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Tit for Tat: Braves get Michael Bourn

While the Phillies enjoy their shiny new toy in right field, the Braves have gotten in on the Astros fire! sale! by acquiring center fielder Michael Bourn. A former Phillies farmhand, the 28-year old Bourn is hitting .303/.363/.403 on the year, leads the bigs with 39 stolen bases, and is generally regarded as an above average defensive player. To get him, the Braves gave up Jordan Schafer and a trio of prospects (Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens, and Juan Abreu) that won't be missed anytime soon in a strong Braves system. Frank Wren got himself a desperately needed offensive upgrade without surrendering any of his four stud pitching prospects -- or, indeed, anyone in the same neighborhood as Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton -- so it's a great value deal for Atlanta. Bourn is under team control through the end of next year, as he enters his final year of arbitration in 2012.

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