The Braves have claimed outfielder Joe Mather off waivers from the Cardinals, the first step in revamping Atlanta's outfield.
Atlanta has only Matt Diaz, Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward under contract, and Diaz could be on the way out. Either way, Atlanta needs to start bringing in options to start and come off the bench.
Mather, 28, has 211 total plate appearances split between 2008 and 2010 and has a career .233/.287/.415 line. For Triple-A, Mather hit .275/.348/.442 with 10 home runs in 376 plate appearances.
The righty shouldn't be handed a spot on the bench by all means and Atlanta should keep looking at all its options, but if Mather ends up winning a spot, could be a solid right-handed bat off the bench. Atlanta may also be gambling on Mathew reclaiming the power that once made him an intriguing name before suddenly losing it in 2009 thanks to left wrist surgery.
It can sometimes take over a year for a full recovery, so Atlanta may be hoping there's some more pop in the bat that was hidden in 2010. That's a distinct possibility as Mather also cranked 18 doubles, some of which could start going out of the park.
-- Evan Brunell
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