An Interesting Turn of Events

We were all set to write something skewering Frank Wren (again) for the Tom Glavine situation.  We had it all laid out.  We were going to trash him for signing Glavine and not Smoltz.  We were going to let him have it for lying to us, saying at the time that Glavine deserved his contract, even though we all know Smoltz deserved it more.  We were going to flame him for releasing Glavine today, and at the same time, tacitly admitting that the Smoltz/Glavine debacle was all about money, as we had known all along.  Then, something interesting happened.  Wren was able to pull off a deal with Pittsburgh, sending Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton over in return for Nate McLouth.  Great deal.  Not as great as the fast one the Braves pulled on Detroit, trading Edgar Renteria for Jair Jurrjens, but not far off.  Just like that, Wren had torpedoed our post.  With Tommy Hanson set to make his debut start on Saturday, things are certainly looking up for the Braves.  Hopefully they can build off of last night’s stirring comeback win over the Cubs, and put together a nice run.  In our opinion, the NL East is there for the taking.  The Mets don’t appear to be anything resembling decent when in the field, and health looks as if it may be an issue.  The Phillies need pitching help, and need it bad, especially with Brett Myers missing the rest of the season.  The Florida Marlins are the only team that legitimately scares us, as we believe that they are the most talented team in the division, but, as with the Philies, pitching is a problem.  If the Braves are able to keep pace with the other teams in the division, and Tim Hudson is able to return and contribute in August, we see no reason why this Braves team can’t have a say in who represents the division in the playoffs.  We shall see.  Until next time, so long, everybody.

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