Its become almost habit that every so often Braves GM John Coppolella pops up and does an interview or Twitter Q&A that results in Braves’ fan getting all riled up and/or excited. This is partially due to Coppy’s reputation as a bit of a wheeler and dealer which, more often than not, ends well for the Braves and also due to the anticipation caused by the sheer volume of prospects in the farm system and SunTrust Park opening in 2017.
Suffice it to say, while his segment was only 11-12 minutes long, Coppy’s interview with ESPN’s Buster Olney definitely had some interesting tidbits for fans to think about.
Here's the portion of the podcast with Braves GM John Coppolella. https://t.co/O5uGKBate7 About Swanson, Freeman, winter plans, new park.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 21, 2016
Its not a long clip and I highly recommend giving it a listen, but here are the highlights:
- Dansby’s promotion had more to do with the timing of the Erick Aybar trade rather than vice versa. This is somewhat dubious given that it’s not like the Braves weren’t frantically trying to get rid of Aybar to begin with, but that’s neither here nor there. The Braves are obviously happy with how he has been doing.
- The Braves are going to have more money than they have had in at least the past 10 years to spend this offseason. Given this particular free agent market and the fact that free agent contracts have gotten grossly prohibitive for teams, this is less exciting than it should be but could allow for a trade of a guy on a big contract if the price is right.
- The Braves like Brian Snitker, think he has done a lot to improve his chances to become a manager in 2017, but are still going to look at outside options in addition to Snitker when deciding who will manage the Braves in 2017. The Braves have played better under Snitker, but some question his bullpen usage and general tactics in some of the same ways that ex-manager Fredi Gonzalez was.
- Ozzie Albies has had surgery to repair and set his elbow. He should be ready to resume baseball activities in January and hopefully be ready for Spring training. It doesn’t sound like the Braves are going to make any decisions about when they are going to add him to the big league roster until they see his recovery.