To trade or not to trade ... we all really want to know. It seems like by this time last year the Atlanta Braves had made several trades, and satisfied our (the fans') need for trades, trades, trades. I don't know why, but I, like so many fans, love baseball trades.
So will the Braves make a trade at this year's Winter Meetings? The rumors have been out there. The rumors have been shot down. The rumors have resurfaced. Boom, shot down. Blink and you might miss a change in a rumor status.
I want to highlight a paragraph from Braves beat writer Mark Bowman's latest post, in which he seems to take the collection of conversations he's had with other writers and club executives and boils it down to this feeling:
Braves general manager Frank Wren has said he does not need to make a significant trade this winter. But scouts and executives from other Major League clubs are still getting a sense either Jair Jurrjens or Martin Prado will be moved.
This has got to come from all the conversations that the Braves are having with clubs, validated by all the rumors that keep popping up. Even if those rumors are shot down, the sheer number of them that keep coming up from various teams has to mean that Atlanta is poking around and seeing what the market is for each player.
We've been talking about the reasons not to trade each player; Prado as Chipper's backup, too many rookies in the rotation if Jurrjens is dealt. Those are valid concerns, but the Braves seem to want to add several pieces, and they know that right now is when both Prado and Jurrjens will be at their peak value.
I guess we'll have to keep waiting to see if anything happens. I'm waiting...