No Deal Yet, But Maybe

Every word one can write about any possible Atlanta Braves trade right now is a guess word. Nobody in the media really knows. There are a bunch of teams "interested" in Atlanta's two main trade assets, Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens, but we're not sure if anything has moved beyond the interested phase. Leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, Frank Wren was vague:

"We've got three or four open conversations that we'll just continue to follow up and see if they materialize into anything."

I really don't expect him to say much. As I've written once or twice, if the Braves are trying to trade JJ and/or Marteeen, they're trying to trade two very popular players on the team. None of their fellow players want to see them go, and there are good reasons why they should stay. Wren has a tough job if he is to try and talk about trades with other teams regarding these two players.

Last night the Rockies and Cubs made a change-of-scenery trade, swapping primarily third baseman Ian Stewart for outfielder Tyler Colvin. From the Rox perspective that opens up a spot at third base, they still have a hole at second base, and it gives them an extra outfielder. Which seems to point to a perfect fit for a Prado for Seth Smith (plus more) trade. The Rockies might be going young and relying on rookies for those two open infield spots, but if they had interest in Prado earlier in the off-season, then they definitely have interest now.

But again, these are all "guess" words I'm using. I'm guessing we'll continue to hear Prado and JJ thrown around in various trade rumors. And now that the top free agent starting pitchers have signed, the trade market for guys like Jurrjens will really start to heat up. Wren laid the groundwork at the Winter Meetings, he apparently set the price pretty high, now he's waiting to see who bites.

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