Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Under The Knife: Burning Questions

Is Larry Walker healthy? That’s a loaded question. Walker is never completely healthy, but he’s often healthy enough to be productive. He’ll never be the player he once was, but in the right situation he could help a contender. The Braves are looking long and hard at acquiring Walker. The difficulty is making the finances balance for a Braves team without much flexibility, after which medical clearance must be given. With a solid lineup, a good center fielder, and backup outfielders who could spot Walker a couple times a week, the Braves could be the right situation for Walker to chase the ring he should have won in 1994.

That assumes, of course, that the Braves don’t trade that center fielder to save the money to pay Walker. Which I personally think would be stupid, but that’s just the way I see it.