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The Braves may bring Omar Infante back

Jul 31, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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UPDATE:  Buster Olney says that a lot of teams have called the Marlins about Infante and that, at the moment, no one is really close, including Atlanta. Upshot: the Marlins may hang on to their All-Star.

8:50 AM: Hey, if you have a chance to add a former All-Star at the deadline, you take it, right? Don’t look at me like that. Omar Infante was an All-Star last year. You can look it up.

Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are talking to the Marlins about that very thing.  And given that the Feesh are in Atlanta finishing up a series today, they may not even have to pay for a flight.

While the Braves are still looking to acquire an outfield bat a la B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn or Carlos Quentin, Infante could be a nice fallback option who could help the Braves get through their current outfield depth problems brought on by injuries to Jordan Schafer and Nate McLouth. Most likely in taking over third base and allowing Martin Prado to move back to left field.  Although it’s worth noting that Infante has played the same number of games in the outfield –101 — than he has played at third.

On the season Infante is hitting a paltry .264/.312/.328.  But did I mention that he was an All-Star?

  1. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    If the Bravos are willing to take John Buck too, the Feesh would probably hand them Infante on a silver platter. Although he has definitely been an asset in the field, Infante’s production has only recently begun to show any sparkle – and many of the traffic jam authorities on local spords tawk raydeeo attribute that to some kind of magical Emilio Bonifacio coattail effect.

    But the bottom line is that the Feesh aren’t going anywhere this year, except maybe heading out on the bay with their rods and reels in October for a little casual cannibalism. So if Beinfest can find something, anything, in a trade to effect a net improvement in this team, why not?

    • natstowngreg - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM

      *chuckles at the idea that Emilio Bonafacio has a positive effect on anything*

      But, but, aren’t the Fish keeping their players so they can have a good team in the new ballpark next year?

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        Rumor has them sending John Buck to the Gnats in return for Jayson Werth in a blockbuster exchange of insane mega-contracts.

        Relatively speaking, I mean.

      • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        Coda: the Michael Bourn trade just went down, and the Bravos shipped out four prospects. Hard to see what they would have left that would interest the Feesh now so Infante probably stays. Bet he’s so happy he could shit.

  2. ta192 - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Did you hear the Marlin’s announcers glossing over their poor home showing this year…lots of talk about how part of it was the home atmosphere, playing in that 70,000 seat stadium with small crowds was depressing. Then they added that the players were likely anxious to get started playing in their new stadium next year. Then I added, mentally, where the small crowds will seem much bigger…wondered if they were, too.

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