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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
McLouth traded to BravesPosted by Derek Carty at 6:31pm
First big trade of the year. Pirates OF Nate McLouth has supposedly been traded to the Atlanta Braves for prospects P Charlie Morton, P Jeff Locke, and OF Gorkys Hernandez (h/t Rotoworld). This is great news for Brandon Moss owners (like me in LABR NL!) as he no longer has to worry about being replaced when the team decides Andrew McCutchen is ready. Nyjer Morgan's playing time is also secure now, and this improves the short-term value of OF Craig Monroe and OF Eric Hinske.
It also could mean that a McCutchen promotion is upcoming. I'd grab him in all NL-only leagues but only in the deepest of mixed leagues where you're desperate for steals. With the emergence of Morgan, he almost certainly will not lead off and may only provide real value in one category.
As for the Braves situation, Gregor Blanco looked like he would be starting with Jordan Schafer demoted, but now he'll have to settle for a fourth outfielder/platoon role.
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