On the surface, this move really doesn't make that much sense. After all, the Washington Nationals have Bryce Harper to hold down center field, and the Atlanta Braves would probably not be that interested in trading a potentially dangerous leadoff hitter to a division rival.
However, this move does make a little bit more sense if you look a little bit deeper.
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Washington Nationals have essentially said that Bryce Harper is not going to be their center fielder.
With that statement, the Washington Nationals insinuated that they need to find another center fielder.
Now, why would the Atlanta Braves trade Michael Bourn within the division?