The Blue Kays and the Atlanta Braves switched shortstops, assuming Yunel Escobar and Alex Gonzalez make it through customs. No, sir, I don’t have an OBP to declare. This move is commonly called One Team’s Garbage Is Another Team’s ‘At Least We Don’t Have That Other Garbage Anymore’ trade. I’ve noticed team fans don’t really look to see what they’re getting as much as what they’re losing. If they lose a piece that’s done nothing, the fans are giggle-a-plenty. If they’re losing a fan favorite or a productive piece, they’re angry. We saw this play out with the M’s losing Silva for Bradley. People talk about addition by subtraction. I suppose, but I wouldn’t want either of these schmohawks. Alex Gonzalez is disguised as a .260 hitter with 17 homers during his career year. If he were to hit .220 with 8 homers the rest of the way, it wouldn’t shock me. The piece going to the Blue Kays is marginally better. At least his OBP is above .300.
The Braves fed up with getting Adam Everettian-type production had Escobar extradited to Canada. Hey, what’s that all aboot? I don’t know, random italicized Canadian voice. Yunel can’t get much worse north of the border. Right now, his line is 28/0/19/.238/5. Crimey, that’s bad. He’s good for a 5/5 2nd half with a better average. Polanco looks at that and says, “Son?” The Braves really only got rid of him because he plays like a petulant 3-year-old. That’s my infield pop-up, give it to me! When Bobby Cox tires of your act, you get door. Save that for your Nana, Grandpa don’t put up with no fuss! BTW, can someone please reunite Bobby Cox and Leo Mazzone for a reality show? Bobby and Leo go to the latest Diane Lane movie and get kicked out because someone mistakes Mazzone’s rocking for masturbating. Tonight on E!