According to MLB.com:

Now that the Braves have moved Derek Lowe, they could create more financial flexibility by trading Jair Jurrjens or Martin Prado.

According to a Major League source, the Braves have already approached some teams about the possibility of trading Jurrjens or Prado. Both players could see their respective salaries rise from the $3 million range to the $5 million range through arbitration this offseason.

Only problem is, according to the article, the Braves are looking for a shortstop or a power hitting outfielder, neither of which the Reds have to offer (other teams won’t see Alonso as an OFer).

So, what do you think?

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. Could we not offer Billy Hamilton? I know the organization is pretty high on him but if Cozart pans out he could be expendable. And do the braves have a replacement for Chipper at 3rd on there roster? I know he had a decent year last year but he is becoming injury prone and he prolly doesn’t have many years left so maybe the Braves would be interested in Juan Fransico or Todd Frasier??? And if we are giving Alonso a shot in left next year what about Chris Heisey?

  2. I read somewhere that his peripheral stats more closely match that of a league average pitcher. In other words, smoke and mirrors. I saw him pitch vs. the Cubs in September and he was topping out at 89.
    I’d stand pat and hope for continued progression from Bailey or the reemergence of Wood.

  3. Prado will make around $10 million in arbitration over the next two years. No thanks for a .260/.302/.385 utility player with marginal power. Why would the Reds pay so much when the team already has Frazier?

    As for Jurrjens, no thank you. He has a history of injuries, his xFIP was grossly disproportionate to his actual ERA during his best two seasons, his velocity is down and he was miserable in the second half.

  4. Id rather go after trevor cahill or gio gonzalez. Yonder and Grandal for Cahill absolutely worth it. If you want gonzalez more you could use yonder or heisey and grandal for gonzalez, maybe volquez if they desire him. Worth it absolutely. Yonder and Grandal for Cahill. Get it.

  5. @hermanbates: Gio Gonzalez is at the top of my list too. He is still young , under control , and a quality Lefty and appears durable .. The A’s need some offense .. A starter and a bat/position player could pry him loose. We’re on the same page here . I heard an interview on MLB Radio this morning with Gonzalez . He appears to have his head on straight too .. We could do worse..Cahill makes more money than Gonzalez too

  6. @hermanbates: Beane will listen on anyone except Weeks. Until Oakland gets their stadium situation resolved, the A’s are in a jam. They may take less to move more money. Cahill at 23 has great upside, but I’m not sure someone who gave up 20 HRs in Oakland, even as a rookie, is the best fit. I know people are saying Gio Gonzalez is available, but I just don’t know why Beane would make him available.

  7. Jurrjens is damaged goods. I’m not interested in Prado, who was a big part of the Braves late-season collapse.

    All the above comments about trading with the A’s are interesting, they would be an excellent trading partner for the Reds.

  8. Jurrjens? Absolutely not. Gonzalez? There’s no way Beane’s trading him for Alonso and company.

  9. Fay said: Sports Illustrated proposed trading Alonso and Edinson Volquez to Tampa Bay for James Shields. If the Rays would do that, I’d go for it. But my guess is they wouldn’t.

    That’s hilarious. Whoever wrote that should be drug tested. Yeah, I’m sure the Rays are just dying to make that trade.

    • Fay said: Sports Illustrated proposed trading Alonso and Edinson Volquez to Tampa Bay for James Shields. If the Rays would do that, I’d go for it. But my guess is they wouldn’t.

      That’s hilarious.Whoever wrote that should be drug tested.Yeah, I’m sure the Rays are just dying to make that trade.

      Alonso and Volquez for Lincecum, even better. I’m sure the Giants would love that deal.

  10. Count me in on the group not interested in Jurrjens. Just another average pitcher.

  11. The team the Reds match up well with would be the Mets.They’re looking for outfield help, we have it. They need infielders, we have them. We need David Wright in the middle of the order protecting Votto. He plays a pretty good third base too.

  12. @little klu: Isn’t the $$$ on Wright going to be unworkable in about 1 season? I like our 2 3rd base prosepcts, it’s our pitching that worries me, and our coaching staff that doesn’t seem to develop the young ones well . . .

  13. Somehow I do not think that David Wright is available and I dont think he is a good trade target anyway. He gets paid a lot of money, has been injury prone recently, and has not hit with a lot of power since the Mets moved. I would take the starters from Oakland, even if the moves do not seem logical for the As to make. I did not believe that Jimenez could be traded by the Rockies, but they did. I would like to keep Frazier, I think his versatility and bat could be invaluable to the Reds next year.

  14. Maybe I’m wrong about Wright…but the concentration should be about a middle of the order bat first.Otherwise Votto walks 100+ times again. Remember those potential 100 or at bats mean 10 more home runs and 30+ rbi’s.

    • Remember those potential 100 or at bats mean 10 more home runs and 30+ rbi’s.

      Sorry, but I just wanted to point out that this is not in any way the case.

      Let’s not forget if he doesn’t BB those 100 times, he is also going to potentially make an additional 65 to 70 more outs.

      If Pujols is hitting behind Votto, he’s still going walk at least 80 times over a full season. That’s because he’s a selective hitter and he knows that good hitters don’t swing at balls out of the strike zone.

      Also, if Joey put up 10 HR and 30 RBI every 100 AB, he would have had 60 HR and had 180 RBI last season despite his 110 BB.

      I’m sure having a solid bat behind him would subtley affect how pitchers would throw to him and have some affects, like his 15 IBB would be greatly reduced, but not near to the dramatic lengths proposed above.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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