Deadline looms as Braves work on potential trades

Let’s hit on a few topics while we wait for any potential moves from the Braves, who broadened their pool of potential trade-deadline pickups after losing out on Carlos Beltran and Hunter Pence, then having another center fielder (Nate McLouth) land on the DL yesterday.

Bourn has led the NL in steals for past three seasons, and is leading it again this year.

Bourn has led the NL in steals for past three seasons, and is leading it again this year.

They’d still like to get corner outfielder/slugger Carlos Quentin from the White Sox, but with Chicago only a couple of games out of first place and Quentin’s potential Triple-A replacement injured, those who follow the White Sox believe GM Kenny Williams will not trade Quentin.

The Braves have turned up discussions with the Astros about center fielder Michael Bourn, who doesn’t bat right-handed but, in my opinion, would be a better addition for them than either  Pence or Quentin, particularly given the rash of injuries. Bourn is a strong defensive player (two Gold Gloves) with blinding speed. Game-changing speed. The Braves could obviously use that. They deed that.

Bourn, however, will not come cheap, and if the Braves got him it would probably cost them one of their coveted pitching prospect and might also mean they would be giving up on the plan of letting Jordan Schafer develop into the player they still believe he can be, since Bourn is not a rental player eligible for free agency after the season.

Then again, if they wanted to trade Bourn they’d surely have no problem doing so, as he’s making only $4.4 million this season and has but year of arbitration remaining before free agency after the 2012 season.

That’s a bargain today for a guy hitting .304 with a .364 on-base percentage and 39 steals in 46 attempts, along with 26 doubles and seven triples. He’s led the NL in stolen bases each of the past two seasons, and is  leading again this year.

And while he’s a left-handed batter, he does fine against lefty pitchers: Bourn is hitting .281 with a .341 OBP against lefties, compared to .311/.372 vs. righties.

Did we mention the guy’s been on fire lately? Bourn has hit .359 (42-for-117) with six doubles, two triples and a .400 OBP in his past 27 games, albeit with 27 strikeouts and seven walks.

Going back farther, in 50 game since June 1, Bourn has hit .338 (71-for-210) with 14 doubles, four triples, a .390 OBP and 19 stolen bases in 24 attempts. Can you imagine if the Braves had that kind of production at the top of the order?

But as mentioned, he’ll cost plenty. Houston has already shown with the Pence dealings that it’s not letting its standouts go for less than a king’s ransom. And yes, despite what some Braves fans believe, the Astros got that from the Phillies. They got three prospects including the Phillies’ top hitting and pitching prospects, Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton, both rated in everyone’s top 50 at midseason and rated in Keith Law’s top 25.

From the Braves, the Astros apparently were asking for even more. I got it confirmed that the Astros wanted two from the Braves’ highly coveted top-four pitching prospects, a group that includes Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino (both rated top-20 prospects at midseason by Baseball America), Randall Delgado and Mike Minor.

Teheran, Delgado and Minor have started games in the majors already, putting them ahead of many other prospects offered by various teams for Pence. I’m not sure if the Astros demanded particular pitchers from those four, but do know the Braves did offer one of them in a package that included other, lesser-rated but legit prospects. It’s believed that Minor was the one they offered.

The Braves wouldn’t give up one of those four for Beltran, because they couldn’t justify giving up a projected long-term starting pitcher for a three-month rental. But Pence was another matter, as he’s under contractual control for the next two seasons.

Anyway, back to Bourn. The Braves have said all along they wanted a right-handed bat. But now, with Schafer and McLouth on the DL, they have a glaring need in center field. If they could get one that happens to hit lefties well, then the right-handed thing shouldn’t be a deal-breaker at this point.

Especially not now that Dan Uggla is hitting like the player the Braves traded for back in November, the right-handed presence they expected him to be.

If the Braves can’t get Bourn, then they might decide to go with a rental player who could play center field, such as Coco Crisp.

Before some of you push away your keyboard or laptop in disgust – apparently Crisp circa Oakland in 2011 doesn’t have nearly the appeal he did to so many fans when he was with Boston several years ago – keep in mind that Crisp hasn’t been bad this season.

Uggla has rare concurrent distinctions: Longest current hitting streak in majors (20 games) and lowest batting average in the NL (.206).

Uggla has rare concurrent distinctions: Longest current hitting streak in majors (20 games) and lowest batting average in the NL (.206).

No, I’m not suggesting he’s a big-impact guy or someone I’d have thought a good move two weeks ago, but with both Braves center fielders down, unless they thing Jose Constanza can get it done the next couple of weeks, they need a center fielder.

And if they’re not willing to give up the substantial haul it would take to get Bourn, or the lesser haul to acquire enigmatic but talented B.J. Upton from the Rays, then Crisp might be a decent fallback.

He’s still fast at 31, batting .266 with a not-good .319 OBP, 30 extra-base hits (four homers) and 27 steals in 36 attempts.

And he’s been a lot better since a sluggish start. In his past 63 games, Crisp has hit .275 with a .341 OBP, 14 doubles, two triples, three doubles, 21 RBIs and 17 steals.

The Braves also checked into Marlon Byrd of the Cubs, but the Cubs reportedly aren’t going to give him up cheaply, if at all.

One other direction the Braves could go, if they want to get a right-handed bat to platoon or make some corner-outfield starts: Josh Willingham. Unlike Ryan Ludwick (another they’ve discussed), to me Willingham actually makes some sense given the Braves’ situation.

While he’s only hitting .239 (22-for-92) against lefties, he has seven homers, 22 RBIs, 14 walks and a .340 OBP and .514 slugging percentage against them. That’s an .854 OPS.

Consider that Jason Heyward is hitting .167 (14-for-84) against lefties with two homers, six RBis and a .255 OBP and .310 slugging percentage (.565 OPS). By comparison, Heyward has not been too bad against righties, batting .244 (47-for-193) with nine homers, a .330 OBP and .435 slugging (.765 OPS).

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Constanza CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Hinske LF
  6. Ross C
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Gonzalez SS
  9. Hudson RH

♣ Freddie’s on fire: When someone asked me this spring if Freddie Freeman would have as big an impact as Heyward did as a rookie, I said no way, very few rookies ever do.

I was wrong.

Freeman now leads major-league rookies with a .295 batting average and ranks second among NL rookies in homers (15) and RBIs (52). The way he’s hitting, he should soon have the leads in those latter categories as well as most others, among rookies.

His .361 July average is second in the NL (among everyone, not just rookies) behind Florida’s Emilio Bonficacio (.380), who had a 26-game hitting streak snapped Friday.

Freeman has hit .385 (.35-for-91) in his past 23 games with seven doubles, six homers, 18 RBIs, .452 OBP and .659 slugging. And during his current 13-game hitting streak, he’s hit .434 (23-for-53).

♣ Streaking Uggs: Uggla’s three-run homer Friday night broke a scoreless tie and sent his new team to a 5-0 win over his old team, the Marlins. It also extended his hitting streak to 20 games, which is the longest active streak in the majors after 26-game streaks ended last night for Bonifacio and Boston’s Dustin Pedroia.

I thought it’d be interesting to see what Uggla did during the 20 games immediately before his streak began, compared to his stats during the career-best streak. Stunning difference.

He has hit .342 with a .425 OBP and .684 slugging percentage during these 20 games, compared to .143 with a .205 OBP and .325 slugging percentage in the 20 games preceding the streak.

Oh, and here’s something you might not see again: Uggla has the longest hitting streak in the majors while simultaneously owning the lowest batting average in the National League (among those with the plate appearances to qualify). He’s hitting .206, up 33 points since the streak began.

♣ Etc.

Bonifacio has a league-leading .422 leadoff OBP, while former Brave Rafaal Furcal has a league-worst .276. Schafer’s .301 is fifth-lowest in the NL….

The Braves are 8-2 with a .213 BA and 1.84 ERA in past 10 vs. Marlins. They’ve scored 33 runs in those 10 games — three runs or fewer in six of them and never more than five….

Martin Prado is 6-for-19 with homer off Anibal Sanchez, tonight’s Florida starter….

Braves starter Tim Hudson won’t have to face Chris Coghlan, who is 8-for-14 off him. Coghlan was sent to Triple-A about a month ago….

Hudson is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in his past nine starts, with 53 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58-1/3 inning. He has worked at least seven innings in each of his past four starts, allowed five hits three times in past four starts

Hudson is 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 20 starts vs. Florida, but just 1-2- with a 4.00 ERA in his past six against them.

♣ OK, let’s get this posted. Gotta get to the clubhouse. We’ll close with a tune off one of the best and most underrated CDs so far in 2011, The DearsDegeneration Street. You can hear the tun by clicking here.

TheDears_2

“YESTERYEAR” by The Dears

What the hell just happened here
A falling out, falling out
Of favor since yesteryear
Ain’t no doubt, doubt about it
What’s the word I’m looking for
It starts with ‘M’ and ends with ‘Y’
Come at me and I’m out the door
I can’t let you see, see me cry

Oooooo, ooooooo
What’s the deal…

What’s the word I’m looking for
It starts with ‘M’ and ends with ‘Y’
Come at me and I’m out the door
I can’t let you see, see me cry

… What’s the deal…
Oooooo, ooooooo, ooooooo

I thought you’d never say we’re lost (repeat 4 times)

I can’t let you see, see me cry
So I’m marching out, marching out
What starts with ‘M’ and ends with ‘Y’
Tell me all, tell me about it
We’ve got to know what happened here
And what the hell we’re looking for
I’ve been searching since yesteryear
House to house, door to door
House to house, door to door
House to house, door to door

Oooooo, ooooooo

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

5,405 comments Add your comment

BFChris26

July 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

Hopefully Braves get Bourn, a RH Reliever & a complimentary bat like Reed Johnson.

BFChris26

July 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

Peter

July 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

Buster Olney
@Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
From an NL evaluator: Atlanta working hard on working out a deal for Michael Bourn. His trade value never higher than right now;FA in ‘12.

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

July 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

Come on Frank! Do it.

McCmann and Aquahoss

July 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

Man man man man….

Franklin Gutierrez for President errr… Braves center fielder. Jeez this deadline has been hyped.

BFChris26

July 30th, 2011
4:05 pm

Bourn, a reliever and a complimentary bat and call it a day.

bruce

July 30th, 2011
4:05 pm

Headline works for Congress too!

unbelievable

July 30th, 2011
4:06 pm

Wren needs to show his players that he’s committed to making the team better. Im sure our players are wondering why he’s standing pat.

Furman Bitcher

July 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

The Bourne Identity will lead to the Bourne supremacy!

Chris_H

July 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

I can’t see Wren giving up our top prospects for whats out there …

cabravesfan

July 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

Im sure our players are wondering why he’s standing pat.

First, I’m not sure they are too focused on what the front office is or is not doing. But I think it’s pretty clear Wren in not standing pat. He is trying to find the best fit that won’t cost the team it’s entire future. Pence didn’t work, Beltran was too costly. Now he’s looking at other options. Not exactly standing pat…

hal

July 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

well they finnaly have haywood where he belongs in the order he can stand there and do nothing now maybe huddy will go deepp and bat him in

Craig

July 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

Time’s up. Let’s do this!

cabravesfan

July 30th, 2011
4:09 pm

Time’s up. Let’s do this!

24 more hours…

Kimbrel rocks

July 30th, 2011
4:09 pm

i think it’s fantastic that the Braves covet their minor league players so much. the braves are an organization that grooms young players to play for THEM. the phillies just spend money. there’s something not very exciting about teams who just throw money around to win. i like winning when you are outspent….which is what the braves are doing right now. 6-6 against the phillies and HALF the payroll. another reason why the pirates are so admirable as well.

i just feel horrible for Minor after some of the braves fans have been so hateful and ruthless about him. the kid deserves better than what he has gotten this week from many on this website.

Craig

July 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Close enough.

Lone Wolf

July 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Does Dimitroff know anything about baseball?

tiger297

July 30th, 2011
4:12 pm

Wren needs to show his players that he’s committed to making the team better. Im sure our players are wondering why he’s standing pat. unbelievable

kinda like wren looks at the players when they go through an awful stretch at the pl8 or make stupid errors?

Kat

July 30th, 2011
4:12 pm

superiorblogman

July 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

July 30th, 2011
3:57 pm

superiorblogman.

lol they would laugh at that

That is probably the deal they offered to the Astros

No offense but its gonna cost 3 of our top 4 specs to get a guy like Kemp

I disagree the Dodgers can’t even make payroll and are trading Furcal most likely. I seriously think they would take a long hard look at 5 cheap prospects.

Minor, Hoover, Schafer, Betancourt, and a lessor outfield prospect is a lot for anyone.

Matt Kemp has not been the most consistent you know. He has been ridiculed on and off for not being the savior and I doubt he will ever be able to carry a team by himself. They better trade him now why the stock is high.

Minor, Hoover, Schafer, Betancourt, a lessor prospect and cash for Matt Kemp is going to be the deal. Come on people get on board when we combine our good vibes together we can make it happen.

TnBrian

July 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

Let’s not go overboard here. Bourne AND a RP? Maybe, but damn, Bourn won’t be cheap at all, so I could wait for us to get a RP. Varvaro actually looks decent and Martinez is valuable, so I think the Braves will live on maybe holding off getting a RP for now.

I got my fingers crossed on us getting Bourn. Be a HUGE help to our lineup.

Brava

July 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

Coghlan was sent to Triple-A about a month ago….

Wow! To think he was ROY in 2009.

Dale Murphy's Mole

July 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

Hey Dave, any chance the Braves could get Dexter Fowler from Rockies? Maybe Schafer+Minor for Fowler+Belisle? Also, even though Houston only seems interested in being a Phillies farm team, what would it take to get Barmes from them as a backup infielder?

tiger297

July 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

I want the trade announced during the game tonight…so I can be the one to tell the bullpen about it. its kinda fun

Mark's for the Braves

July 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Get Bourn! Give them McClouth and one of our big 4 prospects. It is worth it! (I’m sure we’ll have to pay some of McClouth’s salary). There is nothing to ignite a team like a good lead off hitter. It makes all the difference in the world–i.e. Brett Butler, Mookie Wilson, Ralph Garr, and many others.

Do it!

Braves95WS

July 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Come on Wren, Bourn is the piece we have needed all along!

Teejayy

July 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
From an NL evaluator: Atlanta working hard on working out a deal for Michael Bourn. His trade value never higher than right now;FA in ‘12.

Mudge

July 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Kimbrel Rocks..it is very easy to say the Phillies just spend money, but Rollins, Utley, Howard, Brown, Worley, Kendrick, Ruiz, Mayberry, Bastrado, Stutes, Madson and Hamels ALL came up through the Phillies system. The Phillies groomed these young players. The difference is that as they got experience and improved, the Phillies chose to pay to keep them.

Dan_in_NC

July 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

Minor, Wilkin Ramirez and a box of baseballs for Michael Bourn…

Bobby's chauffuer

July 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

The day will come and the day will go… and we will see….

BFChris26

July 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

I would like Bourn and then possibly Willingham/Balfour.

Bourn everyday CF and Willingham a floater as in give Heyward day off against tough lefties and then slide in LF when Prado is at 3B.

DFA Proctor for Balfour, send Schafer to AAA for Bourn and do something with Nate for Willingham, maybe involve Nate in the deal.

Brava

July 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

Maybe Bourn was who they wanted all along.

Nick Saban

July 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

Michael Bourn needs to happen. I think adding him and a more affordable platoon type righty (Reed Johnson) is exactly what the Braves need.

Heath

July 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

Popeye has done a remarkable just raising his BA 33 points in just 20 games. I could see him ending up .230/.305/.450/.755 with 30HRs, 80RBI. Would have been an awful proposition at the beginning of the year, but considering how he got started, that would mean he delivers the rest of the year the way he has been inthe last 20 days.

olereb

July 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

Minor and a player to be named later for Bourn,and the player to be naed later is Schafer. If it takes more than the hell with them. Go get Upton.

superiorblogman

July 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

For the last time you guys are blowing everyone you think is available out of proportion.

Jason Heyward as a rookie had a .393 OBP, that is better than any CF you can get other than Matt Kemp. Not Bourn, not Upton, not even Adam Jones, and definitely not those bum names like Crisp.

It is Matt Kemp or nothing. Meaning if you get anyone other than Kemp you are not really improving. Jason will come around and get back into form then you will have spent a lot of prospects for nothing. Just like the Hawks gave up 2 1st round picks and took on more salary for Kirk Hinrich and it turned out that Jeff Teague is really the guy.

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

July 30th, 2011
4:16 pm

Do the Stros got a RP, try to get a couple of players out of the deal

Bigwheel

July 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

Thanks for the bloggery, always fine work. Cant say i wouldnt be thrilled to land bourn. He’s what this team needs, and they should pull the plug on schafer. Hes gotten too many chances, and he cant stay healthy. Lets go in a different direction, and sign bourn long term ( if we get him, that is)

cabravesfan

July 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

superiorblogman-

Furcal is making nearly twice as much as Kemp and has played in, what, 40 games this year? He’s been awful since coming off the DL. Kemp is not going to be dealt. Certainly not for the players you listed.

P'cola Brave

July 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

Guys/Gals, You CANNOT trade a player on the DL. Mclouth isn’t going anywhere at the deadline. Neither is Schafer. Both on the DL.

UKUGA

July 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

The thought of making a trade with the Astros concerns me considering Wade’s ties to Philly and the recent Pence deal.

I would hate for Wren to give in to Wade, after the Phillies got a pretty favorable deal to land Pence.

Brava

July 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

Jason Heyward as a rookie had a .393 OBP, that is better than any CF you can get other than Matt Kemp.

What does that have to do with anything?

BFChris26

July 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

P’cola Brave

Yes you can, just have to have commissioner’s permission.

Mudge

July 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

Bigwheel..Bourne=Boras. He’ll go free agent, Boras has no real history of letting clients sign early deals.

Dennis Reynolds

July 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

GOTTA get Bourn. It just makes too much sense not to. Obviously Frank Wrens job is more difficult than we like to think it is, but with todays social media outlets like Twitter, us fans are pretty informed as well. I really hope FW pulls this one off.

CB

July 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

P’cola,they can be traded with comissioner’s approval.

20 out

July 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

Is that the split squad lineup? Where’s the other squad playing?

Trader Jack

July 30th, 2011
4:19 pm

Phillies line up for tonite

Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Pence, Ibanez, Polanco, Ruiz, Lee

Damn

Gordon

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Get Bourn… The 2 best options were taken by SF and Phil. Hmmmm.. Best teams last year and best teams this year. That leaves the Braves with the 3rd best player at best. If they want to be the 3rd best team in the NL , I guess thats ok but it wont get you to a World Series.

choozer

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Bourn? YES-YES! Coco? NO-NO!

bamakirk

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Please remember that you can not trade a player on the diabled list so quit mentioning JS or NM.

VinnyD

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

I would love to solve this whole leadoff hitter thing with Bourne. Name to keep in mind…Jeff Baker as a platoon bench guy against lefties…Check his stats.

bravofan

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Can everyone at least learn how to spell Bourn its B O U R N people ! There is no E!!

fredo

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

I don’t believe somone on the DL can be traded, so McClouth and Schafer will be staying put for now.

olereb

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

What is wrong with Upton? If he does not pan out, trade him this winter. It has been written the Rays would take less,and after they beat us so bad in the Soriano trade they might give us a discount.

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

July 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

What would it realistically take to get Kemp?

Powderfinger

July 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

Does anybody know how the weather is at the ballpark? Up here, 40 northwest, it’s been raining.

cabravesfan

July 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

What would it realistically take to get Kemp?

A miracle.

Kimbrel rocks

July 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

@mudge- it’s really not debatable whether the phillies spend money. they may have groomed a couple of players but you can’t make a legitimate argument that their success is not a direct result of having money.

Powderfinger

July 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

Oops, 40 miles northwest…

groundfog

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

I’m with DOB. I’m happier with Bourne than I would have been with Pence.

Peter

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Maybe Wade is thinking,”well I really want the Braves pitching prospects, so even though what they are offering for Pence is better than the Phillies offer, I’ll trade him to the Phillies anyway. Then the Braves will get so desperate for offense they will trade even more to me for Bourn.” *evil laugh*

olereb

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

What if he is a player to be named?

PMC

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Probably better off now getting middle relief. I can’t see the astros trading Bourn when we have no outfielder on any level that they would want that is available.

Kimbrel rocks

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Upton is a headcase and would never fit in with the Braves

cabravesfan

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

The Dodgers to do a complete 180 on the stance they have taken for the last 2 years regarding Kemp.

Memphis

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Why do people assume a lineup of Prado,Schafer/Mclouth, and Pence would be better than Prado, Bourn, and Heyward. We DONT have a leadoff hitter or CF worth a crap. Jordan Schafer is okay, Nate Mclouth sucks! Bourn = a better fit for the Braves than Pence. Its not hard to see people. Leadoff hitter solved, CF solved.

BravesFanInPA

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

I am hearing Bourn is a done deal. I have a contact at Majestic Athletic who says they are working on the uniform right now.

CJ

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

everyone is talking about which outfielder the braves will pickup. but lets not forget, braves need to really pick up a reliever in that bullpen. sooner the better….

MFin04

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Bourn actually makes more sense than Beltran or Pence.

1eyedJack

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Heyward must have read all his press clippings in the off season. Bourn would be nice at the top of the order.

Sons of Rick Matula

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

superiorblogman

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Brava

July 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

Jason Heyward as a rookie had a .393 OBP, that is better than any CF you can get other than Matt Kemp.

What does that have to do with anything?

You obviously can’t comprehend well enough to be asking questions. Jason Heyward as a rookie got on base more often than any of these guys you people are blowing out of proportion and talking about giving up prospects for. You are blowing them all out of proportion it is Matt Kemp or nothing that improves the team that much.

Josh

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

bravesfaninpa, don’t mess with us. This week has been rough already

Bobby's chauffuer

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

The bull pen hasn’t been as bad lately as it was earlier. The end three are great the middle is looking much better and with Moylan possibly getting back in time…wwhat’s to worry?

Scrub21

July 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Lonewolf I tweeted the samething lastnight!!! very funny

Copyandpaste

July 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

How about the return of Franceour? He’s doing pretty well with kc, and he’s on a one yr contract

The Real Brave

July 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

groundfog

July 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Bourne isn’t an FA till after next season, correct?

ray

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

the top 2 guys in the Pence deal are good, but only in A ball. the 3rd guy is a failed starter and the 4th is ? so Ed Wade would rather give his former Phils club a discount and chase away the Braves with a unreasonable demand.
why would he give us a fair price for Bourn now ? why waste time even talking to him ?
meanwhile, if the Braves weren’t so cheap, when guys like Bourn become free agents, they could offer arbitration and salvage draft pick compensation. but they end up either walking away (Drew, Sheffield) or being forced to make a stupid giveaway trade (remember Kotchman, Chavez ?)
so basically, all guys we trade for end up being rentals. but Frank says the budget is not a problem. oh, really ?

BravesFanInPA

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

I am not messing with you. I live within 15 miles of their manufacturing site. Thats what my friend who works there is telling me. He only is telling me this because he knows I am a Braves fan.

Bama Brave

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

I would rather have upton than coco….lol

olereb

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

We are not getting Kemp.

P'cola Brave

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

The Red Sox checked in with the A’s on old friend Coco Crisp, tweets ESPN’s Gordon Edes. He says the price is high for a player who may not bring draft pick compensation. Crisp does have a shot at Type B status though.

Brave4life-1995 all over again?

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

If heyward was as good as he was last year the Braves would be very close to the Phils if not leading the division.

If Prado steps up
If Uggla stays hot as he is
If Heyward steps up

then we will go deep into the playoffs

The Ghost of Trenidad Hubbard.

July 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

Chop Chop

July 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

Bourn would be fine with me. If you’re not going to get a big power bat, you might as well get a guy who can set the table. As long as Prado comes around (and I’m pretty sure he will), then you’ll have a potent one-two combo at the top. Make no mistake about it, though. Freeman and Uggla are going to have to continue to carry the water for this club for a while.

I don’t care about adding a reliever. This team is already luxuriating in the quality of five relievers (Kimbrel, Venters, O’Flaherty, Linebrink, and Sherrill).

Gordon

July 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

Get rid of Schafer – no power low average
Get rid of McClouth – 30 homers in Pittsburgh – 4 this year ? Big $$ No output

Pillies 178 million payroll… Braves 90 ?? .. Only half. Hard to compete. Frank Wren has done a awesome job.

Juan

July 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

You guys know that Bourne is also a connection between Ed Wades & Phillies.
He’s the one came from Philadelphia in a Lidge deal.

bozz

July 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

I would give up Delgado or Minor + Jordan for Bourn

Innocent Bystander

July 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

Again, you CAN trade a DL’ed player with the commissioner’s approval.

Heath

July 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

I’d prefer Bourn over Upton… but sometimes a guy just needs a change of scenery, so, Upton can’t be any worse than what we have now as long as we don’t give to much for the opportunity to get his best.

Josh

July 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

bravesfaninpa, hope your right then

Gordon

July 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Chop Chop , you’re right if they would score some runs relief wouldn’t be some overworked.

Peter

July 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Braves fan in pa-

Just because they are working on the uniform, doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. I would think they would be making uniforms ready for all possibilities. Of course I could be wrong, just an assumption.

Brava

July 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

superiorblogman, you are superior in your own mind. Your comments are all condescending and offensive toward other bloggers here. As has been stated here ad nauseum, Matt Kemp is not available, so it is you who obviously cannot comprehend anything.

Bravesfan2011

July 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

I’m hearing lots of reports that Bourn to the Braves is almost a done deal.

BravesFanInPA

July 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

I will kill my friend if he is messing with me but he some how knew about the Eagles big signing yesterday an hour before it was announced

Michael Bourn

July 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

Ill be there tonight. Ill show you what you were hoping you had in Jordan Schafer.

GAMECHANGAAAAA!!

Jimmy

July 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

bravesfaninpa – then what would be the holdup in releasing a press release?

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