MLB Trade Deadline: Idea for Atlanta Braves Outfield Help

Theo GeromeCorrespondent IIIJuly 29, 2011

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 20: Michael Bourn #21 of the Houston Astros lays down a bunt single in the 5th inning against the Washington Nationals on July 20, 2011 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Astros won in the bottom of the 11th 3 - 2. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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I don't really want to write a full article, so here's just a quick idea:

Nate McLouth has been the Atlanta Braves' primary center fielder this year. He also has an OPS+ of 91.

Meanwhile, the last-place Houston Astros have center fielder Michael Bourn, who is under contract through 2012 and has an OPS+ of 117.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Astros want pitching prospects. I don't know a lot about the Braves farm system, but I'm pretty sure they have two to three good young pitchers (if I recall correctly).

This seems like they should match up pretty easily, right?

My off-the-top-of-my-head calculations say this would be a 2 WAR upgrade for the Braves the rest of the season (using Fangraphs). And it would help the Astros to rebuild.

Maybe the Braves don't want to try and upgrade, seeing as they're running away in the wild-card race, but they're still talking about trading for other players according to MLB Trade Rumors (including fellow Astronomer Hunter Pence).

I don't know. But this seems like an easy match-up.

What do you think: Should the Braves try for Bourn? Or Pence? Or someone else entirely?