I can't believe no one posted this, but, here it goes. Furman Bisher, who I tend to think is bordering on either completely useless or slightly insane, posted that now is the time for the Braves to put Chipper Jones on the market
By bartering Chipper, what the Braves might be able to do is re-stock its own roster with fresh talent. True, Chipper is 37 years old, but so is Raul Ibanez, the fresh personality who has brought so much to the Phillies’ lineup. And Chipper is a young 37, keeps himself young hunting and ranching on his acreage in Texas. He was the leading hitter in the National League last season, so the years haven’t been weighing heavily on him.
A few things...Bisher has no idea of what 10/5 means and he's been writing about baseball for how long. You don't know whether or not Chipper Jones has a no-trade clause? Really?
And beyond that...
Wait, you really don't know? And you didn't even look it up before posting? I know it's a blog, but it's a blog at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, which isn't the New York Times by any means, but is still a paper with, like, facts and stuff?
And beyond that...maybe it's a good thought. I wasn't so sure about his contract extension in the first place with his penchant for getting hurt and the Braves' love in recent years for redefining mediocre.
Of course, you also have to deal with the fact that your offense, already the weak link, will become even more horrible and you have a lot of money invested in a starting rotation that can't win with the offense we have anyway. You can't start over from scratch with this team. It's fun to do so in your head. Just remake the entire franchise, but you already have commitments that chances are, you can't get out of. Maybe Chipper would accept a deal for another chance at a ring, maybe he never wants to play for another team. But really, the only way this thought makes any sense is with a real fire sale that includes trading your two bullpen hogs, Lowe, Vazquez, Kawakami, and well, anyone planning any birthday over the age of 29.
And while that again sounds fun in my head...it ain't happening. Not with the Braves of Old still firmly entrenched as Team President, Manager, and most of the coaching staff. Sure, they can say bye bye to the pitchers who are nearing social security age and Chipper's not youthful by any means, but he remains one of the top ten players in the NL.
Of course, when he's in the lineup.
Bisher also said less than a month ago that the Braves should be more patient
He's like the old grandpa who keeps talking about how Grant has us surrounded.