Trading Post: So What’s Wren to Do?

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76 hours to go… and the Braves haven’t done anything yet!

Don’t panic.

As an organization, the Braves under Frank Wren’s tenure as General Manager (since October 2007) have shown a few general philosophies with regard to obtaining personnel near the trade deadline:

Here’s what we know since the last update

Meanwhile, former Brave Jairo Asencio has been Designated for Assignment by the Orioles.  If the Braves opted to pick him up again, it would strictly be for depth purposes.

So the executive summary for this morning is….

  • Still looking for bullpen help:  left-handed first, then an impact righty (maybe).  Joe Thatcher, Javier Lopez are real possibilities.
  • Kicking the tires for front-line starters.  I could see Atlanta offering to take Jake Peavy and his entire contract for a B-level prospect or two.  Betting the White Sox will hold out for better prospects and less money.  The could certainly keep him, too.
  • No word about getting a replacement for Ramiro Pena.

76 hours.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Frank Wren, Trade News

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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    SUNDAY PM UPDATE (Ken Rosenthal tweet):
    “Sources: #Braves not in mix for Peavy: #STLCards, #Orioles, #RedSox and #Atheltics talking to #WhiteSox.”

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Buster thinks the A’s are in the lead. Curious.

      • fireboss

        here’s the logic; Rangers out after Graza, Braves out, Cards out, Orioles out and probably Red Sox too as Chicago wants major league ready pitching and they either don’t have it to give or won’t. A’s do have major league ready talent and face the potential of losing Colon but are leading the west as the Rangers collapse ans the Angels vanish into oblivion. Makes sense though the D’Backs fit the bill as well but may be looking for bullpen arms more ardently.

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          The ‘curious’ part in my mind is that the A’s just don’t ‘feel’ like the right fit as spending a bunch of money isn’t their style.
          The only thing I could figure about having them in the mix is if Beane would use him now and flip him within the next year to another team. He did try this with Manny and one of the Giambi’s.
          Report this morning is that they are ‘motivated’ by finishing 2nd in the Garza sweepstakes. Sounds like A’s vs. Red Sox for Peavy.

          • fireboss

            It certainly doesn’t fit their small budget style but they were hard in on Garza and lost and this move might be to counteract an “ownership is cheap” feeling and help them in their move to San Jose or wherever. A deep post season run highlighting the pit they play in and an ownership that says I can do better in a real ballpark might be helpful. That’s of course just my speculation. I never thought of them as players in this initially but they don;t seem to be going away.
            Just saw that the Orioles may be willing to move Bundy and may be back in now and that the Red Sox are working hard to get him without giving up Bogaerts. It depends what Chicago will look at as their best option and we can’t know that for sure.

  • cheadrick

    Good. I frankly don’t think Peavy is a good match.

  • fireboss

    Peavy way expensive. Still think De La Rosa is possible…

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Honestly not sure why De La Rosa would be cheaper… except in strictly monetary terms. For sure they’d want more in prospects since the contract is better.

      • fireboss

        I think the mix of prospects might be different enough to represent something we would be more likely to live without.

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