When the Atlanta Braves left the Winter Meetings with Reed Johnson the only significant acquisition, some eyebrows were raised as to whether or not Atlanta would head into 2013 with a viable left fielder.
Will Johnson and Juan Francisco platoon while Martin Prado split time at third and in left?
It's possible, but not likely.
The offseason is still young, and Braves GM Frank Wren is still looking for that impact player in left field—preferably one that could also bat leadoff.
While Atlanta was looking at both Alex Gordon and Wil Myers of the Kansas City Royals as potential trades, the recent Royals-Rays blockbuster deal essentially eliminates any possibility of Kansas City moving Gordon.
Let me clear up a couple misconceptions while I have the opportunity:
Justin Upton would be wonderful to have in Atlanta. However, Arizona seemingly wants to be blown away by any Upton deal, and would require that the Braves fork over Andrelton Simmons, whom Wren has deemed "unreachable."
Also, Mike Stanton is not getting traded to the Braves.
However, here are seven guys that could in fact find themselves in left field for the Braves to open up the 2013 season.