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Teams are calling the Braves about Yunel Escobar

Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet:

Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from
some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel
Escobar . . .
Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s
only 27, is super-talented and they think he might be in for a big
second half . . .
Atlanta also doesn’t have an alternative at SS.
(Omar Infante is not an everyday guy). It’s hard trading a SS in
mid-pennant race.

Omar Infante is not an every day guy?!  Used to be people respected All-Stars. The nerve.

Anyway, Crasnick is right about all of that. The Braves tear their hair out at Escobar, but with a fragile Chipper Jones needing Infante to caddy for him and no Rafael Belliard-style uber glove man waiting in the wings to plug in at shortstop, there’s no way they’d lose Escobar. They may cut bait on him in the offseason — again, they really don’t like the guy all that much — but they need him right now.

In other news, now would probably be a good time to torture all of my fellow Braves fans by reminding them once again that if John Schuerholz had simply held his water, not traded for Mark Teixeira and allowed the 2007 Braves to finish the season in third place like they would have anyway, Elvis Andrus would be playing shortstop right now, Neftali Feliz would probably be filling Kenshin Kawakami’s place in the rotation and Jarrod Saltalamaccia and Matt Harrison could have been traded for an outfielder or something.

But of course I’m not one to dwell on the past.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Since you played the “if game”…if Ruben Amaro, Jr. had not given Cliff Lee away THIS off-season, there would be no doubt that the Phillies would be at worst, tied for first place and considering all the injuries, the deflation that would have been for the Cowards and Mutts would be enough for a free-fall of epic proportions once the Phillies get back to full strength…but once again, I digress.

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Bobby’s probably getting his “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out” speech just in case… I’ve seen this guy frustrate the heck out of Bobby. “lack of hustle” can we use this in regards to spanish players???

  3. FlyEaglesFly - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    I know you’re a Braves fan but can you stop pumping the blog with every Braves related topic that only you and the other 300 Braves fans care about? It will make your blog more successful. And by the way, the Braves are destined for 3rd place again this year.

  4. birdmancometh - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Come on Chris F. it was either Lee or Halladay…he made the right call. And don’t give me the “he should have kept both” bull crap. These are the Phillies, not the Sox or Yankees.

  5. malmstorm - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Speaking of “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out”…

  6. nps6724 - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    He does the same thing for most of the top teams. Every Philly, Boston, or New York player who may be going to the DL or on a rehab stint gets its own individual post (Rollins, Utley, Pedroia, Bucholz, Beltran just to name a few) while other teams don’t get the same treatment.

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    How was it either/or? If you believe Amaro, then he needed to restock the system. With what? 3 middling-at-best prospects. And if you think it was the money, then couldn’t they wait and try to get more from a team like the Red Sox? Or better yet, increase the payroll $9 million for a much better chance at a third straight World Series appearance? Don’t give me the either/or crap…that’s just what it is…CRAP.

  8. nps6724 - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    It was definitely an either/or deal. I mean, it’s not a coincidence they were dealt in the same 4-team deal.

  9. Jonny5 - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    They got 6 million from Toronto in that trade that brought Halladay to Philly. That would make Lee a 3 million dollar salary actually. I’d have rather seen them keep Lee through 2010 then if he does want too much after the season, you get good draft picks. As of yet these prospects from seattle kinda stink. I don’t hear Jack Z. calling trying to trade back do I?

  10. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    nps6724, you are obviously NOT from Philly or you would know that it is an established fact that it was NOT an either/or deal. The Phillies traded for Halladay earlier in the day, then traded Lee to Seattle because they were afraid of the backlash they would receive if they kept both on the roster even for one night. Amaro said that day he needed to replenish the farm system after giving up 7 prospects for Lee and Halladay. I tend to believe that it was more an issue of money because I hope that Amaro isn’t THAT stupid to give away Lee for the 3 lousy prospects he got. He could have kept him and received 2 top 50 picks in the 2011 draft AND gotten a year out of him as well. So my common sense tells me this HAD to be about the $9 million. Either was, still brutal compensation for one of the best pitchers in the game in his contract year after the post-season he had.

  11. nps6724 - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    If it was a money issue, then it was an either/or deal because they couldn’t afford both. How is that NOT an either/or situation?

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