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Free agency rosterbation: This could get boring




I didn't see a recent rosterbation thread so I thought I'd get one going.

The general consensus seems that most of all of our money will go to arb raises, minor bullpen pieces, and possibly re-signing Tim Hudson. I tend to agree and don't really see us making much of a splash.

However, there has to be at least a chance that we sign someone unexpected to a one or two year deal with decent AAV. I'd like to see some names thrown out.

Two names I think are possible: Josh Johnson and A.J. Pierzynski.

I'm not a big fan of Johnson at this point, but if we could sign him for 1 year and stay under budget I could see Wren gambling on him as a reaction for the need of an "ace". Johnson will probably look for a "show me" deal where he can boost his stock for next off-season. Atlanta could be an attractive spot for that. I'd rather just bring Hudson back, but if he really wants to pitch 2-3 more years I think he'll leave. I don't see us offering over 1 year, and I don't see him turning down a multi-year deal if he wants to keep pitching.

Pierzynski would be an underrated but useful piece for the 2014 Braves. He is LH (suddenly we're RH heavy) and he offers us some nice positional depth insurance. I'm not suggesting a straight platoon at catcher, but I always like the idea of having 9 capable players for 8 spots given the uncertainty of BJ and even Gattis over a full season and injuries. I think paying A.J. 5-8 mil on a one year deal is more valuable overall than signing multiple cheap veteran relievers and bench players, which Wren seems to enjoy doing.

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