In a move that seems to indicate the Braves are ready, willing, and able to win RIGHT NOW, Atlanta has shipped shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes across the border to Canada. In exchange, Toronto sends back two prospects and power-hitting shortstop Alex Gonzalez, in the midst of a career year at age 32. Fella's got pop and a tidy glove, but not much in the on-base department. But I guess old Frank Wren wanted some more power in his lineup and more leather on the field.
With one of the deepest rotations in baseball, young Reyes was expendable to the Braves; he will provide a nice little experiment for Toronto GM Alex Anthopolous. But really, isn't it peculiar that Frank Bird would cut ties with a 4 WAR shortstop in his mid twenties to get an aged, whiff-prone guy who's been feasting on the homer-happy mantra of the free-swinging Blue Jays?
UPDATE: Mark Bradley of the AJC just penned perhaps the worst introduction paragraph in sportswriting history. I just vomited everywhere.
It wasn't just that Yunel Escobar was slow to learn English. He was slower to learn how to be a professional. How many times do you have to be told to hustle -- the concept of which should be the same in every language -- before it's clear you just don't care to do it?
Just file that under 'H' for "Hustle, lack of in brown people".