Will The Braves Make A Move At The Trade Deadline?

Written by Thomas on July 26, 2010 – 8:44 am

With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline less than a week away, the Atlanta Braves have seemingly reached a stalemate with the market. A recent piece from the AJC’s Dave O’Brien highlighted the bevy of great pitching prospects in the Braves’ farm system, but it hardly made it seem as though Frank Wren is interested in including any of them (possibly with the exception of Mike Minor) in a deadline move. Without a doubt the Braves would love to upgrade in centerfield, but the only name out there right now is the Marlin’s Cody Ross. If the Braves could acquire Ross for virtually nothing (Jo-Jo Reyes-like prospects, cash, etc.) then they should do so. The only problem is that other teams, such as the Red Sox and Yankees, are reportedly inquiring about him as well. Ross is under team control for the 2011 season and would be a nice upgrade in center over anyone in the Braves’ organization, but he is obviously not worth getting into a bidding war over.

Beyond centerfield there are very few areas, if any, where the Braves are likely to upgrade. The team seems content, and justifiably so, with a Diaz/Hinske platoon in left which would be the only other position where the Braves would conceivably add a bat. In an ideal world the Braves would be able to go out and handpick a centerfielder to trade for, but this is simply not the case. Their offense is, for the most part, set in stone unless they acquire Ross from the Marlins.

Wren may explore adding bullpen depth but not much else. It would have been interesting had the Braves entered the Dan Haren sweepstakes using one of Vizcaino, Teheran, or Delgado as the centerpiece. Although their rotation has been strong this year, Haren would have made it significantly better come playoff time despite his struggles this season. As I am writing this, it has been reported that the Angels have acquired him by packaging Joe Saunders with two “eh” prospects and a player to be named later who is supposedly the centerpiece. Atlanta could have matched this package easily; the question is do you think they should have attempted to improve their rotation or keep their stockpile of young pitching talent intact?

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27 Responses to “Will The Braves Make A Move At The Trade Deadline?”

  1. By Brent on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    If it would be possible to work out a deal with the Royals for Greinke, I would be all in. I'm sure we could probably get him for a "Dan Haren" price from Dayton Moore. If we could get Scott Podsednik in the deal, that would be even better. The only problem would be, I don't think he has the range to play CF.

  2. By Thomas on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah I was very surprised when Greinke rumors started appearing on the internet. Like Haren, he is under contract through 2012 (w/o the 2013 club option) while being worth far more than the 13.5M per he will be paid. I doubt KC has intentions of dumping salary as what seems to be the case with Arizona. Either way, the Braves have the firepower in their system to put together a pretty enticing package and still have a lot of talent left over. Bottom line is this, we simply will not have room in our rotation for all of these prospects. Why not trade one or two when their value is very high to bolster our current roster?

  3. By John L. on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    John L. · 2 minutes ago
    I agree The braves need to move on a center fielder now..Get rid of Mclouth. To many blown opportunities when it comes to crunch time !! If Frank Wren wants to give Bobby Cox good going away gift get him a good center fielder who can hit and play the position.
    John L.

  4. By josh on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    I would rather smoke crack with Otis Nixon than watch Nate play another game for us. Still angry!!!

  5. By Cole on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    What about Andrew jones.The few at bats he’s gotten this season he has driven in a decent amount homers and RBI’s,not to mention he great at feilding and that would save runs.

  6. By Cole on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    What about Andrew jones?

  7. By Thomas on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Andruw would indeed be a slight upgrade over our current situation. Although he is not getting on base much (.307 OBP), he still has quite a bit of pop in his bat as seen by an impressive ISO of .227 this season. Defensively, he isn't what he used to be but all indications are that he is still league average or better in center. The problem is the White Sox are in first place and paying him virtually nothing this season. They have no desire to trade him, and the Braves would be unwilling to give up anything for just a slight upgrade.

  8. By cj53 on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    r u kidding ??

  9. By cj53 on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    maybe if we could get him for a cheeseburger and fries.

  10. By Matthew on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Solid defense, speed, and hitting.

  11. By Matthew on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    D-backs chris young in center field

  12. By Thomas on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah Young has struggled with consistency over the past couple of seasons but would clearly be an upgrade for the Braves based on what he has done this season. He's not great defensively but not a downgrade from McLouth/Cabrera either, and he has been much better than either offensively this season; he is also 21 for 23 in SB attempts. Over the next three seasons he will be owed 20.5M total though, and that may be too big of a risk for the Liberty Media owned Braves, especially since we will have to pay McLouth almost 8M (if you include his 2012 buyout) next season as well. This, combined with the fact that Arizona has shown no intention to trade him, makes it very unlikely the Braves would attempt to acquire him.

  13. By Cole on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know if the white sox need to make any trades by the deadline
    but they are Hardly using adrew jones

  14. By jmoody on Jul 26, 2010 | Reply

    What about Marlon Byrd? He is exactly what we need

  15. By Thomas on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    If Marlon Byrd were a free agent at year's end, he would be the perfect fit. The Cubs are out of it and would be looking to trade him. Only problem is Byrd is under contract through 2012 and will only be owed 12M total over the next two seasons. In other words, this may be the only contract Cubs GM Jim Hendry has given out that he wants to hang on to.

  16. By Xavier on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    I don't know if the Braves are going to make a move but I have heard about this rumor. The Phillies are going to trade J.A. Happ, Shane Victorino, possibly Jayson Werth, a prospect, and cash to the Astros for Roy Oswalt. That is probably a bad trade so a good thing for the Bravos!

  17. By Thomas on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    That trade will not happen as such

  18. By Xavier on Jul 27, 2010 | Reply

    I don't know about that trade. The latest I heard is the Phillies are reconsidering and asking for a prospect to go along with Oswalt.

  19. By bchevron on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    Braves will look within the organization to strengthen their CF needs. Mclouth was optioned to AAA, which means Gregor Blanco and Melky Cabrera will now rotate in CF. I don't see the Braves making any trades, because their are no CF out their that are worth them giving up propects for. Cody Ross not a huge upgrade over Melky or Gregor.

  20. By Jonathan on Jul 28, 2010 | Reply

    The front office has also indicated that Heyward is an option for center.

  21. By ford mustang gt on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply

    put hayward in center and Cory Hart in right or even Werth

  22. By Guest on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    that's actually not a bad idea at all

  23. By Guest on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    are u dumb or just straight stupid the man is to old!!!!

  24. By Thomas on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    Well, no one would give up anything to get Andruw, so this discussion is irrelevant. Oh and it's "too old" not "to old".

  25. By Doug on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hart has been taken off the market .

  26. By Tommy on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    You know I cant believe I am saying this, but Andrew Jones may just work as it could spark him to perform in Atlanta, not to mention he has played well this season and he could come pretty cheap!!

  27. By Molly Murphy on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Trade Gluas for a first baseman who can hit.


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