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Damon Sweepstakes May No Longer Include Atlanta

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Jason Heyward

Braves' 2010 hopes may lie on the bat of Jason Heyward

A day following David O’ Brien’s report verifying the Atlanta Braves’ involvement in the pursuit of free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman chimed in with a very different assessment.

In his blog, Bowman all but eliminates Atlanta as a possible destination, citing the Braves’ depleted payroll. Despite landing OF Melky Cabrera, 1B Troy Glaus and utility man Eric Hinske at relatively low prices, Bowman believes Atlanta can offer no more than $2 million to the 2-time all-star (A price lower than Damon, and his agent, are seeking).

If unable to bring the former Yankee to Atlanta, the Braves will be left with an outfield consisting of Cabrera, Nate McLouth and Matt Diaz (A suitable, but not offensively explosive group) .  If general manager Frank Wren can not land the 15-year vet, Atlanta will invest all of its hope in the 20-year old Jason Heyward.

After being selected by Atlanta in the first round of the 2007 draft, the 2009 Minor League Player of the Year has torched competition and drawn praise from scouts at every level. Ranked the #1 prospect in the Braves system, Heyward is hoped to be Major League ready by March.

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