The Braves got the hot stove season started earlier this week by trading veteran starting pitcher Derek Lowe, and it appears they're not done dealing. They "might be willing" to trade infielder/outfielder Martin Prado and starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Dealing either one would give the Braves further salary relief (they removed $5 million from their 2012 payroll when they traded Lowe) and possibly help in the pursuit of free agents. If Prado and Jurrjens are traded, the Braves would have holes in left field and shortstop (assuming they don't bring back Alex Gonzalez) and more than $10 million less in payroll from last season due to the deals.
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Prado, 28, hit .260/.302/.385 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI and 66 runs in 129 games during a disappointing offensive season in 2011. He was an All-Star and finished ninth in NL MVP voting in 2010. That, teamed with his ability to play four to five positions could make him attractive.
Jurrjens, 25, was in the mix for All-Star starter this past season before his second half was decimated with a knee injury. He finished the season 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 152 innings. He was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA and 1.07 WHIP at the All-Star break.
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