Rasmus gone. Beltran going. And the Braves get … Nieves?

A painful night/early morning: Jordan Schafer after getting plunked. (AP photo)

It was a painful night/early morning: Jordan Schafer after getting plunked. (AP photo)

Busy afternoon, eh? Colby Rasmus, often listed as a Braves’ target, has been traded to Toronto for Edwin Jackson, who’d just been traded from the White Sox and is now a Cardinal. ESPN is reporting that Carlos Beltran, listed as a target for every decent team, is all but ticketed for San Francisco.

And the Braves themselves? Well, they just bought catcher Wil Nieves from Milwaukee. For cash.

About Nieves: He’s 33. He’d made the Brewers’ opening day roster but got sent to Class AAA after hittting .140 in the bigs. He then hit .170 for Nashville. Which means he might wind up batting cleanup tomorrow night at Turner Field.

OK, I exaggerate. Actually, the Braves will send Nieves to Gwinnett. But this is getting grim.

Today the Braves placed both Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer on the disabled list, and Chipper Jones is again available only to pinch-hit. Tonight’s outfield: Martin Prado in left, Nate McLouth in center, Wilkin Ramirez (summoned to take Schafer’s roster spot) in right. Jason Heyward isn’t starting because the Pirates are throwing lefthander Paul Maholm.

Nieves is cheap insurance in case David Ross and/or J.C. Boscan can’t catch every inning these next two or three weeks. And there now seems little doubt that Frank Wren will indeed make some sort of big(ger) move before Sunday’s deadline. This roster in July 2011 is starting to bear the look of last season’s team in October, which isn’t what you’d want.

There’s a buzz around the clubhouse as we speak, and it’s not just because of the 19-inning game only recently concluded on a terrible call. All the Braves aren’t even here yet, manager Fredi Gonzalez having told them they didn’t need to report until 5:30 p.m. (Usual time is before 4.) Nobody’s taking batting practice. A few guys are playing catch. Everybody else on hand is sitting around wondering what can happen next.

Stay tuned, won’t you? Back soon.

By Mark Bradley

168 comments Add your comment

MatthewH

July 27th, 2011
5:17 pm

This is like a flashback to a lineup from the Braves of the mid-80s

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

Roger that, MatthewH.

D-MAN

July 27th, 2011
5:25 pm

I’m available for duty. Yes, I stink, but I could probably put up a buck – seventy batting average. Heck, I will play for the league minimum…how about it Braves? ;)

J.J.M.

July 27th, 2011
5:25 pm

whats wrong with atlanta teams?

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 27th, 2011
5:25 pm

Better get Pence..better get Pence.

NorCalBrave

July 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

I long for the good old days when the biggest concern was Uggla’s slump. How things have unraveled since the All Star break.

Martin

July 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

The feeling as a Braves fan is horrible right now….I’m starting to think we are cursed…And for Frank Wren not to do anything is almost making me puke…

Thames

July 27th, 2011
5:27 pm

Hearing specific names floating around, Mark?

bruce

July 27th, 2011
5:28 pm

wasn’t Nieves with the Nats until recently?

TMAC

July 27th, 2011
5:28 pm

so now Heyward has been relegated to a platoon role? Give me a break. I guess it was too soon to compare him to Aaron.

SABAN > Richt

July 27th, 2011
5:28 pm

Why doesn’t Jason Heyward show any heart and play with pain?

Cal Ripken, he is not.

Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2011
5:28 pm

Let me reiterate: Wren will do something. It might not be the right something, but he’ll make a move.

missouridawg

July 27th, 2011
5:28 pm

egads, it’s the wrenergizer bunny striking again.

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

I think Wren will make a move, just hope it isn’t Upton..we dont need another strike out machine..we alrady have Gonzo.

Eddie Perez

July 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

I think they could activate me from bullpen catcher to bat .170 at Gwinnett!

TMAC

July 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

I think Alphonso Soriano or Pence would be a great addition.

Thames

July 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

PS. I’m a Braves fan and dont feel terrible. Last night was tough to watch and injuries are tough, but we built this wild-card lead and it is coming in handy. I hate that McCann is out but we literally have the best case scenario backup in Ross and this almost certainly puts pressure on Wren to go get a legitimate bat. Things are tough in late July for the Braves… but they certainly aren’t grim.

DHD

July 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

That was an idiotic response to Wren picking up a quick insurance at catcher. He wasn’t getting him for the offensive answer and you know it. Why do I even read here?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

Yeah Soriano and the 60 million left on his deal. Good grief…

j

July 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

How much is Pence going to cost ATL? Minor and what else?

ETerp

July 27th, 2011
5:31 pm

Nothing has “unraveled.” We just haven’t hit with RISP. We’ll be fine. Just hang on until BMac returns, and hope that Prado finds his stroke.

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 27th, 2011
5:32 pm

Pence=Minor plus another prospect..if I were to guess. But we get Pence for the remainder of this year and next.

Columbus

July 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

First, you, nor we, know what Wren is doing or working on. He has ALL the info, contacts, offers, behind the scenes stuff we dont.

Second nobody in their right mind would make the Beltran trade for a couple months when a trade for a MUCH younger and LONG term player is a strong possibility. We need a RH outfielder for the next few years. SO I think Wren is looking to get a player that works for now and in the future and is wise to do so instead of losing Minor for this season only when we can lose Minor for a player that will be here for 10 years maybe.

Pitching is at a PREMIUM, so the possibility of getting such a player is very good so why lose our valuable asset and trade commodity for something so short term? It does not seem like the best course of action.

On another note, Rasmus was available also. I know he is a lefty but they were looking to move him for a RH pitcher and if we could have gotten rid of Lowe somehow it would have been awesome even if we had to part with Heyward or Jordan and pay some cash. He will be a FA soon and I hope we take a shot at him then. He grew up on the GA/AL border where Hudson did also and would be close to home. Not to mention I think he might a MVP in the next 3 years. Better chance than Heyward at this point. But we probably would have needed to give up starting and relief pitching and/or Heyward or Jordan for a deal and we are looking for relievers ourself. He will be A FA soon so Heyward better get on the right track.

TMAC

July 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

So sorry about that Lowcountry D-bag. (Just like a bulldog fan to answer like that). Didn’t know about his salary just the fact that the cubs said he would be available. Sheeeesh.

Stockdog

July 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

We should have traded Lowe for Granderson back in May, when the Yankees wanted Lowe. Should have traded Minor for Beltran last week. Woulda, coulda, shoulda! Wren makes great off season moves but he refuses to pull the trigger during the season regarding young pitchers. I would trade Minor, McLouth, and a bag of chips for Pence today. Just saying!

SABAN > Richt

July 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

Yes, Mark, I agree with you about Wren making SOME type of move.

The only decent move Frank “Wrong Again” Wren will make is a BOWEL MOVEMENT.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

Just like a moron to toss out a name without having a clue. Just shows how much of a informed fan you are.

bro

July 27th, 2011
5:35 pm

If you don’t want to trade within your division or league, go to the other league. Which is what you should do in the first place. Why do the Braves always play a few players short when there are injuries that may take 1-6 weeks to heal. If Jones can’t play-put him on the DL. A spot on the bench is just that a spot on the bench. Why would you want a catcher that is hitting under 200. We have enough of those already. The ability to judge talent-not a job for Atlanta scouts and brass. Call an average hight school player for help.

TMAC

July 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

sorry that REAL JOB thing gets in the way. Try it sometime.

jerry

July 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

MatthewH
This is like a flashback to a lineup from the Braves of the mid-80s

All is needed is the gawky Kent Tekulve to come in and shut the Braves down.

bro

July 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

Of all the trades made by the braves in the last few years. Can you name a really good one No.

Ryan

July 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

I’m sorry but with no Chipper or Mccann, I think Heyward has to play every day…..none of this platoon crap.

TP

July 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

We have a very good catcher in our bull pen, if he can still get up and down, and I can fill in at third base. Our lack of hitting will fit right in. Mr. Wren, please get us some help before that happens.

TMAC

July 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

by the way, cubs are willing to eat large amount of salary left on soriano’s contract. Just a little info there.

Ryan

July 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Sure I can. Rentaria for JJ. Great trade

Who Me?

July 27th, 2011
5:39 pm

Agreed. What an absolutely stupefying response to the players today….Every contender in the league is moving forward except this mgmt team. What message is being sent not to the fans – we do pay the freight – but to the Braves players. Hey you’re good and we know you need some help but tough crap….

Lame as* management with this franchise. C’mon Arthur Blank, find a spot for the Braves too….

Robert

July 27th, 2011
5:39 pm

“This roster in July 2011 is starting to bear the look of last season’s team in October, which isn’t what you’d want.”

There’s still one HUGE difference between this year and last year.

Look – it would be nice to make a significant move. And personally I think they shouldve jumped on Minor for Beltran.

But unless they bring back Bobby Cox, we still have a viable chance.

Reality

July 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

It pains me to make this prediction but….Our Braves will collapse and NOT make the playoffs. First, we are poorly coached as hitters. We make too many errors and our pitching will prove to be subpar
over the next few weeks. By labor day or earlier, we will have lost our wildcard lead and forget about catching Philly.
This revelation is not new. A couple of our pitchers can’t survive the heat (weather) and Jurjjens can’t possibly match his first half. Our three stout bullpin lefties are wearing out and the others are returning to their career norms.
We’ll miss the PO’s….you can count on it!

jerry

July 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Has Fredi given up on Heyward vs lefties? I damn well have.

Glenn

July 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Maybe Wren’s working on a deal for Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies; if we have to dream, dream big.

ted williams head

July 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Wren will get another McLouth just watch

kbrab

July 27th, 2011
5:41 pm

Everyone should realize that this is certainly not the only move the Braves are going to make…just one to get us through a few days. I fully expect us to make a bigger move.

Why would we give up a major prospect for a 3 month rental? if you’re going to give up a major piece, you need to get someone back who’s going to be around next year too.

Robert

July 27th, 2011
5:41 pm

“Of all the trades made by the braves in the last few years. Can you name a really good one No.”

In years past, it made no sense to trade prospects for a stretch run or a playoff drive, because even if the Braves made the playoffs, Bobby Cox was going to screw it up

Cox is gone. This team has an honest to goodness CHANCE. It would be a shame to waste it

Brave Hokie

July 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

Brightside:
when baseball goes to an 8 man pitching rotation in a couple years… the Braves will be ahead of the curve
for once…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

Nice comeback, props to you. Hope you feel better about yourslef with that “job” comeback…

Tony

July 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

Mark, one word…Wow! And there is no one in our farm system that could fill in if needed? Wasted money. This is the time to get gutsy as the Yankees and Red Sox always do. Grab an outfielder and part with a good prospect in return. The Braves must rid themselves of this old mentality of playing it cheap, and adopt the “it takes money to make money” mentality.

jerry

July 27th, 2011
5:42 pm

Robert ……….Due to his playoff experience, Bobby will be brought back if they make it.

Tim

July 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Ross is a better defensive catcher and pitcher handler than Brian, IMHO. We love Brian but that is what I think. I think he will have a good two weeks. he looks like he is in shape and can handle the heat.
Heyward is turning into Fancoeur before our very eyes.
I wish that the Braves could work out a Reyes deal. Lot of speed, scary batter. i think the entire lineup would thrive with someone like that in the order. Nobody is scary and anyone in the existing lineup can be pitched around the way it is now.

BL

July 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

At least teams will have to turn down the “auto-steal” with Ross behind the plate. (McCann did have one heck of throw last night)

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 27th, 2011
5:43 pm

Soriano is 35, they better be willing to choke on about 55 million of it for a buyer. You think the Braves have a hard time trading Lowe? Try and move Soriano….