Okay, so what does this mean?
Well, first, it means that the Braves don’t have a first-round pick in the 2008 draft. (They may wind up with a sandwich pick for Andruw. [Add your own “Andruw is fat” sandwich joke here.]) They would have picked eighteenth. Sam lists the last ten eighteenth picks here; the only one that really worked out was Aaron Heilman, by… the Mets. I feel a little queasy.
Still, it’s Tom Glavine! Of course, he turns 42 in April, but if he can give the Braves what he gave the Mets last year, 200 more or less league-average innings, they’d be happy. There are some signs of decline, but at the same time he’s only a year removed from the All-Star team.
My belief is that it would be crazy to trade Chuck James. Heck, wouldn’t it be a good idea to put Chuck — who admittedly doesn’t seem to be quite bright — with Tom and see if something rubs off? Isn’t that worth a shot?