Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Settling for Carlos Quentin Wouldn't Be a Bad Idea
Time is running out for the Atlanta Braves to go out and acquire a hitter. And unless Brian McCann miraculously recovers and Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla start hitting for average, the Braves are going to have to do just that.
With MLB’s July 31 trade deadline just a couple days away, the Braves are the subject of an awful lot of trade rumors at the moment. Unfortunately, they missed their shot at Carlos Beltran, and it’s looking like Hunter Pence is going to be a too costly. After those two, B-list names like Ryan Ludwick and Josh Willingham enter the picture.
Meanwhile, somewhere out there is Carlos Quentin. More specifically, Quentin is in Chicago playing ball for the White Sox, who are apparently quite open to the idea of making a deal with the Braves.
We know this because ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote on Wednesday that the White Sox are hard at work scouting Atlanta’s farm system, which, as you well know, is fairly loaded with talented young arms.
From the sound of things, the Braves do not want to part with any of their best hurlers. At the same time, Stark says that the consensus around baseball is that the Braves are going to acquire a bat sooner or later (probably sooner given the situation), and they’re going to have to give up an arm to do so.
Naturally, this is where Quentin enters the fray. The White Sox haven’t tipped their hand as far as what it would take to nab Quentin, but the difference between him and Beltran and Pence is that Quentin is probably not going to cost an arm and a leg. Somebody like Mike Minor would have to go, and the Braves apparently don’t want to deal him, but Quentin would be worth it.
True enough, Quentin is not going to help raise Atlanta’s dreadful .239 team batting average, but he will definitely help add to the team’s impressive collection of 114 home runs. That will obviously lead to more runs, and that will do just fine given how hard it is for the Braves to score runs at present.
Are the Braves good enough to make a run in October without Quentin? Probably, but you would have to like their chances even more if they go out and get a guy like Quentin. The Giants showed us last year that pitching and homers are good enough to win the World Series these days. The Braves have the first part, and Quentin will help them complete the latter ensemble.
So honestly, what do they have to lose?
Other than a talented pitcher, of course.
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