I’m shocked…shocked I tell you! Bill Lack 11/09/2009 17 See the story. Share this:TweetPocket 17 Responses Matt B. 11/09/2009 The link isn’t working for me, but the URL text gave it away. I wonder who will pick him up. Y-City Jim 11/09/2009 Let’s hope he doesn’t find his way back here. brublejr 11/09/2009 I would be surprised if he didn’t go back to Boston on a lesser deal. pinson343 11/10/2009 brublejr: I would be surprised if he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go back to Boston on a lesser deal. He played well for the Red Sox, they might be interested in keeping him around as a reserve SS. RedinFla 11/09/2009 brublejr: I would be surprised if he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go back to Boston on a lesser deal. Yeah, that’s what I expect – And good to see your smilin’ face, Y-City.. Y-City Jim 11/09/2009 Life has been busy but it is great to be back! Glenn 11/10/2009 Gonzon will be back with the Sox next year…a little lighter in the wallet. per14 11/10/2009 How about another a-gon? Adrian Gonzalez? He’s cheap and available. Move Votto to left. Of course, it will take a lot to get him. Dan 11/10/2009 @per14: ??? Why would we trade for another very good left-handed-hitting first baseman? We already have too many of those. I think the only acquisitions for us that make sense (unless we trade some people away) would be –catcher who can hit –shortstop who can hit –starting pitching (you can never have too much) –LF (only if he can hit a lot better than Gomes/Dickerson) Dan 11/10/2009 Atlanta has too many good starting pitchers. (Nice problem to have!) Also, both of their closer candidates from last year (Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez) are free agents. I wonder if they could take on a contract: Cordero for Kawakami? Kawakami is signed for 2 more years for $13.33 million. Cordero is signed for 2 more years for $24 million (really $25 million if you include his $1M buyout for 2012). I still think we could use one more dependable arm in the starting rotation. Kawakami got no buzz whatsoever, and he’s pretty clearly the Braves’ 6th best starting pitcher now… but still, he pitched 156 IP for Atlanta this year with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. I’d love to get him and I can’t help but feel like the Braves undervalue him. Cueto-Bailey-Harang-Arroyo-Kawakami There’s no true #1 ace there, but there’s also no real weak link either. I’d like that rotation a LOT. If we could do it and also shed a little salary, I’d be all for it, personally. $12 million closers are for fools (and rich teams). Dan 11/10/2009 By the way… looking ahead to 2011… both Harang and Arroyo have options for that season. We need to be gearing up for potentially not picking up either option, and putting together a solid starting rotation that might not have either Harang or Arroyo in it. Cueto-Bailey-Volquez-Kawakami would be a good start in my mind, for 2011. per14 11/10/2009 Well, Alonso and Votto both can’t left. One of them has to be moved to the OF and I think it’s pretty obvious that only Votto can play OF. Gonzalez is signed for two more years at about 5 mil per year. Why not go get him for 2010, let Alonzo keep developing throughout 2010, and then maybe flip A-Gon after 2010 (possibly for a starting pitcher)? The fact is that it’s going to be hard to find a better LFer nfor ext year unless they are a little creative. per14 11/10/2009 sheish…sorry for the lack of proofreading. Meant to say Alonso and Votto both can’t PLAY FIRST BASE. Jose 11/10/2009 Dan, We’d have to be complete morons to trade a top tier closer, for a back of the rotation guy whos had one DECENT season, Kawakami was on my fantasy team for a short while, and he was wayyyy inconsistent. Dan 11/10/2009 @Jose: In my book, a good 160-inning guy is more valuable than a great 65-inning guy any day of the week. Especially when Masset seems ready to step into the closer role. If I can also save $6 million per year over the next two years… sign me up. In fact, “complete morons” is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about paying 1/6th of your team payroll to a reliever pitching 65 innings a year. Even if he’s very good, that is a waste. Proven closers are way way overvalued in my book. Matt Steele 11/10/2009 I’m somewhat sad about this though, given the condition of his son and the escalating financial costs for his family. Hope he finds a place somewhere shane 11/11/2009 Do we know if Votto can play left field? I don’t follow the minor league stuff so I don’t know if he has any experience in left or not, or if he’s any good there. Does anyone know?