Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Braves trying to shake things up in the NL East

Earlier today the Braves released 300-game-winner Tom Glavine, a move to rid themselves of a pitcher whose fastball was registering in the low 80's. Glavine had just done well in his last rehab outing, but the Braves felt it would be better to have a young pitcher in the rotation.

That wasn't their only move of the day.

Later in the day Atlanta acquired 2008 All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth from the Pirates in exchange for three prospects. McLouth is hitting .256 with nine home runs and 34 RBI this season and brings a Gold Glove to the Atlanta outfield. He is also a stolen base threat.

The NL East is wide open right now. The Phillies are strong, but the Mets have suffered from injuries and poor play and the Marlins have stumbled after coming out of the gate 11-1. The Braves now have some more offense to try to contend with.

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