Finding an economical and desirable left-handed reliever on the free-agent market might not prove feasible. While there is a desire to keep Ron Mahay, his price tag might prove too steep and force Wren to continue looking at the trade market for both a lefty reliever and center fielder.
Over the past four years at the Winter Meetings, the Braves have made significant acquisitions. This year, they might be a little quieter.
2007 finish: 84-75, third place in NL East.
Deals so far: Signed LHP Glavine. Acquired OF Anderson from Astros for RHP Oscar Villarreal. Acquired RHP Jair Jurrjens and OF Gorkys Hernandez from Tigers for SS Edgar Renteria. Claimed RHP Chris Resop off waivers from the Angels.
Players eligible for arbitration: RHP Lance Cormier, OF Matt Diaz, LHP Mike Gonzalez, OF Willie Harris, RHP Rafael Soriano, 1B Mark Teixeira, RHP Tyler Yates.
Free agents: RHP Octavio Dotel, 1B Julio Franco, OF Andruw Jones, LHP Ron Mahay, INF Chris Woodward.
Needs: Since signing Glavine, the Braves' focus has been on adding another left-handed reliever. In addition, they are still hoping the trade market might allow them to find an experienced short-term solution in center field. While these appear to be their primary needs, they'd also like to improve their bench with a utility infielder who would be capable of serving as Yunel Escobar's backup at shortstop.
Dealing strengths: Even after sending a number of top prospects to Texas in exchange for Teixeira last season, the Braves still believe they have a very fertile farm system. With eight legit candidates in place to assume the five starting rotation spots, they could comfortably deal one of their younger Minor League hurlers in an attempt to fill an immediate need.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.