MLB.com’s Mark Bowman floated a very interesting idea on Tuesday evening, suggesting that the Braves might be willing to try Freddie Freeman at third base upon his return from injury.
There is a chance Freeman will return from the disabled list as a third baseman https://t.co/Lh606DJxX6— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) June 20, 2017
This is certainly not a sure thing, and manager Brian Snitker did not even explicitly state that as a possibility, but told Bowman, “We can't rule out anything."
The reasoning behind a move such as this would be the team’s desire to keep Matt Adams, who has done an exceptional job filling in for Freeman at first base, in the lineup along with Freeman once he returns from the fractured left wrist he suffered in May.
David O’Brien of the AJC isn’t necessarily sold on the idea, but hasn’t completely ruled it out either.
Many possibilities have been floated in recent weeks with Adams’ continued strong play at first base, including trading him or attempting to move Adams to a different position, such as left field. At the beginning of the season, the Cardinals tried Adams in left, and the results were not pretty. A quick Google search will yield some not-so-flattering highlights of Adams playing outfield.
There are still a few weeks to work through things, but needless to say, there is no definitive plan just yet.