08 December 2005

Chopper Dealt!

It's official:

The Braves and Red Sox have agreed on a deal that would ship shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta in exchange for Braves third-base prospect Andy Marte, ESPN's Peter Gammons has learned.

An official announcement is expected in an hour.

This is a stunningly great trade. Now, if we pass Marte on to Tampa Bay for Lugo and Huff, it stops being that very quick- speaking as someone who loves Julio Lugo, too.

Keep the fingers crossed! KEEP MARTE!

TheBaseballCube.com- ANDY MARTE page
Braves Journal Bio
BA's 2005 Top 100 Prospects List- Marte #9
BA's 2005 Braves Top Ten Prospects List- Marte #1


Gordon Edes and the unstoppable Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports are reporting that the Sox intend to keep Marte.

The Red Sox have told the Braves that they will keep Marte, indicating that he will not be in the deal to the Devil Rays for shortstop Julio Lugo. However the Red Sox still could move to address shortstop where Alex Cora is now the temporary starter.

--Ken Rosenthal

The Red Sox are now expected to sign a free-agent shortstop to replace Renteria rather than pursue a trade with the Devil Rays for Julio Lugo, as had been rumored the last couple of days here at the winter meetings.

--Gordon Edes

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