Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Will Braves Part with Club's Top Prospects?
If the Atlanta Braves want to make a big splash at the deadline, they're going to have to part with top prospects.
So far, the club has been hesitant to do so, but the Braves need something, and if a deal is going to get done, they will have to part with something of value. With the deadline looming, Atlanta knows what is at stake, and will part with prospects, even if it's not the desperate fire sale some have predicted in the wake of an injury to Brian McCann.
Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Such a hard line makes sense — in theory. Beltran will become a free agent at season’s end and is represented by the dreaded Scott Boras. If the Braves are going to deal a Minor or a Delgado (or both), in a perfect world it would be for a guy like Houston’s Hunter Pence, who fills a need, makes reasonable money and is under contract through 2013. That said …
When you look on this lineup, you see, shall we say, imperfection. The scary part is that Uggla has hit in 18 consecutive games and raised his average, at least for a couple of innings, above the Mendoza Line, and still the Braves are hitting under .240. And that was with McCann having an MVP-type season. What happens these next few weeks?
“We’d like to improve our team,” Wren said, and the proper adjustments could make this club, which is on pace to win 93 games, a world champion. But those adjustments could come at a hefty price. As much as baseball are loath to part with young pitching, sometimes it’s the only way.
We’ll know soon enough if this GM is willing to ante up. The guess here: He’s willing, and he will
The Braves don't have to be desperate to get a deal done, and making a panic move for Carlos Beltran would have been just that. The odds of the right fielder re-signing with Atlanta would have been slim to none, and making a move for a player like Pence makes much more sense in the grand scheme of things.
This isn't the type of franchise that can afford to throw money and prospects away at the trade deadline. Atlanta is trying to remain competitive while being active in the open market, but don't have the resources of the Red Sox or Yankees.
Hunter Pence would be a wise addition, because it would be a long-term investment, allowing the club to part with valuable prospects without the guilt of it being a rental.
Atlanta needs to assess their options and make a deal that works for them. Houston is demanding a lot for Pence, and if the market gets too rich for the Braves' blood, they will go elsewhere, opting to make a move for a cheaper bat.
In the end, the Braves will make a move, as they continue to pursue Pence. Either Atlanta will break the bank for the Houston outfielder, or it will opt to make a cheaper move to try and add the depth needed to make a playoff run.
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