Braves Trade Rumor Roundup

The Atlanta Braves have yet to pull off a major trade, but there are still four days until the Tuesday deadline. One of the team's reported trade targets has already been dealt -- Zack Greinke was sent to the Angels for an impressive package of three prospects. Quite all right, the Braves should be one of the favorites to land his services as a free agent this off-season.

Here are the rest of the day's rumors:

  • ESPN Chicago reports that Ryan Dempster could still be dealt to the Braves, but this seems like a Chicago homer report. Hopefully the Braves have moved on and/or come to their senses.
  • The Braves are one of the teams that inquired about veteran infielder/outfielder/pinch-hitter Scott Hairston of the Mets. The Braves would presumably use him as a pinch-hitter (he's right-handed, with some power) and a backup outfielder. Sounds like a decent bench bat.
  • Jayson Stark says the Braves seem to have turned their focus from rotation arms to bullpen arms. That's an option I've mentioned several times, and one that should be less costly in terms of prospects. A move like this could indicate that Kris Medlen will finally be moved to the rotation.
  • The "breaker" of rumors this year, Mark Bowman, says that the team could be interested in Wade Davis of the Rays. He was a starter up until this season, when he made a successful move to the bullpen. I'd be all for this move.
  • Ken Rosenthal says the Braves could also be interested in the Rays James Shields.

That's all for now, thought I'm sure there will be more later on.

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