Tag:Omar iNfante
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:44 am

3 up, 3 down: Kennedy outshines Lee

Ian Kennedy

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks -- Nobody -- or at least this nobody -- expected Kennedy to do much against Cliff Lee and the Phillies, but what did he do? He threw a three-hit shutout against the Phillies. Kennedy struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter. And it wasn't even his best night this week. Early Sunday morning Kennedy and his wife welcomed the birth of their first child. Heck of a couple of days for Kennedy.

Philip Humber, White Sox -- The Chicago starter was superb on Monday. The White Sox had lost 10 of 11 entering Monday's game in the Bronx and the right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Alex Rodriguez's single. Humber was able to get out of the jam and left the game after that inning, stranding two runners while protecting a one-run lead. The 2004 first-round pick by the Mets is now 2-2 with a  3.20 ERA this season.

Brandon Wood, Pirates -- The former Angels prospect doubled in his Pittsburgh debut, driving in the eventual winning run in a 4-2 victory over the Nationals. Wood drove in two with the fourth-inning double.

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Starlin Castro, Cubs --  Talk about a bad night for the Cubs talented young shortstop, not only was he hitless in five at-bats, he had three errors in the Cubs' loss to the Rockies. All three of his errors came in the three-run Rockies second, with all three runs unearned.

Jamey Carroll, Dodgers -- With a 4-3 lead, two on and two out in the ninth, Jonathan Broxton got an easy ground ball from Florida's Scott Cousins to seemingly nail down the Dodger victory, except Carroll booted the ball, allowing the tying run to score. Omar Infante followed with a liner misplayed by Jerry Sands to score the winning run.

Colby Lewis, Rangers -- The Texas right-hander gave up back-to-back homers to Toronto's Corey Patterson and Jose Bautista, then walked a batter and gave up another homer, to Juan Rivera, in a six-run fifth inning. In 22 innings this season, Lewis has allowed eight home runs. He dropped to 1-3 with a 6.55 ERA.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 6:50 pm

Braves land Uggla

Dan Uggla
The Marlins are clearly not waiting for the market to be set this winter, jumping out of the gate with multiple deals. After making two trades last week, Tuesday afternoon they completed their second big transaction of the day, sending All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla to Atlanta.

The writing was on the wall for this one earlier Tuesday when the Marlins closed a three-year, $18 million deal for catcher John Buck. The size of that deal indicated the Marlins were not going to be able to commit big money to an Uggla extension -- the second baseman reportedly turned down a four-year, $48 million offer, and Florida started shopping him shortly thereafter.

The players coming back to Miami are 2010 All-Star utility man Omar Infante and reliever Mike Dunn. Infante, like Uggla eligible for free agency after next season, batted .321 last season while playing second, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Left-hander Dunn, a former Yankee, bounced between Triple-A and the majors last season, putting up a 1.89 ERA in 25 major-league appearances.

One thing that's not immediately clear is where the Braves intend to play Uggla. Martin Prado is the incumbent at second, but he'll probably get supplanted by Uggla and play some first base and spell Chipper Jones at third. Prado could also play in the outfield.

There's no indication that extensions for either Uggla or Infante are part of the deal.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Frank Wren said on MLB Network that the Braves plan on moving Prado to left field to make room for Uggla.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 5:43 pm

Braves pick up options on Gonzalez, Infante

Alex Gonzalez The Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Scott Proctor and exercised their options on shortstop Alex Gonzalez and infielder Omar Infante, the team announced.

Both options for Infante and Gonzalez (pictured) are worth $2.5 million.

Proctor was arbitration-eligible.

The Braves declined their options on Kyle Farnsworth (a $5.25 million option with a $250,000 buyout) and Rick Ankiel ($6 million with a $500,000 buyout).

The team also has an option on closer Billy Wagner, who has repeatedly said he's going to retire. When asked Tuesday morning by MLB.com's Mark Bowman if he'd changed his plans, Wagner "emphatically" said, "No."

UPDATE: The Braves are interested in keeping free agent Eric Hinske around, David O'Brien of the Altanta Journal-Constitution writes.

"There still can be a role on the club for him, even though he’s left-handed," GM Frank Wren told O'Brien. "There are still areas where we can use him. We think he was a valuable part of the team last year and we still have interest in him."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:58 pm

Braves lose Prado for the season

Martin Prado The Braves got bad news back from the MRI on Martin Prado -- it revealed he suffered a torn external oblique muscle in addition to a hip pointer. Prado's season is over.

The team announced the results during Tuesday's game. Prado will need two months of complete rest with "zero activity."

Prado suffered the injury Monday night, diving for a ball to rob Dan Uggla of a hit and then aggravated it when he tried to miss a piece of Mike Stanton's broken bat. After a swing in the fifth inning, Prado went down and had to be helped off the field.

Prado had also battled a broken right pinky finger and sore groin this season.

Brooks Conrad started at third base for Prado, whohad moved there in the absence of Chipper Jones, out for the season with a torn ACL. Prado had been the everyday second baseman, but when Jones went down, utility man Omar Infante became the starter at second, moving Prado to third.

"Push comes to shove, [Troy] Glaus can play third  and [Eric] Hinske can actually play over there too a little bit," manager Bobby Cox told reporters (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ). "So we've got to watch pinch-running now with [Diory Hernandez]. We don't really have another guy."

Prado was hitting .307/.350/.459 with 15 homers and 66 RBI for the Braves this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 11:37 am

Infante could play Triple Crown spoiler

Omar Infante
There's a lot of talk about whether Carlos Gonzalez, Joey Votto or Albert Pujols can jump up and claim the Triple Crown in the National League, but keep an eye on the Braves' Omar Infante.

The red-hot infielder has become the Braves' regular second baseman, and has a chance of finishing with the 502 plate appearances required to qualify for the batting title. Entering play Thursday, Infante had a .342 average, two points ahead of qualified leader Gonzalez, and had 407 plate appearances, leaving him 95 short with 22 games left on Atlanta's schedule. That's 4.3 plate appearances per game, not impossible if he starts every game.

If he keeps hitting the way he has been -- he's batting .373 in the past 28 days -- he could even win the batting title without getting 502 appearances. If a player falls short, baseball credits him with hitless at-bats up to the needed number. If, for instance, he finished with 495 plate appearances but an 0-for-7 would still leave him with the lead, he would be awarded the title. Tony Gwynn won the NL batting title in 1996 with only 498 plate appearances.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 7:40 pm

Braves place Glaus on DL

Troy Glaus Some eyebrows were raised when the Braves acquired Derrek Lee. Would he replace Troy Glaus at first? Were the Braves going to move Glaus to third for Chipper Jones?

Well, yes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien tweets the Braves have placed Glaus on the disabled list, and after a week off he'll go to Triple-A Gwinnett. With Gwinnett, he'll work out at third base so he can play both first and third in September (and presumably October).

Glaus has been hampered with a sore left knee.

After a hot start, Glaus has found himself with a .239/.343/.406 slash line and 16 home runs and 61 RBI. On June 13, he was hitting .290/.382/.504 and in the 51 games since then, he's hit .173/.294/.277 with three homers and 21 RBI.

The Braves have super-sub Omar Infante to use with Martin Prado and mix-and-match the two at second and third base, while Glaus and Lee could be a righty/lefty platoon at first, while Glaus could have a spot start here and there at third base.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:47 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 11:01 am

Report: Braves close to getting Cubs' Lee

Derrek Lee
CSN Chicago is reporting that the Cubs and Braves are close to a deal that would send first baseman Derrek Lee to the Braves, who are seeking a bat to make up for the loss of Chipper Jones.

Lee, who is making $13 million in the final year of his deal with the Cubs, has the right to refuse any trade, as he reportedly did earlier in the season when the Angels tried to acquire him. But the CSN story says sources indicate Lee would accept the Atlanta deal to go to a division leader.

Lee, 34, has been out for a couple of days with a bulging disc in his back but is expected to return soon. He is batting .251, 55 points worse than last season, with 16 homers and 56 RBI.

Lee, who plays first base exclusively, isn't an exact fit for the Braves. Troy Glaus is underperforming badly at first, but the former third baseman can no longer play the other corner. Lee and Glaus aren't a textbook platoon, either. The Braves might just send Glaus to the bench and go the rest of the way with Omar Infante at second and Martin Prado at third.

Atlanta leads the National League East by 2 1/2 games over the Phillies.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 11:34 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Chone Figgins
The Braves are trying to hold off the surging Phillies in the National League East, and now they're minus one Hall of Fame third baseman. You'd have to think their level of desperation is high right now.

Some are suggesting the Mariners could leverage that desperation to unload an ill-advised contract. Chone Figgins couldn't replace the things Chipper Jones did, but decent major-league help is tough to come by now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. Only players making more than their value can slip through, and Figgins, owed a minimum of $26 million and three more years on the contract he signed last winter, is highly unlikely to be snapped up.

The Mariners and Braves reportedly had discussions about Figgins at the deadline that weren't terribly serious, but Atlanta's situation has changed. And so has Seattle's since the Mariners signed Figgins thinking they were contenders. As the Seattle Times points out, the Mariners are paying $27 million of their $90 million payroll to two players: Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki. Thirty percent of your payroll for two leadoff hitters is absurd, and you know they're not trading Ichiro.

The Braves have other options. They can move Martin Prado to third and play Omar Infante every day. They can try to trade for Baltimore's Ty Wigginton, though Wigginton is a longer shot to clear waivers. But Figgins is ridiculously hot right now (batting .405/.436/.486 in August), and despite his contract, he could make the difference in whether the Braves make the playoffs by a game or miss by a game.

Are the Braves desperate enough to make this deal? Are the Mariners willing to pick up enough of Figgins' contract to make it happen? Hard to say, but you've got to think there's at least going to be a phone call between Frank Wren and Jack Zduriencik.

-- David Andriesen

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