bogus according to O'Brien. Also, he says that the Royals aren't willing to trade anything of value for James so I think we dodged a bullet here. If the Braves are going to deal James, please get something more valuable than David DeJesus. Please!Update: Dave O'Brien to the rescue! The James-Dejesus talks are
- Willie Harris was designated for assignment today to make room for the newly acquired Omar Infante. Harris finished with a .270 batting average due to a very strong start, however he hit just .214 after the All-Star break. He isn't as good as his start to the season and isn't as bad as his finish, however with the acquisition of Josh Anderson and Brandon Jones now in the picture, he has little value to the Braves. Another team is bound to give him a shot, so he'll probably be claimed.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Braves are one of a few teams interested in Pittsburgh center fielder Nate McLouth. The 26-year old McLouth hit .258/.351/.459 in 120 games for the Pirates this past season. He's the best option I've seen so far with a nice little power-speed combo and decent defense. McLouth, who had an .810 OPS last season, would seem like a more likely option if the Braves intend to start Schafer in 2009, and not a couple months into the 2008 season.
- Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star is reporting that the Braves offered left-handed starter Chuck James to the Royals for center fielder David DeJesus. This sounds to me like speculation gone terribly wrong. James would probably have little value in the American League and DeJesus doesn't provide nearly enough of an upgrade over the current options in center to justify dealing one of Atlanta's proven starters. Count me as skeptical.
- According to Jayson Stark over at ESPN.com, the Braves have shown some interest in free agent Damian Miller to back up Brian McCann next season. Miller, 38, is strong behind the plate defensively, however his bat leaves quite a bit to be desired. I'd assume the Braves would be fine utilizing rookie Clint Sammons in the role if need be, however acquiring a veteran like Miller is probably preferable.