There have been conflicting reports about the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles supposed talks about Adam Jones. Some have said that they discussed JJ Hardy. Others have said the Braves offered Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens to them. Adam Jones is the only player that the Braves would have interest in from the Orioles.
This morning, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported the following:
The Atlanta Braves made a run this month, offering second baseman-outfielder Martin Prado, starter Jair Jurrjens and, eventually, a pitching prospect, and the Orioles didn’t bite. So that tells you just how much they value their center fielder.
It seems like the Braves are finally fed up with not having enough offensive thump in their lineup. Adam Jones is a good player, but he is not a great player. Let’s use reason, here. Why would the Braves send Jurrjens and Prado plus a pitching prospect to the Orioles for a player that wouldn’t be an upgrade over a healthy Prado? That doesn’t make sense to me.
I admit that I have gotten anxious and a little impatient waiting for the Braves to swing a deal for someone to make our team better. At the same time, I don’t want the Braves to make a deal only to get one done. This “proposed” trade would have been a disaster for Atlanta. I believe that Jurrjens or Prado will be dealt. I don’t believe they will both go to the same place unless a big-time return comes back.
Sorry, Baltimore! If you actually had that trade proposal on your desk and you didn’t take it, it shows how much you over-value your players and why you are one of the worst organizations in baseball. Truthfully, I think the Orioles probably asked for this return and were shot down because of stupidity.