PITTSBURGH -- After more than a month of speculation, the Pirates and Braves agreed in principle on Wednesday to a four-player trade that would send closer Mike Gonzalez to Atlanta for first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
In addition to LaRoche, the Pirates will receive Minor League outfielder Jamie Romak, with shortstop prospect Brent Lillibridge heading to Atlanta to complete the deal.
Good deal for the Bucs, although I really cringe at losing a prospect like Lillibridge. Romak's stats aren't too shabby though. It give the Bucs the young left handed power hitter they were looking for (should fit nicely in the lineup with Freddie Sanchez & Jason Bay) while the loss of Gonzo can be made up for with Torres or Capps.
Slap, I'd be very interested in your take on this deal......whatcha think?