If we can get Ellsbury for a relative pittance, I'd jump on it to play him in Left. He had a shoulder injury last year and struggled, but he was an MVP candidate only a year ago, would be an ideal leadoff man and can is a good defender.
Obviously has similar weaknesses as Choo, such as having only 1 year of control and is a Boras client, but he is younger and is good against righties and lefties. i also think Boston is looking for less in return.
don't know if Ichiro has been discussed much here but I think signing him is a good idea for leadoff and LF...he's not a young option that Wren mentioned but he's still very solid...we can also have Gattis as a 5th OF to give Ichiro a break while ganing experience at the major league level then Simmons could get some leadoff at-bats on those days as well....Ichiro would be relatively cheap on a 1yr deal as well...
Day three of the meetings, everybody has had time to get a feel for whose available and what it will take to get them. I think today will be filled with several deals. Time for wren to surprise us I could see Bonaficio coming from Toronto for super utility role then signing a lesser LF like Ludwick or Ichiro or even trading for kubel.
Seems Braves have intrest in Emilio Bonifacio, Jays have intrest in moving him.
Not the power guy in LF we need but could be a lead off.
Or he might just be a super bench bat.
Emilio would be interesting as a super ut or everyday 2B man if an Uggla trade can be made. I know he has the base stealing and base running threat to be in the lead-off hole. I think he's also a switch hitter. I'm unsure of what his obp numbers are though. If he comes cheap, I don't think it's a bad idea.
I would like him for the bench, but his bat doesn't translate well in LF. I'm aware that Uggla and Upton compensate with their above-average power for their positions, but I think the Braves should maximize production from the position. To state a case for the guy, Bonifacio would be a good defender in LF and steals bases successfully 80% of the time. He also puts the ball in play, which is good for a leadoff hitter.
Maybe as a contingency plan, but I hope he isn't pursued aggressively now. Not for a starter, anyway.
Just throwing it out there, you guys think there is a chance to resign Bourne if we free up a little more cash? I haven't heard about many teams making serious inquiries for him. Not that I think it'd be a good investment for a 30 year old who relies on his legs, but he's still an option.
I see that Granderson has been made available.. 15 mil on his salary and for 1 yr so I dont think itd happen, but interesting at least.