"There's a certain chemistry and feeling that every team has and when you feel like you've reached that right balance, you are a little hesitant to make a change," Wren said. "I know the guys on this club feel good about this team right now and that's a positive. That doesn't stop you from inquiring and seeing if there are other things that you can do. But we've done quite a bit already."
I don't know that the Braves have a lot of flexibility -- both financially and prospect-wise -- to make any more moves without moving a significant piece of the current team. Besides, hitting is at such a premium around the league, and there are other teams that can afford to pay more than we can. That reality makes the Nate McLouth trade, and to a lesser extent the Ryan Church trade, great moves.
The one thing the Braves might need down the stretch is some additional bullpen help. I've been saying that bullpen help is what we would most likely trade for, but the more I think about it the more I think we don't need to. We've got several guys coming back from injury who should be able to spell some of the tired arms in the pen. The combustible amateur wall-boxer Jeff Bennett should be back within a month, and well rested could provide some good relief. Buddy Carlyle and Jorge Campillo should be back at some point this year, and of course Tim Hudson could certainly provide help in the pen if he is not needed in the rotation. Add to them other guys like Jo-Jo Reyes, the recently demoted Luis Valdez, and maybe a hot hand between Bueno, Nunez, and Gomez -- though we might be in more trouble if it came to those guys.
The story here is that we're probably okay to stand pat with the team we have right now. It also seems that the players are okay to head down the stretch with the current team, whereas in years past they would usually expect a move to be made before the deadline.