Braves Trade Renteria for Prospects

Detroit fills SS gap; Atlanta ushers in youth movement
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2007 11:12 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves shortstop Edgar Renteria fields a ball off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun during the fourth inning during of a Major League Baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at Turner Field...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Tigers have signaled that the future is now; with the window closing on last year's AL champions, Detroit has traded two stellar prospects for the veteran bat and glove of Edgar Renteria. Atlanta will receive righty fireballer Jair Jurrjens, 21, and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, 20, who hit .293 and stole 54 bases with Class A last year.

Renteria allows Carlos Guillen to move to first base, a big boost to the team's infield defense; the steady shortstop's .332 average is also quite an upgrade. Detroit fans hope the trade isn't reminiscent of a 1987 deal that sent a 20-year-old prospect named John Smoltz to Atlanta.