I’m against trading Martin Prado for the hell of it but not against listening. Same with JJ. This proposed swap would bring cheap talent and would answer the Braves’ lingering questions.
Braves trade Jurrjens to Reds and Prado to Rockies;
Reds send Chris Heisey, Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso to Braves;
Rockies deal Seth Smith to Reds, Charlie Blackmon to Braves.
Might need to add a marginal pitching prospect somewhere, but I suspect this could work. Braves save roughly $10 million, which would free up enough cash necessary to sign Jimmy Rollins.
I’m not ready to entrust SS to Tyler Pastornicky. Scouts are divided as to whether he’s an everyday option (26 errors, 32 BB between Pearl and Buford last year) and there’s nothing saying Rollins couldn’t switch positions once Andrelton Simmons is ready.
This assumes Rollins can be obtained for nothing more than 4 years, $44 million.
The Braves would be left with an experienced hand at shot with speed and some pop. Alonso, a lefty slugger who has never struck out 100 times in a season, and right-handed hitting Heisey would be a potentially potent combo in LF. Heisey can also play CF with Blackmon, a Suwanee native, waiting in the wings. Frazier, while probably not a long-term solution at third, would be a competent fill-in when Chipper sits.
Alonso is Cincy’s third-best prospect, according to Baseball America; Frazier, adept at the infield and outfield corners, ranks 9th. Heisey has 26 homers and a .465 slugging percentage in 480 big league AB’s.
Alonso is a liability in left but, as said here before, the Braves won a World Series with Ryan Klesko in LF. Better to have a bad defender at an OF corner than at short.