Friday, November 16, 2007

Help you, help me

Friday's trade between Houston and Atlanta is a perfect example of teams with needs fixing themselves through a deal.

And that's a trend you almost certainly will see through the remainder of the Hot Stove League.

The Braves sent right-hander Oscar Villarreal to Houston for outfield prospect Josh Anderson.

Anderson's speed is his biggest asset and it should allow him to fill two spots the Braves need -- center field and leadoff hitter. Meanwhile, Villarreal is a versatile pitcher who can improve the Astros' reconfigured bullpen or slide into the back of their rotation.

With a weaker free-agent crop than most seasons, look for more teams to try to match their weaknesses with another team's strengths.


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