The Braves are thinking about trading Jason Heyward? Have they lost their damn minds?

35 Comments

I was too busy recovering from shock to have seen this Buster Olney item from yesterday, but I’m sane today and … it’s probably going to send me back into insanity if there are any legs to it:

The Braves need power production out of right field. Now there is some sentiment within the organization that Atlanta might be better off dealing Heyward and taking advantage of his value or, at the very least, considering alternatives as they wait for him to develop.

Whoever in the organization is harboring such sentiment should have their head examined.  Heyward is 22. He had a bad-for-him year, but was still the Braves’ best outfielder. Faint praise, but it’s true.

More to the point, he’s 22-years-old and has excelled at every level of baseball going back to little league. He had some health problems and some adjustment issues in 2011. Classic recipe for a sophomore slump.  But that doesn’t change the fact that he is a fantastic ballplayer with outstanding promise.  And it’s not like the Braves have a ton of those whose primary job is to hit the ball a long way.

I’m going to choose to believe that someone with the Braves is simply messing with Olney.  If there is any more to this, however, the Braves and I are going to have a long conversation about the state of our relationship.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 2018 option

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.