decoy562 wrote:The Braves really had no other options at 1B. Scott Thorman? He flunked. I don't think anyone wants to see Greg Norton play every day. No options I know of in the minors.
Again - who cares. They are punting the season. Put Thorman or any other AAA guy you want over there. The Braves have already announced that their season is OVER.
decoy562 wrote:And the statement of "just put a 3B guy over there" is a dumb idea.
I didn't say "just put a 3B guy over there" - I said they were not limited to trading for a 1B. They could have traded for a 3B instead and put him at first. And doing so is not dumb. Transitioning guys from 3B to 1B happens all the time - fielding both positions are very similar, only 1B is a lot easier. Look at Kevin Youkilis - he was considered a good-but-not-great defensive 3B and he had never played 1B before - within two seasons he turned into a gold glove caliber 1B and broke the MLB error-less streak at 1B.
decoy562 wrote:Finally, there is only one 1B on the market this winter...Teixeira.
Really? One? In all of MLB? What about Delgado (option won't be picked up), Giambi (ditto), Millar, Sexson, etc. plus other guys with some experience there like Dunn, Garciaparra, etc.? Teixeira is the only super-star free agent 1B, sure, but he's also one of the only super-star free agents at ANY position. Also, are the Braves not allowed to trade in the offseason?
decoy562 wrote:I think the Braves did the best they could in this situation and they got a decent 1B they have under contract for awhile.
Maybe they did, and maybe they didn't - but they weren't restricted in trading for a 1B. They could have traded for a pitcher or prospects or another hot commodity to flip or someone to fill some other need and then deal with the 1B hole later.