Heyward could play center field, if need be

The Braves don’t have a clear answer yet at center field, between Nate McLouth’s demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday and with the trade deadline approaching on Saturday.

Melky Cabrera has started in center for the past two games. Omar Infante can play there. Brent Clevlen was activated from a rehabilitation stint to help in center, and Gregor Blanco would be eligible to return Saturday, if the Braves choose to go that route.

But if need be, Jason Heyward could play center, something general manager Frank Wren, manager Bobby Cox and Jason Heyward all agreed they were are comfortable with when asked about it.

“Jason could go there,” Wren said. “There’s a variety of people who could play center field if we get in a pinch.”

Heyward, who’s played nothing but right field this season, said he’d have no problem playing some center field.

“Center field is the first outfield position I ever played,” said Heyward who played first base until age 10.

Heyward said he played 20 games in center field last year in the minors.

That would seemingly give the Braves more flexibility to add a corner outfielder at the trade deadline. Wren said nothing was imminent with the Braves on Wednesday but he expected activity to increase around baseball.

“We know what’s out there,” Wren said. “Whether the price will come down where it makes it reasonable and things fit for us, I don’t know. It’s hard to know until that last day almost.”

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eskippy

July 28th, 2010
7:36 pm

Huh?

July 28th, 2010
7:39 pm

I think he will do a good job in center.

hipdawg

July 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

That statue at first base needs to pick it up!!!!

hipdawg

July 28th, 2010
8:01 pm

The Braves need more home- run production!!!

Braves Fan Since "80

July 28th, 2010
9:40 pm

Why not…. if we can get more pop

boots

July 28th, 2010
10:10 pm

Would a trade for Prince Fielder work? Maybe trade Glaus and a lower minor league pitcher for him. It would add some pop and there is not exactly a loss in speed, which (considering it is Fielder we are talking about) is saying something. I know CF is the spot that leaps out at you, but there are other ways to address the OF.

Kang & Kodos

July 28th, 2010
10:20 pm

The Braves would have won 3 World Series in the ’90’s but for Bobby Cox. Leo Mazzone was overrated. Chip Caray is a flatulent butthead. Ron Gant was a juicer. Fran Wren wets the bed. Terry Pendleton has no testicles. Troy Glaus is actually 49 years old. Chipper is a p-ssy.

justin

July 28th, 2010
10:34 pm

Kang and Kodos, you do not love the Braves. I know your shoulder must be sore for all those rocks you just threw at some of our beloved Brave icons. Please, keep negative comments to yourself and go to bed like your mommy told you five minutes ago.

Keith

July 28th, 2010
10:43 pm

Re:boots

We aren’t in the market for Prince, not even close. Most teams aren’t. He is wayyy too expensive. We are more likely to grab Willingham….I’m thinking a C Young wouldn’t be terrible….I’m not a fan of Cody Ross, but Marlins say he might available after August.

Kang and Kodos: Stop trolling the blogs for completely random comments. :P

Personally, I’d like to see a Hart or a Willingham, even though hart has something to prove after his injury and I didn’t know that Willingham has faded a lot since May so he went down on my list. Would LOVE to bring Dunn in, but I don’t think we get him without giving up Teheran or Minor…and I don’t think that’s happening.

justin

July 28th, 2010
10:46 pm

Being a GM from here would be simple, sure Tex was a nice addition two years ago. Not now though, Feliz is a beast and Andrus is only getting better each day. We do not need to piss away our young arms for someone who is not gonna put us over the top. Bautista, Hart, Willingham……all solid outfielders…..but none of them are worth giving away solid prospects. We have answers within the system(Blanco, Clevlen, maybe Freeman) that can help us NOW. Unless Wren just gets an offer that he can’t turn down, we should stand pat. There is NO ONE out there that can make us that much better.

boots

July 28th, 2010
10:46 pm

Keith: I think Fielder is a free agent at the end of the year, which is normally a problem, but so is Glaus. Seems like we could afford him for the next few months at least. Just an idea.

Go Braves

July 28th, 2010
11:37 pm

I agree with Justin, we have done awesome with what we have. Our problem is all of the money tied up with Lowe, Chipper, KK and McClouth. This may not or MAY be our year but if not the Braves are going to be Awesome in 2 years as long as we don’t make another stupid Tex move. Bring Blanco back and see what happens, Go Braves and Kang and Kodos Sucks!

Murph

July 29th, 2010
12:10 am

Aw heck, if I could play CF so can Heyward, he’s better than I was at that age.

Remarkable

July 29th, 2010
12:45 am

O’Brian, come back. We need a voice of reason here. We can’t stand pat and expect to see the post season, and we can afford to give up a pitching prospect. They are not guranteed succeses anyway. Let’s get a qualified outfielder who can hit for power. There should be several out there asking for a trade to a team heading to the post season.

JMAYNE

July 29th, 2010
1:38 am

Ive wanted upton, hart, and willingham but i think Chris Young is possibly the right man for the job. Hes got a decent batting average (around .270) speed, defense, plays center, decent pop. Sounds like…exactly what the Braves need. Could bat him 1st or 2nd or 6th or 7th. Shouldnt cost the farm. Not minor, medlen, teheran, or delgado. Maybe the hoover kid, Mclouth needs a new start, throw in Resop and maybe one more class a hitter. Hell maybe they would take KK. Probably too much salary for them tho.

New Batting Order: Prado, Heyward, Chipper, McCann, Young, Hinske/Diaz, Glaus, Gonzalez. Or you ciuld switch it up and stack lefties or righties. Would give the braves exactly what they need

Richard Nieh

July 29th, 2010
2:12 am

Maybe the Braves may somehow work out a deal for Adam Dunn as a three months rental and ask him to play right field.

john d

July 29th, 2010
2:54 am

What the heck is wrong with Prado playing every day? He has the highest batting average on the team!! Bobby has buried him on the bench since the break. There must be something personal there. New batting Order Prado, Infante, Heyward, Chipper, McCann,Glaus/Hinske Gonzalez, Diaz/Melkey!! EVERY DAY!

TLH

July 29th, 2010
3:17 am

Anybody noticed J-Hey hasn’t hit a home run in years?

BornATlien

July 29th, 2010
5:33 am

@john d–do you mean Infante when you say Prado? I’m pretty sure Prado’s a regular fixture in the lineup. We have two players who COULD play every day but don’t, and their names are Omar Infante and Gregor Blanco (available soon from AAA).

GT71

July 29th, 2010
6:25 am

Heck, I’d say let Jason play both – especially with pitchers like Hudson.
Really, tho, Jason’s arm is needed in right. Infante wouldn’t be bad as a temp and he can go get it. Hitting is the problem. We need a CF who can hit 20 HR, knock in about 80 and take a pitch or 2 batting 6th or 7th.
There’s gotta be a guy like that in systm or available somewhere.

bob

July 29th, 2010
6:29 am

Do the Braves have a 3b prospect in the minors to replace Chipper next year or the year after when he retires. Glaus was a good 3b before the move to 1b, but he’s not long term. How about trading for Kelly Johnson and putting him back in lf?

NOTSO FAST

July 29th, 2010
6:34 am

GM’s can look very good on trades today and yet when those prospects traded become players, we forget about the player we got. Sometimes the best trades are those not made.

Marc in FL

July 29th, 2010
7:06 am

There’s no reason in overprotecting prospects. They come and go and in this sport you have to go for the win when you have the chance. Fear of losing prospects is why the A’s can’t ever get to the World Series.

You need young talent and veterant skills to win. If the guys in the minors can help get it then go for it. I can see making one or two untouchable, but the rest are trade bait.

GovClintonTyree

July 29th, 2010
8:45 am

I think Heyward CAN play center, from what my eyes tell me. If so, that opens up a lot more possibilities. I’d rather give up one of the minor league big four for a permanent solution in the OF. But the more likely answer is an expiring contract. Willingham. Hart. C Young would be awesome, and we could leave Hey in right.

As we’ve been saying for two years now, we’re a bat away. Even more obvious with Glaus struggling.

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 29th, 2010
9:10 am

Heyward in center, Infante in right or left…..done deal….and you just raised the batting average of the starting lineup by almost 30 points.

outfield of mediocrity

July 29th, 2010
9:42 am

figured they are gonna trade omar cause he hasn’t been playing…. makes no sense

Bruce Mac

July 29th, 2010
10:19 am

Marc in FL, this team has no chance of winning a World Championship so why trade away the future when we will have a chance to win it all. Except for dumb trades of the past we would have a chance now to compete for the World Chamionship. So, just keep making dumb decisions so we will never again have a World Championship here.

hornblowermg

July 29th, 2010
11:03 am

bring Adam LaRoache back home

South Georgia Dawg

July 29th, 2010
11:48 am

Who is Michael Noboa a second baseman who the Braves have traded for for either that famous player to be named later or cash. Is he a minor leaguer or a bench player for a major league club? C ould this mean Prado is going to the outfield – right field – and Heyward to center?

Rhino

July 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

I’d love to see Heyward in center with a little more pop in RF.

http://www.rhinorant.com

Freddie : G

July 29th, 2010
2:23 pm

Melky is doing a good Job in Center field and at the plate so why worry about that. If Frank can get someone without giving up our good talent as John S did in the past then that will be fine. I cannot see us giving up Medlen for Cody Ross or anyone at his level. I don’t believe that Frank has to make any move as the players on the Roster are good enough to get it done.

Mike DoGG

July 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

Well, with the female horses just about to pick up Oswald Cobblepot from the Stroz, we better get our heads out and pick up at least one bat!

Nick

July 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

It’s about that time of the year to bring back Larochey

Mike DoGG

July 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

Yeah, Roach Coach! Then move Glaus to third, Chipper to Left, Heyward to Center and Diaz to Right……..on second thought, no, just go get Corey Hart.

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