(UPDATED: 2 p.m.)
The Braves have made it clear — by their lack of denial, as well as logic and circumstances — that they are open to trading pitcher Jair Jurrjens and outfielder-infielder Martin Prado. But are/were they really willing to trade both . . . for one player?
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Braves offered Jurrjens, Prado and a prospect to the Orioles for center fielder Adam Jones, but Baltimore declined the proposal.
Jones is good — a .280 hitter
and Gold Glove winner who is still young (26) and not yet making outrageous money ($3.25 million last season). He also hit a career-high 25 homers last season. But the reported offer of both a front-line pitcher and a versatile starting position player — plus a prospect — seems like a lot.
For what it’s worth, the Braves don’t comment on trade rumors. (I’ve emailed general manager Frank Wren but he hasn’t responded, nor would I expect him to.)
UPDATE (2 p.m.): Wren emailed me back, but only to reaffirm that he doesn’t comment on rumors.
If the report of this rejected offer is true, it shows how much both players — Jurrjens in particular — have fallen in the Braves’ eyes. Jurrjens has had injury issues (primarily knee) in the last two seasons. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball last year and played in the All-Star Game. He was 12-3 with a 1.87 earned run average in the first half (16 starts), but only 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA thereafter (seven starts).
Prado was arguably the Braves’ best player in 2010 when they reached the postseason as a wild card. But he dropped off last season and also had injury issues.
Both players are up for raises in arbitration, which is a reason the Braves have made them available in trade. Still, dealing both for Jones seems like a lot.
Agree or disagree?
By Jeff Schultz