Friday, August 2, 2013
Could Braves be looking for deal?
By AJ Mass
If a baseball team lost one of its superstars at this time of the season, nobody would be surprised to see them scrambling to make a deal. However, in Atlanta, the case may be that it's the loss of a a few smaller - but no less important - contributors that pushes them to work some waiver wire deals before the end of August.
Last Wednesday, the Braves learned they would be without utilityman Ramiro Pena for the rest of the season due to surgery to repair a torn labrum. Now, their most-experienced pinch-hitter, Reed Johnson, is on the disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis and without a timetable for a return. Although the team may decide to sit tight until outfielders Jordan Schafer and B.J. Upton are able to complete rehab assignments and rejoin the roster, if the right deal comes along, the Braves will surely bite.
General manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expects there to be a lot of activity as teams begin to fall out of the wild-card race. "The asking prices were very high (before the deadline)," Wren said. "In most cases, you see that every year early in the process, but we didn't see the prices really go down. We were looking for blue-light specials in the last hour and it didn't happen... I think we will see more waiver period deals."
Surely with the Toronto Blue Jays out of the playoff conversation and in last place in their division, one of either Mark DeRosa or Emilio Bonifacio would be excited to head back to the National League and make a run at the post-season. And for each, the price tag both in what the Braves would have to offer in return, as well as the current contract costs, would not be all that steep.