The Atlanta Braves are actively looking to add to their bench attempting to add a fourth outfielder to their roster.
Searching for a right-handed bench bat has become the Braves’ most recent priority considering that they have no true fourth outfielder on the roster and two left handed starters. Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis are both expected to be opening day starters adding a right handed outfielder would give the Braves some much needed flexibility coming off of the bench.
While there are not many names on the open market they have never been shy about making trades when they need to and could add a bench bat through trade as opposed to signing a free agent.
Angel Pagan is the most intriguing name still on the open market that fits what the Braves are looking for. Oddly enough the Braves offered him a minor league deal but are yet to offer a Major League spot to a proven Major League player.
Pagan would be a great fit in the Atlanta offense giving them a good hitter and much needed flexibility in the outfield. But they look likely to opt not to sign Pagan and add an outfielder via trade. While that may save some expense it is hard to see many options that will be on the market at this point in the season any better than Pagan.
The Braves have had a rough start to Spring Training giving very little playing time to their best prospects and players expected to fight for spots in the bullpen all struggling early. The Braves have improved their roster but still have holes on a roster that will likely be floating around .500 for the majority of the season.
Adding Angel Pagan to the Braves current roster on a one-year deal is the move the Braves need to make to improve their bench and be able to give Inciarte and Markakis days off against lefties.