Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Just some recent Braves' rumors

Well with the trade deadline quickly approaching there have been a few trade rumors floating around out there involving my Atlanta Braves. So I thought I'd take this time to mention a few of them.

1. Mark Buehrle to the Braves

It was widely said that the Braves were one of the biggest suitors for the very talented starter. But all of that was thrown out the window when the Chicago White Sox gave him a new fat contract. That pretty much ended all speculation of Buehrle to the Braves. But what was Kenny Williams asking price? A new report stated that Williams wanted Atlanta to give up Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Yunel Escobar. That's just plain insane seeing as how both of them are proving day in and day out that they can hit professional ball and to add more to that they are two of our top prospects, Salty being our number one. j

2. Mark Teixeira to the Braves

This one may still have legs to it. Teixeira is still on the disabled list but he's having a pretty good year and everyone knows what he can do, he's a .300 hitter that can hit 35 plus homeruns with 100 plus RBI's. That could really help our current problem at first base and our lack of power. But there's always a catch. First of all we would have to give up no less than Jarrod Saltalamacchia and another young prospect to get him and at this point I don't want to get rid of Salty, were going to lose Andruw at the end of the year and his power will come in handy. Another snag is the fact that Teixeira is going to be a free-agent after next year and his agent is Scott Boras so he's looking at getting at least $20 million per year. And yet another problem is Teixeira has made it known that he would love to play for his hometown team which is Baltimore so he seems like he would just be more of a rental than anything else, but if he did then we would get some very valuable draft picks.

I don't know exactly what were going to do when the trade deadline comes up, which is about three weeks away, but I have a strong feeling that we are going to get a starter. Now who that starter will be, well I don't know. Here's a list of starters that are said to be available:

Matt Morris, San Francisco Giants

Kyle Lohse, Cincinnati Reds

Jason Jennings, Houston Astros

John Garland, Chicago White Sox

Jose Contreras, Chicago White Sox

Odalis Perez, Kansas City Royals

Steve Trachsel, Baltimore Orioles

Joe Kennedy, Oakland Athletics

Wade Miller, Chicago Cubs (injured, on the 60-day DL)

Josh Fogg, Colorado Rockies

Brett Tomko, Los Angeles Dodgers

That's a few of the names that are being tossed around, of course there is always Rich Harden, but he's injured right now and could cost a pretty penny seeing as how he's a Cy Young pitcher when healthy. I'd love to have him even with injury risk, that is if he didn't cost us too much. We've been mentioned with Matt Morris as of late, and I do have to admit he's have a nice start to his season, but I just don't think he'll keep it up and plus I believe he makes around $10 million this year. If we're going to get a starter from San Francisco I'd want it to be Kyle Lowry, but that's just me. I also would have multiple seizures if we were to trade for Carl Crawford or Alex Rios.

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