Teams sensing Braves will trade Prado or Jurrjens
Braves general manager Frank Wren has said he does not need to make a significant trade this winter. But scouts and executives from other Major League clubs are still getting a sense either Jair Jurrjens or Martin Prado will be moved.
Jurrjens would provide the more significant return, especially after C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle are no longer free-agent options for pitching-hungry teams. Right now, some potential suitors believe the Braves are asking for too much in return for the right-handed pitcher.
With fewer options available for these clubs to fill their respective starting rotations, teams might be willing to provide more for Jurrjens.
There are a number of clubs concerned about Jurrjens’ durability. His right knee has prevented him from pitching down the stretch during both of the past two seasons. But he did provide himself and the Braves some confidence when he threw five strong innings while wearing a knee brace during an Instructional League game one day after this year’s regular season concluded.
By moving Jurrjens or Prado, the Braves would gain approximately $5 million worth of payroll flexibility. But Wren has continued to stress that he does not have to make a trade for payroll purposes. – Mark Bowman