Sunday, October 31, 2004

Free Agency Filings

Current Atlanta Braves players filing for free agency this past week:

Thursday, October 28th: J.D. Drew, Jaret Wright, and Paul Byrd
Friday, October 29th: Russ Ortiz and Julio Franco

Drew and Wright seem to be the top priorities for the Braves. Drew's stats for the 2004 season were pretty darn good (.305, 93 RBI, 31 HR) and he provided an excellent glove in right field. Most impressive was the fact that he didn't spend any time on the DL for the first time during his career. Equally impressive is the fact that this was the first time during his career that I didn't hate his guts.

After being claimed from the scrap heap of "has-been" pitchers, Wright put up some great numbers (15-8, 3.28 ERA) and emerged as the ace of the staff.

I'd like to see Franco brought back for another season for the simple fact that I'm impressed by any 82 year-old man who can still hit a Big League fastball.

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