February 24, 2012 at 9:12 am by Franklin Rabon under Atlanta Braves
So, as many of you know Mike Minor made some comments recently. David O’Brien had the direct quotes. Originally, most commentators took this as a young punk demanding a trade. There were plenty of thoughts being expressed along the lines of “well that’s not how we do it in Atlanta, time to ship him out” or “who does this punk think he is?” On further reflection, I think Minor was just being candid in saying that if because of the logjam of great MLB caliber arms, he isn’t in the rotation after Hudson returns, all parties involved would probably be better off with a trade.
That view certainly makes sense. The downside to having as much pitching depth as Atlanta has is that at some point you either have to trade it or waste it. If it wasn’t for Hudson starting the season injured and lingering concerns with Hanson and Jurrjens coming off injury plagued years, we’d already be at that point.
Bowman has tweeted that after being in contact with Minor, that is what Minor is saying he meant. That if he wasn’t in the rotation, at the end of the year, he feels he probably should and would be traded at some point during this season. I hesitate to read between the lines, but it does seem odd that Minor reached out to Mark Bowman for this clarification, as opposed to David O’Brien, who originally quoted him. Perhaps Bowman was just easier for him to contact, perhaps he couldn’t remember which guy got the initial quotes, but it is strange.
Getting back to Minor, this really isn’t a big deal. Even if he did originally demand a trade and just backed off, so what? There’s no indication that he’d perform poorly because of it, that would be catastrophically stupid, and his agent would surely set him straight there. If we take him to mean what he said in his clarification to Bowman, which was more or less just him saying that if he can’t pitch for the Braves this year, then he believes it would be best for all involved that he be traded, then no problem at all. Perhaps you don’t want your players pretending to be Frank Wren, but it’s such an obvious statement in many ways, who really cares?
Mike Minor is a promising young pitcher that would be a 3rd starter on many teams. He most likely will be the 4th or 5th starter on this team all year. That was true before these quotes, it’s still true after these quotes. This seems to be a prime example of us all hunting for stories when there aren’t really any to be had.
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