The Braves management continues to talk a good game about things like progress and optimism but little in the way of actual moves has been made by the team so far this off season.
Braves GM Frank Wren came out of the winter meetings saying he was encouraged by progress and had optimism regarding talks with other MLB teams about possible trade scenarios, but there was no actual progress. The team has made no aquisition moves so far in this off season despite a lot of talk from the front office.
The Braves lost short stop Alex Gonzalez to the Brewers earlier this off season, but they have made no moves and have not gotten any deals done to bring any new talent to the team. Wren said that the team is in the “checking back with other teams” phase. Honestly, it sounds like, they are trying to get teams to make deals with them that no one seems all that excited to make. As time ticks on, it leaves the Braves facing the possibility of not getting any deals done at all.
The Braves are obviously now in need of a good fielding, hitting shortstop/infielder with the loss of Gonzalez. The team has a 21-year-0ld in Tyler Pastornicky who can play shortstop but he hasn’t played at the Major League level. The team seems as though they are committed to him playing the position but he is unproven and having someone at that position who can come in if he proves to not be up to the task or if he gets injured is definitely a need the Braves have to fill.
Wren has said that the team is also in the market for a power hitting right fielder. I honestly don’t think this is something they should be concentrating on but it seems that’s where the front office’s thinking is. They have been shopping both Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. The Braves are expecting a big return for these two players especially if they are packaged together for a team. There was some earlier interest rumored from the Royals and some rumored interest from the Rockies, but again, little in the way of actual progress. Just a lot of talk.
The Braves will need to add a backup shortstop before the start of the season, that much is certain. Anything else they work out will just be extra. Right now though, it seems that everything is just talk and rumors and very little action and the clock is ticking. With other teams making big splashes and spending lots of money, the Braves seem content to just talk and feel other teams out. Let’s hope it doesn’t bite them in the end and leave them with open holes in the field and in the lineup.