Braves waiting, watching to determine needs for trading deadline

Philadelphia – As trade talks around Major League Baseball begin to heat up with the trading deadline just a little more than three weeks away, the Braves need to know a little more information about their own team before they decide what they’ll do.

“We still have some unknowns based on the injury factors for our team that make it a little tough for us to do something immediately,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said Tuesday. “We’re still waiting to get a good sense of who’s going to be healthy and what our team is going to look like when they are healthy.”

Of primary interest is center fielder Nate McLouth, who was cleared by Braves doctors to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment on Friday as he makes his comeback from a concussion.

Wren did make it clear what the Braves won’t be looking for at the deadline.

“I don’t see us shopping in the pitching aisle,” Wren said. “But I’d like to see how Nate’s rehab turns out and when we can get him back. It’s hard to know exactly. Gregor Blanco has played well; we’ve been able to manage it pretty well. We’ve got Matt Diaz back. Get him rolling like we know he can. Some of the things may answer themselves.”

The Braves have had teams call to express interest in shortstop Yunel Escobar, but it’s unlikely the Braves would be willing to trade him without getting significant value in return, especially in the middle of a pennant race and without any clear alternative to play every day at shortstop. They prefer to keep newly-named All-Star Omar Infante as a key piece off the bench.

196 comments Add your comment

Pradopheliac

July 6th, 2010
6:37 pm

How about a trade of KK, Kimbrel, and McLouth for the Cleveland Indians smiling mascot. I think his excitement could make all the difference come October!

dawgcrzy

July 6th, 2010
6:37 pm

k4groveman

July 6th, 2010
6:39 pm

second

and not impressed… come on DOB…. I read all your articles all the way from Sacramento, this one could be a bit better..

thanks

Uncle Tom

July 6th, 2010
6:41 pm

Nate’s one of the best .176 hitters in the history of the game. Surely there’s a huge market for that!

pj

July 6th, 2010
6:42 pm

We are one power hitting Outfielder away from being the clear cut best team in the NL.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

July 6th, 2010
6:43 pm

All I know is I hope to God Wren does NOT stand pat come the deadline….because if she does, we are screwed.

We need a *Fred McGriff* type deal, a major deadline deal to be made….and no, I did not say a *Mark Teixeria* type deal.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

July 6th, 2010
6:44 pm

opps…typo

that should read..”if HE does, we are screwed”

Bob Horner

July 6th, 2010
6:44 pm

k4groveman…this was Carroll…not DOB…she’s not clairvoyant…nor is DOB…I’m thinking the Braves do nothing….I have a couple of wishes: Glaus picks up where left off…McClouth picks it up…and our pitching remains “as is….” and one more wish..Chipper “GOES OFF” after the break…

Willy

July 6th, 2010
6:45 pm

How about, oh – what’s his face, that guy on the mets – Jeff Franceour?

Sweet Daddy

July 6th, 2010
6:48 pm

Willy, put the crack pipe down. :)

terry harper

July 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

we need an outfielder with some pop in his bat. melky’s incessant ground balls to second base aren’t going to get the job done

Wooderson

July 6th, 2010
6:50 pm

if wren doesnt add a right handed bat to this lineup.. he cannot tell us he is dedicated to putting up another banner

MitchC

July 6th, 2010
6:51 pm

I think this team needs one more bat to say we can definitely have a shot for a playoff spot. Our rotation and bullpen seem set. Glaus and Mccann are our power guys, and, even though Chipper has improved lately, I still think we need one more bat in the middle of the lineup, to score a few more runs.

It will be interesting to see if we can deal McLouth with as long as he’s been out. If we continue to play well, and are still leading the division or the wild card race coming into 7-31, FW would be a complete fool if he stands pat.

NY Frenchy

July 6th, 2010
6:52 pm

Why would McClouth have any value, & Diaz is horrible he swings at anything with that ugly uppercut, a outfield of Heyward, Hinske, Melky & Infante is just fine. We need Escobar to step it up & Chipper to continue warming up & we’ll be just fine, we have the best pitching so just need to GET UR DONE! Go Bravos, Freddi for 2011 manager, comprende’?

Yunnie Escobar

July 6th, 2010
6:52 pm

Why is it that every year, some idiot sportswriters (mostly at ESPN) make up nonsensical rumors about Escobar being traded? They see Yunel make one occasional error and suddenly assume the Braves are going to ship him off for nothing in return. Sorry guys, but Escobar is one of the best defensive shortstops in the game. You can’t have him.

John

July 6th, 2010
6:52 pm

How about trading KK, McLouth, and Terry Pendleton for BJ Upton and a number one value meal at McDonalds???

south25

July 6th, 2010
6:55 pm

Is this the same GM that everyone wanted to fire early this sping. I think we should let Frank handle the trade deadline and trust he will make the correct decesions

Andrew

July 6th, 2010
6:57 pm

Why not trade Nate an KK for someone like Pablo Sandval 3B for the Giants, Or for some HOT prospect 3B. We all know chipper is only a game away from being on the DL again, Even if the braves make the playoffs. Hes already talking about retirement in the next season or two, We need to invest in a 3Bman NOW!

the truth...

July 6th, 2010
6:58 pm

I’d like to see McLouth stay on the DL the rest of the season…or be traded…anything but play.

Furthermore what is wrong with Schaefer? I’d bet he could hit no lower than Nate has…and is at least as good a center fielder; most likely better…

Geez, he sure as heck has to be able to throw as well as Nate…I’m betting my first wife can do that….

I’d like to see Diaz not play….trade OK?…Stay here? fine, but not playing outfield…maybe pinch hitting…

The team has played very well without either. McLouth can hardly throw as well as the best player on the local Little League team and is barely hitting his weight…a la Mendoza Line?

Diaz is kind of a player without a position….pinch hitting would be fine, but keep him out of left please.

The key is to get a healty Heyward back…there is our power hitting outfielder in the lineup…

Minion

July 6th, 2010
6:58 pm

Jose Bautista is probably the best bet for a rental.

John

July 6th, 2010
6:59 pm

Andrew is definitely on the right track….b/c who in the world are we going to plug there if (WHEN) Chipper goes on the DL? When he retires? GULP

The Lemmer

July 6th, 2010
7:01 pm

Were using the AAA lineup tonight, Diaz & Blanco, the Phils say thank you Booby Cox for letting us catch up before the break, MORON!

turkeycaller

July 6th, 2010
7:01 pm

Trade whoever for whatever. That is kinda how it works. Seriously, trade for a real bat or two. If we really have a bonafide chance this season then mgt. needs to secure what it takes to make the big dance. Team has played good so far but it is obvious more power is needed.

Steve McP

July 6th, 2010
7:02 pm

k4groveman

July 6th, 2010
6:39 pm

second

and not impressed… come on DOB…. I read all your articles all the way from Sacramento, this one could be a bit better..

If you had actually read the article you would have seen that it was actually posted by Carroll

asheville dawg

July 6th, 2010
7:03 pm

Maybe adding an additional outfielder would be good, if the price is right. Don’t mess with this team’s karma though.

Mark

July 6th, 2010
7:04 pm

NY Frenchy are you on crack? Chipper needs to keep warming up? We are almost at the all-star break! Melky is absolutely horrible!!! We most definitely need a right handed bat in the outfield who can hit above .250.
Don’t get me wrong about Chipper.. Thanks for the years man you’ve been a cornerstone in the Braves franchise. He just doesn’t have it anymore. He can’t give 100% anymore for very long. God Bless ya Chipper.

south25

July 6th, 2010
7:07 pm

Did you all forget Troy Glaus use to play 3b, if Chipper gets hurt again you could move Glaus to 3b and Hinske to 1b, or play Omar at 3b

Ryan's Dad

July 6th, 2010
7:10 pm

I would love to see the Braves get someone with some real speed. Those kind of players rarely slump and when they are on base the pitchers aren’t as able to concentrate on the batter. I don’t know if an old school Tim Raines guy is even out there anymore…someone who could make a walk turn into a triple.

GT Fan

July 6th, 2010
7:12 pm

the truth…Diaz honestly isn’t as horrible defensively as I thought he was when he first arrived. Now, I didn’t feel very comfortable during that game last year when he was in center when Nate was hurt before we got Church, but he’s a lot better than say, Ryan Klesko.

dedmammal

July 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

umm…don’t we have a 3rd baseman at first? just saying….

pat

July 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

Escobar sucks in the locker room. Old news. Trade him if you can get the right value.

Gary O

July 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

Even if nate mclouth returns to his pre-concussion form, we still need an upgrade in the outfield.

And if we didn’t trade escobar last season, why would braves trade him now when I assume his value is lower…

Kat

July 6th, 2010
7:14 pm

I don’t think we have as dire of a situation as y’all are depicting at third base. Brooks Conrad is a great player and once he has a few more games under his belt I think he’ll do great things for us (walk-off grand slam in May anyone??). As for tonight, Cole Hamels is pitching. He’s no Doc Halladay. We’ll have far more offensive support than we did last night.

Matt

July 6th, 2010
7:20 pm

Trade yunnel in a package for BJ upton. Or go after Cory hart.

GT Fan

July 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

Kat, idk that I’d go as far as “Brooks Conrad is a great player,” but you’re right, the Braves are not in dire straits if Chipper is injured again. Conrad and Infante would probably be the top two choices, but there is the choice people talked about with moving Glaus back to 3B and putting Hinske at 1B.

JMar

July 6th, 2010
7:28 pm

Diaz is the real key. They need that right handed bat, and if Diaz can return to form, there’s no pressure to make any moves at all.

UGASlobberknocker

July 6th, 2010
7:29 pm

It doent matter if McLouth is on or off the DL..if he keeps hitting under .200 when he comes back then he will be on the bench just like now..so in effect his DL status doesnt change anything.

I want Guillen from KC..good numbers..may could be had for cheap.

myra

July 6th, 2010
7:30 pm

The first inninng just showed santa glaus is tapped out.
bj upton???? are u kidding me.???? Esco far outplays bj uproar.

BigCaliDawg

July 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

Ryan’s Dad

July 6th, 2010
7:10 pm

“I would love to see the Braves get someone with some real speed. Those kind of players rarely slump and when they are on base the pitchers aren’t as able to concentrate on the batter. I don’t know if an old school Tim Raines guy is even out there anymore…someone who could make a walk turn into a triple.”

I haven’t seen that here since Brett Butler……..my bad……..Otis Nixon.

the truth...

July 6th, 2010
7:44 pm

Does anyone else get tired of Jon Smoltz TALKING NON-STOP through the entire game?

Always loved him on the field, until he left for Boston and bad mouthed the franchise…but he makes Sutton look like a mute (almost)….

Be quiet Jon Boy…..

tim scott

July 6th, 2010
7:46 pm

Hopefully that bump on the head for McClouth he will remember how to hit. Trade Milk dud plz I’m thinking 2 chili dogs and reg coke over at the Varsity. I would rather see Blanco play everyday as bad as he is than McClouth,Milkdud and Diaz aka Moe Larry and Curly. Don’t mortgage the future for one player for 1/2 a season.

A. Dylan Thomas

July 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

big cali dawg you saying deion sanders was slow?

BigCaliDawg

July 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

hey truth………hell have no fury like Smoltzie scorned. Homie could take a page from Keith Brooking. After all, they are commodities.

A. Dylan Thomas

July 6th, 2010
7:51 pm

after that we had kenny lofton then marquis grissom all speedy guys

Chris from the Rock

July 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

Go get Alex Gordon, FW!

BigCaliDawg

July 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

Well how many games did he actually play? I know he can run, but I remember him as more of a clubhouse guy than an actual contributor. Let me google some stats. BRB….

John

July 6th, 2010
7:58 pm

We had Marquis Grissom THEN Kenny Lofton

Doug Markham

July 6th, 2010
7:59 pm

I read this blog a lot and I can say about the first 10 or 15 posters are a waste of time.

BigCaliDawg

July 6th, 2010
8:01 pm

OK…..search done.

In 1992 Deion stole 26 got throw out 9 times and he had 14 triples!
In 1993 stole 19 got thrown out 7
In 1994 stole 38 and got thrown out 16 times, with ATL/CIN

He was kindof a threat, but not a Vince, Rickey, Tim Raines kinda dude.

Jonmight

July 6th, 2010
8:05 pm

Is there any reason why we’re not considering a trade for Scott Podsednik?

the truth...

July 6th, 2010
8:11 pm

Hey maybe we can trade Smoltzie and Brooking for a someone that can swing the bat instead of his lips ???? Yeah I know Brooking isn’t a Brave, but he still lives here…so let’s tell the “Pinhead” he can’t live in Georgia anymore….

Any body see the play Infante just made in right field? Awesome catch by a super utility man…Infante could play short and make about all the plays that Yunel does without errors, other than the super spectacular play Yunel does after botching two mental decisions…or not hustling….

So if they did trade Yunell I’d take Infante up the middle alongside Prado….

And Brooks is a pretty good utiility player himself….

Steve

July 6th, 2010
8:17 pm

Escobar WILL be traded. A little birdie told me.

bird

July 6th, 2010
8:17 pm

I don’t understand the hate for TP. The guy has been a vital part of this organization for years, heck he’s one of the major building blocks that got this team out the gutter to start the great run in the 90’s. TP has paid his dues with the Braves, Pendleton should be the next manager of the Atlanta Braves, Period.

BigCaliDawg

July 6th, 2010
8:18 pm

This was fun. Thanks DOB. See y’all around.

(I reside just south of Sacramento BTW)

Go Braves!

DA CHOP CREW

July 6th, 2010
8:29 pm

the braves have a good cf in the minors his name is willy taveras

A. Dylan Thomas

July 6th, 2010
8:35 pm

willy taveras is not a good centerfielder he is fast buts thts it he cant hit doesnt draw walks and doesnt ahve a great arm.

j

July 6th, 2010
8:41 pm

willy taveras? are you kidding me? He is not the answer to a WS season, puh-lease

Bruce Mac

July 6th, 2010
8:43 pm

Glaus and Chipper are both runnning like Bobby Cox and this team will limp to the finish line. Braves need to trade for a big bat but they cannot give away any of there top three pitching prospects. This limits there opportunities drastically. I suspect Frank makes another trade that we live to regret.

martha

July 6th, 2010
8:46 pm

Smoltz needs to lay off the coffee and sodas. Goodness, he seems to be jabbering more tonight that any other time he’s been on here.

VinceVanGo

July 6th, 2010
8:46 pm

You don’t win pennants with complete “patchwork” outfields. One platooning outfield spot is okay but two or all three just don’t cut it. The Braves need stability in the outfield in two positions. I’ve said all year long that Infante and Hinske should be in the lineup every day. Trade Melky Cabrera and Nate McClouth for something of value and let Infante, Hinske, Heyward, Blanco, and Diaz man the outfield spots unless Wren can pluck a decent outfielder via trade. Neither Cabrera or McClouth are or should be in the Braves future, so trade them now and get some assets for the future.

ChrisfromSacramento.CA

July 6th, 2010
8:52 pm

Willingham or Hart , Please. McCloth, Blanco and Diaz will not cut it. Trade Escobar for a hitter and let Omar play please.

the truth...

July 6th, 2010
8:54 pm

Bird…TP should be the manager because he hung around the dugout and watched the players’ averages fall for the past five or six years?

Give me a break…do you remember a little guy named Rafael Belliard? If you do maybe you’ll remember the year he shifted from starter to bench utility player and the Braves ONLY offered him $1,000,000…

I don’t know what he had been making before, but one reporter asked him how he could accept that salary reduction….

Belliard was amazed and replied that he was getting paid a MILLION dollars to PLAY baseball WHEN the team needed him on the field…and the rest of the time he got to just be a Brave….

Well TP has made his big bucks…and he should be thankful he has been carried by Mr. Loyalty, Bobbby Cox….when the team’s hitting has never showed a significant improvement since TP took the job…

We need someone NOT in the present dugout…Freddie Gonzalez might be the man we need…MIGHT I say, ..but for sure please not TP….

the truth...

July 6th, 2010
9:08 pm

There’s my point….keep Diaz OFF the field…Infante catches that ball as does Blanco….

G

July 6th, 2010
9:09 pm

Why does Bobby Cox continue to not surprise us… Leaves a guy in the game after he walks a guy and the lefty Howard comes up… He is just off the DL and has not pitched a lot and he has Venters ready… This is part of the reason the Braves fail at big moments.

G

July 6th, 2010
9:11 pm

Oh now we go lefty on lefty… Great call Bobby, just two batters too late…moron!

Bruce Mac

July 6th, 2010
9:12 pm

WHY IN THE HECK IS JURGENS EVEN PITCHING TO HOWARD? HOW MANY GAMES TO WE HAVE TO GIVE TO THE PHILLIES BY CONTINUING TO CHALLENGE MR. HOWARD?

Gwinnett Braves Bible.com

July 6th, 2010
9:16 pm

Foe anyone who is curious, Mike Minor had another fantastic outing at Gwinnett, He just left the game last inning.

Minor – 5.O IP / 5 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 6 K

Minor threw 83 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.

I’m here at the stadium and Minor really looks good.

Gwinnett winning 5-1 bottom of sixth.

The Lemmer

July 6th, 2010
9:17 pm

Mark is ur mama on crack? Shes wack lmao! Chipper aint goin nowhere so get over it moron, & Blanco & Diaz are not major leagers, Melky said give him a call he wants to stomp ur donkey azz, you dumb azz moron

Gwinnett Braves Bible.com

July 6th, 2010
9:17 pm

If anyone wants updates on Taveras or anybody else, ask away.

http://gwinnettbravesbible.com/

Will

July 6th, 2010
9:19 pm

lay off Blanco, I think he doing a great job .362 average, let him play

Gwinnett Braves Bible.com

July 6th, 2010
9:20 pm

Oh, one more update, Freddie Freeman with a hit tonight, now has a 12 game hitting streak, and has reached base in 25 straight games

Freeman now hitting .288 on the season

Rabiddawg

July 6th, 2010
9:26 pm

diaz is a hack….

Rabiddawg

July 6th, 2010
9:33 pm

and one more thing… would it kill B Mac to get a hit every once in a while WITH RISP?

savannahdawg

July 6th, 2010
9:34 pm

I am sick and tired of Escobar and his ground ball, rally killing ass! He needs to sit a while. Damn he sucks this year!

Rabiddawg

July 6th, 2010
9:36 pm

bottom 8, think the Phils will get one here? I do. Call me mr negative. I just hate losing to the Phils even though we swept them earlier I have a bad feeling about this road trip. Please prove me wrong.

Reality 4

July 6th, 2010
9:37 pm

It’s just amazing to read some plain stupid comments here. Why do so many people think other teams will be willing to trade for the guys we don’t want – KK, Lowe, McClouth, etc.?

Chris from the Rock

July 6th, 2010
9:37 pm

Has Escobar forgotten how to uppercut a baseball? His performance this year is mystifying.

Ben Hill; Been Real

July 6th, 2010
9:39 pm

if we get out this inning with no runs, we will win the game (Saito superstition)

Jared

July 6th, 2010
9:44 pm

Look at the outfield without Heyward…Blanco,Diaz,McClouth,Hinske
HR-10
Tell me how that will get the Bravos into the playoffs…

They will give Deark Lowe a 60 Million Dollar contract, but Wren will not get a decent bat. That is our problem.

coach smith

July 6th, 2010
9:45 pm

Blanco got to lean into that one

Rabiddawg

July 6th, 2010
9:51 pm

This is painful

coach smith

July 6th, 2010
10:02 pm

Braves hitters have looked tired and have had NO PATIENTS at the plate the last 2 games

[...] are in no rush to make a move and definitely won’t be looking for pitching, according to this story from Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rogers quotes Atlanta GM Frank Wren [...]

Fan since 1977

July 6th, 2010
10:28 pm

I love Hinske!!!!!! Big dinger we up 6-3 and now here comes Wags! Go Braves!!!

Fan since 1977

July 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

And I ain’t reading anything written by a chick, this is baseball. Hurry back DOB.

Yes, I’m a chauvinist! let me have it! Come on hAL, you’ve been dying to come out of the closet!

Corey

July 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

Why don’t the Braves need a pitcher? I think they need a lefty in the rotation. Hudson can hold out for the rest of the season. Not sure about Lowe and the younger guns in the rotation. Why not try to get Cliff Lee?

the truth...

July 6th, 2010
10:37 pm

Yep there’s the irony…Diaz can kill you as quick as he can save you…

What an awesome DH he could be….

So the problem is how do you allow him to bat…but not play in the field? Not in the NL…

Rabiddawg

July 6th, 2010
10:40 pm

OK Ok I take back what I said about diaz.

Fan since 1977

July 6th, 2010
10:43 pm

For anyone who has been saying Escobar does not have incredible talent (we all agree he lacks a little ‘tween the ears), I hope you saw his play when Victorino just batted.

Wags just shut it down, BRAVES WIN, BRAVES WIN, BRAVES WIN! (my Skip Caray impersonation — I miss him)

Braves can’t get a lefty starter if you are thinking about dealing Lowe or KK – no team wants those contracts.

Braves Fan Since "80

July 6th, 2010
10:45 pm

Escobar is here to stay…… he will heat up second half…. we need to make it hard to get Matt in the line up

bob

July 6th, 2010
10:51 pm

What are you smoking? Nate McLouth a key? A key to what? With everyone healthy, he is absolutely the least effective offensive player on the team. Melky and Blanco have proven to be more reliable hitters than the pre-injury McLouth. The guy was over-rated and over-hyped when we got him last year … “all-star for the Pirates” is kind of like “top Walmart greeter in the state.” Better option than Greg Norton, sure, but let’s get serious.

Joey M

July 6th, 2010
11:03 pm

Cory Hart is my ideal outfield piece. I do not want to trade Escobar. He just needs to start having fun playing baseball again. He was our best hitter with RISP, no reason why he can’t do it again. If we can trade for Hart, I hope it doesn’t cost us Medlen, Kimbrel, Dunn, or Vizciano. Maybe a mid tier starter like Kawakami and include Resop. That should be enough.

hAL

July 6th, 2010
11:07 pm

somone above said look at the outfield without heweyward thAats the best idea ive heard yet lol ohhh has dizs improved a bit in say the last cpl of atbats and i could swear that was esco scoriing on mattys double ohh yea i know you baseballl analists deluxe will quote some archived stat that esco has hit ground balls for outs in 2.13 of his last 9 plate appereances greatly hampering our abbility to trade him for derrick jeter mark texeria and A rod and evewryone knows if we could just get tex bacack i think we could send js out the way he deserves may i hold the door?

RaleighDawg

July 6th, 2010
11:15 pm

If we’re lucky we could trade Chipper for a can of tuna fish – this would be a plus as even a can of tuna knows that you don’t make the first (or hird) out at third in the eighth inning of a tied game – particularly with a two hopper hit right to the third baseman ! It’s exactly that kind of playmaking that should keep him out of the HOF !

The Abs Man

July 6th, 2010
11:16 pm

Love the lineup, any lineup really, WITHOUT Melk-Dud.
Notice tonight how many hard knocks Braves got from Infante and Diaz–no diseased fly-swatter swings and giveaway at-bats like Melk-Dud has every game.

The Abs Man

July 6th, 2010
11:18 pm

With Diaz back in rotation===Melk-Dud should sit his chubby posterior down and use some combo of Blanco, Infante, Diaz amd Eric in outfield.
Troll Melk-Dud as trade bait, maybe 10-cents redemption value, like the empty waste bottle he is….

BobtheBlogger

July 6th, 2010
11:24 pm

My concern is what the Braves might give up in a trade for a left fielder. The platoon of Hinske and Diaz should be quite productive now that Diaz is healthy. Yes, we could use another power bat, but let’s not give up too much of the farm to get one.

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

July 6th, 2010
11:31 pm

No idea what McLouth has to do with this team needing a centerfielder with some pop. He wasn’t getting it done, and the concussion isn’t going to help that. The painfull part will be watching the Braves find out if he has anything left for the rest of the season, in meaningful games: super. The problem the Braves have is that Diaz, Hinske, Cabrera, Blanco are all platoon guys, which is fine, they just all are similar, save Blanco. If Esco and Chipper were hitting for power it might be a different story, but still need another everyday to play with Heyward. Platoon Hinske/Diaz, use Blanco as the fourth outfielder and send Cabrera in the trade if you can. It’s to stand pat and fall in love with your guys when your in first, but you have to make the move not just to get to the postseason, but to win once you get there.

RJB in Atl

July 6th, 2010
11:36 pm

With a starting rotation that is presently stacked, I am thinking that Mike Minor is this year’s trade bait. No other reason to push him up to AAA now other than the Braves front office wanting to showcase his abilities against hitters with some major league experience.

This assumes that they are not considering Medlen to be the big blue chip–with KK coming back out of the pen into the rotation and Minor hitting the pen as the new long reliever.

Al Hooper

July 6th, 2010
11:44 pm

We go the wrong mac from Pittsburgh. Chipper can’t get that heavy bat around anymore.
Get Francoeur back. Bobby still needs to learn when to pull his starters. JJ tonight, Hudson last
year at Florida. Maybe we will get the ex marlins manager. And Heyward is auditioning for the
Yankees.

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