Hey everyone, it’s Akshay, back from my three to four month disappearance. I’ve been here, been watching and waiting just to see if the Braves would actually do anything since I left. Nothing on the field, unfortunately. However, we were able to parlay Tex’s walk year into a long term solution at first base. I’ve made it no secret that, while Tex was awesome, Kotchman will be as good if not a better fit for our team in the long run. He’s cheap, he hits in the upper .200s and close to .300 and plays gold glove calibre defense. Sure, the power’s not there, but the doubles are. And Kotchman is a little more likely to steal a base than Tex is, take that for what it’s worth. The other trade was Mark Kotsay for A-ball prospect Luis Sumoza. He had just four hits in 19 at-bats with the Rome Braves (Class A), but his OBP, Slugging and Batting Average have increased every year he’s been in the minors. He is considered a five-tool player, and even if three or four of those “tools” comes to fruition, this would have been a good trade for the Braves. While he is a while away, signing a big time outfield slugger this offseason will help with the transition. You know, maybe a Manny Ramirez or Pat Burrell, or even trading for a guy like Matt Holliday who could bridge the 2009 gap in time for Jason Heyward.
Anyway, I’m writing today to talk about an editorial I wrote for the Georgia Tech school newspaper a little while ago. I’ve been writing for the Technique for a while, but this is the first time I’ve written about the Braves (we had a beyond the White and Gold a couple of years ago when we traded for Tex because of his Tech roots). Here’s the link: Braves need to get serious in off-season. Enjoy. I’m working on a post-season summary for the team and trying to make it a two-three day reading piece. Keep an eye out for that.
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