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Braves reportedly more focused on adding left fielder than third baseman to bolster lineup

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It’s no secret the Atlanta Braves are looking to add at least one bat this winter, and if one recent report from Jon Morosi is correct, the club is more focused on left field than third base.

The Braves are fortunate to have flexibility with their current roster. As Morosi mentions, Austin Riley could begin the year as the starting third baseman, but he also has the ability to shift to left field. Ronald Acuna Jr. is also capable of handling all three outfield positions, giving Alex Anthopoulos some options and flexibility as he makes his decision.

There has been little movement on the free agency front for hitters with George Springer, Marcell Ozuna, D.J. LeMahieu, Michael Brantley and others still available with no indication any deal is close. There was a report over the weekend that Ozuna’s market in particular was quiet, a repeating theme from last offseason. With the DH in 2021 still in limbo for the National League, it may make sense for hitters to wait until a final decision is reached before signing with a club, especially for someone like Ozuna or Brantley.

As for third base, Riley has likely shown enough during his 1.5 seasons with the Braves to be given another chance to stick at the job on a full-time basis. If the right deal comes along, though, it would not be a shock to see Anthopoulos upgrade the position over Riley, therefore shifting the young slugger to a corner outfield spot or utilizing him in trade.