nmarq8 wrote:Krunk City King$ wrote:Rafael Furcal - Shortstop
Rafael Furcal's disappointing season could mean he sits in place of Wilson Betemit at some point, and it doesn't help that his sore shoulder is making it difficult for him to bat left-handed.
The Braves called up prospect Andy Marte who could take over third base full time while Chipper Jones is out with a foot injury, while Betemit, who has played well this year, could get time at short. Furcal is hitting just .221 and has an OBP of .275, which is not what you're looking for out of your leadoff hitter. Jun. 7 - 8:49 am et
Looks like the entire Atlanta team is in disarray at the moment. I'd be very surprised to see furcal either sit or traded. as good as betemit has played recently, he's no furcal. They know they need to trade for some help in the pen, but as for marte, I agree with what was said before in that they're going to bring him along slowly and not force an opening for him right away.
Actually I would not be surprised if Furcal is traded. It will depend largely on how Betemit and Marte do over the next month or two. Furcal is a free agent and the I'm sure the Braves have no intentions of signing him. Not sure who is looking for a short term gap at SS or have intentions of signing Furcal to a long term contract but I'm sure that they are out there.
If he continues to struggle and they can't trade him, I would not be surprised if they just bench him and let the kids play. If he has no future with the team and the team is losing anyway, why not let the kids play?
As I mentioned in other posts, I don't think the Braves would bring up a top prospect in all of baseball to watch him sit and rot. They clearly think that this kid can play everyday and they will find a way to get him in there until he proves he can't play at this level yet. I'm grabbing Marte as soon as he clears waivers.