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MLB Trade Rumors Predicts Pat Burrell To Braves

Earlier this morning, the well-respected baseball transaction website MLBTradeRumors.com asked its writers which top free agents would end up with which team. They polled five writers about the top-50 free agents. Pat Burrell, who came in at No. 36 between Jaoquin Benoit and Hisanori Takahashi, was projected by three writers to land with the Braves.

As mentioned earlier in this stream, it seems to make a ton of sense. Peter Hjort of the Capitol Avenue Club also mentions Burrell as a likely candidate for left field, going as far to say he would "wager there's a very good chance he's the team's opening day left fielder..."

Other than Burrell, the polled writers select a number of relievers to end up in Atlanta. Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood, and Kevin Gregg are all attached to the Braves, with Gregg being the only player with more than one vote. Fran Wren has mentioned a veteran reliever being a target this winter, so Wood and Gregg are plausible. Fuentes, I do not see coming to Atlanta. The Braves have some solid relievers on the left side of the mound in Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty, and Michael Dunn. The elder Fuentes, while experienced, does not provide anything the Braves do not already have.

The Braves will most likely be rather quiet in the free agent market. Burrell or Magglio Ordonez will be looked at as their main targets for left field, one would assume, with the possibility for a big trade always looming. 

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