Braves still open to a second deal before midnight deadline

After trading for outfielder Matt Diaz Wednesday morning, adding a right-handed bat off the bench, the Braves continued to pursue one more piece heading into the midnight deadline to add players to their system in time to be eligible for the postseason roster.

“I think there’s one more area we’d like to address,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to.”

Wren did not want to get into specifics, but the only significant piece left on their wish list was a backup middle infielder. The Braves were in on discussions early in the day with the Dodgers about infielder Jamey Carroll but the Dodgers were either reluctant to trade him or asking too much.

The Braves upgraded their center field and leadoff spot at the non-waiver trade deadline July 31 with the acquisition of Michael Bourn. They took care of their right-handed relief needs by calling up Arodys Vizcaino and are poised to bring back Peter Moylan from the disabled list.

The Braves would like to upgrade the backup shortstop position with a more consistent offensive producer – Julio Lugo is hitting .136 (6-for-44) in limited action – but they didn’t feel the need to push it if the right deal didn’t materialize.

“It’s not essential,” Wren said, speaking in general terms. “It’s not something that we have to do. Even if it’s in small increments, you’re trying to improve the club in every area you can. That’s what this time of year calls for.”

Otherwise, though, Wren was feeling good about the roster, especially about the offensive improvements made lately.

“We haven’t pitched quite as well in the second half as we pitched in the first half,” Wren said. “That’s been the major difference in our team, but we think our everyday lineup is better than it was in the first half. And we’ve gotten the contributions we expected from guys that had early struggles, guys like Dan Uggla. All in all we feel really good where our club is, and we think the pitching is going to rebound.”

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mister sinister

August 31st, 2011
6:47 pm

fuzzmeister

August 31st, 2011
6:48 pm

First meister

fuzzmeister

August 31st, 2011
6:48 pm

Oh well runner up ain’t so bad

curtis jones

August 31st, 2011
6:52 pm

An upgrade over Julio Lugo? Rafael Belliard is available. For that matter, so is Ozzie Smith. Or Honus Wagner.

vermont 39

August 31st, 2011
6:52 pm

I like Matty D…I hope he can bring some inspiration to this club…the team is playing FLAT!!!!
GO BRAVES!!!

DHD

August 31st, 2011
6:53 pm

wiki

August 31st, 2011
6:54 pm

Just a guess, Barmes to Atlanta.

Vain Jangling

August 31st, 2011
6:59 pm

Ha Curtis Jones! You’re wrong! Honus Wagner is dead! . . . Wait . . . Oh yeah, I get it now . . . My bad . . . Sarcasm and irony haven’t made it out here to Loganville yet.

Hoss10

August 31st, 2011
7:00 pm

The starting pitching better rebound like Wren hopes or we’re in trouble. We really need Tommy back and to make a few starts before the playoffs. Jurrjens has just lost it! I think he was a little lucky in the first half, but he’s not nearly this bad! Besides the knee, I think the biggest thing is his confidence. I remember a quote from him at the end of the first half or beginning of second half, saying something like that he hopes he can keep up what he’s been doing and doesn’t want to change anything. Can’t remember the exact quote, but it gave me the impression that he was a little worried or lacking confidence moving forward. Like he thought that he had pitched above his potential.

Smitty

August 31st, 2011
7:11 pm

Platooning Heyward is a disaster. I can’t believe the Brave fans are ecstatic about it. Unfortunate that so many Brave fans continue to revel in ignorance.

Nateforpresident

August 31st, 2011
7:18 pm

They should have traded to get kelly johnson back since the dbacks traded him anyway. That would have been alot of power for the bench.

mike mangan

August 31st, 2011
7:22 pm

After scoring the Braves minor league roster you.ll find three very good shortstops plus one who is playing out of position at third.The future looks good but for now Diory Hernandez who was outrighted earlier this year is probably the best possible call or trade chip.A good minor league bat that has struggled in the show but who also has shown some power in a pinch hitting role.We shall see what happens before midnight as well as the Sept.1st call ups…..

Trade Heyward

August 31st, 2011
7:58 pm

Trade Heyward – you might get a bag of balls for this lousy hitting outfielder……

josh

August 31st, 2011
7:58 pm

I doubt we will get anyone, I just can’t see Wren making another move. As much as I want Lugo gone and another solid reliver in our pen, I just know it want happen.

DaveinNEPA

August 31st, 2011
8:29 pm

@ Nate for President

Thanx but no thanx on Kelly Johnson coming back here. That said his .219 NL batting average would fit in very well with AGon, Heyward and Lugo. Besides, the only IF position that johnson can play is either 1b or 2b.

Eddy

August 31st, 2011
8:40 pm

As an Atlanta native, here’s my Braves prediction: They’ll be 9 back of the Phillies by season’s end,
lose in the first round of the playoffs and go home early- as per the previous years.

josh

August 31st, 2011
8:58 pm

@ Eddy

I really can’t say I disagree. We don’t carry that “playoff spirit”.

wins-by-a-link

August 31st, 2011
9:06 pm

I think JJ is through for the year, His arm is dead, No movement on any pitch, Unable to hit the target, He has no velocity on his fastball and seems to have lost his confidence, FW has to make a decision on his ability to continue to start or to replace him with Minor or one of the other rookies.

hal

August 31st, 2011
9:42 pm

i dont think haystack should platoon eather bench the pos lol

Najeh Davenpoop

August 31st, 2011
9:49 pm

Via Twitter, Braves just traded for Jack Wilson from Seattle.

nybravesfan

August 31st, 2011
9:51 pm

The braves have acquired Jack Wilson from the Mariners.

Bama Brave

August 31st, 2011
9:55 pm

Who is jack Wilson?

Kentavo

August 31st, 2011
9:56 pm

JJ looks horrible; thank the heavens we have Minor, Teheran and Delagod.

Kentavo

August 31st, 2011
9:56 pm

Delgado; but he may become a Delagod.

Peter

August 31st, 2011
10:21 pm

Jack Wilson used to be good in Pittsburgh, i think he was an All star one year. Maybe hell catch fire in his return to the NL. Maybe.

Peter

August 31st, 2011
10:22 pm

He’s a SS btw.

Husker Tony

August 31st, 2011
10:27 pm

Jack WIlson can play some D

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