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.”