When the 2010 season started, the Braves bench featured Matty D., Hinske, Infante, Ross and Conrad. If Fredi sticks with a 12-man pitching staff (I’d prefer 11), the ’11 Braves will be short at least one hitter, as Diory Hernandez appears a lock to stick with the parent club. Who else spells Gonzalez at short? Brooks?
Conrad will compete with Jordan Schafer and Matt Young for the last bench spot, but only if the Braves feel comfortable with Joe Mather backing up McOut in CF. And that assumes Mather, a career .233 hitter, makes the team.
FW had a nice winter, but let’s hope he’s not done. Some fine-tuning is required. Of the remaining free agents, Jerry Hairston Jr. (.244-10-50, 9 SB) would be the best fit. He’s played CF and SS in recent years.