The Atlanta Braves have acquired shortstop Alex Gonzalez and sent Yunel Escobar to the Toronto Blue Jays in a five-player trade.
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The Braves traded Escobar and left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to the Blue Jays for Gonzalez, left-handed minor-league pitcher Tim Collins and minor-league shortstop Tyler Pastornicky.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez is hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs. He is tied for fifth in the American League with 43 extra-base hits.
Gonzalez began his career with Florida in 1998.
The 27-year-old Escobar is hitting .238 with no homers and 19 RBIs. Reyes, with Triple-A Gwinnett, has a 5-15 career record with Atlanta.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction currently list the Braves as 8/1 to win the 2010 World Series and 11/4 to win the National League pennant.
Posted: 7/14/10 2:45PM ET