First of all, I come back to find out that the Torrealba PTBNL isn't a chunk of organizational driftwood, but rather Marcos Carvajal, another one of those lanky young Venezuelans who throws like a whip and gets pretty good movement on his mid-90s fastball. Last year, he made the jump from the Sally League to the Majors without really missing a beat, striking out nearly a batter an inning out of the Colorado bullpen. How often do you get the chance to acquire a 21 year old Major League-quality reliever for what's beginning to look like a no-hit catcher? Nothing against Torrealba - I'm sure he'll have no trouble putting up an .780 OPS or something with the Rockies - but I'm a sucker for the lanky Venezuelan types, especially when they make other relievers (Mateo, Putz) expendable.
The best Carvajal can hope for out of the gate is beginning the year in a low-leverage middle relief role (he could also wind up in Tacoma), but don't be surprised if he's picking up important seventh-inning at bats down the stretch. As big a fan as I am of guys like Juan Cruz, I can't help but love this deal, even though in the grand scheme of things, it means very little.
The thing that really blows my mind, though, is that Atlanta has apparently traded Andy Marte - its top prospect - to Boston for a bunch of cash and Edgar Renterfriggin'ia. Renteria, as you may know, will go down in history as one of the few players to pull off the 30/30 (age/errors) feat, and he has exactly one real good offensive season to his record, back in 2003. Marte, meanwhile, has put up a career .274/.360/.485 line in the minors, culminating in an .878 OPS season as a 21 year old in AAA last year. He draws walks, hits for power, plays good defense at third base...he's pretty much as much of a "sure thing" as you'll ever get in a prospect. The only concerns one could have about him, I suppose, are that he doesn't hit for a real good average, and that he struggled in a brief ML debut late last summer, but dealing this guy for three years of an essentially mediocre shortstop? Baffling. And stupid. Really stupid.