Stoking The Fires Final Edition: Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IJuly 30, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JULY 03:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park on July 3, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In this final installment of "Stoking the Fires" I have decided to revisit a past proposal that I made nearly two months ago.

I made the proposal when there was no way the Padres were going to trade Adrian Gonzalez. Now, according to a report on the Padres are said to be listening to and evaluating proposals for the slugger.

I have modified the proposal somewhat, but here it goes:


Adrian Gonzalez

The Braves send No. 2-prospect, 1B Freddie Freeman, P Kris Medlen, LF-prospect Cody Johnson, and pitching prospect Julio Teheran to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell.

The Braves need power—badly. The Braves need an extra arm in the bullpen, preferably one that can pitch in the late innings or close upon occasion. Gonzalez and Bell easily take care of both issues.

In this scenario, the Braves then flip Casey Kotchman to Oakland for RF/DH Jack Cust.

This significantly improves the Braves' chances of getting into the playoffs. And it answers the Phillies' and Giants' recent big trades.

I know everyone will say Freeman is untouchable, but if you can get a young firstbaseman like Gonzalez, who is signed through 2011, then you can afford to deal him.

I firmly believe that the Braves need to answer the big deals that are being made by their key competitors. Plus, trading for Bell would keep him out of Florida, which is the other team rumored to be going after the closer.


Victor Martinez

Dont like that idea? How about Victor Martinez? He's the switch-hitting 1B/C from Cleveland. In my head, it works out to send Freeman, Medlen, and Cody Johnson to the Indians for Martinez and Kerry Wood.

Martinez is another solid hitter with power who could make a real difference for Atlanta.

Adding Kerry Wood to this bullpen would make it one of the best bullpens in the game.

What do you think? Have the trades made by the Braves' top competitors in recent days made it mandatory for the Braves to do something big?

Don't let the recent offensive surge fool you. This team still needs more power from firstbase or right field.

Will anything happen? I doubt either of the huge trades I proposed will actually take place, but we can always hope. Rather, we can hope until 4pm on Friday.