Coppy didn't hold back when discussing his rotation's depth.
After all, both pitchers were top-100 prospects at some point in the last two years. It's a valid question.
This is what John Coppolella told the AJC about the state of the crowded rotation. He didn't pull any punches:
"As far as the way our pitchers feel, this may not be (politically correct), but if you don't like it, get better," he said. "There's been a lot of opportunities handed out here. There's been a lot of pitchers pitching where, frankly, I'm - I don't want to way embarrassed for the Braves franchise, but where a gold-standard franchise like the Braves should be a lot better....
"If you feel like you've been slighted, or you have gotten a chance, or you're mad that we brought somebody better, pitch better. Get better. We don't owe anybody anything. The best pitchers are going to pitch for us, and if you don't like it, get better."
This is some tough love from the Braves' GM, and it's more than fair. Wisler and Blair were terrible in 2016, with the latter posting a 7.59 ERA during his first 15 big league starts. They need to be better.
It's worth noting that Coppy didn't directly mention Wisler or Blair in his quote, but let's be real here. He's not talking about Williams Perez.
We certainly shouldn't give up on either of the young righties moving forward. There is plenty of time for them to make adjustments and become long-term members of the starting rotation. Hopefully this winter's additions will serve as a wake up call for the future.
Names were flying on Monday, but the Braves did not make any moves. What does Tuesday have in store?
Monday at the Winter Meetings kicked up a flurry of excitement for the Braves (and other teams), with rumors continuing to swirl around Chris Archer, Sonny Gray, Chris Sale, and even names like Ender Inciarte.
On the actual transaction front, however, things were much quieter: Mark Melancon signed a really large deal (four years, $62 million) with the Giants, and that’s really about it. But keep your eyes peeled for possible movement of Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale (to the Nationals), Brian Dozier, and a host of others.
And hey, if none of that floats your boat, post your most ridiculous Ender Inciarte-to-the-Rangers trade proposal here. Bonus points if it looks like it only makes sense in an alternate universe.
2016-12-06T08:00:07-05:00Rounding up all the news and notes from the first two days of the GM Winter Meetings. Braves News Braves reportedly made offer for Sonny Gray The Braves may not be able to get a big deal done at the Winter Meetings but they have been doing their due diligence. Atlanta reportedly had talks with Oakland about starter Sonny Gray but the price was more than they were willing to give up. Braves unwilling to deviate from plan John Hart and John Coppolella met with the media Monday evening at the Winter Meetings and talked about their pursuit of a frontline starter. They reiterated that they were willing to make a deal if it made sense but it isn’t a situation where they will empty the farm for a single player. A case for the Braves to NOT trade for an ace On that note, a solid case can be made for the Braves to stand pat with their rotation. Rangers reportedly checked with Atlanta about Ender Inciarte Texas wants a center fielder and reportedly checked with Atlanta about the availability of Ender Inciarte. However, talks went no where. Analyzing new Braves starter Jaime Garcia A deep dive into what Braves fans can expect to see from Atlanta’s newest pitcher. Travis Demeritte named to Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team Travis Demeritte was among 24 prospects named to the Top Prospects team for the Arizona Fall League. Talking Chop Podcast Episode 43: Jaime Garcia, Chris Archer and more Brad and Carlos discuss the latest Atlanta Braves trades, revisit Chris Archer and Chris Sale rumors, talk about catching options and briefly touch on the new CBA. src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?visual=true&url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F296238210&show_artwork=true" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="width: 100%; height: 400px;"> MLB News Nationals, White Sox in serious talks about Chris Sale trade The Nationals are now the frontrunner to land White Sox starter Chris Sale according to a report by FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal. Washington is reportedly ready to offer top prospects Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles as part of the return package for Sale. Giants, Mark Melancon agree to 4-year, $62 million deal The Giants added a major piece to the back end of their bullpen with the addition of closer Mark Melancon. The deal reportedly contains an opt out clause after two seasons. [...]
Talks reportedly went nowhere
The Winter Meetings are two days old and while much of the focus is on the Braves’ search for upgrades for it’s roster, teams are calling about some of Atlanta’s current players.
The Texas Rangers checked with the Braves about center fielder Ender Inciarte according to a report by the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.
On CF hunt, heard Rangers checked with Atlanta on Ender Inciarte ... and that went nowhere.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 6, 2016