Finally Getting Something Done

Well, it looks like the Braves finally made a move. This would send Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan to the Braves in exchange for Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, Jon Gilmore, and Santos Rodriguez. The White Sox are getting a little more than they should in my opinion. Am I liking this trade? Yea. Am I loving it? No.

Javier Vasquez

I’m liking this trade because the Braves are getting a solid middle of the rotation starter in exchange for some mediocre prospects. Just for the record I am including Tyler Flowers in that mediocre comment. I will address that later. Only Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez have had more strikeouts than Vazquez since 1998 while only Livan Hernandez has thrown more innings since 2000. This guy is a workhorse. He may not be an overpowering, superstar ace like Jake Peavy or A.J. Burnett, but he will be a strong piece to add to the rotation.

The Braves also get Boone Logan who was less than spectacular last year. This was the first time I have even heard his name since I don’t play close attention to the White Sox, but I have a strong grasp of the game’s above average players. I don’t feel he should be included in that group of players. What he does provide is a fresh arm to a bullpen that was worn out last year. He is just a fresh face that may be a diamond in the rough, who knows?

Brian McCannOn the White Sox side of the deal they got some nice pieces. Not great, but nice. Tyler Flowers is the centerpiece of the deal for Chicago. Before all the Flowers faithful go haywire, let’s calm down and face reality. Flowers did great in the AFL, which was a hitters league. He should be crushing the ball to be honest.

He is a catcher that can crush the ball. Wait, the Braves have that Brian McCann guy already. I’d say he is pretty good. Can Flowers move to first base? No. Casey Kotchman is better than he played and if that doesn’t work out Freddie Freeman is a better overall prospect and already plays first base. Flowers is just in a bad situation. It happens to a lot of good players. He will get over it and you guys should too.

Brent Lillibridge is a great trade since he is not major league ready. If the Braves trade Yunel Escobar there is no doubt in my mind that Lillibridge would not be able to step in and perform at the highest level. The kid has a great glove but he just can’t hit. If he can fix that then he will turn into a nice piece for the White Sox. Until then, good luck guys.

Jon Gilmore is one of those third basemen that is supposedly capable of replacing Chipper Jones. I have been hearing his name for a few years now and haven’t seen anything spectacular. Santos Rodriguez is a nice pick up for Chicago. He pitched well in both of the past two years but is still a long ways away from hitting Chicago.

Jermaine DyeIn all this was a good trade for both Atlanta and Chicago. Don’t worry about not having the prospects to get Peavy now because I doubt any of those would have been included anyway. This could in fact get Towers to come crawling back because he feels the Braves have moved on without him. It is just a matter of time before Towers comes back. Just a matter of time.

The only thing that disappoints me is that Jermaine Dye was not included in the trade. This could of possibly killed two birds with one stone in getting a starter and a power hitting outfielder. But oh well, Rome wasn’t built in a day and the Braves won’t be fixed in a day.

Cheers,

~Ben

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5 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Hey Ben,

    At least the Braves are making some moves! I’d like to see the Red Sox get moving. It looks like the Braves have made some solid additions to their team and it should go a long way towards helping them. Hope it works out for all.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. hardballblog

    Thanks Julia. Yea, the Red Sox did however sign Pedroia to an extension. Very smart on their part. I think they will end up signing Derek Lowe in the end. I also think that if the Angels don’t sign him that the Red Sox will sign Mark Teixeira. It just fits for them. I know Mike Lowell is a beloved figure there but it is Mark Teixeira. Tex would be a great addition to any team.

  3. Grant McAuley

    Well, I’m pleased that the Braves got a starter (check out my post for the full thoughts), but the work is not done. It’s funny how people dismiss this move as lackluster, because I think it’s solidfying this rotation was job 1. Looks like A.J Burnett could be coming along too.

    http://grantmc.mlblogs.com

  4. Darion

    Kaybee
    I’m thinking either you are going for a cheap SS and you are going to keep Peavy like you said, or the Pads just widened the chances of a Peavy trade to the Braves. Either way, we are about to find out what is about to happen. Now things are getting interesting.
    http://darion.mlblogs.com/

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