MLB Trades: Michael Bourn Makes Atlanta Braves a Threat to Philadelphia Phillies

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MLB Trades: Michael Bourn Makes Atlanta Braves a Threat to Philadelphia Phillies
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Coming into the weekend, the Atlanta Braves have enjoyed a terrific 2011 season despite two lingering questions that continue to befuddle baseball fans:

How can they be this good without a bona fide leadoff hitter, and how can they be this good without a legitimate defender in center field?

The Braves answered both of those questions with one answer Sunday, acquiring Houston Astros center fielder and leadoff man Michael Bourn for a collection of prospects in a deal that promises to make the Braves a force in September and may have secured them a spot in the 2011 postseason.

Let's take a look at five reasons this deal immediately makes the Braves better all around.

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