The Atlanta Braves have already begun executing their offseason game plan, as they've signed veteran catcher Brian McCann and third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Now it's time for the next step, and according to GM Alex Anthopoulos, the Braves are looking to add a starting pitcher, a bullpen piece, and a corner outfielder.
As far as corner outfielders go, there are a couple guys that seem to fit this team. That includes a familiar face in right fielder Nick Markakis. The other is former Cleveland Indians All-Star Michael Brantley.
Former #Indians OF Michael Brantley fits nicely in the spot to be vacated by Nick Markakis for the #Braves. Yes, the rumors are out there. I heard it early last week and I've heard it and read about it since. The rumor is that the #Braves are very interested in signing Brantley.— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) November 7, 2018
Both are coming off All-Star campaigns, and when you watch these two play they have a similar skill set. However, there are a couple noticeable differences.
Atlanta having a familiarity with Markakis certainly helps his case, but Brantley is roughly four years younger, which has an impact on what kind of multi-year deal you want to give a player.
Markakis and Brantley can flat out hit for a high average, but one big difference is Brantley has a little more thump in his bat. Neither are 30-homer guys, but they knock a lot of extra-base hits. When considering this offense needs more power, Brantley would probably be the better option.
However, with the signing of Donaldson, bringing Markakis back to hit at the top of the lineup or lower in the order where he's a better fit could be the way Anthopoulos goes.