Rotowire: Mar 25 / 5:46p ET
News: Almonte is batting .227 (10-for-44) with one extra-base hit, four RBI and a 3:5 BB:K through 18 spring training games.
Impact: Although the Braves signed Almonte to a major league deal back in November, he's no lock to break camp with the big-league club. He was believed to be a top candidate for a platoon role in left alongside Jonny Gomes when spring training opened, but manager Fredi Gonzalez recently suggested Gomes will not be deployed in a strict platoon, leaving Almonte to compete primarily for a reserve job. There are two open backup outfielder spots available between Almonte, Joe Terdoslavich, Kelly Johnson, Eury Perez and Todd Cunningham.
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 9:28a ET
News: Almonte, or another outfield candidate, will likely platoon in left field with Jonny Gomes, the Braves' official site reports.
Impact: The switch-hitting Almonte didn't flash much while seeing time with the Yankees over the past two seasons, but his numbers against right-handed pitching (.558 OPS) were noticeably better than his results against lefties (.416 OPS). It may benefit the Braves to give Joey Terdoslavich a long look in spring training as a potential platoon partner for Gomes, as his Triple-A numbers (.721 OPS) against righties and modicum of pop might bring more to the table than Almonte.