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The Braves designate Juan Francisco for assignment

May 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Atlanta had to make a roster move today to make room for Alex Wood. And to do so they blew up their 3B platoon:

 

Chris Johnson will be the everyday third baseman now.

Francisco was hitting .241/.287/.398 with five homers in 35 games, but had fallen off pretty sharply in May.  Johnson is hitting .346/.380/.492 with three homers, though obviously that’s not sustainable. A tough decision for the Braves to lose a lefty with some pop, but it’s probably the decision I’d make too if forced to choose between them.

  1. gmagic9044 - May 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    With BJ struggling (and not able to fake an “injury”), Schafer has too much value (who’d have thunk?) to DFA him.

    Reed Johnson seems to be the “scrappy” member of the Braves, but has some real value as a pinch-hitter and spot starter.

    Laird has been instrumental in Teheran’s development.

    Francisco appears to be a victim of numbers here. Limited defensively. Raw power, but rawwer(?) plate discipline.

    He is a big leaguer, though. Hopefully the Braves will be able to recoup a little bit of value here in a trade.

    • realgone2 - May 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Need some Pen help for sure.

  2. realgone2 - May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Can the team DFA Uggla, Heyward, and BJ to the Negative Zone?

    • dwrek5 - May 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      We’ll take Heyward off your hands.
      - Every Team

      • realgone2 - May 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Yup and every team was saying that about 5 years ago with Frenchy.

  3. rcali - May 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Does B.J. Upton have pictures of the Braves owner or GM giving it to the neighbors dog or something?

  4. realgone2 - May 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I have a friend who is a Rays fan. He said BJ will give you ONE really good month. One………

  5. 2000degreescentipede - May 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    agree totally with gmagic on all points.

    we need bullpen help far more than another strikeout machine to “soft” platoon with cj against righties. with walden off the dl, it was only a matter of time before we balanced out the roster to it’s proper proportion. gattis’ bat, laird’s aforementioned tutelage of teheran and pena’s position versatility makes it worth carrying 3 catchers and only one backup infielder.

    this was the right move by wren/fredi.

  6. unclemosesgreen - May 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    This an eyebrow raiser for sure. It’s just another indication of the depth and quality of the Braves’ organization. For this guy to be next in line … that’s a heck of a deep 40-man.

    • The Goche - May 31, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      Not about depth, it’s about flexibility. This was mandated by the 25 man and options, not by the 40 man. I’m not sure the Braves are even at 40 at the moment, or if they are they could make room easily by moving Venters or O’Flaherty to the 60-day DL.

      The Braves bench players right now are Schafer, Reed Johnson, Francisco/Chris Johnson, Laird, Gattis, Ramiro Pena.

      They were only carrying 6 bullpen guys so they needed to clear a field player because they want a 7 man pen. Gattis and Pena I believe are the only players with any options left and Gattis’s bat is too valuable (for now at least) and Pena is the only backup middle infielder, so it comes down to who do you DFA.

      Schafer, Reed Johnson or Francisco. Schafer is actually playing well, and they like Johnson better as a bench bat I guess. But I fear the biggest thing is that they have been duped by Chris Johnson’s crazy BABIP. Now Pena is the only backup for 2b, 3b, and SS, which is particularly rough considering how bad Uggla is playing and how awful both Uggla and Chris Johnson are defensively.

      I would have kept all 3, stayed with the 6 man pen and optioned David Carpenter. He just pitched a long outing yesterday so he needed a few days off, and was relatively little used even when he was the #5 guy in the pen. Doesn’t seem like they’d miss him too much before he’s eligible to return.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        You’re right and you’re wrong – the 40-man is totally full, and full of talent.

        The 25-man is more important at this moment, that’s where you’re right, but the fullness of the 40-man and the amount of players on the active roster with no more downward options are what they came up against.

        They’re too smart to get fooled by Johnson’s hot start, you’re picking a fight with a strawman. Sending down Carpenter again isn’t the answer, as they have to look more than one game ahead down the road. They’re going to need a spot for Beachy soon on the active roster.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        If they sent down Carpenter they would have to wait a full 10 days to bring him back up unless another player from the 25-man goes DL. Basically you’re creating another huge problem for your roster at a time when they’re all spent due to Medlen’s short outing and they aren’t sure yet that Medlen will be ready to make his next start.

      • The Goche - May 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        If the 40 is full, a spot could be cleared immediately by moving either of the TJ guys to the 60.

        Losing your 7th best BP guy for 10 days isn’t as bad as having Chris Johnson as your starting 3b for an entire season, as they have to look more than 10 games ahead down the road.

  7. kingbuccaneer - May 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    realgone,

    Your Rays fan buddy is correct. You’ll never know when that month is coming too. Could be October, could be June.One thing is for sure with Bumman Jr, he will 100% useless offensively every month before and after his ‘hot’ streak.

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