Braves not actively looking to trade Escobar
Received a call from an American League scout today, who said his club had gained the sense that the Braves might be willing to deal Yunel Escobar. But before worrying those of you who understand the great value Escobar brings from a defensive standpoint, I’ll let you know it appears he’ll be in Atlanta past this year’s July 31 trade deadline.
Yes Escobar still infuriates opponents, umpires, teammates and his own coaches with his flamboyant approach to his game. And to tell you the truth, there are some members of the Braves organization who would like to trade him.
But at the end of the day, the guys who crunch the numbers will be quick to tell you that Escobar’s $435,000 salary makes him one of their best bargains. While his offensive production has declined dramatically, it’s hard to argue with those who still believe he is as good as any of the game’s other shortstops from a defensive perspective.
It was interesting to see FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal suggest the cash-strapped Dodgers should trade Matt Kemp. As Rosenthal mentioned, the Braves would certainly be interested in obtaining the talented outfielder, whose current $4 million salary will still be a bargain when it escalates to $6.95 million in 2011.
But it doesn’t appear the Dodgers have started calling teams to inform them that Kemp is available.
McLouth update: Nate McLouth dealt with what he described as a “constant” headache for essentially two straight weeks after his June 8 collision with Jason Heyward. McLouth awoke Wednesday without any headaches and arrived at Turner Field Friday happy to report he had been pain free for 48 hours.
It might still be a while before McLouth is cleared to begin playing. But he was hoping to gain a better timetable after meeting with a Braves doctor on Friday night.