A speculative trade of 1B Adam LaRoche would clear the Braves roster for two purposes: 1] acquisition of a game-ready outfielder to step in should Andruw Jones be shopped; 2] create a spot for 2000 first-round pick Scott Thorman, 24, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound lefty first baseman who batted Batted .298 with 15 homers in 339 atbats for AAA Richmond last year.
The Braves in limited action last season tried to break in Thorman as a left fielder, noting he was blocked from advancement by LaRoche. But results were mixed. Though Thorman has a strong arm, he is better prepared and best suited for first base, where his footwork excels. Thorman has been compared to former Braves veteran Ryan Klesko.