Braves have more reason to be hesitant to trade starting pitchers
The Braves have made it known they will not trade Jair Jurrjens unless they receive a significant return. But even if they receive a significant offer, they may be reluctant to remove Jurrjens from a rotation that has some health concerns.
There is some uncertainty surrounding Tommy Hanson’s shoulder and now reason to wonder when Tim Hudson might be ready to pitch. When Hudson underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back last week, the Braves said he would be ready for the start of Spring Training.
But a Major League source said Monday morning that Hudson has told some close friends that he is not confident he’ll be ready to be in the starting rotation at the beginning of the regular season.
Because they have impressive starting-pitching depth with the likes of Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado and Kris Medlen, the Braves could certainly get by with Hudson missing a few weeks or the first month, but Hudson’s situation seemingly provides even more reason for the Braves to be hesitant about dealing Jurrjens, even if the return is significant.
– Mark Bowman