I have no idea how to create pages but I'll figure it out eventually godammit

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bye bye Boyer

Hello Barton.

The Braves traded reliever Blaine Boyer to the Cardinals for last year's Rule 5 pick Brian Barton. Boyer got designated for assignment when JoJo Reyes was called up to take Glavine's spot in the rotation last Saturday. Boyer had been getting hammered recently and apparently ended up in Bobby's doghouse. Bobby's doghouse is also known as Grand Central Station, because once you're there, you'll be traveling soon...

The Cardinals' bullpen is as big a mess as the Braves' and Atlanta needs a right handed outfielder so the trade helps patch a couple of minor holes on each team. Some comments on the trade are a bit panicky for some reason even though it's essentially two teams swapping surplus depth. Both Brian and Blaine have a lot of talent that they haven't quite taken advantage of yet, so there's a potential for one or both players in the trade to break out and have a solid season in the right circumstances. I really like the trade for one reason:

Brian Barton wants to be an astronaut!



Maybe Brian will be called up in time for the Houston series!

5 comments:

Cuyahogabend said...

You got a good one in Barton. Fun to watch, tons of speed and I think a pretty decent line drive hitter given enough at bats. Haven't seen any one motor from first to home on doubles the way he does in a while. Average at best in the field.

dinged corners said...

And he has a nice face.

madding said...

I love how the Cardinals only have one right-handed outfielder (four lefties if you count Schumaker) and they won't even put him in the lineup every day (and he's an All-Star.) So Barton got to stay in AAA after a wasted rule V year. I guess this isn't unexpected from a team that traded Anthony Reyes away for a box of chalk to paint infield lines with.

madding said...

Oh, and I should add that I'm expecting Boyer to be Jorge Sosa II.

Billy Suter said...

I just like the initial symmetry of the deal (B.B. for B.B.). That kind of stuff doesn't happen too often.