The Atlanta Braves were busy yesterday, releasing Tom Glavine and trade for centerfielder Nate McLouth from the Pirates.
The release of Glavine shows that these aren't your old Braves. In a sentimental move, the team resigned Glavine in the offseason, but injuries hampered his return. Now that he's healthy, the Braves don't think he still has it. They decided to let go the last of the big three (Glavine/Smoltz/Maddux).
It's a tough call, but fans should understand. Glavine is getting up there in age and may not have much left. The Braves have to do what's best for the team now and not what "feels good." Bringing up an ace prospect like Tommy Hanson is a better move for the long-term than added Glavine back to the rotation.
The team also traded for All Star CF McLouth from the Pirates. He won a gold glove last year and finished with 26 HRs and 94 RBI. He adds some much needed pop to the Braves lineup and give some power to an outfield that was lacking in hitting the long ball. This is a great move for the Braves and fans should soon enjoy watching McLouth play in the ATL.
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