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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, January 19, 2007
Braves - Acquired Gonzalez, Lillibridge
Atlanta Braves - Acquired P Mike Gonzalez and SS Brent Lillibridge from the Pittsburgh Pirates for 1B Adam LaRoche and OF Jamie Romak; signed 1B-OF Craig Wilson to a 1-year contract.
A fairly swanky series of moves by the Braves. Looking down and out, they’ve now acquired Rafael Soriano for free and Mike Gonzalez, Brent Lillibridge, and a little bit of cash for a slight downgrade at 1B. Gonzalez, along with Soriano, will make the Braves bullpen one of the better ones in baseball almost singlehandedly and Lillibridge is quietly a really good shortstop prospect, unlike the pretend-good middle infield prospects that the Braves have at the top of their system like Prado and Pena.
The Pirates? They’re like the dorky kid in high school that gets a new IPOD - it’s a decent product, but all the popular kids already have them too and despite what he thinks, it doesn’t make him cool. LaRoche is a decent-to-good player, not some special player that can turn around the Pirates. They’re still an organization that can’t evaluate or develop talent and now, they’re a simply an organization that can’t evaluate or develop talent and have a decent first baseman. Strangely enough, this might be the best trade that Dave Littlefield made on purpose - getting Jason Bay was an accident (the Pirates wanted Nady). It’s hard to look at this trade and not remember the widespread reports at the time that Littlefield turned down Ryan Howard in return for Kris Benson.
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