Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Why They Should End Trade Talks with the Rockies

Jonah P DAnalyst IDecember 30, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 29:  Seth Smith #7 of the Colorado Rockies connects for a single in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 29, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Braves have been discussing a possible trade with the Colorado Rockies since the very beginning of the offseason.

The Rockies originally discussed Martin Prado with the Braves, but are also reportedly interested in Jair Jurrjens.

The main Rockies' player the Braves are interested in is Seth Smith.

Smith is the Rockies' right fielder, and has an impressive career BA of .275. Last season, he hit .284, with 15 home runs and 59 RBI.

However, a straight up trade of Smith for Prado is not going to happen.

Prado's BA is higher, and he is much more useful to the Braves.

In his career, Prado has hit .293, and he is an accomplished defender at 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, and RF. He also has the ability to play SS and CF.

A trade that makes more sense for the Braves is Prado for Tim Wheeler and Smith.

Wheeler is one of the Rockies' best outfield prospects, and has a large amount of potential.

This trade would likely be approved by the Braves; however, according to, this deal will not happen for the Rockies.

If the Rockies are going to trade for Jurrjens, they will have to pay a high price, which they are probably unwilling to pay.

The Rockies reportedly have competition for Jurrjens, and as he is one of the best starting pitchers remaining on the trade market, he is likely to be quite expensive.



The discussions between the Braves and the Rockies have continued for a large amount of time, and do not appear to have made much progress.

The Braves need to end trade talks with the Rockies, because a deal that benefits both teams is very unlikely to go through.