Braves open to adding free agent on short-term deal

ATLANTA -- The Braves haven't closed the door on adding a free agent, preferably on a short-term deal.

New general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he is still considering free-agent options at third base, in the outfield and in the bullpen. He said Saturday that he is not looking to add a long-term contract that would block the path of outfielder Ronald Acuna or third baseman Austin Riley.

Acuna and Riley will be closely watched in spring training as non-roster invitees.

Anthopoulos helped clear Acuna's path to the majors by trading outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Dec. 16.

Acuna, 20, is the star of a rebuilding process otherwise built around pitching. He was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League and Baseball America's minor league player of the year.