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A very reliable Braves source has told me that John Schuerholz has worked his magic once again in picking up superstar leftfielder Carl Crawford from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The trade sent righty Kyle Davies, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, shortstop Yunel Escobar, and Joey Devine to Tampa for the 25-year old Crawford. Crawford, who hit .305 with 18 HRs and 58 SBs last year will give us a solid leadoff man at the top of the order and provide speed on the basepaths that this team hasn't seen since Rafael Furcal left. A big plus is that we only had to part with one major league ready player and traded away talent where we have it in excess. Either this is a big vote of confidence for Lance Cormier and Mark Redman, or JS just couldn't pass up this opportunity. The big question now becomes does Kelly Johnson stick at second or will the more defensively sound Martin Prado take over second with a solid leadoff man in place. After a very strong string, Elijah Dukes may have forced Tampa Bay's hand to clear a spot for him in the outfield, and with speedy BJ Upton earning the second base job, they could afford to move some speed to acquire the major league pitching they are in need of. Davies will undoubtedly take a spot in the rotation, probably behind Kazmir and Shields, and Devine could be in contention for the closer role. Right now they have a very shaky shortstop situation with Ben Zobrist holding it warm for Reid Brignac, so Yunel Escobar could step right in and make an impact. With the depth in the outfield the Rays have, this makes quite a bit of sense for both parties. If you haven't already realized, look at the date. Happy April Fools Day!

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