Atlanta Braves: Free Agents the Braves Should Target

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14: Yunel Escobar
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14: Yunel Escobar /
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2. Yunel Escobar

The Atlanta Braves should attempt a reunion with former Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar. Escobar was a controversial player in his time in Atlanta but was also an exciting defensive minded player who could handle his business at the plate as well.

Escobar has calmed down his game since becoming a veteran and would be a perfect fit in Atlanta. Escobar has moved to third base and would sign a friendly veteran deal that would not block prospect Austin Riley while still providing a starter.

Yunel has provided consistent offense as a veteran hitting over .300 two of the last three seasons striking out very rarely and putting the ball in play. Escobar may not be the best leader in the clubhouse but his production and ability on defense more than qualifies him to be a starter at third.

It is a fit for the Braves in that it is a productive former player who would fit and fill a need for the Braves. The only downside to the move would be the fact that Escobar can be a risk on the diamond getting heated and making mistakes that many veterans can avoid.

Escobar would be a good add for the Braves if he is willing to sign at a veteran rate that the Braves could move if Austin Riley were to be ready sooner than expected.