The Atlanta Braves are not known for making blockbuster deals at the trade deadline, but could the 2011 season be different? I've got five deals that have been whispered around the MLB that would really enhance the Braves' chances at making a deep postseason run in October.
Those chances are already good, by the way.
Atlanta sits at 54-37 as of July 9th, the second best record in all of baseball. They've achieved this record despite going weeks without their entire starting outfield while they were all on the DL.
Dan Uggla has been ice cold all year long, and not until recently has he contributed. Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson have fought through injury to produce on the mound.
Oh yeah—the Braves have a brand new head coach trying (and successfully so) to manage it all, Fredi Gonzalez.
With Chipper Jones bound to miss three to four weeks after his recent knee surgery, Atlanta is in a position to add some outfield power once Martin Prado returns from his injury to fill in at third base.
The first two are highly possible, highly "Brave-like moves." The final two are my dream scenarios. The one in the middle is a nice middle point between likely and dream-like.
Enjoy and keep chopping your tomahawk!