Braves evaluate options during Meetings’ first day
Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed adding a power-hitting outfielder remains on his wish list. But while meeting with a small group of reporters Monday afternoon, he said his only true roster need is to find a backup shortstop.
The Braves would like to add a veteran to serve as a backup infielder and provide insurance in the event that Tyler Pastornicky proves he is not ready to serve as Atlanta’s starting shortstop. Their free agent targets include Nick Punto and Ronny Cedeno.
Jack Wilson’s offensive woes hurt his candidacy and Edgar Renteria is no longer deemed durable enough to serve as an insurance option who might have to play on regular basis.
“We feel like we do have a 95-win team,” Wren said. “When you have a 95-win team, you don’t look to do a lot. You look for guys to maybe bounce back from whatever held them back the year before or fine tune. We’re still in that mode.
“If we did nothing more than sign a backup shortstop, we feel really good about our team going into Spring Training.”
If the Braves make a significant acquisition, they will likely do so via a trade involving either Jair Jurrjens or Martin Prado. But as the first day of this year’s Winter Meetings neared its end Monday, it remained unclear whether the Braves will move either of these players.
CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman tweeted that Reds were showing interest in Jurrjens. But it does not appear the Reds have shown any interest in the right-handed pitcher.
Nothing has really changed in relation to Prado and Jurrjens. The Braves are only going to move them if they are gaining a significant return.
“There’s an adrenaline rush to making a deal,” Wren said. “But the bottom line is, does it make us better? We’re not going to make a deal just to make a splash at home. We’re not going to make a deal just to make a deal. We’re looking to get better. We’ve identified some areas where we think we can get better and that’s our whole goal here.”