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Jason Heyward Is Not Going To Be Traded Now Or Anytime Soon, Braves GM Says

Give Braves GM Frank Wren some credit - he's painfully honest about his team just days after their historic collapse down the stretch of the NL Wildcard race. One "fun" rumor we can all dismiss (for now): that 22-year-old phenom-we-think Jason Heyward will be traded:

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We’ve never had one discussion about trading Jason Heyward. That’s the furthest thing from our mind. That’s never come up. Nobody’s contemplated it. Nobody’s talked about it. I’m not sure where that came from. The reality is Jason made some progress this season; he’s got to continue to make progress. And he’s going to be in a battle unless he continues to progress at a good rate. It’s not a given he’s our right fielder. We’re going to go into the offseason (keeping) in mind that we’ve got to have offensive production from right field. And we didn’t get that this year.

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In the same interview, Wren admits that designating Derek Lowe (and his crappy, crappy contract) to the bullpen is possible, and maybe even a trade. And if Wren can push Lowe's busted arm and a hideous deal crafted by Wren himself onto another ball club, he should be considered far more of a genius than John Schuerholz. As it stands though, it's doubtful Lowe will go anywhere without the assistance of a steep bridge over deep water and a large carpet.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.