Braves Notes: Uggla, Lackey, Halladay, Haren, Turner Field
The Atlanta Braves came out with rather stunning news Monday about their plans for a new stadium in Cobb County, 14 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta for 2017. As the GM meetings are well underway this week, here are some notes about the Braves and their plans.
- The Atlanta Braves may have a desire to trade Dan Uggla this off-season, but his salary over the next two years may curtail any hopes. Tommy La Stella is the type of infielder the Braves would like to see fit into their every day lineup. The 24-year-old had a stellar 2013 campaign hitting .356/.444/.492 with five home runs, 45 RBI in 88 games between Single-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi. He’s a guy the Braves would like to have play second base in the near future. He’s likely to get an opportunity in Spring Training to show his abilities.
- With the likely notion that Tim Hudson‘s career with the Braves is over, Atlanta could look to pursue other veterans on the free-agent market. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution noted the other day John Lackey could be available for trade from the Red Sox this off-season. Atlanta could work out a deal to bring Lackey into the fold if Boston could eat part of his $15.25 MM salary in 2014. Lackey has a club vesting option for the minimum $500,000 player salary in 2015 if he missed any significant time between 2010-2014 due to an elbow injury. Lackey missed 2012 due to Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.
- The Braves could also kick the tires on signing Roy Halladay or Dan Haren. Halladay only made 13 starts in 2013 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Atlanta wouldn’t have to pay too much for his services as he’s looking for an opportunity to revitalize his career. If the right-hander would consider a one-year contract worth the $5-6 million range, the two sides could join together.
- Haren had a rough 2013 season for the Washington Nationals, going 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA. The right-hander would likely want a multi-year contract, but would the Braves be willing to give him one? Halladay might be the feasible choice with the most upside if he can stay healthy and revive his career.
- Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed said Turner Field will be demolished to make room for housing developments in the area. “We’re going to have a master developer that is going to demolish the Ted and we’re going to have one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had,” he said, referring to the stadium’s nickname. The Braves organization announced Monday of their plans to relocate the team to Cobb County, a few miles northwest of downtown Atlanta where the majority of their season ticket holders live once their lease with Turner Field ends after 2016.
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