Here’s why Carlos Quentin makes sense for Braves

It’s Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night at Turner Field, and by the time I finish writing this blog in 25 minutes we should know whether the third baseman is back in the Braves lineup after missing two starts with a right quad strain.

What we do know, which I just double-checked with my infamous math skills to make sure, is that Chipper has 999 career extra-base hits. He’s got 516 doubles, 38 triples and 445 home runs. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s 999, right?

Anyway, Carlos Quentin.

Carlos Quention's 20 home runs are five more than Carlos Beltran has this season, and he'd be the Braves leader in homers and RBIs (62).

Carlos Quention's 20 home runs are five more than Carlos Beltran has this season, and he'd be the Braves leader in homers and RBIs (62).

That’s right, we’ve got no time for transitions today, so let’s get right into the rumor du jour. And let me start by saying, it’s legit. Checked it with someone this afternoon who would know, and the Braves are, indeed, talking to the White Sox about Quentin, as FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal first reported this morning.

The slugging corner outfielder currently has 20 homers, 62 RBIs and a .510 slugging percentage, to go with a .262 average and .353 OBP. Needless to say, he could be a huge boost for the Braves’  scuffling offense.

He’s got more homers and RBIs than any Brave this season, and five more homers (and four fewer RBIs) than Carlos Beltran, who was just traded to the Giants. In his past 11 games, Quentin has hit .341 with three homers and 11 RBIs.

He’s right-handed, 28, and unlike the 34-year-old Beltran, Quentin is under contractual control for another season. So he wouldn’t be a three-month rental before free agency, like Boras client Beltran.

That, plus the fact that the White Sox are in the other league instead of the same division of the same league, would seemingly make the Braves more inclined to part with one of their top pitching prospects, long as it wasn’t Julio Teheran or Arodys Vizcaino.

That’s assuming it would take that to pry him from the White Sox, who are only 3-1/2 games out of first place now in the AL Central parity division, but already have a Triple-A replacement for Quentin waiting in the wings.

The White Sox have been scouting the Braves’ minor league system, and the Braves had one of the top scouts, Dom Chiti, at Chicago’s recent series against Cleveland.

Quentin, 28, is making just over $5 million this season, so he’d be owed less than $2 million the rest of the way. With the year he’s having, he might boost his salary to more than $8 million through arbitration next year before he’s eligible for free agency after the 2012 season.

Now, the elephant in the room: Where would he play?

Quention has played right field in 84 games and DH’d in 11 this season, but played mostly left field in 2008 and 2009. (By the way, he hit .288 with a career-high 36 homers and 100 RBIs in ’08, and this season is shaping up as his best since then.)

Here’s how I figure that Braves officials might be thinking on this one, and why I think it makes a lot of sense if it’s the case. Jason Heyward has struggled in his second season, and really hasn’t shown much sign of breaking out and hitting like he did as a rookie.

So you get Quentin and pencil him in for right field for the rest of the season. But if Chipper has more problems and Prado has to move back to third base, Quentin can easily move over to left field. No, he’s not a defensive stalwart by any means, but he’s not Jonny Gomes, either. And you’re getting Quentin for his bat. He won’t cost you games in the outfield.

He’ll win you games at the plate.

Heyward is under contractual control for the next four seasons. The Braves would not be giving up on him, not by any stretch of the imagination, if they played him part-time or even if they sent him to Triple-A for a period this season.

Heyward has hit .200 with four homers and a .286 OBP in his past 52 games.

I don’t know if they’d actually send him to Triple-A, but who knows? This is about winning now, getting to the playoffs and trying to win a World Series. It’s too late in the season to worry about feelings and stepping on toes, don’t you think?

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If the Braves get Quentin, struggling Heyward's playing time would presumably be reduced for the balance of this season.

There are quite a few corner outfielders available on the market, and the Braves can more easily add a quality right-handed bat there than center fielder.

After this season? Here’s why Quentin makes sense, too. Coming off the season he’s having, the Braves would have no problem trading him this winter if they decided to go that route. But if, for some reason, Chipper decides to call it a career after this season, well, the Braves already have the outfield corners and third base taken care of – move Prado to third, Quentin to left field.

He’s not the only outfielder the Braves are discussing, but he might be the most realistic in terms of what they’re willing to give up in a deal to get a potent right-handed bat, a legit offensive force who would change the complexion of their lineup.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. McLouth CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Hinske LF
  6. Ross C
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Gonzalez SS
  9. Lowe RHP

♣ OK, had some more stuff about ascendant rookie Freddie Freeman and a Braves bullpen that’s pitched 18 scoreless innings in this series. But out of time. I’ll work that in somewhere later today.

Let’s close with an all-timer from The Boss, and two videos of him and the E Street Band doing it in performances a quarter-century apart. Check out young Springsteen by clicking here and the aging-but-still-killin’ version in 2009 by clicking here.

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“CANDY’S ROOM” by Bruce Springsteen

In Candy’s room there are pictures of her heroes on the wall
but to get to Candy’s room you gotta walk the darkness of Candy’s hall
Strangers from the city call my baby’s number and they bring her toys
When I come knocking she smiles pretty she knows I wanna be Candy’s boy
There’s a sadness hidden in that pretty face
A sadness all her own from which no man can keep Candy safe

We kiss, my heart’s rushes to my brain
The blood rushes in my veins fire rushes towards the sky
We go driving driving deep into the night
I go driving deep into the light in Candy’s eyes

She says baby if you wanna be wild
you got a lot to learn, close your eyes
Let them melt, let them fire, let them burn
Cause in the darkness there’ll be hidden worlds that shine
When I hold Candy close she makes these hidden worlds mine

She has fancy clothes and diamond rings
She has men who give her anything she wants but they don’t see
That what she wants is me,
oh and I want her so
I’ll never let her go, no no no
She knows that I’d give
all that I got to give
All that I want all that I live
to make Candy mine
Tonight

-- David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

3,545 comments Add your comment

Mike

July 28th, 2011
3:45 pm

Triggerhappy

July 28th, 2011
3:46 pm

Yes. Do it now.

BravesQueen

July 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

I can’t wait for sunday to arrive. Tired of all the rumors…I want some TRUTH! :D

The Bream Team

July 28th, 2011
3:48 pm

Ryan Ludwick is batting .174 over the last month. Why are we being rumored to acquire him?

Hillbilly

July 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

Dom Chiti <— Corleone soldier, right?

Will

July 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

Sounds good. Any talk of Upton?

Bobby Hill

July 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

I, and many others, have been sayng for week that teh easiest way to address CF is to acquire a RH CF who can platoon with either McLouth or Schafer.

But certainly Heyward’s struggles to hit and Chippers health complicate the matter. I don’t think the team can carry five outfielders plus Hinske. Lugo’s versatility makes Conrad kind or redundant, but he’s really the team’s best PH. Would you send Conrad down in order to carry five outfielders?

BravesQueen

July 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

Quentin’s bat sounds nice, but where is he gonna play? If we have everyone else healthy, we have too many players. :?

BFChris26

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

Awesome new blog 8-)

sweet georgia peach

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

quentin would be interesting. what does that mean for heyward?

Chief Nock A Homa

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

DOB – What are your thoughts on a Quentin pick up as compared to trading for Ludwick??

Andrew in PA

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

Wasnt Uggla supposed to solve this mess? Another low avg high power righty. We need a change of pace CF like when Schafer is playing well you can see how he changes the offense.

archie

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

I get the feeling Frank Wren reads these columns and blogs by the “experts” and laughs his ass off. I see a curve ball coming.

The Bream Team

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

DOB, I never saw if you answered yesterday but do you agree, it’s harsh to blame Jerry Meals for a loss when your team didn’t score in the last 17 innings of a game?

fredo

July 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

Maybe this move would make J-Hey work harder instead of acting like he’s the annoited one. Lot of talent, not much grit.

CrαZy

July 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

Chipper is also 11 Plate Apperances away from 10,000.

BravesQueen

July 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

DOB —- Hearing anything on the much-needed bullpen help the Braves might be looking at? I can’t believe they would actually let the deadline pass by without getting someone. Thanks!

abeeeewright

July 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s 999, right?” -DOB

Turn that upside down and it’s the number of the beast.

Shawn

July 28th, 2011
3:52 pm

DOB you are nuts if you want Heyward sent down or platooned.

bravos007

July 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

man i hate looking at team pitching stats and hearing those dumb giants and phillies fans. we would still be MILES ahead of them if it were not for the proctor meltdowns.

Brian from SC

July 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

Tami

July 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

I’m liking the idea of a Quentin trade more and more as this day moves along. The only thing I’m worried about is who to give to CWS in return. Just as long as it’s NOT Teheran or Vizcaino. I’d hate to see Minor go, but it sounds like it would have to be him if the Braves are to get the OF that they so desperately need.

admiral

July 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

pull the trigger. make the trade. do it!

Just Wanna Say

July 28th, 2011
3:53 pm

I still feel bad for j hey. However, it might be necessary. Still not sure if is rather have quentin or pence. Pence obviously costs more.

Brandon T

July 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

We need a CF.

Tami

July 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

@Brian from SC: I know. So sad. It’s all over Twitter right now.

Cam Cam

July 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

I like where this is going. Injury issues with Q but then who doesn’t get hurt these days. Nice one DOB

The Bream Team

July 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

Last year, when we traded for Gonzalez, Frank Wren said, “We’re going for it”.

I’m still waiting to hear Wren say that this year, and I want to hear it.

chc4

July 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

Ludwick stinks. Willingham is a bandaid and likey won’t make much of a difference. Pence and Quentin are the two guys that could really help.

Herschel Talker

July 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

DOB:

While this trade makes sense, we really should have gotten the other Carlos.

HT

Cam Cam

July 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

Heyward isn’t producing. And doesn’t have a track record like Uggs does to justify leaving him in there to keep slumping. He could go to AAA for 2 weeks and get less pressured at bats and catch up to those fastballs again. He is missing fastballs down the middle at this point.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

Heck stick Heyward in Center. Let him use his god given athletic skills in CF. Schafer is nice but I like the explosiveness Heyward “could” give you.

camelot

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

Why not josh willingham? 13 hr/50 rbi isnt so bad hitting in a tough park, vs quentin who hits in a launching pad. Willingham 5 yrs in al east OPS ranged from .827-.863 a solid player. He’d cost only 2nd tier prospects like oberhertzler, pastornick, or cunningham. Plus get 2 draft picks since he’s a type A free agent.

ncscoots

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

[Heyward has] Lot of talent, not much grit.

Somebody categorized this type of thing the other day as “Yunelization”. Pretty accurate, I’d say. It’s never just about the guy’s swing, not here.

BFChris26

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

mlbbowman Mark Bowman
RHP Anthony Varvaro recalled from Gwinnett. Wilkin Ramirez optioned. Varvaro provides depth in taxed pen

Reid in EAV

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

YES. Make it happen!

Cecil Flowe

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

Makes no sense to me. We need a CF and we need a lead off hitter. We have to go get Michael Bourn. He fills both holes. Plus go back and look when the Braves were playing their best baseball, it is when Schafer was batting leadoff and getting on base which is exactly what Bourn does but is hitting 80 points higher. This seems like a no-brainer to me.

admiral

July 28th, 2011
3:57 pm

DOB, in my opinion, this is definitely worth giving up Mike Minor – but would you say the same about Delgado? As you said, I don’t think he’s worth Vizcaino or Teheran.

admiral

July 28th, 2011
3:57 pm

Cecil, we need a RIGHT HANDED bat. Badly. Bourn is a lefty.

Smitty

July 28th, 2011
3:57 pm

Here’s the list of players doing just as bad or far worse than Heyward at the plate this season.

Prado
Uggla
Schafer
Rameriz
Gonzo
McLouth

Singling out Heyward and not allowing him the time other guys got to recover or fix themselves is lunacy. Braves don’t deserve Heyward if they burn him like this.

Newbomb Turk

July 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

DOB…what’s it gonna take to get him?

Reid in EAV

July 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

Quentin to Braves, Minor and PTBNL to White Sox. Works for me!

The Grinch

July 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

Why are some of y’all asking where he’s gonna play? Did David not address that in the column? I love Heyward and think he’s gonna be great one day but right now he’s not helping us get to the post season.

sweet georgia peach

July 28th, 2011
3:58 pm

heyward is awful will never be a good hitter in the mlb

Nick

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

We need Quentin AND a CF.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

Joe Madden in TB stuck Longoria in the leadoff sport earlier this year just to mix it up. Have Longoria have a little different perspective up at bat. Heyward might could benefit from some outside the box thinking. Put in in CF and bat him leadoff. He has the eye, takes pitches, and provides some pop at the spot. Ya never know…

Law Dawg

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

Any chance we could move Prado to short?

admiral

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

Why has it always been out of the question for J-Hay to play center?

mike

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

Wren needs to do this. I like this more than the Pence deal…primarily because it seems the amount of talent that it would necessitate. Also, Quentin is coming from Chicago which is a legit market whereas Pence coming from Houston makes me worry about how he will adjust being with a contending team.

Let’s get it done, Frank!

MWC

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

DOB is da best ! Great job. That being said, lets make this happen NOW !

BravesQueen

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

So Wren’s answer to bullpen help is to call up Varvaro? :( I’d rather have gotten someone like Uehara.

Linebrink for Cy

July 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

Reading a bit on Irabu, that guy apparently had a troubled life after getting out of baseball. Always sad when those actions lead up to something drastic like this..

TexasBrave

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

Not complaining DOB, but that has to be the shortest blog in the five plus years I have been following this blog. Things must really be happening for you to purposely cut it so short with three hours to go before game time.

Keep up the good work!!

abeeeewright

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

Uggla has solved the “mess.”

Alas, Gonzalez, McLouth, and Heyward have dramatically underproduced their career numbers. Prado and Chipper have produced sporadically due to injuries.

McCann/Ross and Freeman have been the only line-up mainstays.

Schafer, Ramirez, Lugo, Mather, Young, Hernandez, Hicks and every other scrub the Braves have thrown out there to fill in have been extremely scrub-like. Schafer’s the only scrub that has shown a hope of improvement.

Herschel Talker

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

Cecil Flowe:

Good points. But Bourn having played in Houston worries me. Could be McLouth all over again. Quentin is proven in a big city with rabid fans.

HT

Bobby Hill

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

In the long term Heyward would probably benefit from a little trip down Humility Road via Gwinette.

Cam Cam

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

I love this time of year.

Fan in NOVA

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

Agon’s stats when we got him last year:

259 BA 17 HR 50 RBI 497 SLG

Reid in EAV

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

Heck, we’d have a surplus of OF if we got Quentin. Ship out McLouth too, if they’ll take him.

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

I will completely turn my back on this team if Fredi and Wren decide to bench Heyward for Quentin. That is unbelievable.

If we had anyone in this organization who knew anything about hitting, (besides Chipper Jones), they would be able to tell Heyward has made a huge step forward by fixing his stance.

THIS IS BULLSH1T

Nick

July 28th, 2011
4:01 pm

A quick summary of the article: RBI RBI RBI

If you actually advocate demoting Heyward, you either don’t watch baseball or you have jumped on with the witch hunt of anti-SABR fools. Heyward has been very solid since the ASG. Our problem in the outfield is CF, period. We don’t need a COF, and it’d be pretty stupid of us to give up minor/Delgado/viz/Teheran for a position we might not even need NEXT year.

Cecil Flowe

July 28th, 2011
4:01 pm

@admiral – Why do we needed a right handed bat? We have 1.Prado 2.Chipper3.Uggla4.Gonzo, who says a right handed bat is going to make a huge difference. All we need is Uggla to keep hitting at the same rate and we will be fine.

MICHAEL BOURN in CF

billmaier

July 28th, 2011
4:01 pm

after ramirez leaving 5 men on last night stiking out on a 3-`1 pitch at his eyes 2cd and third no one out- get it done we have to have a righhanded bat in this line up and minor is behind medlen, theran and probly viziciano for a starter next year and in the future- why not?

Justin

July 28th, 2011
4:02 pm

Go get him!!

tckr83

July 28th, 2011
4:02 pm

The pitching is there, get the offense on the same level… hopefully, Carlos won’t be the next in a line of acquired players (expected starters) to struggle offensively in Atlanta. Some competition might be exactly what Jason Heyward needs to get his fanny in gear… let’s hope so. Get it done Wren.

Peter

July 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

But who’s going to play DE?

whoops wrong blog

Nick

July 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

Cecil, Gonzo doesn’t count as a RH bat, he’s terrible, to be generous, at the plate.

BravesQueen

July 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

The Grinch

July 28th, 2011
3:58 pm
Why are some of y’all asking where he’s gonna play? Did David not address that in the column? I love Heyward and think he’s gonna be great one day but right now he’s not helping us get to the post season.

While I agree with you that Heyward is not living up to his potential, I do not think the “answer” lies in benching/sending him down to AAA. If the Braves get Quentin, the message that sends to Jason will be the wrong one.

sweet georgia peach

July 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

I will completely turn my back on this team if Fredi and Wren decide to bench Heyward for Quentin. That is unbelievable.

If we had anyone in this organization who knew anything about hitting, (besides Chipper Jones), they would be able to tell Heyward has made a huge step forward by fixing his stance.

THIS IS BULLSH1T

YOU ARE KIDDING RIGHT!!!!! HE SUX!!!!

Linebrink for Cy

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

About Quentin, if wonder if Wren would be able to mix some sort of “ingredients” together and get Quentin + a bullpen guy out of it? There’s no doubt Fredi would still like to give members of the O’Venterbel trio more than just a days rest when possible.

admiral

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

@Cecil – look at our team numbers against lefties. They’re laughable. Look, I would love Michael Bourn to be a Brave, don’t get me wrong.But not one of those players you listed is hitting like they’re capable of (though Uggla is coming around and I believe Prado will soon enough). Are you telling me that in the NLCS against lefties Hamels and Lee, you’re going to feel confident with THOSE four RH bats?

Got an idea

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

PLATOON CHIPPER. When we face left handed pitching we can start Chipper at 3rd. Move Prado to left and move Carlos over to right with J-Hey on the bench. Otherwise Carlos play left with J-Hey in right with Prado at 3rd and Chipper on the bench. He can’t stay healthy to be playing everyday!

StingerSplash

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

Damn. “Candy’s Room” kicks (backside). Maybe my favorite song on “Darkness.” Much obliged, DOB.
Just for that, I’ll reload some Billy Joe Shaver I had on the iPod driving to work this morning.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

Heyward in CF-batting leadoff. I would damn sure try it if they acquire CQ!

abeeeewright

July 28th, 2011
4:04 pm

I love the correlation instead of causation argument. Braves started clicking when Schafer started leading off. Do you think it might have had something to do with Freeman going comatose and Uggla starting to hit?

kwajbraves

July 28th, 2011
4:05 pm

2-1 DBacks. Guzman solo HR.

vermont 39

July 28th, 2011
4:05 pm

Heyward could use a refresher course in AAA

Cecil Flowe

July 28th, 2011
4:05 pm

I dont care if Gonzo can hit, Just keep playing good Def! The one thing Gonzo has going for him is that he is clutch. Ill take good Def, and some clutch hits down the stretch.

I guarantee if we add MICHAEL BOURN in CF and one power RHP in the pen we win a WS!

tckr83

July 28th, 2011
4:06 pm

Why couldn’t Heyward play center if quentin is acquired? He can cover acres in the outfield and has a cannon for an arm…

The Dude Abides

July 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

I think Wren is trying to pry Alexei Ramirez in addition to Quentin, would give the Braves a good SS for the future. I’m all for sticking Heyward in CF. If you send him to AAA he’s just going to be hitting .400 there and we’d call him back up immediately.

Cecil Flowe

July 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

@admiral look at our records against Lee and Hamels this year! We’ve only lost 1 tim when they have pitched!

DAM

July 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

I’ve been in favor of Quentin all along. I talked with my buddy one night almost a month ago about why we should be focusing on him instead of Pence, Beltran, etc.

noleeee

July 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

McLouth never hit 40 homers in a year. Upton did.,,,Weezle

say what? that must have been a great dream you were having.
Upton hit 24 homers once- his next highest total was 18., Nate hit 26 once- his next highest was 20. where in the world did you get 40 from?

Randy J.

July 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

get him now, i hope FW read this blog

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
4:07 pm

How is it that Wren doesn’t see how Michael Bourn would be the best option? Instead were talking about benching or sending down Heyward? Our supposed future franchise player?

Do we really not think Heyward could hit .250 the rest of the way? Thats all Quentin would do. He’s a career .250 hitter. I absolutely love this team. I follow EVERYTHING they do. Its almost sad, really. But if they bench Heyward for Quentin, Ill be rooting against them. Thats hard to say and I probably don’t even mean it, but it will seriously anger me enough to at least not attend anymore games this season.

Cant wait till the Braves realize what a moron Fredi Gonzalez is and get someone new.

Riley

July 28th, 2011
4:08 pm

Schafer has improved. Look at his last ten days (including while he was hurt): .296 average. He has his OBP up to .307. Getting Quentin to put into right or left when Prado goes to third would significantly improve this team, especially if it only took someone like Hoover and another prospect like Zeke. It would also take away our fear of acquiring a power bat for next year in the outfield if Chipper does decide to hang it up. If we did have to give up a big prospect, Delgado is the way to go for me.

Theo Williams

July 28th, 2011
4:08 pm

For all you wondering what Quentin will cost, I heard we offered them Minor, Oberholtzer, and Bethancourt for Quentin and Frasor. Pretty good deal if you ask me. I’d still rather have Bourn but Quentin is the best slugger still on the market (if ethier isn’t going anywhere…).

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 28th, 2011
4:08 pm

Bourn? The Braves have like, 40 singles this series. They need a guy who can drive the ball. Extra base hits, power bat. Bourn is not the answer.

Elizabeth

July 28th, 2011
4:08 pm

DOB is this the way you feel about Heyward or the Braves? You are going hard with the articles about Heyward. Glad you are not Frank Wren.

sweet georgia peach

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

IF YOU THINK HEYWARD IS GETTING BETTER AT THE PLATE YOUR A MORON DENNIS!!!!!!!

Clay

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

I don’t like the idea of benching Heyward. I understand he’s been bad but I think we need him to make a run at this thing. Two options: (1) put him in CF – they’ve certainly talked about it before. As rough a stretch as he’s had, you can’t honestly say that Schafer or McLouth are preferred options in the lineup; or (2) if CF is not feasible, why not try out Prado at SS? I know A-Gon’s defense has been great, but he is a lost cause at the plate. Put Quentin in LF and move Prado to SS. If Chipper gets hurt, A-Gon can come back in. I’m not oblivious to the defensive issues here, but Heyward and Prado are both solid defensive-skill guys who could make the transition. Try it out anyway.

admiral

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

That’s a fair point, Cecil. But we still have some of the worst numbers in the league against Lefties in general – and this wild card is not a forgone conclusion yet. I shouldn’t have used the Phillies/NLCS example, because we have to get there first….

avery

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

I think braves know they are making a trade right now… because they send down an OF… I know they need some pitcher depth, but why not do that yesterday after the 19 inning game… we only played one extra inning last night…

They will announce tonight that they have made a trade for an OF… i dont know who… and then tomorrow they send this RP back down… or cut proctor…

Oh yeah… Heyward can not play center no matter what they say about how good he is… he has range but does not pick up the ball well going back to the fence…

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

Another thing. Are you telling me they would consider benching/demoting their future franchise player but still keep Alex Gonzalez around?

F this organization.

Bobby Hill

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

If Wren was going to acquire a corner outfielder, why didn’t he do it a few weeks ago when Chipper went on the DL?

ncscoots

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

The one thing Gonzo has going for him is that he is clutch.

Excuse me, can someone direct me back to my own universe?

Randy J.

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

Bourn, Pence, Upton or Quentin are the only ones who makes sense to the Braves.

BravesQueen

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

They have already said they are not moving Heyward to CF. Do you people not read? :roll:

Justin

July 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

Heyward has been just as valuable this year as Martin Prado, yet no one wants to replace or platoon Martin. Why are they seen in two different lights.

LuisG

July 28th, 2011
4:10 pm

So, what’s the word on Chipper?

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