Prado tells Wren he’s good with move to left field

ORLANDO — Already plenty antsy from nearly seven weeks of medical-mandated rest, Martin Prado had a position switch and the trade of a friend added to his things-to-think-about list Tuesday.

The All-Star second baseman, recovering from a season-ending torn oblique muscle and hip pointer, was told Tuesday he’d be moving to left field after the Braves traded for second baseman Dan Uggla.

The Braves traded reliever Mike Dunn and infielder Omar Infante — Prado’s close friend and Venezuelan countryman — to the Marlins for Uggla.

General manager Frank Wren told Prado the news about the trade and position swithc, and that he would play third if Chipper Jones has setbacks in his return from knee surgery or needs time off.

“I talked to him last night,” Wren said. “He said, ‘I just want to be a part of this team. I want to contribute. I don’t care where I play.’”

Prado was a utility infielder before displacing second baseman Kelly Johnson during the 2009 season. Prado has played left field frequently in past winter-ball seasons in Venezuela.

He’s expected to be cleared to resume workouts in December, and Wren said Prado should be at full strength for spring training.

Schafer, Young are backup options in CF

Having releasd Rick Ankiel and traded Infante, the Braves are left without a backup to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Wren said it could be Jordan Schafer, who finally seems healthy after missing parts of two seasons recovering from a fractured wrist, or Matt Young, 27, a plucky infielder/outfielder who could compete for a spot after six full seasons in the minors.

“He can play everywhere,” Wren said of Young, listed generously at 5 feet 8. “He’s a good baseball player. He’s strong. He drives the ball. He can do a lot of things. We saw it in spring training – every time we put him in there, he did something to help our club. And he’s down in winter ball and is one of the best players in Mexico right now.

“You’ve got to give a guy credit who continues to work on his craft, and just continues to do everything he can possibly do to get to the big leagues. I think if a lot more players took the approach he did, there’d be more guys in line to make big-league teams.”

Wren said the Braves might also add a bench player with center-field experience. Having already made their big move in a trade for Dan Uggla, Wren and his assistants look to strengthen the depth of the bullpen and the bench.

They might re-sign outfielder/pinch-hitter Eric Hinske, but it seems less likely that Matt Diaz is in the plans now with Prado moving to left field.

224 comments Add your comment

Billy

November 17th, 2010
6:36 pm

I wish the season started tomorrow!!!

shawn

November 17th, 2010
6:43 pm

Thanks DOB…….excited about Dan Uggle joining the Bravo…….Go Braves.

brian

November 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

Dave-

You are the best in the business. I’m a big fan of your music picks as well. Great move by Wren. Trading Infante at his all time high in value was great, and I would rather have Venters and O’Flarety than Dunn. Let’s see the Braves get a little team speed and we can be in good shape. The defense still seems a little shoddy, hopefully we can overcome that.

Mike S

November 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

How about a platoon of McClouth / Andruw Jones in CF? If Jones would sign for $1M. Hopefully each could hit .250 with 25 HR or so between them.

Weaseal

November 17th, 2010
6:59 pm

Nice to have so much Braves news to talk about come on spring training -Made plans to go to the home opener today!!

MPIMENTEL

November 17th, 2010
7:04 pm

have uggla in our every day lineup it´s a big big plus…but I´m thinking now about our cf position , nate could rebound or could’nt, bring jacoby e. to the braves nation, they (bosox) will be looking for a catcher, send them a minor league catch prospect and jj for jacoby and a veteran reliver… and we will have a young and talented team

Kat

November 17th, 2010
7:12 pm

Thanks for getting Prado’s thoughts on the trade.

GOP Cannon

November 17th, 2010
7:15 pm

The Uggla move was a masterpiece… we REALLY got the better end of this deal. We have the big right handed bat in the middle of the lineup that we desperately needed without giving up any of our priced pitching prospects.

With few good OF options via free agency, this really was one of Wrens best moves.

NORRIS

November 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

If chipper is out and Prado has to go to third then we are stuck with no outfield again.
If we dont get an outfielder who can start then someone is just stupid.
Podsednik is out there!!

Stevo DeG

November 17th, 2010
7:20 pm

I’m just hoping Prado gets healthy all around. Don’t forget that in addition to his hip pointer and torn oblique, he had to hobble around on two bum knees…

Ben Thinken

November 17th, 2010
7:23 pm

It looks like the regular hype on a minor leaguer based on Wrens description of him. I wonder why he’s been stuck in the minors for 6 seasons if he’s so good.
I like the Uggla trade but Infante, Diaz, and possibly Hinski will be missed. I liked all three of them.
So much hinges on Chipper’s ability to come back, and at his age it’s doubtful. I hope Fredi can git’er done.

WTF??

November 17th, 2010
7:32 pm

This was a Bad Trade, we gave up mike dunn and omar infante for this guy

muffin

November 17th, 2010
7:33 pm

wren has been in bed with schafer for 5 years now! Give it up

NORRIS

November 17th, 2010
7:39 pm

@wtf
are you crazy. infante was a utility guy and dunn was a nobody who blew it for us in the playoffs. We got a steal!

Bravefaninok

November 17th, 2010
7:42 pm

Bold prediction for 2011…..Jordan Shafer has a monster spring training,but gets sent to AAA to get regular AB’s.

If Nate struggles JS will be starting CF by june 15th,If Nate produces he gets traded at the deadline and JS takes over .

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WTF??

November 17th, 2010
7:43 pm

Just like the braves to trade for a 30 year old player on the decline, just like derek lee

Bobby's Cox

November 17th, 2010
7:44 pm

I’m sure Prado is happy that Infante gets to start in Florida. Infante deserves it.

And what a team player Prado is. If we told him we needed him to pitch, he’d be starting tomorrow in Venezuela.

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
7:45 pm

Wren deserves credit for making a very good move selling high on Infante in sending him and Dunn for Dan Uggla. This trade helps make up for the bad Esco trade where Wren really sold low instead of wisely waiting till this off-season, Though I’m guessing part of selling low on Esco was due to Cox misunderstanding and obviously disliking him. Esco’s lack of speaking English hurt him in that regard, IMHO. To sum it up, great move Frank, lets keep it up, still work to be done!

That said, it’s past time, IMHO, that they gave him a shot. He could’ve helped our playoff drive this past Sept./Oct. But instead Melky and co. continued to kill us, probably as much or more on defense as offense. Young could do average on defense and little or almost nothing offensively and still be an upgrade to Melky, etc.

Bobby's Cox

November 17th, 2010
7:46 pm

Steve DeG,

Prado didn’t have two bum knees. That was Glaus.

Prado just had a sore hamstring, which has gotten some rest due to mandated rest for the hip pointer and torn oblique.

garynpOH

November 17th, 2010
7:50 pm

really if we got Pujols for KK some would man and groan

Bobby's Cox

November 17th, 2010
7:52 pm

WTF?…..

Uggla is much younger than D Lee. That was a lame statement. Lee is 5 years older and it is still debatable whether he is on the decline or was just suffering from a sore wrist last season.

In fact, D Lee had his best season ever at the age of 30. 30 is the major league veteran’s prime age. Uggla’s OBP keeps getting better and better which is a strong indication that his plate discipline is getting better with age. Uggla has been extremely consistent in his power totals. There’s no suggestion whatsoever that Uggla will take an Andruw Jones-like mystery downturn at the young age of 30 especially when he gets to play half of his games at the stadium in which he’s had he most success in his career.

You’re insane dude…

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
7:56 pm

BTW, the recent trade speculation regarding Prado by some Brave fans is stupid. Prado is a huge part of the heart and soul of the Braves, anyone that cannot see this is blind. It’s also ignorant that Prado won’t do fine in leftfield, I’ve seen him play there and he looked better than most recent leftfielders for the Braves, including Anderson, Melky, Hinske, Diaz, and McLouth this past season. Prado should do fine in leftfield, and he’s a major upgrade for us out there.

PS: I also echo what others have said about Infante, sorry to see him go but we got great value for him, IMHO. It’s also good for Infante that he’s now a starter, he deserves to start after this past season and that was unlikely to happen here barring injuries.

NORRIS

November 17th, 2010
7:57 pm

@wtf
are you crazy? on the decline? You must be outside your mind.

WTF??

November 17th, 2010
8:02 pm

@ Bobby Cox and Norris

Just because you two liked the trade, does that mean everyone else should also? Why insult me because I don’t like the trade, everybody is entitled to their own opinion. Leave the immature comments off the blog

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
8:03 pm

Oops, I was referring to Matt Young earlier when I stated: “That said, it’s past time, IMHO, that they gave him a shot. He could’ve helped our playoff drive this past Sept./Oct. But instead Melky and co. continued to kill us, probably as much or more on defense as offense. Young could do average on defense and little or almost nothing offensively and still be an upgrade to Melky, etc.” It seems I mistakenly backspaced out his name. Yea, I can type, really I can, lol. :)

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
8:08 pm

I cannot help but laugh when someone posting as “WTF??” tells others “Leave the immature comments off the blog”… :)

shawn

November 17th, 2010
8:11 pm

@WTF,
Dude, you are an idiot please leave this blog and get a shrink

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
8:11 pm

Norris: If winning the Silver Slugger award is a player on decline, can we have another player coming off such a season? ;)

WTF??

November 17th, 2010
8:14 pm

@Shawn

Get a life

Los Bravos

November 17th, 2010
8:22 pm

Hate to lose Infante but we got what we needed in return. I think we can compete with the best of the NL next season as long as we stay healthy. I think McClouth is gonna have a decent year. We need to resign Hinske.

Ken Stallings

November 17th, 2010
8:25 pm

I think the Braves have filled the holes they needed to fill. It would not surprise me that the off-season moves are over.

Prado is more than servicable in left field. And I think it is time to see if Jordan Schaefer is ready for the team again. Two years ago before he broke his hand and kept it secret, he was playing very well. Now that he is recovered fully, he might blossom into the surprise player of the upcoming season.

In addition, perhaps McClouth will recover from his season-long funk from last year and retore his game to levels before that which were actually quite good.

And Roodge Owns

November 17th, 2010
8:26 pm

WTF, I hope you’re a sophisticated troll. Because there has rarely been a larger agreement among baseball people than the agreement that the Braves got a great deal here. A power right handed bat without losing any pitching. This is too-good-to-be-true territory.

shawn

November 17th, 2010
8:27 pm

@Ken Stallings,
A great point we need to give JS another shot..

NORRIS

November 17th, 2010
8:28 pm

braves still dont have an outfield???? prado will go to third if chipper dont come back and play third when he is out. so you have two spots empty in the outfield.

shawn

November 17th, 2010
8:31 pm

@Norris,
We can not just write off Chipper yet. He is owed $28 mil for the next two years and need to wait and see how he is going to respond in spring training.

cheshire

November 17th, 2010
8:38 pm

I still don’t understand why we’re talking about finding a backup for Nate McLouth when we should be talking about finding a replacement for Nate McLouth. You can not afford to have such a terrible player taking up a spot in your lineup, regardless of how much you’re paying him.

You don’t have to get an all-star… just someone who belongs in the major leagues and can manage not to make a complete joke of himself. PLEASE don’t make me endure another season of this guy. We made a mistake in getting him – it’s time to just swallow our pride (and wasted $$) and move on.

NORRIS

November 17th, 2010
8:41 pm

Im not writing chipper off. Im just thinking logically. Mclouth was optioned to the minors last year and now we are thinking he is our center fielder. Chipper even if he comes back wont play everyday.
So, if he is out then who plays left and who plays center. You cant stick two nobodys out there and expect to win. You could use mclouth as a fill in if that happens. But you got to go get a center fielder who can start everyday.

Kerry

November 17th, 2010
8:41 pm

We want Andruw Jones!!

cheshire

November 17th, 2010
8:41 pm

WTF – i’m not gonna call you names, but i’m dying to know why you think Uggla is on the decline? His numbers say the exact opposite.

cheshire

November 17th, 2010
8:46 pm

Norris, i totally agree with you. Setting this roster under the assumption that Chipper Jones is going to come back, be productive, and last even half the season without getting injured is VERY dangerous. And if he does get hurt again and we don’t make another move for an outfielder, then this team will not have gotten that much better. We’ll still be a team with 2 solid infielders (Prado/Uggla instead of Prado/Infante) and two outfield positions being manned by 4th outfielders (or in the case of McLouth, a minor league outfielder).

In order for this Uggla move to have a big impact, Chipper Jones either has to come back and be a productive player all season, or we need to get another outfielder… not an all-star, just a serviceable outfielder.

jimmymack

November 17th, 2010
8:57 pm

get a cf who bat’s leadoff who run’s well and hit’ for average wow what a team

Rilo

November 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

BOY….Baseball sure keeps players humble. Guys like Prado make me love it even more. He’d play for groceries. That’s why Baseball is the best sport ever!!

In Fredi I Trust

November 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

In all honesty, and I love the guy and what he has done for this team in his career, but I wish Chipper would just retire and stop holding this team back. With his salary, the Braves could afford to not only extend Uggla, but also go out and get another threat or two. He needs to call it a career and stop handcuffing this team.

Bobby's Cox

November 17th, 2010
9:02 pm

WTF??

If you don’t like the trade that’s one thing, but to make irrational reasonings as to why, like comparing Uggla to a declining D Lee, is ludicrous.

Personally, I would rather have gotten one of Kemp, Young, Upton but if you’re in Wren’s shoes, you can’t pass up that opportunity to land Uggla at such a cheap price, especially a guy like Uggla who has many times said how much he liked the Braves, lives relatively close to Atlanta, and would most likely re-sign with the club…

joedub

November 17th, 2010
9:06 pm

Nitram Odarp is my favorite player on this team. I’ll be rocking a #14 next season.

The man – “Move to left field, bro” Prado – “No problem, bro. I’ll play wherever you want me to and be good at it.

Heyward in the 2 hole again, for me.

Chopdawg

November 17th, 2010
9:07 pm

“I talked to him last night,” Wren said. “He said, ‘I just want to be a part of this team. I want to contribute. I don’t care where I play.’”–hope that’s really Prado talking, & not just Wren saying what he wants Prado to say.

Only thing I don’t like about this trade is moving an All-Star away from his natural position.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a Go!)

November 17th, 2010
9:08 pm

Great for the offense and devastating for the defense. I cannot believe the poor judgment being exercised on the part of Frank Wren. He already knows the Braves are a poor fielding team and just became even worse with the stone hands of Uggla at 2B.

Great pitching and the long ball combined with poor defense and no running game, equals another wild card contender with a quick post season exit if they even make it that far.

chris

November 17th, 2010
9:10 pm

i love the move to get uggla, but i think the braves would be the world series favorite if they could get chipper to retire, play uggla at second, prado at third, mcclouth in left, and go get B.J. Upton to play center, he has great speed which we need, could bat lead off and when right can hit for a pretty good avg, i think a change of scenery could help him

Nuzzy Futz

November 17th, 2010
9:22 pm

First off I loved the trade, I think it was a great value and just what we needed. I believe like the rest of you that a lot depends on chipper’s recovery but also the continued development of Heyward. I see a shift in this team coming with McCann, Heyward and Uggla leading this team. I also believe Joe Mather will be a very serviceable utility guy and he does have some pop in his bat as well.

William in Pasadena

November 17th, 2010
9:25 pm

I was not going to blog this offseason, but I couldn’t resist because I so strongly agree with “In Fredi I Trust”. I have been saying it for a few years. Chipper is the Braves problem. Every year we are on hold after he gets hurt and sits out 25 to 40% of the season with a huge salary. That money could go to a Kemp or Upton or partly to Crawford (coupled with KK’s money). He has the paroll clogged up (constipated) and his production is not worth the money. Not to mention his lousy defense.

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
9:34 pm

Coach: I’m hoping Wren gets Clint Barmes to backup second and shortstop. He’s a nontender candidate and hit 23 homers a season ago. He’s also a plus defender at both second and shortstop. He’s also a better shortstop defensively than Alex Gonzalez, at least at this stage. Gonzalez was better when he was younger. I’m not saying he’s bad now, just not as good as he use to be (and certainly not as good as Esco), IMHO. To sum it up, Barmes would be an ideal replacement for Uggla in the late innings, when we have a lead and it’s a close game. That would be the way I’d do it anyway. I really like Barmes defense at second and shortstop, he has good range at both positions, he can also play third base too.

Don't touch my JUNK!

November 17th, 2010
9:40 pm

Go after Bill Hall..damn look at the man, he can hit and play 6 positions. Had 18 homers in 127 ab..he is for real and a Free Agent. Better than Diaz and lots more power than Omar.Olney on espn said he was best utility player out there. SIGN Hall………

iopbrave

November 17th, 2010
9:49 pm

great trade too bad we could not have made it a couple of months ago- hinske would give us a power backup in left and possibly 3rd- i think if mclouth can’t get it done in the spring then make a move- andruw is okay with me as a platoon w/ nate

Heyward Man Crush

November 17th, 2010
9:54 pm

Bring back Jeff Francouer!!!!

Low ball

November 17th, 2010
10:03 pm

Just say no to Frenchy, A Jones and any other X-Brave. Even put Schafer in that group.

JuneBaby

November 17th, 2010
10:03 pm

The eternally oprimistic Braves fans! A slow team, that plays inferior defense just got even slower. No base stealers, only two or three doubles hitters, much less triples, and most of the home runs will be one run homers, Odibe Young again!!!

Cecil Upshaw was the MAN

November 17th, 2010
10:06 pm

garyinpOH, if we got Pujols for KK, LaRussa would be strung up, and yes someone here would complain. Prado is the ultimate team guy, and I say we will miss Infante. I know Uggla will hit well, but it seems strange to have an All Star second baseman and trade for a second baseman and send the all star to the outfield. I know Prado has played it regularly in winter ball, it still seems strange. Finally, to those clamoring for Andruw or Frenchy…are you nuts???

GloryDays

November 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

DOB, is Uggla even an option to play left field? Many have mentioned the possibility. Is it?

I like your blogs man, I tried 2 of others for one of yours any day. Not dissing them, you’re just good at this.

Just Wanna Say

November 17th, 2010
10:21 pm

please get a center fielder. We cant rely on Mclousy anymore. There has to be someone cheap, and we have enough prospects to not kill our farm.

Bravefaninok

November 17th, 2010
10:24 pm

Chopdawg

November 17th, 2010
9:07 pm

“I talked to him last night,” Wren said. “He said, ‘I just want to be a part of this team. I want to contribute. I don’t care where I play.’”–hope that’s really Prado talking, & not just Wren saying what he wants Prado to say.

Only thing I don’t like about this trade is moving an All-Star away from his natural position.

It was just his position last year because he took it from KJ in 09.Marteen can play LF as well or better than any player the braves have run out there in the last 3 yrs.

Dirty Harry

November 17th, 2010
10:31 pm

Can we stop with the platoon talk please?

Dirty Harry

November 17th, 2010
10:31 pm

and Prado’s natural position is….everywhere. He’s gonna be fine.

Navigator

November 17th, 2010
10:36 pm

I like picking up Uggla, but I hate giving up Infante. Dang he played a great second base and hit extremely well. I see this picking up more power, and nothing else, plus Infante played in the outfield very well. I hope in the future we don’t see Infante in the Allstar game and Uggla another disaster.

mudcat

November 17th, 2010
11:07 pm

Scott Podsednik is the answer. He’s a guy who’ll steal 30-40 bases, bat .280-.300 and plays anywhere in the outfield. He’s just waiting for a call from FW. We have a NEED for SPEED!

mm

November 17th, 2010
11:52 pm

My biggest concern is the backup 1B/3B spot, which apparently right now would be Mather. I think the odds that the Braves will get through the season intact at 1B (with a rookie) and 3B (with a 39yo vet) are pretty slim. If you move Prado back in to 3B, you’ve got a hole in LF (I too hope to see Jordan Schafer up to stay at some point in the season, but that’s not something you can count on). If he’s affordable, I’d love to see the Braves bring in Jorge Cantu for this spot. Fredi’s familiar with him from the Marlins, and he can be a credible right-handed fill-in at both corner infield positions.

The other concern, I think, is a reserve MIF. In-house there’s Hernandez and Hicks. There are two potential trade-options I’d love to see the Braves explore here: Mike Aviles (KC) and Alberto Callaspo (LAA).

David O'Brien

November 18th, 2010
12:04 am

Glory Days: The Braves are playing Uggla at 2B. Wren’s already told Prado he’s going to left field — and 3B when needed — so no, I don’t see that left field is an option. Not unless Uggla plays 2B worse than ever. Because Wren told me today, when I asked about Uggla’s defense, that he doesn’t think the Braves are much different (i.e. worse) with Uggla at 2B than Prado. That’s what he said. And he believes they’re better in LF with Prado than they were last season (that part, I agree with).

Fredi and Carlos Tosca told Wren there aren’t many guys that turn the double play better than Uggla, and Wren said the defense he saw from Uggla this season was solid, not deficient.

Jimbo Jones

November 18th, 2010
12:06 am

We need another quality outfielder. The chances of either a) Chipper getting hurt or not making it back, which would move Prado to third; or b) Prado getting hurt, are quite high. I hate to say it but Heyward has had a litany of injury woes for a young guy, too, though he has also always played through what ails him with no complaint.

I like the notion of an Ellsbury or an Upton trade. Sadly, I’d be shocked if we brought in a quality outfielder at this point. Also, why not play Uggla at lf and prado at 2nd?

Jimbo Jones

November 18th, 2010
12:07 am

Okay, guess DOB just answered my last question about playing Uggla in LF.

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

November 18th, 2010
1:07 am

Can we get more Negros on this team!!!!!!!!!!!! Please, too many rednecks on the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J-Man

November 18th, 2010
1:36 am

We still need another outfielder. I think we should resign Rick Ankiel cheap. I also think we need to resign Hinske.
Here is what the line-up for opening day will look like (even though I don’t necessarily agree with it)
1. LF Prado
2. RF Heyward
3. 3B Chipper
4. 2B Uggla
5. C McCann
6. SS Gonzalez
7. 1B Freeman
8. CF McClouth ( I wish we had a better option)
9. P Hudson

Bench
10. C Ross
11. (TBA) OF ( maybe Rick Ankiel)
12. (TBA)OF ( probably Matt Diaz)
13. (TBA) Utility ( hopefully Bill Hall)
14. IF Hernandez
15. Power bat (TBA) ( better be Hinske)
Other Starting P
16. Derek Lowe
17. Tommy Hanson
18. Jair Jurrgens
19. Mike Minor

Relief P
20. Brandon Beechy
21. Peter Moylan
22. Eric O’Flairity
23. (TBA) ( We need another Lefty if Venters closes hopefully Arthur Rhodes)
24. Craig Kimbrel
25. Johnny Venters

keef

November 18th, 2010
2:46 am

what we have to do now is put massive pressure on Liberty Media to up payroll by $20 million as their CEO ALONE makes more ($88 Million) than the entire Braves! Liberty Media: Put up or sell us, SOB’s!

STEELY DAN MAN

November 18th, 2010
2:59 am

I’d like to get a authentic Bobby Cox jersey, but can’t find a full-grown man’s ( if you know what I mean )
HELP SOMEBODY !!!!!!!!!

Stacey

November 18th, 2010
3:20 am

This is a good trade..
But, I think they shouldn’t have got rid of Infante.. The man is awesome..
But, they need outfield power.. Matty Diaz should be out there playing full time..
He’s awesome.. But, they need to get somebody who can swing the bat and they need a good closer..

Nick

November 18th, 2010
4:19 am

@ June Baby

The Braves had one of the highest OBP in the MLB lastseason. Their problem was that nobody was able to drive em in!!!! Getting Uggla will give us that power guy to drive in Prado,Heyward and Chip(who combined get on base at a .385 clip). McCann hitting 5th where he belongs is there to force teams to have to pitch to Uggla.(and makes them use their pen much more inefficiently)

Nick

November 18th, 2010
4:20 am

Meant to say Gave us the power guy… my bad

Conyers Braves Fan

November 18th, 2010
4:47 am

The Braves need a power hitting outfielder who can drive in 100 runs and hit at least 25 home runs. The addition of Uggla`s bat helps but does not negate the need for
a full time LF power hitter since Prado will likely wind up having to play 3B most of the time.

JJ

November 18th, 2010
5:43 am

I know Thurston was never called up last year because he was not on 40 man roster,but he was solid at 3A and he has experience doing what Infante did for Braves when he was in St.Lou..I hope he get a chance now that BC is gone and why the Braves keep waiting on Schaffer?I think,like so many others on this blog that the thing that is really holding the Braves back is Chipper.Iwish he would really show his love for this organization and move on and let the Braves put a complete team on the field.I know he will not walk away from the MONY,but sometime you wish people would do the right thing.One last thing,I hope we find a CF that can really ball.GO BRAVES

dap01

November 18th, 2010
6:14 am

We need speed. We need speed.

Notso Fast

November 18th, 2010
6:15 am

This was a good trade with the Braves getting the best of the deal this year. If the Braves aren’t able to resign Uggla then the Marlins could have the better deal for several years aka Texas and those young players they got from the Braves several years ago. The Braves like to build through the draft and use trades only for immediate needs.

Bill Buckner

November 18th, 2010
6:39 am

the trade looks good on paper, but I thought Brooks Conrad was the guy at 2B?

richtfan

November 18th, 2010
7:00 am

a backup to mclouth as the starter? you’ve got to be kidding.

the guy hit under .200 and made lots of mental mistakes in the field. he was basically horrible last year. we need a stud roaming the outfield for the bravos, not a middle school centerfielder.

Arkie

November 18th, 2010
7:23 am

Our Braves have loss many games because of – Team speed, errors, not moving runners into scoring position and that one power hitter. We have that power now. Maybe our two 21 year old starters will do well. They will have to make adjustments as major league pitchers find their weaknesses. I believe our new hitting coach will help. There are several center fielders that can get on base, steal bases and hit for a good average. We need this speed at lead off. McLouth needs to refine his swing to help any club. If he could, would, level his swing, hit the ball where it is pitched – I think I’m dreaming – will it happen?? Wren spread Chipper’s money over several more years. Free up enough money to sign Uggla for 4 years and get this kid from the Red Socks (Ellsbury), Podsednik, Upton or?? Need the Defense and Speed.

LWells2000

November 18th, 2010
7:26 am

Stop the bleeding! Replace Nate McLouth…NOW~!

athensmatt

November 18th, 2010
7:53 am

What I’m worried about is what’ll happen if Chipper can’t go from opening day, or if he can only play 30-50 games next year. That puts Prado at 3B and who in left? McLouth with Schafer/Young in center? That sounds pretty weak. I agree with J-Man that we need another outfielder, but not Ankiel. Somebody who is strong defensively (and will try to throw out tagging runners) and can push McLouth to a 4th outfielder’s role. Scott Podsednik, Austin Kearns, Randy Winn, Bill Hall?

Braves Fan #10

November 18th, 2010
8:21 am

Bring back Frenchy to play CF, or Andrew Jones !

don

November 18th, 2010
8:27 am

It would be good to see Matt Young get a chance. No one works any harder than does Matt.

An Adult

November 18th, 2010
8:29 am

J-Man — I guess the Braves are shooting Joe Mather and burying him somewhere in the park or else you left him off your roster.

dpelfrey

November 18th, 2010
8:37 am

That’s why Prado is an all-star. Works hard, takes care of his business and doesn’t put himself above the team. He likely just lost any chance at making another all-star game, but all he wants to do is get up to that plate and chop some high cheese. We love you man!

Maybe Matt Young is this year’s version of Martin, someone without the prospect rating that works hard and earns his keep at the major league level.

Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2010
8:41 am

Why is Wren not even considering Andruw? I just don’t understand!!!!! We could get him for league min!

Tami

November 18th, 2010
8:47 am

I’d like to see the Braves invite both Schafer & Young to spring training to compete for an OF position. I’m intrigued by Young, since Wren has talked him up big time but I’ve never seen him play. I definitely think the Braves should re-sign Hinske. After all, the bench is what “extended” the Braves’ run during the 2010 season with all the injuries. However, the Braves’ demise was that a lot of those key injuries were season-ending ones. So with a depleted bench, it wasn’t any wonder that they “ran out of gas” during the NLDS. Hinske, though, was a key part of that terrific bench and is definitely needed in the 2011 season.

E-6

November 18th, 2010
8:48 am

don – Agreed on Young – hard nosed little ballplayer. Reminds you of Lemke – although a little better bat and not quite the glove. Speaking of gloves, that is the only downside to the Uggla trade – we begin 2011 stronger at first but weaker at second and short than the start of 2010 with Chipper being the wild card – can he come back and play a serviceable third base?

Let's Go

November 18th, 2010
9:00 am

I really liked Omar Infante but this trade was a no brainer. Omar was at the top of his trade value after having a career season and considering he had been around for a while he probably would never have had another season as good as the last. Dunn is only going to get better but the Braves have 2 other left handed relievers so they don’t lose a lot there. I told my wife after the season ended that the Braves would probably have to trade Omar & JJ since they didn’t have the money to pursue high cost free agents but I figured it would be for a decent CF not a slugger like Uggla.

BALL FAN 4 LIFE

November 18th, 2010
9:02 am

to hell with McLouth….lets go get CARL CRAWFORD and be done with it….give up some young pitching prospects and KK and maybe even JJ….Lets get it done. HELL, lets spend the dough and make our rotation THAT MUCH BETTER and go get CLIFF LEE~!

coachx

November 18th, 2010
9:05 am

Matt Diaz would be nice to have back. Maybe the Braves think he is slowing down a little bit. I have a feeling Prado will be playing more 3B then LF. I just can’t see Chipper starting more then 100 games at 38 coming off major knee surgery. It would be great if visits the fountain of youth one last time but that is hard to count on.

bill

November 18th, 2010
9:07 am

thank you for makingn the Braves relavent again. They made the playoofs and are already stronger for next year. Freddy at first haters did not like Hayward or McCann either.

kudzu

November 18th, 2010
9:15 am

Would it be dumb to consider bringing back JEFF FRANCOUER (sp) for RF, move Heyward to CF…? Just saying….

DC Brave

November 18th, 2010
9:16 am

Wouldn’t it be great if Frank Wren called Billy Wagner up in Virginia, in say, about June:

“Billy, thanks to that Uggla trade and a healthy Chipper and J-Hey, we are looking pretty strong…these kids in the pen are pretty good…but they need you out there…how would you like one more shot at going to the Series?”

How could a warrior like Wagner say no?

coach xyz

November 18th, 2010
9:19 am

Diaz is history..hits thats all. Young is very good if he continues in Majors..pulling for him. Schafer I have no use for only had 2 good months in 3 years except with drugs in minors?

Poorbrave

November 18th, 2010
9:28 am

Bill Hall can play above average 2,ss & 3rd..plus good in all of outfield positions and hit 18 homers in 127 games.49 rbi..250ba..=Better than most Braves starters..
Just what we need as UTILITY player that can Get it done. As good as Omar and better than Diaz,and Mather.
Make the call Wren.

Angie

November 18th, 2010
9:37 am

Please unblock me. This is silly.

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