We should see more rumors like this during the weekend as, presumably, the talks get closer to completion. That being said, I can sense the reluctance of the Braves front office to trade away good players for two or three months worth of a veteran with an injury history, and no possibility of draft pick compensation. That’s not something they typically do — just give away prospects. If they’re trading away major prospects, then they want the player they’re acquiring to be under their control for more than a few months.
After this year center field will still be an area of need for the team, and they would have fewer prospects to go out and get another center fielder (I’m assuming that the front office is aware Jordan Schafer is probably not a long term solution).
Beltran could make a difference down the stretch and in the playoffs, but he just doesn’t seem like the kind of player the Braves would go after — in terms of amount they would have to give up and length of time they would have him. Still, I’d be excited if we got him. And if it’s straight up for Minor, I’m fine with that (mainly because I’m not that big on Minor).
Who is more at fault here? Fredi for using Proctor or Wren for keeping him on the roster, thus allowing Fredi to use Proctor? Personally, I blame Wren – sometimes you have to save people from themselves. How much data do we need on this experiment?
When Proctor comes in you know Fredi has given up on the game (proctor scoped us again). Martinez looks like a suitable replacement for Gearrin. A couple of timely hits early and Braves would have had a cushion and we likely would not have seen Proctor/Martinez.