Jurrjens and Prado pleased to remain Braves
When asked about the fact that their names were linked to trade rumors throughout the winter, Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens reacted as expected. Both indicated that they are happy that they remained with the Braves.
But it appeared Jurrjens would have been the one who would have been able to better accept a trade. Unlike Prado, he has actually spent a portion of his professional career elsewhere and got a taste of the shock factor when the Tigers told him he had been traded to the Braves when he was a promising 21-year-old prospect in October of 2007.
Prado has been with the Braves since signing his first professional contract in 2001 and he has developed a true love for the organization over the past decade. With this being said, he has prepared himself for the likelihood that he will not spend his entire professional career in Atlanta.
But when asked about the rumors Monday, his reaction provided the impression that he would have been crushed to learn he had been traded.
“I was shocked, but I knew it was going to happen, at least the rumors,” Prado said. “This is a business and I love the Braves. They are the team that gave me an opportunity. But I knew at some point of my career this was going to happen. I’m not thinking about that. This is something I can’t control. Whatever their decision was, I was going to respect that.”
Jurrjens’ reaction to the same question:
“When the rumors started, trying to take a nap was difficult because any time the phone rang, you think it could be somebody calling you to tell you, you’ve been traded. But it’s part of the business. Everybody is trying to improve their team somehow.”
There has never seemed like many players were looking forward to finding out what the club might get for either Prado or Jurrjens this winter.
“A lot of people are talking about how there were not many moves made,” Hudson said. “I don’t think there needed to be any moves. I think the best moves were the two that weren’t made. I felt like we had a World Series-caliber team last year and I feel like we do again. We just had a bad month at a bad time of the year.” <p>
When asked about last year’s woeful September for the feature story that ran today, some of the Braves talked about how they started to get the sense they had been victims of the destined road the Cardinals traveled to a world championship. Game 6 of the World Series certainly provided reason to wonder.
Then when Tony La Russa opted to retire just three days after the end of the World Series, I’ll have to admit I wondered if the Braves would have been able to hold off the Cardinals had they entered September with a 20-game lead.
Still while talk of “team of destiny” and “baseball gods” might make for good conversation, the Braves can’t ignore the fact that they simply didn’t get the job done. This is what David Ross said after talking about how the Cards were seemingly destined to win.
“You can blame a hundred million things, but the bottom line is we didn’t get it done,” Ross said. “(The Cardinals) were hot and look at what happened to them.”
Hanson’s accident: As most of you likely already know, Tommy Hanson was involved in a one-car accident as he was driving toward the team’s Spring Training complex around 7 a.m. ET. After making his way to the complex, Hanson informed the team’s medical staff that he was not feeling well. He was then sent to an area doctor to be evaluated for a potential concussion.
If Hanson suffered a concussion, he will need to undergo baseline testing to determine the severity of the trauma and provide some indication as to when he might be able to return.
But the Braves did not seem too concerned on Monday. It seemed like he was sent to the doctor simply as a precautionary measure.
I’ll provide updates when available.
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