Braves willing to trade Jurrjens and Prado
The Braves gained some financial flexibility by trading Derek Lowe to the Indians earlier this week. They are now exploring the possibility of gaining more flexibility while talking to clubs interested in trading for Jair Jurrjens and/or Martin Prado.
A Major League source said the Braves have informed some teams they might be willing to trade Jurrjens and Prado. Both players could see their respective salaries rise from the $3 million range to the $5 million range through arbitration this offseason. <p>
The additional funds gained by trading Jurrjens or Prado would aid Braves general manager Frank Wren in his search to land a shortstop and add some more power to his outfield.
The Royals are among the teams the Braves have approached about Jurrjens. The Braves are interested in a number of Kansas City’s highly-regarded young prospects, including outfielder Wil Myers, who has spent the past few weeks impressing in the Arizona Fall League. <p>
Along with Myers, the Braves have also talked to the Royals about Lorenzo Cain. With centerfielder Michael Bourn’s contract set to expire at the end of the 2012 season, the Braves will spend time this winter looking at Cain and other similar players who could serve as Bourn’s replacement.
There are concerns surrounding Jurrjens (right knee) and Prado as they come off disappointing seasons. At the same time, there is reason to wonder if the Braves can comfortably part ways with either of these players.
With uncertainty surrounding Tommy Hanson’s shoulder can the Braves remove Jurrjens from a rotation that is already projected to include two pitchers with less than two full seasons of experience.
Prado might not stand as the long-term replacement for Chipper Jones at third base. But if he is traded, the Braves will certainly have to find a reliable backup third baseman for the upcoming season.
Check MLB.com and braves.com later for a more detailed story.