Braves DFA Church

The Braves have designated Ryan Church for assignment. I find it interesting that last season the Braves offered an inferior Jeff Francoeur exactly what Church made last season—he would ultimately end up settling for $3.375 million.

		Francoeur	Church
Career 		.268/.312/.434	.272/.345/.441
Previous	.239/.294/.359	.273/.338/.384
Arb. Offer	$2.8 million	DFA

Church probably wasn’t going to get much of a raise after his poor 2010. He’s a good defender, who will likely bounce back with the bat. Though he did have some injury issues, he appeared to have been benched by Cox at the end of the year. For whatever reason, Church does not endear himself to managers. Maybe he’s not worth tendering a contract, but it reveals the Braves double-standard towards its golden boy that infuriated fans. Of course, the Braves could still get something of value in a trade, but we’ll have to see what happens.

2 Responses “Braves DFA Church”

  1. Andrew says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more about the hometown boy. I think this move shows the financial state of the Atlanta Braves and their concerns with Soriano accepting arb. Church shows much more patience at the plate than Francoeur ever has and is arguably a much better defender. He still hasn’t returned to his pre-concussion form and may never do so, but I still think he’s a great platoon option and 4th outfielder.

  2. Millsy says:

    Perhaps this means Matt Diaz will finally get a full season’s worth of at bats? I think that would be a positive for the Braves.