So the Braves tradedWilly Aybar yesterday. Not surprised. He's out of options and has been a real pain in the ass. Think a switch hitting Amy Winehouse. He was traded to the Devil Rays for Jeff Ridgway, a rookie lefty that got blitzed in his debut last year. His career ERA is 189. No, I didn't forget the decimal point. Still not surprising. The Braves' plan for the bullpen seemingly since Smoltz switched back to the rotation has been to throw a bunch of crap at the wall and see what sticks. They needed another lefty in camp to compete with Will Ohman and Royce Ring, so it's a good pickup. What I don't understand is why Wren is throwing a second round draft pick in there too. Chase Fontaine has a silly name and is one of a legion of middle infield prospects in the Braves farm system, but I don't understand why he's even in the deal. It's still a sound deal I guess - we gave up two pieces that were not going to contribute in '08 for one who might - but I'm not liking all these minor leaguers getting shipped off lately. Remember, our 2008 first rounder belongs to the Mets now because of the Glavine signing. Don't deplete the minors too quickly now. At least there's a tiny chance that we could cut a long term deal with Tex. Still, I can't say I hate the trade if only for one reason. Picking up a guy named Ridgway gives me an excuse to post this:
There ain't many cover songs better than that, folks.