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What Will Happen to Yunel?

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It has looked for a while like Yunel Escobar wouldn't be part of the Braves future plans for a while now. The organization is incredibly high on 18-year old Elvis Andrus and picking up a possible stopgap in Brent Lillibridge this offseason to bridge the time between Edgar's departure and Andrus' arrival just made that all the more clear. If John Schuerholz was hoping to showcase Escobar in the time he has gotten due to Chipper's DL trip, he has not been disappointed. The Cuban shortstop has done everything right with the bat, in the field, and showing a great demeanor. I am going to go out on a limb and say he'll be trade bait closer to the deadline, but who is in need of a shortstop? Baltimore Orioles: Rumor has it the O's are trying to move Miguel Tejada and his contract and with no depth in the organization at short, they certainly could make a move for a young shortstop. They have the organizational pitching depth to move a starter but would Angelos allow it? A nice chip they could move would be Jeremy Guthrie, who looks like a fine mid-to-back of the rotation starter. Chicago White Sox: Juan Uribe is a free agent at the end of the season, and with his offseason fiasco and lack of production at the plate, the White Sox won't be bringing him back. The Sox are rumored to be contemplating a fire sale and with Mark Buerlhe becoming a free agent after the season, a package involving Yunel isn't out of the realm of possibility. Toronto Blue Jays: This is a match made in heaven. The Jays are getting no production from Royce Clayton at short and are out of contention. AJ Burnett seems like the perfect fit to move and to carry Atlanta into the playoffs. A package of Yunel, who can make an immediate impact, and someone like Jo-Jo Reyes would make a lot of sense for both teams. Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have an all glove, no bat player in Izturis at short right now but they had been rumored to be scouting the Braves since Spring Training. They have little depth at the position and Yunel would fit in well at the lineup. Is there a pitcher they'd give up? Sean Marshall maybe? Sell him while his value is as high as it will be? Houston Astros: Maybe, just maybe Houston isn't happy with the .231/.282/.317 line they have gotten thus far from Adam Everett. The Braves don't have a ton to offer in terms of pitching, but they could possibly move a guy like Jason Jennings if they don't feel they can contend at the deadline. Also, Brad Lidge rumors are still flying and after hearing that the Braves are looking for relief help with Gonzalez gone, you can't help but putting two and two together. Pittsburgh Pirates: Not only has Jack Wilson regressed offensively for the Pirates, but his glove, his only real saving grace, has also seemed to disappear. The Pirates are LOADED with pitching, but lack hitting. The Braves are LOADED with hitting but lack pitching. I see a common goal there. Zack Duke looks like he needs a change of scenery and is exactly what the Braves need; a young innings eater who is under team control for a while. Would they move him though?

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