MLB Trade Rumors: Should the Atlanta Braves Try and Get Alex Gordon?

Will BrownContributor IJuly 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 24:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals runs in to score a run in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Kauffman Stadium on June 24, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN Insider Jason Churchill, the Kansas City Royals should be trying to trade away Alex Gordon to further their rebuilding efforts.

There is a chance that an MLB team could deal a solid pitcher, such as a No. 3 guy, and maybe another player with some potential to make this trade work. Could the Atlanta Braves be that team?

They certainly could.

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.