All-in. It's quite the gutsy move—shoving all your chips into the center of the table, flipping over your cards, and selling out to aggression. The move says "all or nothing," and "victory or bust," and is what sets apart the men from the boys. It even won the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI.
I'm not imploring that Frank Wren make a Ruben Amaro impression and deal for Hunter Pence, Cliff Lee, and Roy Halladay, nor am I suggesting Wren try to imitate the Miami Marlins and grab Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell.
Still, I do ask that he go all-in at the trade deadline this year.
So yes, if the season ended today, the Atlanta Braves would be in the playoffs. But that doesn't take into consideration the fact that Brandon Beachy won't be able to help the Braves for the rest of 2012, sidelined with Tommy John surgery, or that Andrelton Simmons, perhaps the best defensive shortstop in baseball, is out until mid-August.
Wren's predecessor, John Schuerholz, seemingly went all-in every year, trading for Otis Nixon, Fred McGriff, Marquis Grissom, Denny Neagle, Kenny Lofton, Reggie Sanders, Gary Sheffield, Mike Hampton, Russ Ortiz, JD Drew, Tim Hudson, and Mark Teixeira (the only detrimental blockbuster trade being, of course, the Teixeira trade), and acquiring Terry Pendleton, Deion Sanders, and Greg Maddux via free agency (BR Bullpen).
Wren has been more conservative, but has still shown an ability to make big moves, bringing in Jair Jurrjens, Nate McLouth, Javier Vazquez, Arodys Vizcaino, and Dan Uggla on the trade market (Capitol Avenue Club).
Even so, we've yet to see Wren go all-in. And if Atlanta wants a shot at a World Series this year, they will indeed have to go all-in. So here's 12 reasons why Wren should go all-in at the 2012 trade deadline.