What do y’all think about Alex Gordon? Should the Braves sign him then trade Markakis at the end of 2016? We could extend Maybin and move him to right to make room for Mallex Smith in center. A 2017 outfield of Gordon in left, Smith in center and Maybin in right.
I like Alex Gordon. I’m not sure the Braves should jump at the chance to extend Maybin beyond next season, considering he’s 28 and in this season, his career year, he’s posted a OPS+ of 107. I don’t know that he’s the answer in centerfield beyond next season, and you certainly don’t want to bank on him as a productive corner-outfielder.
With Mallex Smith, I don’t think, quite yet, you want to make drastic moves, giving up talent to make room for him. No need to rush and do something rash, like trade Markakis.