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DOB's opinion on trading Gattis

Posted: 8/27/2014 11:58 AM

DOB's opinion on trading Gattis 

DOBs blog recently says Gattis may be traded this off season.

IMO a whole bunch of moves need to be made before even considering moving Gattis and his bat.  His output and power at league minimum will be awfully difficult to replace.

I would like to see what his production would be with 600 ABs.
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Posted: 8/27/2014 12:40 PM

Re: DOB's opinion on trading Gattis 

• Gattis’ future: When Evan Gattis hit a ninth-inning homer Sunday at Cincinnati, he became just the second catcher in the nearly century-and-a-half franchise history to hit at least 20 homers in each of his first two seasons, joining Earl Williams (1971-72).

Gattis, who is 27, had 21 homers in 354 at-bats as a rookie in 2013 and has 20 homers in 323 at-bats this season. That’s 41 homers (and 115 RBis) in his first 677 at-bats in the majors, folks. And that’s a lot.
So, what does the future hold for El Oso Blanco? As much as a lot of Braves fans don’t want to hear it, there’s at least a pretty good chance he could be traded this winter.

It’s not that the Braves don’t love his big-power bat, because they do. It’s that they have young, cannon-armed Christian Bethancourt waiting in the wings, ready to shut down opponents’ running games and play superb defense, two areas that are not Gattis’ strong suits. And they’re not sure how long Gattis’ 250-pound body can hold up to the rigors of catching.

The presence of Bethancourt, plus the undeniable trade value that Gattis will have, might make it too tempting for the Braves to pass up a trade this winter, while Gattis is healthy and other teams, American League teams in particular, drool over the prospect of adding his big bat to their lineup.

I’d hate to see Gattis go. Great dude, great story. But he’s got American League written all over him. He could be a primary DH and part-time catcher in the AL and hit 35-40 homers in 500-600 at-bats. And the Braves should be able to get a relative king’s ransom for him in a trade, more than they’ve gotten back for any player in quite some time.

On the other hand, the Braves might also decide that huge (and affordable) right-handed power is just too much to let get away. The Braves have at least discussed e moving Gattis back to left field in the future, in which case they’d bite the bullet defensively and hope he could improve with more experience there.

By the way, besides Williams and Gattis, five other Braves (regardless of position) have hit 20 or more homers in each of their first two seasons: Eddie Mathews (1952-53), Bob Horner (1978-79), David Justice (1990-91) and Freddie Freeman (2011-12).

Pretty decent company he’s in, huh?
Atlanta Braves Clubhouse Sign: Pitching and Defense Wins
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Posted: 8/27/2014 2:03 PM

Re: DOB's opinion on trading Gattis 

Given the right roster, Gattis could serve capably as a 4th OFer, Part time catcher and 1st off the bench PH.  All at a very affordable price.

There are sufficient trade chips that could be used to bring a substantial return, similar to Gattis.

I am not sold that Bethancourt is the answer.  At least until the offensive woes are fixed.
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Posted: 8/27/2014 5:02 PM

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Gattis is 28. If he was 25 I would be more inclined to keep him. Gattis should be moved as well as one of Heyward and Justin Upton. Get an influx of real major league prospects close to the majors. Yes odds are 2015 would be a total loss but come 2016 the braves could be positions for at a shot for a good run towards a WS.

Last edited 8/27/2014 5:30 PM by skidlee21

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Posted: 8/29/2014 5:32 AM

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28 is usually considered prime of life.  Less than a year ago MOST people were crying to keep Brian McCann for long term and he was how old?  And how much

Is/Was Gattis really that bad in LF as a part timer?

Do we really need another Laird backing up Bethancourt and his weak bat?

If you think Gattis will bring a ton in return, try one more year of full time play and see what you can get before he goes into arb.
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Posted: 8/29/2014 5:55 PM

Re: DOB's opinion on trading Gattis 

I think the Braves should trade Heyward this winter and move Justin Upton to rf which would place Gattis in lf and Bethancourt at c while getting a couple of pitching prospects for Heyward to fill out the rotation for 2015.

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Posted: 8/29/2014 7:19 PM

Re: DOB's opinion on trading Gattis 

my thoughts:  Get rid of BJ somehow.  Move Heyward to CF for at least next year.  I doubt Heyward will sign long term so might as well milk the cow for what its worth.

Trade JUp for a good package of prospects.  Probably a slightly smaller package than Heyward would bring.

Get a young cheap LH batting Catcher to be backup and sometime PHer.  Rob Brantly comes to mind but that type is what I have in mind.  Gattis catches against LH pitching , plays a good deal in LF and is prime PH when needed.

Look at the Dodgers situation.  They may be in the market for a SS  I would strongly consider Simmons for Pederson plus.  PROVIDING Peraza is ready and can play SS.

If Boston really wants an OFer wonder if they would do a 3 way with us and the Phillies.  A big prospect package to the Phillies, Hamels to us and JUp to Boston.  Heyward could move if the return is right for us.
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