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I came across some interesting rumors today while surfing the net from Jayson Stark over at espn.com. Stark had two things on the Braves.
An official of one team that inquired about Griffey says Griffey has informed the Reds he won't oppose a trade "in the right scenario." But outside of the Braves, a club he has told friends for years he'd go to, it's tough to say what he'd consider "the right scenario."
This doesn't seem as much like a rumor involving the Braves as it does one involving the Reds alone. I really can't see a scenario in which the Braves would be willing to part with anything for the 38-year old Griffey. They won't be needing a replacement for Andruw this year, I doubt Schuerholz is looking to upgrade the production from left field, and Francoeur isn't going anywhere. The Reds are always looking for bullpen help so a guy like Chad Paronto that is a sinkerballer and someone like Jo-Jo Reyes might interest them, but unless the Braves front office has some plan to move Griffey to first, I don't see this happening.
Clubs that have asked the Braves about Jarrod Saltalamacchia report they've been turned down flat. But by July, the Braves expect to have a better read on whether Scott Thorman is the answer at first and/or whether Saltalamacchia can be an alternative first base option. And those answers will determine whether Saltalamacchia becomes their No. 1 trading chip at the deadline -- but only for a major player whom they'd control for multiple years.
Not exactly shocking. Schuerholz is going to wait until the deadline to see if he can't make a respectable back end of the rotation with some combination of Kyle Davies, Buddy Carlyle, Lance Cormier, and maybe Oscar Villareal. With Chuck James looking like he made necessary adjustments the need goes down even more. It looks like Salty is headed to first. In the beginning it was "There are no plans to move him to first", then the Braves front office told us that he would be taking grounders there to be a backup, and if he keeps hitting like he is, it isn't going to be long before he shoves Scott Thorman aside.
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