Unknøwn Posted June 30, 2010 Share Posted June 30, 2010 Even though the Braves lost a big left-handed hitter to injury – Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Heyward – they remain focused on upgrading their offense with a right-handed slugger, one major league source said.Atlanta officials are considering Josh Willingham (Washington), Corey Hart (Milwaukee) and Jose Bautista (Toronto), but it doesn’t appear that any deal is imminent.All three players will be free agents after the 2011 season. So, for the time being, their current teams aren’t under extreme pressure to move them.But they are earning reasonable salaries, making them attractive to Atlanta and other suitors. Bautista has roughly $1.2 million left on this year’s contract; Willingham $2.3 million; Hart $2.4 million.David DeJesus, a left-handed batter, is a less appealing option to the Braves.The Braves are pitching-rich, and potential trade partners are certain to ask for arms in return. It remains to be seen whether Atlanta would deal away a top pitching prospect, such as Mike Minor or Craig Kimbrel.On Tuesday, in the Braves’ first game since placing Heyward on the disabled list, their starting outfield consisted of Eric Hinske in left, Gregor Blanco in center and Melky Cabrera in right.— Jon Paul Morosi, FoxSports.com Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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