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Update: ESPN.com is reporting that Atlanta included an undisclosed amount of cash to Detroit in the deal. Frank Wren said it was not as much as Boston paid ($8 million) as part of the Renteria-Marte trade to Atlanta. Frank Wren has started with a bang, dealing shortstop Edgar Renteria to the Detroit Tigers for prospects Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez according to the Braves official site. To anyone who thought Wren would go by the same philosophies as John Schuerholz, you may want to rethink that opinion. Someone has to give me some props on this one. If you remember, I speculated that Jurrjens could be the center of a Renteria to Detroit deal. Renteria hit .332/.390/.470 this year as the Braves' starting shortstop, however an injury late in the year opened the door for Yunel Escobar to show he could more than hold his own in the bigs, making the older and more expensive Renteria expendable. More than likely the Tigers are picking up most or all of Renteria's remaining deal but those details have not yet been released. This is the epitome of a win-win deal. The Tigers end up with a top-notch offensive shortstop and the depth to move the defensively-challenged Carlos Guillen to first base in 2008, and the Braves receive one major league ready pitching prospect and another very high ceiling but quite raw outfielder. Hernandez and Jurrjens are two players I have followed for quite some time now and to say I am content with the deal the Braves got would be an understatement. Jurrjens, a 21-year old right-hander is a native of Curacao. That name should sound familiar as the Island is also home to former Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones. Jurrjens was rated as the Tigers' fourth best prospect last year by Baseball America and along with being named the best control pitcher. He throws a fastball with a lot of movement when he is pitching well that sits in the 93-95 mph range, a changeup which again has a lot of movement about ten mph lower, a curve that he throws at 80-83 mph, and he keeps the ball on the ground. His acquisition is certainly going to put the squeeze on Chuck James and Mike Hampton, who will all be more than likely fighting for the last two spots in the rotation. If not a spot in the rotation, Jurrjens could definitely get a look in the pen next year. Hernandez is a long way away but his potential is sky-high. The 20-year old center fielder just completed an impressive season at A-ball but the excitement started last year when he ripped up the GCL to the tune of a .327 average. This past season was Gorkys' first year of full-season baseball. Hernandez hit .293/.344/.391 with 4 home runs and 54 stolen bases (11 caught stealing). The native of Venezuela is often referred to as a five-tool player, showing speed, defense, a strong arm, an ability to make contact, and power potential with a very quick bat. He'll probably take Jordan Schafer's spot as Myrtle Beach's starting center fielder next year. A long way away but get excited. BP named Hernandez the Tigers' third best prospect last season and Jurrjens their fourth. You can read their report on each player here.

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