Altanta Braves Shortstop Yunel Escobar May Be On The Trading Block

c dockensCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 12: Infielder Yunel Escobar #19 of the Atlanta Braves watches batting practice before play against the Washington Nationals April 12, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Reports have began to surface that the Braves may once again be trying to trade short stop Yunel Escobar. Back in November the internet was buzzing with stories of the Braves attempting to trade Escobar, usually to St.Louis, and then pursuing former Braves short stop Rafael Furcal.

This time, it isn't clear who the Braves would like to acquire, or even why Escobar is being shopped. He is batting .281, has 39 RBI (good enough for fourth among short stops), seven HR (top ten at SS), and has crossed the plate 39 times. The only offensive category Yunel may lag in when compared to other MLB shortstops is stolen bases of which he only has three.

It appeared with the acqusition of Nate McClouth the Braves were headed in the right direction, back to their 1990's form, however this baffling move leaves one to wonder if this is the same Braves we have had the displeasure of watching the last four years.