Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/12
The trade of Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels provided extra payroll flexibility, but the Atlanta Braves departed the winter meetings still without their missing piece for 2013. Atlanta general manager Frank Wren's goal is to find a left fielder who can lead off. So far, he has come up empty. The Braves had no interest in going as high as the three-year, $39 million deal that free agent Shane Victorino got from the Boston Red Sox. That left Wren concentrating fully on trade options, but he left Nashville without being able to make a match. The Braves have interest in Emilio Bonafacio, who this fall was part of the Miami-Toronto blockbuster trade. The Blue Jays, though, seemed reluctant to deal the speedy and versatile veteran. Earlier, the Braves had talked to Minnesota about Denard Span. However, the Twins dealt him to the Washington Nationals, the National League East champs. Then the Braves inquired about the Twins' Ben Revere, but Minnesota traded him to the Phil...
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