I knew Frank Wren wanted to be active this year. However, I did not see THIS coming.
1) Yunel Escobar has had the most potential of any SS in the league not named Han-Ram or Reyes the past 5 years. However, that potential has yet to play out on the field. I do think Yunel is one of the smoothest defensive shortstops in the game, but he has been a disappointment at the plate. Going a step further, his attitude is terrible, and he is not always a great teammate.
2) My first instinct was “What”!?! However, Frank Wren has earned a pass with me, at least temporarily, due to the success of his decisions so far this year. And to be honest, I don’t know anything about the 2 minor leaguers we’re getting. Plus, losing Jo-Jo isn’t really that big of a deal.
I realize that we want to win and win now for Bobby, and I don’t blame anyone for that. I’d trade a Championship this year than a few pennant runs in the next few if it meant Bobby went out on top. I think Gonzalez helps make that a better possibility. There’s no question that he is better right now than Yunel is. And who knows, maybe Yunel never matures into that player he could have been.
It’s not the trade I expected, but I am glad that the Braves are being active and not sitting on the sidelines. Welcome aboard, Alex!