Braves, Boston, Padres Wheeling and Dealing

At least three trades were made in the last 24 hours …

Atlanta acquires slugging, switch-hitting catcher Ryan Doumit from the Twins in return for LHP Sean Gilmartin. Doumit joins Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird in what is shaping up to be an interesting 3-man catching rotation.

The Boston Red Sox swapped LHP Franklin Morales and RHP Chris Martin to the Rockies for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Were the Mets kicking the tires on Herrera, who can capably handle shortstop, second base, and third base? I hadn’t heard anything to that effect, but you never know. The Bosox picked up Herrera as insurance in the event Stephen Drew signs elsewhere — such as with the Mets.

In another deal involving a shortstop, the Astros sent minor leaguer Ryan Jackson to San Diego for Jesus Guzman. Guzman is a 1B/OF who hit over .300 in AAA for the past three seasons. Jackson is a 25-year-old utilityman whose main position is shortstop and who has hit .270 with a .339 OBP in 5 minor league seasons. Jackson was property of the St. Louis Cardinals until the Astros claimed him on waivers in late November. Were the Mets interested in Jackson? Again, who knows? But if they were, it wasn’t strong enough to move them to claim him back in November.

Any comment on these moves?

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