Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Braves Victims of Sellers' Market
Are you in the market for a right-handed bat to bolster your lineup? Are injuries keeping you down? Well, this is not the year to have such issues or desires.
The Atlanta Braves are finding it very hard to find a compromise with teams that have, seemingly, available hitters.
Try as they might, parity is rearing its ugly head. As of Thursday, there are 14 teams that are within five games of first place in their division, or hold the lead outright.
MLB is doing something well. Because late into the season, half the teams have a shot at postseason glory. This is what we signed up for when we decided to become fans all those years ago. This is how the season should go.
It is a great time to be a fan, but a horrible one to be Braves general manager, Frank Wren. It is his duty to find a bat for an injury-plagued roster. He has to do it while maintaining the sanctity of their minor league system.
The Astros have Hunter Pence. He will only cost an arm and a leg. They could also take a look at BJ Upton, but he would cost double what Pence is going for.
There is a very big demand for sluggers, and the Astros and Rays know it. They sit idly by and watch the clock tick to July 31st.
Meanwhile, teams like the Braves show the definite signs of needing a bat. Whether they pull the trigger is determined on whether teams like the Astros come down from their high asking prices.
With a market that is flush with buyers, that is not about to happen. The Braves picked a hell of a time to have slugger problems. What is good for the fans is killing the stomach's of MLB general managers.
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