Earlier today Jayson Stark had this to say about the Braves and their pitching staff:
Mad Dog for sale?: Greg Maddux to the Braves? Hey, it's a beautiful plot line. It's a rumor that never quite dies. And it sure isn't impossible, if the price is right. But clubs that have spoken with the Braves say they're more focused on trying to find a younger starting pitcher they can hang onto for just the last few months of this season. So think more along the lines of the non-free agents who could pop onto the market (though not necessarily these names in particular) -- Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Bronson Arroyo, Daniel Cabrera, Jeremy Bonderman, etc.
Now, most people are saying the Braves will overtake the Phillies and Marlins and win the division this year, and I agree, but to do this they'll need another starting pitcher as Smoltz will be moved into the closer role. Stark has suggested a few dudes in his list above but Blanton, Harden, and Bonderman would require a serious return while Arroyo and Cabrera could be got for less.
So, I started thinking about and looking at the Braves prospect list and noticed some guys on there who the Os might focus on if they were to trade Cabrera to Atlanta: Jason Heyward, Brent Lillibridge, Tommy Hanson, Van Pope, Julio Teheran, and Jeff Locke.
In no way am I suggesting the Braves will be wiling to surrender all these pieces, but they could very well be the keys to a trade; specifically Heyward (power hitting leftfielder) and Lillibridge (solid short stop who, unfortunately, hasn't hit this season).
Anyway, the reason I bring this is up is that ifCabrera continues pitching like he has been is it worth trading him for prospects to a team like the Braves to fill holes and continue to stock up on pitching or keep him in hopes that he, next season and beyond, becomes the ace that everyone had envisioned him to be?