The rumors surrounding various outfielders continue to trickle in and it seems like the Braves are now in the mix for seemingly every available outfielder on the trade market. The front office continues to pursue an impact bat for left field, which makes sense given the lack of production last season.
As for Seth Smith, who has been linked to Atlanta for months now, the talks have cooled, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Talks with the Braves cooled when the teams could not agree on the pitching prospect that the Rockies would include with Smith to get Martin Prado, sources say.
A pitching prospect? Did we read that right? For as long as this ghastly offseason has gone on, it seemed like the Braves were determined to acquire one of Colorado's talented outfield prospects in any deal along with Seth Smith. With Michael Bourn potentially leaving after this season, it makes a lot of sense to supplement the farm system with a possible replacement.
The Braves will see their pitching depth take a bit of a hit as they graduate Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, Arodys Vizcaino and others to the Major Leagues in the coming months. Is the team attempting to resupply their pitching depth for 2013 and beyond, or are they looking to acquire a piece from the Rockies to flip for another player this offseason, say ... Adam Jones of the Orioles?
The talks for Jones remain 'fluid', according to sources, although it appears the two sides cannot agree on which pitching prospects to include along with Martin Prado or Jair Jurrjens. Should the Braves acquire a top-tier pitching prospect from Colorado, they could potentially flip him to Baltimore to acquire the talented-yet-unproductive outfielder. It sounds like that may be GM Frank Wren's goal right now, especially if Ken Rosenthal's report of a desired pitching prospect is true.
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