Reporters were apparently allowed to hang out in the Braves Clubhouse yesterday while the boys cleaned out their lockers, and one AP reporter took the opportunity to talk to Bobby and JS about some plans for the future. Here are some of the quotes I found interesting...
Jeff Francoeur hurriedly cleaned out his locker at Turner Field, tossing some stuff into a cardboard box, the rest into a nearby trash can. The Braves outfielder was eager to put a wrap on another playoff-less season and get to the golf course.
Maybe he'll feel better after taking a few whacks at that other white ball.
The bullpen was better than expected, considering Mike Gonzalez was lost to season-ending elbow injury and closer Bob Wickman was released in late August after a stretch of blown saves.
Hard-throwing Rafael Soriano (nine saves, 3.00 ERA) finished up as the closer and will likely keep that role in 2008.
"It would be nice to have depth," manager Bobby Cox said Monday. "You never get enough pitching. When you think you do, go out and get more."
Sounds like Chipper's not the only one who won't miss Andruw...
While Jones would like to stay with the only team he's ever played for, the Braves never talked contract during the season. The trade for Teixeira, who won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2008 season, likely doomed any hopes of Jones returning under the current budget.
"It's kind of bittersweet," Francoeur said. "Hopefully, it doesn't come to that. But if it does, that's part of the game."
Without baseball, [Bobby Cox] quipped, "I'd probably commit suicide." On the other hand, "It might be nice to wake up and every day is Saturday."
Cox hasn't lost any of feistiness, that's for sure. He passed John McGraw for the most ejections in baseball history.
Otherwise, it's probably going to be a rather quiet offseason.
"We feel like we've got all that we need in this clubhouse," general manager John Schuerholz said.
Wait, what does that mean? Does that mean we're not going to try to sign a center fielder? Does that mean we're keeping Andruw, or is Willie Harris or Gregor Blanco going to get the job?