If the Braves don’t make a significant trade before the deadline – and that seems to be the betting favorite – this is what you’re going to hear from general manager Frank Wren:
> “We like our team.”
> “We have Tim Hudson and Omar Infante coming back soon, and we like our team.”
> “In these tough economic times, we don’t feel it’s prudent to give up young prospects and take on a high-salaried veteran in a trade. And we like our team.”
And you know what? Those are all valid reasons to stand pat.
But a question: If the Braves go through this trading deadline without making a significant move to improve the roster — despite desperately trying to stay in the National League East divisional race and at worst being in the middle of the wild-card race — would you feel a little unsatisfied? Uncomfortable? Un-playoff-like?
The Braves used to be a player at the trade deadline. Even recently, when the Mark Teixeira deal didn’t work out, it said something that then-general manager John Schuerholz swung a trade that led many to believe had lifted the club up to a World Series contender.
Now the players are elsewhere. St. Louis dealt for Oakland’s power-hitting outfielder, Matt Holliday. Philadelphia continues to circle Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay. If the Phillies don’t land Halladay, the Los Angeles Dodgers may be next in line to get him. So there’s three National League teams — Cardinals, Phillies, Dodgers — in the mix for major players before October.
The Braves? Maybe nothing. I’m just not sure I’m feeling that mindset.
So it’s your turn. (Again.) Hey, you’ve had an entire off day to think about this. Are you OK with the Braves not being a player?