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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Minor/Lowrie trade: Who says no?

By David Schoenfield

Whenever I chat, readers will send in trade suggestions or ask for an opinion on rumors they've read on the Internet.

So let's have a little fun with this. I'll repeat a deal that a reader has sent in or maybe one that's floating out there and open it up for a vote. Let's see how one-sided (or fair) the proposed deal appears.

The deal: The Braves send LHP Mike Minor to the Red Sox for SS/3B Jed Lowrie

For the Braves: With the departure of free agent Alex Gonzalez, the Braves need a shortstop. Prospect Tyler Pastornicky hit .314 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2011, but without much power (27 extra-base hits in 459 at-bats). He probably needs a year in Triple-A and his bat may be marginal. With Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson, Brandon Beachy and Minor, plus top prospects Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino, the Braves have plenty of pitching to offer. Most feel Minor's upside doesn't match Teheran's or Vizcaino's, so he could be expendable.

For the Red Sox: They have three capable major league shortstops on the roster in Lowrie, Marco Scutaro and Mike Aviles, plus glove wizard Julio Iglesias in Triple-A. They could use a starter for the rotation. Lowrie has been injury-prone but has upside and could provide more offense than most teams get from shortstop.