Braves Roster Report: 12/15

Having trouble keeping up with all of the Braves recent moves? The <I>Braves Roster Report</I> has all you need to know on the Braves latest moves. Plus - <B><I>Medical Update</B></I>, and <B><I>Biggest Needs</B></I>.

The Braves did not offer arbitration to these free agents: OF Darren Bragg, 3B Vinny Castilla, RHP Will Cunnane, 1B/OF Matt Franco, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Darren Holmes, C Javy Lopez, RHP Greg Maddux, LHP Kent Mercker and RF Gary Sheffield.

ARRIVALS: RF J.D. Drew and C/OF Eli Marrero (trade with Cardinals), RHP John Thomson (free agent from Texas), OF Gary Matthews Jr. (on waivers from San Diego).

DEPARTURES: RHPs Adam Wainwright and Jason Marquis (trade with Cardinals), LHP Ray King (trade with Cardinals), RF Gary Sheffield (signed with Yankees), 3B Vinny Castilla (free agent, signed with Colorado), C Henry Blanco (dropped from roster), RHP Shane Reynolds (team option declined), 1B Robert Fick (was arbitration eligible but guessed, correctly, that the Braves weren't going to offer it and asked for his release so he could get a jump on finding a new situation).

BIGGEST NEEDS: One more veteran starting pitcher, in the event young guns LHP Horacio Ramirez, RHP Trey Hodges, LHP Jung Bong and newly acquired RHP John Thomson can't hang with LHP Mike Hampton and RHP Russ Ortiz.

FREE AGENTS: OF Darren Bragg, RHP Will Cunnane, 1B Julio Franco, 1B/OF Matt Franco, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Darren Holmes, C Javy Lopez, RHP Greg Maddux, LHP Kent Mercker.

It will be another offseason of major changes for the Braves.

IN LIMBO: None, given the size of the Braves' free agent list.

MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Paul Byrd (Tommy John surgery), Darren Holmes (torn right rotator cuff), RHP John Smoltz (minor surgery, right elbow).

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