|Should the Braves trade for a guy like Matt Kemp?|
Understand, to get a guy like Pence or Kemp, the cost will not be cheap. Houston or the Dodgers will want MLB-ready players and prospects for their franchise guys. To get one of these, the Braves would be asked to trade Craig Kimbrel or Jonny Venters or both. Young stars like Martin Prado or Freddie Freeman would be hot commodities as well. Also, a potential trade partner would want a top-level prospect or two, which could play in the Braves favor, as they do have tons of young starters. Guys like Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado fit this bill.
If you were in Frank Wren's position would you do the following:
Hunter Pence for Craig Kimbrel/Martin Prado/Brandon Beachy or Venters/Kimbrel/Minor
Matt Kemp for Kimbrel/Venters/Prado or Kimbrel/Prado/Teheran
Realize, this is what these teams would be asking for their respective franchise players. These types of players are hard to come by, and don't come cheap. To think that the Dodgers or Astros would trade trade for only two Braves prospects is not going to happen.
If I'm Wren, there is no way I would mortgage the future of the franchise for one guy. Remember, Prado will be coming back soon and with Jordan Schafer playing like a bona fide big leaguer, where would the extra outfielder go? Going Prado/Schafer/Heyward with McLouth off the bench is a solid outfield, especially when Heyward gets back to full strength. In the era of the pitcher, the Braves have the best bullpen in the majors, with young guys, no less. There is no need to create a crowded outfield and lose two key arms in the pen.
It is possible that Wren will try to make a move to bolster the lineup, but don't expect it to be a franchise stick. The cost is just too high.
Do you think the Braves need another bat? If so, propose your trade in the comment section. Don't buy the hype!