B.J. Upton And Dan Uggla Were The Biggest Reasons Why Wren Was Shown The Door!
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True to prior blogs written here at the MLB Reports, the older Upton’s Free Agent contract of 5 YRs/$75 MIL will go down as one of the worst deals ever consummated on the open market.
You add the $15 AAV (Average Annual Value) to Uggla’s $11 MIL, and you are forking out over $26 MIL a year – for what are horrific numbers.
The genesis of my theory was simply the team would not recover financially, or be able to cover up any mistakes/injuries that may come to the club.
Atlanta has been one of the best franchises in the MLB for the last 24 years. Even after the organization claimed 14 straight NL East titles, they only took about 5 years to reload the troops for another wave of success.
Since the end of the 2012 year though, the franchise has seen Chipper Jones retire, longtime Catcher Brian McCann move on to New York, and former Brave great Tim Hudson move out to the San Francisco Giants.
Let us not forget the club also lost Eric O’Flaherty (1.99 ERA as an Atlanta player) due to Free Agency as well.
It was a lot for the team to stem the tide for competition.
Atlanta has definitely made off like a bandit on that transaction.
Luckily for the organization, the new park (Sun Trust Park), will be opened in the 2017 season. The upcoming revenue was put in place for these said extensions, otherwise this whole fiasco may be a bigger cluster bang, if they had to operate under Turner Field budgets alone..
If he takes the job, he should do so by making a managerial change. Fredi Gonzalez has had several bad September’s at the helm, including one of the worst collapses ever in the 2011 campaign.
The new mantra should be to not accept failure at all.
As far as Bobby Cox endorsing Gonzalez.. I understand that, but the lack of changes in this franchise over the last few seasons can’t be understated enough.
The current team should be better than they are now. There is something missing with this formula, but it is easier to change the manager – than it is to change your baseball club.
The future is not that bad in Atlanta.
Freddie Freeman is on the cusp of superstardom, and Julio Teheran should only elevate each season going forward, Throw in the incredible play on defense by Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward, and you have one of the best run-prevention teams around.
Money aside, you have to get rid of B.J. Upton this winter. Hopefully that trade of bad contracts (Upton for Edwin Jackson) would still be on the table with the Cubs.
At this point, you might as well grab another Starter for the 2015 year right now, with a couple of guys on the shelf anyway, and the likelihood of retaining both Harang and Santana will be tough as well.
There are some more questions to be sifted through – and the biggest one may still lie with the status of B.J. Upton for 2015.
At least John Hart doesn’t have Dan Uggla to deal with anymore, even though he will collect a swift $13.2 MIL in 2015, courtesy of the “Tomahawk Choppers”.
It is not like the franchise could bury 2 bad contracts like this, like the big market clubs can do. Representing about 25% of the total team payroll, with grotesque production set this team back finally this year.
There was no money to spend at the deadline, and the club overspent the budget to bring in Santana.
Thank goodness that Alex Wood pitched nicely in the rotation, at that they rescued Harang off the scrap heap – otherwise this team could have been cellar dwelling in the Division at year’s end.
Hopefully, Hart, or whoever ultimately sits in the GM chair in the near future, can pull the trigger on good deals for at least the next 3 years, inn order to cover up the crater of financial waste the team has suffered from Uggla and Upton. 2 men that took down Wren.
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Posted on September 24, 2014, in MLB Teams State Of the Unions and tagged aaron harang, alex wood, andrelton simmons, Atlanta Braves, b.j. upton, Bobby Cox, Brian McCann, chipper jones, chris johnson, christian bethancourt, edwin jackson, eric o'flaherty, evan gattis, frank wren, freddie freeman, fredi gonzalez, john hart, john schuerholz, Jonny Venters, julio teheran, justin upton, mike minor, NL east, sun trust park, tim hudson, turner field. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.