The Braves traded starting shortstop Yunel Escobar to Toronto Wednesday-in return Atlanta gets Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez. The Braves also sent lefty Jo-Jo Reyes to Toronto in the deal and received a couple of minor leaguers.
Actually, the two minor leaguers are significant too, especially left handed pitcher Tim Collins, who is doing very well in Double-A. The other prospect is Tyler Pastornicky.
We’ll worry about those two prospects down the road; in the short term the Braves get a veteran shortstop that is having one of his best offensive seasons. Gonzalez is 33 years old and is hitting .259 with 17 homeruns and 50 RBIs this season.
Braves General Manager Frank Wren on Gonzalez
Tonight Atlanta will play its first game since the All-Star break. They take on the Brewers at 7:10 at Turner Field. The Braves start the second half with a four game lead on the Mets in the N.L. East standings.