Outfield kids not out of the picture

Braves officials spoke in December about giving outfielder Ryan Langerhans and others an opportunity this spring. They say that’s still the case, despite the January signings of veterans Raul Mondesi and Brian Jordan.

Langerhans, 25, is out of minor-league options and had a strong season at Class AAA Richmond, batting .298 with 20 home runs. A left-handed hitter and defensive standout, he could work into a left-field platoon with Jordan.

“We’re happy to have Brian back,” GM John Schuerholz said. “But just because we’ve signed him, we haven’t announced to those young guys to be any less aggressive. They’re going to be trying to take a job away from somebody.”

In other words, Langerhans and McCarthy — and the NRIs — have a chance to take Jordan’s job, but it’s his to lose. So if he goes out there and is mediocre — let’s say he hits .250 with a homer or two — they’re going to let Jordan play most of the time, even though he sucks.