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Atlanta Braves Acquire Michael Bourn from Houston Astros

July 31st, 2011 at 10:37 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have traded for Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros.

Though they had originally gone after Carlos Beltran and Hunter Pence and were even in talks about Carlos Quintin,  the Braves landed Bourn, widely considered the fastest player in the majors.

Houston received the currently injured Jordan Schafer and three minor league pitchers - Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens and Juan Abreu. The Braves were able to get a high quality center fielder without giving up a top pitching prospect as they would have with any other potential deal, and the Astros included cash to offset some of Bourn's $4.4 million contract.

Schafer was once considered one of the Braves' top prospects, but he has struggled in the big leagues, with a .223 career batting average. The Braves put him on the disabled list this week with a chip fracture in his left middle finger.

Bourn, who is currently hitting .303 for the season, is under Atlanta's control through next year, when he can become a free agent.


Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Jordan Schafer, Michael Bourn, MLB

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