Braves remaining free-agency wish list: Outfielder, starting pitcher, bullpen help

Knox Bardeen
November 28, 2018 - 10:51 am
Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos

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The Atlanta Braves made a huge free-agent splash Monday when they announced the signing on veteran catcher Brian McCann and third baseman Josh Donaldson. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos says the team isn't done with free agency, not by a long shot.

Anthopoulos joined MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM Tuesday and offered up the teams remaining wishlist for free agency.

"We'd love to get, we need to get another outfielder, we'd love to get a front-of-the-rotation type guy and we'd love to get another impact guy in the bullpen," Anthopoulos told Jon Morosi and Jim Bowden.

Before you run out and start plugging names like Patrick Corbin, Bryce Harper and Craig Kimbrel into the 2019 Braves lineup projector, understand that Annthooulos has a fine line to walk. He wants to improve the Braves roster for this season, but he doesn't want to deplete the farm system.

"Our depth, especially with the prospects with where we're at in the market and with payroll, we have to be very careful to not trade too many of those guys," Anthopoulos said on SiriusXM. "We've put guys in play, we've had a lot of discussions about all kinds of uys. Obviously, I'm not going to be able to get into specifics. I dont know that we have two or three of those big moves in us, just because I don't think we're in a position to deplete that much of our depth. We want to be able not just be competitive for a year, but try to be in a position to win year in and year out. It's hard to do because you still need to go out and win in the current years."

So, where are the Braves at right now? Now that the deals with McCann and Donaldson have been executed, Anthopoulos will start working toward his wish list. It sounds as if he's focused on the outfield currently.

"We're having conversations, we're not actively engaged on a starter," said Anthopoulos. "That doesn't mean that won't change in a month from now or a week from now. I'd say we we're still focused on McCann and Donaldson at this point. We're having other conversations; we're more focused on trying to do something in the outfield right now."

And in terms of Kimbrel, bringing another former Braves star home might not be in the cards.