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Could Atlanta Braves Use Joey Terdoslavich as Trade Bait?

July 19th, 2013 at 10:35 AM
By Cody Fields

It's well established that the Atlanta Braves are in the market for a left-handed relief pitcher, but what's been less obvious is who they would include in a trade for one. Enter prospect Joey Terdoslavich, who would likely fit that mold nicely.

The Braves' sixth round pick in 2010, if he isn't moved, will become the victim of the ultimate traffic jam. Even if he transitioned well to third base last season, he would be playing behind Chris Johnson. This year, he's played first base and both corner outfield spots.

Just for reference, those belong to Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton. The Braves have made exactly no indication that they're interested in moving any of them.

Terdoslavich's woes last year are well documented, but he was struggling with a defensive transition to third base that went horridly. He also completely skipped Double-A until being demoted.

This year, however, Terdo has excelled at Triple-A Gwinnett. While playing positions where he's more comfortable, he has hit .318 with 18 homers and 58 RBIs in 85 games.

Plenty of teams have future outfield and first base needs. The trick is just finding a team to bite and send the Braves a quality reliever in exchange.

After all, he won't do Atlanta much good if all he can do is sit in the minors.


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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Freddie Freeman, Joey Terdoslavich, Justin Upton, MLB

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