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Update: Braves GM Frank Wren said the team would like to trade for a short-term center fielder instead of handing over the job to a rookie or signing a long-term free agent option in an interview with Dave O'Brien of the AJC. O'brien speculated about David DeJesus as did I and another option that fits the bill would be Coco Crisp of the Boston Red Sox. The article says nothing about short-term free agent options so I still think a one-year make-good contract with Cory Patterson is a possibility. Ken Rosenthal over at Fox Sports reported in a column that the Royals are looking for at least one more reliever this winter with Zack Greinke being moved into the rotation.
The Royals want to sign a free-agent starting pitcher to join Meche, Brian Bannister and Zack Grienke in their rotation. The team, sixth in the AL in bullpen ERA last season, also wants to add at least one reliever now that Grienke no longer is in the 'pen. Joakim Soria, 23, will remain the closer, even though some in the organization would like him to start .
Is it just me or does this seem to fit perfectly with a cheap, expendable player roaming center for Kansas City right now? With the way Joey Gathright played last year, it would be reasonable to assume that David DeJesus could be had for the right price. Dayton Moore has shown in both the Tony Pena Jr. and Kyle Davies deals that he knows way around the Atlanta farm system and is more than happy to deal with his former team so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this. DeJesus, 27, is an intriguing candidate to take over for Andruw Jones if the Braves don't feel comfortable with any internal options or don't want to sink a lot of money into a free agent. He provides decent offense and defense as well as a fairly cheap contract. DeJesus hit .260/.351/.372 this past season but has a career line of .282/.358/.415 in over 1900 at bats. He'd fit well as an eighth hitter with decent tools across the board but nothing that really stands out and with only $10.8 million due over the last three years of his contract (plus a $6 million '11 option), he has a reasonable contract that could pretty easily be moved if Jordan Schafer forces his way up to the bigs. Frank Wren said to expect quite a few more off-season moves after pulling off the Renteria trade with Detroit. This could be one. The Royals are looking for a reliever and the Braves have plenty to spare. Joey Devine or Manny Acosta along with a low-level prospect seems reasonable, or even Jose Ascanio could be thrown into the mix. It does feel weird to speculate about deals from our surplus of relievers. I certainly haven't been able to say that in a while.

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