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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Let the fleecing season begin

Apparently the Atlanta Braves' lineup wasn't the only ones who found a way to bust a slump over the All-Star break.

John Scheurholz seems to have regained his touch after a horrible first-round pick in 2004 (Joey Devine) and a bungled trade for a closer (Dan Kolb) earlier that year.

By getting Bob Wickman from Cleveland for a Single-A catcher, Schuerholz solved his team's greatest flaw while dealing from a position of strength. The Braves likely won't win their 15th straight division title but if Wickman pitches well enough, Atlanta is looking like a true wild-card contender.

If not, well the Braves were pretty much dead in the water after June anyway.


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