As a Braves fan, I’m not sure what to think about this. I like Furcal — always did — and if Wren is intent on giving up on Escobar to get some pitching, at least he’s got a good glove to go along with that bat. If healthy, he’s better than Escobar, and if healthy, he can help the Braves return to the playoffs. A place, I might add, they haven’t been since Furcal left town the first time.
Thing is, I kind of like Escobar, and I hoped that he would be the shortstop for, oh, the next decade or so. There’s something nice about watching a team win with players who were there when the team was losing. Yes, Furcal was originally a Braves product, but he left, and my feelings towards seeing him in a Braves uniform again will be much like my feelings upon seeing Glavine return last year. It’s nice, but it’s different, and it can never truly be the same.