“We Are Not Trading Freddie Freeman”

freddie-freemanOkay Braves fans, you can take a breath of relief…for the moment.  It appears that you will still have at least one recognizable face on your roster next year.  Braves GM John Coppolella took some time with USA Today to try to put to rest some of the Freddie Freeman rumors.

“I cannot make it any more clear: We are not trading Freddie Freeman,” Coppolella said. “We are not. I’d give my right arm before we trade Freddie Freeman. It is not happening.”

While this is indeed interesting news, it’s not my personal favorite quote from the interview.  Coppolella is sounding a little tired, and a lot frustrated these days.  I wonder if the constant criticism from the new stadium, the lack of competitive nature of the roster, and the recent trades is starting to wear on him.

“I’m getting so tired of this,’’ Coppolella told USA TODAY Sports on the eve of the quarterly Major League Baseball owners’ meetings. “If guys want to take shots, or (degrade) us, fine. But let’s let it play out for a few years before we start branding our pitchforks and torches.

“Trust me,” Coppolella said, “we are not tanking.”

Um, okay, that’s good that you say that, but so far fans have only seen the departures of Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, Jason Hayward, Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons, and Alex Wood.  But you went ahead and signed Nick Markakis, so that’s good right?

Right?

“I didn’t expect it,” Simmons, now a cornerstone in Anaheim with Mike Trout, told MLB Network, “but if you see what’s happening in Atlanta … you won’t be surprised when you hear it’s happening.

“I’m happy to be part of an organization that’s trying to win, win right now.”

And don’t expect the trades to stop anytime soon.  While the Braves are saying they won’t trade Freeman can you say the same about Nick Markakis, Nick Swisher, or Michael Bourn?  No one expected you to trade a promising young short stop under team control for even younger middle of the road pitching prospects.  But maybe you know something the rest of us don’t.  Maybe you have the next Glavine or Maddux in that deal.  Maybe in a few years, we’ll look back and think how silly we all were for questioning this move.

Or maybe we’ll be wondering why you have such an empty, beautiful, new ballpark.

15 thoughts on ““We Are Not Trading Freddie Freeman”

  1. …I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I get it. Coppy is being second and third guessed by everyone who has ever had anything to do with the Braves, but this has been the plan from the start. I swear he’s getting rid of anyone who was brought in by Frank Wren. Simba’s quote was telling, and heartbreaking, because if Simmons felt that way, one of the most cheerful and optimistic players on the team, the rest of the guys are screwed.

    No one believes Coppy. My friend Liz started a “is Freddie still a Brave?” Countdown blog. Needless to say I follow it, just because I hate life.

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  2. Curious about how quick the Simmons trade went down; did Coppy not shop him much? Was DiPoto unaware, or did he not want to pay more.

    And, I will trade Tony Pham, Alex Reyes, and Coppy’s right arm for Freeman.

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    • Rumors had it that they talked to the Mets, but wanted either Harvey or deGrom. I laughed at that, because to me it was stupid, but asking for maybe Matz, a couple of prospects and maybe, idk, Duda? For what the Braves gave up, seemed fair.

      I can’t figure out end game here. I know that Atlanta’s bread and butter is pitching bit this is ridiculous. You can’t field a team with only middle relief.

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  3. “I cannot make it any more clear: We are not trading Freddie Freeman,” Coppolella said. “We are not. I’d give my right arm before we trade Freddie Freeman. It is not happening.

    Hmm… this reminds of this other quote:

    “Read my Lips: No new taxes.”

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  4. So….they aren’t “tanking”, they are just going to suck for a few years on purpose while trying to amass as much talent as possible for the future?

    Got it.

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    • I don’t even get it on that point. For the Astros and Cubs it made perfect sense. Both teams had few building blocks and lots of old, bloated contracts on the books. Trading for what they could get and fielding a AAA team for a few years was an excellent rebuild strategy. But the Braves were a pretty good team, with a strong farm system and only a few holes at the big league level. Tearing down and in the process getting so little back, so they can tank a few years for draft picks just seems bizarre.

      Also, I cannot believe that nobody would have offered more for Simmons. If the Mariners hadn’t been willing to give up a better pitching prospect I’d eat my hat.

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      • Agreed 100%.

        For some teams, there wasn’t any other real option. The Braves were fine, but decided to rebuild a team that already had a young core.

        This is what happens, I think, when a team is owned by a company rather than an individual. Corporate ownership has generally been bad for the fans of those teams.

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      • The thing is that most fans of the Astros and the Cubs could see where things were headed. I know I would look at the Cubs farm teams and say, “Well, that’s going to be good, we just gotta be patient.” I look at the Braves’ farm teams and say, “My god, this is a crap fest.”

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