The Braves have dealt starting shortstop Yunel Escobar and minor-league pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to Toronto in exchange for 33-year-old shortstop Alex Gonzalez and a pair of prospects.
Frank Wren, speaking with the AJC:
This trade improves our club for the second half of the season. We have been looking at ways to strengthen our club offensively and Alex Gonzalez is a proven veteran player who gives us added power. He is a winner and a solid offensive presence in the lineup as well as a quality defensive shortstop.
Insta-reaction: the Talking Chop community is confused. Talking Chop will be your best source for analysis of the trade as the fog of confusion rapidly lifts throughout the afternoon.