In a bold move, Gonzalez will replace Yunel Escobar as the Braves' starting shortstop. The 33-year-old batted .259/.296/.497 with 17 homers and 50 RBI during the first half, though we'd be shocked if he can maintain this pace in the National League. The Braves are going to sell this trade on Gonzalez's veteran presence and steady glove, but that won't change that he has only walked in 4.9 percent of his at-bats this season. Gonzalez will make roughly $1.2 million for the rest of this season. His contract includes a 2.5 million club option for 2011, but this sounds more like the move of a club who is gearing up for short-term stability over long-term potential.
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Boy, I don't get this one for the Braves. Reyes isn't worth much, but I wouldn't move Escobar for Gonzalez. With Alex Gonzalez you're getting a little more pop, but his OPS is deceiving. A .793 OPS loses value when the OBP is .296. We're talking about a career .248/.294 hitter who's 33 years old...this is who he is. One hot half-season (and that's strictly from a slugging standpoint) doesn't change that. Escobar has struggled a bit this year (though June was better with a .400+ OBP), but he has a stronger track record and brighter future. He's younger and cheaper. I don't get it.
I am intrigued by Tim Collins though. Granted he's a relief prospect and only 5'7" and 155 lbs, but 73 Ks in 43 AA innings is pretty sick. Maybe he ends up justifying the deal a little someday.
Yeah the Braves had grown tired of his lack of intensity and general malaise.
That’s not going to cut it for Bobby Cox’s last season when they're trying to make a run at it. I like this move as it improves their immediate offense and gives them a little more pop from the right side. Gonzalez should be a good RBI man down in the lower half of Braves lineup.