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Jason Jennings on the Block

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A recent Houston Chronicle article opens up the possibility of Jason Jennings being put on the trade block. Houston fans have almost come to expect a ridiculous second-half run but from the article, it seems that Astros GM Tim Purpura realizes the scenario is not likely and has conceded the team will be sellers at the deadline. Purpura said that the core of the team-- Berkman, Lee, and Roy Oswalt-- will not be moved so this is more of a short-term restocking as opposed to a fire sale and complete rebuilding period. That leaves two players that the Braves realistically could inquire about in starter Jason Jennings and first/third baseman Mike Lamb. I have heard Brad Lidge's name tossed around but he has a big contract still left after this season for a guy that would become a seventh inning man. Kyle Davies needs time in the minors to get everything sorted out, Buddy Carlyle most likely is in for a big time regression, the Braves are only two games out, and our GM is John Schuerholz. What does this all mean? It means that the Braves will most likely bring in help for the rotation before the trading deadline. With Mark Buehrle getting an extension from the White Sox, Jennings could now become one of the most sought after starters on the market. After a breakout season with Colorado last year, Jennings was traded to Houston in a deal that was not the the finest hour for the Astros front office. He has battled injury woes this year but in his ten starts, the soon to be 29-year old righty has a respectable 4.07 ERA. Jennings is a free agent at the end of this season but for a guy that could probably post a high three or low four ERA and go six or more innings a start, it would be a good investment. Lamb is certainly a lesser talked about chip than Jennings but again, it just seems like a good fit for the Braves. Obviously Scott Thorman just isn't getting it done in the platoon with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The most common suggestion I have come across is just to let Salty play full-time, but all of his power comes from the right side of the plate. Lamb would be more of a quick fix that could provide a good bat from the left side to platoon with Saltalamacchia and a nice bat off the bench when Salty is in the lineup. Lamb is hitting .295 overall with seven homeruns and has a line of .286/.357/.435 against right-handers this year with five of his homeruns coming off righties. This obviously isn't a deal that would take the Braves top trading chip, Jarrod Saltalamacchia to complete. Astros shortstop Adam Everett is on the DL with a broken leg but even when healthy, he has hit only .247/.299/.357 (in case you aren't big on numbers, that is considered miserably bad) for his career and with no legitimate replacement in the farm system, Yunel Escobar seems like a perfect fit. The Astros lack a shortstop of the future so a deal surrounding Yunel Escobar, one of the Braves younger bullpen pieces, and another prospect could probably get this done. Would Schuerholz be willing to part with Joey Devine as well?

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