ok the braves need to find out how to win the post season and to do that you need a few things they dont have. they dont need all of this power up and down the lineup like they did this past year.
1# domintating pitcher- they dont have one starting
2# more balance through the lineup-need speed
3#leader- in the lineup
4#spunk- have none play for the division title then always die
ok im going to explain what i think then produce a lineup
javy lopez isnt a good catcher, hes a good hitter, but not a good catcher. they have jonny estrada whos suppost to be great at framing pitches. if they have some extra money they might try going after pudge. first base is another problem.first base by commity hasnt been working, and robert fick left a bad taste in our mouths with that baserunning play. they also have another young rookie firstbaseman named mike hesssman who had a short call up during the season and had 3 hits, 2hrs and a double. second base stick with giles,ss stick with furcal. at third uve got to get rid of vinny, even though he has one of the best gloves for a third baseman, so u put chipper back at third. since chipper left third u put mark derosa in left. now comes the hardest part to beilieve, u have to get rid of andrew jones. he is the best defensive outfielder in the game, no question, and he has a power stick. the thing is it seems like he brings that lacsidasical mood to the braves. the braves need a dominant starter for the playoffs, some like curt schilling or curt schillingest,(or move smoltz back in). gary sheffield i hate to see go but, the braves will be taking a pay cut soon and hes joked in the playoffs the last two years. get some young arms in the bullpen.
ok, u might notice there are alot of rookies, but they will bring some spunk. they also need a leader, but will chipper step up?
c. jonny estrada,henry blanco
1b.mike hessman,julio franco
2b.marcus giles, mark derosa
3b. chipper jones, mark derosa
ss.rafeal furcal, mark derosa(hes a good utility man)
lf.mark derosa,darren bragg
cf.jeff francour,darren bragg( maybe they could pick up some1 like kenny lofton)
rf. darren bragg,ryan langherhans
sp. mike hampton
rp young gun
rp young gun
cl.jason marquis?( just a though)
yes the braves are taking a pay cut, and that means if they dont trade any big money maker they probably wont have any money for a free agent. smoltz made a comment that he thinks he would serve a the braves better by being in the starting rotation. this will probably be smoltzs' last year in my opinion one way or another. jt snow would be a good pick up for the braves, because he is such a good defensive 1b even though the braves infield wasnt as bad as the stats they put up were. i also think i remember that jonny damon is a free agent this year but i might be wrong. if the braves dont put smoltz in the starting rotation i still think they will need dominant starting pitcher. u also made the comparison of andrew jones to willie mays, but andrew doesnt play with they energy that willie had, he also isnt as good of a pure hitter as he was, and andrew, has lost his speed that he had over time.and u cant underestimate the attitude he brings to the clubhouse it just seems like hes one of guys that brings that non-enthusiastic attitude to the team.
I think the Braves major concern is to add another quality starter. I'm starting to think that they'll bring back Millwood instead of Maddux. Javy Lopez might be back in a Braves uniform, but not as a catcher. The Braves have already indicated that they would like to use Johnny Estrada, who came to Atlanta in the Millwood trade...Javy has also expressed his intrest in playing first base for the Braves. (Robert Fick could be used as a catcher too, by the way) I also doubt that Vinny Castilla will be back next year. At least I hope he won't. I would like to see Chipper move back to third, but I don't think that's gonna happen...It seems more likely that they'll either sign a new third baseman in the offseason or use Mark DeRosa at third.... They could probably shift DeRosa to second too and use Giles at third....
This is another possibility, but not very likely....The Braves have this top prospect at shortstop in the minors. What's his name again? Wilson Betemit, there we go...They might try to bring him in at third, but I seriously doubt it....
That's about as likely as Andruw Jones being traded. (which is definately not going to happen!) I don't think John Smoltz will be a starter again either. I'm sure he wants to, but the Braves need him in the ninth!
They also need to improve their middle relief (like so many other MLB teams). Ray King, Jung Bong, Trey Hodges, Darren Holmes, Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Gryboski just won't do it for a top team.... Kent Mercker needs to stay and Jaret Wright turned out to be pretty reliable too....
Oh yeah, I also think it is important to resign Greg Maddux! He is so valuable to young pitchers like Horacio Ramirez and he gives the team stability.
With Mike Hampton, Greg Maddux, Russ Ortiz, Horacio Ramirez and maybe Kevin Millwood this team would have a great starting rotation. Plus, Paul Byrd should return sometime around the All-Star break too....
I think that would be the most likely to happen this offseason.....
yes i have no doubt that andrew jones is the best outfielder that weve seen in a very long time on any team. i also think that that would be a great move to move javy to first because its estrada's time to play and javy's time to play too and javy can put up some good numbers if hes not catching every day. betemit has been the braves top prospect for a few years now, but since they have such a stacked left and middle side of the infield, where would they put him. taking into consideration of what yall have said i will make a new propisition for the braves lineup next year.
sp.millwood(but would he come back after the braves backstabbed him last year)
sp.they could give jason marquis another shot
rp.someone for russ ortiz
I think Sheff will be back. He has no reason to leave Atlanta. He's happy and has also indicated that he'd like to stay. I'm beginning to doubt that they'll re-sign Javy. J.T. Snow could be a good fit for first. It's more likely that they'll bring up Mike Hessmann to platoon with Julio Franco. By the way, I just read that post by catcher-03....Tell me something: Why would Ortiz not be in the starting lineup?
well the braves dont have sheffield,madux, or javy any more, but they got jd drew. i beileve he fits in nicely now but i would have liked to see jaque jones instead, for the only reason that he doesnt get hurt as much. now they also dont have ray king, but knowing good ole' john, hell make a deal for the braves that will put them predicted at the begining of the season in 2nd or 3rd in the division, but when the playoffs come around, the braves will be right back at top of their division. trust me