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Braves send Escobar to Toronto for Gonzalez

Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Yunel Escobar The Braves' search for offense has taken a strange turn, with Atlanta trying to upgrade offensively at shortstop, acquiring Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez and two prospects for shortstop Yunel Escobar and lefty Jo-Jo Reyes .

Getting rid of Escobar may be an early retirement gift for Bobby Cox, who has long been frustrated by the talented but inconsistent Escobar, as well as his attitude and "hustle."

Still, Gonzalez, 33, had a career first-half in Toronto, hitting .259/.296/.497 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI. His 17 homers are already the second-best total of his career. He hit 18 in 2003 and 23 in 2004. As much as anything, the clock seems to be ticking on Gonzalez, who has already played 85 games this season. He hasn't played in more than 112 games since 2005.

Gonzalez at one time had the reputation as one of the top defensive shortstops in the country and has returned to an above-average status after dealing with lower leg injuries in the last few years. He's been healthy so far for the Blue Jays and also been helped by the artificial surface in Toronto.

Escobar may be the best defensive shortstop in baseball, but has been disappointing offensively this season, hitting .238/.334/.284 with no homers after hitting 14 last season.

Reyes is a throw-in, as are the prospects going to Toronto, Tim Collins and Tyler Pastronicky. The Blue Jays designated Ronald Uviedo to make room on the 40-man roster.

Overall, it seems an odd move. Sure, Cox may be tired of Escobar, but the Braves better have a backup ready at shortstop. It's also doubtful Gonzalez's power carries over to Turner Field. Escobar's reputation alone deserves more in return than Gonzalez. Look for Braves pitchers to notice a difference in the defense behind them soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Braves send Escobar to Toronto for Gonzalez

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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:46 am
 

Gonzalez is a risk worth making for Braves

First let me say I am a huge Braves fan.  Sure there is always a risk in trading, always.  But Atlanta is trying to make itself a team that can win the world series in Bobby Cox's last season. 

The Braves have a great chemistry right now and having watched most every Braves' game this year I saw Escobar as nothing but a defensive value.  Right now the Braves need as much offense as they can get to make a magical run, that's a no-brainer.  If Gonzo can be solid at SS defensively and produce a modicum of run support then the Braves get what they want. 

I have always been skeptical of Frank Wren until this season as observing a great set of moves in the offseason including Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera and Eric Hinske.  Letting Kelly Johnson go thus allowing Martin Prado to flourish is another great move.  Then add in Billy Wagner, a pretty good closer and the Braves have something going here that just might be special.

It will be interesting to see how Gonzo affects the team chemistry and defense but I do believe its the right move.  Forget next year, this is the year of Brave.  See you in the World Series, which by the way will be Game 1 in Atlanta thanks to Braves' Catcher Brian McCann.  The stars are aligned.



Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:18 pm
 

Braves send Escobar to Toronto for Gonzalez

Yes!! So glad to be rid of Jo-Jo! A. Gon will produce more RBI's and be a stop gap until Infante takes over next year at SS, Glaus makes the move back to 3rd, and Freddie Freeman rookie impact 1B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Braves send Escobar to Toronto for Gonzalez

This trade in long terms this trade makes the Braves a better team . Escobar is already 27 and has shown that he needs time to develop. As for Reyes well that's another story he's bad  his career stas reflect that,  IP: 194  Hits: 226 Runs: 150 ERA: 138  AVG .297 WHIP:1.67 As for the prospects here's a little info on them.  TYLER IS A VERY EXCITING PLAYER.A FANS PLAYER,HUSTLES,PLAYS HARD,DOES ALL THE LITTLE THINGS.I HOPE HE MAKES IT TO THE SHOW….HE’S YOUNG AND HAS TIME TO DEVELOP.I REALLY ENJOY WATCHING HIM PLAY DEFENCE,OFFENCE AND ON THE BASES.  He’s that pesky type of player that drives opposing teams nuts because he can hurt you in many ways. The biggest way he can hurt you is wit his dazzling speed, which he used to steal 57 bases in 2009. I always like to add those to the doubles total in order to get a taste of what a player’s impact really is, and if you add those 57 steals to his doubles count Tyler had 71 doubles. Now that’s an impact player.  Tyler Pastornicky is 20yrs old  Tim Collins:  The 20-year-old Collins has appeared in 35 games this year for Double-A New Hampshire, earning nine saves to go along with a 2.51 ERA, 43 inn and 73 SO . Pastornicky, 20, hit .258 with 16 doubles, six homers and 35 RBIs through 77 games with Class A Dunedin.
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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Braves send Escobar to Toronto for Gonzalez

This is a bs Trade, One that does not benefit the Blue Jays one bit, only further proof the Jays have given up on the season, which they have done for the last 17 years no matter who is General Manager!

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2010 5:03 pm
 

Braves send Escobar to Toronto for Gonzalez

It's hard to judge who won this deal. If the Braves were willing to trade Escobar for a player past his prime (Gonzalez), that means they think he's a bust. Either that or they were just so sick of his nonchalant attitude they just wanted him off the roster, no matter what the compensation. However they do get Gonzo who's having himself a hell of a year, power-wise. He's also solid with the glove. He may not be a top 10 shortstop but he's better than anything Yunel has given the Braves. The Bravos are in win-now mode with this being Cox's last year, so I get the move.

As for Toronto, they get a young player with boat-loads of potential. If the Jays can some how turn his attitude around (big if) and get Yunel to capitalize on his talents, they will have a top 10 shortstop and laugh all the way to the bank on this deal.

Good move for both teams. And I must admit it's cool to see the Braves miscalculating players like Escobar and Francouer. Here's hoping Heyward is the next bust.


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