The Atlanta Braves left the Winter Meetings this week still without a lead-off caliber left fielder. That could change, as they were previously interested in Toronto Blue Jays outfielder/second baseman Emilio Bonafacio before he was traded from the Miami Marlins, Dave O'Brien tweets.
That interest may have carried over, particularly with the team learning this week that he might still be available and Jerry Crasnick reporting that Frank Wren is open to a one-year "stopgap" left fielder if he needs to obtain one.
Of course, that would all be contingent on Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who told the media he was "pretty confident" the Jays wouldn't make anymore moves, Shi Davidi reports.
Bonafacio would be a perfect fit for Atlanta. The speedy 27-year-old has spent quality time at all three outfield spots and can also play second base, shortstop and third base. He was limited by knee and thumb injuries to 64 games in 2012, but he still managed to steal 30 bases in 33 attempts while hitting .258.
His most recent full season's worth of action came in 2011, when he hit .296 and swiped 40 bags for the Marlins in 152 games. His .360 on-base percentage from 2011 and .329 lifetime OBP should at least catch Wren's attention enough to make an inquiry.
Braves fans may cringe at the thought, but the acquisition of Jordan Walden may allow Wren to use Eric O'Flaherty as trade bait to help shore up Toronto's bullpen. Give us your thoughts in the comments below.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Emilio Bonafacio, MLB
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