Completely Speculative Braves Trade Rumor, And Repeat

I'm doing my part and repeating what should be construed as completely speculative Atlanta Braves trade rumors from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Here is what he said in his Sunday column:

Brandon Beachy, RHP, Braves - His success (20 strikeouts, two earned runs in his last 12 innings) since returning from the disabled list may accelerate a possible deal to improve the Braves' offense. Whether Beachy would be trade bait is anyone's guess, but his emergence could make a veteran such as Derek Lowe available. The White Sox recently sent Dave Yokum, their fine assistant general manager/pro scout, to watch Beachy and Braves' pitching, so we'll see if there's any match, and whether the White Sox would ever consider dealing Carlos Quentin.

I expect there to be rampant rumoring going on for the next month regarding any and every Braves pitcher and pitching prospect. We have so much starting pitching that the rumor vultures are circling, if not the actual GM vultures.

It seems to me that dealing starting pitching, especially young starting pitching like the Braves have, has become a rare event. Teams are holding onto their young starters, especially ones of the quality that that Braves possess. That tells me we have a strong position from which to deal, as young pitching is in more of a demand on the trade market. Because of that we should hold out for the right player.

Who is the right player? There really are only about two places where an offensive upgrade could be made on the Braves: center field and shortstop. Every other position is occupied with an everyday player who can't really be moved. Left field might be an option if Atlanta thought that Martin Prado would be out for an extended period of time. But trading young pitching needs to net an impact player in return who is under control for several years -- that is going to be a tough mold to fit at center field and shortstop.

That's kind of why I don't think the Braves will make a big trade for a bat, unless one just falls into their lap and they get a favorable deal. There's more benefit in waiting for the players the team already has (Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward, Prado) to return to their career norms of production. My guess would be that the team tries to add another impact bullpen arm at the deadline as well as an Omar Infante-type utility player (if not reacquiring Omar himself), and of course that long-awaited right-handed bench bat.

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