October 27, 2011 at 1:59 am by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
It’s no secret that I haven’t posted since well before the last day of the regular season. Plain and simple, after I purchased a ticket for Game 163 in St. Louis, I was prepared to attend the Braves playoff berth. Instead, I was refunded my $150 and the only closure that I received was watching my former employer, the Tampa Bay Rays, top the Yankees to claim the AL Wild Card just hours later.
Simply put, it’s been a rough stretch. And it’s not just for me. It’s been hard on all of us. But now that the World Series is over, the Thrashers season off-season is underway.
Over the next five months, we’re going to divulge about the off-season and the approaching 2012 season. But looking ahead, the following off-season is what really matters. The following players are set to become free agents one year from now: Derek Lowe, Chipper Jones (option), Tim Hudson (option), Brian McCann (option), Michael Bourn, Peter Moylan, Matt Diaz and David Ross. That’s essentially every veteran on the team, outside of Dan Uggla. It’s also $50 million off the books in addition to whatever money Bourn fetches in arbitration this off-season.
That being said, the Braves have a chance to make or break their future. It’s a certainty that the Braves will talk with McCann and Bourn about a modified re-buy and possibly Hudson, Moylan, Diaz and Ross.
Then following 2013, Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado and Eric O’Flaherty are set to hit free agency.
Needless to say, Frank Wren and crew have plenty on their plate. Here’s to the next few months of uncertainty and hoping that all goes well.
Since comments have been restored, I feel it’s important to lay out the following guidelines for the off-season:
- Fredi Gonzalez isn’t going to be fired.
- Jose Constanza is not a Major League outfielder.
- Nate McLouth is going to become a free agent.
Derek Lowe is not going to be traded.
- Chipper Jones is not going to retire.
- The Braves are not going to trade for or sign an all-star short stop. In fact, they probably won’t acquire a short stop at all.