The Braves are about two months away from Spring Training, and, with a couple players signing elsewhere, they appear to be heading toward camp with pretty much the same team they finished 2011 with.
The Braves have been starving for a big bat for a couple seasons, and while Dan Uggla caught fire in the second half and hit with the power they expected from him, this is still very much a club looking for someone to plug in the middle of the lineup to come up with big hits and be a steady run producer.
A lot of us, myself included, thought Jason Heyward would be that guy, but he struggled mightily in his second season. Freeman, McCann and Chipper are all great, capable hitters, but it's not enough. At present, I see a projected lineup of Bourn-Prado-Freeman-Uggla-McCann-Chipper-Heyward-Pastornicky.
While it's certainly better than some, it's not a lineup that would have me bursting with confidence as a fan. Fortunately for the Braves, if they want to make a trade, they have a great bargaining piece.
That piece is named Jair Jurrjens. At just 25 years old and coming off an All-Star season, he's garnering a lot of interest and could help the Braves land the possible missing link to a championship run.
But should he still be traded?