Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Braves Go Crazy at Trade Deadline

First, they landed the biggest bat available in Mark Texeira (along with a lefty for the bullpen). Now, they've upgraded their bullpen even more, acquiring Octavio Dotel from the Royals. Next, Bronson Arroyo for Jo-Jo Reyes or Yunel Escobar? The cost thus far Jarrod Saltalamacchia, five prospects, and Kyle Davies. While the number of prospects seems a little high, I think the Braves will be ranked as overall winners for the trade deadline. This is the first time they've been this aggressive since going out to get McGriff in the early 90s.

Dotel will be a definite upgrade over Wickman in the closer role (even if they share closing duties). Wickman worries me every time he comes in with a game on the line. Heck, the way today is going for the Braves, he could be on his way shortly.

Texeira? What can you say. As someone who follows the Braves, I hated to see Saltalamacchia go, but let's face it, he was stuck behind another very good, young catcher in McCann. Now, the Braves have a gold-glove first baseman with about twice as much batting ability than any Braves first baseman since Andres Galarraga.

The last rumor also looks like it would be a good deal for the Braves. In any case, the NL East just got even more interesting than it already was with Phillies and Mets making moves of their own.

UPDATE: So the Arroyo deal didn't come to pass, but one more trade did occur: Will Ledezma, who had been designated for assignment, for Royce Ring, adding yet another lefty to their bullpen.

I can't remember a trade deadline where the Braves have been this active. Is this a final push to try to win it this year before Schuerholz retires? I don't know, but I think their chances to win the east, or the wild card, just improved quite a bit.

NP: World Soccer Daily

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