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Braves to move Jurrjens?

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08:46 AM ET 10.14 | Frank Wren may be force to make an unpopular move by saying goodbye to Jair Jurrjens. Why would Wren trade ... team's young, inexpensive and talented starting pitcher? Simple: If he doesn't, it's going to significantly limit his options this winter and certainly would force him to get real creative with the team's budget. ... [Of] all the Braves??? tradable assets, Jurrjens is the most likely to fetch something decent in return. It???s either that or fill available starting jobs in left and center field on the cheap again.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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October 14, 2010  08:56 AM ET

Sounds like a tough decision for the Braves, but they always seem to keep the big picture in mind and make savy moves. Hard to argue with how they operate.

October 14, 2010  09:08 AM ET

Dodgers...

October 14, 2010  09:14 AM ET

I guess it's here today gone tomarrow, I think it's all about $$. ??

October 14, 2010  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sounds like a tough decision for the Braves, but they always seem to keep the big picture in mind and make savy moves. Hard to argue with how they operate.

In the past maybe. The only decent thing Frank Wren has done was trade for Jurrjens in the first place.

October 14, 2010  09:29 AM ET

Wow, just wow. I don't buy this.

October 14, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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October 14, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Not happening. I never saw this in the AJC, was this a reader comment in the vent, or something?

October 14, 2010  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Not happening. I never saw this in the AJC, was this a reader comment in the vent, or something?

In addition, Jurrjens didn't even have a very good year and was injured, so his value is not as high as it would normally be. Plus, he's one of the cornerstones of the rotation since he's young and inexpensive. Trading him makes no sense. They have nobody to replace him either.

October 14, 2010  10:05 AM ET

Ho long is Melky under contract for?

October 14, 2010  10:18 AM ET

Trade him to the Dodgers for Kemp, they need pitching and the Braves need an OF'er. Jurrjens is a Boras client anyway so when it is time to sign him, he is going to be wanting top dollar which the Braves will never pay. They can sign vet SP on the cheap who will fill in behind Hudson, Hanson and Lowe with Beachy or Minor as the 5th. Rasmus might also be available but will come at a steeper price. There is a lot more pitching on the FA market than position players that aren't asking top dollar so if the Bravos want a OF'er then it is coming by way of a trade. Melky is garbage and should be shown the door along with Glaus, Ankiel and probably Lee if he is asking too much to resign.

October 14, 2010  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Ho long is Melky under contract for?

Melky's year to year. Arbitration eligible. Translation: he's gone. They could find fat DRs driving cabs in New York that could run, field and hit as good as Melky.

October 14, 2010  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Trade him to the Dodgers for Kemp, they need pitching and the Braves need an OF'er. Jurrjens is a Boras client anyway so when it is time to sign him, he is going to be wanting top dollar which the Braves will never pay. They can sign vet SP on the cheap who will fill in behind Hudson, Hanson and Lowe with Beachy or Minor as the 5th. Rasmus might also be available but will come at a steeper price. There is a lot more pitching on the FA market than position players that aren't asking top dollar so if the Bravos want a OF'er then it is coming by way of a trade. Melky is garbage and should be shown the door along with Glaus, Ankiel and probably Lee if he is asking too much to resign.

Kemp is a head case, which the Braves avoid. While Minor and Beachy are promising, I'd hardly say they are MLB ready. Minor melted down after a few good starts and Beach had only three starts. Jurrjens is an important member of the team. He's not going anywhere. If they wanted to save money they should send someone over to kneecap Chipper so he'd retire.

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October 14, 2010  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Melky's year to year. Arbitration eligible. Translation: he's gone. They could find fat DRs driving cabs in New York that could run, field and hit as good as Melky.

Maybe that will be good for him. He could lose the weight and start taking his career seriously. He never had that weight problem in NY, must be that fine southern cookin.

October 14, 2010  10:32 AM ET
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How 'bout we sent Werth to the Braves and Jurrgens goes to the Phillies?

Have to sign Werth first, then eat the contract...

October 14, 2010  10:35 AM ET

Well if they are going to get a bat they are going to have to move someone because they are not going to pay Crawford or Dunn the money they want. And it is not going to be Lowe, Hanson or Hudson either. Jurrjens is the logical choice. I don't want it to happen but the Braves have shown the capability to lose plenty of 1-0, 2-1 games so while having a stellar 1-5 rotation is nice, it only takes 1-3 in the playoffs. They need another legit 20 + hr threat in the OF to get deeper in the playoffs. I prefer Rasmus who is wanting out of St. Louis but it will take Jurrjens and probably another top pitching prospect.

October 14, 2010  10:39 AM ET

Yea I would like Chipper to hang it up and be the hitting coach but that ain't gonna happen next year. 15 million would go along way to get Crawford. Prado could play third and Infante second.

October 14, 2010  10:45 AM ET
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How 'bout we sent Werth to the Braves and Jurrgens goes to the Phillies?

Werth is a FA. You could sign Werth and keep Jurrjens, who isn't even arbitration eligible. <assumes you are joking> Besides, Werth is going to suck once he's no longer playing on a little league field

October 14, 2010  10:52 AM ET

Rasmus makes sense because he is a Georgia boy and has been at odds with LaRussa. I don't like the idea of trading a young SP to the Cardinals given what happened last time we did that (see Wainwright, Adam), but we need a stick and he can swing it. He also solidifies the CF position. I can't see the Cards asking for anything more than JJ. 24 year old pitchers with experience and a high ceiling don't grow on trees.

 
October 14, 2010  12:53 PM ET

I wish Ted turner still owned the team :-(

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