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LF Alternatives

We have all heard the same names in the LF scenarios for the Braves:

Dye

Ludwick

Dunn

Ibanez

Ankiel

and more recently names like Hart or Hermedia have come up.  Given that many of these options appear to be expensive I was trying to look at some other options that may not have been mentioned but could provide some more creative solutions to the issues.

1) Edwin Encarnacio: He is relatively young and probably isn't destined for 3B for long. However, appears to be athetlic enough to make the transition to LF.  He is a RH hitter and is only 25 yrs old.  His numbers this year were a reasonable:

.251 .340 .466 806
  Not awe-inspiring but decent numbers that you could expect would improve.  His 26 HRs would help the line up a good bit.

 

2) Ben Francisco: He is part of the log jam in Cleveland for their OFers that include Sizemore, Choo, Francisco and Guiterrez.  Francisco is probably the one with the lowest ceiling but could be an above average LF and can even play a little CF.  I don't think he would be a stalwart in LF but might be able to add some depth and factor into the equation-especially if the CF scenarios don't pan out or if Frenchy can't rebound.

.266 .332 .438 770

 

3) Alex Rios: Probably not real likely but he could come in and play LF or CF for the Braves and given that the Jays already have Wells in CF the value to the Jays for Rios in RF is diminished.  However, he is considered a 5 tool guy that is starting to put his game together-probably more pipe dream then reality.

.266 .332 .438 770

 

4) Eric Byrnes or Chad Tracy: I admittedly don't know anything about the health of Byrnes. However, assuming that he is coming back the DBacks have Byrnes, Tracy, Upton, Young, Jackson, and Romero all fighting for 4 spots.  Given that they are supposedly cash strapped right now one would think that one of these two guys could be had for prospects.  Granted they didn't want to trade Tracy last year, but twas for a rental.

Tracy

267 .308 .414 722

BYrnes-'07

286 .353 .460

 

 

Any other suggestions?

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