Originally Posted by Crash Davis
Good points, Doug.
But what about from the Braves' point of view?
For starters, it's likely the Braves would address their obvious pitching deficiencies before dealing Salty to try to upgrade an offense that has been producing more than just fine. Sure, Willie Harris will fall hard and Thorman is still very questionable as a run-producing first baseman, but cheap LF/1B production is relatively easy to find and relatively cheap to acquire.
Furthermore, I haven't seen this mentioned, but Adam Dunn is not exactly the poster child for Atlanta Braves style baseball. Philosophically, the Braves have been as pro-NL Style as it gets. Bobby Cox does a great job of taking advantage of his players' strengths, but I just don't see Adam Dunn's total package as something the Braves are seeking in a LF. As much as we ORG Redszoners appreciate Adam Dunn for what he is, the Braves are an organization that will not overlook what he is not. I can't see a team like the Braves taking that big of a hit to their OF defense, nor can I see them pairing Dunn with Andruw Jones to go back-to-back with the two highest strikeout hitters in baseball. You can certainly argue whether that's smart or not, but I just can't see the Braves organization going in that direction.
Oh I never said the trade made any sense for the braves, but if they came to me and offered me a Dunn for Salty trade I would take it and run before they could change their minds.