ATLANTA— The Braves officially did not tender a contract to Chuck James. In 7 injury-riddled starts last year, the guy threw 29.2 innings, gave up 30 earned runs, 20 walks, and 10 homeruns. After a very solid minor league career and a promising first season in the majors, much was expected of young Mr. James. But I was never fully convinced. The guy had a few quality games and some good stretches for the Braves in 2006 and 2007. But he had no stamina. After the Todd Van Poppel-like year he had last year, I tend to think he may be finished. I liked Chuck James’ story of how he made the bigs. But I think these guys that take unusual routes to the big leagues often do not last.
I know this guy is out till next September. But I wonder who will make the sad mistake of picking this guy up? Or will the Braves continue to hold on to him in the minor leagues?