Wrap Up: Braves Trade Partners

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Wrap Up: Braves Trade Partners
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This is a wrap up: Braves edition. A ton of rumors came through the wire today, most of them featuring the Atlanta Braves, and their potential trade partners. So, let's get started:

First thing's first: The Boston Red Sox are not interested in Braves' outfielder Jeff Francouer, as previously believed. The Red Sox have liked Braves' short stop Yunel Escobar for a long time, but the Sox and Braves don't match up well for a trade. Apparently, only Jacoby Ellsbury could fit, since JD Drew is owed a lot of money, and the Red Sox are not going to be trading Jason Bay anytime soon. However, this trade wouldn't work for the Red Sox, as they'd have to find a new centerfielder.

The Red Sox could use their prospects to entice another team into the deal. Josh Willingham of Washington, Shin-Soo Choo and Matt LaPorta of Cleveland, Fernando Tatis of the New York Mets, and Corey Hart of Milwaukee. They could all work very well for the Red Sox, replacing Ellsbury in center, while sending Ellsbury to Atlanta for Escobar. The Red Sox could eat the rest of Julio Lugo's contract. They could send him to Atlanta, with the Sox sending a prospect or two to the third team in the trade.

However, with Nick Green setting the world on fire this season, I still don't understand how the Red Sox could want another short stop,

 Secondly: Atlanta and the Brewers have discussed a Javier Vasquez-for-Corey Hart deal, however the Brewers would likely have to add another player.

Thirdly: The Minnesota Twins could offer Delmon Young to Atlanta, but the Twins would also have to add another piece, like Michael Cuddyer (But I don't see him going anywhere) or Denard Span.

Penultimate: The Los Angeles Dodgers could give up bench player Juan Pierre, who played great in Manny Ramirez's suspension. The Braves could send Javier Vasquez, but the Dodgers would probably have to add a prospect due to Pierre's lack of power.

Lastly: The Oakland A's could send Matt Holliday or Orlando Cabrera to the Braves for Escobar or Vasquez. Both Holliday and Cabrera are free agents after this season, and Escobar could be the future of the A's short stop position.

That's it for breaking down the Braves trade partners, see you next time.

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