Braves Rumors: Top 3 Available Outfield Trade Targets

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a third inning home run against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

3. Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson is a name that just recently came on the market, and it sounds as if the Los Angeles Dodgers might be close to moving him.

This isn’t a name that instantly struck me as a great fit for the Braves, but if you look at his body of work it could make sense.

He was an All-Star in 2015 as a rookie when he hit just .210 with 26 home runs in 480 at-bats.

The following season he put up similar numbers but a .246 batting average and .352 on-base percentage.

Two-thousand seventeen was pretty much a lost season, and then he bounced back to his career norms in 2018 hitting 25 home runs with a .248 average.

Pederson has had to split time in a crowded Dodgers outfield throughout his career, but still, his overall numbers aren’t promising. Yeah, you love the power, but he needs to be a more consistent hitter.

At the same time, he’ll play the 2019 season at 27-years-old so he’s still relatively young.

The left-handed hitter is also controllable for two more seasons and will make an affordable $5 million in 2019.

He has a done a better job of limiting the strikeouts. After getting punched out 170 times in 2015, he only struck out 85 times in 395 at-bats in 2018.

I still don’t think Pederson is a great fit for the Braves, but I wouldn’t hate the idea of him hitting 25-30 home runs in Atlanta next season if the price is right.

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