Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: 5 Possible Moves That Would Hurt the Braves

Jonah P DAnalyst IDecember 24, 2011

Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: 5 Possible Moves That Would Hurt the Braves

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    Atlanta Braves fans have recently been worried by the absence of impact moves by their team this offseason.

    However, the Braves' GM doesn't have as easy of a job as it may seem.

    There are many trade possibilities that would hurt the Braves more than they would help.

    This is now especially important, as Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens, two of the best Braves, are currently on the trade market.

    Here are five trades that should be avoided completely.

Martin Prado for Seth Smith

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    For a while now, the Colorado Rockies have been inquiring about Martin Prado.

    The main player from the Rockies whom the Braves are interested in is Seth Smith, who is available, according to mlbtraderumors.com.

    Smith's statistics are impressive; he has a career batting average of .275, and a .348 OBP.

    However, a straight-up trade for Martin Prado would in no way improve the Braves.

    Along with his career BA of .293, Prado is priceless to the Braves because of his versatility. He can play defense at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, and RF, which is a skill few players can boast of.

    Perhaps this trade would be reconsidered if the Rockies were to agree to add top outfield prospects Dexter Fowler or Tim Wheeler.

    Currently, though, the Braves should keep away from this trade.

Any Trade with More Than Two Young Pitchers

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    Recently, the Braves discussed trading for Adam Jones with the Baltimore Orioles.

    According to mlbtraderumors.com, the Orioles asked for Jurrjens, Prado and two of the Braves' top young pitchers.

    The Braves obviously declined this offer.

    Trading away Jurrjens alone should not result in too much harm to the Braves, and the same goes for Mike Minor, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado and Brandon Beachy.

    However, any trade involving more than one or two of these players would not be productive.

    These young pitchers are the future of the Braves, and need to be held on to.

Jair Jurrjens to the Detroit Tigers

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    After trading Jurrjens to the Braves four years ago, the Detroit Tigers reportedly want him back.

    Earlier this offseason, the Tigers hoped to get Prado from the Braves, and according to sbnation.com, the Tigers offered Delmon Young.

    The Braves were not interested, and they should similarly decline if Young is offered for Jurrjens.

    Along with Young, the Tigers have a few prospects they could offer to the Braves. However, the only prospects the Braves should be interested in are outfielders with lots of potential, such as Avisail Garcia or Daniel Field.

    If these players are off limits for the Tigers, the Braves should not be interested in dealing Jurrjens to them.

Shortstop Trade

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    At the beginning of the offseason, it appeared as though the Braves' main target would be a shortstop to fill in the hole left by Alex Gonzalez.

    Currently, though, it appears that the Braves will not look hard in this area, other than for a backup veteran shortstop.

    Tyler Pastornicky, one of their top hitting prospects, seems to have a high chance of starting in the shortstop position in 2012.

    While his success in the majors is not guaranteed, his stats were very impressive in the minor leagues, and this is a much simpler way to fill the hole.

Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado

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    The Braves should be extremely careful with any trade involving both Prado and Jurrjens.

    Jurrjens has the potential to become one of the best pitchers in baseball. He had a record of 13-6 and a 2.96 ERA last season.

    Also, there are injury concerns toward Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson, so trading away Jurrjens would be risky.

    Martin Prado's importance to the Braves is huge. His ability to play multiple positions is especially important because of the injury risk of Chipper Jones.

    It is unlikely that any team will come up with an offer to the Braves that would account for their loss of Prado and Jurrjens.