Every time I read the Braves Inbox (used to be the "Mailbag"), I always answer the questions in my head before reading Bowman's replies. This has been a fun off-season project for a couple of years and I'll do my best to keep up this year. Actual questions answered by Bowman are in bold, with my replies below. You can read Bowman's replies in this week's inbox on MLB.com.
Besides the obvious names (Kyle Lohse, Jeff Samardzija, Bartolo Colon), are there any other veteran pitchers we may see the Braves pursue?
-- Clint M., Loganville, Ga.
I don't want any of those guys to be Braves. Well, maybe Lohse, because this was funny. But Samardjalphabet, no. never. no.
Besides, we had an awesome veteran pitcher/presence and the front office let him go and now he's going to be wearing orange & black. :/
Will the Braves attempt to sign Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons to long-term deals?
-- Donovan R., Cartersville, Ga.
That would be nice, but Wren is a sly fox and I'm sure we won't hear about it (beyond speculation) until it's done...if they can pull it off. Remember how they offered the same deal to McCann and Francoeur? Mac took it (smart) and Frenchy thought he would be worth more. Now Mac has a grillion dollars promised to him and Frenchy doesn't have a team.
Point is, you never know what's going to happen. As much as I don't like the front office letting Mac walk, I think they have a better view of the team and where it's going.
What has happened to Freddy Garcia? Is there some reason that his name doesn't seem to be coming up in the discussion of a possible "veteran presence" in the starting rotation for 2014?
-- Kerry V., Hampton, Ga.
His success in 2013 didn't really match his career numbers. If he is a Brave in 2014 and performs the way he did in 2013, that would be wonderful. If the club decides he needs to "just make pitch" for another team, I'm sure that'll be fine.
Edward Salcedo was a hot prospect a couple years ago. Could he soon make the jump to the Majors?
-- Connor S., Marietta, Ga.
No idea who that is, sorry. :)