The Trades Thus Far
Mark Teixeira is an excellent player, but does he really help the Braves all that much? Their major problem has been the back end of the rotation and the back of the bullpen; and if they think that Teixeira is going to love Atlanta so much that he’s going to take short money to stay after a year and a half, all they have to do is look at the name of his agent—-Scott Boras. If they want to keep him from heading to Boston, New York or Baltimore after 2008, they’re going to have to pay him and pay him a lot of money.
Luis Castillo is an excellent pick-up for the Mets "now and for the future" (to quote that noted genius Theo Epstein). He’s a former Gold Glove winner; he can run; hits around .300; and gets on base. He’s a perfect second hole hitter to set the table for the middle of the Mets lineup.
Kyle Lohse has wicked stuff, but he’s going to give up a ton of homers at Citizens Bank Park; and that Philadelphia defense won’t help him either.