Braves make splash in Dallas

Braves make splash with Renteria trade

DALLAS -- Before John Schuerholz can feel completely satisfied about the completion of his roster reconstruction, he has a few more decisions to make. But during this year's Winter Meetings, he made a big splash by acquiring Edgar Renteria to serve as Rafael Furcal's replacement.

Renteria gives the Braves an All-Star-caliber shortstop and another offensive threat in a lineup that currently lacks a proven leadoff hitter. But the club feels confident it can find one or fill the role with second baseman Marcus Giles.

Schuerholz left the Winter Meetings still in search of a closer. But he did give his bullpen some depth with a couple of trades on Wednesday.

The Braves have some other minor needs, such as finding a right-handed hitting first baseman to platoon with Adam LaRoche, a backup catcher (most likely Todd Pratt) and possibly an outfielder who would provide more experience than Ryan Langerhans in left field.

Deals done: Acquired SS Edgar Renteria from Boston in exchange for 3B Andy Marte; acquired RHPs Oscar Villarreal and Lance Cormier from Arizona in exchange for C Johnny Estrada; acquired RHP Wes Obermueller from Milwaukee in exchange for RHP Dan Kolb; offered salary arbitration to SS Rafael Furcal, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, OF Brian Jordan and C Eddie Perez; declined to offer arbitration to 1B Julio Franco, RHP Jay Powell and OF Todd Hollandsworth.

Rule 5 activity: No players selected or lost in the Major League phase.

Goals accomplished: With Renteria, the Braves replaced Furcal with a shortstop who many believe is even more talented. Schuerholz also was able to add depth to his bullpen and save some money by dealing Estrada to the Diamondbacks.

Unfinished business: The Braves were hoping to acquire Renteria and sign closer Trevor Hoffman during the meetings. With Hoffman opting to stay in San Diego, Atlanta now has to find a closer in a very tight market.

GM's bottom line: "We came here to acquire a shortstop, a first-class, championship-caliber shortstop. We've done that. We're working on some other pieces for our team, but this is a big piece of the puzzle." -- Schuerholz

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.