Atlanta acquired CF Michael Bourn Sunday in a five player swap with the Houston Astros.
The Braves get CF and true leadoff hitter Michael Bourn who is hitting .303 and leads the majors with 39 stolen bases. Atlanta fills the need both for an outfielder and a leadoff hitter that is a threat at the top of the order. The Astros receive outfielder Jordan Schafer, a top prospect who is on the DL, along with RHPs Juan Abreu and Paul Clemens and LHP Brett Oberholtzer.
Abreu was with Triple-A Gwinnett while both Clemens and Oberholtzer were at Double-A Mississippi.
The Braves have been trying to fill this need but had rejected other trade offers because they did not want to give up any of their top pitching prospects: Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Mike Minor or Randall Delgado.
This is a great move on the part of Braves GM Frank Wren. The Braves acquire a proven major league centerfielder that can hit leadoff and steal bases while not losing any of the franchises top pitching prospects. Bourne is also under contract until 2013.
Schafer had been projected as the Braves CF of the future but was developing slowly. He had begun to fulfill the potential the Braves management saw before going on the DL but the opportunity to get Bourne in exchange for Schafer and three pitchers that were not considered top prospects could not be passed on.
The G-Braves and Indians play the second of the four game series Sunday at Coolray Field. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. Top prospect RHP Julio Teheran (11-1, 1.67 ERA) will start for Gwinnett while the Indians will send RHP Brad Lincoln (7-7, 3.81 ERA) to the mound.
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