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What Do the Braves Do Now?

So much for Ken Griffey Jr. The outfielder spurned the Braves, Chipper Jones, Bobby Cox and harsh reality of American geography to sign with his first franchise, the Seattle Mariners last night. As a few outlets have already written, the Braves have taken steps in the right direction this offseason. The question is whether adding another piece in the outfield, whether it be Garret Anderson or Nick Swisher, would help get them over the hump.

Naturally, those are the two names that have been most intricately linked with the team so far. Anderson is a free agent and is sitting on the market, but Swisher is the guy who received the most interest from the Braves before they started their pursuit of Griffey.

It's questionable what the Braves would have to give up to land Swisher. The Yankees have a glut of outfielders and need to get rid of some depth, but they reportedly would rather deal one of their other, longer-tenured Yankees than the newly added Swisher (despite a relatively pricey contract).

Assuming the Yankees are fairly determined to hold on to Swisher, what should Atlanta do? It's an interesting dilemma. While Atlanta fans seem to be strangely cool on adding him, Anderson would help. He hit .293 last year with 15 home runs, not super slugger numbers but good enough to improve a platoon with Matt Diaz.

There are some other names that haven't even come up this offseason that the Braves could tap into, too. Speaking of Angels, has anyone even heard from former Angel Jim Edmonds? Why his ressurrection with the Cubs didn't spark any additional NL interest is curious.

What do people think? Who should the Braves make a run at? And who will they end up with?

By Cameron Smith  |  February 19, 2009; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Braves  
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Wily Mo Pena?

(I couldn't help myself)

Actually, the worst thing the Nats could do would be to trade with Atlanta. It is nice to see that Atlanta is having the struggle we had last year.

Posted by: wigi | February 19, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Anderson is very weird. Not even good power for a corner OF any more, low OBP, but he is very consistent at driving in runners. OPS+

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 19, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Where did the rest of my comment go?

OPS+ .300 3 out of past 4 years. He's a platoon OF for the Braves and worth $3 - 4m to them.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 19, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, how do the Yankees do it? First with Sheffield and now Swisher. It seems they have these older, questionably broken-down players with bloated salaries, and yet somehow they polish them up for a good return. Why anyone, in the winter of $5 mil contracts to Bobby Abreu, would give up anything of value for Nick Swisher is beyond my comprehension!

Posted by: dclifer | February 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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