Video Blog: Talking ’bout Braves’ (non-)trades at deadline

If the Braves can't get Ryan Dempster, can they get Will Farrell? (Brian Kersey/Images)

If the Braves can't get Ryan Dempster, can they get Will Ferrell? (Brian Kersey/Images)

It’s the day before the MLB trade deadline, and here’s a few things worth mentioning before bringing you this week’s video blog starring CineSport’s dashing Noah Coslov and I. (See below: He’s the one with hair.)

The Boston Red Sox want to dump pitcher Josh Beckett, which isn’t surprising considering his fastball isn’t that fast anymore, he has two years and $31.5 million remaining on his contract after this season and he was one of the guys stuffing his pie hole with chicken and beer during Sox games late last season. They’ve reportedly phoned the Braves (and Texas) to gauge interest. I’m guessing it’s non-existent. Yahoo quoted an executive as saying Beckett is “too hittable,” so it doesn’t make sense that the Braves would want him, even if Boston agrees to pay a chunk of Beckett’s remaining salary.

Chicago STILL hasn’t traded Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers, so of course everybody is wondering whether there’s still a possibility he could come to the Braves, even after the pitcher blocked a trade last week. Well, yes. But it seems like a long shot, and there are a couple of issues: 1) The Braves were kind of hung out to dry on this; 2) Dempster will have missed two potential Braves starts if a deal is still completed. So the question is, would general manager Frank Wren still want to give up prospect Randall Delgado?

Miami’s Josh Johnson and Tampa Bay’s James Shields aren’t likely to be moved. Two other names that have come up are Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and Boston’s Jon Lester. But the Mariners have not made Hernandez available and ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Red Sox have said “no, flatly” to offers Lester.

My guess: The Braves remain status quo with their starting pitching and Wren seeks to acquire bench help with Matt Diaz injured (and struggling) and Eric Hinske also struggling. A middle reliever also is possible.

Now, on to the show . . .



27 comments Add your comment

tnbravesfan

July 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

The braves need an outfielder and that is it. Period. And a trade for a new AJC sports writer or two. Say Jeff, if the AJC came to you for your opinion on who you would get traded for, who would it be and why?

J Michael Nales

July 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

Braves trying to steal a pitcher. Put Hinske, or Diaz out there

Ted M

July 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

they need bullpen help now that Medlin is starting.

Birdhair

July 30th, 2012
5:24 pm

Get Chase Headley + Luke Gregerson for Julio Teheran

Billy

July 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

Jeff, I can’t get video to play..is it me are ajc’s problem.

tnbarvesfan- Jeff, Mark and DOB are the best..whats your problem?

Stinger2

July 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

Bench help is should be top priority. Simmons will be back in 2-3 weeks and we don`t need four SS. Keep the new guy as backup. Wilson and Pastornicky can be replaced along with Hinske and or Diaz. Francisco is a keeper and should be given a chance as 3rd baseman next year.

Keith

July 30th, 2012
5:35 pm

Jeff,

I’ve still yet to hear of other relievers the Braves are targeting not named Bethancourt. Do you know any other names?

Go BRAVES! :)

cabbage

July 30th, 2012
5:40 pm

agree on Francisco; gotta give him time and every chance.

P Rose

July 30th, 2012
5:49 pm

I thought Prado was going to be the third baseman after Chipper left, but this Francisco kid can hit a ton.

Please, when Simmons comes back keep Janish as the backup shortstop. Jack Wilson isn’t good!

rob

July 30th, 2012
5:50 pm

Jeff,
What do you think about the Braves trying to pick up a middle infielder, maybe Jeff Keppinger from Tampa and which middle relievers are available from which teams?

Has Beckett really lost that much off his fast ball? Wasn’t he always a big game pitcher?

Is Josh Johnson all that? His era does not suggest he is much more than another Kevin Millwood?

stevie zero

July 30th, 2012
5:51 pm

tn braves fan- prado, bourn, heyward= great outfield. sober up

rob

July 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

Jeff, You don’t really think we should trade Delgado for Ryan Dempster? Dempster is nothing more than a .500 pitcher and Delgado has ace written all over him. He just needs to settle down and avoid the HR/big inning. I’m amazed we ever made the initial offer and glad we tabled it.Your opinion?

GO Braves!!!

LOL@JEFF

July 30th, 2012
6:22 pm

Can’t wait to hear you tell us how the Braves should have traded the moon for Greinke! I want to hear more about how you looked into your crystal ball and see the Braves disappointing us! Come on Jeff, open your eyes, we got a really good team. Have some faith!

Wren-a-player

July 30th, 2012
6:23 pm

If Wren trades for Dempster he is a Bird-Brain!

tnbravesfan

July 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

Stevie Z, we need Prado to come off the bench. If Ugly keeps heading down the crapper, he will be playing second. I am thinking a fulltime left fielder would work.

Delgado Suave

July 30th, 2012
6:28 pm

Notice how I increased my acceleration on my fastball against the Nats the last time I pitched in the Big Leagues(91mph-94mph)……..well I know I can pitch that effective every outing but I am afraid I will blow my elbow ligament out like Beachy,Medlen,Hudson,Vizcaino and Sheets have……..but that might not be that bad considering the Brave’s wanted to trade me to the CUBS!

Prado Jihado

July 30th, 2012
6:32 pm

tnbravesfan is right………..put Prado at 2nd and trade Teheran for Willingham………..and throw in Uggla and about 10 mil a year………the TWINS MIGHT BITE!

Bourn Loser

July 30th, 2012
6:34 pm

That’s right……..the Brave’s are gonna be the Bourn Losers when he signs with Washington next year……trade him while his value is still there!

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 30th, 2012
6:35 pm

Wren’s offer for Dempster should be no more than Buddy Carlisle and the Cubs pay for the gaming license.

fsuboy

July 30th, 2012
6:42 pm

why dont the braves get dempster and sorina…the cubs said they would eat all but 2 mill. of his contract..it would give us some great options

Dr. Phil

July 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

Uggla is on a hitting streak.

Hillbilly D

July 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

The Cubs broadcasters say that Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm have been traded to the Braves, according to “reliable sources”. No word on who’s going the other way.

ragnar danneskjold

July 30th, 2012
11:05 pm

Maholm sure looked good against us, and Johnson is a pretty good outfielder. Wonder what we gave up?

Hillbilly D

July 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

ragnar

I was hoping we could maybe get Jeff or Mark’s attention and find out.

Done Deal

July 31st, 2012
12:06 am

DOB Twittered that trade has been approved. Maholm and Johnson coming to ATL for two players including Vizcaino. Great deal considering none of the big three among young pitchers was moved and Vizcaino is coming off Tommy John surgery. Can’t criticize Frank Wren on this one. Great trade for us.

Bravesfansince1961

July 31st, 2012
12:20 am

According to sources the Braves traded Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman to the Cubs for Maholm and Johnson.

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