Braves’ Search For Bats Limited By Payroll

Braves GM Frank Wren told ESPN.com's Buster Olney that the Braves would consider adding a hitter, but may be unable to make a deal because few teams have financial flexibility. Wren said he's been impressed with his team's hitting recently, but he remains open to adding a bat that fits the Braves' needs.

However, the Braves cannot add a significant contract to their payroll. This obstacle is especially problematic this year, since other teams have "very little financial flexibility," too. Despite being two games below .500, the Braves are just 4.0 games back of the division lead, thanks to the surprising number of injuries to hit the NL East this year.

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