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Links for 11/8: Hernandez, Olsen, Escobar, Peavy

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I've got a few more links for you guys today and hopefully I'll be able to get up the next part of the top prospect list on Monday.

  • Scott Miller of CBS Sports says that the Braves are still unwilling to deal Tommy Hanson but are open to trading outfielder Gorkys Hernandez in a deal for Jake Peavy. Hernandez became Atlanta's' top center field prospect after Jordan Schafer's HGH-related suspension earlier in the year, but looks like he has dropped behind Schafer, who is closer to the majors.
  • Miller goes on to mention that the Braves are one of the teams who have shown interest in Florida southpaw Scott Olsen. Olsen is an interesting player. The 24-year old has undeniable talent but has seen his strikeout rate drop significantly during each of his three full seasons and has a history of off-field problems. Olsen is no more than a back of the rotation starter right now, but has huge potential and would be interesting pickup if Frank Wren could pry him away for relatively little.
  • Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says that the Braves are offering Yunel Escobar, Morton/Jo-Jo Reyes, and a top prospect for Jake Peavy. Jordan Schafer or Gorkys Hernandez seems like the most likely to be that third player but names like Kris Medlen and Jeff Locke have also been thrown around in the media. In another post, Rosenthal says that the Braves may be "growing impatient" over the length of the negotiations.
  • Yunel Escobar has been mentioned quite a bit in rumors surrounding Jake Peavy but Joe Christensen says that the Twins are also looking at the Atlanta shortstop. They may be interested but I just don't see any way these two teams matchup. The Twins certainly have the pieces to pry away Escobar, just not ones that I'd imagine they'd be willing to deal.
  • What is a links post without something for Dave O'Brien? In his post on AJC.com, O'Brien speculates that Wren would go outside of the organization to replace Yunel Escobar if the shortstop is traded. O'Brien mentions Edgar Renteria, Orlando Cabrera, Cesar Izturis, and Rafael Furcal as possible free agent targets, with J.J. Hardy, Maicer Izturis, and Julio Lugo as trade candidates.

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