The Braves continue to be in the news with the trade of shortstop Yunel Escobar and minor league pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes for shortstop Alex Gonzalez and two minor league players. I feel part of this deal is excellent while the other I am not so sure about. The swapping of shortstops is the great! Gonzalez entered the All-Star break with a .259 batting average, 17 home runs, 25 doubles and 50 RBI, while Escobar was batting .238 with 0 home runs and 19 RBI. Also, I was tired of seeing Yunel hot dog it on the field and not hustling. He made way too many errors and never reached his potential. With Gonzalez, the Braves have a proven All-Star who has played in and won a World Series while with the Marlins. He brings a lot more experience and discipline to the team.
The part I am not so sure about is giving up Reyes for minor-league pitcher Tim Collins and minor-league shortstop Tyler Pastornicky. I know that Reyes was going to be in the majors in a year or so and would be a valuable part of the rotation. I don’t know about Collins and Pastornicky. I hope they pan out but you never know!
I am glad to see the Braves front office making some moves instead of sitting on their hands. I feel like the Braves have a good team and another move or two could push them over the top. I suspect there will be another big trade or acquisition before the trade deadline. I think they owe it to Manager Bobby Cox to do all they can to give him a shot at another World Championship!