Now that free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with Detroit, the Braves seem content to enter the season with their current talent. But that’s not a certainty.
General manager Frank Wren left open the possibility of pursuing other moves, now or later.
“We like our current club but we are always looking to improve when possible,” Wren said Saturday night, when asked about other possibilities for the Braves after news of Damon’s decision.
He did not elaborate on whether they had anything specific in mind, or was just speaking in general terms.
The Braves offered Damon a one-year contract that was thought to be worth about $4.5 million, with a portion deferred. The former Red Sox and Yankees leadoff man could have played left field and batted at the top of the Braves’ order.
With their current talent, the Braves’ projected opening day lineup would have Nate McLouth in center field and the leadoff spot, with top prospect Jason Heyward having an opportunity to win the right-field job this spring.
The left-field duties would be split between Matt Diaz and Melky Cabrera, and Cabrera could move to right field if the Braves decide Heyward needs a little more time in Class AAA.
The Braves won’t say how much they have left to spend, but it’s believed to be less than $4 million.