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The Braves may be cautious when dealing within the NL East since they were badly burned in the Dan Uggla trade last offseason. Uggla is only hitting .193 with a .265 on-base percentage. Omar Infante, who was traded away for Uggla, is hitting .265, good for fourth on the Marlins.
Another trade bust, Nate McLouth, has struggled to a .225 average in 2011, and the sophomore slump has hit Jason Heyward hard, dropping him to .229/.320/.412. Overall the Braves are 26th in the league in hitting and third in strikeouts.
Beltran could help the Braves in all offensive categories. He walks almost as often as he strikes out, and his 30 doubles this season prove he still has wheels, even at age 34. Beltran's speed and power might manufacture enough runs to give the Braves stellar pitching a lift.
Beltran's .517 career slugging percentage in the second half of the season is another reason for the Braves to pick him up for the short run. Right now, the Braves' team slugging percentage is .390, below the Mets.