Update, 4:51 p.m.: I’m at the ballyard, and I can report that the Braves expect to announce the trade for Derrek Lee soon.
Let’s say the Braves do land Derrek Lee. Within a week, they would have remade an infield that lost its cornerstone and wound up with this:
Let’s note: Two of those weren’t on the Braves’ roster when the season began, and the other two weren’t playing their current positions. All four of them have been All-Stars. Two started on the Marlins’ 2003 World Series champions. (And you’d still have Troy Glaus, MVP of the 2002 World Series, as an option.)
For a team that either can’t or won’t spend big, that’s not a bad infield. It could get you to October, and it could keep you there for a while. And for an infield that just lost Chipper Jones, that’s as much as anyone could reasonably hope this late in the season.
Then again, there’s always the chance that long-rumored McLouth-for-Pujols deal could go through. And that’d be even better. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.