeeMab’s war room, grimacing over the subsequent antiquated dial tone that followed.  He turned his speakers down slightly.
GeeMab’s conference room materialized on the wall.
“Jeffy baby!  Change of heart?”
“I’ve been thinking about your offer, John.  It’s very generous, but I felt you should know that you probably don’t want Correa.  I know he looks good on paper, but he has…uh…acute gastralgia and cephalalgia.  He wouldn’t pass your physicals.”
“Oh my! I am sorry to hear such news. We hope he recovers fully.”
Jeff bowed his head in feigned concern and sadness.  Then he cleared his throat. “Your call put me to mind of something though.  I am sure you are aware of our…deficiencies at left field and first base last season?”
“Certainly, but we will not deal Freddie Freeman.  We have too many of his bobble heads stored up to give away next year.”
“You have a player who is much older and barely has a career batting average of .250.  I’ll offer to take him off your hands.  Evan Gattis.”
“Well.  Well, well.”  GeeMab hemmed and hawed for a bit, pretending to be reluctant but doing a poor job to hide his eagerness.  It was no secret to Jeff that the Braves overlords had instructed the man to tear the team down and make it as weak-hitting as possible in order to draw on the sympathy factor to bring more fans to their park.  “I am not so sure,” GeeMab finally said. “Let me consult with my scouting department on what we might ask for in return, and I will call you back.”  He hung up and the wall went blank.
Jeff quickly began opening files on his desk. Behind his office wall, a comforting subterranean rumble started, the mechanisms of Deep Thunk coming to life.
* * *
John pounded the table and looked at his directors.  “We’ve got him.  Let’s fleece him for Gattis!”  Huzzahs sounded from around the table.  “Who can we ask for?”
His Director of Norse Scouting suggested, “How about that Foltywevich fellow?  He’s tall and blond.”
“And,” said the Director of Fastball Scouting, “He throws a 101 fastball.  I even have it on authority that he was once witnessed throwing…” he quieted to a whisper, “102.”  Gasps around the table.
“That settles it then!” Cried John.  “102 mile per hour fastballs don’t grow on trees!”  He quickly looked around and added, “Right?”  Cries of assent abounded, and he nodded sharply at his own wisdom.
“E…excuse me, s-sir,” came a small voice from a dark corner of the room.
Irritably, John turned to the source of his interruption, a weaselly fourteen-year-old who was the sixth Director of Stats that he had gone through that year.  “What is it?”
“Well, s-sir,” the boy stammered.  Then he took a large breath and rushed his words out.  “Foltynewicz has a below-average breaking pitch, an underdeveloped changeup, the 3rd-worst walk rate in the Pacific Coast League and, for a guy with a triple-digit fastball, he has a low strikeout rate.”
Silence.  And then raucous laughter for a solid five minutes.  When it quieted down, the directors were wiping tears from their eyes and the boy cowered in the corner.  John leaned into the table and, with a kind smile, he attempted to educate the poor lad.  “Son…he has a one hundred and two mile-per-hour fastball.”  Nods around the table.  The Director of Stats shuddered.
Satisfied at having set the record straight, John slapped the table again.  “Foltywhatever by himself would be a fantastic return for Gattis.”  He colored the word with derision.  Gattis just didn’t look like a baseball player.  “Was Gattis ever on a Top 100 prospects list?”  Negative responses around the table.  “Was Folty..Folta……you know, I’m just going to call him ‘soup’ for the rest of this conversation, okay?  Was soup ever on a Top 100 prospect list?”
“Twice!” proclaimed John’s Director of Prospect List Scouting.  John nodded sharply.
“Well then.  But let’s put one over on Mr. Smarty Pants the Computer Boy over in Houston.  Who else could we ask for?”
“I have an idea!” suggested his Director of Scouting-Rule-4-Draft-Rounds-Lower-Than-One-But-Higher-Than-Four.  “What about Andrew Thurman?  He was so bad last year that the Astros probably forgot that he was a second-round draft pick!”  Everybody laughed.  Stupid Astros!
“Actually,” came a meek youthful voice from the corner, “Thurman’s a pretty good pitcher.  He doesn’t walk batters—“
“What is with your fixation with walks?” interrupted the Director-of-Strikeout-Scouting.
John waved the man to quiet, and ingratiatingly smiled at the youth.  Having a statistician on staff was en vogue these days, and he didn’t want to crush the boy’s spirit. “It seems we all agree on Thurman.  Let’s call the Astros back.”
* * *
791 miles away, Jeff’s own conference was in full swing.  The staff had agreed that Gattis, while an imperfect player, would add a lot of surplus value to their lineup.  But then, a perfect player wouldn’t be paid the major league minimum with four years left of team control despite posting a 125 wRC+ while playing catcher in his 2nd major league season.
His Director of Quantum Mechanics asked, “Who’s the DTI that we are asking for?”
“Ah, I had almost forgotten,” Jeff admitted.  They always asked for a DTI in trades – a Designtated Throw-In.  They were typically guys that the Astros saw good value in but were under-the-radar for various reasons.  It was how he had acquired Kyle Weiland (poor guy, never seen from again), Rob Rasmussen, Joe Musgrove, Max Stassi, Derek Fisher, and Francis Martes.  Typically, the staff identified somebody they felt was overlooked or under-used or very young that fit the Astros’ paradigm.  “Please run the search.”
“Will do,” said his Director of Scouting Everything from the upper left window of the nine-by-nine grid on his wallscreen.  The man turned away and fiddled with the controls of his computer, which controlled the massive array of satellites that had high resolution visible spectrum, infrared, radar, sonar, gamma ray, and proprietary Astrovision cameras pointed at every baseball park in existence down to the sandlot park behind Piggly Wiggly in the bad neighborhood of Walla Walla Washington.  Two Svedbergs later, the Scouting Director turned back to the camera.
“James Hoyt,” he announced.
“Bio,” said Jeff.
Immediately Deep Thunk’s resonant basso sounded in the speakers of all of the attendees’ offices.  “Hoyt. James. Twenty Eight. RHP. Stamina: 1.356. Currently at AAA Gwinnett.  Career SIERA 2.91, FIP 2.83. Batted ball profile: slightly fly.”  It rattled off other information, a summary of the 1,502 scouting reports on file from the satellites as well as a litany of proprietary statistics.  Deep Thunk finished by saying, “On hypothetical Astros 2015 Roster, would rank #6 in terms of quality relievers.”
Somebody on the call whistled low.  “Why is this guy in the minors?  What don’t they like about him?”  Everybody seemed baffled.
Jeff thanked everybody then terminated the call.  A bit later, GeeMab called back.
“Hi Jeffy baby!” exclaimed the Braves GM.  “We have an offer for you.”
“Before you state it, I have a very small addition to throw in.”  GeeMab looked suspicious, so Jeff said as mildly as he could, “Gattis was hurt some last year, and that worries me.  To make me feel better about a deal for him, can you throw somebody else in any potential deal?  Say, hmmm, James Hoyt?”
GeeMab’s face went blank.  One of the big men at the table asked, “Who?”
A timid-sounding voice from off-camera started to speak, but GeeMab cut him off.  “Of course, of course,” he answered magnanimously.  “I’m willing to deal, but I will demand soup in the deal.”
“Um…excuse me?”
“Sorry, I meant that I will demand Michael F-word in the deal.”
“Oh, I see, well–“
“AND Andrew Thurman,” GeeMab interrupted.  “He was your second-round draft pick last year, you know,” he added, as if he suspected that Jeff didn’t know who he was.
Jeff masterfully prevented an eye roll before it started and asked, “Who else?”
GeeMab seemed flummoxed, and Jeff realized he’d made a mistake.  GeeMab hadn’t intended to ask for anybody else.  But Jeff knew that the Braves’ GM couldn’t hang up now to confer with his scouts, because then he would have to admit it.  GeeMab looked frantically around the table at his directors, who seemed as thrown-off as he was.  After ten full seconds of silence, the off-camera timid voice squeaked, “Rio Ruiz?”
“RIO RUIZ!” bellowed GeeMab.  Jeff hid a wince.  Somebody on John’s staff actually knew what he was talking about.
Jeff begged for a moment to consider, and then sipped his Formosa Bai Hao and thought.  He didn’t mind losing Foltynewicz or Thurman.  Both fellows had major-league upside, of course, but Thurman was buried at a deep position, and internally, most of Jeff’s evaluators, matrices, and algorithms painted Foltynewicz as most likely to become an erratic late-inning reliever.
Jeff called up Deep Thunk’s comparitor program on his desktop and entered the five players into its input array.  Yes, as he suspected, the organization could sustain the loss of the two pitchers with minimal impact, whereas the addition of Gattis and his power bat would give them an offensive power edge compared to most other teams.  As predicted by his experts, Hoyt projected to outperform Foltynewicz in the majors for the next couple of years at least.  But Ruiz was a perplexing situation for the database.  Young.  High ceiling, but not too high.  Decent floor though, and not too risky.  Walked a lot.  Young for his league, but with solid performance so far.  Shallow position.  Losing Ruiz would sting a bit.  But omelettes and eggs, and all that, he thought.
“I accept,” he announced.
“You…you do?” asked GeeMab.  “No counter-offers?”  He suddenly seemed doubtful, and he shot a worried glance in the direction from which the timid voice had come earlier.
“Nah,” said Jeff.  “You win this round.  Nice working with you, I’ve already sent our agreement to MLB.  Have a pleasant evening!”
He signed off, grinned out at the finally-clearing Houston traffic, and sent the telepathic command to put Deep Thunk back into hibernation mode.

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Astros Hot Stove: An Insider's Look at the Gattis Trade

An in-depth insider look at how an Astros trade goes down.
Note: this article might be a total fabrication
Jeff leaned back in his carbon fiber and alacantara microfiber desk chair, staring at the nighttime Houston traffic outside the window of his office on the seventy-seventh floor of Union Station at Minute Maid Park.  The soft glow of the wall-sized screen, currently in hibernation, played across his features.  The light was just enough to illuminate the wide placard set above the screen, which read in large friendly letters, “Deep Thunk.”
A soft buzzing alerted him to an incoming transmission.  The screen flickered and came to life, revealing the perspective-widened end of a scarred mahogany conference room table, shot from the angle of a vintage library-rented camcorder sitting on dusty textbooks.  At the far end of the table sat a man he instantly recognized — the GM of the Atlanta Braves, whom Jeff’s efficiency experts had code named GMAB, or “GeeMab”.  Silly, perhaps, but the usage of such names had saved their operation precious picoseconds over the course of the past three seasons.
GeeMab was surrounded by his usual group of cronies – big balding men wearing double-breasted suits, uniformly chewing fat cigars, their heads wreathed with smoke that dimmed the bulb of the aging brass light fixture above.  They all wore a look of knowing self-satisfaction, reminiscent to Jeff of a group that could have worked for Doyle Lonnegan in The Sting.
“Jeffy, baby!” greeted GeeMab in unnecessarily shouty tones.  “Have I got a deal for you!”
“Hello…Johnny…baby,” Jeff replied.  “I am all ears, as usual.”
“Well, me and the boys have been talking to our scouts, and we want to do you a favor.  We have interest in that little Pwur-toe Ree-can shortstop of yours, you remember the guy?  Correa?  Anyway, we know he’s young and so probably won’t amount to very much, but we’re willing to take on the risk.  In fact, we’ll even give you our starting major league center fielder in return for him!  Whaddaya say?”
Jeff blinked a few times.  Then he pushed a button on his desk, and the screen overlaid with static.  White noise filled the recessed speakers around his office.  “I’m sorry, John, but your connection is breaking up.  I can’t hear a word you’re saying!  I’ll have to talk to you later.”  He pressed another button and terminated the transmission.  Then he sighed and let his gaze wander back to the window. Unnoticed, the end of his stylus made its way into his mouth for an absent chew.
In moments, a restless curiosity overtook him, and he leaned back and brushed the glass touchscreen that was the entirety of his desk’s surface, his finger lightly tapping the icon labeled, “NERD CAVE.”  Instantly, the wall resolved into the avatar of his Director of Domination Sciences, a white-labcoated young man with exaggerated spectacles. Jeff asked, “Who do the Braves have that would provide maximum impact to our roster?”
“Major or Minor?” asked the cartoonish mad scientist.
“Major.”
“Working.”  A pause, and then, “Evan Gattis.”
“Interesting.  He doesn’t walk much, and he’s an older guy, but he’s still under team control and he has a lot of power.”
The Director nodded. “He also plays the position of two of our weakest performers from last season.”  The avatar displayed a preprogrammed animation of the scientist throwing papers haphazardly out of a file cabinet, as if looking for something.  Jeff knew that meant his director was about to present an interesting piece of information.  The man spoke again. “As you know, power hitting is on the decline in the majors.”
“That’s why we acquired Chris Carter,” Jeff commented absently.
“Just so.  But take a look at this.  We’ve run Gattis through our system, and this is what his addition would do to the isolated power of our lineup based on 2015 projections.”  Jeff’s screen flickered and presented a graph.

ISO over Time (2015 Steamer Projection)
“Impressive,” Jeff commented.  “Chicks dig the long ball, or so I’m constantly reminded by the Chronicle’s relentless cliché department, but the long ball has become a market inefficiency that we could exploit by adding Gattis to the lineup.”
“Just so.”
“Thanks.  I’ll call you back.”  Jeff touched the screen again and the wall returned to its pleasant navy/orange hibernation state.  He then called up his dialer on his desktop and punched in the code for GeeMab’s war room, grimacing over the subsequent antiquated dial tone that followed.  He turned his speakers down slightly.
GeeMab’s conference room materialized on the wall.
“Jeffy baby!  Change of heart?”
“I’ve been thinking about your offer, John.  It’s very generous, but I felt you should know that you probably don’t want Correa.  I know he looks good on paper, but he has…uh…acute gastralgia and cephalalgia.  He wouldn’t pass your physicals.”
“Oh my! I am sorry to hear such news. We hope he recovers fully.”
Jeff bowed his head in feigned concern and sadness.  Then he cleared his throat. “Your call put me to mind of something though.  I am sure you are aware of our…deficiencies at left field and first base last season?”
“Certainly, but we will not deal Freddie Freeman.  We have too many of his bobble heads stored up to give away next year.”
“You have a player who is much older and barely has a career batting average of .250.  I’ll offer to take him off your hands.  Evan Gattis.”
“Well.  Well, well.”  GeeMab hemmed and hawed for a bit, pretending to be reluctant but doing a poor job to hide his eagerness.  It was no secret to Jeff that the Braves overlords had instructed the man to tear the team down and make it as weak-hitting as possible in order to draw on the sympathy factor to bring more fans to their park.  “I am not so sure,” GeeMab finally said. “Let me consult with my scouting department on what we might ask for in return, and I will call you back.”  He hung up and the wall went blank.
Jeff quickly began opening files on his desk. Behind his office wall, a comforting subterranean rumble started, the mechanisms of Deep Thunk coming to life.
* * *
John pounded the table and looked at his directors.  “We’ve got him.  Let’s fleece him for Gattis!”  Huzzahs sounded from around the table.  “Who can we ask for?”
His Director of Norse Scouting suggested, “How about that Foltywevich fellow?  He’s tall and blond.”
“And,” said the Director of Fastball Scouting, “He throws a 101 fastball.  I even have it on authority that he was once witnessed throwing…” he quieted to a whisper, “102.”  Gasps around the table.
“That settles it then!” Cried John.  “102 mile per hour fastballs don’t grow on trees!”  He quickly looked around and added, “Right?”  Cries of assent abounded, and he nodded sharply at his own wisdom.
“E…excuse me, s-sir,” came a small voice from a dark corner of the room.
Irritably, John turned to the source of his interruption, a weaselly fourteen-year-old who was the sixth Director of Stats that he had gone through that year.  “What is it?”
“Well, s-sir,” the boy stammered.  Then he took a large breath and rushed his words out.  “Foltynewicz has a below-average breaking pitch, an underdeveloped changeup, the 3rd-worst walk rate in the Pacific Coast League and, for a guy with a triple-digit fastball, he has a low strikeout rate.”
Silence.  And then raucous laughter for a solid five minutes.  When it quieted down, the directors were wiping tears from their eyes and the boy cowered in the corner.  John leaned into the table and, with a kind smile, he attempted to educate the poor lad.  “Son…he has a one hundred and two mile-per-hour fastball.”  Nods around the table.  The Director of Stats shuddered.
Satisfied at having set the record straight, John slapped the table again.  “Foltywhatever by himself would be a fantastic return for Gattis.”  He colored the word with derision.  Gattis just didn’t look like a baseball player.  “Was Gattis ever on a Top 100 prospects list?”  Negative responses around the table.  “Was Folty..Folta……you know, I’m just going to call him ‘soup’ for the rest of this conversation, okay?  Was soup ever on a Top 100 prospect list?”
“Twice!” proclaimed John’s Director of Prospect List Scouting.  John nodded sharply.
“Well then.  But let’s put one over on Mr. Smarty Pants the Computer Boy over in Houston.  Who else could we ask for?”
“I have an idea!” suggested his Director of Scouting-Rule-4-Draft-Rounds-Lower-Than-One-But-Higher-Than-Four.  “What about Andrew Thurman?  He was so bad last year that the Astros probably forgot that he was a second-round draft pick!”  Everybody laughed.  Stupid Astros!
“Actually,” came a meek youthful voice from the corner, “Thurman’s a pretty good pitcher.  He doesn’t walk batters—“
“What is with your fixation with walks?” interrupted the Director-of-Strikeout-Scouting.
John waved the man to quiet, and ingratiatingly smiled at the youth.  Having a statistician on staff was en vogue these days, and he didn’t want to crush the boy’s spirit. “It seems we all agree on Thurman.  Let’s call the Astros back.”
* * *
791 miles away, Jeff’s own conference was in full swing.  The staff had agreed that Gattis, while an imperfect player, would add a lot of surplus value to their lineup.  But then, a perfect player wouldn’t be paid the major league minimum with four years left of team control despite posting a 125 wRC+ while playing catcher in his 2nd major league season.
His Director of Quantum Mechanics asked, “Who’s the DTI that we are asking for?”
“Ah, I had almost forgotten,” Jeff admitted.  They always asked for a DTI in trades – a Designtated Throw-In.  They were typically guys that the Astros saw good value in but were under-the-radar for various reasons.  It was how he had acquired Kyle Weiland (poor guy, never seen from again), Rob Rasmussen, Joe Musgrove, Max Stassi, Derek Fisher, and Francis Martes.  Typically, the staff identified somebody they felt was overlooked or under-used or very young that fit the Astros’ paradigm.  “Please run the search.”
“Will do,” said his Director of Scouting Everything from the upper left window of the nine-by-nine grid on his wallscreen.  The man turned away and fiddled with the controls of his computer, which controlled the massive array of satellites that had high resolution visible spectrum, infrared, radar, sonar, gamma ray, and proprietary Astrovision cameras pointed at every baseball park in existence down to the sandlot park behind Piggly Wiggly in the bad neighborhood of Walla Walla Washington.  Two Svedbergs later, the Scouting Director turned back to the camera.
“James Hoyt,” he announced.
“Bio,” said Jeff.
Immediately Deep Thunk’s resonant basso sounded in the speakers of all of the attendees’ offices.  “Hoyt. James. Twenty Eight. RHP. Stamina: 1.356. Currently at AAA Gwinnett.  Career SIERA 2.91, FIP 2.83. Batted ball profile: slightly fly.”  It rattled off other information, a summary of the 1,502 scouting reports on file from the satellites as well as a litany of proprietary statistics.  Deep Thunk finished by saying, “On hypothetical Astros 2015 Roster, would rank #6 in terms of quality relievers.”
Somebody on the call whistled low.  “Why is this guy in the minors?  What don’t they like about him?”  Everybody seemed baffled.
Jeff thanked everybody then terminated the call.  A bit later, GeeMab called back.
“Hi Jeffy baby!” exclaimed the Braves GM.  “We have an offer for you.”
“Before you state it, I have a very small addition to throw in.”  GeeMab looked suspicious, so Jeff said as mildly as he could, “Gattis was hurt some last year, and that worries me.  To make me feel better about a deal for him, can you throw somebody else in any potential deal?  Say, hmmm, James Hoyt?”
GeeMab’s face went blank.  One of the big men at the table asked, “Who?”
A timid-sounding voice from off-camera started to speak, but GeeMab cut him off.  “Of course, of course,” he answered magnanimously.  “I’m willing to deal, but I will demand soup in the deal.”
“Um…excuse me?”
“Sorry, I meant that I will demand Michael F-word in the deal.”
“Oh, I see, well–“
“AND Andrew Thurman,” GeeMab interrupted.  “He was your second-round draft pick last year, you know,” he added, as if he suspected that Jeff didn’t know who he was.
Jeff masterfully prevented an eye roll before it started and asked, “Who else?”
GeeMab seemed flummoxed, and Jeff realized he’d made a mistake.  GeeMab hadn’t intended to ask for anybody else.  But Jeff knew that the Braves’ GM couldn’t hang up now to confer with his scouts, because then he would have to admit it.  GeeMab looked frantically around the table at his directors, who seemed as thrown-off as he was.  After ten full seconds of silence, the off-camera timid voice squeaked, “Rio Ruiz?”
“RIO RUIZ!” bellowed GeeMab.  Jeff hid a wince.  Somebody on John’s staff actually knew what he was talking about.
Jeff begged for a moment to consider, and then sipped his Formosa Bai Hao and thought.  He didn’t mind losing Foltynewicz or Thurman.  Both fellows had major-league upside, of course, but Thurman was buried at a deep position, and internally, most of Jeff’s evaluators, matrices, and algorithms painted Foltynewicz as most likely to become an erratic late-inning reliever.
Jeff called up Deep Thunk’s comparitor program on his desktop and entered the five players into its input array.  Yes, as he suspected, the organization could sustain the loss of the two pitchers with minimal impact, whereas the addition of Gattis and his power bat would give them an offensive power edge compared to most other teams.  As predicted by his experts, Hoyt projected to outperform Foltynewicz in the majors for the next couple of years at least.  But Ruiz was a perplexing situation for the database.  Young.  High ceiling, but not too high.  Decent floor though, and not too risky.  Walked a lot.  Young for his league, but with solid performance so far.  Shallow position.  Losing Ruiz would sting a bit.  But omelettes and eggs, and all that, he thought.
“I accept,” he announced.
“You…you do?” asked GeeMab.  “No counter-offers?”  He suddenly seemed doubtful, and he shot a worried glance in the direction from which the timid voice had come earlier.
“Nah,” said Jeff.  “You win this round.  Nice working with you, I’ve already sent our agreement to MLB.  Have a pleasant evening!”
He signed off, grinned out at the finally-clearing Houston traffic, and sent the telepathic command to put Deep Thunk back into hibernation mode.

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