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Transaction Action: Braves and Blue Jays Swap Shortstops in Five Player Deal.

Byline: Joe Tetreault

The lull in on field activity that accompanies baseball's Summer Classic typically spurs the off field game of player acquisition. With the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline looming, teams need to move quickly to improve their rosters for the coming penant races. News comes today, courtesy of a Blue Jays press release that Toronto and Atlanta engaged in a game of Let's Make a Deal.

Atlanta gets shortstop Alex Gonzalez and minor leaguers Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky in exchange for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes. Gonzalez was dealt last year from Cincinnati to Boston during the waiver trading period joins his fourth club in eleven months. Escobar, the other primary in the deal has been a member fo the Braves for his entire career.

Escobar has hit .238 with 12 doubles to go with a .334 on base percentage in 75 games with the Braves this season. Those numbers are a far cry from his career .291 average with 87 doubles, 29 home runs and a .368 on base percentage in 446 games all with Atlanta.

Reyes has only one appearance with the Braves this season. In 12 games (10 starts) with Atlanta's AAA Affliate he is 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA, 15 walks and 50 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings pitched.

Gonzalez put up a .259 average with 25 doubles, 17 home runs and had 50 RBI in career half season, his first with the Blue Jays. For his career, Gonzalez has been a .248 hitter with 281 doubles and 131 home runs in 1,314 games with an abysmal .294 on base percentage.

Collins, a 20 year old relief prospect, has appeared in 35 games this season with the Toronto's AA Affiliate, posting a record of 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA and nine saves. His career record of 14-9 has come in 130 career minor league games in which he has recorded a 2.40 ERA and 27 saves.

Pastornicky is also 20, but has only reached advanced A while batting .258 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 35 RBI in 77 games this season. He was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft. He has good speed and

To make room on the 40 man roster the Blue Jays have designated RHP Ronald Uviedo for assignment. The Blue Jays had acquired Uviedo from Pittsburgh in June in exchange for Dana Eveland.

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Author:Tetreault, Joe
Publication:The Biz of Baseball
Date:Jul 14, 2010
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