Source: Atlanta Braves make offer to free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon
last week he envisions Cabrera playing all three outfield spots and possibly sharing a position with Diaz.
Cox said the team is prepared to give 20-year-old outfield prospect Jason Heyward a chance to win a starting job in right field. Heyward made only a brief appearance at triple-A last season and has fewer than 200 at-bats above class-A.
“ Well, there’s no reason not to give him a crack at making it,” Cox said. “If he is too young, that’s fine, too. He can spend some time in triple-A. But if we think he’s ready and he can help us, then let’s go.”
Heyward (six-foot-four, 225 pounds) has the power potential the Braves need in their outfield. He was voted baseball’s top prospect by Baseball America after hitting .323 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs at three minor league stops in 2009.
The Braves’ willingness to give Heyward an opportunity could keep them from engaging in a bidding war for Damon. According to reports, Detroit and Tampa Bay also have interest.
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