Braves Acquire Bourn From Astros

Written by Colin on July 31, 2011 – 10:25 am

As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Braves have acquired CF Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros for Jordan Schafer and three minor leaguers. Bourn, who will wear #24, is batting .303 with 32 RBI and 39 steals. He’s arbitration eligible for one more season and is likely to earn around $7M next year.

The Astros land former star prospect center fielder Jordan Schafer (currently on the DL with a fractured hand), LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Paul Clemens, and RHP Juan Abreu. The Braves will receive just under $1M cash in the deal as well.

I’m thrilled. The Braves have said for some time they’re looking to stay away from trading Minor, Teheran, Vizcaino, and Delgado, and they did just that. Wren didn’t make the biggest splash, but he did make what I believe to be one of the more effective moves for this team. With Prado and Heyward locking down the corner spots (and Hinske and McLouth able to take a start in left with Chipper out and Prado playing third), a true center fielder is something the Braves needed.

Bourn fits that mold. The Braves have their first true speedy leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal a few years ago and the Braves have center field locked down for a year and a half for the baseball equivalent of a few spare parts. Good luck in Houston, Jordan!

Welcome to Atlanta, Michael.


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