Found January 21, 2012 on
By Jim Pratt
Editor’s note: Earlier this week BravesWire writer, Jim Pratt, proposed the first of three trades he says the Braves should consider. See part-1 here.
Sometimes an MLB franchise can get blinded in their quest to build for the future and are unable to take advantage of the here and now opportunity called “rental” players. That unwillingness to break tendencies can sometimes cost a team a playoff berth. The past two World Series winners are perfect examples of what momentum heading into the playoffs can bring. Would Atlanta’s front office be willing to take the chance on a player they would eventually lose during the off-season for a better shot at a deep playoff run?
Braves, GM, Frank Wren
Remember, flags fly forever.
Deal #2) San Diego Padres: Zeke Spruill and an upside lower level prospect for OF Carlos Quentin
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