Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/16/12
The Braves figure to be spenders in the free-agent market this offseason, but its too early to tell exactly who they will target to fill their potential needs. With Chipper Jones retiring, the Braves can either move Martin Prado to third base and pursue a left fielder, or they can keep Prado in left and go after a third baseman. Or they can give the job to Juan Francisco, who hit nine home runs in 192 at-bats, but slumped terribly the final two months. General manager Frank Wren also will have to decide whether to make a huge offer to center fielder Michael Bourn, who is represented by Scott Boras. If Bourn jumps to another team the Nationals and Phillies figure to be players in that bidding war the Braves also will need to find a center fielder and leadoff hitter. Heres an early look at the free-agent outfielders (with their 2012 team) who the Braves might pursue this winter. Josh Hamilton, Rangers The Braves likely wont spend the 20-plus million a year it will take to la...
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