Atlanta Braves fans can rest easily tonight; Seth Smith, a player the club has been linked to throughout the offseason in a potential deal involving Martin Prado and/or Jair Jurrjens, has been dealt from the Rockies to the Oakland A's for two pitchers. After nearly three months of dialogue, it seems like Colorado's refusal to include a center field prospect along with Smith was the big roadblock for Atlanta.
This move does not directly change anything the Braves will do in the next few weeks, but it likely takes yet another player off the market. It seems like Adam Jones is the lone trade candidate still available -- and even then we are unsure just how far talks ever went between the two clubs -- and his price tag is rumored to be through the roof.
As of January 16, my best guess for the fourth outfielder the Braves may acquire: Cody Ross or Ryan Ludwick. Try to contain your excitement.
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