The Inevitable Rumor Shoot-Down

In my previous post I passed along a report from Jon Heyman that the Reds were very interested in Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. Cincy beat writer Mark Sheldon checked his sources and immediately shot that rumor down:

A baseball source familiar with the Reds' situation told MLB.com on Monday that there was no interest on their part to pursue Jurrjens. Another issue is that Atlanta and Cincinnati don't appear to match up well for a trade.

Total buzz kill! This always happens this time of year. They are "rumors" after all. Danny Knobler at CBS Sports keeps our rumor-filled night alive with this follow up to Heyman's tweet:

Braves still talking both Jurrjens and Prado, 8-10 teams in on JJ, even more on Prado

Not hard to figure that when two good players like that under team control for two more years are thought to be on the market, just about every team in baseball will start circling above. Therefore, I expect a TON of rumors for the next couple of days, maybe even some reports of trades that are "close."

Wren is probably feeling out every team with an ounce of interest and seeing what's available. If someone blows him away, he might move quick to accept that offer. Otherwise he'll regroup with his staff and try to figure out the best offer where they can fill their needs and get the highest return. That could take a day, or it could take weeks. They may find that the market will be clearer and more teams desperate to add a starter once Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson are off the market.

Also, that talk from the Braves front office about not shopping Prado or Jurrjens ... that's bonk. This many rumors about the same two players don't just materialize out of nothing.

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