No one ever wants to lose. It is painful to watch a team that is performing in the way the Atlanta Braves have been for the past few weeks, but maybe there is a silver lining.
Everyone remembers the Tex trade and has very strong opinions on it, and I think we can all agree that we don't want to sell the farm for a one year rental again. Yet, with how much money is being spent on the rotation and with how badly the offense is performing, the management would almost be forced to make just such a trade if the Braves still have a shot at the division by the trade deadline.
Maybe the best thing for this team is to be so far out by the deadline that they become sellers. This team needs a shakeup; as a team built around KJ, Esco, Chipper, and Francoeur has gotten us nowhere. Perhaps trading away one or more of those players for big-time minor league talent would be the smartest choice moving forward.
The 2010 (expected) rotation of Hudson - Lowe - Vazquez - Jurrjens - Hanson could easily be the best in baseball for the next 2 years. We all know about Heyward, Gorkys, Freeman, Medlen, Locke and others, but what if we got a big-time AA or AAA 2B and 3B to go with them? An infield stud or two would make this team a force to be reckoned with for several years, and we would still have our surplus of young arms and outfield talent. The 2010 and 2011 Braves could be a mirror image of the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays.
I know this team is painful to watch, but every loss could ironically be taking us closer to a brighter future.
Supposing this scenario is plausible, any ideas of young infield players that would be worth trading one of the aforementioned players for?