All-Star Braves like chances, trade or no trade

PHOENIX – With the All-Star game in the books, catcher Brian McCann and the Braves’ three All-Star pitchers caught a charter flight back to Atlanta late Tuesday, ready for a brief rest before getting back to serious business.

The second half.

The Braves are 3-1/2 games behind National League East leader Philadelphia and actually have a slightly better record than the Phillies since the third week of the season.

While the pitching-centric Braves would like to trade for an affordable right-handed bat, they don’t have a lot of money to spend and won’t mortgage the future by trading a slew of prospects for one player that wouldn’t be a guaranteed difference-maker that puts them over the top.

The Braves’ All-Stars liked their chances going forward, whether or not general manager Frank Wren makes any trades. They said the pending return of Martin Prado from the disabled list was the big key for them, followed by Chipper Jones’ expected return from the DL in about three weeks.

“Do we need a piece? That’s up to [Wren],” McCann said. “But as far as what we have here, we have, I think, the third-best record in all of baseball. We feel very comfortable where we sit today.”

The Braves’ 54-38 record gives them the third-most wins and fourth-best winning percentage (.587) in the majors, behind Philadelphia (.626), Boston (.611) and the New York Yankees (.602). Only the Red Sox (55-35) and Phillies (57-34) have more wins.

“We get back Prado and Chipper Jones, we should be good to go,” All-Star reliever Jonny Venters said. “I’m sure that there’s talk of maybe getting a right-handed bat or something like that, but I like where we were at the first half.  If we stay healthy and continue to do the things we did in the first half, we’re going to give the Phillies a run for their money.”

Wilson’s special spikes

While recording the last two outs for a save in the NL’s 5-1 All-Star win, eccentric San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson wore a bright orange glove and cleats adorned with his face and famous beard.

Nike produced the cleats, which featured a hand-painted picture of Wilson’s face above the swoosh symbol on each shoe, set against an orange backdrop. After the game, Wilson showed them to reporters crowded around his locker stall – which was next to the stall of Braves reliever Jonny Venters.

Venters got to know Wilson in Phoenix and came away impressed. He said he picked the veteran’s brain for advice on pitching and game preparation.

Wilson was just one of the many NL teammates that made Venters’ first All-Star experience something he said he’d never forget.

“I was just kind of sitting at my locker today looking around, taking it all in,” the Braves left-hander said. “I was in awe of the whole thing.”

Halladay got NL started

McCann was replaced after four innings and thus didn’t get to catch the Braves’ three pitchers – Venters, Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel — in Tuesday’s game, but enjoyed receiving a splendid array of pitches from Phillies ace Roy Halladay.

Halladay started for the NL and worked two perfect innings with one strikeout, becoming the first starting pitcher to retire the first six batters in an All-Star game since Roger Clemens in 2001.

“I also caught him last year [in the 2010 All-Star game],” McCann said. “It’s special to be able to throw 92 miles an hour like that and make it cut, make it sink, and throw the changeup. He splits both sides of the plate.”

198 comments Add your comment

Jonathan

July 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

They’re actually 3 1/2 back, Dave. I wish it were 2 1/2

MaSSaHH

July 13th, 2011
12:15 pm

first? anyway, DOB, the Braves are 3 1/2 back

MaSSaHH

July 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

damn, Jonathan, you beat me to it, kudos

Joe

July 13th, 2011
12:18 pm

Good post, DOB. Can’t wait for the second half to get started!

JT Grace

July 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

The Braves already have an affordable right handed bat. He is sitting at AAA with 18 home runs on the season, Stefan Gartrell.

bravesfan4ever

July 13th, 2011
12:41 pm

JT, i dont think Gartrell would produce very well at the major league level

Jim Clancy

July 13th, 2011
12:52 pm

I agree about Gartrell. Went to the DH at Gwinnett on Saturday night and the only position player who seemed major league caliber was this fellow Prado. Seriously they appeared pretty thin on talent.

rob

July 13th, 2011
12:57 pm

to DOB or the rest of you…..why is there not more talk about a right-handed relief pitcher for late innings to sub for proctor? haven’t we seen the braves lose enough games b/c of that issue? how long does the proctor experiment last?

Bruce Bochy

July 13th, 2011
12:59 pm

Proctor only comes in when Braves are down by more than 2 runs.

If Braves are leading they go O then Venter then Kimbrel.

rob

July 13th, 2011
1:02 pm

@bruce…not true at all. watch more games.

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
1:02 pm

Gorkys Hernandez is hitting close to 300 in AAA for Pitt. He is stuck behind a pretty good CF so his path to the bigs is blocked. I would not mind if Braves tried to get him back. I doubt it would take any of the top tier pitching prospects.

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
1:08 pm

And if all is needed is a bat, what about the Mauro Gomez kid for pinch hitting and an occasional spot start. The glove may not be great but from what I have seen the bat has some pop.

GTI in Chicago

July 13th, 2011
1:17 pm

Well, MOYLAN is a right-hander. Presumably, he would be the RHP who replaces Proctor in the Bullpen. Let’s just hope he’s effective when he comes back, yes?

tj

July 13th, 2011
1:17 pm

We need another bat. Hunter Pence, Michael Bourne, Michael Cudder, or Carlos Quinten.

John Galt

July 13th, 2011
1:26 pm

We can win with this lineup. All we need to do is to dispose of Proctor and replace him with ………………….anybody.

Write in on the wall and date it, Schafer will be a catalyst and Prado and Chipper will lead. Uggla can also create the same effect as adding a player with a rally, as can Heyward. We are in good shape.

Rafael

July 13th, 2011
1:28 pm

TJ … you are correct in saying we need Hunter Pence, Michael Cuddyer, or Carlos Quentin.

However, with Liberty Media as owners and Frank Wren (firefrankwren.com) as GM, it simply is not going to happen. Liberty Media’s CHEAPNESS and Frank Wren’s GOOD SOLDIER (follow the company line) will NOT pony up for a quality player like Cuddyer, Pence, or Quentin.

No, Frank Wren’s track record will go after the likes of Ryan Ludwick, Josh Willingham, or Willie Harris – ALL of which are BUMS on the CHEAP.

Yes, we need Quentin, Cuddyer, or Pence (proven quality MLB hitters) even with Prado coming back sometime. Chipper is out who knows how long and there are always new injuries.

But Liberty Cheapia and Frank Wren don’t operate like that. With them, EVERYTHING is about the almighty dollar. THANKS Frank (firefrankwren.com) for tying up another 15 million for Derek Lowe in 2012, and 7 million this year for that piece of **43**&PGH Kenshin Kawakami. Money spent wisely we could’ve used on a QUALITY hitter, not a mediocre guy on the CHEAP.

Win the division???? Can you say Derek Lowe and Scott Proctor. Plus a lack of offensive punch. I rest my case…

DawgInaTruck

July 13th, 2011
1:31 pm

Sometimes you have to be willing to fail and that is the chance we take if we trade a Beachy or a Minor along with perhaps a prospect or two to get a Pence, Bourne, etc. Tough call-if Prado and Chpper come back strong and Uggla continues to improve, we pick up three right handed bats right there and give up nothing.

I don’t envy Frank Wren in this one but, if I’m the GM, I stand pat. Let the flaming begin.

Outside Observer

July 13th, 2011
1:32 pm

The Braves need a right-handed bat. Matt Kemp is best case scenario. If we needed to trade a CF (Shafer or McClouth) and Hanson or JJ for him, do it. Maybe they would throw in a prospect, not necessarily top tier. As long as we sign him to a longer term deal, it should be successful. This organization has a lot of great, young pitchers, but we need some bats to help further the cause.

JF McNamara

July 13th, 2011
1:33 pm

Stand pat. The Braves are built for a 5 year run right now. Schafer/McLouth combo isn’t completely terrible. At least they are exciting on the base paths, and Schafer’s hitting at a decent enough clip that he could hit .260 -.270 with MLB service. There’s no room on the infield, so they are set.

JohnMayersHair

July 13th, 2011
1:33 pm

When did Willingham become a bum?

JF McNamara

July 13th, 2011
1:36 pm

Outside Observer,

JJ is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now with a career ERA of 3.24, and Hanson has the stuff to be the Ace of the staff. Get rid of Lowe or Huddy. Trading away the future ain’t the way to win in the long term.

rob

July 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

there is nothing for sure about medlen or moylan. even IF they return quickly, we do not know how they will pitch. we need a right handed late inning relief pitcher ASAP. they are fairly cheap and the deal should be made b4 fri

J

July 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

Tell Uggly and Heyward to show up and we have a new team.

The Dude

July 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

I like the idea of Michael Bourne or Hunter Pence. Quinten brings some power, but he’s still just a .250 hitter. This team has enough streaky power in the lineup…I’d like to see them add speed and defense….speed doesn’t go into slumps. Bourne looks like a great fit.

Problem with Pence and Quinten….where do they play when Prado and assuming Chipper come back in the line up? Plus, we’d have to dump salary somewhere to pay for them. How do you do that? McClouth….who’s gonna take him off our hands…Could the Yankees be interested in Lowe? That would be a decent salary dump.

bob

July 13th, 2011
1:41 pm

JJ and Shcafer for Matt Kemp. We need a center fielder like Kemp

BRAVESNATION4EVER

July 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

There is no way in hell the Braves are built for a five-year run, especially when this organization has always been October oriented , just showing up for October postseason just about year after year and an organization that has always been pitching-oriented.The Braves team has always retooled instead of rebuilt and with all these things being said about this proud historic franchise like the Braves this team is built for October postseason forever no matter what.GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

Look for Rockies to be sellers. Ty Wigginton could be an option if asking price not to high. Can play multiple positions and hit with some power.

Capt. Obvious

July 13th, 2011
1:50 pm

To all the morons on here. Where are you going to put theses right handed bats in the field? The only person that would make any sense would be to acquire a CF (Bourne?). If only Chipper had retired…

That being said, I love what Pence brings to the ballpark every day.

I see Willingham coming over.

joe

July 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

Got enough horses as it is to overtake the Fils and get to the WS…just need to get Prado back, Chipper healthy and Ugs/JHey hitting like we know they can. Pitching should get a boost when Moylen returns…

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
1:56 pm

Folks during the offseason, I was clamoring to trade JJ for either Matt Kemp or Ryan Braun. Milwaukee has filled their starting pitching needs and Dodgers are not trading Kemp for anything less than Texas bilked Braves for Texiera. Acquiring the likes of players with that talent is nice to dream about but not the type of moves to realistically expect.

Also, Yankees are not the team desparate for starting pitching. Boston is the only hope to take Lowe and they could be more desparate for pitching after Beckett could not even do warmups last night. The K-Rod deal sets the standard for dealing pitchers with a lot of money owed on their contracts. Braves would have to include 7-10 million cash on any Lowe deal and only get AA or lower prospects in return.

Supes

July 13th, 2011
2:00 pm

With the NY Mets having a “fire sale” in the 2nd half…I know it is a bit out there…but what about the possibility of adding David Wright? He’s been hurt with the back issues (which is alarming in itself)…but when healthy he has been one of the best young run producing 3B in the game…and apparently the Mets owner doesn’t think very highly of him, maybe the relationship has soured over there between Wright and the Mets organization. With Chipper on the way out just about…it’s a thought, adding a RH bat with power. By all indications he’s also a good club house guy. Anyone know what his current contract status is?

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
2:08 pm

Wright only works if Prado can play CF or SS. Those conversations have already been had. That being said I have always liked David Wright but I do not see it on Braves radar right now. Angel Pagan on the other hand can play CF and leadoff. If Mets are having a fire sale he would be worth kicking the tires on.

Do the Mets have a SS that would be an upgrade? Sorry could not resist throwing some kerosene on that fire.

Ralph

July 13th, 2011
2:11 pm

Wren will make a move before the deadline but we are not going to be happy about it, you can bet on it. He is still out dumpster digging and thats all he knows how to do.

Basil

July 13th, 2011
2:12 pm

The Cardinals are looking for a starting pitcher and they are willing to part with Colby Rasmus. Why not Lowe for Rasmus?

hdhd

July 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

“But as far as what we have here, we have, I think, the third-best record in all of baseball. We feel very comfortable where we sit today.”

McCann has a very level head. I think everyone in the lineup (McClouth out when Chipper is back) has a specific role. I could not see benching anyone (even Uggla). The defense is great, the hitting is getting it done, the pitching is magnificent. Don’t gamble the club’s future on the HOPE of getting something better.

Ghostrider

July 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

I say get rid of Proctor….he suks…maybe we can get some bats and balls for him, I’d also try and get some Gatorade.

Ralph

July 13th, 2011
2:17 pm

I don’t see Pagan being much of an upgrade over Schafer.

AL All Star Batters

July 13th, 2011
2:17 pm

Who was that Venters dude and what the heck was he throwing?

Farnsworthy

July 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

Proctor needs to join K.K. at that AA Mississippi ballpark.

Randy Quaid

July 13th, 2011
2:27 pm

Here we are again—other teams making trades to strengthen their rosters, the trade market has opened wide up and FW’s doing zip.

Rupert

July 13th, 2011
2:27 pm

Obviously the current group can make it to October. The real question is what will they do when they go up against quality pitching, think Philly. I for one have been saying that you load up when you have a great chance. As we learned from the 90’s and early’ 2000’s, merely getting there doesn’t feel too good when it’s over. I’m not advocating another Tex deal by any means, but none of the names being bantered about (Pence, Bourne, Quentin etc.) would require anything close to that kind of talent capital. Again, this team COULD win as constructed, but their hitting has been woeful at times, especially against lefties. If you have a chance to improve that facet, go for it.

So can we cut the “I think they can win with what they have…” that is obviously true from the record. However, Wren’s job is to improve the team whenever possible, and this team while good enough to make it as is, could definitely use improving. Another arm in the pen as well, probably a quiet deal at the deadline, would also be very valuable.

EGIMGIAFAD

July 13th, 2011
2:31 pm

Part of the hitting problem right now is that the Braves have two pitchers batting every game – Uggla and whoever is pitching. The Braves philosophy of continuing to play Uggla is going to start to hurt the team (if it hasn’t already). Management needs to accept the fact that they screwed up in signing Uggla and start to think about their #1 goal – winning games. The fans don’t care about “saving face” and the boos towards Uggla is proof of that.

Yep

July 13th, 2011
2:35 pm

We need middle relief help.

need insight

July 13th, 2011
2:37 pm

Dave – How about some in-depth insight into 5 or 6 players who might help the Braves at leadoff, in center field, and/or as right handed bats, with their attributes ? Quotes by Braves players saying “That’s up to the GM” aren’t very interesting.

Furman Bitcher

July 13th, 2011
2:59 pm

Sorry folks but only one team can take on Lowe’s salary and that is the yanks. One could pray.

JT Grace

July 13th, 2011
3:01 pm

Part of the hitting problem right now is that the Braves have two pitchers batting every game – Uggla and whoever is pitching.

Really, now. How many pitchers have 15 home runs so far this year. Uggla will be fine. It’s the three other pitchers I am worried about (Alex Gonzalez, Jordan Schafer, and Nate McLouth). If the Braves have many games with these three sub-standard hitters then they have little chance of making the playoffs.

waterstim

July 13th, 2011
3:06 pm

Just heard Buster Olney on ESPN radio speculating that Carlos Beltran might be the perfect fit for the Braves, and they wouldn’t have a problem trading him intra-division. Don’t know if that is doable.

Braves Fan

July 13th, 2011
3:11 pm

If you folkes who think you know everything about trades, money,who plays where and who bats where were such good resources, you would be the GM and not venting on the internet. You all act as if you are experts. Just shows once again, talk is cheap.

Basil

July 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Carlos Beltran will be a FA. I wouldn’t trade the farm for a two-month rental. He will probably go to the Giants.

NickB

July 13th, 2011
3:26 pm

I love predicting trades and discussing trades. But you folks need to be reasonable. Why would the Cards take Lowe for Rasmus? Why does everyone think that we can just dump our trash for everyone elses treasures? Oh and the talk of Pence/Quentin…etc If they can’t play CF we got no spot for em. Chipper is back in 3 weeks then Prado goes back to lF, so ANY OF’er we pick up is either to be used mainly as a bench bat( not Pence or Quentin in other words) or is going to replace Schafer in CF (which i doubt is going to happen due to budgetary restraints and FW refuses to overpay, which is good btw)
IMO, if we can get a RH version of Hinske and ANY quality RH arm to send Proctor out the door, the team will be fine.

The General Feeling

July 13th, 2011
3:26 pm

Was it just me or did anyone else think he was watching a minor-league all-star game last night? Where are all the veteran players that used to play in this game?

Raw Onion

July 13th, 2011
3:28 pm

With regards to looking at David Wright, why couldn’t Prado stay in left field? He played well there prior to injury. Wright at only 28 years old would make alot of sense with Chipper’s career coming to a close.

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
3:29 pm

Uh BravesFan that is kinda the whole point of the blog format at the end of these articles. It allows us regular folks to exchange ideas and debate just like the row of fools on a row of stools at the neighborhood bar. If you have a problem with it find another way to waste your time. I doubt you would have the courage to walk into said local bar and say the same thing to peoples face.

NickB

July 13th, 2011
3:30 pm

Because why spend the $$$ on an oft injured David Wright to play 3rd when we can move Prado there and spend the $$$$ on a slugging LF bat instead!!

Furman Bitcher

July 13th, 2011
3:32 pm

If we got Beltran it would be a money dump for the Mets and we would not have to send top prospects. Just like the K-Rod deal the Mets woulds probable pay half of the 10 mil owed to Beltran just to save 5 mil.

Furman Bitcher

July 13th, 2011
3:34 pm

The best fit for the Braves is Michael Bourne. He would be the only place we really have a need. Uggla and Heywerd have to step up or we wont make it.

Lefty

July 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

I don’t think anyone is being realistic in terms of the type of RH bat the Braves might add. Yes, they’re loaded with lefties, but who are you going to sit (Heyward, Prado, McClouth/Schaeffer)? I know the answer to that, so you’re going to need to find a CF if you’re looking for a full-time player? Cuddyer and Quentin can’t play CF. To get Pence, they’d need to gut their young pitchers, which shouldn’t happen with Lowe & Hudson on the backside of their careers. Matt Kemp??…yeah, get real.

The Braves need a RH bat like Eric Hinske, who has an expiring contract on a team that isn’t going anywhere and wants to dump payroll for some long-shot prospects (see the Mets/Brewers trade). The Pirates appear to be contenders (for now), so bringing Matt Diaz back seems unlikely. The Royals could make Francoeur available, if we want to go down that path again. Did Mike Cameron sign with anyone yet? They’re not franchise changing moves, but with the 2nd best record in the NL, we only need a tweak.

Raw Onion

July 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

NickB – You obviously don’t know what you are talking about with regards to injuries. The only significant injuries in his career were in 2009 (concussion from hit to head) and this year. Every other year he has been very consistent and very good. Not exactly oft injured.

Furman Bitcher

July 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

We all know that Frank Wren will pull the brilliant move and get Kemp or Fielder but trading them a package of get this, McClouth, Lowe, KK & Schaffer. What a genius!

Art

July 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

Anyone that says the Braves need to trade JJ is not a Braves fan.

Furman Bitcher

July 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

The Mets are not trading Wright

NickB

July 13th, 2011
3:48 pm

Yer right two significant injuries in 3 seasons isn’t oft injured at all…… I do know his production has not been consistent. I also know he will cost a ton to re-sign. Why do that when Prado is already here and if want to go after a corner OF’er there will be plenty to choose from that will cost less than Wright (only $$ and nor prospects and $$) next offseason (or in 2013 if Chipper plays next year).

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
3:48 pm

Lefty I think Camron is off the market but not sure, maybe Marlins. Agree with your RH version of Hinske, that is why I threw out Ty Wigginton from Colorado earlier.

JM

July 13th, 2011
3:49 pm

Braves should be thinking big here…Heyward, Minor, Beachy and perhaps Delgado for Pence, Bourne and Wandy Rodriquez.

NickB

July 13th, 2011
3:50 pm

Lefty is exactly right. We are going to get a RH bench bat (like Wigginton or similar) and a RH pen arm (i would like to try for the guy from Colorado who’s name escapes me…. argh Linstrom maybe… crpa can’t remember) I seriously doubt we make a major move unless something just falls in FW’s lap.

NickB

July 13th, 2011
3:52 pm

Jeez a guy has a slow sophomore season and yer willing to dump him to the Astros along with Beachy AND Delgado? Not only we losing years of service time in that deal, we are also upping payroll by a LOT!! Two things GM’s try to avoid. We aren’t the Yankees you know.

Just saying....

July 13th, 2011
3:56 pm

Did we get it straight? I am no where near an expert..can I blog on here?

Do NOT want to give up the prospects, but Pence can sure hit the ball!

Just saying....

July 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

Not David Wright.

NickB

July 13th, 2011
4:00 pm

Wandy Rodriguez has a WHIP of 1.337 an ERA of 3.52 and a WAR of 2.1 not bad, cept that he’s owed $27 mill over the next 2.3 seasons! Beachy puts up similar for a ton less money and won’t be arb eligible for a couple more years

Bourne, though a good CF’er is only under control until end of 2012 and is owed apprix $8 mill (depending on arby)

Pence would probably not be a long term upgrade over Heyward and is under control until 2014 but is making $6.4mill via arby already and with two more years a conservative est is $7.5 next year and $9 in 2013 so thats $18mill for the total time. and He’s 28 (versus Heyward being only 21 people!!)

So you would add around $53 in payroll over the next few years, lose 3 years of control at pitcher and 4 years of control in RF (and be trading a legit superstaar quality player in his 2nd season at age 21…..)…… that makes less than zero sense

JM

July 13th, 2011
4:15 pm

Heyward is overrated and injury prone. The pitchers are unproven. Besides, you have to give up something to get something. The salaries of Kawakami, McLouth and perhaps even Chipper and Lowe will be gone after this year, so that is not that much of an issue.

rob

July 13th, 2011
4:20 pm

dump heyward. get a real right-fielder and we would be fine.

ChillyMutt

July 13th, 2011
4:20 pm

I don’t think we need another bat…. What we need is Prado back and Uggla hitting the way we know he can. You add a little Heyward heat up and Schafer getting more comfortable with his new ‘lead off’ approach and the Braves will have a very potent offense.

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

I am with Nick on not wanting to trade for half of a last place teams roster. The players mentioned are all good players but at that price this “expert” would pass.

billmaier

July 13th, 2011
4:50 pm

lefty – where did you get the info that pence cannot play center has played it before and played it quite well

[...] The Braves would like to acquire an affordable right-handed bat without handing over top prospects, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

Milton BMcC

July 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

It is not enough just to get Moylan and Medlen back to replace Proctor. The top three guys are extremely overworked — how many appearances can the three young arms take?

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

Meds has been shut down for 6 weeks, Probably will not help until 2012. Bullpen upgrade can come via bringing up Delgado & Teheran. Why not? The arb clock on them already began ticking when they were used for spot starts.

bobby cerasuolo

July 13th, 2011
4:59 pm

I am for getting Drew Stubbs from Cincy for Schafer Minor A-gon and Proctor the Braves get Stubbs Paul Janish Miguel Cario and Chris Heisey. Stubbs plays CF and hits leadoff or 2nd behind Prado. Move Prado to second send Uggla down for a while to AAA get his swing back use Heisey and Mclouth in LF Stubbs in CF.

John30456

July 13th, 2011
4:59 pm

Thank goodness, none of the GM’s on this page can make trades, because the ones most of these guys are suggesting are insane. Trade JJ, trade Hanson, what a joke. Fire Frank Wren, who’s has done an excellent job with the financial constraints placed by the absentee owners.

braveshoo

July 13th, 2011
5:05 pm

Here’s a wild idea. How about getting Omar Infante back from Florida. He is not hitting for Florida, and I think we could get him back cheap( perhaps even thru a 3 team deal ). I think he misses the Braves and particularly Prado, and would be more comfortable in a super utility/ pinch hitter role, and would hit much better in a Braves uniform.

billmaier

July 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

ty wigginton–sounds like a frank wren move batting 249 2 for his last 21– oh be he has hit 13 homers – just what we need another below 250 hitter that is ona cold streak great idea

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
5:10 pm

Stubbs has struck out 122 times this year and is barely batting 250. Janish is hitting 227 and lost his job to a AAA callup. Cairo is a servicable backup. Heisey is interesting, but if he were that good why would Cincy be looking for an upgrade in LF?

topeka joe

July 13th, 2011
5:11 pm

Yes outfield looks weak but Prado is coming back, and neither heyward or schafer are going anywhere. I think the only real place we can add a bat would be at short. And i think the only option out there is hardy and i think the O’s are trying to resign him. Would we dare talk to Furcal? I’m sure the dodgers would love to get some payorll relief.

Brave New World

July 13th, 2011
5:15 pm

Supes July 13th, 2011 2:00 pm With the NY Mets having a “fire sale” in the 2nd half…I know it is a bit out there…but what about the possibility of adding David Wright?

Supes: I’m with you. Wright is a very good ballplayer who never makes excuses and plays the game hard. He would be a a great addition to the team at 3rd base since Chipper is close to retirement. Prado stays in left.

HeyHeyKid

July 13th, 2011
5:15 pm

Getting a healthy Prado back, having Uggla and Heyward hit like they are supposed to is like getting 3 new players. Hopefully that happens.

Wahoo

July 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

How about Marlon Byrd?

RH, can play all outfield positions, hits lefties well for his career and gets on base at a good clip

would give us some depth for this year and next, when nate is surely gone

under contract for 6.5 mil for next year

Wahoo

July 13th, 2011
5:21 pm

[...] The Braves would like to acquire an affordable right-handed bat without handing over top prospects, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

this sounds exactly like marlon byrd…georgia native, on a club that is out of it (cubs) that has a CF prospect that he is blocking

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

I stated earlier I like Wright but I cannot see that happening. Prado woulld rather play infield (2B or 3B). He made the move to left not only because he is a team first guy but also with the understanding when Chipper hangs it up he will be 3B. Acquiring a David Wright would make Prado the permanent LF which he would do without complaint until he becomes a FA which is not that far off. At that point who could blame him for going somewhere else?

The only whay to pull that off is if Uggla defense declines to the point where he is moved to LF and Prado to 2B. But Uggla for now is playing very good defense.

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
5:27 pm

Marlon Byrd works for me if the price is right.

Gil In Mechanicsville

July 13th, 2011
5:27 pm

Low cost, high potential… Matt Stairs or Lance Nix from the Nationals. That said, you need to leave a little talent around the rest of the league so they can take at least 1 out of 3 when they play the Phillies.

Who do the Royals have they would like to dump? Francouer? I doubt he would be coming back but you never know.

Nope, only thing the Braves are likely to add will be a bullpen arm or a right handed pinch hitter type. I think the rest lies with how well Uggla and Heyward perform the second half.

Anyone else think that Freddie would have made that pick on the short hop throw from Starlin Castro last night?

Sean

July 13th, 2011
5:28 pm

I think our biggest need is a RHP out of the bullpen. San Diego has Mike Adams who they might be willing to trade. He’s got a solid arm and could perhaps fill in O or Venters in the seventh and eighth when we have the lead and they need a night off. Why not trade for him?

Mister Frisky

July 13th, 2011
5:30 pm

@JM ,Great point,this team needs multiple additions to line even when Prado and Chipper get back.Send one good pitcher and all the 230 hitters we can get rid of to Houston.

Heisenberg

July 13th, 2011
5:31 pm

Adams could take over after Heath Belll is traded, so Pads may not look to move him.

E-6

July 13th, 2011
5:32 pm

This season is shaping up just like last with a very good chance the Braves play the Giants in the first round of the playoffs with the Phils getting a patsy from the Central. We can make it with or without another bat because of our staff. Then it’s whoever pitches best.

JT Grace

July 13th, 2011
5:32 pm

The Braves need to get an RH outfielder NOW and not wait too long. They are stuck with McLouth and Schafer in the OF until Chipper comes back, and there is no guarantee that he comes back in 2 – 3 weeks. It could be longer. They cannot stay in contention with both Nate and Jordan in the same outfield, especially since Alex Gonzalez is the shortstop.

Gil In Mechanicsville

July 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

Chipper is not going anywhere, he may take the final victory tour in 2012 like Biggio did with Houston. It is a rare thing to see and would be a fitting finally to a great career.

I really like Marteen Prado but I just don’t see him as an everyday third baseman. He really is more of a super utility guy. He could even play everyday in that role quite nicely. About the only positions he does not play are center, short and catching. I expect he could even do all three in a pinch however.

MikeY

July 13th, 2011
5:43 pm

Schafer and Delgado for Kemp.

t.j.

July 13th, 2011
5:47 pm

WTF is wrong with those of you that are saying get rid of Heyward? In case you dont know he is just 21 years old and this is just his 2nd year in the league. You cant expect the guy to Pujols. It amazes me that some of you call ypurselfs Braves fans.

Hank

July 13th, 2011
5:50 pm

Nate and Jordan are pretty damn good outfielders. Get your noses out of your computers and watch a few games. Jordan has added a lot of spark with his bunting and speed, plus the fact that he protects cf.

jch

July 13th, 2011
5:53 pm

Gil – I disagree re: Prado. He is definitely an everyday player. I, for one, think he needs a position to call his own. Not having to make the daily adjustments to a different defensive position would allow him to, one, not be distracted from his hitting and, two, get that much better at whatever position he’s playing.

Is 3B the spot? I don’t know. I like him there but also like him in LF a lot as well as, of course, at 2B. I think I’d let the search for a new bat help determine where he ends up.

But, he needs a permanent spot somewhere.

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