Braves still looking for outfield help as trade deadline nears

Fredi Gonzalez heard the news on his way home Friday night. The Phillies had acquired all-star outfielder Hunter Pence, whom the Braves had also pursued heavily.

When the Braves manager arrived home, he sent a text message to pitching coach Roger McDowell.

“Pitch your [butt] off,” Gonzalez wrote.

“They got a pretty good player,” Gonzalez said Saturday, less than 24 hours before Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. “There is no question about it. They’ve made themselves a pretty good team. That’s a good piece to add in that lineup.”

The Braves players are well aware of what the Phillies, who lead the National League East, have done.

“They’ve made every move you can make in order to try to go for it,” second baseman Dan Uggla said. ” They got Cliff Lee in the offseason, they got Hunter Pence now, they’ve got unbelievable depth if somebody goes down; they’ve been picking each other up all year long. They’re a good team. But we are, too. And there’s a lot of other good teams that are going to make the playoffs, too.”

Gonzalez knows Frank Wren is trying to bring the Braves help for the stretch run, and is kept abreast of possibilities. The team needs outfield help and was in talks with Houston about speedy center fielder/leadoff man Michael Bourn on Saturday.

Before center fielder Nate McLouth went on the disabled list Friday with an abdominal strain, the Braves were more focused on corner outfielders who bat right-handed, either frontline players led by Pence or lesser bats who might be used in some sort of platoon arragement in left and right field.

With Jordan Schafer and McLouth on the disabled list, the Braves recalled Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett and started him in center and leadoff Friday and Saturday in his first two major league games.

“We know that Frank is looking,” Gonzalez said. “That’s all you can ask that your GM is looking and busting his butt on the phone to try to make deals that are going to fit our needs. He’s got a great knowledge of the big picture.”

Right fielder Jason Heyward, who batted seventh for the second straight game Saturday, has continued to struggle, batting .191 (9-for-47) with two home runs, seven RBIs and a .269 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. In July, he has the fifth lowest batting average in the National League at .202.

A platoon in right field could be a solution. Against left-handers, Heyward is hitting .167 (14-for-84) with two home runs, six RBIs, 19 strikeouts, a .255 on-base percentage and a .310 slugging percentage.

Gonzalez said Heyward has been putting in extra work in an effort to break out of the slump. On Saturday, prior to taking batting practice, he worked in the team’s indoor cage with hitting coach Larry Parrish and instructor Lee Elia.

“He is really working hard with Larry and in the video room,” Gonzalez said. “He’s changing his swing path a little bit, trying to. It’s hard to make adjustments in the major league level and now it’s August. His confidence level is good and he’s hit the ball hard a few times.”

81 comments Add your comment

sebo1084

July 30th, 2011
7:01 pm

extremus

July 30th, 2011
7:11 pm

If they could work a deal out, I think the Braves would benefit more from the addition of Bourn than the Phillies will by adding Pence. The table-setting qualities of a high-average speedster could greatly help the Braves’ currently weak offense.

henry from TN

July 30th, 2011
7:17 pm

i hope wren gets bourn, willingham and adams then we would have a real good ball team

AK Braves Fan

July 30th, 2011
7:17 pm

Agreed extremus. It’d be cool if we found out that the Braves were only in on Pence and Beltran to drive up their price. Bourn makes more sense for this team.

Chris

July 30th, 2011
7:22 pm

Is there any word on who the prospects were that Wren offered to the Astros for Pence?

VinceVanGo

July 30th, 2011
7:23 pm

I’m fine with getting the best “reasonably priced” right handed hitting outfielder we can and go with that for the remainder of the year, hoping that McCann, Chipper and Schafer can come back and stay healthy. My reasoning is this. Kawakami and McClouth come off the books at the end of the year. That’s approximately $13-14 million. If Chipper decides to retire his quads and obliques then they have another $13 million. If Wren can trade Lowe in the off season we could have another $10 million even if we have to eat $5 million to get it done. My point is that there should be enough money to go out and get a 2-3 year right handed hitting outfielder in free agency. And if we add one decent right handed bat and get the others back and keep them healthy the Braves should still be able to make the playoffs and make a run.

don

July 30th, 2011
7:27 pm

Only thing is, extremus, the Phillies don’t need much help.

Braves Win!

July 30th, 2011
7:32 pm

Hope We Get Bourne! Missing Out On Pence Hurt. I think the Phillies realized the Pence trade is proof that along with great pitching you need good hitting also. How could you not give up 2 top pitching prospects for Pence? Wow! Keep Tehran! Let any other 2 go for him. The Astros are not in the NL East. It’s the Phillies that get the win here! Oh well life goes on. We need our players to be healthy in order to have a shot. I’m for not trading for anyone accept for Bourne. He the true lead off hitter we have been missing, he leads in stolen bases (imagine that in a Braves organization?), he hits in the .300, and just as fast as anyone in the league in CF. If not Zbourne then win the wildcard without a trade. Rental players are not the answer. Trading for rentals make you regret the trade next season.

StevoDeg

July 30th, 2011
7:33 pm

I hope we go after Bourn; I feel he’s our best option. Either Bourn or a right handed reliever. I just dont want to see Proctor or Linebrink in any more close games. We’re set up for a run either way. Let’s just get healthy and trust Frank Wren (The latter will be tough for a lot of people in here).
Go Braves!

DHD

July 30th, 2011
7:35 pm

Another thread with all the same names. Groundhog Day.

Frank C

July 30th, 2011
7:41 pm

It is good to read Heyward is FINALLY changing his swing path a little. Realizing this will come off as a big “I told you so”, early in the season I said Freeman would hit more HRs than Heyward if he had an equal number of at bats. The reason was Heyward got no lift when he connected because he had a downward tilt to his swing. As it turns out, because of Heyward’s injuries, Freeman has quite a few more ABs, along with more HRs. Ted Williams was probably the first I heard say the swing needs to be a little upward in order to stay on the same plane as the incoming pitch. To do this, the first part of the swing is downward, then it becomes upward. My suspicion is Heyward is making contact too often during the downward portion, meaning he is making contact too late. Subsequent to making my early season comments, I found a stat–something like ground outs compared to air outs. Heyward’s is very high. The last time I looked at it, only some pitchers had higher ratios. Even one of the ESPN announcers (possibly Bobby Valentine) said something critical about Heyward’s swing during a recent game. I seldom pay attention to what those guys say (when I don’t have it muted), so I didn’t catch a lot of it. My main point is why does it take so long for someone to notice?

milesarcher33

July 30th, 2011
7:45 pm

NO TRADES PLEASE!!!! We don’t need to make a trade. Once our guys get healthy we’ll be fine!!! Please, no trades.

loui

July 30th, 2011
7:50 pm

lets package schaefer minor and a choice of any 2 non pitching minor leaguers for adam jones give mcclouth and 2 AA players for Matt diaz to pinch hit right handed (should have never let him go)

listen to offers for hayward not convinced he will be an upper echelon player does lazy ring a bell
potential gets gm’s fired

Bobbys Booger

July 30th, 2011
7:56 pm

We play pretty good against AAA Marlins

Line Drive

July 30th, 2011
8:17 pm

Ioui, I agree with you wholeheartedly about entertaining offers for Heyward…..I am not impressed with him. He is not ready for the Major Leagues.

Bob the Blogger

July 30th, 2011
8:21 pm

How about Matt Diaz? He has a lifetime average of nearly .330 vs. lefties, and should be cheap. He can’t play center, but he can platoon with Heyward.

BravesfaninWis

July 30th, 2011
9:04 pm

It sucks watching your division rival get stronger every single year while your favorite team usually sits idly by while your team picks up other teams scraps. If the Braves get Bourn or Quentin, it will be a good trade deadline. If they get a player like Crisp, Ludwick, or Willingham, then it should be considered a flop and they may as well hand Philly the NL East crown right now. Nothing will say I surrender more than watching the Phillies get Pence while the Braves get Crisp. If they do that, they deserve all the backlash that the fans can put on them. Its hard to justify spending the money that it takes to go to a MLB game these days as it is, its much easier when your team does nothing even though they need a whole lot.

BravesfaninWis

July 30th, 2011
9:07 pm

I agree with whoever said the Phillies don’t need any help. That is a powerful team way before they got Pence. They have one hell of a offense, and a great pitching staff to go along with it. They by every stretch of the word should be the hands down favorites to win the WS this year.

NickB

July 30th, 2011
9:09 pm

whats important is to improve our OBP in CF. Crisp wouldnt be he best option, but he’s better than doing nothing and wouldnt require a big prospect.

NickB

July 30th, 2011
9:10 pm

but they dont have great offense. they have a mediocre offense, Pence is hardly a superstar….. if you love them so much go be a phillies fan and quit trolling this blog

Henry D.

July 30th, 2011
9:27 pm

If Heyward is working “extra with Larry” get him outta there. This guy hasn’t helped anybody all year long. In fact, I submit he is one of the reasons we have so many 200-130 hitters.

flbravesfan

July 30th, 2011
9:38 pm

Where do the Braves get these centerfielfers . Mcout obviously can’t hit Schafer is @ best questionable & now Constanza can’t get it past the mound. I mean I realize its only his 2nd game but was hoping for a few line drives @ least. Without doubt once on base he has potential to really make pitchers nervous. Even so it’s amazing the Braves can’t ” luck” into one that can hit. This year that position seems like whom ever man’s it suddenly enters the ” Twilight Zone ” wondering even if Braves do acquire Bourn will he suffer same fate.

pop

July 30th, 2011
10:12 pm

need to get bourn it would be the lead off hitter we need if we are to contend.fire the hitting coach fire the hitting coach put pennelton back as hitting coach

Bob the Blogger

July 30th, 2011
10:25 pm

Bourn would be perfect if he were right handed, but even as a lefty, he gives us a true burner leadoff hitter that we haven’t had since Furcal. As much as I like Schafer, he’s never hit for average, even in the minors. Bourn would be a huge upgrade. Schafer could be part of the trade, or a great 4th outfielder.

BARRY

July 30th, 2011
10:27 pm

i hope braves make trade. but it seem to me they what giving any pitch prospect

Blaze

July 30th, 2011
10:29 pm

I agree with the comments about Bourne. He is the true lead off hitter….reminds me of somebody named OTIS. Remember? We are in a day of manufacturing runs. Here is my line up once we get Michael Bourne….

Bourne (CF)
Prado (LF)
Freeman (1B)
Uggla (2B)
McCann (C)
Chipper (3B)
Heyward (RF)
Gonzo (SS)
Pitcher

Nice mix of defense, speed, & power in the line up.. Also balanced as far as righty/lefty……we all have seen how Prado & Freeman work in the 2/3 slot…..fantastic!

Go Braves!

Mike

July 30th, 2011
10:33 pm

Bourn Supremacy!

aj

July 30th, 2011
10:35 pm

Why give up the future for a player who MAY get
you into the playoffs. Sorry, but the Phillies a just
a better team. Wouldn’t the Braves love to have
Andrus, Feliz, etc. on this team. NOT worth the
risk especially when you’re second even after a
trade. Keep your future stars.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:39 pm

aj……”a player who MAY get you into the playoffs.”????????????? Dude the Braves will make the playoffs even if there is no trade made.

Heyward grounds out to second

July 30th, 2011
10:40 pm

Heyward still is just grounding out to second. Hope he gets it turned around, glad they’re trying to help him and he’s working hard. Hope he comes out of this slump, because these ground outs to second are just not working.

Heyward grounds out to second

July 30th, 2011
10:41 pm

Please get Bourn, Frank. Or someone who can help us offensively.

aj

July 30th, 2011
10:44 pm

Can Uggla hit anything but homers!!!!
Far too many strikeouts. I was always
taught to cut down the swing with two
strikes. Uggla swings harder. Three
run homers are nice against the
Marlins, they won’t come against
the Phillies. Let’s get the average
to the 220’s or 230’s.

aj

July 30th, 2011
10:50 pm

Joseph,
How would Andrus look as your shortstop and
Feliz pitching the sixth, seventh, or eighth
inning. Can’t beat Phillies so why RISK
your future.

PhillieFan

July 30th, 2011
10:56 pm

aj… why is there this assumption that good prospect = future star? Of all the phillies prospects that they have traded away in the Lee, Halladay, Oswalt deals name me the ones who are contributing??? Lets go through a few Lee trade was for Carlos Carasco who is no better than a 4 pitcher, Lou Marson who is a back up catcher, Jason donald a utility player and Jason Knapp who is a pitcher who has had 2 arm surgeries since the trade. The Halladay Trade the Phillies sent Drabek who struggled mightily before being sent back down, Michael Taylor who has barely been in the Big leagues and Travis d’Arnaud a catcher who is doing very well in AA. For Oswalt they sent Happ who stinks and outfielder Anthony Gose who is batting 253 in AA and shortstop Jonathan Villar who is batting 234 in AA. A lot of these were Blue Chippers? How many of them look like that now?

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
11:00 pm

Can’t beat the Phillies? Season series at this second is 6-6. Sounds like they are equal so far head to head. Or did I miss something. Andrus is a good player, but honestly I am not impressed with him. He is good though. Feliz, it is looking more and more like he was a 1 year wonder. Maybe hitters are starting to get a feel for him. Lots of talent, but….. Now back to the real comment you made of can’t beat the Phillies? 6-6 this season and yes the got the amazing perfect.whatever Pence (1/5 tonight 1RBI).

Just hypothetical for the moment because nobody can project what happens in a short series in the playoffs( by the way change the wild card round to 7 games instead of 5, it is just ridiculous)……

Possible pitching matchups in an NLCS with both teams having their guys go in the perfect order……..

Halladay vs Hudson…..Can go either way but Halladay does have an advantage yet he has not beaten the Braves this year going 0-1 in 2 starts.

Lee vs JJ. Look at Lee’s ERA for his career against Braves. I like the chances there. both of these probably in Philly….1-1 at worst I believe.

@home…Hanson vs Hamels. Wow that will be a battle. Toss up game heading into it.

Lowe/Beachy vs Oswalt/Worley……..I like our chances there.

How can this team not beat the Phillies? Not an easy job and nobody is easy to beat in the playoffs.

PhillieFan

July 30th, 2011
11:09 pm

Joseph… I think Hamels is our number 2 now though

aj

July 30th, 2011
11:15 pm

Going to be interesting to see how JJ pitches down the
stretch. Not the same pitcher he was before the All-Star
game. Hope it comes down to the last series in Atlanta.
Think it will be over before that. Phillies starting pitching
is better than the Braves, their bullpen is not.
Think ALL Braves’ fans will be happy to see them
make the playoffs.

aj

July 30th, 2011
11:24 pm

How did Bourn get traded from Phillie to the Astros?
Who were the players involved?

Mister Frisky

July 30th, 2011
11:34 pm

Hopefully we wake up tomorrow Bourn again.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
11:41 pm

Frisky……Hou wanted both Delgado and Viz for Bourne but Wren said no. Still talking at this point.

Trade deadline approaches

July 30th, 2011
11:41 pm

Must add a bat…it could not be more obvious…Bourn sounds like a great deal…

olereb

July 30th, 2011
11:45 pm

Houston can keep Bourn, we are to give two of our four best pitchers for one year and two months of Bourn,tell them where to go Frank. The Phillies are getting old,we want to win five years from now.

flbravesfan

July 30th, 2011
11:46 pm

Sure hope Jason Heyward does start to hit. Have watched last 2 games on FSN here in Florida. The Marlins broadcasters were commenting on the fact that Jason does not appear to recognize balls in the strike zone. Now they were not ripping him @ all . They were just commenting on the fact that he @ this point & throughout the season his strike recognition was greatly finished when compared to last year. Further they claimed this had been discussed with Marlin coaching staff. Apparently one of their young players, Coughlin I believe, is having similar year. As well Coughlin had suffered early season injuries. To many times he is swinging @ the pitchers pitch. Not his pitch. Guess what they were getting @ was that he will chase & this has been recognized by rest of the league. Now, how do Braves coaches reverse this trend? Or do they have the property staff to correct the situation?

Mister Frisky

July 30th, 2011
11:46 pm

Thanks Joseph for the update.

ben green

July 30th, 2011
11:48 pm

Think about it. With 54 games left we could go 30-24 and finish with 93 wins. The teams behind us would have to go 35-19 to tie us. I am not for trading any of our top prospects if we can still make the playoffs in which I think we still can. I dont think any of the available players are the difference. If we were to win it all it will be because our pitching shut everybody down.

flbravesfan

July 30th, 2011
11:51 pm

Should have been strike recognition is diminished ( not finished ) concerning Jason Heyward. Can’t type on this Dam phone.

don

July 30th, 2011
11:52 pm

Aj is absolutely right. The Braves are better off with no trades. They should make the playoffs as a wild-card with what they have now. Their top priority is to get the3 injured back on the field. The need for righthanded batters is moot if Uggla continues to hit and McCann and Jones come back.

The chances of winning the wild-card (they’ll never catch the Phillies) won’t improve one iota with Bourn. The chances of the Braves advancing in the playoffs are minimal at best. When you match up starters for a short series, the Braves don’t look too good when compared to the Giants. Making it to the Phillies, where the matchups are even worse, is a long shot.

olereb

July 30th, 2011
11:58 pm

I think when we get some people off of the dl we will be ok. Sure, I would love Pence or Bourn or Upton,just dont want to give up on the future,just not worth it. One of the four ok,two,no way. I hope Frank remembers Houston taking less from Philly and trying to screw us.

flbravesfan

July 30th, 2011
11:58 pm

@ Joseph. Have to agree with you. To high a price to pay. Heck I’d like a few million dollars but like Astros not going to get it. Ridiculous asking price. No wonder they are what they are.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
11:59 pm

Don, Look again and compare pitching matchups to the playoff scenarios you suggest. Go game by game……..If you would like I will do it for you, but trust me……Our pitchers match up with anybody.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
12:02 am

flbravesfan………..Wade is about to be fired next month…..Sorry I be politically correct……He will be relieved of his duties when Crane is voted in as the new owner next month by league owners. He is trying to desperately save his job, but the trade with Philly………..well I leave it at that. Wade will be fired and should be give a polygraph by MLB, but we all know MLB and especially Selig doesn’t have a backbone to speak of.

olereb

July 31st, 2011
12:07 am

Frank turning them down,good for him. We need Bourn but we dont have to have him. What about Upton? Maybe he needs a change of scenery. We cant deal with Houston.

ray

July 31st, 2011
12:09 am

Braves would be better off looking elsewhere besides Bourn if Astros are wasting our time asking for Delgado and Vizcaino..
we can get a rental and pay less. Bourn will be gone after next year and Braves will have nothing (can’t afford to offer arbitration). see what Crisp or Willingham would cost.
a year ago, we gave up 3 minor leaguers for Derek Lee. tonight, Pirates got him for just 1 A ball player. he’s a year older, but healthier this year so Wren got stiffed a year ago.
just like he’ll get ripped off Sunday. it’s coming for sure -only the names involved are in doubt.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
12:11 am

olereb, Upton is a talented kid, but I personally do not like his attitude. He lacks focus. Just my impression and opinion. I think go for Bourne until the deadline and not give in to stupid demands on him or stand pat and see what this team can do when healthy in September and in the playoffs.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
12:15 am

ray…..I will not waste my time with yoru Wren getting stiffed crap………….so I point this out sir…….”can’t affor to offer arbitration” to Bourne. Actually they can. Let’s see KK ($7mil) and McLouth ($6mil) are off the books. Last time I checked KK was stinking up at AA and McLouth was hurt and also played CF which Bourne does also. By my math, now I may not be as smart as you…….but that is $13mil………..Bourne has no chance of making even $10mil in arbitration after this year.

billmaier

July 31st, 2011
12:18 am

BEACHY PITCHES A SHUTOUT, HUDSON GIVES UP ONE RUN AND peopel; are tlaking about how we can compete get bourn and we amy catch the phillies

rc35

July 31st, 2011
12:20 am

In Ted Turner’s movie, “Gettysburg,” at the end of the first day’s battle, a Confederate officer comes to General Lee to complain that he was unable to take Culp’s Hill (high ground) because his corps commander would not issue the command. The dialogue goes something like: “I asked him for a regiment, and he said nothing! I asked him for a division, and he said nothing! We could have taken that hill, but HE SAID NOTHING!”

As Ted Turner’s former team pursues another confrontation (ironically, with a Pennsylvania-based team), we fans stand before Liberty Media and say, “Give us a right-handed hitter, but they said nothing. Give us some left-handed speed, but they said nothing! We could have taken the division, but THEY SAID NOTHING!”

olereb

July 31st, 2011
12:21 am

Joseph,where is the harm in getting him, give him a chance. If it does not work out cant we trade him this winter.

olereb

July 31st, 2011
12:23 am

Joseph,thats if the price is right.Enter your comments here

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
12:26 am

olereb, I would like to have Bourne but at the right price. They have the money coming off the books next year for his arbitration year………..who knows what happens after 2012 season? And yes it is much easier to trade a player at the winter meetings and get more in return as well.

flbravesfan

July 31st, 2011
12:27 am

Obviously I reside in Fla . Take in a number of Rays game each year. Actually surprised to hear all the negative ” bad attitude ” remarks concerning BJ Upton . Not really exposed in press down here. Yes his statistics have diminished considerably but he does seem to give the effort on a regular basis. Have to admit though I follow both Fla teams very little. If Braves could pick him up at relative low cost it might be worth a shot. Change of location has helped other players in the past.

olereb

July 31st, 2011
12:32 am

Screw Houston,lets deal with TB

Allan

July 31st, 2011
12:34 am

Bourne was traded for Brad Lidge. Turned out to be a great trade for both teams. Lidge was 48 for 48 in save opportunities in 2008 and helped the Phils win the world series.

olereb

July 31st, 2011
12:38 am

Why do the Giants want Bourn?

bbua

July 31st, 2011
12:53 am

If we could get Bourn for a reasonab;e price ( minor and 2 other B type minors league players) I say go for it. Otherwise I would look at Upton, or Crisp, their cost would be less. We do not know what will happen during the off season. We may need one or two of these players to trade for a really big bat. Example – JJ (and others ) for Kemp. We would have to plug one of these pitchers into that slot. Also need to be aware that JJ and Hanson are represented vy Scott Boras and both will surely walk in a few years. It’s nice to know we have guys that can be pluged into those slots. I trust Wrenn and the FO to do what is the best interest of the Braves. We don’t need another trade like that one with Texas.

Joseph

July 31st, 2011
1:00 am

olereb, The Giants just got O Hudson. Not interested in Bourne anymore. Dont be so fast bbua about both of them walking . After next year Liberty’s tax write-off ends so they will definately sell the team. To whom, not sure, but can only hope it not to another faceless corporation west of Mississippi.

The Dude

July 31st, 2011
1:02 am

Astros are asking for Vizcaino and Delgado for Bourne…..no way. Don’t let go of Vizcaino…after seeing him pitch, he may be the best of all the prospects. Kid is 98 with a hammer of a curveball. Delgado and Minor are the 2 to trade if we’re going that route. Both are solid mid rotation guys, but Tehran and Vizcaino could be Aces for years to come.

Dave'sBraves1

July 31st, 2011
2:04 am

Bourne, would be a great addition to the team. One thing needed in the outfield and line up is stability in center field. ( outside of everyone getting healthy. ) The Braves have had their opening day line up in only
in 11 games i think this year and considering that have done very well. Most teams would have collapsed by now. Point is the team needs a consistent line up every day going into September and there are good players out there that can be good enough to help the line up, but at this point teams know we are one of the last playoff contending teams that haven’t made a deal yet, so think they will be able to hold us hostage for our top prospects on the last day. I wouldn’t do that, one top prospect max and a couple of lower level players. We are not really competing with the Phillies or the Giants now but, more against the DiamondBacks, Cardinals, Brewers, and maybe the Pirates for a playoff spot. Braves are still a better team than any of those with our pitching staff and who knows may get a descent player and catch lightning in a bottle for a couple of months without giving up on the Farm.

Tyler from Commerce

July 31st, 2011
4:02 am

I heard rumors on twitter about a deal to get Bj Upton from tampa bay rays for Nate McLouth and Minor league prospect Mike Minor who has pitched in the Majors and has performed well. In my opinion, getting upton instead of Bourn makes more sense. Yes! Bourn is fast(39 stolen bases), but so is upton(23 or 24 stolen bags) Downside to getting bourn is that he has only has 1 hr, while upton has 18 and he in s slump year. The braves need a player who can changed the game with his feet as well as his bat.

Charlie

July 31st, 2011
6:04 am

Heyward has sucked all year. His swing is long, “loopy”, and slow. He still stands 4 feet off the plate, and anything that is to the outside, he rolls over, an easy ground out. He’s had a lost season. With Grandpa Parrish, it will only continue. Maybe he’ll figure it out next year. Jason has been sooo over hyped. At this point, he brings little to the table. Obviously, he’s not smart enough to make adjustments, as Freeman appears to do.
Even as bad as Dan Uggla was earlier, Jayson Heyward is by far, the biggest disappointment in 2011.

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HerbS

July 31st, 2011
8:51 am

Get Bourn. Move Lowe to the bullpen for long relief and bring up Minor.

Busch leaguer

July 31st, 2011
8:54 am

I doubt closet “Philly” GM Ed Wade will make a trade with the Braves .He will use the Braves to drive up the price and trade Bourn to the Giants or Reds.Braves will have to settle for a b level outfielder .A hard throwing RH relief pitcher might be a better option.Padre Mike Adams would be a great fit.

Few_Proud_DaBraves

July 31st, 2011
10:03 am

Braves just got Bourn. No top pitching prospects included in the deal.

Chopdawg

July 31st, 2011
10:07 am

Don’t need any more lefty hitters!

alexcox

July 31st, 2011
10:28 am

los pilis ya nose pueden alcansar .nose puede cansar el picheo al contrario buscar ayuda para el bulpen.creo q tenemos a buorn falta quitin tal ves si c allade a kawakami los sox estanbuscando un lansador pequello. hay q tener cuenta arisona c esta fortalesiendo y no esbueno para nosotros.WREN. no t duermas PODEMOS LLEGAR. QUIENTIN HAORA.

alexcox

July 31st, 2011
11:42 am

salir d nate en algun cambio o bajar heward en lo q l areglan la mecanica d bateo.QUIENTIN NOWWWWW. NOSE PUEDE PERDER EL TIEMPO EN JUGADORES Q MANTIENE ALARGO PLASO EN EL DL cuando el equipo lo nesecita WREN sigue tratando lo bas alograr

lou

July 31st, 2011
2:53 pm

could the right handed power hitter be 40 miles away. stephan gartell .272 averqage 23 home runs and 72 rbi’s

O. J.

July 31st, 2011
3:48 pm

What a great pinch hitter we have.

AlabamaBrave

July 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

Too bad there isn’t room for Constanza, it looks like he is finally getting comfortable.

CrαZy

July 31st, 2011
11:15 pm

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