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.
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.