12/21/11 4:04 PM EST
Braves didn't offer Prado, Jurrjens for O's Jones
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
A source with knowledge of recent discussions between the O's and Braves disputed a Baltimore Sun report that said Atlanta was rejected after offering Prado, Jurrjens and a pitching prospect for Jones.
When the Braves expressed interest in Jones earlier this month, they were informed he was unavailable. The O's later called and asked for Jurrjens, Prado and what the source described as "two other premium guys" for Jones.
While Jones could serve as the power-hitting left fielder the Braves are looking to add, they certainly have not valued him enough to pay this kind of price for him on the trade market.
Jones hit .280 with a career-high 25 homers and a .466 slugging percentage this season. The 26-year-old outfielder has hit at least 19 homers each of the past three seasons.
Like Baltimore is not going to part ways with Jones without a significant return, Atlanta has continued to show patience while waiting to see if the right deal materializes for either Jurrjens or Prado.
Before sending Edinson Volquez and three of their top prospects to the Padres on Saturday in exchange for Mat Latos, the Reds were showing interest in Jurrjens. The Braves would not have received the same players in return. But some members of the organization were excited about the immediate and future impacts the returns might have had.
Had the Braves completed the deal with the Reds, the Rockies believe they would have then been in position to satisfy their desire to acquire Prado via a trade with Atlanta.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.