Reports are surfacing that the Braves have traded the currently disappointing Yunel Escobar and the perpetually disappointing Jo-Jo Reyes to Toronto for Alex Gonzalez and two minor leaguers. Gonzalez is 33 years old and has some pop (17 homers this year, 131 in his career) but is not nearly the defensive player he once was or Yunel still is, and has a .294 career OBP, .296 this year, because he is a low-average hitter who doesn’t walk. Updates to come.
UPDATE THE FIRST: The prospects are Tyler Pastornicky, an infielder, and Tim Collins, a 5-7 lefty relief pitcher. Collins has some really nifty numbers, but what that means is anyone’s guess. Pastornicky appears to be a tools goof; at any rate, he hasn’t done anything in the minor leagues yet to earn any attention. Sickels rated Collins the 20th-best prospect in a thin organization, and did not rate Pastornicky in the top twenty.