Another Not As Important Trade

Amid all the Matt Holliday trade love, another trade flew under the radar yesterday.  The Florida Marlins traded Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen to the Washington Nationals for some minor leaguers, most notably, second baseman Emiliano Bonifacio.  This trade was just as surprising as the Holliday one, but it didn’t include the star power.

The new Nats players came up with lots of hype and never really showed it in the big leagues.  That’s not to say they have been busts, but they haven’t quite been what was expected.  Olsen also has some attitude issues that he needs to overcome.  I still think the Nats got the better end of this deal since I haven’t really heard of the players that the Marlins got in return.  Bonifacio was the player traded straight up for Jon Rauch last year.

Now, on to a little Atlanta Braves speculation.  I’m sure you’ve all heard the rumors surrounding the Braves and Jake Peavy.  If not, start here, it should catch you up a bit.  I’ve seen where many Braves fans are not in favor of giving up Shortstop Yunel Escobar for the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner.  I don’t feel that way at all.  Anytime you can get a 27-year-old cornerstone of the franchise, you should do it.  Plus, I’ve never been a fan of Escboar’s.  He just seems very arrogant to me and he’s not really that good.  Not likable.  The rumored deal is Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, and either Charlie Morton or Jo-Jo Reyes.  I’m not sure why this hasn’t gone through yet from the Braves end.  Reyes sports a 5-13 record with a 5.94 ERA in 34 career games.  A change of scenery may be good for him.  Hernandez is a good player, but we have a few CF prospects so it wouldn’t be a terrible loss for us.  I also think we could add a stop gap Shortstop like Edgar Renteria for a season until Brent Lillibridge can step into his role.

Anyway, that’s my take on the Peavy situation.  If it goes through, I will be thrilled.


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