Atlanta Braves: Free Agents the Braves Should Target

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14: Yunel Escobar
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 14: Yunel Escobar /
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5. Jose Bautista

While this may seem an odd addition to a team that is already full of outfielders bear with the reasoning. Bautista is coming off of two very tough seasons and will be signed a lower rate than his talent level could reach in 2018.

Not only that but the Braves just signed a new GM the same GM whose first big hit was arguably Bautista. Adding Bautista and keeping him on the Jays was a big move for the now Braves General Manager.

You can bet that being familiar with Bautista and his power and clubhouse presence it would not be at all surprising to see Bautista again working for the Braves General Manager.

Which leaves the question of in an already full outfield where would Bautista play?  One of the under covered stories of the off-season has been the fact that Jose Bautista is willing to do whatever he can to drum up offers including offering to move to either corner infield spot.

Moving Freddie Freeman back to third shouldn’t be the first choice but it is an option as well as moving Bautista to third filling a hole with a veteran who much like the aforementioned Yunel Escobar wouldn’t block Austin Riley.

Bautista is coming off of his worst season in quite some time a team looking for cheap rebound options and a third baseman makes this an interesting fit that the Braves should explore.