Since 1995, Chipper Jones has been the heart and soul of the Atlanta Braves team. Now that he is turning 40, what are the Braves going to do for a 3rd baseman in the future? I know that Joe Terdoslavich was switched to 1rst base, but he is a 3rd baseman. He is a doubles machine with 20+ home run potential and even though he performed well in the AFL, he's still at least a year away from being ready to play in the show. Edward Salcedo is still working out the kinks, but scouts continue to rave about his potential. He should develop into a solid 20/20 guy, but I don't see him in Atlanta until 2014. In the Braves organization, those two are really all we have in terms of potentially being solid everyday mlb 3rd baseman.
If the Braves front office was so inclined, they could pull of a trade to get someone to take Chipper's place after this season. David Wright is the first name that comes to mind, but we can wait till next year to worry about him. The player I would like to see in Atlanta is Blue Jays 3rd baseman Brett Lawrie. That cat can play some ball.
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