LONG BEACH— So yesterday I posted about the potential of Furcal signing with the Braves. Today, let’s look at what the on field potentials would be…
Rafeal Furcal was a great lead-off man during his time with the Braves. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence, but the team has not been to the post season since he left. And the team has not had a reliable lead-off man since he left. So why not shell out the big bucks to get him? It’d solve that lead-off spot real nice.
Well, as I pointed out yesterday, the issues with the team that Frank Wren had trageted as needed improving were Pitching, Pitching and outfield slugging. Acquiring Furcal answers none of these issues. Zero. Acquiring Furcal and trading a player might, but the simple addition of Furcal does not.
If Furcal is acquired and the team goes with the plan they speak of, Kelly Johnson will move to the outfield. Saddly, this does nothing to improve the team.
Nevermind that last season the Braves had Mark Teixeira at first, moving along at the rapid pace of a slug in the early morning. Teixeira is not a fast starter. But he is still a homerun threat even if he is slow to awaken. Kelly Johnson and Rafeal Furcal are not that type of threat. This potential acquisition does nothing to address the power outage of last season.
Remember, last season the Braves had Mark Kotsay. He was a solid guy, but he had back issues. The back issues were far removed when he came to the team, but that didn’t prevent them from flaring up. Take a look at the table below.
As you can see adding Furcal to the Braves is basically adding Mark Kotsay to the Braves. It takes a centerfielder and puts him at second. Then moves a second basemen into the outfield. It does nothing to address the power or pitching needs of the team. It’s merely re-arranging the furniture on a sub-.500 team.
If Furcal does go to the Braves another move must be made. It’s just that simple.