One of the options remaining for the Braves to add to the roster that we mentioned yesterday looks like it may not be an option much longer. Mark DeRosa underwent a phyiscal for the Giants earlier today and that appears to be the only thing standing in the way of the completion of a two-year deal. DeRosa, who played in Atlanta from 1998-2004, is a career .275 hitter and has hit 44 home runs and has 165 RBI across the past two seasons. The Braves were interested in his versatility and ability to fill in for multiple roles, but DeRosa was looking for a three-year deal that the Braves just weren’t looking to extend.
So with an estimated $6-9 million remaining to spend, what options are still out there for the Braves? As I talked about yesterday, one of our favorite options is Xavier Nady. Nady would not only add a little more depth to the outfield (where the Braves often seem to have persistent injury issues) but would serve as a backup first basemen behind Troy Glaus, who the Braves are hoping to have a solid season on his surgically repaired shoulder. For me personally, this is my top choice as of right now and what’s left on the market.
Another name that has been tossed around for the amount of money the Braves have remaining and the needs they are looking to fill is Dan Uggla. He would provide that offensive pop that we have been wishing for while holding down the second base role. If that’s the case however, I’d like to make sure that there is still a constant starting role for Martin Prado, who I feel is a huge asset to the Braves.
We’ll be anxious watching the news over the coming weeks to see what move or moves the Braves still intend to make. I think they would be willing to take the current squad to Spring Training, but I get the feeling they would like to make a little bit of a change still. Who knows? Maybe we’ll still see them move the recently acquired Melky Cabrera for another bit of offensive power. With DeRosa off the market, what are your next choices to bring to Atlanta?
Tags: Dan Uggla, Free Agent, Mark DeRosa, offseason, Xavier Nady
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