It's been about two months since the Atlanta Braves infamous September collapse. Since then, to most fan's satisfaction, the Braves freed up some cap space with a Derek Lowe trade, they opted not to offer Alex Gonzalez arbitration, and they signed a Rule 5 Draft pitcher. No big acquisitions.
In the meantime, fans have been bombarded all winter with rumors of Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado being used as trade bait. While Frank Wren denies actively shopping the two, one must feel that he is at least seeing what he can get for the two players.
The latest rumor includes a trade the Orioles proposed that would send Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, and two other top pitching prospects to Baltimore for center fielder Adam Jones. Atlanta declined, but lets evaluate the pieces and see why.