Baltimore reportedly has interest, though I’m not so naive to think we could get their promising young LF Nolan Reimold, a right-handed slugger, in return. His back-up may be another story. And Felix Pie is younger with a higher upside.
The former Cubs prospect put together a fine second half for the O’s, batting .290 with a .497 slugging percentage. Pie swings from the left side but has other qualities the Braves lack: a gifted defensive outfielder with speed, for one.
And he still has the potential to be an impact player — not a bad return for Derek Lowe. Baltimore may be willing to trade Pie as they boast a potentially outstanding trio of flychasers: Reimold, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.
We could also take on Ty Wigginton‘s $3.5 million contract as salary relief. Wigginton bats from the right side and can play first and third — not a bad option off the bench.