So, all four divisional series are still running as of 10/11, but is that any reason not to talk about free agency?
No disrespect to any of the fans of the teams still in, but wouldn't you say free agents don't get enough discussion time on, say, Sportscenter, BleacherReport, et al? You do???
The Braves will be needing a third baseman to replace Jones. The um, list of free agent third basemen (excluding those with options-looking at you, Mr. Wright) is not too rich:
-Geoff Blum (Blum will be a ripe 40 years old next spring.)
-Miguel Cairo (He of the sparkling .187 BA this past year)
-Mark DeRosa (Mark, a former Brave, hasn't been an everyday player since 2009 and hit one point better than Miguel Cairo this year as a bench player for the Nats)
-Kevin Kouzmanoff (The second paragraph of Kouzmanoff's Wiki entry begins with, "Kouzmanoff had trouble with various sports in high school..." Kouzmanoff has toiled in the minors this year)
-Placido Polanco (When googling Polanco, the second google search option from the top, after "placido polanco stats," is "placido polanco head".)
|Placido wonders: Why the commotion about my head, anyway?|
So...Martin Prado will, likely, come over from left to replace Chipper in the coming year. Prado has been one of the players for the Braves that has been consistently good-even if not All-Star quality every year. I'm no stat-head, but it's worth something in my book that Prado has hit .300 three out of the four years he's been a Braves regular, whatever position he plays.
In the meantime of such hot stove talk, however...
This is some retail wax I bought a while back. 2006 Upper Deck series 2.
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