On the other hand, there was also a huge trade yesterday with the Pirates when the Braves traded three prospects to Pittsburgh for All-Star center fielder Nate McLouth. The Braves shipped right-handed starter Charlie Morton, center-field prospect Gorkys Hernandez and minor league lefty Jeff Locke to the Pirates for McLouth, an All-Star and Gold Glove winner last season when he hit 26 homers with 94 RBIs and led the National League with 46 doubles. Those three players were all good, solid players but they weren’t going to help out the team this year and probably not next year either. I think McLouth will come in today and contribute and help us win. Also, he is under contract for several more years so there is no fear of a “rent a player” scenario.
So it was a bittersweet day for Braves fans yesterday. Throw in the fact that we lost to the Cubs in extra innings doesn’t help either. Glavin will be missed, but that also means that the door has been opened for Tommy Hanson to be called up from triple A and he will have a spot in the rotation. That is a good thing! This might be what gets the Braves back on top in the division!