I have read several times this week that the Braves are looking for an outfielder and that they should look to deal for Cardinals young outfielder Colby Rasmus, who has butted heads with manager Tony Larussa a few times over the last two seasons.
Rasmus went 23-66-85-12-.276-.361-.498 in 2010 in 464 at bats. He strikes out at a 32% clip, but walks almost 12% of his at bats. One thing going for Rasmus is he never struck out more than 23% in any minor league season, so he can improve in that respect, but his .354 BABIP in 2010 may not be repeatable. Should he lower his srikeout rate, he should make more contact as a result, so a lower BABIP may not be such a big negative.
The Braves have surplus pitching with Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrgens, Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Kenshin Kawakami, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy. With Juilo Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino and Randall Delgado in the minors, the Braves could afford to deal a pitcher or two.
I have read that the Braves may make Jurrgens available in a deal.
How about Jurrgens and catching prospect Christian Bethancourt for Rasmus? Too little? Too much?