The Braves were aggressive in trying to trade pitcher Derek Lowe earlier this offseason, but don’t expect that when it comes to Jair Jurrjens, according to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
O’Brien reported that the Braves are not actively shopping Jurrjens, but are merely willing to listen to offers that could potentially make them better. O’Brien goes on to say that he has gotten the impression that unless the Braves lower their demands for Jurrjens, a trade won’t happen at all.
“I think that [Jurrjens trade possibility] was wrongly characterized from the very beginning,” said Braves GM Frank Wren. “What we said and what we stand by is that we’re looking to get better, and however we can get better we will. We’re open minded. We’ll listen if somebody calls.
“People like our players.Yes, teams have called but it’s a situation where we do like our team, we do like where we are, and you have to be careful that when you take away from it to improve it, that it really turns out that way.”
Wren added, “We’re not in a position where we’re trying to cut payroll or move a particular player. Some of those things have been written and are not accurate we’re looking to put the best team on the field.”
The Braves are said to be looking for a package similar to the one the Royals got for Zack Greinke. They have also been on the lookout for a shortstop and an impact bat in the outfield. The Yankees probably have the pieces to get a deal done, it just depends on how badly they want to work something out. From what it sounds like though, any deal for Jurrjens will be painful.