Braves weighing their options

The Braves have maintained their interest in acquiring a right-handed hitting outfielder and right-handed reliever.   But it seems unlikely that they will strike a deal before this weekend arrives.

As one long-time executive said Monday night, “the asking prices are just too high right now.”

With the  Braves, Giants, Rangers, Red Sox and Phillies all reportedly showing interest in Carlos Beltran, the Mets have no reason to currently  lessen their demands for the switch-hitting outfielder.  But as Sunday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline nears, they could certainly be  asking for less in return.

The Braves have the prospects to acquire Beltran and any of the other players currently on their wish list.  They have made it known that they would be reluctant to part ways with any of their top pitching prospects  —  Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado and quite possibly Mike Minor.

But as Sunday’s deadline approaches, there is also a chance Braves general manager Frank Wren will opt to include one of these pitchers based on the confidence that he has plenty of other good young pitching in his organization.

With Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Beachy, he already has three members of his Major League rotation who are 25 years or younger.   Lesser-known prospects like Zeke Spruill and Brett Oberholtzer simply add to the organization’s pitching depth.

While the next few days will likely continue to play out like a cat-and-mouse game, Wren and his peers will be ready to make crucial decisions by the time this weekend arrives.

- Mark Bowman

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