Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported the Braves possibly shopping Brandon Beachy for Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox, so I think there would be just as good a chance that the Braves could make a move for Gordon as well.
I know, I know. The Braves are looking for a right-handed bat for the outfield to try and balance out the lineup a little bit more.
Gordon is 27, compared to Quentin at 28, and is having his best season of his career. So far he has posted a stat line of .299/.367/.483 with 11 homers and 24 doubles. Quentin has posted .251/.350/. 502 with 17 homers and 24 doubles.
Either would be a good guy to have in the Braves lineup. Quentin would provide a little more pop, but Gordon would give you a higher average. Quentin is making over $5 million this year, and Gordon just over $1 million.
I think, even as good as Beachy has been for the Braves this year, it would be good to trade him and a second-tier prospect possibly for either Gordon or Quentin. I'd much rather trade for one of these guys and not give up as much as we would have to for a guy like Hunter Pence.
I would rather have Gordon because he is a cheaper fit for the team, and seems to be on the rise with his production. You know what you are getting more with Quentin, though, so I guess it's a toss-up.
Will the Braves make a trade? Many fans are hoping so. They seem to have the pitching to make a run in the playoffs, but they need one more bat that can make an impact. I would advise fans not to be expecting a gigantic trade this year, though they have made some big ones in the past.