All right, a couple tidbits from the morning's news that bear worth sharing.
First, the Braves are as active as ever in this year's international market. They haven't been rumored in connection to any of the super-hyped Latin American prospects, but we're now getting some reports of some lower-bonus guys they might be looking at. Baseball America reports the Braves' are hot on the trail of lefty Edgar Ferreira, who can hit 93-94 MPH with his fastball. Jorge Arangure of ESPN tweets that Braves' international scouting director Johnny Almaraz watched the workout of shortstop Humberto Valor, who one scout called the "best position player prospect in Venezuela." His bonus could touch $2 million.
Also, Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors tells us that Buster Olney is reporting on ESPN Insider that the Braves "are willing to trade Yunel Escobar for a good hitter." It seems Yunel has really fallen out of favor in the Atlanta clubhouse, and it's getting to the point where I really wouldn't be surprised to see him dealt at some point, as he has plenty of trade value. Not sure who the Braves would use to replace him at shortstop, but perhaps such a move could be the "wake-up call" move that many fans have been wanting to see to jumpstart the team.