Todd Pratt agreed to terms on a one year contract today with the Braves. Atlanta traded former Phil Johnny Estrata to Arizona earlier this week and expects Pratt to backup and mentor starting catcher Brian McCann. Pratt said of joining Atlanta after two stints in Philadelphia and one for the Mets, "There was never a hatred or anything like that toward the Braves. You just looked at it as a challenge every year to beat them." Oh come on Todd, you didn’t hate them just a little?
Tank was the best thing the Phillies had in terms of a clubhouse leader in recent years. With him gone and a roster full of new players, it will be interesting to see who steps up and takes over this team — most likely, no one as usual. Not since Dutch Daulton has the Phillies clubhouse had some one who could command the attention of the team and trust of the manager. There’s not a single player on the current roster I see fulfilling this role.