On the same day that the Atlanta Braves will lose Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer (likely) to the disabled list, they also seem to be losing out on two of their top rumored trade targets. Reports are fluttering around the Twitterverse that the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Colby Rasmus from the Cardinals in exchange for pitching help. Rasmus is a center fielder who could have been a good fit with the Braves.
More importantly though, the Braves also seem to have lost out (if they were ever in on) Carlos Beltran. Reports seem to point to the Mets trading Beltran to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a top pitching prospect -- something the Braves were reportedly reluctant to give up for the two month rental of Beltran.
While the necessity and urgency for the Braves to make a deal to improve their club greatly increased overnight with the injuries to McCann and Schafer, other clubs like the Giants may have also felt an urgency to move quickly and accept deals that were previously on hold in order to beat the Braves to those players should Atlanta increase its offer.
This begs the question: what are the Braves doing? Will they in fact make a move and give up a top pitching prospect to acquire a bat, or are they holding out hope that some team will give them the player they want without asking for the top prospects Atlanta seems unwilling to surrender.
With Beltran reportedly on the move to the Giants, and Rasmus to the Jays, the trade dam seems to have cracked, and there should be a flood of moves in response to these trades. So far the Braves have been eerily quiet on the trade front. I have to believe something big and unexpected is brewing.