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The Braves are looking at outfielders

Jul 19, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

Based on today’s report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, it’s pretty clear that the Braves are going to make one more move before the trade deadline, in all likelihood for an outfielder:

When McLouth was sidelined on June 9 with a concussion, he was hitting
just .176 with a .295 on-base percentage. In the seven rehab games he
played for Triple-A Gwinnett, the former All-Star outfielder recorded
eight hits (seven singles and one homer) in 31 at-bats.

“I think we have to be open,” Wren said. “We still have to be in that
mode of evaluating and seeing what opportunities there are. At the same
time, we need to figure out what’s the biggest thing we need.

“I just don’t know yet. That’s not being evasive. I just think we need
to let this play out a little bit.”

As Wren narrows his focus on the trade market, he and his scouts are
evaluating players who could improve his club while playing either left
field or center field. Some of the players they have evaluated include
Kansas City’s David DeJesus, Florida’s Cody Ross, Milwaukee’s Corey Hart
and Washington’s Josh Willingham.

I can’t recall a contending team with an outfield as poor as Atlanta’s is right now, and that’s even if Nate McClouth comes back with some improvement over his pre-concussion performance.  And as long the names Frank Wren is considering are limited to the likes of DeJesus, Ross, Hart and Willingham — and don’t include names like “Jose Guillen” — Atlanta has a good chance of upgrading the outfield at some point in the next few days.

  1. MG19 - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    you and your braves craig. wish i was an avid reader 07-09 so i could have talked some serious smack about the guys who won the division 14 straight years keeping my phillies out everyone of those years….on the other hand, i agree, it is amazing how the braves have kept this lead with the likes of their terribly mediocre outfield; however, i will say that this 5 and 5.5 game lead they have in the NL east has been thanks to the terrible inconsistency of the other 2 contenders (mets and phils) and of course the braves have gotten consistent starts from their pitchers. with jurrjens back, should only get more consistent. chipper is an issue, but he holds his own(hes chipper, cmon now).. i will say this, and this is just my personal feeling, without this type of move for the braves, their is a HUGE SHOT they whind up not winning this pennant, and if they do, itll catch up in the playoffs(you know better than anyone, im sure)…those 3 spots in the lineup are key, even with mclouth coming back, whose garbage by the way….(dejesus is the logical one; hes the cheapest and a PERFECT rental)

  2. adam - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    8 hits in 31 at bats is an average just over 250. Seeing as how McLouth has a 253 career average, I don’t see how this is any different than the Braves should have expected from him. What should be nice to see is that he was walking in around 12% of his at bats, as compared to his usual 8%. If he can hit 250 while walking 12% of the time he’ll be a good presence in the lineup.

    Though it’d be nice if that 282 SLG went up a bit.

  3. The Rabbit - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Of all the players you’ve mentioned, I think Corey Hart might be a coup. We keep forgetting how young some of these players are and how few years they’ve actually been in the majors. Hart has only been up a couple of years, he’s young, and was hampered by appendicitis surgery last season. This year could be “for real”. He’s shown signs of this level of talent since he’s been up.
    I think the others are much more predictable and cheaper options; however, they are all in their 30’s (or close enough) where injury does have to be a consideration.

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