Every so often an idea pops into my head and won’t leave. I don’t have any proof, just one of those feelings, but here it is.
I think the Braves are going to trade Marcus Giles and use Betemit at second. Here are my reasons:
—Marcus is up for a big raise this year, while Betemit is cheap.
—The Braves are shopping hard for a shortstop replacement for Furcal, when Betemit would be no worse than Jeff Blauser on defense and much better at the plate.
—I am now convinced that Marcus’s 2003 power was a fluke. He is still an excellent offensive second baseman, but he’s not going to be the superstar offensive player that many thought. I would not be surprised if the Braves agree.
—Giles is often rumored to be “on the table.”
—Giles could bring in a solid relief pitcher in a trade. At worst, he frees up $9-10 million over the next two seasons.
Anyway, it’s just a feeling.