Braves rumors: Pence, Willingham, and Jeff Francoeur?


The Braves are starting to twirl around those trade rumors and it seems they have their eyes set on making a trade for an outfield bat. Let’s run down through some of the players that the Braves have been linked to:
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  • Dan Mennella, MLBTradeRumors.com, links Ryan Ludwick to the Braves as a possibility for outfield help.

Ludwick is due to make $6.8M this year. Ryan’s stats are below and I don’t really think he’s that much of an upgrade. If we can get him for nothing, then OK I guess, but not for a good prospect. My take: Pass.

YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDP
201132SDPNL692902593167100945112455.259.325.402.7271091045
9 Seasons7202701241034164013571134201717229599.266.336.468.804114112838
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Generated 6/20/2011.

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Josh was signed for 1 year, $6M and has displayed a little power this year. His BA and OBP are horrendous and look too close to most of the Braves lines. I do not know why we are looking at him. The Phillies are also in the running for Willingham.

YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDP
201132OAKAL6425722927531101042412276.231.307.410.71898943
8 Seasons7272859244834764114113113378297324591.262.362.469.830119114755
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Generated 6/20/2011.

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Pence on the other hand has been having a nice season so far. Pence is at $6M and is locked up until 2014. Pence would obviously fill the void that the Braves will have next year when they decline Nate McLouth‘s option this winter. I’m sure the Astros will demand quite a haul for him though.

YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDP
200724HOUNL1084844565714730917691152695.322.360.539.89912924610
200825HOUNL157642595781603442583111040124.269.318.466.78310527714
200926HOUNL159647585761652652572141158109.282.346.472.81811627625
201027HOUNL15665861493173293259118941105.282.325.461.78611428311
201128HOUNL703102903393202951401962.321.361.497.8581411444
5 Seasons65027412540337738139231013665835184495.291.339.483.821118122664
162 Game Avg.16268363384184356259114946123.291.339.483.82111830616
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Generated 6/20/2011.

 

Here’s what Stark had to say:

• The Braves are outpitching just about every team in baseball — including the Phillies. But the Braves continue to worry about an offense that ranks 12th in the National League and 22nd in the big leagues in runs scored per game. So they’re aggressively positioning themselves to deal for an outfield bat as soon as they can find a team ready to open its sell-off shop for business. They’ve checked in on Josh Willingham and Hunter Pence. And an exec of one team reports: “They want a right-handed bat. But at this point, I think they’d take any bat.”

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Francoeur, as Dodd puts it, would be a good addition to a team as a fourth outfielder. His stats are good and what seems like a resurging Frenchy. With Moore and Frenchy having a history and good relationship, I really don’t think they will trade him. I’m sure Jeff would be very unhappy if he got traded again.

YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDP
200521ATLNL7027425741772011445321158.300.336.549.8841261414
200622ATLNL16268665183169246291031623132.260.293.449.7428729215
200723ATLNL16269664284188400191055242129.293.338.444.78210228514
200824ATLNL1556525997014333311710139111.239.294.359.6537221518
200925TOTNL157632593721663241576642392.280.309.423.7329325113
200925ATLNL823243043276122535511246.250.282.352.6346710710
200925NYMNL7530828940902021041131146.311.338.498.8361201443
201026TOTMLB139503454521131821365833081.249.300.383.683851749
201026NYMNL12444740143951621154822976.237.293.369.662801487
201026TEXAL155653918202110115.340.357.491.848124262
201127KCRAL6930127430721729431001552.263.306.438.7441071209
7 Seasons91437443470432928184181105083318183655.267.309.426.73593147882
162 Game Avg.1626646157716433319906332116.267.309.426.7359326215
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Generated 6/20/2011.

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  1. Good lord. Frenchy has been terrible since May 1 and Ludwick’s stats are depressed by his home field – normalized he’s doing as well as Heyward or Prado and seems to be both right handed and uninjured, both of which would come in handy around Atlanta.

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