The Dukes Dump: Braves must show me the money

'It's a multi-billion dollar company that has a responsibility to Braves fans to reinvest. When are they going to do it?'

Carl Dukes
March 01, 2019 - 12:00 pm
 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz

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What is Carl Dukes dumping on Friday for his podcast "The Dukes Dump?"

Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday for $330 million over 13 years. And while the Braves weren't thought to be in the Harper sweepstakes, Dukes wants to know when the Braves are going to show him the money.

Financial records came out recently for Liberty Media... revenues are up.

How should the Braves spend some money? 

"We have young star power," Dukes said. "But the one thing we don't have is great starting pitching."

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Mike Foltynewicz is Atlanta's No. 1, but is he a true No. 1? What if the Braves we out and got a Dallas Keuchel? Why wouldn't the Braves be willing to give Keuchel two years and $30 million?

"The Braves could do it," said Dukes. "You want to know how I know they can do it? It's because the revenue since 2016 has gone from $262 million to $386 million to $442 million. When is there going to be a ripple effect? When are the Braves going to start spending on the team accordingly?"

The Braves walked 27 guys in their playoff series against the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, fourth most ever allowed in a playoff series. It doesn't help when you're putting guys on base and putting them in scoring position. Go out and get a front-line starter.

Dukes would like to see Atlanta sign Craig Kimbrel too.

"In the offseason we talked about going out and helping the bullpen," Dukes said about the Braves. "We talked about going out and getting a top-of-the-rotation guy. None of that has happened. And now we're hearing that Folty is having elbow issues.

"It's a multi-billion dollar company that has a responsibility to Braves fans to reinvest. When are they going to do it? When are they going to show us the money."