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Braves listening to offers for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado

Nov 3, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

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Atlanta acted quickly to remove Derek Lowe and his salary from the books, dealing him to Cleveland, and now Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves have told teams they’re willing to trade Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado.

Bowman writes that the Braves would like to free up some additional salary to pursue free agents and together Jurrjens and Prado are likely to earn around $10 million in 2012 via the arbitration process.

Knee problems limited Jurrjens to a total of 268 innings during the past two seasons, but according to Bowman the Royals have already expressed interest in the 25-year-old right-hander and in turn the Braves have expressed interest in outfield prospects Wil Myers and Lorenzo Cain (although realistically Myers is probably off-limits).

Prado’s production plummeted this season, as he hit just .260 with a .687 OPS following three straight .800 OPS campaigns. He’s unlikely to fetch a huge return in trade, but could certainly help plenty of teams with infield openings. Even after the down season Prado is a 28-year-old career .293 hitter with a .775 OPS.

  1. Kyle - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Seems quite wise to try and sell high on Jurrrrjens.

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I have no issue with dealing either guy, depending on the return. Both guys are coming off seasons that will hurt their value, so I’ll be interested to see what comes of this talk.

    To me, Jurrjens is particularly expendable given his durability issues and the young pitchers waiting in the wings … even with Lowe’s ship sailing to Cleveland, there is a decided surplus of rotation arms in the organization. Despite his injury troubles, people will be intrigued by a guy who put up the numbers he posted even if it’s widely accepted that his first-half 2011 statistics were probably something of an anomaly when compared to his peripheral stats. Solid pitching will always bring something useful in return, even if it’s in the form of position player prospects.

    Meanwhile, dealing Prado would mean you still have moves left to make. It all depends on what you get in return, of course, but his departure leaves you without the guy who figures to be your starting LF on days Chipper isn’t resting or hurt — not that there won’t be a lot of those days. I like Hinske and Diaz in limited roles, but I don’t want to see either of those guys end up starting half the games this season. If Prado is traded, the team will likely need to go out and find itself a starting LF and probably a guy who can at least back up 3B and hopefully play another position or two.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    I like Prado, but the Phillies need more power out of their (2) major needs, upgrades at 3rd base and LF. If Prado could play SS, I would recommend the Phillies take a shot, because his numbers would be respectable for a SS.

    Of course we would have to overpay in a trade, being that the Braves are in the same division.

    But, it’s a moot point.

    • CJ - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

      if he could play SS, the Braves would keep him.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM

        Exactly.

  4. lembeck4 - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Would love to see Jair come back to Detroit, don’t think the tigers have the trade bait though, minor league system not exactly brimming with top prospects these days.

  5. APBA Guy - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Jair to the Rangers. Make it so.

  6. drush127 - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Maybe the Yankees will ask about him. They need pitching.

    • rico7207 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      Only if they take A-Rod for him. One cripple for another!

  7. damnyankee13 - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    we’ll give you AJ.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 4, 2011 at 7:26 AM

      I’d rather have VD.

      • rico7207 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        Already have it, so why trade her!

  8. Walk - Nov 4, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Braves need a Lf with pop, preferably someone who handles lefties as well as righties. I would think that would be what they were looking for with this particuliar bait. Prado is still able to field any if position some better than others but with acquisition of uggla finds himself without a position as the move to corner of has shown his bat unable to cope with production required of average corner. Currently his value has been his versatility but the braves have most of those spots locked down with short his weakest position only one with doubt unless injuries strike. The braves have minor league depth to cover the rest for a couple weeks if injury strikes. Hopefully Jair or prado with a rookie will get the braves an of but i hope not both plus prospects. But both may be dealt especially is alex gonzalez is not resigned. I believe Jair probably has more than 7-10 seasons left as a winning pitcher and that is a help for anyone who needs a solid experienced pitcher. Hopefully we see a more dynamic and athletic braves team next year, one that does not wear down just before the finish. Go Bravos.

  9. Tyree Studio - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    I’ll burn all my Royals gear if DM gave up Myers for 2 years of Jair.

    • rico7207 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      I’d burn it anyways the way they play!

  10. bigleagues - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Jurjjens is gonna be best used on a team that is strong defensively and has some pitching depth.

    JJ is still only 25 years old, but his success is heavily dependent on his mechanics and keeping the ball down and if the knee on his landing leg has already been an issue twice . . . then I am hesitant to deal much for him. After all if the knee isn’t a going concern for the Braves, then why trade a 25 year old Pitcher like Jurjjens with the numbers he has put up over the last several years?!

    I like Prado. I wish there was a spot on the Sox for him. Perhaps if they pass on Papi, Prado could be a could fit (and can spell several IF’s).

  11. foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    They really should have tried to deal Jurrjens during this past season when he was pitching out of his mind. Even when healthy he is not as good as he was the first half of this year. The Braves could have taken advantage when his trade value was at its peak.

    As for Prado I would hate to see him leave even after a down year. If he leaves who will man 3rd when Chipper missed 35-40 games next year? Stone hands Conrad? Ugh.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      When Chipper misses…..future tense not past. My bad.

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