Is Josh Hamilton a fit for the Braves?
If you're asking, you're not alone. The Braves have been asking themselves the same question, according to sources.
Knobler notes that Hamilton intrigues the Braves because Chipper Jones’ retirement and the fact that they are likely to lose Michael Bourn in free agency. The team needs to boost their offense, and Hamilton is the top free agent bat available.
However, beyond the usual concerns surrounding Hamilton’s off-the-field and injury concerns, Atlanta could also be turned off by the fact that Hamilton is a left-handed hitter. The Braves already have several lefties in the middle of their order, including Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann.
While they are discussing the merit of pursuing Hamilton internally, Knobler believes their concerns mixed with the “strict budget” they operate under will prevent them from spending big on the former MVP this winter.