Buster Olney has a new blog up about the Braves and mentions some possible trading partners. The Red Sox really like Escobar, but would Jacoby Ellsbury and Julio Lugo be enough? I am not buying...The A's like Yunel too and could give Cabrera and Matt Holliday for just Escobar or maybe a prospect or 2...Intriguing. Another suitor for Escobar according to Olney and the AJC is the Royals. Mark Teahan would be interesting in return, but the Royals would have to give more and there is not a SS replacement that fits.
Dangling Vazquez is something I think the Braves will have to do if they are serious about making a run this year. The only assets that Atlanta has a surplus of is starting pitching, and Jurrjens and Hanson are untouchable. Kawakami and Lowe, in the 1st year of their contracts, are unlikely to move. Hudson is coming off Tommy John Surgery and would not command as much as Vazquez would. I am not interested in Corey Hart in Milwaukee. To move Javy, the Braves would have to get a big-time bat in return. I say trade Yunel for an outfielder, like Ellsbury. Then, trade Vazquez for a SS, like Miguel Tejada. Only if Hudson is ready to go, of course. How about this lineup?