Hidalgo agrees to $5 million, one-year contract with Texas

Argh. That’s pretty much the last outfielder in the Braves’ price range but Alou, and Alou is really old. I’m stunned that Hidalgo couldn’t get multiple years; I’d sign him to two years, $9 million in a heartbeat.

Right now, I expect that the Braves will have Chipper in left, Marte at third, and some combination of Thomas, Langerhans, and Marrero in right — with one of the latter swinging to left as a defensive replacement.