I tip my cap to Talking Chop for finding the Jon Heyman tweet that sheds more light on what the Braves are seeking in return for what they’ll sell as a top of the rotation starter.
Heyman is a good reporter (it’s not a given just because he works for Sports Illustrated) and usually has a pretty good pulse of what is going on in these types of dealings.
To familiarize you with the rake that the Royals took from the Zach Greinke deal, they landed prospects Jeremy Jeffress, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Jake Odorizzi. They also gave up Yuniesky Betancourt.
So the Braves are most likely using Jurrjens as a trading chip to gain the prospects to fill three or four spots down the line.
This tells us that the Braves know that the open market for quality pitching is not very high and they’re trying to capitalize on something that they have an abundance of to strengthen the team in other areas. If they can land a Greinke-type package for Jurrjens the cupboard will be stocked for years to come.
Personally, I’m just happy there’s no buzz about Heyward being on the block.