July 24, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Carlos Lee (top) leaps over Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (bottom) as Bourn dives back to first base during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe offers several bits of information on the Atlanta Braves regarding current players Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones as well as potential targets, including Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and veteran free agent Johnny Damon.
Carfado says the Braves "aren’t holding out much hope that they can re-sign Bourn" when he reaches free agency this off-season. He adds the club doesn’t seem to do well with Scott Boras clients, which he says "also seems to rule out any bid" for Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
If this is the case, Atlanta will have to replace not only Bourn but also veteran third baseman Chipper Jones, who’s announced his plan to retire following the season. Carfado has spoken to one Atlanta official who didn’t rule out the club targeting free agent-to-be Kevin Youkilis.
Carfado also speculates that Atlanta could be a potential landing spot for Damon, who was recently released by the Cleveland Indians. The Braves are looking for a left-handed pinch hitter and while Damon didn’t perform well in Cleveland, Carfado believes his clubhouse presence could be good for a team in contention such as the Braves.
Should the Braves take a flier on Damon?