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Hot Stove NT 4.0

The NT stands for New Trades... it's a computer joke, sorry.

Anyway... it was a busy week/weekend.

The A's signed LF Emil Brown.  I'm guessing this is because they just traded for a lot of younger and likely more capable players, so they needed that obligatory veteran cork to stop up the flow.

The Brewers signed Mike Cameron to a 1 year deal. I've read reports that it's worth $7 mil.  I hope they're kidding.  This likely slides Bill Hall back to 3rd where he's just slightly less of a butcher then Ryan Braun, who moves to LF.  Cameron is no longer an elite CF defensively and is even worse with the bat.  Thumbs down from me on this one.

The Braves, apparently desperate for a CF, traded very promising RP prospect Joey Devine to the A's for CF Mark Kotsay.  Kotsay was one of my favorites for a long time, but this guy just doesn't have anything left in the tank.  I suspect the Braves will regret not just giving the job to Josh Anderson or moving Kelly Johnson to CF.  The only bright side for the Braves is that the A's are reportedly going to pay $5 mil of the $7 mil that Kotsay is owed this year.

The Cardinals and Blue Jays traded for eachother's problems at 3rd base.  Scott Rolen and his shredded shoulder go to Toronto while Troy Glaus and his bad left foot will move on to St Louis.  There is money involved in this deal somewhere, but I haven't seen final word on how much and to where.  This is a 100% win for the Cardinals.  Rolen was a cancer in their locker room and quite honestly is a waste of roster space at this point.  Glaus, if he can get the foot issue sorted, is still one of the best power hitting third basemen in the game (for those that like that sort of thing).

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