Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
This is a broken team of incomplete players. It was originally designed to be led by a Captain that is no longer on the ship. Instead, he left behind an all-star team of young, team controlled pitchers that have to hit their own home runs to win a ballgame.
We have to stop crying about those good old days when the team had an 11 game win streak and realize that this is a third place team at best. Neither Terry Collins or Sandy Alderson can stop the bleeding and, when it’s all said and done and no decent deal is done before the trading deadline is over, I swear to God I’ll kill the first guy that stands up and says the timing just wasn’t right for the right deal.
It really frosts my arse when I see teams like Atlanta close a deal this past week for pitching prospect Touki Toussaint. Why is the Braves willing to take on the Bronson Arroyo salary in order to build their future and the Mets can’t even find a trading partner before the all-star break?
John Hart took over as Atlanta’s General Manager like, what, last week… and he’s already acquired pitching prospects Manny Banuelos, Mike Foltynewicz, Max Fried, Tyrell Jenkins, Ricardo Sanchez, Andrew Thurman, Arodys Vizcaino and Matt Wisler, as well as position prospects Jose Briceno, Jordan Paroubeck, Dustin Peterson, Rio Ruiz and Mallex Smith. He's also acquired young big league veterans Shelby Miller and Jace Peterson.
Sure, it cost him closer Craig Kimbrel, three of the Braves' four best hitters from 2014 (Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward), a fourth regular (Tommy La Stella) and three more of their top relievers (Jordan Walden, David Hale, David Carpenter), but Hart was willing to step up and turn a team around that literally had no future.
Why can he make these deals and Sandy Alderson can’t?
I’ll have more on Friday.