Braves still looking as trade deadline approaches

CINCINNATI – Now that the Jonny Venters’ suspension matter has been settled (it was rescinded today, in case you missed it), let’s get to the even more pressing matter. Trade deadline is Saturday afternoon.

Many in Braves Country want a power hitter before Saturday 4 p.m., which, by the way, isn’t a hard-and-fast deadline, as trades can still be made in August in time to get a player on the postseason roster. It’s just that waivers have to be cleared before a deal is done after Saturday’s deadline (for players with big salaries, clearing waivers is more common these days than years ago, because so many teams have serious payroll restrictions).

Here’s why so many fans are anxious to add a big bat: They’ve watched a five-week power outage from Troy Glaus that’s magnified by the team’s recent stumble, as the Braves have dropped eight of 14 games at the worst possible time — just as the Phillies have caught fire to shrink Atlanta’s lead to just 2-1/2 games.

Am I right, or am I right?

Now the question is, can GM Frank Wren and his men take steps to cap this leaking lead by adding a power hitter to the lineup? And I don’t have an answer for you as of noon Friday, because the already limited options have become even more so in recent days.

In addition to a power hitter, the Braves have also poked around looking for a reliever. The bullpen has been perhaps their biggest strength this season, but with Eric O’Flaherty still probably more than a week from returning from illness and Takashi Saito having gone through a recent DL stint and slump, and Billy Wagner reminding us recently that he’s 38 (sore foot, back-to-back blown saves, etc.) another proven arm would bolster the ‘pen for the stretch drive.

But again, there aren’t a whole lot of good ones available, and plenty of other teams are looking for the same thing.

I asked Wren this morning about where the Braves stand with the deadline some 30 hours away, whether any talks had progressed or anything seemed imminent, this was his e-mail reply: “We are looking at different scenarios. Have had lots of conversations but there are limited players available at this time that fit our needs.”

He didn’t get into anything more specific than that.

So let’s do some of our own educated speculating: First, you can safely cross off several of players proposed as targets by this blog’s commenters, particularly Adam Dunn. Folks, the Braves aren’t prepared to add that kind of payroll, nor would they be willing to give up the elite young talent the Nationals will demand in a deal for Big Donkey.

Among the more realistic targets, a few were swept aside in the past week when Kansas City outfielder David DeJesus got hurt, Florida’s Chris Coghlan got hurt (necessitating the Marlins hang onto previous trade possibility Cody Ross), and Milwaukee apparently pulled Corey Hart off the market because they think their slim postseason chances are still worth pursuing; besides, Hart’s been out a week with a wrist injury).

Of the other possibilities the Braves are believed to have discussed, the asking price – so far at least — has been too steep for Washington’s Josh Willingham and Toronto’s Jose Bautista, both having career years. Willingham’s a below-average defensive player who’s hitting .270 with 15 homers and an .866 OPS, which is going to assure he gets a big arbitration raise from his current $4.6 million before he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.

In the words of the Nationals’ GM, they’re not trading Dunn or Willingham without it being even more painful for the team getting one of them than it will be for the Nats giving them up. In other words, they’re demanding a bounty of young talent back.

Bautista leads the majors with 30 homers (nearly double his previous career high of 16) and has 70 RBIs, and the Blue Jays are said to be asking so much that it’s doubtful he’ll be moved before the trade deadline.

The most recent name connected, however tenuously, to the Braves is an interesting one: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Red Sox have made it known he could be available, and if the Braves can swing that without giving up too much in the way of top pitching prospects, I’d do it. He’’s been on the DL most of the season with a rib injury but expected to come off DL. Again, I really don’t know how much there is to the rumor, but it’s interesting.

He’s not a big power guy, he’s a speedster. Ellsbury has blazing speed and led the AL with 120 steals the past two seasons. Braves haven’t had a threat like that since a young Rafael Furcal.

The name that emerged as a seemingly more serious candidate Thursday when the Astros for the first time said they’d listen to offers for veteran switch-hitter Lance Berkman. (By Friday night it seemed pretty certain he was headed for the Yankees.)

He ain’t what he was, but after a slow start Berkman had been on a July surge to pump his OPS to .808 (still 151 points below his career average), with a .372 OBP, 13 homers and 49 RBIs.

No doubt he’d fit in with the Braves;  Atlanta player who know him will tell you that. And he finished fifth in the MVP voting just two years ago.

After a slow start, Berkman's had six homers and plus-.900 OPS in  July.

After a slow start, Berkman's had six homers and plus-.900 OPS in July.

But he hasn’t played the outfield since 2007, spending his time at first base since then. And despite Glaus’ ongoing slump, I can’t see the Braves benching him entirely and playing Berkman on a regular basis, not unless Glaus can’t play because of his knees (and he’s been playing on them almost every day all season, albeit gingerly of late).

He hasn’t played the outfield in three years, and I don’t know if he could. But he plays first base, and if the Braves are worried about Glaus’ extended slump and gimpy legs, he might be an answer.

Then there’s the money. No small matter when it comes to Berkman. I really don’t think the Braves would pay him some $7.4 million for the rest of this season (including his buyout for 2011) unless they dumped another salary or the ‘Stros picked up a good chunk of what he’s owed.

And I certainly don’t see the Braves giving up any big pitching prospect <em> and</em> taking on a lot of payroll, not to get Berkman at this stage of his career.

He’s owed about $5.4 million for the rest of this season and has a $2 mill buyout of a $15 million option for 2011. So you’re talking roughly $7.4 million he’s still owed.

I can’t imagine the Braves being willing to add that kind of payroll, and the Astros might not have to pay much of what Berkman’s owed if they have other suitors (the White Sox might go after him if they can’t get Dunn).

Which brings me to another, seemingly more reasonable possibility that I brought up last night on the blog, a target that seems like it could fit the Braves’ needs and restrictions: Kansas City’s Jose Guillen.

Royals are trying to move Jose Guillen, and he'd add punch to lineup.

Royals are trying to move Jose Guillen, and he'd add punch to lineup.

If the Royals would pick up perhaps a a little of the $4-plus mill he’s still owed this season, it might work. The Braves have had some interest in him in the past, and he’s having a good season, hitting .272 with 16 homers and 60 RBI, albeit with a rather pedestrian .787 OPS due to his .331 OBP.

He bats right and can play serviceable D in left or right field. And K.C. GM Dayton Moore said this week that the Royals are trying to create some at-bats for 1B prospect Kila Ka’aihue in the near future.

They could do that by moving Guillen, a pending free agent who’s DH’d quite a bit this year.

OK, we’ve ran down a bunch of the possibilities. Watch the Braves trade for someone we haven’t even mentioned. That wouldn’t surprise me, just like it won’t surprise me if they don’t add a big bat before tomorrow’s deadline and instead wait another week or two to see if some of their own guys get back on track and/or the price tags on some available hitters comes down after the non-waiver deadline.

Speaking of Glaus: He’s hit .173 (17-for-98) with no homers, six RBIs and a .235 slugging percentage in his past 29 games.

After hitting .316 with 12 homers, 46 RBIs and a .988 OPS in a 47-game stretch from May 1 to June 20, Glaus has hit .175 with a .556 OPS in 28 games since.

Venters factor: How relieved the Braves must be to have their most consistent reliever and his devastating sinker available rather than suspended for this three-game series against the Reds at the ballpark dubbed Great American Small Park for a reason.

Venters’ 1.07 ERA is now the second-lowest among National League relievers, and his .170 opponents’ batting average ranks sixth among NL relievers. He’s been a mainstay of a Braves bullpen that has the second-best ERA in the league, behind San Diego.

In his past 20 appearances, the ascendant lefty has a 0.42 ERA and .143 opponents’ average, with just 10 hits and one run allowed in 21-1/3 innings, with 19 strikeouts and six walks.

Want to hear some dominant stats? Venters’ mentor, Billy Wagner, has a 0.00 ERA in 12 career appearances at the Cincy ballpark, coverting nine of nine saves and allowing just three hits and one walk with a stunning 21 strikeouts in 13 innings.

Votto’s been boffo: With all due respect to Albert Pujols, the NL’s best hitter this season will be facing the Braves this weekend. Cincy’s Joey Votto is the man in 2010.

I mean, you can’t argue with these numbers. Votto is the NL leader in average (.322), OPS (1.023), OBP (.423), slugging (.599) and home runs (26). His 70 RBIs tie him for third.

And it’s not as if he shows any signs of falling off.

For the month of July, Votto’s hitting .353 with eight homers, 15 RBIs and a .455 OBP and 1.137 OPS in 23 games. Yikes.

♣ Tonight’s matchup: In tonight’s series opener, Kris Medlen has his work cut out for him facing the Reds’ Johnny Cueto. Medlen, who’s never faced Cincy, is 2-0 in his past four road starts despite a 5.61 ERA.

Cueto is 4-1 with a –- gulp — 0.96 ERA in his past seven starts, with only one homer allowed in that span despite five of those starts being home games. He’s 5-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his past seven home starts, with two homers allowed in 45 innings.

Against the Braves, Cueto is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and .156 opponents’ average, with seven hits and three earned runs allowed in 13 innings.

FYI: At Cincinnati’s ballpark, Brian McCann has a .367 average with seven homers, 15 RBIs and a .767 slugging percentage in 15 games, while Matt Diaz has hit .354 (12-for-33) with two homers and a 1.006 OPS in 13 games at the hitter-friendly venue…. Former Red David Ross has a .234 average with a whopping 28 homers in 354 at-bats at the park, with a .351 OBP and .528 slugging percentage.

♣ Diversions: Feasted on movies this week, and among the five I saw were two new ones that have to be among the 10 or so best I’ve seen in the past few years, Inception and The Kids Are All Right (no, not The Who doc). And another that was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while, Black Dynamite, a perfectly executed send-up of the blaxploitation genre. Absolutely hilarious.

Also bought a few CDs, including the new Pernice Brothers (I’d give it a B-plus) and Phosphorescent’s For Willie CD from a couple of years ago, which is brilliant, as is his more-recent album of original tunes. For Willie is covers of great country tunes, including this one by Merle Haggard. Here’s the original duet by Merle and Willie Nelson, and here’s Phosphorescent’s cover.

Merle_Haggard_Going_Where_The_Lonely_Go

“REASONS TO QUIT” by Merle Haggard

Reasons to quit

the smoke and beer don’t do me like before

And I’m hardly ever sober

and my ol’ friends don’t come round much anymore

Reasons to quit

the low is always lower than the high

And the reasons for quittin’

don’t outnumber all the reasons why

So we keep smokin’ and we keep drinkin’

Havin fun and never thinkin’

Laughin’ at the price tags the we pay

And we keep roarin down the fast lane

Like two young men feelin’ no pain

And the reasons for quittin’

are getting bigger each day

Reasons to quit

I can’t afford the habit all the time

And I need be sober

I gotta write some new songs that will rhyme

Reasons to quit

there ain’t no rhyme or reason when you’re high

And the reasons for quittin’

don’t outnumber all the reasons why

So we keep smokin’ and we keep drinkin’

Havin’ fun and never thinkin’

Laughin’ at the price tags the we pay

And we keep roarin down the fast lane

Like two young men feelin’ no pain

And the reasons for quittin’

are getting bigger each day

8,263 comments Add your comment

bravesfan

July 30th, 2010
3:11 pm

Dave O – two things 1. enough already with Cox platooning Diaz and Hinske. Put Heyward in center and play those two every night!! Melky should be fourth outfielder!!!! 2. Braves won’t make substantial move and roster they have now is wildcard at best and will exit playoffs after first round.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

July 30th, 2010
3:14 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

At Cincinnati’s ballpark, Brian McCann has a .367 average with seven homers, 15 RBIs and a .767 slugging percentage in 15 games

Oh yeah! One of the first things I do when the new schedule comes out is look up when they go to Cincinnati, and how many times. :P

hangman

July 30th, 2010
3:14 pm

FOR THE 1ST TIME, I ENJOYED THE LYRICS! NOW CAN YOU COME UP WITH A SONG ABOUT BEING DEAD LAST AT THE END OF THE SEASON?

bravesfaninnc

July 30th, 2010
3:15 pm

1st .DOB thanks for the new blog

Now let hope that the braves get Jacoby Ellsbury who is a very fast guy.It always very good to have someone in your lineup with alt of speed

onebravosfan

July 30th, 2010
3:18 pm

Definitely agree about Ellsbury, it would be great to have him on board.

Mitchell

July 30th, 2010
3:19 pm

jeffrey d

July 30th, 2010
3:20 pm

NOW CAN YOU COME UP WITH A SONG ABOUT BEING DEAD LAST AT THE END OF THE SEASON?

You know we’re in first right? And that we’ve been in first for most of the season? Love the all caps, btw

Rhino

July 30th, 2010
3:20 pm

How can you not get excited about adding Jacoby Ellsbury. The would make the outfield fantastic. Diaz/Hinske, Ellsbury, and Heyward. It wuld help the Braves beyone this year as well. I just read the Braves are talking with the Jays about Frasor and Downs.

http://www.rhinorant.com

FEAR

July 30th, 2010
3:20 pm

NEWS – Braves trade Mike Minor for Lord humungous and The Spellbinder………….jeez we got robbed.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:20 pm

TNPaul: The Big Cat did have little PED-helpers at 37. Chipper does not have that help now.

TennesseePaul

July 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

MiaBchBravesFan: Well, I didn’t say it.

.574

July 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

*breaks wind*

:oops:

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

Glad to have you back, Notorious DOB!

Josh

July 30th, 2010
3:22 pm

damn Ellsbury would be a huge pickup!

bravofan

July 30th, 2010
3:22 pm

I will take ellsbury any day of the week!!!!

Crime Dog

July 30th, 2010
3:23 pm

I wouldn’t mind Ellsbury one bit.

Fols

July 30th, 2010
3:23 pm

I would love some speed in our order….but if we opt for speed we still don’t have anyone to bring them home. Not with Chipper sitting in the 3 hole.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

July 30th, 2010
3:23 pm

Rhino How can you not get excited about adding Jacoby Ellsbury.

Does he bat cleanup?

TennesseePaul

July 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

DOB: I asked Wren this morning about where the Braves stand with the deadline some 30 hours away…

Did you ask him how it is to be a GM or Manager working with a 24 man roster? What’s the point in KK these days any way.

bravofan

July 30th, 2010
3:24 pm

is he on the bosox major league club right now?

bravofan

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

yea honestly lets cut kk hes a waste

Arkansas Transplant

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t I advocating a Berkman trade long ago and for him to come in and play LF and help out at 1st? just asking.

The Choperator

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

Welcome back DOB. Great blog as usual.

jeffrey d

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

if we opt for speed we still don’t have anyone to bring them home

Yeah, we’re only 5th in the league in RBIs. I don’t think there’s anybody that’ll be able to drive him in.

Fily

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

The Braves MUST make a trade, and they will. Being Bobby/Wagner’/maybe Chipper’s last year this is our year to do it. 24 hrs from now we will be looking good and forgetting about this recent slump.

BravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

I hope you Ellsbury lovers understand that he has one played in 9 games this year because of injuries! However, if healthy, big if, he is a .295 hitter with 131 sb in 2.5 years in the bigs. Tons of speed!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

July 30th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hmm…4 career PA in the cleanup spot–2-3 with a walk! TO HECK WITH SAMPLE SIZES!!

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

“I would love some speed in our order….but if we opt for speed we still don’t have anyone to bring them home. Not with Chipper sitting in the 3 hole.”

Brilliant observation! To paraphrase from the movie “GO”, where the character talks to Katie Holmes about the comic panel “Family Circle”:

“There’s Troy Glaus, just waiting to suck!”

Glen W

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

Ellsbury is on minor league rehab right now.

Arkansas Transplant

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

and I would also hate to point out that I was pushing the Ellsbury talk over a month ago. Funny how that works out. And was called crazy for even mentioning either.

Reality Check

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

Tonight would be a very good night to begin to right the ship., Bravos! Put your hittin’ shoes on!

The speedy Jacoby Ellsbury in CF would give the Braves a new dimension – but I honestly believe the more pressing issue is 1B. Glaus was great in May, but, unfortunately, that’s been about it. To keep the pressure on the rest of the division, we need for him to find his May stroke – or even something close to it! If he can’t…

BravoMan

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

Where is this Ellsbury news coming from? Something DOB heard?

Dumbfound

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

as far as thats concern, Oswalt isn’t having a great year either ! You think if Oswalt can turn it around, Don’t you think that Berkman can ?!? I’m telling you Bobby Cox loves Lance Berkman !

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 30th, 2010
3:26 pm

Something Needs To Happen!!!! I like Ellsbury and Guillen—Berkman would be great. Either way, the Elders & Vets need to start producing ASAP.

monty

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

Key Largo

Thanks for the link to the Medlen article. THink they made a mistake, isn’t that Hudson in the lower video where it talks about Medlen’s mechanics?

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

Thanks for the new blog, DOB!

Lets hope the Braves follow their previous trend: playing to the level of the competition. They lost two straight series to two of the more bottom-dwelling teams in the division. Now they are facing a contender in another division. The competition level is higher. Last year, it seemed we could win games against top teams and lost to the dwellers.

Too bad Mac and Ross can’t play simultaneously with those numbers.

Rob From SC...Chipper's new BFF, Please call up Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, and Mike Minor...Lowe to the bullpen

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

DOB

YOu don’t think the Braves would trade Minor for Ellsbury?

Rick in FL

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

GO ahead and bring to Freddy Freeman and make he starting 1B . Also bring back G Blanco who Braves should have left at CF all year /

Crime Dog

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

I hope you Ellsbury lovers understand that he has one played in 9 games this year because of injuries! However, if healthy, big if, he is a .295 hitter with 131 sb in 2.5 years in the bigs. Tons of speed!

Well yes, health would be the qualifier when i said I wouldnt’ mind him. With that said, I don’t think Wren would trade for him without plenty of assurance he was healthy.

tmoneylove

July 30th, 2010
3:27 pm

guillen is playing for a contract next year and could be interesting…

Supes

July 30th, 2010
3:28 pm

IF Ellsbury is given a clean bill of health, I would like to see him in CF for the Braves!

What would the bo sox want back? Medlen and one of our OF like Cabrera back in the deal?

amicusterrae

July 30th, 2010
3:28 pm

There was a report out of Boston a month or so ago (maybe longer) that Ellesbury and the management had a falling out over his injuries and rehab.

Reality Check

July 30th, 2010
3:28 pm

I should have done my homework…I didn’t realize Ellsbury has been injured so much this season. Yikes!

poopsie

July 30th, 2010
3:28 pm

I really don’t wanna think about some of the trades we have made over the years to “save us”.Wasn’t it just last year we got a franchise player in Nate Mc Clouth?And even this year we got Gonzales for Escobar. Esky is on fire in Toronto And Gonzales is a good guy, but he isn’t hitting either. We got Mike Church for Franceur and released him at the end of the season.We also let Javier Vasquez go for Melky, who also is a good guy, but he hasn’t helped either.

These guys you’re talking about are not very good hitters eiher. Idon’t believe any ofthem are any better than what we already have. Please don’t upset the applecart with another “franchise player” who isn’t one!

Fols

July 30th, 2010
3:29 pm

Yeah, we’re only 5th in the league in RBIs. I don’t think there’s anybody that’ll be able to drive him in.

Are you talking about RBI’s during May and June? Cause they don’t really do anything for you when your in an RBI situation in August. You put speed in our #1 spot and it will come down to Chipper and Glaus to drive them in. You already know how that’ll end up. Bobby won’t move Jones.

Space Monkey

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

Ellsbury would be great, if he’s healthy and the cost is low.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

“The speedy Jacoby Ellsbury in CF would give the Braves a new dimension”

Yeah, if he would’ve been healthy even for a series this season. Hard to be Mr. Speedy from rehab at Pawtucket.

Gone Viral

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

“To paraphrase from the movie “GO”,”

Nice!

shmoe

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

braves are in my town!

.574

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

Mike Church was AWESOME!

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 30th, 2010
3:30 pm

While I agree, I think it’s funny that we all now want Gregor Blanco back to the Bigs. Remember a year or so ago when we were all all over him for stinking up the place? He’s very much improved this year, and now wasting away in Gwinnett. Bring him back!

Bob Horners Broken Wrist

July 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

Jacoby Ellsbury is the only guy I really like from the current field. Thats a deal we need to make if we don’t have to give up more than one good arm.
Glaus isn’t generating any power because his legs are gone and he needs to sit for a week. How about putting Ross at 1st base???
Bobby needs to get Hinske or Ross in at first and play Diaz and Infante (anywhere!!) everyday. To have Infante on the bench is a crime. He is one of our best hitters AND best fielders. Chipper and Glaus are killing us right now and their action needs to be limited until they can get it together.

Chavez and KK are taking up roster spots that Kimbrel and Minor should be using…that just seems like a no- brainer.

But I would stand pat on the trades given the options unless you can steal Berkman or Guillen, ie. we don’t have to give up prospects. I like our backups to do a better job than those guys.

rayk

July 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ellsbury is the only guy I’d want. he is young and may be around more than a rental. The question is for what price. the red Sox are still contending so it’s not a buyer vs seller scenario. The deal shouldn’t be lopsided. But knowing Wren, we’d give up too much anyway.
Dealing with the nats would be a msitake as they apparently are looking to rip teams off.

rrosson3

July 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

i can see ellsbury for one of our relievers. maybe thats why we could be looking to add to the bullpen

If something like that is done. I think its inevitable to bring minor up and put someone down in the bullpen…i like the idea

ThePriceisWrongBitch!

July 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

I’d rather have Blanco in CF than trade prospects for Ellsbury!!!!!

This guy is still hurt anyway?!?!?!?!!?!?!?

Bring up Freeman before the playoffs and platoon him with Glaus at first. Then you could also platoon Glaus with Chipper at third.

BravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

I am a huge Chipper fan but that boy has got to be moved from the 3 hole. With BMac hot I would put him at 3rd behind Prado and Heyward.

Arkansas Transplant

July 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

If we’re going to go after Guillen we need to work something that includes Greinke.

Guillen/Greinke = Medlen/Delgado/KK/Diaz/Dunn

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

Mike Church. Is he related in any way to Ryan Church?

Dumbfound

July 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

See ! I told you all I was spot on about Lance Berkman. Dave O’Brien has mentioned him in this new bloggage ! Don’t be surprised if the braves get him !

rammerjammer

July 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

TnBrian

July 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

Ellsbury is HURT. Is he not, or am I hallucinating here? Who knows how long it’d take him to get back on track the rest of this season. That seems like an offseason move, not a mid-season deal since he’s been out practically all year long.

Rob From SC...Chipper's new BFF, Please call up Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, and Mike Minor...Lowe to the bullpen

July 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

Ellsbury for O’Flaherty and Cabrera

Arkansas Transplant

July 30th, 2010
3:33 pm

Then move a Hoover/Cabrera for Ellsbury

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:34 pm

“Then you could also platoon Glaus with Chipper at third.”

I believe that this falls under the precise definition of “compounding the misery”.

SportiVore Dan

July 30th, 2010
3:35 pm

One name I haven’t seen connected to the Braves, but I know is available is Luke Scott. He’s 32, doesn’t have a big contract and can play corner OF. He also swings for some power. Seems like you could get him at a modest price.

If Ellsbury is affordable AND healthy, that’d be a hell of a deal. He’s great at the plate, loads of speed and other than 2009 is a very, very good OF.

I still would love to have Marlon Byrd, but doesn’t seem like that is going anywhere.

Looks like the Willingham ship has sailed…

TennesseePaul

July 30th, 2010
3:35 pm

Jacoby Ellsbury, if healthy, yadda yadda yadda.. though with more speed… if healthy.

…if healthy

Joe

July 30th, 2010
3:35 pm

Minor has been scratched from tonights start. What does that mean

Arkansas Transplant

July 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

SportiVore Dan

Scott is a below average defender.

rammerjammer

July 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

Ellsbury for a Varsity hot dog and a tall styrofoam cup of boiled peanuts would be about right.

amicusterrae

July 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

I thought Gullien was a problem child in KC? How does he fit in our clubhouse?

Reality Check

July 30th, 2010
3:36 pm

We’re 2.5 games up today. We were 7 games up on July 22. I’d better buy a big jug of Tums for the stretch drive.

Efrim

July 30th, 2010
3:37 pm

Wait, what about Ellsbury?

FEAR

July 30th, 2010
3:37 pm

who started this dumb ass jacoby rumor anyway!?

Leeeeeee

July 30th, 2010
3:37 pm

VJ, From the old blog. Thanks for the update on CAB! You scared me. I don’t post much on the blog, I do have my faves though. You and CAB are among them.

Rob From SC...Chipper's new BFF, Please call up Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, and Mike Minor...Lowe to the bullpen

July 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

Joe

Nick was being a smart ass…Minor has not been scratched

Crime Dog

July 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

who started this dumb ass jacoby rumor anyway!?

Mr. O’Brien, in the very blog you’re commenting on.

tmoneylove

July 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

not enough people want to face the fact that our 3 and 4 hitters were formerly on PEDs and cannot be counted on this late in the season. what a shame. how’s ellsbury’s OBP?

Coach

July 30th, 2010
3:38 pm

We are going to end up giving away Minor for Cody Ross and we will forever regret it.

Skip & Pete Fan

July 30th, 2010
3:39 pm

DOB, you’re awesome! Thanks for all the stats! Quick question: Yesterday on the rain delay radio show, someone asked if Diaz would ever be in the lineup everyday. The answer given was no simply because Bobby doesn’t see him as an everyday player. What’s your opinion? It just seems that Diaz, even not hitting as well against righties, still rakes! Any thoughts?

monty

July 30th, 2010
3:39 pm

I like Willingham but a rotation of Diaz and Hinske gives us the same production plus Willingham has done nothing in the last month. To me it doesn’t make sense to trade for a guy who is slumping and could be ailing.

Jay Dubu

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Venters has become the new Pete Moylan. He has pitched 50.1 innings in the Braves 101 games.

onebravosfan

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Giving away anything more than Resop for Cody Ross is a bad idea.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Rob From SC...Chipper's new BFF, Please call up Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, and Mike Minor...Lowe to the bullpen

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

The Red Sox are desperate for a LH reliever…Let them choose between Dunn and O’Flaherty (Venters should be untouchable) and a prospect for Ellsbury

rrosson3

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

DOB

Is Minor pitching tonight?

Thanks

GoBraves123

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

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ContactBuzz

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Add Ellsbury, then you could move Prado to the 2 hole and Heyward lower (4-6) where he’ll have more RBI opps.

I like it much more than any of the other names I’ve heard so far.

rammerjammer

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

Boston wants a reliever. Maybe Venters? Could Minor be on his way to Atlanta?

FEAR

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

well paint me red and shove a crowbar up my nose

Bobby Boy

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

“The most recent name connected to the Braves is an interesting one: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Red Sox have made it known he’s available, and if the Braves can swing that without giving up much, I’d do it.” This is why DOB is the man. He just gets it right. He said two names that I like in this piece, Berkman and Ellsbury. He reads up on the rumors and just gets it right. Great work DOB.

Puma

July 30th, 2010
3:40 pm

I would love to get a lead off guy. I’ve been thinking that that would work just as well for the Braves as a home run guy, maybe better. You could move Prado to the 2 hole, and then move Heyward to the 5 or 6 spot depending on R or L pitcher. Think what Prado can do with a guys on base. I would like that move, and would probably be a whole lot cheaper for the Braves than Willingham, who I don’t really see helping us all that much. He would just take Diaz and Hinski out of the lineup, he’s not a CF.

monty

July 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

Jay Dubu

When BC finds a pony he likes, he rides it till it rolls over and dies.

jeffrey d

July 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

Ellsbury isn’t an injury risk. He broke his ribs in a collision. It’s not like he keeps tweaking things

Bobby Boy

July 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

The ellsbury thought was already thrown up on mlbtr and the brave chop though.

MiaBchBravesFan

July 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

Coach: Wren isn’t THAT stupid…

brian

July 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

Ellsbury would be a great addition (to pat myself on the back this fantasy GM made the suggestion of Ellsbury last week). The BoSox are looking for bullpen help. Might Dunn and a prospect help. He would be a big upgrade in CF, could hit 1st or 2nd, and would be a Brave for a while.

We should also be able to aquire Luke Scott in addition to Ellsbury. If Ellsbury is healthy and we get those two without touching our big prospects, Wren would get thumbs up from me

Supes

July 30th, 2010
3:42 pm

We are going to end up giving away Minor for Cody Ross and we will forever regret it.

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No we are not, Minor is projected to be our only LH starter next year. I doubt that Wren would want to face Minor (when the fish play the braves) for the next 5 years after that!!!

The more I think about it, I seriously doubt they are going to offer anything of value for Cody Ross who’s fell flat on his face since the ASG.

jeffrey d

July 30th, 2010
3:42 pm

When BC finds a pony he likes, he rides it till it rolls over and dies.

Then he rides it some more

AlabamaBrave

July 30th, 2010
3:42 pm

Come on people, we all know Wren will do nothing to make the club any better. All this speculation is pointless until ownership opens the checkbook.

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