The Atlanta Braves have backed off requesting Paul Maholm in a trade with Mike Gonzalez for first basemen Adam LaRoche. This move has helped the trade talks between the Braves and Pirates once again pick up steam.
The three team deal involving the Pirates, Braves and Yankees has hit a serious snag because the Braves are asking for Castillo and Gonzo from the Pirates so they can then move Gonzo to the Yanks for the Cabrera and Proctor. The Braves would end up with Castillo, Proctor and Cabrera and that seems to be too rich for the Yanks.
The Pirates signed catcher Einar Diaz yesterday, possibly putting an end to Humberto Cota's run with the Pirates.