Blue Jays Acquire Yunel Escobar
Braves send Escobar to Blue Jays for Gonzalez in 5-player deal
I... the... what... huh?
Gotta hand it to Wren, he's learned how to keep deals hush-hush now.
I'm not crazy about Alex's on base percentage, but he certainly does have a little power and is a solid defender. Another veteran leader in the locker room is also a good thing for a playoff run. Good short term deal that becomes very scary a couple of years down the line.
Yunel's frequent brain farts combined with his lousy offensive output this year sealed his fate. I don't know how he went from Team MVP to doghouse trade bait in one season though. He must have caught Jeff Francouer disease. I was just talking to a friend yesterday about how Yunel's having a bad season but his ceiling is just too high to give up on him. I'm still not sold on this trade, but am willing to get a good look at Gonzalez before ripping it. Well, at least we know that the Braves are in "Win Now" mode. I'm fine with that as long as we don't go overboard and trade Medlen or one of the blue chip pitchers in the minors for a rental.
JoJo's gone too, and a couple of minor leaguers come to us in his place. I don't mind this, JoJo got ample opportunities to crack this rotation and blew them all. Time for him to go to another organization and figure out if he's Jason Schmidt or Charlie Morton. As a prospect with the braves he was done. The Collins kid looks reaaal interesting. 73 Ks in 43 innings?? Holy crap!
Oh God, Canuck sponsored Yunel's B-R page. I'm sorry Canuck...