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-P- Jeff Sackmann has a good article about the trade at the Hardball Times.

-P- The Padres have re-signed David Wells to a one-year, $3 million deal. Wells is as old as the hills, is in terrible shape, and doesn't strike batters out anymore, but he still hasn't really had a bad season since 1996 or so. $3 million for him sounds great. With this signing and the cheap signings of Trot Nixon and Craig Wilson in the past few days, it appears that the market has calmed down a bit.

-P- The Pirates continue to chase Brian Lawrence.

-P- Cory has a suggestion about who the Bucs should take with the fourth overall pick in the June draft.

-P- Mike Gonzalez on being a Brave (registration required):

"Man, I'm pumped up," Gonzalez said. "It's awesome to be able to work with those guys -- [John] Smoltz, [Mike] Hampton, [Tim] Hudson, those guys are winners. I'm going to a high-caliber pitching staff.

"I really haven't put much thought into [his role]. I'm just thinking about being part of the Braves' tradition. I'm out to win.

"You give me the ball and put me where you need me to be, I'm going to do the job. I know if I do what I'm supposed to do, it'll all pan out. I got nothing but respect for Wickman."