Any Takers on Pat the Bat?

The Tampa Bay Rays designated outfielder Pat Burrell for assignment on Saturday, and will likely release the 33-year old slugger. Here's a question for discussion, should the Braves take a flier and sign Burrell as a left fielder/pinch hitter? If Matt Diaz is going to be out for any length of time it might be worth a shot. Just like Javier Vazquez can't pitch in the American League, maybe Pat can't hit in the AL.

There's no magic awesomeness I'm thinking we'd get here. Burrell's a .250 hitter with power who strikes out a lot. Up until his move to Tampa Bay he also walked a lot each year, making him sort of a three true outcomes player or a poor-man's Adam Dunn. I'm not expecting we'd catch too much lightning in a bottle, but we may at least get more power out of a spot on the roster, and if he hit's .250 that's a big improvement over the current state of Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera, or Nate McLouth. He could be a good platoon partner with Eric Hinske in left. He's historically hit left-handers better than right-handers, although not recently.

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