• Braves still open to adding free agent to short-term deal

    By: CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

    ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves haven't closed the door on adding a free agent, preferably on a short-term deal.

    New general manager Alex Anthopoulos says he's still considering free-agent options at third base, the outfield and in the bullpen. He said Saturday he's not looking to add a long-term contract that would block the path of outfielder Ronald Acuna or third baseman Austin Riley.

    Acuna and Riley will be closely watched in spring training as non-roster invitees.

    Anthopoulos helped clear Acuna's path to the majors by trading outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Dec. 16.

    The 20-year-old Acuna is the star of a rebuilding process otherwise built around pitching. He was the most valuable player of the Arizona Fall League and Baseball America's minor league player of the year.


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