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Blue Jays acquire Yunel Escobar from Braves

The Blue Jays made a big trade to acquire shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo Jo Reyes from the Braves, according to The Braves acquire Alex Gonzalez and minor league pitcher Tim Collins and shortstop Tyler Pastornicky

The Braves are high on both the minor leaguers they received from the Jays, even though they are very under the radar players. At 5-7, Collins was passed on by all 30 teams in the 2007 draft before the Jays signed him.

"He’s got a power arm," Wren said. "He pitches anywhere from 92 to 94 (mph) with an outstanding curveball and a very good changeup. He’s dominated hitters at the Double-A level. We will send him to Mississippi to Double-A club to get a little bit of hands-on time with him before determining what’s the best spot for him."

Pastornicky will join the team in Mississippi.

"He’s had a very good year in the Florida State League, which is a tough league for hitters," Wren explained. "He will go to Mississippi as well to play shortstop for us. 

Escobar is hitting .238 with 0 home runs in 75 games this season, but he is a career .291 hitter and the Blue Jays may have made a huge steal.